21 November 2016

Visakhapatnam (Vizag), Andhra Predesh, India

On the opposite side of the country from Rajkot; about halfway down the coast; is the eastern port city of Visakhapatnam (or called Vizag for short) in the state of Andhra Pradesh.  My main reason for visiting here was again cricket watching, this time the 2nd test match of India vs. England, this time there was quite a few more locals attending with a crowd of over 20000 people over the weekend.
Apart from watching the cricket, I walked along the quiet local beaches north of the city, stopping for street food, shown below, of noodles fried in an interestingly shaped wok.  The local food is more in the southern indian style, and I ate a lot of the southern style parathas that are definitely one of my favourites, they are crispy on the outside yet stretchy on the inside.  After the cricket has finished I will be getting the train across back to the west coast to retreat to Goa for a good amount of time.

12 November 2016

Rajkot, Gujurat, India

Spent the past five days in Rajkot, the reason being to go and watch the first test of Englands cricket tour of India. It was the first time the Surashtra cricket association stadium; about 12km out of the city; has hosted a test match. Due to this distance outside the city there was a pretty low attendance for the match, with the current crisis of large denomination currency notes being recalled to banks also a factor and major inconvenience.
There was some Barmy Army England fans in the city to see the test, but with Gujurat being a dry state (no alcohol available), I think a few gave it a miss!
One morning I had time to see the Kaba Gandhi No Delo - Gandhi's fathers house, so learnt alot more on the history of his life.
The locals were not used to seeing any tourists in their city so were happy to see and talk to us. In one local restaurant I had to count the sheer number of waitors ready to serve us, I counted at least 16! The Gujurati thali served was very tasty. It is said that Gujurati people have a sweet tooth and this was definetely true with some extremely sugary desserts included in this thali.

6 November 2016

Ahmedabad, Gujurat, India

After going back down to Kolkata from Darjeeling, I flew right across to the west of the country, to Ahmedabad in Gujurat state.
Ahmedabad is a massive city with several sights and mosques in amongst the old part of the city. Here is a view of the market situated around the Bhadra Fort.
In amongst the market I found this colourful stall selling a big selection of 'mukhwas', such as 'til, supuri, paan and amla'. These are various chewing snacks; like seeds and candies; to refresh the mouth and perhaps for helping digestion.
Gandhi lived in Ahmedabad from 1917, where he set up the Sabarmati Ashram, it was very educational to read and see the history of his life displayed around the Ashram.
Whilst in the city I had the chance to try local food, in the way of a vegetarian Gujurati thali, this was a particularly impressive one with a great selection of curries to taste.