Ahmedabad is one of the fastest growing cities in India. It is also an architectural mecca of sorts, with buildings designed by Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn. These buildings are a symbol of how seamlessly the city has embraced the present while being rooted in its heritage. It is a city with a “living culture” dating back to 1411 when it was founded by Sultan Ahmad Shah on the banks of the Sabarmati river. It has some of the finest examples of Islamic monuments, Jain temples and vernacular wooden architecture and a thriving ‘Walled City Culture’.
The historic ‘Old City’, on the eastern side of the river, is a site to behold – a tightly condensed humanity going about daily chores as if time had stood still, with chaotic bazaars, crisscrossing narrow streets (called ‘pols’) punctuated by beautifully carved bird feeders, roaming cattle, crumbling but stunning examples of vernacular
architecture and artisan workshops.
The only way to experience this milieu of vibrant living culture is to walk through it. The House of MG has devised three Heritage Walks that give visitors an unforgettable glimpse into six hundred years of history that is continuing to evolve today. A visit to Ahmedabad would be incomplete without taking at least one of these walks. Carrying a copy of Ahmedabad City Guide will make the walks more insightful. You can buy this at Local Artisan – our in-house gift store.
The Breakfast Heritage Walk
This guided walk takes you on a tour of city highlights like Mangaldas ni Haveli, Jami Masjid, Bhadra Fort, Manek Chowk Vegetable Market, Chandla Ol, Sidi Saiyad Jali, Khetrapal Jain Shrine and the Teen Darwaja Market. You end with an Indian breakfast when you return to the House of MG.
Starts From: The House of MG
Ends At: The House of MG
Time: 7.30 am daily, October to March
Distance: 1.5 km
Walk Duration: 2 Hours
Night Heritage Walk
A post dinner stroll through the old city that highlights a city in transition as it sleeps till you suddenly arrive at the town square that is bursting with life. You visit restored havelis and walk by Jain temples, traditional bazaar, old stock exchange and end at the King’s mausoleum to witness a 600 year old ritual. You disperse into the bustling food market with the option to try some local delicacies.
Starts from: The House of MG
Ends at : Jami Masjid
Time: 10PM every night, round the year
Distance : 0.8 km
Walk duration: 1 hour