The Bhadra Fort is the symbol of Ahmedabad’s history and rich heritage. The fort was built in the beginning of the 15th century under the orders of the Mughal emperor Ahmed Shah
I. The fort was developed to protect the city center which was also the administrative center of the Gujarat Sultanate between 1410 and 1458.
The city of Ahmedabad has been of strategic importance to all rulers of India because of its location close to the Arabian Sea. The Mughals, the Marathas and the British all kept the Bhadra fort up and running in order to protect the city of Ahmedabad from going into the hands of the enemy.
The Bhadra Fort was completely built in the year 1415. It was later redeveloped and re-planned on several occasions. The fort stood in all its glory till the late 19th century but was then damaged by a series of attacks and civil movements. The fort is now only a shadow of its past glory and extravagance.
Yet in 2014 the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation took up the responsibility of its reconstruction. The fort will soon be developed
into a major tourist attraction and also a trade center in order to boost the local economy by supporting small traders.
My visit to the Bhadra Port was my last in Ahmedabad. I chose it because it was the place where one could experience the real Ahmedabad. The streets around the fort and especially close to its Grand Darwaja are crowded with vendors and traditional shops that represent the true identity and culture of Gujarat. In my entire trip my focus had been on finding and exploring the real Gujarat. I got a glimpse at the Bhadra Fort.
The fort still includes a number of remains of its past glory. The tall centrally built clock tower is a brilliant piece of architecture. The clock last ticked in 1960 but there are hopes that it will be reinstated soon.
The citadel and the Teen Darwaja are also historically significant parts of the fort. These portions of the fort saw some of the bloodiest wars of medieval and pre-independence British-India. I return back to Delhi with a lot of lessons from the city of Ahmedabad, its welcoming people and their unending aspirations.