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What is Manek Chowk?

Manek Chowk
Manek Chowk. Pic: Internet

This type of post is new for me as I never did anything like. It’s about “Food”. Manek Chowk is most famous for street food in Ahmedabad (Old Ahmedabad).  Historical structures such as Ahmed Shah’s Tomb, Rani no Hajiro surrounds Manek Chowk . Manek Chowk consists of three shades, in morning it is a vegetable market, in noon it turns into Jewell market and night is famous for street food.

 

History of Manek Chowk

It is named after saint Maneknath (also known as Baba Maneknath) was 15th century legendary Hindu saint who lived on the banks of Sabarmati river. He helped Ahmed Shah to built Bhadra Fort in 1411.

 

How to reach Manek Chowk:

There is no public transport that directly connects (The only reason, probably because of the market is in a dense area of Ahmedabad. Even in afternoon there is much traffic, so walking is the fastest option).

It is 3 km (walking distance) from Ahmedabad Railway station and 1 km from the central bus station of Ahmedabad.

 

Best time to visit Manek Chowk

It depends on for what purpose you are visiting. It is an open square area which opens the early morning and closes the late night. In morning it turns into a vegetable market. In afternoon Jewelry market(the second biggest in India, at an apparently 3 million rupees of annual turnover). Night turns out to be the best here, food stalls starts after 8 in evening and continues till late night.

 

How’s Food?

Food is at very best. You won’t be much comfortable (open area, no AC, dense area, full of people), but once you start with food you’ll forget every discomfort. One of the best parts is that you don’t have to go to every stall for your order. You can order any food from one place, also don’t have to pay different bills. At the end you’ll be paying only one bill, stall owners will divide between them accordingly.

Try to reach early as possible. It gets crowded later on. Weekends and the festive season, you may have to wait for a longer time.

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