When trying to get to Ahmedabad, India, the best airport to fly into and out of is the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport. Serving the cities of Ahmedabad and Ganhinagar, the airport has been named eighth busiest, and was named after the country’s first Deputy Prince Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The airport is divided into two terminals, with terminal 1 handling domestic travel, and terminal 2 with the international travel. The airport features a concrete and asphalt runway, which measures at an estimated 3,600 metres, or 11,800 feet in length. Ahmedabad climate has been recorded at an average high of 34.41 degrees Celsius or 93.93 degrees Fahrenheit, with an average low of 21.07 degrees Celsius or 69.92 degrees Fahrenheit, with precipitation recorded at an average of 23 days a year.
What to see & do
There is never a dull moment when in Ahmedabad. With its many attractions and events, the city is beaming with excitement, coming in from north to south, east and west.
Ahmedabad top destinations include Ahmedabad Metal Scene, Akshardham Temple, Amar dham, Auto World Vintage Car Museum, Bhadra Fort, Calico Textile Museum, Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, Gandhi Aashram, Hathisingh Jain Temple, Heritage Houses of poles, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) temple, Jhulta Minara, Juma Masjid, Kamla Nehru Zoo, Kankaria Lake, Law Garden, Sarkhej Roja, Science City, Sidi Sayed Mosque, Vaishnodevi Temple, and Vastrapur Lake, along with others.
Ahmedabad events and festivals include Diwali, Makar Sankranti or festival of kites or ‘Uttarayan’, RakshaBandhan, Holi, Navratri (festival of nine nights), and Eid-Ul-Fitr OR Ramdhan Eid.
How to get around within Ahmedabad
Among the transportation services that can be found within Ahmedabad include the AMTS bus or Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service, the BRTS bus or Bus Rapid Transit System, and auto rickshaw.
When wanting to get around via the AMTS bus, it is noticeable that the older buses are red and white or red and yellow, while the newer buses are bright red, with electronic display boards. These buses can be a bit tricky for non-locals, since they get to any destination within the city that can be reached by the AMTS. In total, the AMTS has 1,200 stops, through 210 routes, with terminals sprawled throughout Ahmedabad.
With the BRTS bus, it is recommended to keep the bus line number and route in mind. Line 1 travels down RTO Circle - Maninagar, Line 2 Anjali (Vasna) - Naroda, Line 3 RTO Circle - Naroda, Line 4 RTO Circle - Sarkari Litho Press (Delhi Darwaja), Line 5 Iskcon - Maninagar, Line 6 Soni ni chali - Adhav, Line 7 from Sarkari Litho Press (Delhi Darwaja) to Science City Approach, Line 8 Visat Junction - Maninagar, Line 9 via RTO Circle - Town Hall (Ellisbridge), and Line 10 Anjali (Vasna) to Kalupur Railway Station. The BRTS buses run on dedicated corridors, are silver in colour, and are wheel-chair accessible.
Get on an auto rickshaw for a quick transfer. The three-wheeled vehicles can be seen all throughout Ahmedabad, and can be hailed for a short ride. These rides, along with their drivers are fairly useful although knowledge of the area may be needed in order to be fully utilized.
How to get there
Among the airlines that fly in and out of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport include Air Arabia, Air Costa, Air India, Emirates, Etihad Airways, flydubai, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, JetKonnect, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and SpiceJet. These airlines fly to local and international destinations like Sharjah, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kuwait, Newark, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Singapore, and Muscat, to name a few.