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Feb 23, 2020 - The Modhera Sun Temple

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Gujarat has to say about Modhera: “Built in 1,027 by King Bhimdev I, Modhera’s Sun Temple is one of the greatest monuments of the Solanki dynasty, whose rulers were believed to be descended from the sun. Like the better-known Sun Temple at Konark in Odisha, which it predates by 200 years, the Modhera temple was designed so that the dawn sun shone on the image of Surya during the equinox. Surya Kund, an extraordinary rectangular step-well inside the complex, contains...

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Feb 23, 2020 - The Royal Safari Camp

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD The Royal Safari Camp was our first overnight stop on the tour and we weren’t sure what to expect. Our first impressions were very positive as we passed through a large brick gate and stopped in front of a similar brick building that housed the reception area and the dining room. After checking in some young porters arrived to carry our luggage and we followed them into an extensive garden area with ponds, large patios and off in the distance we could see a series of individual brick huts with thatched roofs. We...

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Feb 23, 2020 - Wild Ass Sanctuary

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Gujarat has to say about the Little Rann Of Kachchh and the Wild Ass Sanctuary: “The barren, salt-tinted land of the Little Rann is nature at its harshest and most compelling. The Wild Ass Sanctuary, covering a large part of the Rann, is the home of the last remaining population of the chestnut-coloured Indian wild ass (khur). Wildlife and birding safaris are the big attraction here. The Little Rann is punctuated by desolate, illegal salt farms, where people eke out a...

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Feb 23, 2020 - Exploring Gujarat With Flamingo Tours

@@@@@@@ We booked out ticket to India almost a year in advance because the Aeroplan reward business-class seats are in great demand. However, while we were travelling in Croatia in the fall of 2019, we began to think about what part of India we would like to explore after the 50th Wedding Anniversary celebrations for Anil’s older brother and his wife were done. We’ve been to India so many times, and we like to add on travelling somewhere else in the country so that the trip isn’t just a ‘tour of the living rooms’. This a phrase our daughter...

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Feb 23, 2020 - Unique Patola Sari Weaving

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Gujarat has to say about Patan Patola saris: “About 130km northwest of Ahmedabad, Patan was Gujarat’s capital for six centuries before Ahmedabad was founded in 1,411. It was ruined by the armies of Ala-ud-Din Khilji around 1,300, and today is a dusty, little town with narrow streets lined by elaborate wooden houses. Patan is famed, far and wide, for its beautiful Patola silk textiles, produced by the torturously laborious double-ikat method. Both the warp (lengthways)...

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Feb 21, 2020 - Evening Heritage Walk

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here a little information I’ve taken from the MG Guided Walks brochure: “Ahmedabad is one of the fastest growing cities in India. it is also the city with buildings designed by architect Le Corbusier and a Management Institute designed by 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...

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Feb 21, 2020 - Sabarmati (Gandhi's) Ashram

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Gujarat has to say about Sabarmati Ashram: “Sabarmati Ashram About 5km north of the centre, in peaceful, shady grounds on the river’s west bank, this ashram was Gandhi’s headquarters from 1917 to 1930 during the long struggle for Indian independence. It’s said Gandhi chose this site because it lay between a jail and a cemetery, and any satyagrahi (nonviolent resister) was bound to end up in one or the other. From here on March 12,1930, Gandhi and 78 companions set out...

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Feb 21, 2020 - Happy Birthday Donna!

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Gujarat has to say about the House of MG and Gujarati cuisine: “House Of MG – Heritage Hotel This 1920s building – once the home of textile magnate Sheth Mangaldas Girdhardas – was converted into a beautiful heritage hotel by his great-grandson. All the rooms are vast, verandah-edged and masterfully decorated, with homey yet luxurious ambience. Service is first-rate, there are two excellent restaurants, and the indoor swimming pool and gym are divine. Gujarati...

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Feb 19, 2020 - Ahmedabad

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Gujarat has to say about Ahmedabad: “Ahmedabad is Gujarat’s major city and a startling metropolis with a long history, many remarkable buildings, a fascinating maze of an old quarter, excellent museums, fine restaurants and fabulous night markets. Yet the old-world charm is all but swamped by 21st-century traffic, crowding, pollution and the usual extremes of wealth and poverty. Many travellers stop off briefly en route to Rajasthan or Mumbai, sneaking in a visit to...

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Feb 18, 2020 - Gujarat State

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter Gujarat has to say about reasons to visit Gujarat: “Gujarat, why go? Barely glimpsed by many travellers scurrying between Mumbai (Bombay) and Rajasthan, Gujarat is an easy side-step off the well-beaten tourist trail. While the capital, Ahmedabad, retains some charm amid its chaos, the countryside holds most of this state’s treasures. Traditional artisans in tribal villages weave, embroider, dye and print some of India’s finest textiles. Pristine parks harbour unique...

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Jan 27, 2017 - Heritage Walk Ahmedabad, Explore Heritage of city

I went for "Heritage Walk Ahmedabad" city tour with group of photographers and travels and we started our journey from old temple at kalupur ahmedabad. this tour going to showcase us old city and heritage places of ahmedabad. fun of tour is, its by walk so you can explore more if you are true traveler or photographer. Every streets of house is called pol and every pol has above kind of structure to feed birds and those are also unique by every pols and best heritage part because now a days no one care for birds but years ago every street...

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Jan 23, 2016 - Day trip to Modhera (Sun Temple) & Patan (Step Well)

1/23 Ate 'breakfast' at New Lucky...greasy doughnuts...spicy dough things Mari likes. Luck I ordered a lassi as well. Back at Metropole where our hired car picked us up just past 8:30 and we headed toward Modhera and Patan. We arrived at the Modhera Sun Temple site about 10:30...after an hour exploring (see photos), we headed to Patan. We enjoyed the travel through the countryside just as much as seeing the sights, although the Patan step well was truly impressive. Again see photos. ___ On trip back we were able to communicate to our...

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