A city rich in culture and tradition
Ahmedabad is an attractive destination for anyone wishing to travel during the winter season. The city has a wide selection of restaurants, food stalls and cultural festivals that would be sure to entice any traveller to come to this prosperous city in India.
Best time for exciting local events
Though the winter season in Ahmedabad can be moderately cool, ranging from 5-20°C, there is no doubt that between the months of October - April the city is at its liveliest. With numerous holidays and festivals celebrating the seasons, outdoor activities and religion. In October, the Navratri (9 Days Pooga for the 9 Forms of Shakti) celebrations commence with local dances (Garba) taking place. Deepavali or the festival of lights is also celebrated around October/November with fireworks and an exchange of gifts.
For travellers coming to Ahmedabad in the late winter, there is the Makar Sankranti festival which takes place between 12th and 14th January to celebrate the arrival of Spring. The Uttarayan kite flying event follows closely behind the Makar Sankranti on 14th and 15th January.
A few tips before you travel
The main language spoken in Ahmedabad is Gujarati but Hindi is also spoken in some parts. Alcohol is not permitted in Gujarat, but non-residents or travellers are able to apply for a permit to drink. Taxis are rare in Ahmedabad; therefore, the main transportation around the city are the buses or autos. The food in the city is primarily geared toward vegetarians.
Local information: transport, hotel and food locations
The approximate price for an auto from airport to central Ahmedabad is about Rs 150-200; however, the price will need to be negotiated in advance. Know that the price of an auto in Ahmedabad is typically around Rs 20 per every 1 km driven to a certain destination and also involves a start price of Rs 15. The two buses operators that run in the city are the AMTS and BRTS, with the latter having a much faster transport time at a higher price. The selected route a traveller chooses determines how high the fare will be, which can range from as low as Rs 4 to Rs 36 for a one-way ride. An all-day pass for the buses is approximately Rs 45. The service does not operate between the hours of 11 pm to 6 am.
The prices for a hostel or hotel vary. An inexpensive hostel for around Rs 700 might be located east of Sabarmati in Old Town. In Navrangpura, there are more luxury hotels for approximately Rs 3,400.
For places to dine out there are numerous restaurants in SG Road. Some estimated prices for food and drink include; a restaurant meal for around Rs 250 and a lager is about Rs 100. Travellers that wish to do a little shopping around town will find many food stalls and markets located in the central square of Manek Chowk.