Guest Author: Krishna Shah
Imagine a place where you can buy almost everything you need in your day-to-day life at affordable prices. Wouldn’t that be a Shopper’s paradise? Now imagine the same place to be located on the banks of a river, vibrant and colourful making it a visual delight, and opening up with the rising sun. I would certainly call that a photographer’s paradise.
The idea of such an extraordinary place intrigued me to visit what the locals call “Ravivari” or “The Sunday Gujri Market”.
This flea market located on the banks of the Sabarmati, under The Ellisbridge is definitely one of a kind. It happens every Sunday as the name suggests, a tradition that is nearly 600 years old.
The area near the Ellisbridge is filled up with vendors and stalls, the hustle bustle of buyers and sellers, young and old. One can find almost a bit of everything being sold here, from Grandfather wallclocks to antiques to clothes and I kid you not, even birds!
As you walk under the bridge towards the market, vendors like these can be spotted selling whatever they can, ranging from towels, mats, caps and whatnot. Moreover, all this is sold at extremely negotiable prices, making it convenient for both buyers and sellers.
As you walk further, the area under the bridge is full of vendors selling pots and pans, clothes and even bed sheets and mattresses. At times, it is quite difficult finding a place to walk amongst the hustle and bustle.
The best is yet to come, a vivid display of things one would not usually picture in a roadside market. Literally, from wall clocks to mirrors and antiques, vessels, pots, pans, chairs and even bicycles!
All in all, this is by far one of the most amazing places I’ve been to and would definitely recommend it to anyone who visits Ahmedabad. As for those who live in the city, if you haven’t already been here, make sure you don’t miss it out!
.. And here’s the bird I was telling you about.
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