Day 1: Ahmedabad
Arrive AhmedDay 1: Ahmedabad
Arrive Ahmedabad, check inn at hotel and later we go for a sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad.
Sidi Sayed Mosque : One part of the wall in the old citadel of the mosque built by Ahmed Shah's slave, Sidi Sayed, is celebrated the world over for its exquisite stone window tracery - a superb and peerless example of delicate carving that transforms stone into filigree.
Jumma Masjid : The Friday mosque was built by the city's founder, Sultan Ahmed Shah, in 1423. Built of yellow sandstone in an architectural style that combines the best of Muslim and Hindu traditions. It stands on 260 pillars that support 15 domes at varying elevations.
Hutheesingh Jain Temple : Built outside the Delhi Gate in 1850 by a rich Jain merchant, the Hutheesing Temple is the best known of Ahmedabad's many ornate Jain temples.
Adalaj Step-well : It is situated 17kms north of Ahmedabad. The step well at the village of Adalaj is another fine example of this magnificent architectural form. Adalaj Vav is richly carved, every pillar and wall surface covered with leaves and flowers, birds and fishes and friezes of ornamental designs.
Dinner at Vishalla Restaurant.
Vishalla Restaurant - Talking of a restaurant usually brings to the mind a picture of a brightly lit, air-conditioned hall, with music playing in the background, and waiters waiting on us and jotting down our selections from the menu card. Can you imagine a place where there are no closed rooms or halls, lanterns used instead of heavy lighting, natural air replacing air-conditioned air, folk songs being sung without mikes, muddy lanes, homely food served on a tree leaf, and everything around resembling a typical Indian village.
Another distinguishing characteristic of the place is that you get to decide the menu and pay the bill at the reception itself. Selecting from the menu at your seat deprives you of the necessary relaxation. Paying the bill earlier on frees the mind from thinking about the expense. Well, if you haven't heard of any such place, come home to Vishalla. Vishalla is not only designed like a village; the staff accords to you the same, warm hospitality you would likely experience in an Indian village. As soon as you step in, you can let go of your worries. The atmosphere is imbued with a proximity to nature that relaxes the mind. There are no doors to be seen here - which emphasizes the focus on freeing the mind. The waiters and other staff are dressed in traditional Indian gear, with either a turban or a topi on their heads, dressed in the very typical dhoti-kurta. The interior design is certainly in a class of its own, proudly symbolizing Indian culture.
Vishalla prides itself on its presentation of Indian culture and tradition in its village-like environment with its museum of old utensils known as Vechaar. The museum found its way into Vishalla three years after Vishalla was itself started, on 27 April 1981. Vechaar is the only museum of its kind in the world, displaying such a precious collection of utensils. The designer of Vishalla, Mr. Patel, shares his success in the establishment of Vechaar with Mr. Jyontindra Jain, a well-known anthropologist. Mr. Jain fully supported and guided the cause and eventually helped in setting up the museum itself. His passion for the cause was so deep that his good work did not stop at that; he wrote catalogs for the museum himself.
A walk around the hut-like museum makes one's heart skip a beat, marveling at the inimitable beauty of these utensils of old. These utensils have been handed down through the changing seasons and times, over the years. They speak of the unmatched art and genius of humankind during the days of old when people did not have the modern facilities of our times. The designer could not let our rich heritage pass with these vessels being lost in the fire kilns! He was determined to preserve them, and today, his dream is a reality in the form of Vechaar.
The museum will be closed on Monday.
Overnight at HOUSE OF MG.
Meals : Dinner