Fly To Ahmedabad, India
Ahmedabad is the major city in Gujarat, India and is somewhat of a mini metropolis. It’s made up partly of old-world charm and partly new-world noise yet it is remarkably cosmopolitan with a rich history to boot. The city has been beautifully restored and boasts stunning museums, fantastic night markets and fine restaurants.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do need a Visa to visit India. Be sure to leave ample time for processing and ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date. Also make sure that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy in India is in Delhi at B 18 Vasant Marg Vasant Vihar, 110057, New Delhi. Phone: +91-112-614-9411.
See and do
There are a number of carved historic monuments in Ahmedabad as well as mosques, museums and art galleries all worth having a look at.
Gandhi Aashram used to be the home of Mahatma Gandhi and was founded in 1915. It’s by far the biggest attraction in the city, lying on the stretch of the Sabarmati River it houses a handicrafts centre, spinning wheel factory and a paper factory. The Sidi Sayed Mosque is unique owing to its exquisite screens and a visit allows you to witness an example of delicate carvings. Bhadra Fort adds a special charm to the city. It once housed the royal palaces and there is a temple set amongst gorgeous gardens. A living heritage, Heritage Houses of Poles boasts structures that are up to 600 years old.
Ahmedabad is host to many festivals throughout the year, most importantly, Diwali, or the Festival of Lights. Another festival is Makar Sankrant, or Festival of Kites. This takes place on the 14th of January every year and marks the end of winter and return of the sun. Everybody starts the day flying a kite which continues into the evening with the flying of lamps.
There are a number of ways to get around Ahmedabad. The local city buses have been running since the 1940s and cover just about every point in the city. The Bus Rapid Transit System is another way to get around. They run on dedicated corridors but don’t access everywhere in the city. However, it’s a really fast way to commute and pretty cheap too. Auto rickshaws are a fun way to explore the city – you’ll spot them by their green and yellow three wheels. They’re cheaper than a taxi but far more expensive than the buses if you wish to go further than 3 kilometres. They’re not particularly comfortable or spacious either! To flag one down, shout “auto” or “rickshaw”. Most drivers understand English or Hindi and are quite helpful and not known to cheat you out of fare. There isn’t much of a taxi culture in this city but you can book private taxis for the purpose of getting between the airport and your hotel. Try to negotiate directly with a driver instead of booking through a hotel though.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport – AMD
Food and beverage: there are no 24 hour food concessions at this airport.
Currency Exchange: There are ATMs and cash machines in domestic departures at Ahmedabad Airport.
Lost Luggage: Consult your airline directly.
Airport Hotels: Airport Residency, Comfort Inn Sunset, The Gateway Hotel Ummed Ahmedabad.
Car Hire: You can hire a car from the domestic and international terminals from all the major companies at Ahmedabad Airport.
Airport Hub: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (code AMD) is a hub for Blue Dart Aviation.