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The major tourist attractions in Ahmedabad are the Gandhi Ashram, Sidi Bashir mosque, Kankaria Lake, Sidi Saiyad mosque, Hathee Singh Jain Temple, Calico Museum of Textiles and Jama Masjid.
Gandhi Ashram

Gandhi Ashram, also known as the Sabarmati ashram is located on the banks of the Sabarmati River, about 7 kms north of Ahmedabad. This ashram is one of the important tourist attraction and the beautiful ashram complex of Ahmedabad. This Ashram was set up by the Mahatma Gandhi in 1915 and one of the most moving memorial. This ashram was the Mahatma Gandhi's headquarters during the struggle for India's independence. His ashram still makes handicraft, handmade paper and spinning wheels. His living quarter is still preserved as a small museum and there is a library and a memorial centre.

Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad


Sidi Bashir Mosque

Sidi Bashir Mosque is known for its two shaking minarets, one of an architectural wonder. When one minaret is shaken, the others also get shake in sympathy. This was done so due to the protection against earthquakes. These two shaking minarets lost half their height in the great earthquake of 1819, and in 1957 these minarets were completely destroyed. 260 columns support the roof of the mosque.

Hathee Singh Jain Temple

Hathee Singh Temple, Ahmedabad

Hathee Singh Jain Temple is located just outside the Delhi Gate in the north of the old city. This jain temple was built in 1850 by a rich Jain merchant and is one of the Ahmedabad's best ornated Jain temple. This temple is dedicated to Dharamanath, the 15th Jain Tirthankar. This temple is built of pure white marble and profusely decorated with rich carvings.


Sidi Saiyad Mosque

Sidi Saiyad mosque was built by Sidi Saiyad, a general of Abysinian origin in the 1570. This mosque is best known for its intricate perforated stone work and has beautiful carved stone windows which depict the intricate intervening of the branches of the kalpa tree.


Kankaria Lake

Kankaria Lake is located in the south-east of Ahmedabad. This lake is a polygonal artificial lake which has 34 sides and was constructed in 1451 by the Sultan Qutb-ud-din Aibak. In the centre of the lake an island summer palace is situated which is known as Nagina Wadi. This lake was frequently visited by the Mughal emperor Jahangir and his empress Noor Jahan. Now, this lake is a popular picnic spot and is surrounded by a children park, zoo, boat club, garden and natural history museum. The Ghattamendal pavilion in the center houses an aquarium.


Calico Museum of Textiles

Today, the Calico Museum of Textiles is widely regarded as one of the finest textiles museums in the world. This museum was started in Calico Textile Mill. The museum is housed inside one of Gujarat's famous carved wooden haveli. This museum was inaugurated by Pandit Nehru in 1948, and is now managed by the Sarabhai foundation. Calico Museum of Textiles has excellent collection of antique and modern textiles including rare tapestries, wall hangings, costumes and old weaving machines.


Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid was built in 1423 by Ahmed Shah and described as one of the most beautiful mosque in India. This mosque is believed to have been built by using the salvaged items from the demolished Hindu and Jain temples. This mosque is built of yellow sandstone and combines the best of Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture. Inside the mosque the large black slab by the main arch is the base of a Jain idol, that is buried upside down for the Muslims to tread on.

Jama Masjid, Ahmedabad
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