I spent a lovely Easter weekend at Ahmedabad with close family, and it was a delightful trip. Old Ahmedabad with its gorgeous architecture is a photographer's delight.
In 1947, Mahmud Begada, the grandson of Ahmed Shah (the Sultan who founded the city) fortified the city with an outer wall with 12 gates or darwaajas. Traveling through the city, my cousin in law Rohan let us know that the wall has long since collapsed, but the darwaajas (2 of which are pictured above) are all intact. Do I hear you saying enough of history, get to the flea market bit? Alright, read on.
One of the places Rohan escorted me to was the flea market under the Ellis Bridge. Also called Raviwari, because it is held every Sunday, it is a must visit for anyone interested in picking up odd and authentic old-world knick knacks.
I spotted some really cool stuff - serving bowls that looked like they were easily from the age of the Raj, a beautiful run-down antique cupboard ( the men accompanying me just could not fathom what it was I was oohing and aahing over) and replicas of old meat-safes (these were in metal and mismatched cheap wood though, so they didn't look all that cool, but I am a meat-safe fan and they did catch my attention).
Have a look at these pictures - lovely clocks, a guitar, brass ware that was so lovely that I wanted to own all of it, old pictures, books, even spectacles (haha).
What caught your eye? I almost bought that huge copper vessel in the pic above, and a couple of miniature brass buckets too, but decided against it because I had to cart it all back to Pune by train, with a hyper-active 4 year old in tow! If you are in Ahmedabad, you must make sure that you stay over the weekend too so that you can visit this charming little place! In case you go here, know that you will only need about 2 hours to look over the antique stalls.
I also went to Law Garden with Rohan's sister Christabel (I am so glad she factored this into our itinerary) and picked up some really lovely bed covers, pillow covers, and little pieces of patchwork for my new home. Law Garden has an evening market with really authentic Kutch work. The prices are unbelievable, and I highly recommend a trip here as well. Be sure to free up 4 - 5 hours for this trip, because the 3 hours I was there was not sufficient at all ( I am sure the man who accompanied us thought otherwise; I appreciate his patience though!). Here are some Law Garden pics.
That's my little girl enjoying the colors in the stall!
I saw a few more places in Ahmedabad, but more on those in a later post! Do write in and tell me if you have been here, done this or if you are planning a trip to Ahmedabad any time soon.
Labels: Ahmedabad, antiques, brass, Easter, ellis bridge, fleamarket, Kutch, law garden, mirrorwork, raviwari, shopping