Walking through Ahmedabad, India’s 1st UNESCO World Heritage City

It had been two months in Ahmedabad, and I had been travelling extensively across Gujarat in these two months but somehow kept postponing my plans to explore Ahmedabad itself. In these 2 months apart from malls and restaurants, the only other place I had been is the Sabarmati Ashram. Ahmedabad is the first UNESCO World Heritage city of India and there is no dearth of places and legends in this city to keep a history lover like me intrigued. But things got busy and it came down to my last day at Ahmedabad before I could explore the old city. Read more

I conclude Char Dham yatra at Dwarkadheesh temple in Gujarat

Dwarkadheesh Temple, Dwarka

The melodies of a distant shenai are wafting in the air, I hear the drumbeats. I lift my head and I see a large maroon flag sweeping the blue sky. It’s striking, splendid; connoting majesty !!! There is a bustle around me, a sense of urgency, people are rushing in a direction. I join them. As I walk ahead, the drumbeats and the shenai melodies are getting more intense; now I hear the rhythmic beating of the cymbals and people clapping to match the tunes. I am standing at the far end of a queue that passes through a small entrance. I lift my head, raise on my toes and my eyes try to locate what’s at the end. I see a black diety in all its splendor. Read more

Nageshwar Mahadev at Dwarka: The 12th Jyotirlinga

Nageshwar Temple

Nageshwar or the Lord of Nagas is the 12th jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. This temple is located very close to the Dwarka town, the place where the iconic Dwarkadheesh temple is located. The devotees who visit Dwarka usually accommodate a short trip to Nageshwar in their itinerary. It takes about 30 mins to reach Nageshwar temple from Dwarkadheesh temple. Read more

Uperkot Fort and Mahabat Maqbara: The antics of Junagadh

Mahabat Maqbara

After an exhausting yet exciting day at Somnath, my next destination on the weekend trip was the old fort city of Junagadh. Junagadh, a small town in the foot of the Girnar hills, has an intriguing history spanning over two millenniums. The town has seen multiple change of regimes, some of them being laced with deceit and controversy before it was finally unified with India in yet another controversial move. Read more

Somnath: History, mythology & the 1st Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva

Somnath Temple

21st April, 2018; a fine dawn, I woke up for the nth time. I had been doing this for last 2 hours just to fall asleep each time. But this time before my eyelids could redo what they have been doing, I was hit with a strong pungent smell. As I looked around with dizzy eyes, everyone in the bus was struggling with the smell, either fanning their hands in front of their noses or covering it. I drew the curtains to look outside and saw factories lined up along the road. Read more

Sabarmati Ashram: The place where MK Gandhi became Mahatma Gandhi

Sabarmati Ashram

Sabarmati Ashram was the residence of Mahatma Gandhi who stayed here along with his wife for 12 years. It is from this place that the Gandhiji started his famous Dandi march on 12 March 1930 to break the atrocious salt law imposed by the British. In the story of our independence, there are very few places more iconic than the Sabarmati ashram. Owing to its extraordinary historical significance, Sabarmati Ashram was declared a national monument by the Government of India. Read more

My first impression of Ahmedabad

Hello Ahmedabad !!!!

I had been taking about my 2 month internship in Gujarat in my previous posts. I have finally arrived in Ahmedabad and I am writing this post to share my first impression of this amazing city. I arrived on Wednesday and after 3 days of wandering in the by lanes hopping from one shoddy PG to another, I have finally found a good place to put up. Read more