Friday, 19 February 2016

Vintage Car Museum, Ahmedabad

Namaste friends, How is the weather in your neck of the woods? In Ahmedabad, winter is on the way out and temperatures are rising. Which means we have very weird conditions like very hot afternoons, cool nights and freezing early mornings. And that means getting up many times at night to adjust the fan speed. So as you imagine, sleep is not restful and I am groggy most of the day. 

Not much has been accomplished on the crochet front. My yarn stash which was packed away for my sister-in-law's visit last month is still kept packed as my mother-in-law is visiting us along with my son, from Mumbai. Today is my son's birthday and since we could got go to Mumbai we asked them to come to Ahmedabad. Staying away from your kids is really so difficult, but I guess I have to get used to this as he now wants to pursue his Masters which means he will be away for some more time. 

A bit of good news is that sonny has cleared his Bachelors in Animation and Multimedia with distinction. So there are two good reasons for celebrations today. :)

Auto World - Vintage Car Museum, Ahmedabad.

As promised earlier here the pics from our visit to The Vintage Car Museum. It is situated in Kathwada at Dastan Farm.

Vintage car museum

Vintage car museum ahmedabad

Vintage car museum crochetkari

 The entry charges are Rs. 50/- per person (less than $1) and you have to pay Rs. 100/- more for your camera.  The cars belong to Mr. Pranlal Bhogilal and the collection is wonderful and very well maintained. 



Vintage car museum

Vintage car museum kathwada

Vintage car museum auto world


The museum is spread out over a large area as you can imagine from the sizes of these cars. There is a placard on the ground next to each car describing its model and whether it belonged to any royal family before being added to this collection.

Vintage car museum

Vintage car museum

Vintage car museum ahmedabad

One of the museum employees followed us around narrating little anecdotes about the cars, or pointing out the special features or custom details on some of the models. It is a gorgeous collection and even though I have zero knowledge about cars, I was awestruck.

Vintage car museum auto world

Vintage car museum

Vintage car museum

One can admire the cars only from a distance which helps in keeping fingerprints away and maintaining the mirror finish. As I mentioned earlier the collection is well maintained and transports you to a lovely bygone era. Long velvet gowns, white gloves, high heels, dainty hand held fans, little golden purses, movie premieres, gala dinners, valets, chauffeurs, debutante balls, wishful suitors......Ahem! Okay, okay, just give me a second to float back to earth :)

Vintage car museum
Some bikes for a change.

Vintage car museum ahmedabad
And some horse drawn carriages. (Love those puppet horses).

Vintage car museum


Vintage car collection



I hope you enjoyed the pics of these gorgeous beauties. All I can say is that there's more where that came from! So if you plan to visit Ahmedabad or India do add this place to your to-visit list. You will be delighted.

At Dastan Farm, the Auto World is  on one  side and on the other side is Vintage Village where they have alfresco dining arrangements (both lunch and dinner are available). Traditionally dressed waiters serve you an unlimited Gujarati Thali, constantly refilling your bowls of dal, kadhi, sabji, farsan, jalebi, and many other items. The setting is rustic and you have a choice of seating arrangements - traditional sitting cross legged on the floor or the usual table and chair. Privacy is afforded by bamboo mats separating the groups. Charges for lunch are Rs. 240/- per person, while dinner costs Rs. 340/- as there is folk music and dance as well as a traditional puppet show at night. As it was a weekday we chose to go for dinner. The place is lit with antique lanterns and lamps so my photos of the village and the dinner were not very clear...alas.

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4 comments:

  1. I wouldn't mind to have one of those cars....
    Have a nice week-end !
    Anna

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  2. Hi Sangeetha
    First of all hearty congratulations and belated happy birthday from all of us to Rock Star `A' :) This is a perfect example of how as parents, we should let the children follow their dreams and do what they enjoy the most. They are the happiest people and will do so well in their field. All the best to him.

    The beauties are beautiful to look at but I dont understand the abc of these vintage cars. So when we come to Ahmedabad next, we'll let V square :) visit this place and we'll do something what we enjoy the most. By the way. Your visit to brd is loooonnnng pending. Do come

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  3. Happy birthday to your boy. My oldest is a junior in college and my youngest will be heading off into the world this summer and I'm not quite sure I'm ready for it. But I know it's the way it has to be. I don't know that it ever gets easier, even if you've been through it before. I'm not a car person but these are some beauties. Vintage cars have so much character. It's definitely getting warmer here. Not looking forward to summer temps at all. Have a good week.

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  4. Hello Sangeetha
    Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog. It is still cold here and I am so looking forward to the spring however I'm afraid having to put up with temperatures of 40 or more as you have to is too much for me! phew!!!
    I am not very in to cars but I do like history so I would find a visit to the Vintage Car Museum fascinating! Even if I don't know much about cars I can certainly admire the luxury of an old Rolls Royce or the sleekness of a Jaguar! It is so very good to hear your son is doing so well. I see so many young people nowadays lost or uncertain about their future.

    keep well

    Amanda x

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