Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial, Ahmedabad

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The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial is a museum and exhibition centre dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Moti Shahi Mahal, located in Shahibaug, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, near Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad. Moti Shahi Mahal was constructed by the Mughal emperor Shahjahan between 1618 and 1622. It is surrounded by a garden.HistoryThe palace was built in 1622 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (1616-1622) to give work to the poor during a season of scarcity. The Shahibaug gardens of the palace were in the seventeenth century famous, the resort of the whole city, and one of its chief ornaments. A century and a half later (1781), though the well was in ruins and the fountains and water-courses broken, the gardens could still boast of some noble cypresses, cedars, palms, sandals, and cassias, with mango, tamarind, and other spreading fruit trees. Besides the gardens, there was, a little beyond, an older garden called the Andhari Badi, or dark garden, with large ruins. The palace, always kept in good repair, is thus described by Forbes in 1781: At a little distance from the royal mansion, on the bank of the Sabarmati river, with separate gardens, baths and fountains, was the zanana or ladies' palace. In 1638 the Shahi Baug was very large, shut in by a great wall with ditches full of water, a beautiful house, and very rich rooms. In 1666 Thevenot found the King's garden full of all kinds of trees. The road lay through an avenue like those in Paris. The garden was very large or rather there were several gardens rising like an amphitheatre. There were four wonderful walks fringed, on either side right across the garden, by a terrace full of flowers and meeting in the form of a cross, where was a great building with a roof covered with green tiles.
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  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial is a good place for visit with family.It was established in memory of Sardar vallbhbhai patel. Very well maintained place.  more »
  • a little distance from the royal mansion, on the bank of the Sabarmati river, with separate gardens, baths and fountains, was the zanana or ladies' palace. In 1638 the Shahi Baug was very large, shut ...  more »
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  • A quite interesting museum about Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel, a politician that fought for the country's freedom and united India. This place is full of historical evidence and cultural designs.  The museum is very informative and the information is provided in the most interesting and attractive way. Everything is presented technologically in most modern style.  They have a wonderful Light & Sound program in the evening. There is a 20-25 min video shown about the life of Sardar and how his bold decisions made sure that India remained united. Very well maintained and designed. Amazing experience.
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial, in an old palace in Ahmedabad, is an honest and praiseworthy effort of Gujarat government to pay tribute to Vallabhbhai Patel who is popularly known as Sardar (Chief, leader.) The first deputy prime minister and home minister of India, also known as an iron man, is the founding father of the Republic of India. Through his strong willpower and adroitness, he tactfully guided India's integration into a united nation. India was divided into more than five hundred sixty five princely states. Patel is the one who unified all the states under one umbrella and formed a nation out of hundreds of states. The museum provides an excellent opportunity to visitors to get an insight into the life and work of India's great son Vallabhbhai Patel.
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