How to Reach Adalaj Stepwell from Heritage House in Ahmedabad?

Heritage House is in Khadia locality in Ahmedabad – 10 minutes walking distance from Ahmedabad Railway Station. I stayed in Heritage House during my Ahmedabad tour.

Pankaj – my friend had Ola and Uber app in his mobile. So we booked an entire auto via Uber app for Adalaj Stepwell situated in Adalaj village – approx. 19 km (one way) distance from Heritage House.

There are two ways to reach Adalaj village. One is – if you are alone, book a motorbike via Ola app from Heritage House and reach Geeta mandir bus stand. Bike charges will be 17 rupees. And ride 22 number bus to reach Adalaj village.

Second option is – book an Uber auto from Heritage House for Adalaj village/Adalaj Stepwell and reach within 45 minutes.

We paid auto Rs. 380 for to and fro journey to Adalaj Stepwell from Heritage House.

Stepwell is not to be missed if you are touring Ahmedabad because of its history and not to forget, it is a good location for photographers.

Ticket for Indians – Rs. 25 per person and for foreigners – Rs. 300 per person.

Entry free for children and below age of 15 years.

Jail Bhajiya House in Ahmedabad is Run by Inmates serving Life Term Sentences

I was staying at Heritage House in Ahmedabad. I planned to visit Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati and Jail Bhajiya House. Google map was showing both places near to each other.

I started walking till Ahmedabad railway station to hire an auto. Ahmedabad railway station is 10 minutes walking distance from Heritage House. If I had Ola or Uber app I would have hired auto from Heritage House. Anyway, I ask an autowala – How much for Gandhi Ashram?

He said – 150 rupees. I sense that he is charging more. I keep walking and ask another autowala – How much for Gandhi Ashram?

He said- 70 rupees. I hired him.

Within 15 minutes I reached Gandhi Ashram. After visiting Gandhi Ashram I question another autowala – How much for Jail Bhajiya House?

He said – 20 rupees. I hired him.

Jail Bhajiya House near Subhash Circle, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Jail Bhajiya House near Subhash Circle, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Within 5 minutes I reached jail bhajiya house. I regret why I hired an auto. Jail Bhajiya House is 5 to 7 minutes walking distance from Gandhi Ashram. Anyway, it was my first Ahmedabad visit. These things will happen.

The best way to travel anywhere in Ahmedabad is via Ola or Uber auto. Download Ola or Uber app on your mobile and book your auto. You can even book motorbike via Ola or Uber app. The best conveyance mode in Ahmedabad.

Jail Bhajiya House is a popular place if you are looking to visit something different place in Ahmedabad. Here prisoners prepare Bhajiya for normal people like us. I purchased bhajiya.

Bhajiya with Kadhi at Jail Bhajiya House, Subhash Circle, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Bhajiya with Kadhi

It was given on a plain white paper. I walk towards sitting arrangements to have hot bhajiya with kadhi. Kadhi was there in a jug and unlimited for eaters.

The taste of Bhajiya was good. This place is well maintained and run by prisoners. Currently they serve two types of Bhajiyas, potatoe bhajiya and Methi Bhajiya.

You get the bhajiys by weight – 100 gms, 200 gms. You buy a token for the amount you want and then you stand in a short queue to get your freshly fried bhajiyas.

The restaurant isn’t in the jail. Life term convicts are given the freedom to come and work here. The idea behind this Jail Bhajiya House is to help inmates to earn money for them and their families, and it also help these inmates to reform themselves and lead a decent social life once released from the jail.

Jail Bhajiya House timings: 8 am till 8 pm 24x7x365 days open.

I was happy after visiting Jail Bhajiya House. Something different I visited.

Now it was time to return to Heritage house.

An autowala was standing outside Jail Bhajiya House. I ask him – How to go to Khadia?

He said – cross the road and wait for a sharing auto. Auto will charge 15 to 20 rupees.

Thank you – said I.

I cross the road and waited for an auto. A sharing auto came and he dropped me at Ahmedabad Railway Station for just Rs. 15. So cheap. I was happy because I reached railway station for just Rs. 15.

And now I started walking towards Khadia to reach Heritage House with the memories of Jail Bhajiya House. The journey continues..

 

Lucky Tea Stall in Ahmedabad Built Around Graves and Coffins

During tour of Ahmedabad I was staying at Heritage House in Khadia locality. Jagdip Mehta is the owner of heritage house. I question – How far is Lucky Tea Stall? He said – approx. 15 minutes walking distance. And I decided to go. I along with Pankaj my friend took the help of google navigation map and started walking towards Lucky Tea Stall. Google navigation map was 100% accurate. We reached Lucky Tea Stall nearby Lal Darwaja.

Menu was displayed on the wall.

Menu - Lucky Tea Stall, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Menu was displayed on the wall but still I question waiter – What is Lucky Tea Stall favourite item?

He said – Lucky Special Tea and Mix Fruit Jam Maska Bun.

I requested for two Lucky Special Tea and two Mix Fruit Jam Maska Bun.

Within minutes order was served.

