Part two of this photo-series looks at the city of Ahmedabad. This old city is best explored by walk, one such heritage walk being organised by the Ahmedabad municipal corporation & the CRUTA foundation. To quote from the brochure handed out as part of the walk, “On the ancient site of Ashaval & Karnawati, Ahmedabad was founded in 1411. It has some of the finest Indian Islamic monuments and exquisite Hindu and Jain temples. Its carved wooden houses are another architectural tradition (…and here I would like to mention about the unique bird houses that were erected at several points among the roadways to allow man to coexist with native birds….they exist to this day and the local community is actively involved in ensuring that they contain food and water..).
A special feature of Ahmedabad is the plan of the old city, comprising numerous pols, self-contained neighbourhoods, sheltering large numbers of people. Some of these pols are virtually small villages, traversed by narrow streets, usually terminating in squares with community wells and chabutaras for feeding birds. These pols were protected by gates, cul-de-sacs and secret passages. To experience the glory of Ahmedabad, it is necessary to walk through an old quarter and truly observe the nature of its architecture, its art, religious places, its culture and traditions. With the purpose of unveiling the city to the tourists and citizens themselves, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, with guidance from the CRUTA foundation has planned this heritage walk of Ahmedabad.”
So kudos to the Municipal Corporation for this great initiative! Now, without further ado, a few glimpses of a beautiful city.
Sandwiched between the narrow streets is an interesting structure said to have been designed by Buckminster Fuller himsefl! (Do correct me if I’m wrong!) ….as well as a zillion representations of various faiths ….
…..and the majestic Jama Masjid to conclude an eventful walk…!
Many more treasures remain to be seen in and around this place….the step wells of Adalaj being one…far from the hustle and bustle of Ahmedabad…