Guardians of History: Check out THESE 7 heritage Darwazas of Ahmedabad that still stand strong!

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Though the days of kings, great battles, and grand intricate public structures are long gone, their traces linger in the form of castles, Havelis, and Darwazas all over Ahmedabad's Old City. Impressive Darwazas once served as entrances to the city, castles, markets, and kept citizens safe from potential dangers.

Today, whenever we pass through these ancient doorways, we are reminded of the city's royal past. So, come along as we explore the still-standing and vibrant 7 Darwazas of Ahmedabad!

Teen Darwaza

Teen Darwaza, erected in 1,415 by Sultan Ahmed Shah I, is an iconic symbol of Ahmedabad. Its three arched openings and delicately carved stone latticework make it a stunning example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. Historically, it served as the royal entrance to the Maidan Shah, an open square where processions and events were held.

Dilli Darwaza

“Dilli” or “Delhi Darwaja” also known as “Idariyo Darwajo” built during the rule of Mahmud Begada, stands as a testament to the city's strategic importance. The gate served as an entry point for travelers arriving from the northern regions, connecting Ahmedabad to the capital city, Delhi.

Laal Darwaza

The distinctive red sandstone facade reflects the grand architectural style of its time. Located in the heart of the city, Laal Darwaza remains a vibrant portal, inviting exploration of Ahmedabad's bustling markets and cultural heritage.

Dariyapur Darwaza

Dariyapur Darwaza was constructed to facilitate the passage of soldiers and convoys of the Sultanate. The gate is named after Dariya Khan, whose tomb stands nearby.

Raipur Darwaza

Raipur Gate, situated to the northeast of the walled city, is one of the key medieval gateways. It forms an integral part of the second fort, an extension constructed by the Sultan to fortify Ahmedabad. Designed to safeguard both the citadel and the residents, Raipur Gate contributed to creating a robust shield over the city.

Astodia Darwaza

As Ahmedabad experienced urban expansion, the Sultans undertook the construction of an extension to the walled city. Astodia Darwaza emerged as the southeastern gateway within the confines of the city walls, forming an integral component of the second fort, ultimately completed under the rule of Sultan Mahmud Begada.

Panchkuva Darwaza

"Panchkuva," translates to "Five Wells." Legend has it that as the city expanded during the British era, "Panchkuva Darwaja" was erected to facilitate trade and transport. Despite the disappearance of some wells due to development, locals and Indologists can still identify their approximate locations, adding a touch of historical continuity to the area.

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