Lucky Special Tea and Mix Fruit Jam Maska Bun at Lucky Tea Stall in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Tea was hot and mix fruit jam maska bun delicious. I noticed we were having tea and bun with the people who have long passed away. There were graves around us. We were dining with the dead. Chai in the company of the dead in Graveyard.

Rs. 20 for special tea and Rs. 28 for bun maska. Paid.

Lucky Tea Stall, near Lal Darwaja, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Now we were walking towards the cash counter to know more about the tea stall. I question – How old is this tea stall?

It was established in 1950. It was a 26 graves graveyard.

And whats the timings of the shop?

The shop opens at five in the morning and open till one in the night. 24x7x365 days open.

If you are in Ahmedabad and did not visit Lucky Tea Stall, your tour is incomplete. The popularity of Lucky Tea Stall is well known as the heritage of Ahmedabad.

Interested in art? You will find M.F. Hussain’s painting here hanging on the wall.

One of the oldest tea stall in Ahmedabad and world’s only tea stall built around the graveyard. A visit one simply cannot miss.

A tree growing through a restaurant – another attraction.

One of the unique restaurant in Ahmedabad where living come to dine amongst the dead.

Thank you – said I for the great information. Thanks a lot.

One must visit Lucky Tea Stall if touring Ahmedabad. The journey continues..

Chandravilas Restaurant serves The Best Crispy Yummy Jalebis in Ahmedabad

I was on Amdavad (Ahmedabad) Morning Heritage Walk with Professional Tour Guide. The Heritage walk started from Swaminarayan temple at 8:10 am and finished at Chandravilas restaurant 10:10 am.

Because I opt for luxury package which includes breakfast thats why the tour was ending at Chandravilas restaurant.

Chandravilas Restaurant, Gandhi Road, Old City, Khadia, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

I enter. Upon request from our tour guide Vishal, I was served thali full of fafda, khaman (dhokla), methi bhajiya, kadhi and chatni.

fafda, jalebi, khaman, methi bhajiya at Chanravilas Restaurant, Gandhi Road, Old City, Khadia, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Fafda was very crispy and jalebi was too good but the only regret – there was only one jalebi. One was not enough. I wish 3-4 pieces of jalebi was there because it was too good in taste and crispy and hot.

The best about Chandravilas restaurant is that it is 120 years old. Imminent personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Indulal Yagnik, Sardar Patel, Bollywood showman Raj Kapoor, superstar Amitabh Bachchan, Asrani and many more also visited this place to have hot and crispy jalebis.

famous personalities visited Chandravilas Restaurant at Gandhi Road, Old City, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

A man was sitting at the cash counter. I enquired him about the timings of the shop. He said – shop opens up at 8 in the morning and runs till 7:30 in the evening. Sunday the shop is open only till 4 pm.

customers at Chandravilas Restaurant, Gandhi Road, Old City, Khadia, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

And whats the kilogram price of Jalebi?

640 rupees a kilo – He said.

making jalebis at Chandravilas Restaurant, Gandhi Road, Old City, Khadia, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Thats the reason I was served only one jalebi in thali. It is costly.

I decided to re-visit the shop to have hot jalebis. The shop is only half a kilometer from Heritage House where I stayed.

After two days I re-visited shop with one of my friend – Pankaj. We had two plates of jalebis. Each plate consist of 4 jalebis. And the price – Rs. 50 each plate. Worth spending because jalebis are too good in taste and very crispy.

I will suggest – if you are visiting Ahmedabad and going for Heritage Walk, select luxury package because it is with breakfast. Charges for Indians Rs. 350 per person and for foreigners – 450 rupess per person.

Enjoy your jalebi during your visit. Thank you.

 

 

Raipur Bhajiya House – The Oldest and The Best Bhajiyawala in Ahmedabad Town

Recently I tour old city of Ahmedabad and stayed at Heritage House in Khadia locality. Jagdip Mehta is the owner of the Heritage House. We were chatting and discussing about famous food places in Ahmedabad. I was suggested by Jagdip ji to visit Raipur Bhajiya House situated at Raipur Darwaja approx. 1 km from his heritage house.

Immediately I search the location in google navigation map but was unable to find it. So I decided to hire an auto and visit Raipur Darwaja. Rs. 20 I paid auto fare and reached Raipur Darwaja within minutes. Before leaving auto I asked auto wala where is Raipur Bhajiya House?

He smiled and said you want to eat Bhajiya? There is the shop – he showed. Raipur Bhajiya House is situated almost at Raipur Darwaja. They have two shops – one that prepares bhajiya and another shop that sale bhajiya.

There was queue to purchase bhajiya. I joined the queue but before joining I clicked bhajiyas photo.

bhajiya and khaman at Raipur Bhajiya House at Raipur Darwaja, Ahmedabad

After 10 minutes I was in front of the man selling bhajiya. How much for bhajiya – I question. Rs. 20 for 100 grams and Rs. 200 for a kilogram. I paid him 20 rupees to have 100 grams of bhajiya.

