A’town’s Kite Pride
Uttarayan is almost here, and we’re buying kites by the dozen, each more beautiful than the next! If you want to truly see extraordinary kites this year, don’t just scour the skies but make time for a visit to the Kite Museum inside Sanskar Kendra in Paldi, Ahmedabad.
The first of its kind in the country and the second of its kind in the world, the Kite Museum came into existence in February 1986, where renowned kite collecter Mr. Bhanu Bhai Shah donated 125 brilliant vintage kites to Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, which in turn developed a museum for it.
The museum explains how kites came to India as early as the 4th century, and showcases stills of kites from as early as 1430! The incredible collection here includes mirror work kites, Japanese kites and block print kites, a 16 feet long kite featuring Garba, and a rich collection of hexagonal Japanese kites namely Rokoku measuring 20 feet in length. The museum also has displays on materials used for kite making, and some beautiful paintings and illustrations.
Our experience was very peaceful and informative, and we recommend that you make this a definite plan this Uttarayan, and take your children along to see these wonders.
Timings: 10am-6pm (Tuesday to Sunday) (Monday Closed)