Tag Archive | Ahmedabad

Travel Theme: Architecture

Ailsa’s theme for this week is  Architecture and I very nearly missed it. For this theme I’ve chosen to showcase the architecture of the old city of Ahmedabad, or the ‘walled city’ as it is called because it lies within the walls of the old fort . The walls now hardly exist but efforts are being made to preserve the city within, as Heritage.  The unique thing about this part of the city is the ‘Pol’ system of housing.  People of a community or religion lived within a cluster of homes with a common central area and a gate or ‘pol’ that enclosed that particular colony. Of particular interest are the different types of architecture visible here, and the carved wooden brackets. The pols were self sufficient, as they had their own wells and rain water harvesting systems, a proper sewage system and their places of worship.

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DSCN0567The old ( and the first) Swaminarayan temple

DSCN0568The temple gate





march 120cdold buildings with carved wooden balconies and brackets

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march 225The old stock exchange building

Some wooden brackets













march 105A ‘chabutara’ or a bird feeder

Some doors

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Weekly Travel Theme: Walls

The travel theme by Ailsa this week is ‘Walls’.The pictures here are from ‘Sarkhej Roza’ which is the Dargah(tomb) of the sufi saint Hazarat Sheikh Ahmed Khattu Ganj Baksh(1338-1446). It was with his blessings that Sultan Ahmed Shah laid the foundation of the city of Ahmedabad.

DSC_0205The latticed stone walls

DSC_0215cdA boy caught peeking..


DSC_0321Light filtering in through the lattices


words from the Quran on the walls of the mosque at the site..