Friday, February 4, 2011

Vishala

Vishala


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Vishala
There are often dissonances between the world our heart craves, and the way our modern life is developing. The minute you enter Vishala, you feel transported into the heart of a Gujarati village. As you walk through the open farm land and breathe the clean air from the trees around, you are greeted by men in turbans and dhotis. Yes, you have signed up for a rural experience on the periphery of the Ahmedabad city.

Nothing can replace a real village experience, but Vishala tries its best to come close. The air smells sweet of lobaan (smoked charcoal). A world is created out of mud huts, machaans (huts built on raised bamboo stilts), adorned with typical Gujarati colors and design motifs. The atmosphere resonates with the eclectic performances of folk musicians and dancers who will invariably entice you to join them. The puppet show under the stars takes children on a high. The ethnic Gujarati food served on biodegradable leaf plates and pottery is a full throttle plunge into the old world charm of Gujarat.

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