The intensity of Ahmedabad may be a bit daunting at first, but behind the bustling markets you find a living labyrinth of surprisingly quiet streets. The city is home to more than 500 pols, intimate neighbourhoods grouped around a central courtyard, a temple and a birdfeeder. Hidden in these pols you find the city’s inner secrets. It is where people of different faiths and castes live together in harmony based on the powerful mantra of ‘Mahajan’, a custom of shared wellbeing. This unique concept was championed by the mighty Shah sultan who founded the city six centuries ago. Even today we can witness the city’s glorious past in the many exquisite temples and stunning havelis with handcrafted wooden sculptures in all colours of the rainbow.