The Ahmedabad Trunk is an heirloom textiles museum in House of MG with an excellent collection of embroideries, appliquéd pieces, bandhani tie-dye, hand-woven textiles, costumes and other exhibits.
House of MG offers a choice of guided walking tours and audio-guided heritage walks. For those who want to explore Ahmedabad on their own, House of MG and the Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage created a unique and detailed heritage map of Ahmedabad online. The heritage walks and tours are a good way to explore the interiors of the walled city of Ahmedabad, which has many architecturally interesting monuments, houses and public buildings. The old neighbourhoods called `pols’ are in themselves interesting examples of architecture, planning and community living. To see the interiors of the houses called havelis, House of MG offers a shuttle to Mangaldas ni Haveli estimated to be over 200 years old. The house of a Naggar Brahmin family, this haveli was bought by the Mangaldas family in 2006 and restored with the help of the Heritage Cell of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. It is a fine example of Ahmedabad’s wooden façade architecture.
Another haveli taken over and adapted by the owners of House of MG, Mangaldas ni Haveli II is now a modern hotel in a refurbished 150 year old residential home located in the very heart of the Historic Walled city. It is just a ten minute ride from The House of MG and within walking distance of the Juma Masjid as well as a plethora of ancient temples and monuments. It is also in the midst of the bustling bazaars and artisan workshops that characterise the Walled City precinct. At night, the neighboring Manekchawk transforms in to a pulsating outdoor food court. This property has the Pol Kholi Café where you can snack in the courtyard of the haveli.
Ahmedabad also has many top quality museums like the world famous Calico Museum of Textiles, the Charles Correa designed Gandhi memorial museum in the historical Gandhi Ashram itself, the Le Corbusier designed museum at Paldi which houses Sanskar Kendra, City Museum and a kite museum, the tribal museum at Gujarat Vidyapith, the Indology Museum, and the new landmark, Kasturbhai Lalbhai (KL) Museum.
The Shreyas campus has educational museums founded in 1974 with art piecesand objects collected from different parts of India, exhibited or evocatively displayed to show their use. The Lokayatan Folk Museum, established in 1977, contains objects of crafts, utensils, domestic items, costumes and ceremonial objects from different communities and tribes in Gujarat. The collection contains exquisite pieces of colourful embroidery, beadwork, wood carving, metal work and leather work, which are documented and displayed with details of origin. With an aim to generate appreciation of local heritage, this place educates students about the rich diversity in traditions and lifestyles in the state.The Kalpana Mangaldas Balayatan Museum, established in 1982, has an extensive collection of Toys, Crafts and objects of performing arts from fifty-four states and countries. The highlight of this museum is the stupendous elephant skeleton. Other articles on display are puppets, masks, costumes, coins and toys. Special emphasis is on theatre and performing arts.Kathani is a gallery of Shreyas Fairs and Festivals established in 2004. Participation in fairs and festivals is a valuable way to develop a sense of unity and brotherhood, understanding and appreciation of cultures. Shreyas has celebrated thirty-six festivals since 1952, focusing on various regions of the world. Kathani is a rich documentation of pictures and photographs of all the performances that were taken during fairs and festivals, comprising of puppet shows, stage shows, drama, shadow plays, folk and classical performances, dances, stalls and displays of arts, crafts and food stalls. Shreyas Sangeet Vadyakhand is a gallery of musical instruments of India and other countries. Established in 1984, it is a repository of string instruments, bow, percussion and wind musical instruments used in classical and folk music.
ATTRACTIONS IN 100KM RADIUS OF THE PROPERTY
About 30 minutes from the property, Gandhinagar is a modern, planned and greened capital of Gujarat. It is developing into a hub for education and technology. On the outskirts of Gandhinagar, the 15th century Ruda Vav in Adalaj is one of India’s finest stepwells. Pethapur village of Gandhinagar is one of the few places where wooden blocks for printing are produced by woodcarvers.
Ahmedabad makes an ideal base to visit Important Bird Areas like the Thol Bird Sanctuary, the Kheda Wetlands and Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, all within 65km radius of the House of MG.
The Harappan archaeological site of Lothal, about 82km from House of MG, offers an insight into the Indus Valley Civilisation that thrived here from 2400 to 1900BC.