Mosque of Sidi Saiyed
The Mosque of Sidi Saiyad, near Lal Darwaja has earned worldwide fame for its magnificent stone tracery. The tracery is acclaimed for it's splendid Jali screen, framed, in ten semi-circular windows. This is a unique site where the lathic work and exquisite carvings in stone has been a source of inspiration to all those who love art. The manifold designs of Banyan tree carvings all over window has been adopted by the Ahmedabad Philatelic Bureau as the constellation mark which is a superb and peerless example of delicate carving that transforms atones into filigree. It is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture and its models in miniature are best known souvenirs of the city.
Jama Masjid
Build by Ahmad Shah in 1423 it's the principal mosque of the islamic era, situated in the centre of the city near Three Gates (Tran Darwaja). The Mosque was built in indo- Saracenic architectural time and is said to be the most beautiful mosque in the East. The mosque has 260 pillars supporting 15 domes arranged symmetrically. Pleasant illumination without glare is achieved from the light reflected from external roof into the dome and admitted through clerestory windows. A special feature of the mosque is the Muluk-Khana, or the Royal Gallery, which is a platform standing on pillars and enclosed upto the roof with beautiful stone work.
Hatheesign Jain Temple
Of the Jain temples, the oldest is the temple dedicated to SAMBHAVNATH at ZAVERI VAD. Constructed in 1600 AD it houses a magnificent idol. A flight of steps leads to an underground temple of the same size as that above ground but the most magnificent is Sheth Hatheesing's Jain Temple outside Delhi Gate, built by Sheth Hatheesing, a rich Jain merchant, in 1848 AD. Built of pure white marble, it has a paved courtyard surrounded by an imposing row of cloisters containing 52 shrines, each with an image of a tirthankara, profusely decorated with rich carvings, one containing the marble image of the 15th tirthankar. The temple is a two storied structure with elaborate porches on three sides and front porch crowned by a large dome. It was designed by Premchand Salat and is dedicated to Dharmanath, the fifteenth Jina or Jain apposite. It was built at a cost of Rs 10 Lacs, a sum unimaginable in those days.
The Swaminarayan Akshardham temple of gandhinagar is a modern complex,built in traditional Indian architectural style from 6000 metric tons of long lasting pink sandstone,from Rajasthan and carved by expert artisans from Bansipahahadpur.The first floor galleries has a museum.The galleries outside,here a state-of-the-art exhibition using chez Integrovision shows,audio-visuals,mutimedia,dioramas of the life of lord swaminarayan and from the Hindu epics, introduce readers to the concepts of the Akshardham movement.
Kankaria Lake
It is a circular lake constructed in 1451 by Sultan Qutubub-Din. In the center of the lake is an island garden with a summer palace known as Nagina Wadi. The lake is a popular recreation center, surrounded by parks, 'Bal Vatika', an aquarium, a boat club, a natural historical museum and a zoo.
Gandhi Ashram
On a quiet stretch of the Sabarmati river is the Gandhi Ashram set up in 1917. During the lifetime of Mahatma Gandhi it was known as Satyagraha Ashram and was the center of India's freedom movement. It was from here, in 1930, that the Mahatma began his famous "Dandi March" to the sea to protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the British. 'Hridaya Kunj', the simple cottage where he lived, is preserved as a National Monument. A Gandhi Memorial Center, a Library and a Sound-and-Light spectacle offer an interesting display of the Mahatma's life and work.