Our next visit of the day was to the Bhadra Fort Ahmedabad, which was just 15- 20 minutes from our hotel. I used the bus booking app and made reservations for my travel. We boarded the bus which was cruising through heavy traffic, we were there in 20 minutes. The children were not so enthusiastic about the fort as they thought that it would be lots of tiring climbs and old architecture.
However, when we got there, we found it was not like the other forts visited in Hyderabad. Though it was very ancient, it had a nice modern feel to it. Sultan Ahmed Shah constructed it in the year 1411. The famous Teen Darwaza lies on the eastern side of the fort. It was the first Muslim structure constructed in Gujarat. The fort has a beautiful palace with magnificent arches and huge ornate balconies. It is believed that Goddess Laxmi herself visited the Sultan and blessed him saying that this city would always remain wealthy, which it is till date.
There is also a Bhadra Kali Temple in the fort and hence, the name given to this fort. In present times, the fort only has its annual flag hoisting held on January 26 and August 15. Since we wanted to savor the Muslim eatables, which Teen Darwaza is famous for in Bhatiyara Gali, we took this trip at about 4 pm to finish by 6 pm in time to relish the food from the vendors with their meats and kebabs.
As usual my kids were hungry and so was I. As there were many vendors near Teen Darwaza selling authentic Muslim food, we made a dash for it. It was something different from the fare of Hyderabad. The road itself is called Bhatiyara Gali, which in itself means Food Street. Huge dekchis and open Tavas lined the road making us drool just taking in the aroma. We had an early dinner tasting little tid-bits from different vendors and truly enjoyed ourselves. Bhadra Fort Ahmedabad will always remain in my mind whenever I taste paya, which was just awesome.