In the Pols of Ahmedabad’s Old City

Pols of Old  Ahmedabad City
Pols of Old Ahmedabad City

The Pols of Ahmedabad’s Old City are what spurred its nomination for World Heritage City by UNESCO. Numerous studies of its rich architecture and current state of disrepair due to public apathy are the only reasons why the World Heritage tag might just help the pols a lot.

The pols are narrow lanes with houses on both sides which rise enough to cut off the harsh Gujarat sun. This picture is of a woman washing utensils in the open courtyard of a house in the pol. Open courtyards are a Pol characteristic to ensure the lack of sunlight and proper air ventilation. There are two doors: the outer grilled one that allows some security with air flow and the second stronger door for protection. These huge wooden doors of Pol houses are now sold around the city for much higher prices as antiques in modern buildings.

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