Ellis BridgeCurrently Open
- Address: Swami Vivekananda Rd, Lal Darwaja, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380001, India
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: View Point, Bridge
Located alongside the Sabarmati river, the bridge has a long history that apparently dates back to the time of the Colonial rule. The place is today a hustling hotpot for natives who come here to bask in the scenery that surrounds the place. It is, in fact, the first area that was developed outside the walled area of the city. The bridge is quite popular for its structure which was built using the latest technology of that time and is known for being a sturdy specimen of engineering. Another of its importance is its area, which is quite close to many other important attractions like Law garden and the maze of the residential settlement. Being the oldest bridge in the city, the place has a great historical significance and is best visited during kite festivals when the scenery of kites donning the blues of the sky is best seen from here.
- Take plenty of water with you.
- Having a map will be helpful here.
- Entry is free.
- By Train: Gandhigram Railway Station
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0.14% of people who visit Ahmedabad include Ellis Bridge in their plan
50% of people start their Ellis Bridge visit around 5 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Ellis Bridge
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Ellis Bridge
it is the one of the best heritage place in ahmedabad. and its one of the best place all over the heritage places...
The original bridge was firstly built by British govt in Ahmedabad was called Ellisbridge.The same bridge carving and decorative things, lamps etc construction is preserved as the archiological department had declared it dangerous due to the old bridge sustainibility.Hence the Ahm municipal corporation had constructed two supporting bridge for going to and fro.It is called the Vivekanand bridge...
Very nice bridge A heritage bridge of Ahmadabad The original wooden bridge was constructed by British engineers in 1870–71 at a cost of £54,920 (Rs. 5,49,200). Except two spans on banks, It was destroyed by floods in 1875. A new steel bridge was rebuilt in 1892 by engineer Himmatlal Dhirajram Bhachech and named after Sir Barrow Helbert Ellis, the commissioner of the North Zone. The steel was imported from Birmingham. Himmatlal built it at a cost of Rs 407,000 which was lower than the budget of Rs 500,000. The government grew suspicious and thought that low quality materials were used by Himmatlal. An inquiry committee was set up and it found that the construction was of superior quality. For saving government money, Himmatlal was subsequently honoured with the title of Rao Sahib. The Foundation Block of Ellisbridge was later moved to the Sanskar Kendra. It reads, The Ellis Bridge - So named by Government after Sir Barrow Helbert Ellis : K.G.S.I. was built in 1869 and 1870. At a cost of Rs:549,210 destroyed by the great flood of 22 September 1875 and rebuilt in 1890 and 1895 by Government, Local Bodies and Private Subscribers. At a further cost of Rs. 407,564. This the First Stone of the new bridge was laid by His Excellency Donald James eleventh Lord Reay C.C.I.E.LL.D. Governor of Bombay 19 December 1889. Thousands heard Mahatma Gandhi declaring his Dandi march on 8 March 1930 from Ellis bridge. Proposals were made to pull down the bridge in 1973, 1983 and 1986 but all were rejected. Later Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation(AMC) declared Ellis bridge and its boundary, Manek Burj and the natural water drain near one of the banks of Sabarmati river as protected sites in May 1989. The original steel bridge was narrow and not suited for heavy motorized traffic and so it was closed in 1997. New concrete bridges were constructed on either side of the steel bridge to support heavy traffic in 1999 at cost of Rs 180 million, and the original steel bridge is preserved as a heritage landmark. After the documentation, the Manek Burj was partially removed and Ganesh Bari, the Maratha constructed gate, was reconstructed to make space for the bridge. The bridge has been renamed as Swami Vivekananda bridge after Swami Vivekanand.
Ancient heritage of Ahmedabad....the oldest bridge in the city, offers a beautiful view of the riverfront on either side.
It's lovely old bridge... it has long story behind it...