Then and Now of Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad (also called Amdavad, Ahmadabad or Ahemdavad) is the largest city and the former capital of the western Indian state Gujarat. The area around it has been inhabited since 11th century and it was known as Ashaval (or Ashapalli). It is located 30 km from the sate capital Gandhinagar, on the banks of River Sabarmati. This city is the administrative headquarters of Ahmedabad district and seat of Gujarat high court. It has a population of more than 7.2 million, which makes it the fifth-largest city and seventh-largest metropolitan area of India.

Ahmedabad might have changed a lot over the years and is ranked 3rd in Forbes list of fastest growing cities of the decade. The city has been termed by Forbes as the most business-friendly and market-oriented among Indian states. It has also developed infrastructure more quickly than other states. It’s growth can also be attributed to the tourism industry of Gujarat. Here are a few places which beautifully depict the changes this city has witnessed over the years.

1. Hathee Singh Temple 

It is one of the oldest and the best known Jain temple in Ahmedabad and was constructed in 1848. The temple was built during a severe famine in Gujarat and the total cost of construction was Rs. 8 lakh. Over hundreds of skilled artisans were employed to build it over a span of 2 years. It has been named after its founder Seth Hathee Signh. Today, this architectural marvel is the most visited tourism spot of the city.

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2. Jama Masjid

It is one of the most magnificent mosques of India and made by using yellow sandstones. The architecture of this mosque is a blend of Hindu and Muslim styling. There are several entrances to this mosque. The strong structure of this mosque has withstood the pressure exerted by heat and rough weather over the years. It is one of the most splendid structures of Ahmedabad and should be on the list of must-visit places of every tourist.

Then –

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Now –

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3. Manik Chowk

It is one of the notable city square in Old Ahmedabad and very famous for its night street food market. This chowk is also very prominent for its vegetable market which is active in the wee hours of the day. However, it turns into a jewellery market as the day progresses.

Then –

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Now –

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4. Moohafiz Khan’s Mosque

It is a fifteenth century mosque and is considered to be an excellent example of one of the most exceptional structures in the city. During the communal violence in 2002, this mosque was extensively damaged. It is under the list of protected buildings in the list of Archaeological Survey of India.

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