Monday

Gujju land- Ahmdavad




Ahmedabad is located on the banks of river Sabarmati, reflecting a rich mix of Hindu and Jain temples along with the finest Islamic monuments. The carved wooden houses are wonderful. At one chowk, we saw Persian, Maratha, British and Islamic style houses - 4 cultures in one area!

Sabarmati river often dries up in the summer, leaving only a small stream of water as was evident even in November. The air had started to get nippy in the mornings and evenings, go a little beyond Ahmedabad and you can feel the cool air surround you during the day- as was the case when we went to Ambaji in the mountains

The steady expansion of the Rann of Kutch threatens further desertification of the city area and much of the state. Except for the small hills of Thaltej-Jodhpur Tekra, the city sits in an almost flat area. Fabulous roads, great infrastructure, one can see prosperity in the city and what fabulous national highways. A driver’s pleasure to be on such roads.

You can feast on Muslim delights in a state with common belief everything is vegetarian other than the Hindu militancy which is not so vegetarian.
We went to Manek Chowk’s khau galli and also the biggest gold markets where daily millions of rupees and tons of gold change hands. One can see bricks of 5 kg gold here in the evening! Manek chowk’s standout product of khau galli was a grilled pineapple sandwich with cheese and pineapple topping- very popular with the locals.

The Law Garden Khau galli was a bit of a let down, as was the great Rajwadu which is nothing short of a rip off! Bad food, crappy service, in the name of royal ambiance they sell empty dark, badly lit, space!

Shopping was fun in the city -Surprisingly I found stores such as Bandhej and Fab India to have far more variety and stock than the stores in Bombay.
I loved the genteel nature of people there. The aam aadmi didn’t display no signs of overt chalupana (shrewdness) , perhaps the opposite actually - a tad na├»ve and innocent they were. A very endearing quality and I hope they retain this in their culture.

So where does the aggression in politics stem from I wonder? Religion you think?
It’s a captivating city that touches ones heart! Wish I had more time to get to know more people. Who knows maybe we will return to Ahmdavad during Sankranti for more feverish partying with friends

12 comments:

Ajoy said...

Wow! I must try the Pineapple grilled sandwich the next time!

Ajoy

melinda said...

Ahmedabad is to be seen during Makar Sankranti. With lots of food, friends and fun all we will do is be on the terrACE, FLYING KITES AMIDST LOUD CHEERS AND laughter- so you absolutely MUST visit Ahmedabad then!

Jim said...

If you are looking to go there again in winter you can enjoy a One day picnic to Nalsarovar . A bird watchers paradise as plenty of rare siberean bird can be spotted here. It is a huge shallow water body accessible by road from ahmedabad nearly 70Km.

RavneetSingh said...

Ice cream is ‘hot’ in Amdavad. The city people never let it melt and have it preserved in their hearts for ages. You find the parlours flocked with people in almost every street. Some of the best ice creams are served up by havmore, Dairy Den, Asharfi Kulfi Centre and Rajasthan ice cream. There are varieties of icecreams to choose from and even more bigger range of add-ons and mixes. Fresh and yummy!!

Anon said...

If you are a shopaholic by nature then this city is your paradise! The sought-after items range from Meenakari furniture, Patola silks, Tanchoi Sarees, mirror-studded wall hangings, Banni embroidered garments. Also well-known are the Kutchi embroidered tablecloths, wooden furniture, potteries, silver jewellery etc. To have the best of them, find your way to the market areas - you will not know where the day or your purse contents flew by:)

Runa

Shvetal said...

hey mee.... still awaiting pix... we had a good time together... let me know if your plans on sankranti get firmed up... btw rajwadu is not the right place to go for a royal rustic ambience you must go to vishala....

cheers,

sheila said...

Under a veneer of modernity hides 600 years of eventful history. History immortalized by the magnificent architecture of Ahmedabad’s monuments ranging from the grand Havelis to the majestic mosques. Did you understand what POLS meant?:)

ashish said...

I know you are not into sarees Mee- but hope you got to see the exquisite Patola Sarees. The Patolas range from seventy thousand to one lakh rupees because there are only three families in the world who can produce the double ikkat patolas !

Nisha said...

I have never been to Gujarat, let alone Ahmedabad. But your post makes me want to go there as soon as possible.
Pineapple grilled sandwich? Heard it first time. :-)

Shopping, relaxing and food. Must be a fun place to visit.

Sonu said...

I did not know you found Rajwadu such a let down :(

Anon said...

I was surprised to know about the Adalaj stepwell & some of the places you mentioned in your 2 posts on Abad. I have been to Ahmb'd so many times but no one ever informed me about these two places. Next time when i go to my people staying there i shall surely see these places, since they look very interesting.

Kaumudi

Mumbai Paused said...

Must go. Must surely click pictures.