Stunning Monuments in Gujarat

24 June 2024

1. Dwarkadhish Temple

The Dwarkadhish Temple or Jagat Mandir, is a popular tourist destination. Lord Krishna’s grandson Vajranabh founded it more than 2500 years ago.

2. Rani Ki Vav

Rani Ki Vav is an elaborate stepwell located in Patan, Gujarat. It's situated alongside the Saraswati River. It was constructed for King Bhimdev I, by Rani Udayamati in 1063.

3. Laxmi Vilas Palace

The Laxmi Vilas Palace, home to Vadodara’s royal family, was constructed in the Indo-Saracenic architectural style of the 19th century. It is the biggest private residence constructed to date.

4. Adalaj Stepwell

Adalaj Stepwell was built in the 15th century. The elaborate carvings on the pillars supporting the five stories and the beam works are still mostly intact. It embodies the Indo-Islamic fusion architecture.

5. Sabarmati Ashram

Sabarmati Ashram was Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba’s original residence, located in Ahmedabad. He also launched his Dandi March from here.

6. Modhera Sun Temple

The Modhera Sun Temple was constructed between 1026 and 1027 CE, under Bhima I's (Chauulukya dynasty) rule. Upon entering the historical complex, you’ll find the ‘Suryakund,’ with 108 shrines.

7. Lothal

Among the most significant cities of the Indus Valley civilization, which stretches into Pakistan, was Lothal. Combining the words ‘loth’ and ‘thal,’ lothal means ‘the mound of the dead’ in Gujarati.

8. Diu Fort

Situated on Diu's coast is the Diu Fort. Three of its sides view the sea, while the fourth overlooks a canal. The massive battle-scarred fort was constructed in 1535 by D. Nuno da Cunha

9. Kirti Mandir

Kirti Mandir is a memorial shrine made in honour of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi. It is located in Porbandar, Gujarat, India.

10. Sidi Saiyyed Mosque

Known by most as Sidi Saiyyedd ni Jali, the mosque was constructed by Sidi Saiyyedd between 1572 and 1573 AD, during which time the Mughals conquered Gujarat.

11. Sarkhej Roza

The complex of Sarkhej Roza consists of a mosque, tomb, and palace erected in honour of Ahmed Khattu Ganj Baksh, the spiritual guide of Ahmed Shah I.

12. Prag Mahal

The palace was named for Rao Pragmalji II, who gave the order for the Prag Mahal to be built. The first bricks were placed in the palace in 1865. Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins created the Italian Gothic design.

13. Aina Mahal

Constructed in 1752, this palace in Bhuj lost its top story due to an earthquake, but its lower level is still accessible to visitors and features a remarkable 15.2 m scroll depicting a Kutch state procession.

14. Bhadra Fort

Ahmed Shah, the city's founder, constructed Bhadra Fort (Aark) in 1411 AD. Up until their independence, the British held the fort as a prison after seizing it in 1817.

15. Jhulta Minar

Known also as the Shaking Minarets, Jhulta Minar has fascinated the greatest designers and architects. The connecting passage between the two minarets stays vibration-free even when one of them is shaken.

16. Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple

The first of India's twelve sacred jyotirlingas is said to have arisen from the intricately carved, honey-coloured Somnath Jyotirlinga temple, where Shiva manifested as a flaming column of light.

17. Teen Darwaza

The Teen Darwaza was constructed by Ahmed Shah, Ahmedabad's founder. The structure features three arches that reach a height of 25 feet. The width of the other two side arches extends to 13 feet.

18. Uperkot Fort

Chandragupta is credited with designing the Uparkot Fort in 319 BC. The ramparts are 20 meters high in some places.

19. Mohabbat Maqbara

Mahabat Khanji began work on the yellow-walled Mahabat Maqbara in 1878, and his successor, Bahadur Khanji, finished it in 1892.

20. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

A rich historical site, the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is dotted with forts, mosques, monuments, tombs, arches, temples, step-wells, and fortresses.