Airport

The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport is located in Ahmedabad, about 22 km from the conference venue. There are two terminals: Terminal 2 for International flights, Terminal 1 for Domestic flights. Both terminals are at about 10 minutes walking distance from each other. The airport offers all the usual services including ATMs and money exchange centres.

Currency

Indian Rupees are available from any ATM machine via an ATM card, or from money exchange centres at the airport. The approximate conversion rate can be found on Universal Currency Converter.

Credit and debit cards

India has a dense network of ATMs (cash machines) which will accept all major credit and debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, and others). The majority of shops and restaurants in Gandhinagar/Ahmedabad accept credit or debit cards.

Money exchange

You can change money in India at many places. When exchanging money, please note that there may be a commission. At banks, expect to pay roughly 2 % of the total sum in commission. In certain banks there is no charge for exchanging money. In private exchange offices, we recommend you first ask for the exact sum you will receive for your money.

Language

The national language in India is Hindi, which is spoken by almost of population. However, at the Airport and in the city you will find most people can able to communicate in English language.

Time Zone

India is in the GMT/UTC + 5:30h during Standard Time Zone, usually referred as India Standard Time (IST).

Gandhinagar / Ahmedabad time is

  • 5:30 hours ahead of United Kingdom
  • 10:30 hours ahead of United States of America
  • 1:30 hours ahead of United Arab Emirates

Emergency and safety

Here is a list of emergency/rescue/management contact numbers currently in operation in India

  • Police: 100
  • Fire: 101
  • Ambulance: 102
  • Women’s Helpline: 181

Weather

  • AccuWeather, check the city wise India weather conditions.

Useful links

  • India, general information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for visa help.
  • Gujarattourism.com, an official travel site of the Gujarat Tourism.