It was a terrific feeling to visit the Sardar Patel Stadium located at Motera. After a small halt at the wayside restaurant for quick refreshment, I proceeded to another must-visit place situated nearby. Frankly speaking, this place is one of the most historic sites of Indian Independence Movement and it is none other than the Sabarmati Ashram. The site was used by Mahatma Gandhi to control the national movement against the British. The reason why the place is so important is because it was the symbol of Gandhi’s philosophies and ethos.
Sabarmati Ashram | Image Resource : nimba.in
The place is known for shaping all the national movements and all the political strategies of Mahatma Gandhi. Furthermore, it is also responsible for shaping all the consciousness of the masses, which were behind Gandhi’s movement. The place is highly revered by everyone as Gandhi’s great life was shaped from here. It is the site that immortalizes Mahatma Gandhi in the hearts of all the people around the world. The ashram is open till 6:30 pm every day and the entry inside is free for all.
It was a feeling of great peace and calm to be inside this historic ashram. One could only imagine how life will be for the people during that time that followed Gandhi’s teachings and discourses of non violence and non cooperation with the British from inside the ashram. The main aim of the ashram for Mahatma Gandhi was to provide training for and also contribute to the service of the nation. The people got an immense spiritual and moral development inside the ashram through the teachings of Gandhi. The people of ashram referred to Gandhi as Bapu and soon the word became a common term throughout India to refer to Gandhi.
Sabarmati Ashram Ahmedabad | Image Resource : buzzintown.com
Each and every corner of the ashram is witness to the historical relevance and contributions that Gandhi played for the freedom of India. The ashram is visited by a multitude of tourists from all over the world who are either inspired or fascinated by the teachings and lives of Mahatma Gandhi. The place should be visited by anyone who visits the city of Ahmedabad. With a heavy heart I left the place to my next destination, which was the Calico Textile Museum.
The feeling of being in Ahmedabad was quite amazing. The food ordered in the hotel was also very good. I finally decided to begin my solo travel in the city. The first place which I decided to visit was the Sardar Patel Stadium. Being a big cricket fan I had put this place above all to visit it first. This is one historic cricket ground in India where the national team won many matches, including the quarterfinal victory over Australia in the 2011 World Cup.
Sardar Patel Stadium Ahmedabad | Image Resource : wikimedia.org
The stadium is located in the Motera area of the city and hence, it also known as the Motera stadium. The stadium is managed and administered by the Gujarat Cricket Association and so far it has hosted around 19 international games.
The stadium is one of those venues, which host an international game every year. Apart from that many Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and IPL games are also held on this ground. The stadium has an accommodation of more than 50000 people. It is equipped with flood lights, which makes day and night matches possible. The stadium has also played host to other games and functions of Gujarat Government. The feeling of being inside this huge stadium was awe inspiring. The sight of my favorite Indian cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar celebrating that victory against Australia in 2011 flashed in my eyes.
Aerial view of Sardar Patel Stadium | Image Resource : wikimedia.org
The stadium was a good place to click some selfies and other pictures to keep memories of this place. There are some six stands inside the stadium which accommodates more than 50000 people on a full house day. The stadium is also host to many international records like Sunil Gavaskar hitting his 10000th run here or Sachin Tendulkar scoring his first double century on this ground.
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The feeling of pride was immense while I was there in the stadium. I took every possible picture I could to keep a memory of this historic cricket ground. After getting free from Sardar Patel Ground, I decided to visit another pace nearby, which was the residence of Father of our nation Mahatma Gandhi, known as Sabarmati Ashram.
Sabarmati River Ahmedabad | Image Resource : welcometoahmedabad.com
Description : To me, life is all about experiences at beautiful places that gladden your heart. Choosing a place like that often is difficult, but I admire the limit of today’s generation internet. I found Sabarmati River very alluring due to its serene environment over a long stretch. Luckily, when I literally went there the place offered me what I was looking for another beautiful experience to add into my list .
