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Ahmedbad Monuments, Fair and Festivals

Monuments of Ahmedabad

The monuments of Ahmedabad speak of its past glory and it's present prosperity. Its mosques and tombs are unpretentious in size but rich in detail. The delicate tracery and ornamented minarets make them distinctively Indian.Monuments, Fair and Festivals

The Sarkhej Complex
From the archaeological point, the most important group of buildings are the tombs abd Mosque with a place around the tank of serkhej. Its construction is attributed to Mahmud Begda who excavated the tank, surround it by a flight of stone step, constructed a richly decorated supply sluice and built at its southwest corner the splendid palace and harem. The tomb was built here for shaikh Ahmed Khattu, also known as Ganj Bakhas. He was the revered saint whose blessing was invoked while founding Ahmedabad. The saint died at a ripe age of 111 years.

The Jami Mosque
The principal mosque of the same era is jami masjid situated in the center of the city near three gates (Tran Drawaja) the mosque has 260 pillars supporting 15 domes arranged symmetrically. Pleasant illumination without glare is achieved from the light reflected from the external roof into the dome and admitted throughout clear story windows. A special feature of the mosque is the Muuk-Khana, or the Royal Gallery.

The Rani Sipri Mosque
The mosque and tomb of Rani Sipri at astodia surpasses it for its planning, structural arrangement and richly carved minarets popularly known as masjid - Nagina, this mosque is the most exquisite germ of Ahmedabad

Rani Rupmati's Masjid
 Rani Rupmati's masjid in Mizapur has richly carved minarets balcony windows and perforated stone lattices. Its three domes are linked to gather by a flat roof.

The Jali of Sidi Saiyed Mosque
The mosque of sidi saiyed, near Lal Darwaja has earned world wide fame for its magnificent stone tracery, it is a fine example of indo-saracenic architecture and its models in miniature are best known souvenirs of the city. The complex containing the tomb and tank of shah alam, the son of Qutb-I-Alam of vatva, was constructed in 1532.

The Sardar Memorial
The Royal Residences the finest is the Shahi baug place, built in 1622Monuments, Fair and Festivals A.D. by shah Jajan, the then viceroy of Ahmedabd. It now houses the pictures, portraits and some personal effect of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the iron man of India.

Exhibits include a wide range of embroidered shamianas, Wall hangings costumes, saris and embroideries known as phulkris, kalamkaris, juxtaposed artistically. However, the emphasis is on religion and religious textiles as one Vaishnava section. As the museum opened at 10.30 A.M. a tourist may cover Harnessing Jain temple or sardar memorial [old raj bhavam] situated in the early morning to make the best use of their time.

Hatheesing's jain Temple outside Delhi Gate, built by Sheth Hatheesing a rich jain merchant, in 1848 A.D.. It has a paved courtyard surrounded by an imposing row of cloisters 52 shrines, each with an image of a tirthankar.

The Adalaj Stepwell built in 1499 A.D. Ruda rani wife of Raja virsing, a vaghela Raipur. It has an entrance from three sides with open colonnades of increasing height and complexity over the staircase landings. Two other step-well of Ahmedabad are Mata
Bhavani's step-well and BaiHarir's step-well at Asarva.

The only art house in the world with a thatched roof, the museum is a brainchild of architect and Interior designer Mr.Surendra Patel. It displays 2000 traditional utensils of all size & shapes designed in brass, Capper, bronze. They offer a variety of designs ranging from utensils inlaid with ivory & stone to other in the from of birds & women, with producing musical sounds.

At a distance of 80 kms. From Ahmedabad is a large water bird sanctuary. It covers an area of 121 sq. kms. The depth of the water does not exceed 1.8 meters, which makes it one of the largest shallow lakes of the country. Migratory birds start arriving from the month the of October. The population reaches its peak in January. The population of pelicans, ducks and geese reaches over 460000 respectively during winter.

Established on the line of Gandhian principles, the institute offers graduate and post -graduate courses in social sciences. Graduates can also undertake training leading of degree of Master of social Work. It dears testimony to the vision of Gandhiji who was its lifelong Chancellor.

A premier science institute of the country, better knows by its acronym PRL carries out frontal research in geophysical and radiation. The institute came into existence as a result of the inspiring efforts of late Dr. Vikram Sarabhai. In 1954 the foundation for the present day building was laid by the then Prime Minister Shri Nehru.

