So sometime back with few expat acquaintances I went for the amazing Ahmedabad heritage walk which is conducted every single morning starting at 8 AM from Swami Narayan temple in Kalupur and ending at Jama Mosque at Gandhi road! It is organised by CRUTA foundation every day with the help of its very passionate and enthusiastic volunteers in collaboration with AMC!
Here are some of the pictures that I clicked on that day which I’m putting down here!
Sunrise over the temple dome.
The dome of Swami Narayan temple!
Residential quarters at the temple, probably for the monks.
Poet Dalpat Ram Memorial, he was a popular Gujarati poet in old times!
This tower for feeding birds is called ‘Chabutara’, the need for these arose because of deforestation, so there was no place for birds, hence these artificial ‘feeding centres’! Standing below is our very enthusiastic guide Nirav Panchal!
Doesn’t it look like a traditional Singaporean home!
Pols are residential complex with closely clustered houses comprising of many families of a particular group linked by caste, profession or religion, Even today people in the old city live in these congested pols. Every ‘Pol’ had its name written in the manner shown above, and this particular one ‘Haja Patel ni Pol’ is said to be Ahmedabad’s oldest Pol!
Isn’t this cute, kids peeping out to take a look at the people who have come to look around their homes!
A typical pol home entrance!
No, this isn’t an Anemometer. It actually shows the direction of downstream flow of the underground drainage system!
A vegetable vendor posing for the tourists’ cameras.
Now this is something interesting, in this picture you can see four different types of architecture. The one on the left in red is British, the one on the right in blue is Persian, the straight one is gujarate and to its left in brown is Marwadi!
Reminds me of Sherlock Holmes!
The old Ahmedabad Stock Exchange building in Manek Chowk which shut down in 1976!
Here is the assorted collection of pictures of some adorable dogs that I encountered throughout the duration of this walk. (What’s the affinity of dogs towards vehicles!?!)
Also the part of the walk were three more sites, Jama Mosque, Badshah’s Hajira and Rani’s Hajira about which I have blogged earlier. I have hyperlinked the names in this sentence to the respective posts.