Larry Travels to India
I was able to make a short visit to the old part of Ahmedabad, Gujurat this week. This area of the city is a labyrinth of narrow streets and old buildings with beautifully done woodwork that appears to be centuries old. The streets are only wide enough for a bullock cart to pass in some places.
To say that the place has character is a gross understatement. There was something new to see around every twist and turn of the streets. I saw boys playing cricket, merchants selling wares from carts and small shops, lots of school children who just finished school and lots of scooters and three wheeled vehicle traffic.
I got my first ride in a three wheeled taxi. They are known by various names: auto rickshaw, tuk-tuk, etc. Three wheeled taxis are powered by small motorcycle engines and maybe have a top speed of 25 or 30 miles an hour. Riding in one of these makes one feel much more vulnerable but it’s a relatively inexpensive and easy way to travel.
The driver who took me to old town was patient and would park and allow me walk and explore. I was able to take many “people” pictures and also see some architecture from long ago. If you visit Ahmedabad, take some time and see it. I promise you won’t be disappointed.