Thursday, December 6, 2007

Ahmedabad, an underrated city

Another congested city was one thing the LP said about Ahmedabad and their former ruler describe it as 'the dusty city'.

But hidden away in the old city are the pols. Wonderous streets and alleyways that have a timeless quality to them. A pol means gate and comes from the sanskit word ____?

A pol is self contained community, with an entrance gate and guard room above. Some pols have secret doors and others are so hidden away in the maze of the old city that you'll be luck to find them. In the Hindu and Jain areas, most pols have a bird feeding tower as there so little room, there are no trees.

I love this area because each house is different, the doors, the windows and the more you look the more you see. Even some houses are built in different styles, with each floor representing a different style, perhaps helping an architect to know how old each floor is.
Jumma Masjid, Ahmedabad

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