He gave me three types of bhajiyas – batatavada, methi bhajiya and bhajiya with slice of batata.

I question him – how old is the shop?

He said – 70 to 80 years old.

And whats the timings for shop opening and closing?

He said – 9 am is the opening time and late night at 1 am is the closing time.

Thank you – said I and start eating bhajiyas.

Delicious, fresh and hot served. They don’t serve any chutney or sauce but without chutney or sauce still it is mouth-watering. Worth with money and quantity and taste. It is said – they serve the same taste since many years.

After finishing hot bhajiyas I clicked one more photo of the shop.

Raipur Bhajiya House, Raipur Darwaja, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Raipur Bhajiya House

Now I was started walking towards Heritage House. After 10 or 15 minutes I reached Heritage House. Everybody in the house ask me – how was the bhajiyas? I said – very good. Jagdip’s ji father further enhanced my knowledge by saying – Earlier there were 100 mills in Ahmedabad and was called Manchester of India. There was different working shifts for workers. Workers used to visit Raipur Bhajiya House during day and late night to have bhajiyas. That makes the shop more famous.

Upon reaching Mumbai house I searched internet more to know more about Raipur Bhajiya House. I got the following information:

Raipur Bhajiya House was establised in 1933 i.e., 87 years old shop. Gujarat first chief minister, Jivraj Mehta, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are some of its most famous clientele. No onion-garlic in bhajiyas. Raipur Bhajiya still doesn’t have any branches, home delivery facility, or online sale. 24x7x365 open.

So, go and try the mouth-watering bhajiya and take those with you who don’t know about it. You will also find KHAMAN (Dhokla) there. Enjoy.

Aaswad – One of The Best Marathi Restaurant in Mumbai, Maharashtra

Aaswad Restaurant, Dadar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Aaswad Restaurant
MahaShivratri Fasting Menu at Aaswad Restaurant
MahaShivratri Fasting Menu
Aaswad Menu Card
Aaswad Menu Card
Modak with Pure Ghee at Aaswad Restaurant
Modak with Pure Ghee
Vegetarian Food at Aaswad Restaurant
Vegetarian Food
Gulab Jamun and Gajar Halwa at Aaswad Restaurant
Gulab Jamun and Gajar Halwa
Aaswad Restaurant

I was searching google to find “Best Marathi Restaurant in Mumbai” and Aaswad restaurant was one of the google result. More than seven thousand reviews enough to convince me to visit Aaswad restaurant. But this time I thought why not invite few of my marathi friends to join too so that menu order selected by them only.

We were five friends at Prabhadevi West. Two were marathi. We didn’t know the exact location of the restaurant. We hired two taxis. Luckily, taxi wala was aware of the restaurant location. He enhanced our knowledge by saying that Aaswad was earlier near to ShivSena Bhavan in Dadar.

We reached restaurant within 10 minutes. 30 rupees was each taxi bill. Paid and we crossed the road to reach Aaswad.

There was crowd outside the restaurant. People were waiting for their number to enter restaurant to have their seats. We too approached the man who was writing queue number. Half an hour we had to wait and finally we enter.

The first order was Modak by our marathi friends. Modak was served with pure ghee. It was awesome.

Pithale Bhaji Bhakari, Bhakari, Masala Rice, Dalimbi Usal – The menu requested again by our marathi friends. Taste of the food was too good. Very less spicy with added spices. The aroma of spices was great. It taste good. I like marathi food specially because of spices.

After lunch I requested for gajar halwa and one of marathi friend requested for gulab jamun.

We all thoroughly enjoyed the lunch. It was time to pay the bill. I requested for bill and was surprised by the total amount when bill was presented. Only Rs. 916. We were five people that means Rs. 183.20 per head. Nothing I can say the total amount. To be honest I can say the restaurant is one of the cheapest and best in Mumbai. Will visit again for sure to try different menu but in-short what surprise me the total bill amount. Very cheap and best.

You can also visit Aaswad restaurant from Dadar west local train station. Its 10 minutes walking distance. Reach Dadar west then walk towards Kabutarkhana and then towards the church. Its 2 minutes walking distance from church.

 

Banana Leaf at Juhu Versova Link Road, Mumbai – Restaurant Review

It was Sunday morning, around 11 am and I decided to visit Banana Leaf at Juhu Versova Link Road in Mumbai. It was not crowded. Seat was easily available.

While going through the menu I found more than 30 varieties of Dosa, more than 20 varieties of Idli and more than 20 varieties of Uttappam. Other than this they have Soup, South Indian Snacks, Rice Plate, Vegetable Dishes, Mini Meal, Hot and Cold Beverages and more than 30 types of juices.

I was confused which one to order. Finally I order Methi Garlic Dosa and Pineapple Lime Cooler juice. Methi Garlic Dosa was Ok Ok but juice was good one.

The ambience was descent. Service was quick.

I paid Rs. 160 for Methi Garlic Dosa and Rs. 135 for Pineapple Lime Cooler. Total  I paid – Rs. 349.

I think I should visit it again and try some Idlis or any other variety of Dosa to come to a conclusion how good the food is.