Ahmedabad – Part XII: Kankaria Lake and the Dutch Tombs

Kankaria lake, formerly known as Hauz-e-Qutub is situated in the south-eastern part of the Ahmedabad city in the Maninagar area. This polygonal lake was built in 1451 by Sultan Qutbuddin. At the centre of the lake is a garden called Nagina Wadi (which means beautiful garden in Urdu). In 2008 the lake front was revamped and developed around it with many public attractions like zoo, toy train, tethered balloon ride, water rides, food stalls etc.

Kankaria Lake
Kankaria Lake
View of Nagina Wadi in the centre of the lake
View of Nagina Wadi in the centre of the lake
The tethered balloon ride
The tethered balloon ride
The toy train around the lake
The toy train around the lake

Another important attraction around the lake is the Dutch and Armenian tombs. They are located on the One Tree Hill embankment, announcing the strong trade presence of the Dutch East India Company in the city of Ahmedabad. In the 17th and 18th centuries Dutch traders from Holland came to Gujarat. They used to trade cotton cloth, yarn and indigo. Surat was the main centre of their trade but a small number of them lived in Ahmedabad. These tombs were built in their memory. The tombs were built in Saracenic style with domes and pillars. The dates of the tombs are ranging from 1641 to 1699. The Armenian tombs belonged to the brokers in the Dutch factory. The inscriptions in some of the tombs are in Dutch and Latin.

The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs - the damages are due to the earthquake
The Dutch Tombs – the damages are due to the earthquake
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
The Dutch Tombs
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