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..


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