Well know by its acronym, ATIRA, is the oldest research institute carrying out research work for rationalization of the textile processes and methods besides it are also industrial psychology and organizational behavior. The campus has landscaped lawns, where joggers and health enthusiasts converge in early morning. In the evenings it offers a respite from the busrle of a clogged city life as families with young children enjoy their evening in its cool gardens.

Embodiment of the vision of its architect Louis Kahn, the institute has become a house of inspiration to learn, to question, to live and to express. Making leaders out of men and women who enroll here, the institute imparts education and training in managerial skills required to take the nation's enterprises in the 21st century. From the angle of the tourist it is a building, which needs special mention.

Fairs & Festivals of Ahmedabad

Fairs and festivals are essential parts of Gujarati culture. All important Indian festivals are held in Ahmedabad with great enthusiasm. The city is known for its diversified culture and celebration of various festivals throughout the year. Uttarayan is a kite flying festival celebrated on January 14 every year. The nine nights of Navaratri are celebrated in a traditional manner with people performing at selected venues.

festive season in Ahmedabad is characterized by joyous environment, colourful dresses, devotion and love for the deities; this is what signifies the charm of festivity among the people of Ahmedabad.

Kite Festivals (Uttarayan)

Kite Festivals
The International Kite Festival is held every year in Ahmedabad on January 14, to coincide with the festival of Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti. People celebrate Uttarayan with a lot of enthusiasm and all business comes to a grinding halt for a couple of days. It is also a celebration to mark the end of winter. Kite flying starts at dawn and continues without a break throughout the day. A variety of colourful kites are seen flying in the clear skies and great excitement does not end till evening. Participants from different parts of the country and even from abroad bring unusual kites which are truly works of art and creativity.

Navratri is a popular festival in Ahmedabad and is celebrated with great fervor. The festival continues for nine nights, everybody takes part into it with same emphasis. Garba – folk dance of Gujarat is also played with 'Dandiyas' (sticks) in hand. More…

Rath Yatra
The famous Chariot festival (or Rath Yatra) is celebrated in the month of June / July when a big procession is taken out from the Jagannath temple in Ahmedabad to mark the “chariot journey of Lord Krishna” in the city. Amidst the chanting of the sacred and Vedic hymns, the chariot is taken out carrying idols Krishna, Balram and Subhadra. It is very similar to Jagannath Puri's Yath Yatra. The procession starts in the morning from the Jagdish Mandir situated in the Jamalpur area of the city. The chariots of Jagannath (incarnation of Lord Krishna), Balram and Subhadra, ornamented with garlands, are taken around the city amidst much pomp and show. More...

Tarnetar Mela
An exciting and unique three-day fair held annually at Tarnetar in Saurashtra, Gujarat. The Tarnetar fair is one of the most colourful events in the state of Gujarat. The fair coincides with the festival at the Trineteshwar temple, celebrating the wedding of the legendary 'Mahabharata' (epic) hero, Arjuna with Draupadi. Tarnetar is 198 km from Ahmedabad and 82 km from Rajkot. More…

Holi celebrates the arrival of spring and death of demoness Holika; it is a celebration of joy and hope. Holi provides a refreshing respite from the mundane norms as people from all walks of life enjoy themselves. Holi continues to be celebrated with great vigour through out the city of Ahmedabad. More…

All Hindus in Ahmedabad celebrate Deepawali with great enthusiasm. This is a major Hindu festival honouring Mother Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth. Diwali is a holy tradition, not to be put in the shade. It symbolizes the victory of light over darkness; darkness refers to ignorance and light refers to knowledge. Celebrated joyously all over India, it is a festival of wealth and prosperity. More…

Modhera Dance Festival
The festival is celebrated at Modhera Sun Temple, 60 km south-west of Ahmedabad. This is a three day festival of Indian Classical dance which is unique as compared to other dance festivals in India. It is held in the month of January every year. More…

Kutch Mahotsava
The Mahotsava (festival) is organized by Gujarat’s tourism authorities and held every year in the month of February. The festival features folk dancing, music, ballads, poetry, jewellery and regional handicrafts. The fair coincides with the Dhrang Mela, a Shivratri fair at a nearby temple which features acrobatics, camel and bullock cart races, bazaars and cultural programmes.