Sarkhej

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Sarkhej
neighbourhood
Sarkhej is located in Gujarat
Sarkhej
Sarkhej
Location in Gujarat, India
Coordinates: 22°59′0″N 72°30′0″E / 22.98333°N 72.50000°E / 22.98333; 72.50000Coordinates: 22°59′0″N 72°30′0″E / 22.98333°N 72.50000°E / 22.98333; 72.50000
Country  India
State Gujarat
District Ahmedabad
Languages
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 382210
City Ahmedabad

Sarkhej is a suburban neighbourhood in the city of Ahmedabad. It is primarily known for the Sarkhej Roza is an architectural complex located 8 km south from the city centre. One of the most important roads of metropolitan Ahmedabad, Sarkhej–Gandhinagar Highway, originates from Sarkhej and ends at the twin city Gandhinagar.

History[edit]

Mainly erected under Mahmud Begada's reign (1442–51), it has been built on the location where the holy man and religious Muslim leader Ahmed Khattu Ganj Baksh (or Shaikh Ahmad Khattri)lived and died (in 1446). He was the spiritual guide of the sultan Ahmed Shah. He is said to have been one of the fourth Ahmed who founded the city of Ahmedabad. His Roza or Maqbara is one of the biggest mausoleum of India, competing with the Taj Mahal. The complex became a retreat place for sultans and later an imperial necropolis.

Organized around a large artificial water reservoir are to be found gardens, a mosque and the holy man's tomb, together with the tombs of Mahmud Begada and his wife Rajabai, as well as palaces, a harem and pavilions. The buildings have an austere beauty, a mixture of Hindu and Islamic styles.

Location[edit]

Sarkhej is accessible through National Highways NH 8A and NH 8C and the Sardar Patel Ring Road.

Sarkhej is an important godown area for Ahmedabad. Warehousing and Distribution for entire Gujarat is done from Sarkhej. There is also a narrow gauge railway station.

Public Transport[edit]

The Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation runs a circular bus service along the Sardar Patel Ring Road from Sarkhej on an hourly basis.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Circular bus service on Sardar Patel Ring Road". Ahmedabad. The Indian Express. Dec 7, 2009. Retrieved 2013-07-29. 
  2. ^ "GSRTC to have circular bus service along SP Ring Road". Ahmedabad. Times of India. Dec 6, 2009. Retrieved 2013-07-29.