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Bhadra Fort Ahmedabad Address: Court Rd, Bhadra, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, 380001, India
Ahmedabad is one of the preferred vacation destinations of history buffs as it proffers an array of ancient sites visited by travellers to discover the rich history behind them. Historical monuments add to the charm and allure of the city.
Bhadra Fort is a striking monument that bears the hallmark of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Located near eastern banks of Sabarmati River, the impressive fort was built after the establishment of Muzaffarid dynasty. Built in red stone, the fort is set in the walled city area of Ahmedabad.
Founder of Ahmedabad, Ahmed Shah had built the Bhadra Fort in 1411 Ad which was named so due to the presence of the famed Bhadrakali temple near it. Spanning over an area of 43 acres, the fort is also referred to as Aark Fort. Ahmed Shah had ruled over Gujarat Sultanate from 1411 till 1442.
British captured the Fort in 1817 and used it as a prison till Independence. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation along with the Archaeological Survey of India renovated the fort in 2014. Wandering through the breathtaking Fort gives visitors a glimpse into the life of the founder of the city.
Legends state that the revered fort was once visited by Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi who blessed the Sultan that the city would always be prosperous.
With fourteen towers or minars, eight gates and two large openings, the intriguing fort is an architectural marvel. This impressive fort was used as a royal court during Ahmed Shah’s rule. On the eastern side of the imposing fort a historical gateway called Teen Darwaza was built as an entrance leading to the royal square called Maidan-Shah. It was an open area dotted with several date and palm trees that served as a venue for the royal games and the royal processions.
Road behind the Triple gateway or the Teen Darwaza links to the mercantile square called Manek Chowk. This spectacular site of the city accommodates royal palace, beautiful Nagina Baugh, Maidan-Shah and a royal Ahmed Shah’s Mosque.
Arches of the entry gate hold the inscriptions that illustrate the history of the fort. A noteworthy feature of the fort is the lattice work of the windows. The prominent fort stands out with its impressive red stone architecture and lush gardens. Guests would be delighted to see the surroundings from the roof.
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Traversing through the fort especially the rooms of the kings and the royal court takes the people back in time. Ornate arches of the palace with its splendid balconies reflect the Mughal architecture.
Palace called Azam Khan Sarai was built by Azam Khan in 1637, with an entrance rising to a height of 5.49 m.
Britishers used the palace building as a jail and a hospital which also had a gibbet which was used to hang the prisoners. At present the Bhadra Fort houses the offices of Archaeological Survey of India, Post Office and the Civil Courts. Most part of the palace accommodates the offices.
An auspicious structure located within the fort called the Bhadrakali Temple enshrines Goddess Bhadra, a manifestation of Goddess Kali. It is believed that she is the protector of the famed city. The temple was constructed during the period of Azam Khan near the palace. Temple draws several visitors every day to witness the deity who is beautifully dressed in vibrant outfits.
The remarkable fort houses fourteen circular structures, three big gates, three mid-sized gates and two smaller gates. British East India Company installed a clock tower in the fort in 1878 which had a kerosene lamp for lightning it in the night. It was then replaced by an electric lamp in 1915 by the Britishers.
Important national events like Independence Day and Republic day are celebrated in the Fort.
How to get there?
Bhadra Fort is located near Lal Darwaza on Jijabai Marg. It can be reached taking a right turn from Swami Vivekananda Road to Jijabai Road. Also popular as Amdavad the city of Ahmedabad is well connected with rail, air and road. Kalupur Station is the main railway station and has several trains connecting the city to other parts of the country.
Sardar Vallabhai Patel International airport has several domestic and international flights connecting Ahmedabad to various parts of the country and the world. Both government and private operators run buses linking the former capital of Gujarat to different cities of the country and can be boarded from Gita Mandir or Paldi bus stands.
People can take local taxis, cabs, buses or auto rickshaws to reach Bhadra Fort from the railway station, airport or bus stand.
Entry Timings and Fees
Bhadra Fort is open from 9 AM in the morning till 5 PM in the evening. There is no entry fee for visiting Bhadra Fort.