Old Ahmedabad was referred to the walled city of Gujarat in India. The city was founded by Ahmed Shah one of the Mughal kings 1411. The city name was derived from the king. The Eastside of Sabarmati river is considered as the old city of Ahmedabad, the Westside is the newly developed area of Ahmedabad. You can explore all the heritage style constructions on the east side. The Hindu, Islam, and Jain religions have played a major role in the rich heritage culture of the city. You can see the detailed carving on the structure of temples as well as mosques. One of the best ways to explore this rich heritage of the city is to take a Heritage walk of Ahmedabad.
Heritage walk of Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has launched The Heritage Walk of Ahmedabad in association with the CRUTA Foundation. The tour begins at sharp 8 am with a slide show at the picturesque Swaminarayan Mandir in Kalupur and runs until Jumma Masjid at the center of the city at 10:30 am.
Starting Point: Swaminarayan Temple, Kalupur, Off Relief Road, Ahmedabad.
Duration: 2 Hrs. 30 Min. (Including Slide Show)
Time: 8:00 A.M. for slide show followed by the walk at 8:15 A.M
Total Length: 2 km
Places to be covered in a tour
- Swaminarayan Mandir, Kalupur (Hindu Temple of Lord Swaminarayan)
- Kavi Dalpatram chowk, Lambeshwar Ni Pol (Famous poet (Kavi) Dalpatram courtyard or area)
- Calico Dome (old administrative office for Calico Mills)
- Kala Ramji Mandir (Hindu Temple of Lord Ram in which posture made with black marble stone)
- Shantinathji Mandir (Hindu Temple of Lord Shrinathji (one of the forms of Lord Krishna))
- Kuvavala Khancha, Doshivada ni Pol (Well lane)
- Jagvallabh Mandir, Nisha Pol (Jain Temple)
- Zaveri vad (Zaveri stands for jewelers)
- Sambhavnath ni Khadki
- Chaumukhji ni Pol
- Doshivada ni Pol
- Astapadji Mandir (Jain Temple)
- Harkunvar Shethani ni haveli (Mansion of Landlady Harkunvar)
- Fernandez Bridge
- Chandla pol
- Muharat Pol
- Manek baba’s mandir, Manek Chowk (Temple of legendary Hindu saint)
- Rani-no-haziro (Mughalai Bibi’s Tomb)
- Badshah-no-haziro (Ahmed Shah’s Tomb)
- Jumma Masjid (Jumma Mosque)
Admission Fees:- It costs Rs 50 For Indians as well as SAARC Nationals, Rs 100 for Foreigners.
Do’s and Don’ts:
- There will be no stop for food & beverages, so better to bring a water bottle. You will not get anything during the Walk.
- During this walk, you will visit many temples as well as the mosque. So better to wear full pants as in some places they don’t allow you in shorts.
- Please choose to wear sleep on footwear as it will be required to remove it outside the Temple or Mosque.
Explore Other heritage sites in and around Ahmedabad
- Craft Heritage walk of Ahmedabad
- Jain Heritage Walk
- Kranti (Freedom) walk
- Market tour in Manek Chowk
- Sarkhej Roja
- Sidi Sayyad ni Jali
- Adalaj ni Vav (Adalaj stepwell)
- Teen Darwaja (three gates)
- Sanskar Kedra
- Vintage car Museum
- Dada Hari ni vav (Dada Hari step well)
- Ambapur stepwell
Ahmedabad offers a lot of heritage sites and you have to explore by yourself. There is plenty of transportation facility or you can rent a car. So first work out your itinerary, then start planning your trip. There will be two benefits to it. You will save time and money both.
Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati
This Ashram also is known as Sabarmati Ashram. Mahatma Gandhi lived here for twelve years, so this ashram was one of the residences for him. During the visit, you will come across Mahatma Gandhi’s life Chronology and his achievements. They have kept “Charkha” in the Ashram as well. You can explore the library, bookstore, and gallery to read more about Mahatma Gandhi’s life.