Ahmedabad was founded in 1411 AD and derives its nickname from the founder Sultan Ahmad Shah. Situated on the banks of river Sabarmati, Ahmedabad is known for its beautiful monuments of historical and archeological importance. The city embraces the traditional culture and heritage as well as modernization and industrial growth.
Ahmedabad, also known as Karnavati, is famous as the Land of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi and now as the land of the new Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi. The city is known for its vibrance and liveliness. The largest city of Gujarat and the sixth largest city of India, it has a population of more than 7 million. It is a major industrial and service center in India and is called “Manchester of the East”. It is the economic capital of the state of Gujarat. Ahmedabad is the only city in India declared as a heritage city by UNESCO.
Ahmedabad offers something to celebrate all year round that ranges from celebrations of ‘Deepawali’ and ‘Dushehra’ to the all night long folk dances of ‘Raas-garba’ and fun during ‘Kite Festival’. The city has places like Science City, ‘Akshardham’ temple, Gandhi Asharam and ‘Adalaj Vaav’ (stepwell). The weather in January is pleasant with temperature around 14-20’C. Several nearby tourist spots like Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary (80kms), Lothal: of 4500 year old Harappan settlement (85kms), Sun Temple of Modhera (99 kms), Dakor, a place famous for Randchodrai Temple (49kms) are also worth a visit.
Ahmedabad is well connected with all metropolises in India by air and road. The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport serves both domestic and international traffic. The airport connects the city with destinations across India, Middle East, the Far East and select destinations in Western Europe. There are multiple flights on a daily basis to major cities in and out of India. From the Airport, the distance to Nirma University is about 15 kms and can be covered by road in 30-40 minutes. From the railway station and bus depot, the distance is about 20 kms and can be travelled in around 60 minutes. The city is well connected to other cities in and outside Gujarat by the state transport and private buses as well as trains.
For international delegates, it is requested that the process of Visa documents is completed in advance. A “Summit Visa” or “Tourist Visa” can be applied for. For more information, please contact the Indian Embassy in your country. For some countries like Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Finland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Indonesia, there is a facility of Tourist Visa On Arrival (TVOA). The TVOA is granted for a maximum of 30 days with single entry facility by the Immigration Officers at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata Airports on payment of a fee per passenger (including children).