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Ahmedabad Heritage Walk

It was my long standing desire to explore Ahmedabad’s Walled City. What better occasion than birthday of Ahmedabad itself? What better way than Ahmedabad Heritage Walk? Feb 24, 2008 marked 597th birthday of Ahmedabad. And we were celebrating Ahmedabad’s ancient culture on that day.

Ahmedabad heritage walk started from Swaminarayan Temple in Kalupur. We explored the various Pols in the walled city and completed our walk at Jumma Masjid. The tour was completed in 2 hours.

Ahmedabad Heritage Walk is organized by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation along with CRUTA Foundation.

Some key take-aways from the walk:
1. Ahmedabad was founded in 1411 by Ahmed Shah. We visited his tomb near Jumma Masjid. He founded this place at the site of Ashaval and Karnawati when he saw rabbits chasing higher animals.

2. Old Ahmedabad is known as the walled city and had various Pols inside. Pols means Gate or Entry and is derived from the Sanskrit word Pratoli.

3. The old walled city of Ahmedabad has 600 pols. Each Pol is a self-contained neighbourhood with shelters for people, chabutaras for feeding birds, community wells, temples etc. These pols were small villages by themselves. Each Pol has a unique name, secret passages and protecting gates. The first Pol was Mahurat Pol symbolizing the first auspicious pol. There was Zaveri Pol for jewelers and so on.

4. I have always experienced that our forefathers were more intelligent and advanced than us. Whether it is Koba Museum of Jain Artifacts and Manuscripts or Vishalla Museum of Utensils, this point is proved again and again. This heritage walk of Ahmedabad confirmed the same fact. Each pol had beautiful architecture, provision of humans and birds and animals, natural lighting and ventilation planning etc.

5. Ahmedabad has a rich mix of Hindu and Jain temples along with 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!

6. Kalupur Swaminrayan Temple is the first Swaminarayan Temple of the world.

7. There were 60 Jain Temples in the 1.5 km Heritage Walk.

8. Famous Poet and Reformer Kavi Dalpatram’s house has been converted into Dalpatram Memorial. Befittingly, many plays and skits are performed at the memorial.

9. Manek Chowk is one of the biggest gold markets and everyday millions of rupees and tons of gold change hands. One can see bricks of 5 kg gold here in the evening!

10. Manek Chowk and adjoining areas are a busy market. One gets variety of things here at cheap prices. The famous Rukmini Pani-Puri wallah is also here. Since our walk was at morning 8:00 am, we could walk leisurely else it is a heavily crowded place.

11. We visited one Jain temple where there were giant idols in the basement. Inspite of the idol being in the basement, lighting and ventilation was perfect!

12. The tomb of queens, Rani-No-Haziro, has become fashion street for women’s clothes.

13. Jumma Masjid is a majestic and a very imposing Masjid.

The tour increased my knowledge about Ahmedabad and its rich cultural heritage.

Related Links:

Snaps from Ahmedabad Heritage Walk – Gallery

Outlook Traveller on Ahmedabad Heritage Walk

Vikas Garg’s Photos

Flickr Snaps by Inner Eye!

15 Responses

  1. KAKA
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    I am happy to read this and share similar experience of my young age.

    KAKA

  2. Gaurav
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    I’ll remember these touring spots for my next Ahd visit. šŸ™‚

  3. vinod uncle
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    goog, jovani maza padi gai. lage raho ashokbhai.

  4. archit
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    Shri Ashokbhai

    Jay Shree Krishna !

    Great Work !

    All the Best !

    With love Archit

  5. antino david
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    There are so many things Iā€™m not even sure where to start but I guess what I love the most are Gujarat is known all over India and the world as the state where the business people come from. Gujarat has always been a place that breeds entrepreneurs.

  6. pupe
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    wow thats nice job all yong “Sayam-sevak” are doing that job

  7. Sam
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    hi i was wondering as to how do i go about in getting myself enrolled for the Heritage walk. i have searching for the information, but in vain. Kindly advise who i could contact or the palce where i can register myself for the walk.

  8. Ashok Karania
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    Dear Sam

    You can contact CRUTA Volunteers at :
    Foundation for Conservation & Research of Urban Traditional Architecture (CRUTA)
    Trust Office, Swaminarayan Temple, Kalupur, Ahmedabad 380001. Tel: 9824032866.

    You can reach there everyday morning at 8 am and you can participate in the heritage walk!

    Happy Heritage Walk !

  9. NICOLE
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    DEAR FRIENDS YOU SHOULD CONTECT MR. NIRAV. HE IS FROM HERITAGE AND HE IS NICE PERSON TO CONTECT FOR REGISTRETION. AND he CAN ALSO TAKE YOU ARAOUN GUJARAT. ON NO..
    00,98256 26387

  10. Nirav Panchal
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    DEAR FRIENDS.. THANKS FOR YOUR COOPERATION FOR AHMEDABAD HERITAGE. IF ANYBODY WANT TO KNOW ANY INFORMATION ABOUT HERITAGE IN GUJARAT CONTACT ME…..
    NIRAV PANCHAL
    volunteer
    Heritage Walk Ahmedabad.
    mobile +91 98256 26387
    niravpanchalamd@gmail.com

  11. Madhu Nair
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    Hi,
    Got here through google.

    A very detailed report on the walk.
    We had done this way back in 2009.
    Highly recommended for anyone visiting Ahmedabad.

    I had fun clicking pictures. Here is the set of pictures … just in case you wanted to check them out.
    http://10yearitch.com/states/gujarat/photo-posts-heritage-walk-ahmedabad-gujarat/

    Regards,
    Madhu

  12. Keyur
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    Learn more about the same:
    http://goo.gl/JLxWN

  13. http://www.shainex.com/gujarat/movers-packers-ahmedabad.htm
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    i have never been there but i wish too.. seems to be a very interesting place..

    Packers movers Ahmedabad

  14. Hardik
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    Thanks.. šŸ™‚

  15. Nirav panchal
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    Hi all we are celebrating Heritage week during 19Nov to 25Nov’12. and we are going to organize Volunteer training program for a week.
    i will put more info soon. Thanks šŸ™‚
    Nirav panchal
    Heritage Walk Volunteer.
    (098256 26387)
    niravpanchalamd@gmail.com

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