Ahhh Ahmedabad, respite from the 'real' India
Trip Start Nov 14, 2007
92Trip End Apr 20, 2009
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We are happy and well, a bit tired from heat and poos, but enjoying our travels in time and the dust.
We have been in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, for the past two days and have thoroughly enjoyed it already.
Since the 23rd of March we have covered a lot of ground, crossed the Ganges plain from Darjeeling to Delhi and then moved south over the Narmada river - the Indian Rubicon - to see Ajunta and Ellora and make camp at Aurangabad, the southern most point of our whole trip. Phew!
It has been awesome travelling. Some of the sites have been unbelievable and almost a lifetime of expectations in the making
India is indeed a very complex place.
We are now suprised to find that our current location is actually a clean, peaceful and friendly place. Of course, all this is relative to greater India, but already Ahmedabad is our favourite city/urban experience since Kolkata.
Just today we visited the Calico Textile Museum, (the best textile collection either of us have seen) and Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram, created on returning from South Africa and where Gandhi started his vision Indian independence.
Both where exceptionally inspiring and in different ways beautiful places.
The people here are genuinely inquisitive and excited by our presence, which is a nice alternative to some of the places we have been recently (Paharganj, New Delhi!). But we see few travellers here. Maybe we are slightly off the tourist track, and the weather is starting to heat up.
Over the next few days we will continue to immerse ouselves in Gujarati culture and hospitality and visit some iconic works of Modern Architecture by Le Corbusier, Doshi and Louis Kahn
I promise to be at my geekiest.
No detail will go unnoticed. Cliches will be at their truest. Architectural puns their most wittiest. Every angle already seen in architectural books, mags and periodicals will be sought out (again) and duly photographed (again), and dispensed to your appreciation and wonder (again). You will say:
"Oh my god, he actually got to THAT spot from where you see THAT image of the Mill Owners Building in Kostof's 'History of Architecture'. I sooooooo love that building"
Or something like that.