Teen Darwaja : Bhadra Plaza
Teen Darwaza is also known as the LalDarwaza. The Teen Darwaza is an architectural marvel, the beauty of which is surely going to leave you awestruck. Consisting of gorgeous arched gates. Teen Darwaza is one of the longest as well as the oldest gateways of the Ahmedabad City. It was established in the year 141 A.D. by Sultan Ahmed Shah, who founded the city of Ahmedabad.
Lying adjacent to the famous Bhadra fort, Teen Darwaza has been intricately carved. Initially, it served as an entrance to Royal Square at Bhadra Fort. The great Mughal emperor Jahangir used to come here along with his beloved wife Noorjahan, to take a look at the procession that started from this grand gateway and went nonstop till Jama Masjid. The walls and pillars of Teen Darwaza are beautifully designed.Teen Darwaza of Ahmedabad, India is truly an epitome of the fine Islamic architecture. The windows of this fabulous monument are semi-circular and adorned using mesh work. The central window depicts the tree of life. Five palm trees are shown that are covered with snakes. This portrayal also serves as the symbol of the Gujarat Government. This regal citadel is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Ahmedabad.
The Teen Darwaza was an egress from Bhadra Fort to the eastward. The gateway has three arches which led into a large enclosure, forming the outer courtyard of the palace called Maidan Shah in past, with a fountain and raised terrace in the centre. The roadway in the central opening is 17 feet wide, and that of each side arch is 13 feet wide. It has highly decorated buttresses on the faces of piers between the arches. The height of the arches is twenty-five feet. The terrace on the top of the gateway was formerly roofed over. But in 1877 the gateway was repaired, and the terrace thrown open. Here the great feudatories or foreign embassies assembled before approaching the presence, and the sovereign enthroned on the terrace, mustered the troops for martial enterprises and gala-day reviews, or held court in the cool of the evening beside the splashing fountain. Now the area is congested market.It was built by Ahmed Shah I immediately after the foundation of Ahmedabad and completed in 1415. Through it, in 1459, Mahmud Begada, king for only a few months, and not fifteen years old, quiver on back and bow in hand, with only 300 horsemen, marched to disperse his rebel nobles and their 30,000 followers. Leaving the palace, the young king ordered the roads leading to it to be held by elephants, and, with the royal music playing, marched slowly along the main street. His cool bravery gave some of his faithful nobles time to join, and forming a considerable force, though small compared with the insurgents, attacked them, put them to flight, and destroyed their leaders. Later the newly appointed Maratha governors used to aim five arrows at one of its beams, and augur good or ill to their administration in accordance with their success in striking it.
LalDarwaja is the most popular shopping destination in Gujarat for budget life style to a luxury life style. LalDarwaja is most popular shopping area in Ahmedabad for budget and lower priced items.
Some special tips for the shoppers
- Do Bargaining with hawker / shop owner: LalDarwaja is much crowded with lots of hawkers selling various items from clothes to electronics items. They generally quote higher price for every item and if you are aware about price of particular item you must bargain with the hawker / shop owner. Most of the time, item price is quoted higher than its original price. I have also experienced that sometime they quote more than 5x higher price than its original product price. So, it is advisable to keep bargaining till hawker lowers the price. It will be best shopping experience at LalDarwaja for you.
- Check Quality of Product: There are lots of hawkers who loves to cheat outsider people. It is the common cheating method by most of the hawkers. So you most of the hawkers. So, you must check quality of product before packing.
- Safety Tips at LalDarwaja: It is the most crowded area of Ahmedabad and pick pocketing is the most common in the area. So, it is advisable that you should not wear imported and valuable Jewellery / Gold because chain snatcher are keen to steal your ornaments.
- Street Food: LalDarwaja is the most popular food street in Ahmedabad. You can eat a variety of local food in the area. PaniPuri, Samosa, Dhokla, various PAN, Dhosa and variety of foods are available in the LalDarwaja Street. There are also some best quality restaurants and hostels are there which serve all types of food with reasonable price.