Welcome to Mahemdavad, a charming town located in the Kheda district of the Indian state of Gujarat. Situated on the banks of the Vatrak River, Mahemdavad is a hidden gem that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Founded by the king Mahmud Begada, the town was initially named Mahmudabad after the king. Today, Mahemdavad is known for its ancient well, Bhammariyo Kuvo, and its thriving leather bag cottage industry. Join us as we explore the many wonders of Mahemdavad and discover why this town should be on every traveler’s bucket list.
Mahemdavad is located at 22.83°N 72.77°E / 22.83; 72.77 and has an average elevation of 33 meters (108 ft). As of the 2001 India census, Mahemdavad has a population of 30,769, with males constituting 52% of the population and females 48%. The town has an average literacy rate of 70%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. In Mahemdavad, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.
One of the main attractions in Mahemdavad is the ancient well, Bhammariyo Kuvo. This well has seven floors below the ground, each with a different architecture. Currently, visitors are only able to view the top three floors as floors four to seven are filled. Built during the Gujarat Sultanate, Bhammariyo Kuvo is a testament to the town’s rich history and architectural heritage.
Mahemdavad is also home to several educational institutes, including Shanti Niketan English School, Seth J. H. Sonawala High School, St. Xaviers High School, Vedanta High School, and the local municipal school. Most of the schools instruct their students in Gujarati, the local language. In addition, Mahemdavad has several colleges, including Government Polytechnic Kheda, Manekchock Co-Op. Bank Arts & Mahemdabad Urban Peoples Co-Op. Bank Commerce College, The Mahemdabad Education Society B. Ed. College, Degree College of Physical Education, and Gayatri Kelavani Mandal Sanchalit B. P. E. and Yoga College.
The market place is situated at the heart of the town and is marked by the Virol Darwaja (gate). The market remains open on all days except for Saturday and is home to a variety of small-scale cottage industries, including the famous leather bag industry. People from surrounding cities come specially to Mahemdavad to buy purses, handbags, and school bags. In addition, the cobbler is also very famous for his ever-lasting shoes. Apart from these, there are a number of cloth merchants, pharmacies, one or two gold merchants, a few utensils merchants, and more. On the whole, trade and commerce are developed to a good extent here.
Transportation in Mahemdavad is mainly by rail and bus. Mahemdavad has Mahemadavad Kheda Road as a train station for halting express and superfast trains. National Highway 59 passes through Mahemdabad, linking it to Ahmedabad, Surat, and Ratlam. Mahemdavad has a bus station for local buses which link to Nadiad, Anand, Ahmedabad, Dakor, and Kheda. The nearest international airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport at Ahmedabad, which is only 33 km from Mahemdavad connected by road.
In conclusion, Mahemdavad is a town that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. From its ancient well to its thriving leather bag industry, Mahemdavad has something for everyone. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or a foodie, Mahemdavad is a destination that should be on your bucket list. So why wait? Book your trip to Mahemdavad today and experience the magic of this charming town for yourself!