The glorious, multicoloured, carved-wood Swaminarayan Temple, in the old city, was built in 1822 as the first temple of the Swaminarayan Hindu sect. Followers believe that the sect’s founder, Swaminarayan (1781–1830), was the supreme being. The daily Heritage Walk usually coincides with worship at the temple, with chanting and music on full display.
Nearby Ahmedabad (Amdavad) attractions
1. Kalupur Tower
Striking clock tower.
The tomb of Ahmed Shah’s queen sits on a raised platform that’s engulfed by market stalls. Though it’s not in great shape, the jali screens are worth a…
3. Mausoleum of Ahmed Shah
This atmospheric mausoleum, outside the east gate of the Jama Masjid, may have been constructed by Ahmed Shah himself before his death in 1442. His…
4. Jama Masjid
Built by Ahmed Shah in 1423, the massive Jama Masjid ranks as one of India’s most beautiful mosques. Demolished Hindu and Jain temples provided the…
5. Rani Rupmati Mosque
Dating from around 1430-40, the Rani Rupmati mosque was built by Sultan Mahmud Begada in memory of his wife, Rani Rupmati (the mosque is sometimes called…
6. Teen Darwaja
To the east of Bhadra Fort stands the Teen Darwaja, which was the gateway into Maidan Shahi (Royal Sq), where royal processions and polo games took place.
7. Siddi Sayid’s Mosque
One of Ahmedabad’s most stunning buildings, this mosque is famed for its exquisite jali windows, spiderweb fine, two of them depicting the intricate…
8. Sidi Bashir Mosque
Between Ahmedabad train station and Sarangpur Gate, the Sidi Bashir Mosque, built in 1452, is famed for its 21.3m-high shaking minarets (jhulta minara),…