It was day 1 of our 15-day Mumbai–Rajasthan road trip. Our planned overnight stay was at Palanpur, Gujarat, a good 2.5 hours drive from Ahmedabad. But like in any trips, some things had to go wrong. Most often, such twists end up being good.
The construction of a mega-bridge over the Narmada at Baruch meant a huge traffic snarl and a loss of more than 2 hours. So plans were redrawn and overnight halt became Ahmedabad. A good deal from Makemytrip and the prospect of a riverfront hotel landed us in LemonTree. We had heard a lot about Sabarmati Riverfront project, so planning for the evening became easier.
Though in many parts, it is work-in-progress, Sabarmati Riverfront project is truly ambitious considering the state of our cities by the river. It is quite an attraction and hopefully will turn out to be a successful model for other cities to adopt. Wide and well-lit promenade at two levels, cycle tracks, cycle docks, sitting areas, small gardens, and the like, make it very interesting.
And not to mention, an ideal place for running. Once completed, the promenade runs about 11.5 km. And that makes it a half-marathon if you do a two-way run.