Home » Travelogues » Ahmedabad Heritage Walk

Ahmedabad Heritage Walk

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!

39 Responses

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


  2. I’ll remember these touring spots for my next Ahd visit. 馃檪

  3. vinod uncle
    | Reply

    goog, jovani maza padi gai. lage raho ashokbhai.

  4. archit
    | Reply

    Shri Ashokbhai

    Jay Shree Krishna !

    Great Work !

    All the Best !

    With love Archit

  5. There are so many things I鈥檓 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
    | Reply

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

  7. Sam
    | Reply

    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. 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 !

    | Reply

    00,98256 26387

  10. Nirav Panchal
    | Reply

    Heritage Walk Ahmedabad.
    mobile +91 98256 26387

  11. 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.


  12. Learn more about the same:

  13. http://www.shainex.com/gujarat/movers-packers-ahmedabad.htm
    | Reply

    i have never been there but i wish too.. seems to be a very interesting place..

    Packers movers Ahmedabad

  14. Hardik
    | Reply

    Thanks.. 馃檪

  15. Nirav panchal
    | Reply

    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 馃檪
    Nirav panchal
    Heritage Walk Volunteer.
    (098256 26387)

  16. 讘诇谞讝壮专讬 住拽住讬 讛讗诪讗 讛讝讜 诪拽讘诇转 讝讬讜谉 讞讝拽 砖诇讗 讛讬讛 诪讘讬讬砖 讻讜讻讘讜转 驻讜专谞讜, 住拽住 讗讜专讗诇讬 讜讜讙讬谞诇讬

  17. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t
    appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say
    superb blog!

  18. I’m amazed, I must say. Seldom do I come across a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head.
    The issue is something not enough people are speaking intelligently about.
    Now i’m very happy that I found this in my hunt
    for something relating to this.

  19. ivermectin oral – stromectol drug ivermectin buy online

  20. Extemalal
    | Reply

    http://buytadalafshop.com/ – Cialis

  21. deareeRah
    | Reply


  22. trolley
    | Reply

    https://buypropeciaon.com/ – Propecia

  23. Obserly
    | Reply

    https://buyplaquenilcv.com/ – Plaquenil

  24. Engiple
    | Reply

    http://buypriligyhop.com/ – buy priligy australia

  25. plonisp
    | Reply

    http://buylasixshop.com/ – furosemide generic

  26. Duergerma
    | Reply


  27. Davidfar
    | Reply

    Good Morning friends. I am impressed we ran into the experiences here. It has graced us deep healing to our spirits. I’ve been looking for this info since last spring and I will be encouraging my besties to hop on by. The other night I was traversing through the google searches trying to ascertain the answers to my tough questions and I will be careful to take greater measures in whatever displays possible. We’re getting all blissed out on the patterns going on. Again I just needed to thank you dearly for such higher knowing. This has pushed me out of my old ways. Many superb things occurring my life. Its such a sure area to make ideas available. Lastly that I am checking into hairdresser jobs luxury salon McKinney Texas. I will give you an awesome price on a haircut Best, Cynthia.

  28. Viagra Pfizer Internet

  29. squanlils
    | Reply

    cialis buy

  30. Acheter Mifepristone Et Misoprostol

  31. Is There Penicillen In Keflex

  32. OSciblE
    | Reply


  33. jaf
    | Reply

    Abstract: Do Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies play a useful social role, or do they represent a social waste? Bitcoin is a decentralized recordkeeping system, with updating of the record of transactions in the blockchain. Potentially, Bitcoin could be useful if it is widely used as a means of payment or as a safe-haven asset. But, given its properties, it is an inefficient and poorly designed means of payment and probably cannot survive as a safe haven asset. Bitcoin could encourage crime, which is a further social cost, but fortunately it may not serve criminals well either.  https://forowplatam.com/comunidad/profile/elvalevvy961792/ Bitcoin slot online free credit no deposit Sorry the page you were looking for cannot be found. Try searching for the best match or browse the links below: After the National Gambling Board legalized online sportsbooks in the country, everyone expected that online casinos would be next in line. Sadly, online casino gambling still hasn’t got the green light from the South African government. However, you can still play your favourite casino games on the web by visiting any of our recommended offshore casinos.

  34. Kamagra Vente En France

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.