Hello everyone, it has been quite some time since I have posted my account of travel experience. In the end of June, I finally got some time to go on a short trip to a place. There were many places in my mind but I decided to go to the western part of India this time. Ahmedabad was the instant choice. I had heard a lot about this city from my friends and relatives, so I decided to explore it this time on my own. I had planned to travel this city by train.
I conducted a search on the internet for all the trains that run between Lucknow and Ahmedabad. The IRCTC mobile app is very good for this purpose. There are some 9 weekly trains from Lucknow to Ahmedabad, out of which only one Lucknow Ne (LJN) to Ahmedabad Junction (ADI) starts from Lucknow. I booked an upper class AC coach ticket in LJN ADI Special. The train starts from Lucknow at 2:30 am so I had to leave from my home about an hour in advance to the railway station.
Lucknow Junction | Image Resource : staticflickr.com
The train departed on time from Lucknow and I went straight to sleep on my berth. The coach was quite clean; it was good to see cleanliness maintained by the railways now. The fellow passengers told me that it was the best among all the Lucknow to Ahmedabad trains. The train traveled through some parts of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and entered the state of Gujarat. I usually avoid eating food from railway stations but this time I ate at many stations as the food was looking very tempting.
Ahmedabad Junction | Image Resource : indiarailinfo.com
Some of my fellow passengers in the railway compartment were from Ahmedabad, so from them I came to know about a few places which I should visit in the city. In the train, I had prepared a small list of about 8 to 9 places to visit in the city. The train reached the Ahmedabad Junction, also known as Kalupur at 7:30 am. From the station I hired a taxi to my hotel, which I had booked in advance. The road was busy with traffic and I enjoyed the views on the way to Greenwoods Lake Resort & Spa, which was situated in central place of the city.
I am an ardent fan of Chole Puri. I really enjoy devouring morsels of Chana Masala with Puri. Here I wish to share with you a quick and simple recipe for Chana Masala.
Chana Masala | Image Resource : blogspot.com
- Olive Oil- 1 tbsp
- Yellow Onion- 1 chopped
- Fresh Garlic- 1 tbsp minced
- Fresh Ginger- 1 inch piece minced
- Green Chilli- 1 minced
- Garam Masala- 1 and 1/2 tsp
- Turmeric Powder- ½ tsp
- Coriander Powder- 1 and 1/2 tsp
- Salt- ¾ tsp
- Peeled Tomatoes- 1 can
- Kabuli Chana- 3 cups, cooked, drained and rinsed
- Lemon- for garnishing
- Coriander Leaves- for garnishing
Ingredients | Image Resource : nandyala.org
Method Of Preparation
- Heat oil in a medium pan. When the oil is hot, add cumin seeds to the oil. Saute till the cumin seeds are light brown in color.
- Then add ginger, garlic, onion and green chilli and saute. Stir well and cook for roughly five minutes.
- Now add Garam Masala to the pan. You may also add coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt.
- Peel the boiled tomatoes and add it to the pan. Use a spoon to split it. Some chunks of tomatoes can be left to add texture to thedish.
- Add kabuli chana to the pan and raise the temperature. Cook it for around 10 minutes so that the flavors develop properly.
- Once it is done, you may garnish the dish with coriander leaves and lemon wedges.
You can serve the amazing Chole sabji with rice or Puri.
Rani Roopmati Mosque Ahmedabad | Image Resource : janvajevu.com
Description : I really appreciate the choice of my friend to visit this Ramadan to Rani Roop Mosque in Ahmedabad for his evening prayers. The mosque has a high central ach, slim minarets, carved galleries and an exquisite mihrab that looks stunning at evening. We did our prayers in peace and left that beautiful ambience with the most heart-satisfied feelings.
Kailasagiri Hill Park Visakhapatnam | Image Resource : flickr.com
Description : My love for unique natural places has always been important and there is nothing better I could find than Kailasagiri. I visited Kailasagiri in hope of a different yet classic environment but got amazed looking at the picturesque landscape and Rope ways. The experience was so exhilarating that I ended up spending the whole weekend within Kailasagiri landscapes.
