Walk of Hope reached the outer borders of the city of Ahmedabad yesterday. Ahmedabad is the largest city in Gujarat and also the former capital of Gujarat. It is the sixth largest city and seventh largest metropolitan area of India.
Ahmedabad has emerged as an important economic and industrial hub in India. In 2010, it was ranked third in Forbes's list of fastest growing cities of the decade. On cultural and commercial terms, the city remains one of the important hubs of the country. Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad is ranked the best management institute in India.
Rani Sati Mandir, situated in a prime area of the city, was where the padayatris were accommodated. Rani Sati, also identified as Narayani Devi and referred to as Dadiji (grandmother), is said to be a Rajasthani woman who lived sometime between the 13th and the 17th century and committed sati upon her husband's death. This temple is devoted to her worship and seeks to commemorate her act. Most walkers rested for the day after much activity these last few days.
A few of them took a short trip to the attractions outside the city, such as Somnath Temple and Dwarka. Some used the break for a short trip home to visit their families. Others visited places of interest in the city. Yet others whiled away the spare moments and relaxed the whole day.