Kite Museum AhmedabadIt may sound strange when you hear about a ‘Kite Museum’ museum for the first time. Any why not, a complete museum dedicated to kites is a very surprising thought. But in the city o f Ahmedabad, there stands a museum that celebrates the art of kite-making and gives it a space where hundreds of people, native or visiting, get the glimpse of the work.
Little did Bhanubhai Shah know that his idea of displaying his collection of rare kites, which he lovingly built over 50 years would make for such popularity among the masses. The kite museum was inaugurated on February 26, 1984 by then Chief Minister Mr. Amarsinh Chaudhary. A trust to look after the unique Kite Museum was formed the same year. Shyam Benegal had said - "This museum is a highly infectious place of aesthetics". The museum is shows history of kites through visuals and a short film so that it interests visitors.
Attractions of Kite MuseumBhanubhai Shah has created a diverse collection of uniquely crafted kites. In the Kite Museum, Ahmedabad one can get a glimpse of huge kites which are 22 by 16 feet to some of the smallest kites as well. The small-sized paintings of Radha-Krishna present the finely crafted steps of garba dances, block prints and mirror work which are on display in the kites in Kite Museum. They are of different varieties and attract tourists specially the kids. The kites are made of various types of materials like spinacle nylon, polythene, paper and cotton.
Make it a point to catch a glimpse of lavish hexagonal Rokoku which are beautiful Japanese kites. In the museum one can also find documents and snippets, as well as information on kites. A visit to the Kite Museum, Ahmedabad is an enriching experience for the travelers as they get to know more about this age old sport of India. Besides the information the uniquely crafted kites and their beautiful designs will surely capture the imagination of the young and the old.
Quick Facts about the MuseumLocation:
Nr. Paldi Char Rasta
Ahmedabad - 7
Open Days: Tuesday to Sunday. Monday closed.
How to Reach:
By Air: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel airport, Ahmedabad is an international airport with direct flights to most international hubs. The Domestic airport connects all major Indian cities too.
By Rail: The railway station located in Kalupur is connected to almost all the major cities of India.
By Road: Gujarat has a well connected road network. Ahmedabad is well connected with all the big cities and towns through road. The important bus stops are located at Paldi and Gita Mandir. Regular bus service is available by GSRTC - the Gujarat State Transport buses, connecting all major cities of Gujarat to Ahmedabad. There are some private transport options as well.
So, this time when you visit colorful Ahmedabad, make sure you visit this colorful and lively museum as well. The lovely kites on display will make your heart fly high with them!