Sunday, 23 March 2014

Ahmedabad, a city full of warm hearted people -- Part I


From Bhopal, we took an intercity bus(Srinath Travel Agency) at 4:30 PM which brought us to Ahmedabad the next day morning. This bus runs regularly between Bhopal and Ahmedabad. At around 7:30 AM we got down at Paldi. We were approached by an autowala who told us that he would take us to a new good hotel where the room charges are resonable and he would charge us only 20 bucks!! We were so surprised... he would do so much for only 20 bucks...!

  Anyway, we got into the auto and the autowalla took us to a hotel. The hotel was indeed new and sparkling but the rate was above our budget. Then again this auto guy came to our help. He bargained hard on our behalf and brought down the rate. And at the end he took just Rs 20. Inspired by his honesty, wherever we travelled in Ahmedabad we always took auto and believe me we have never been duped. Mark my words, autowallas in Ahmedabad are honest, unlike their counter parts in Bangalore who fleece passengers with no mercy.

Jama Masjid

  We had less time to waste as we had a long list of places to cover for the day. After a quick ablusion we again reserved an auto for the city sight seeing. I already had a list of the following places to see in Ahmedabad.

Siddi Syed Jali Masjid
Jhulta Minar
Jama Masjid
Kakaria Lake
Huthee Singh Jain Temple
Sankej Roza
Sabarmati Ashram
Adalaj Step Well
*Akshardham Temple
*Ahmed Shah Masjid

  The first thing that catches the eye is that Ahmedabad is a clean city. The second thing is that the people are helpful and they will help even more if they understand that you are a tourist. Whenever we asked for directions from one person on the road, immediately 4 to 5 person would gather and start giving directions. This particular habit is someting I find very common in Bengalis too; and maybe that is one of the reasons why we instantly grew a fondness towards the Gujaratis.

  While writing this post, I realized that this one will be a long post so I am breaking it up into two parts; the more the parts the merrier...the less writing for me and more pictures for you.

  I will be covering the first five places in this post and the remaining three in the next. Sorry for the last two marked in stars. Though those were there in my list but ultimately I could not see those two places. So here it goes..

Siddi Syed Jali Masjid

  This was the first stop in our itinerary. Located near Lal Darwaza, the mosque of Sidi Sayed is one of the most prominent mosques in the city. The masjid was constructed in 1573 by Sidi Syed. The most amazing things to marvel in this masjid are the semi circular windows intricately designed with mesh patterns commonly called 'jali' in Hindi. It is because of this mesh patterns that the masjid is famously called "Jali Masjid". The mesh patterns show very rich Indo-Saracenic style of architecture.

Art work at Jali Masjid

Jama Masjid

  Next we visited the famous Jama masjid built by Sultan Ahmed Shah, the founder of the Ahmedabad city in the year 1423. This mosque demonstrates a very rich mix of both Hindu and Muslim style architecture. We left the place a little early as we were told that Mr Amitabh Bachchan was supposed to be there within the next half an hour for the shoot of a commercial. Though we wanted to say a "Hi" to the legend but we left the place because we knew that in the next 30 minutes there would be a sea of people to catch a glimpse of him and all the roads may get blocked.

Jama Masjid

Inside Jama Masjid

Jhulta Minar

  Jhulta Minar or the swaying minarets is an absolute architectural wonder and is a classic example of superb craftsmanship. The two minarets adorn the gate of Siddi Bashi mosque. The minars are constructed so intricately that a small child's push can make the minar sway. However now pushing the minars is prohibited.

Jhulta Minar

Art work at Jhulta Minar

Art work at Jhulta Minar

Art work at Jhulta Minar


Kakaria Lake

  The Kakaria lake is a huge manmade lake located in the city. The lake was built by Sultan Qutab-ud-Din in the year 1451 A.D. It is basically an artificial lake with thirty four sidesThe lake is closed on Mondays and since we were doing the city tour on a Monday, so we could not get inside the lake premises. There is also a zoo adjacent to the lake.



Huthee Singh Jain Temple

  This is a beautiful Jain Temple built in the year 1850 by a wealthy Jain merchant Seth Hathee Singh. The temple is dedicated to the 15th Jain Trithanakara named Dharmnath.

Hathe Sing Jain Temple

Pillar at Hathee Singh Jain Temple

  OK, with this I bring to a halt my first part of Ahmedabad blog. I will write the remaining part in a day or two. Till then just as Television show anchors say "Stay Tuned" I would also like to say the same "Stay Well and stay tuned" :)

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8 comments:

  1. Wonderful artwork. You have captured them beautifully. Ahmedabad does seem to have a lot to visit.

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    1. Thank you Mr Das, yes Ahmedabad is a wonderful city not only because of the architecture but also because of the wonderful people

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  2. Great art wonderfully captured!

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  3. learnt a lot about Ahmedabad's architecture through this post,superb detailed images ,now following your blog

    Lamhat(Moments)

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    1. thank you so much,it was great to know that I could say a little about the wonderful architecture of the city

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