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Welcome to Alpana Heritage Museum

The haveli is set in beautifully maintained gardens where peacocks and other birds abound. The building is in the classic regional style with courtyards and open verandas. There are drawing and dining rooms.

The key exhibits of the museum are the silver and bronze collection, artifacts collected by the owners from across the world, family heirlooms and exquisite textiles.

Signature Experience

• 20th Century Gujarati Haveli
• Gujarat’s Textile Heritage Museum
• City Heritage Walks
• Silver and Bronze Artifacts Collection

Alpana is a haveli built in an Gujarati Haveli style with traditional carvings and rich teakwood workmanship. The haveli is appointed with 18th century, 19th and 20th century furniture. The property is owned by the prominent business family of Anant Jhaveri, the current owner.

The haveli is set in beautifully maintained gardens where peacocks and other birds abound. The building is in the classic regional style with courtyards and open verandas. There are drawing and dining rooms.

The key exhibits of the museum are the silver and bronze collection, artifacts collected by the owners from across the world, family heirlooms and exquisite textiles.

The property has drawing room, dining room and two bedrooms. There are plans to open it as a Bed and Breakfast Homestay.

The property is located near Shahibaug Palace built by Shah Jahan when he was Prince Khurram, the governor of Gujarat. The palace later became part of the British administrative area. This palace was home to Rabindranath Tagore. The palace served as the Raj Bhavan from 1960 till the governors’ residence was moved to Gandhinagar. After that it has been converted into a memorial museum for Sardar Patel, with a collection of photographs and artifacts from his life. The museum has recently been modernized with multi-media and 3D shows.

Another attraction of Shahibaug, the Calico Museum of Textiles houses a stunning collection of textiles, crafts and costumes. The collection includes exquisite shawls from Kashmir, silks from different parts of India, 18th century tie-dye, Telia Rumal from Andhra, Chama Rumal from Himachal, 19th century Phulkari embroidery from Punjab, richly brocaded royal wardrobes from princely states of Rajasthan and other parts of India and a beautiful 17th century Mughal tent with kalamkari art and fine brocades. The religious collection includes 18th century Shrinathji pichwais from Nathdwara and Jain manuscripts. The fine collections have been thematically displayed with a special gallery dedicated to textiles made for trade and colonial power, and other galleries that are either based on a region or a style. Fabrics are displayed stretched out on boards or evocatively as they would be in a real setting. Models and diagrams explain some of the weaving, dyeing and embroidery processes. The rooms spread across the mansion also have interesting furniture, bronzes, Jain statues and artifacts.
The museum has an excellent shop where you can buy publications on historical or technical aspects of different textiles, cards, souvenirs and reproductions of textile designs.

Hathisingh Jain Temples, built by Sheth Hathising in a grove of trees in 1848, is one of Ahmedabad’s best known Jain temples. The towering carved column called Kirti Stambh, visible from the main road, is the main landmark for the complex. This Swetambar temple is reminiscent of the Solanki period Jain temples built in the 11th and 12th centuries in Gujarat and neighbouring areas of Rajasthan. The white marble walls of the temple are covered with some fine carvings of dancers, musicians, animals and flowers. The main sanctuary is dedicated to Dharamnath, while smaller shrines around the multi-columned courtyard house images of other Jain tirthankars.

Called the Satyagraha Ashram and later renamed the Harijan Ashram, the Gandhi Ashram is also known as Sabarmati Ashram. This isone of the most moving memorials to Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi lived here in the Hriday Kunj, which was Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba’s cottage-like residence now exhibiting a poignant collection of his simple belongings. like wooden footwear, white seamless khadi clothes, round spectacles, utensils, urns, gifts received by him, work table and spinning wheel. There are many other work areas and residences in the lush green complex by the

The Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalay was built between 1958 and 1964. Keeping with the lifestyle of Mahatma Gandhi, the famous architect Charles Correa used simple materials like brick walls and wooden louvered screens to create five rooms around a shallow pool, with subtle differences between each of them. The rooms exhibit photographs of events in the life of Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian Independence Movement, paintings, press clippings and textual pieces tracking Mahatma Gandhi’s stay in Ahmedabad from 1915 to 1930, paintings of Mahatma Gandhi, quotations of well-known world figures about Mahatma Gandhi, famous quotes by Mahatma Gandhi, and archival material from Mahatma Gandhi’s life at the Ashram. The library here houses about 34000 letters to and from the Mahatma, manuscripts of his articles and thousands of books related to Mahatma Gandhi and his philosophies.

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