Ahmadabad Heritage Photography Trail

Times group in assosiation with Gujarat tourism organized 'Ahmedabad Heritage Photography Trail'. It was a 2 days event. The event was well organized. There were about 50 enthusiastic photographers from different parts of India. I was one among them. Mr. Debashish Nayak guided us through the trail. He is the advisor of heritage program to the Ahmedabad municipal corporation.

The event was flagged of by the Gujarat Governor Mr. Om Prakash Kohli. The trail theme was 'mandir to masjid'. The itinerary were: 'The House of MG, Siddi Saiyad Jali Mosque, Adalaj Stepwell, Sarkhej Roza, largest utensil collections museum 'Vechaar' at Vishala, Swaminarayan Temple, Poet Dalpatram Memorial Chowk, Chaumukhji ni Pol, various Jain temple, Haveli, Jumma Masjid'. Finally there was a session on heritage and photography.

The House of MG
It is one of the old haveli which was beautifully restored. This is a heritage hotel around 5-6 km from Sabarmati Ashram.
Siddi Saiyad Jali Mosque
This is located just opposite to 'The House of MG'. The mosque was completed in the year 1573 and is one of the most famous mosque of Ahmedabad. This is the last significant monument from the Sultanate period. It was built by Sidi Sayyid.

Adalaj Stepwell
'Adalaj Step well' also known as 'Adalaj ni Vav'. In Gujarati, the stepwell is called a Vav. It was built in 1499. It has five stories with beautiful carvings. 

Sarkhej Roza
This comprise mosque and tomb. It also has 16-pillared pavilion built in honour of Sufi saint Shaikh Ahmad Khattu Ganj Bakhsh who was spiritual advisor to Sultan Ahmed Shah. Sarkhej was a prominent center of Sufi culture in the country.

Vechaar - Largest utensil collections museum
Day 1 of our trail concluded with the visit to Vechaar utensils museum which is a part of Vishalla, a traditional restaurant. This museum hosts a variety of ancient to present time utensils and other tools. They also have 'chair museum' in the same compond.

Swaminarayan Temple
Day 2 of our heritage walk started with this temple which is located in Kalupur. This is said to be the world's first Swaminarayan temple. This was built in the year 1822. The havelies (mansions) are located to the west, east and north of the temple.

Poet Dalpatram Memorial Chowk
Dalpatram was a great poet who supported social reforms in Gujarat. In tribute to his contribution to Gujarati culture and literature, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and the citizens of Ahmedabad proposed a memorial at the site of his house. The key feature of statue is life like appearance with every possible details attached to it including texture of the shawl.

Jain temple

Jumma Masjid
This Masjid is also known as Jami or Jama Masjid. This was built in 1424 during the reign of Ahmed Shah I. It is considered one of the largest mosque in Gujurat.

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