Sidi Bashir Mosque, is perhaps the most iconic monument, located in the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat. It has always been in the limelight due to its unique construction, and of course the tallest minarets in the whole of Ahmedabad called the Jhulta Minar or Shaking Minarets.
Each minaret is about 21 meters high and 3 stories tall. They have delicately carved balconies, and a staircase running through them. It was observed in the 19th-century that a gentle shaking of either minaret resulted in the other minaret to also vibrate after a few seconds. However, the connecting passage between them remains free of that effect. Though the mechanism of this is not known, the layered construction is thought to be a factor.
Most of Sidi Bashir Mosque that was built in 1461, has been destroyed over the years. All that’s left to see are these two minarets and a central gateway. Their architecture brilliance is what commands a visit even today, though entry to the minarets have been restricted.
Another mosque in Ahmedabad with shaking minarets is called the Raj Bibi Mosque. They’re similar to the ones at Sidi Bashir Mosque; only a few meters taller. They were dismantled by the British Raj; they wanted to study the construction, but could not resolve the engineering and fathom what caused those vibrations. Since, it was not possible to put them back in their original condition, they don’t have the same charm anymore.
Other attractions that deserve a visit are Amritavarshini Vav, also known as Panchkuva Stepwell located at a distance of 1.2km from Sidi Bashir Majdid. This 18th-century monument is 50 feet deep and was declared a state-preserved monument in 1969. The Adalaj Stepwell is also a must visit in the city.
Then the Tomb of Ahmed Shah, built after his death in 1442, attracts hordes of travellers for its architectural brilliance. It is locally known as Hazira of the King.
Last but not the least, Bhadra Fort is a magnificent fort known for its beautiful green gardens, the famous Bhadrakali Temple, exquisite gates, mosques and royal palaces. It was built in the 15th-century by Sultan Ahmed Shah, and since then has been a symbol of pride in the city.