Gateway of India,Mumbai

The majestic Gateway of India is a glorious historical memorial built during British rule. This magnificent monument has been built in Indo-Sarcenic style to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay. Gateway of India is one of the finest example of colonial architectural heritage in India. This grand structure stands at the Apollo Bunder, a popular meeting place in Mumbai. The gateway of India was designed by the British architect George Wittet and was opened for general public in the year 1924. 

¤ Structure

The foundation stone of the Gateway of India was laid down by the then Governor of Bombay (Mumbai) on March 31st 1913. The total cost of building the arch was around 21 Lakhs. The Gateway of India is 26 meters high and is coupled with four turrets. There are beautiful and complex latticework carved on stones. The mark of Gujarati architecture can also be seen on the monument. It is said that this awesome structure is a blend of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and a Moorish palace. 

¤ Historical Significance

In the year 1947, when the British rule came to an end, this colonial building became a symbol of the British Raj. The last British troop that left India, First Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry passed through the Gateway of India on 28 February 1948. Thus , it became a notable historical monument.

Anjunem Dam, Goa

Anjunem Dam

The Anjunem Dam is located on the Sanquelim-Belgaum highway in Chorla ghat at about 10 km from the Sanquelim town. It is one of the most idyllic places to enjoy the mystic charm and greenery around.

The dam lies in a sylvan valley formed by the proximity of another peak, Morlemgad to its south-east and below one of Goa’s highest peaks, Vagheri hill.

For accommodation, there is a foret department rest house at Keri and an irrigation department rest house above the dam. There is also a private eco resort in Chorla ghat.

The ambience at the Anjunem dam is so enchanting that visitors return to the spot every monsoon or even during other seasons.

Anjunem dam has a mystic charm of its own. Located in rural Goa, Anjunem dam is counted amongst the most idyllic spots in Goa to take pleasure in the mystical charm and the greenery that surrounds the entire place.

The Anjunem dam is situated on the Sanquelim Belgaum highway in the Chorla Ghat. The place is about 10 kilometers away from the Sanquelim town. This dam is positioned in a ‘sylvan valley’ which is formed by the nearness of another peak, called Morlemgad to its south east and below one of Goa’s highest peaks, the Vagheri hill.

If you are touring in Goa, then you must visit the Anjunem dam. Out here, you can be sure to capture some of the best pictures of your life in this site. All those beach lovers who are planning to come to Goa should take a day out to visit this lovely place that is warm and welcoming for the visitors. It would definitely be a welcome change for the beach lovers as well. After all, Goa is not all about beaches. You must see the other side of Goa too.

The mystic aura of the Anjunem dam offers you every reason to immerse yourself enjoying the beauty of this place. Away from the usual hustle and bustle of the other tourist spots in Goa, you will find a serene and peaceful place to enjoy a great outing either alone or with your friends and family. The environment of the Anjunem dam is so thrilling that it makes you visit again and again.

Church of St. Francis of Assisi

Church of St. Francis of Assisi

Francis Xavier, born Francisco de Jasso y Azpilicueta (7 April 1506 – 3 December 1552) was a pioneering Roman Catholic missionary born in the Kingdom of Navarre (currentlySpain-France) and co-founder of the Society of Jesus. He was a student of Ignatius of Loyolaand one of the first seven Jesuits, dedicated at Montmartre in 1534.He led an extensive mission into Asia, mainly in the Portuguese Empire of the time. He was influential in the spreading and upkeep of Catholicism most notably in India, but also ventured into Japan,Borneo, the Moluccas, and other areas which had thus far not been visited by Christian missionaries. In these areas, being a pioneer and struggling to learn the local languages in the face of opposition, he had less success than he had enjoyed in India.

He left Lisbon on 7 April 1541 along with two other Jesuits and the new Viceroy Martim Afonso de Sousa, on board the Santiago. From August until March 1542 he remained in Mozambique, having reached Goa, then capital of Portuguese India’s on May 6, 1542, and also visiting Vasai. There he was invited to head Saint Paul’s College, a pioneer seminaryfor the education of secular priests that became the first jesuit headquarters in Asia, but soon departed, having spent the following three years in India.

Burials and relics

He was first buried on a beach at Shangchuan Island. In 2006, on the 500th anniversary of his birth, the Xavier Tomb Monument and Chapel on the island, in ruins after years of neglect under communist rule in China was restored with the support from the alumni of Wah Yan College, a Jesuit high school in Hong Kong. His incorrupt body was taken from the island in February 1553 and was temporarily buried in St. Paul’s church in Malacca on 22 March 1553. An open grave in the church now marks the place of Xavier’s burial. Pereira came back from Goa, removed the corpse shortly after 15 April 1553, and moved it to his house. On 11 December 1553, Xavier’s body was shipped to Goa. The body is now in the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa, where it was placed in a glass container encased in a silver casket on 2 December 1637.

