Ahmedabad is the largest city in the state of Gujarat. It is the administrative headquarters of Ahmedabad district and is the judicial capital of Gujarat as the Gujarat High Court is located here. With a population of more than 5.8 million and an extended population of 6.3 million, it is the fifth largest city and seventh largest metropolitan area of India. It is also ranked third in Forbes’ list of fastest growing cities of the decade.
Ahmedabad is one of six operating divisions within the Western Railway zone. Railway lines connect the city to towns in Gujarat and major Indian cities. Ahmedabad railway station, locally known as Kalupur station is the city’s main terminus.
The National Highway 8C links Ahmedabad to Gandhinagar. It is connected to Vadodara through National Expressway 1, a 94 km long expressway with only two exits. This expressway is part of the Golden Quadrilateral project.
Ahmedabad has a Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), maintained by the Ahmedabad Janmarg Limited (AJL). Ahmedabad BRTS was given the Sustainable Transport Award in 2010 by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy for reducing carbon emissions and improving residents’ access.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, 15 km from the city centre, provides both domestic and international flights. It is the busiest airport in Gujarat, and the eighth busiest in India with an average of 250 aircraft movements a day.
Ahmedabad is well connected with all metropolises in India by air, bus and trains.
The SardarVallabhbhai Patel International Airport serves both domestic and international traffic for the city and the neighboring cities of Gandhinagar, Mehsana and Nadiad. The airport connects the city with destinations across India and to cities in the Middle East, the Far East and select destinations in Western Europe. There are more than 6 flights on a daily basis to Mumbai and Delhi – which are the main international air gateways in and out of India. Delhi is 1.5 hours away by air and Mumbai 50 minutes. Daily flights are also available for Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai and Kolkatta.
From the airport the distance is about 15 kms. and can be covered by road in 30-40 minutes. From railway station and main bus depot, the distance is about 20 kms and can be travelled in 1.25 hours.
For International delegates, it is requested that you process the Visa documents well in advance. A ‘Summit Visa’ or a ‘Tourist Visa’ can be applied for. For more information please contact the Embassy of India in your country. General Information on Visa to India is available at mha.nic.in
For some countries like Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Finland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia there is a facility of Tourist Visa on Arrival. (TOVA) The TVOA is allowed for a maximum validity of 30 days with single entry facility by the Immigration Officers at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata Airports on payment of a fee of US $ 60/- or equivalent amount in Indian rupees per passenger (including children). For more details follow the link www.immihelp.com.