The Walled City, Ahmedabad

February 14, 2015

The Walled City, Ahmedabad

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June 15, 2021

I took the time this visit to walk around the Walled City of Ahmedabad, commonly referred to as the old city. Centuries ago, Ahmedabad was originally walled and fortified by gates and forts. During British rule (and slightly before it), the city began a rapid unplanned expansion outside the walls. The walls themselves no longer exist, but the gates are still standing.

Pols are are a network of small interwoven streets and tightly knit communities. There are also secret passages in between each one. During the British occupation, the resistance commonly used these to hide from soldiers, as well as store ammunition and contraband.
Manek Chowk and the various markets of Ahmedabad are home to tremendous textiles, spices, street food, and countless other items.
The entrance to the resting place of Ahmed Shah, the “founder” of Ahmedabad. I was not allowed to enter at the time I visited.
Jama Masjid was likely the largest fort in India in 1424, when it was created.
The latticework and marble of Sidi Sayed Mosque is incredibly exquisite. It's a site to behold. It was the latest piece of architecture created by the Sultanate before the invasion of the Mughals.
Bhadra Fort was built during the reign of the Gujarati Sultanate as well. It's currently undergoing renovations, which has been pleasantly. lauded by the international community.
This clock was brought in from London in the late 1800’s. It would be lit by kerosene lamps at night.

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