Casket of Saint Francis Xavier

The right forearm, which Xavier used to bless and baptize his converts, was detached by Pr. Gen. Claudio Acquaviva in 1614. It has been displayed since in a silver reliquary at the main Jesuit church in Rome, Il Gesù.

Another of Xavier’s arm bones was brought to Macau where it was kept in a silver reliquary. The relic was destined for Japanbut religious persecution there persuaded the church to keep it in Macau’s Cathedral of St. Paul. It was subsequently moved to St. Joseph’s and in 1978 to the Chapel of St. Francis Xavier on Coloane Island. More recently the relic was moved to St. Joseph’s Seminary and the Sacred Art Museum.

Tourist Places In Gujarat

Gujarat Tourist Map

Gujarat Tourist Map

Tourist Places in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, India

Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad is a quietly visited place, meaning travelers receive the less outside traffic, the warmer attention and welcomes. Ahmedabad is extremely warm in general, making it a lovely heated place to enjoy soaking up the sun in an open and free, desert-like plain.
Ahmedabad is large and vast, and enjoys open concepts as a way of life: in its design, and in the way the people interact. Enjoying the specialty dishes of Ahmedabad such as boiled or roasted corn platters are made even more of a fun and exciting event due to the open-air restaurants. The pleasures of tasty food, and the feeling of being alive and free, mix together to make Ahmedabad one of the most ideal spots to spend your time.

The attention to detail in Ahmedabad truly makes the sights stand out. The best things to do in this city are that of the more simple kind, although no one could say Ahmedabad’s buildings celebrate simplicity. This city is highly enjoyed by taking life as it is supposed to be, like going on nice, soothing strolls around the town. This way you’ll discover the intricately carved monuments and lavish museums and art galleries – without the rush of tourists and fast-paced tour guides.

Visit Ahmedabad and enjoy life on your own terms: the relaxing, calming way that this laid-back city loves to support. Feel welcomed and feel like family in Ahmedabad’s charming atmosphere.

JAMA MASJID IN AHMEDABAD

JAMA MASJID lying opposite to Mahatma Gandhi Road, on the eastern side of Teen Darwaza, Jama Masjid is one of the most splendid mosques of India. Constructed in the year 1423 A.D, the Ahmedabad Jama Masjid was established by Sultan Ahmed Shah, the founder of the Ahmedabad city.There are different entrances to the mosque. Near the eastern entrance, stands the tomb of the Sultan Ahmed Shah, which houses the graveyard of three great rulers, namely Ahmed Shah I, his son, Mohammed Shah and his grandson, Qutub-Ud-Din Ahmed Shah II.

Akshardham Temple In Ahmedabad

This 10 storey high temple is one of the architectural marvels of the century. Akshardham Temple is made out of 6,000 tonnes of pink sandstones, placed intricately together. The most amazing part of this splendor is that not even a single iron rod was used to construct the temple. Its just the accurate placement of the stones that brought out this bewitching building. The temple is a work of 900 skilled craftsmen who created 93 sculpted pillars, 40 windows carved from both sides, and a feast of forms and filigrees. The famous Akshardham temple temple, located at Gandhi Nagar, is visited by over 2 million visitors annually.Innumerable tourists and Hindu devout visit this holy place to discover its designs, devotion, inspiration, calm and sooth.The temple has renowned itself nationally as well as internationally. It is first of its kind, not only in India but in the world. While you make a trip to Ahmedabad, a visit to Akshardham is a must.

Sarkhej Roza In Ahmedabad

Sarkhej Roja is a very oldest and longest roja in Ahmedabad.At the time when Ahmedabad city was built, which was during the reign of Ahmed Shah (1440-1443 A.D. The construction of these two monuments were completed in 1451 A.D., by his successor Qutb’ud-Din Ahmed Shah.sarkhej roja lying at a stretch of 8 kms on the south western side of Ahmedabad, Sarkhej Roza was the home of the spiritual leader of Sultan Ahmed Shah named Ahmed Kattu Gang Baksh, who was a Muslim religious leader.It was inhabited by a great Sufi saint Sheikh Ahmed Khattu. He was a close friend and advisor to Sultan Ahmed Shah. The saint lived in the village till the age of 111 years. He died in the year 1445. The grandeur of the complex was further enhanced by Sultan Mahmud Begada in the later half of the 15th century.It is a large Garden and also Children places in Sarkhej Roja.   

Sidi Saiyad Ni Jali

The Sidi Saiyyed mosque, built in 1573, is one of the most famous mosques of Ahmedabad. The mosque was built by Sidi Saiyyed, who was a slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah.The mosque was built in the last year of the Sultanate of Gujarat. The mosque is entirely arcuated. The mosque has ten screen windows (jalis) on the side and rear arches. The rear wall is filled with square stone pierced panels in geometrical designs. The two bays flanking the central aisle have reticulated stone slabs carved in designs of intertwined trees and foliage, a palm and parasite motif. This intricately carved stone window is called the Sidi Saiyyed Jali.