A small but prominent neighbourhood, home of eminent writers, educators and politicians
A window into the past!
One of the typical labyrinthine pols of Khadia, Desai Ni Pol was historically the home of the Nagar Brahmin community. Beautifully intact, the perfect spot to observe the traditional elements from a typical pol: depictions of mohalla mata (patron goddess), a chowk (open square), a community well, and a neighbourhood chalkboard.
Home to great poets
A small pol - just about 90 homes - but a prominent home to eminent writers and poets. Famous Gujarati poet ‘Akha Bhagat‘ - known as ‘Akho’ - was born here. He wrote in the Bhakti style of poetry that thrived in the 17th century. Laden with profound spiritual meaning, his writings are still enjoyed by Gujarati scholars today. A statue in the little lane where he lived forever reminds us of his words of wisdom.
A place of firsts
Ahmedabad’s first cloth manufacturing unit began here in 1861. Also, a sophisticated drainage scheme was laid out here in late 1800’s.