“Pol” of Ahmedabad normally refers to a cluster of urban settlement that bears the lineage of traditional architectural style of Gujarat. In brief, these urban settlements serve as a genuine testimony to the evolution of the city of Ahmedabad into a modern day urban zone. These settlements have borne the impact of invasions by foreign invaders and also focus on the traditional living style of the people along with their day to day activities.
On carefully viewing these, visitors shall get a good impression on the progress of the local art and architecture of the region. At present there are overall 360 pols in Ahmedabad and each of them come with a remarkable feature in the form of harvesting the rain water. The presence of these historic poles is one of the factors that have put this city into the lists of heritage sites of the UNESCO. Some pols do contain frescos which reflect the artistic taste of the settlers in those days. At present these are lying in a dismal state with no initiative of renovation by the government.
These pols which were once the most populated settlements of the region are now standing as a mute spectator to witness the progress of the city of Ahmedabad. These pols once witnessed the outbreak of communal riots during the period of 1714 and a civil unrest during the period of eighteenth century. Of all these pols, Mahurat Pol can be considered to be the earliest one. These pols can be the ideal source to understand the devastative impact of foreign invasion into the country for years.
Where it is located?
These pols are based in heart of the city of Ahmedabad which forms the major spot of attraction in the city. As Ahmedabad is well connected road network across major towns and cities of the state so there is no problem to avail bus services from major bus stops of the region.
Ideal Visiting Time
The city is of Ahmedabad which has come into limelight for the existence of traditional poles can be visited in any part of the season. However the most appropriate timing is from the month of October to March when the climate is cool and comfortable for exploring every corner of these traditional settlements in detail.