Sunday, October 3, 2021

Visit to Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad

We were in Ahmedabad for 6 years - from 1990 to 1996. It was one of the most memorable periods in my life.

After 19 years, in March 2015, we were back in that city for a few days' visit.

We caught up with our friends; went back to the place where we had stayed; and to the streets from where we used to shop.

We also went to the Lucky Restaurant in Mirzapur. It hadn't changed much.

They had the very same popular maska bun and tea. (Maska is butter; and bun is a small thick roll of bread. The bun is sliced, and served with butter and jam inside.)

The same taste. The same ambience. So reminiscent of those good old days!


Yesterday was Gandhi Jayanti (birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi). He born 152 years ago, on the 2nd of October 1869.

During our visit to Ahmedbad, we went to Sabarmati Ashram, the serene enclave on the banks of the Sabarmati River, which was Gandhi's home from 1917 to 1930 -- the most significant period in India's freedom struggle.

(Ashram is a religious or monastic retreat. Gandhi returned to India from South Africa, where he worked as a lawyer, in 1915. India became independent in 1947.)

Yesterday, we remembered our visit to Sabarmati Ashram. Here are some photos taken during the visit to the ashram.

Sabarmati River, on the banks of which is the ashram.

Hriday Kunj

Gandhi's work place

Gandhi's wife Kasturba's room

If you would like to know more about Sabarmati Ashram, here is the link.

The webiste has a virtual tour of the ashram.

There is a video tour on the Ashram's Youtube channel.


  1. Hari OM
    A wonderful memory for you... and for the nation; possibly the first and last true statesman of India... YAM xx

    1. Yes, Yamini. His ideals are so relevant, and can be very well be adapted today.

    2. Yes, they can be and are I have noted on occasion. As Yamini stated, a true Statesman.

  2. It's always fun to go back to places that hold fond memories Pradeep. In December we're heading to the town where we lived for the first year we were married. We've been back a few times - some things change and some stay the same. Glad you enjoyed your walk down memory lane.

  3. Things being the same after fifteen years is a miracle! I can't even recognize the CMH road in Indira Nagar of today, where I stayed a decade ago.

    Gandhi's workspace is simple and impressive.

    Destination Infinity

  4. I will take that tour when I have finished my morning's work.

  5. It is always a pleasure when we revisit the places/s where we lived. And, thanks for sharing these beautiful photos.

  6. It does look like a nice, peaceful place. I'd definitely like to try the maska bun. It sounds good.

  7. It's always nice to go "home" again, even if it was home for a short while.

  8. Ah, a wonderful memory, Pradeep. What a lovely calm place the ashram looks. Lovely!

  9. What a fabulous trip! I love the history and glad you got to revisit. Thank you for sharing your memories and photos.

  10. Hi Pradeep - it all sounds so wonderful ... reminiscences - happy and peaceful. So interesting to see Gandhi's rooms and home. Also to read about your 'bun'! delicious to smell the same aroma and taste! It sounds as though it was such a good visit for you - all the best - Hilary