The visit to the magnificent Undavalli caves, beaches and Krishna River was very charming. After visiting the beaches I set out to explore the historical backdrop of the Nagarjuna Sagar. The place was a well known Buddhist residence dated back to 2000 years. It was named after Acharya Nagarjuna, who spent his entire life committed to educating. I could see the leftovers of the Buddhist
Nagarjunakonda Archaeological Museum | Image Resource : wordpress.com
It is situated on the banks of Krishna River which was reconstructed by the ASI just as the same when it was under the danger when the Dam was built, a dazzling museum with a collection of antiquities; called Nagarjunakonda is built on the banks of Krishna River. The Museum is situated on an Island amidst the Krishna River.
Buddha Statue Nagarjunakonda | Image Resource : onefivenine.com
I took 45 minutes to reach the Nagarjunakonda and there are numerous boat services available. These boats are owned and managed by Andhra Tourism Development Board. The boat services begins at 9 am and offer services to Nagarjunakonda consistently. The ticket expense is around 90 rupees for every individual and the last service is at 3 pm.
Nagarjunakonda | Image Resource : wikimedia.org
The boat ride was an extraordinary experience for me as it rides through the Krishna River and I could feel very near to nature while going through the valleys and hills. The picturesque magnificence was amazing and I felt it is indeed a best spot for excursion and fun trip.
The museum has immeasurable collections of artifacts, edicts and sculptures. Moreover, several articles that were found in the ruins were additionally shown there. To see the real demolishes, one needs to stroll around the island as they have been revamped.
The 3rd century AD in Nagarjunakonda | Image Resource : onefivenine.com
The temples of Charity and the washing Ghats were dazzling. I was enchanted by the beauty of the life-size statue of Buddha. I was additionally astonished by the work of the ASI and their endeavors in defending the remains. The history specialists have abundantly to investigate in this spot and I had an inclination that I retreated to 2000 years.
I returned to Vizag from Gundur after exploring the Island and the artifacts in the museum My last days of my vacation ended and I was fulfilled by the visit.
Borra Caves Visakhapatnam | Image Resource : arakuvalley.org.in
Description : Vishakhapatnam is all about exploring new venues within a health-giving environment and I would never miss a chance to not to explore its diversification in nature. I took my friends at an elevation of about 705 meters to visit Bora Caves and saw the beautiful flora and fauna spread across the caves. Now, every one of them is insisting on visiting the place once more.
I woke up to a blissful morning in a hotel near the Dam. The hotel was convent and the nature was rejuvenating. I was feeling fresh in a clean and beautiful environment very close to nature, away from the hustle bustle of the city, pollutions and noises. It was last days of my days in Guntur and I thought of visiting the Suryalanka Beach.
Suryalanka Beach Guntur | Image Resource : wordpress.com
My next destination was the Suryalanka Beach, which is found 9 km from Bapatla in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh. It is found 50 km south of Guntur City. Otherwise called the Bapatla Beach, it draws a substantial number of visitors on weekends and occasions.
Suryalanka Beach | Image Resource : thehindu.com
Since I love to travel on trains I choose to travel in train 7 km from Bapatla rail route. I enjoyed the train journey and passing through the coastlines which was a magnificent view. There are several bus services available from Guntur to this place. The distance is around 65 kilometers from Guntur.
The place is well-known for its beaches and shore lies. The common excellence of the shoreline and its closeness to the town draws tourists. They regularly come back to the serenity of the ocean for the weekend. The shoreline is known for its wideness and a best place to spend your vacation. The Suryalanka Beach disregards the gem blue waters of the Bay of Bengal.
Suryalanka Beach Evening View | Image Resource : blogspot.com
It was an ideal weekend getaway shoreline for loved ones and I could see many couples and honeymooners there. The pristine shorelines revived my soul and mind and restore my energy. The clean water and the serine atmosphere forced me for swimming in the ocean I took sun bath on the beaches which was a great experience for me.
I was surprised to only one resort is available on the beaches which is managed by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism and Development Corporation. But the tourists can find lodging facilities in Baptala town. After spending time until noon I headed towards Nagarjunakonda and the Museum.