Gujarat Tour on Day off (December 15th, 2017)
The game of chess imposes enormous pressure on the young players. It was time for some relaxation. The organisers planned an outing for the players and officials of WYCO 2017 to few prominent places in and around India’s first Heritage city, Ahmedabad.
Experiencing Sabarmati Ashram and Mahatma Gandhi
The first visit of the tour started with the visit of this simple yet beautiful and elegant place, Sabarmati Ashram, also known as Gandhi Ashram, Harijan Ashram or Satyagraha Ashram) is located in the Sabarmati suburb of Ahmedabad adjoining to famous Ashram road, at the bank of River Sabarmati. This was one of the residences of “The Father of Nation” Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who spent his 12 years of his life here.
This ashram is now a national monument established by the Government of India due to its significance for the Indian independence movement in the form of the Dandi March in 1930.
The Sabarmati Ashram portrays the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi on Truth and Non-Violence (and obviously many other ideals too) in the most beautiful way. While you take a stroll along the Ashram premises you’ll find beautiful patchworks of Gandhiji’s thoughts rendered here and there and some carved on marble. Beyond all of these, you’ll also find Gandhiji’s major impressions like: Spinning Wheel, Spectacles, His Clothing, Utensils and several of his other commodities. The Ashram also has to offer a Gandhi museum which also lays down the impressions of Gandhiji.
We see God in the form of deity inside any temple. But inside this Ashram, we can see and feel “Truth is God”.
The players and officials spent a quality time in this serene environment which refreshed their mind before heading to Kankaria lake.
Kankaria Lake, formerly known as Hauj-e-Qutb, is the second largest lake in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. It is located in the south-eastern part of the city, in the Maninagar area.
A lakefront is developed around it, which has many public attractions such as a zoo, toy train, kids city, tethered balloon ride, water rides, water park, food stalls, and entertainment facilities.
Players and officials went for train ride near the lake and visited the zoo too.
In the afternoon, it was time to head to Swaminarayan Akshardham in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. It is a large Hindu temple complex inspired by Pramukh Swami, the former spiritual head of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. Located in the capital of Gujarat, the complex was built over 13 years and is a tribute to Swaminarayan and his life and teachings. At the centre of the 23-acre complex is the Akshardham Mandir, which is built from 6,000 metric tons of pink sandstone from Rajasthan. Players had an extremely quality time in this beautiful place before heading back to the nest.
After a gruelling five rounds of chess, a day off of this sort was absolutely necessary to calm the players’ mind down and rejuvenate their energy for the upcoming tough rounds of gameplay. It was a blissful day for the players and officials and a lot of memories to take back home.