Discover Smart Drive Gujarat Day 3: Lessons in history
Ramkrishna & Radha started their day with a visit to Sabarmati Ashram, to get some lessons in Gandhigiri. They witnessed the ideals and simplicity of the Father of the Nation who was also referred by some as the King of India. Quite a simple living for a king. The place was tranquil and got a lesson or two in changing the way to live. It was time to bid adieu to Ahmedabad and visit a different place. Soon they were on the Ahmedabad- Vadodara Expressway, which can be noted amongst the best expressways in the country. The Figo seemed to be at home both in the city and on the super-highway.
The next stop was Pavagadh – Champaner (pronounced as Chapa-ner) area. A pre-mughal city built in the 15th century. It has close to a 100 sites of historical and archealogical importance. One of the most important site is that of the Jami Masjid built by Sultan Mehmood Begada in 1484 AD.
It is the only heritage site in the state of Gujarat to be declared by UNESCO as a World heritage site. It was a public mosque and has a combination of Islamic and Gujarati influence in its form of construction. The Jharokhas (windows), Umbarta (door threshold), and the carved Dome are all examples of Gujarati construction elements.
It has an octagonal ablution tank also known as Khauje Waju. According to observers of historical sites, it is the biggest ablution tank in the world.
All in all a great day.