Monday, January 9, 2012

Mangaldas ni Haveli,Cafe and craft Centre

A trip to Ahmedabad three months back and still I sit for long hours in front of these charming images. The restoration of old monuments, havelis, heritage walks are all a part and parcel of Ahmedabad. With a 7 month old baby it was difficult for us to go for heritage walks, so we took an Autorickshaw. The best way to see the city is in an autorickshaw driven by  the loving "Mohammed Bhai". Is there any tourist who comes to Ahmedabad  who doesn't know Mohammed bhai..? Mohammed Ghulam Ahmed, a man trained by the Ahmedabad Heritage Committee. Want to know everything there is to the walled city’s heritage? Mohammed Bhai will tell you when and who built a particular mosque or temple, and just what is so special about it. Mohammed Bhai knows more than Ahmedabad’s history or its architectural gems. Very few havelis allowed us inside and one such haveli is the Mangaldas ni Haveli. As in all other Havelis, this one also has a courtyard, frescoes and brackets and so on..

Mangaldas ni Haveli is located in the heart of the historic walled city of Ahmedabad. It is estimated to be over 200 years old and it originally belonged to a Nagar Brahmin family (Brahmins were considered the highest amongst all castes in India). It is one of the finest examples of carved wooden architecture typical of that time. It was bought by the Mangaldas family in 2006 and has since been restored. It now houses a café and a Learning Centre and is accessible by a shuttle service from The House of MG.

was glad the old switches were retained

the door detailing
the courtyard, the airy one

balls and hearts were found tied and they were dancing to the tune of wind

the way up
the doors also had these lotus representations
the windows,huge and large
the cafe centre which is closed now
motifs on the terrace
lovely lotus motifs on the walls,signature of house of MG
loved this one on the parapet lining

the old world feel

steps to keep the pots..
 Still charmed and very charmed and will keep on posting about Ahmedabad..We have travelled to many cities and no city has charmed us so much as this city keeps us haunting for more....

Images and Ideas:Lakshmi Arvind


  1. I loved the shot of the stairs to keep the pots and the beautiful lotus finials on the parapet.

  2. Great pics Lakshmi.Amazing detailing around the courtyard windows upstairs. Hats off to the folks who are keeping the house true to its heritage.Lakshmit by the way I had trouble loggin in using my blog OpenID. Not sure why.

  3. wow, seems like every one of you are making visit to mangaldas ni haveli...! and you love for lotus matches with the architecture of MDNH...! :) lovely documentation..!

  4. Amazing pictures :) loved the intricate work on those windows :)

  5. Beautiful art work!!! I loved all of them.

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  6. Beautiful pictures..loved them all!! amazing work!


  7. What stunning images. Have a great year..hugs Anu

  8. thanks all for the lovely comments .anu..happy new year to you too
    shuchi..will be visiting your blog
    peter thanks

  9. Everything is so amazing...just loved the usage of those floral motifs in various pretty.

    And look at that internal balcony/jharoke..I almost imagined an ornately decked gujarati bahu in her silk saree..looking down through her veil standing near one of those jharokas

  10. Love love.. the lotus on the parapet.. Wow!! I like how simple this place looks.. and totally intriguing.. The hanging balls.. seem like they are talking to the lights and the winds.. The courtyard.. is wow!! too..

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