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Champaner : of cliff-hanging palaces and muddy paths to wonder

Next day morning, after breakfast we drove up the Pavagadh hill, we got to Saat Kaman located on the edge of the cliff on the south and built with the local yellow sandstone. It was meant to be the end of a gate but now stands by itself looking intriguing. A short distance ahead, we… Continue reading Champaner : of cliff-hanging palaces and muddy paths to wonder

9 day trip

Champaner- An unexpected waterfall and a town-namesake pitstop

The next morning after a dry spell through our trip, we woke up to the sound of rushing rain. Thankfully our hired car was being dropped at the hotel but we were in for a surprise. We dragged our luggage getting drenched despite being under the cover of the hotel porch due to the sheer… Continue reading Champaner- An unexpected waterfall and a town-namesake pitstop

9 day trip

Patan : Of exquisite weaves and tales in stone

Continued from here As we passed by the Doshiwada ni Pol we stopped at Astapadji Derasar built in the 1800s. It played to my weakness for the lovely jharokas(windows) that only the Gujaratis and Rajasthanis seem to have gotten right. Other than more than 100 pillars, it has very attractive carvings of human figures dancing, those… Continue reading Patan : Of exquisite weaves and tales in stone

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Old Ahmedabad : of feeding squirrels and a poet turned grandpa

The morning led us to the very start of the Morning Heritage Walk in Ahmedabad starting at the Swaminarayan Temple bustling with devotees. Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kalupur: Passing by the vegetable carts' owners calling out their wares early in the morning, we got to the gate of the Swaminarayan temple. It's somehow clear that the… Continue reading Old Ahmedabad : of feeding squirrels and a poet turned grandpa

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Junagadh and Gondal : Of a journey to the earth’s core and a palace for 9-lakhs

The  Uparkot fort also houses 2nd-3rd century Budhhist caves that served as living quarters which are 2 storeys under the ground level with areas for prayer and rest. Interestingly the entrance is via a space with one deep tank and what looks like large puddles filled with water that could be thought of to be… Continue reading Junagadh and Gondal : Of a journey to the earth’s core and a palace for 9-lakhs

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Junagadh: Of generous gifts and stories of intrigue

From Veraval we drove to almost a 100 km to Junagadh and first landed at Mahabbat ka Maqbara. Tomb of Wazir Bahaduddinbhai Hasainbhai Its location is quite a play on your senses - right opposite the Junagadh District Court - it has accused individuals, their distraught families, busy lawyers, the alert police force all bustling just… Continue reading Junagadh: Of generous gifts and stories of intrigue