We went to Jami Masjid which is an architecture marvel about 700 years old mosque. Its always worth going to a religious place early morning for the peace it reflects. After the mosque, we stopped by at Lucky Tea Stall for cuppa tea and bun maska. Lucky Tea stall is quite popular among tourists as its tables are flanked by green painted Muslim graves. It was an experience in itself to sip tea with the dead.
The largest mosque and one of the most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture present in India, the Jama Masjid is located just opposite the Red Fort in Delhi. The mosque which means commanding view of the world was built during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1658. It has a very spacious compound that can accommodate thousands of devotees at once. The main architectural attractions are the minarets and towers. The main tower has a 5- storey structure with projecting balconies on each level. The work of calligraphy is worth mentioning too. The main materials used were sandstone and marble.
Akshardham is located in Gandhinagar, which is a very planned city located around 15 kms from Adalaj. We asked the locals which bus to take to akshardham, and after changing the bus once in between, we reached Akshardham. I have been to Delhi Akshardham as well, and to my surprise, Gandhinagar Akshardham was smaller than Delhi one in terms of Area and magnificence of temple architecture. It was around 3 pm when we left from Akshardham and again took a shared auto from Akshardham upto Civil Hospital. From Civil Hospital, we walked upto Dada Hari Stepwell, which is again around 15 minutes walk.
Built by Brahmins, Ambaji Temple attracts people from all religions far and wide. Open seven days of the week, it has been welcoming its crowd of devotees for ages now. Entirely built of white marbles alongside gold cones, the temple has only one entrance. It is believed that Goddess Amba has prohibited her disciples from constructing other doorways. Among major religious functions are the frequently conducted ‘havans’ and reading of the Vedic texts called ‘Viso Yantra’. Located no more than 70 kms from Ahmedabad, consider it the easiest way out of your usual idol worship- given the temple has none.Distance from Ahmadabad - 174 Km
Koteshwar Mahadev Temple
Koteshwar Mahadev Temple (152 km from Bhuj)is at the dead end of the land mass beyond which is the vast salt marsh and the sea. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is situated at the edge of the vast water body of Kori Creek hence, constructed on a high platform and bounded by stone boundary to protect damage from constant water splashing. It was told that the lights in Karachi, Pakistan are visible from here in clear nights.
The Heritage Walk organised by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation is nonetheless the best way to understand the city's rich history. It starts at 8 am daily, at the Swaminarayan Temple and ends in nearly two and a half hours at Jama Masjid. [No pre-bookings required. Just show up at the temple a few minutes before 8 am and you can buy your pass right then and there] I would have walked through the same parts of the city, as I did during the heritage walk, and not carried a mind-set to remark, as I rather did during the walk. After meandering through the many historic alleys and a few pol communities, I could see the old town of Ahmedabad much clearly. The amazing part was that I could amble in the old city without ploughing my way through milling crowd. Early mornings are wonderful, silent and uncrowded. I noticed the residents busy with their mundane. We even entered a couple of houses to see the architectural heritage, amidst of the owners of houses busy with their routines, and not a slightest sign of antipathy on their face for us intruding their privacy; actually many would be intruding their privacies each day. Perhaps that is the essence of our cultural heritage, I learned. You feel familiar.