Located at the banks of the Sabarmati River, the Ashram was established by the very hands of Mahatama Gandhi who resided here for 12 years.Sabarmati Ashram was known to be the focal point of the non-violent movement against freedom and also served as the base for the famous Salt Satyagrah. According to the ancient Hindu texts, the ashram is said to be located on the ancient site where sage Dadhich sacrificed his ribcage to make weapons for the Gods.
Built in the 15th century by the Muslim ruler Ahmad Shah I, the Bhadra Fort serves as the city’s cultural center and contains palaces, mosques and massive gates. The structure was rebuilt and expanded several times over the course of history and after the British conquered Ahmedabad in 1817, also served as a jail during the British Raj. Today the structure contains government offices and is used to hoist the Indian national flag during the Independence Day and Republic Day ceremonies.
Adalaj Step Well
Adalaj Step Well was built by a Muslim king for the Vaghela queen Rani Roopba in 1499. The structure is an intricately carved water reservoir and is 5 stories in depth. The structure was built in the Hindu Solanki architectural style and is octagonal from top. The well is one of the best examples of the Persian-Muslim influenced architecture mixed with the Hindu architecture with its carvings, sculptures and the inscriptions that depict the story of its origin.
One of the largest Hindu temples in the world, Akshardham Temple was built in 1992 and is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. The complex is spread around a massive area of 23 acres and serves as a center for devotion, arts, education and displays a marvelous modern Indian architecture. The temple was also a site of armed terrorist attacks that occurred in 2012 and claimed the lives of 30 civilians. The 7 foot tall gilded statue of lord Swaminarayan must be witnessed by all the visitors.
The largest lake in Ahmedabad,Kankaria Lake is a manmade lake built in the 15th century by the Muslim ruler Sultan Qutbuddin and served as a bathing place for the kings. The lake is spread in a circumference of 3 miles and is built in a 34-sided polygonal shape with steps that lead into the water. The best time to visit the lake would be during the Kankaria Carnival, which is a week-long cultural and social festival held during the last week of December.
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