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Cities of Gujarat - Ahmedabad and Baroda (Vadodara)

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The Vakil family of London visited Ahmedabad in the Christmas break to look up their relatives as well as give their children an exposure to the history and culture of Gujarat.

 

Cities of Gujarat
Ahmedabad
This city established by Sultan Ahmad Shah in the 15th century has a fascinating old city, as well as a new modern face given by the architects Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn. It is steeped in culture and heritage, both medieval and modern.

Highlights:

  • Old City This area is best explored by foot and the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation organizes daily heritage walks through the crowded bye-lanes and alleys to visit the important monuments and mosques. Some of these are Bhadra Fort, Ahmed Shah’s mosque, Siddi Saiyad's mosque, Jami Masjid, tomb of Ahmed Shah, Rani Sipri mosque and Rani Roopmati mosque.
  • Hathi Singh Temple this is an intricately carved marble temple built in 1850 by a rich Jain trader.
  • Dada Harir Vav this is a stepwell built in 1500 and has beautifully carved walls and pillars. Several of these stepwells were set up all over Gujarat for the storage of water in this dry and arid country. Adalaj Vav 17 km north of Ahmedabad is one of the largest and most decorative of these stepwells and definitely worth a visit.
  • Museums and Institutions Across the Sabarmati in new Ahmedabad is the IIM campus, the NID and several other modern institutions. The Sanskar Kendra is a museum for rare miniature paintings, while the Calico Museum has the most brilliant collection of textiles.
  • Sabarmati Ashram Anyone who wants to see the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi must visit his ashram still alive with his spirit and philosophy.
Vishala Complex this is a lively complex 4km south of Ahmedabad it has a traditional village-like ambience with a restaurant serving authentic Gujarati food, and a museum of kitchen items.
Baroda(Vadodara)

Set up by Sayajirao Gaekwad as a centre of learning, art, and culture, Vadodara (or Baroda) still continues in the same tradition. The Maharaja Sayajirao University is a leading centre of learning and is particularly famous for its Art College.

Highlights:

Laxmi Vilas Palace This flamboyant Indo-Saracenic palace was the living quarters of the Gaekwad family. It also houses the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum with an excellent collection of Raja Ravi Verma paintings.

Vadodara Museum and Picture Gallery is another art and sculpture museum worth visiting.

Sayaji Bagh is a pretty garden with a mini-zoo, at the centre of the city.

Kirti Mandir is a memorial to the Baroda royal family members.

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