Gandhinagar (Gujarati: ગાંધીનગર, Hindi: गांधीनगर) is the capital city of the Indian state of Gujarat and the twin city of Ahmedabad. Often hailed as the greenest capital in India, it is fast emerging as a desirable destination for real estate for the Gujaratis, with neighbouring Ahmedabad spilling over.
Essentially, located in a green farm belt, it houses major Gujarat Government organisations and administrative buildings, along with famous educational institutes like Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), National Institute of Design, National Institute of Fashion Technology and the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology.
After getting separated from Maharashtra, the state of Gujarat had its government offices in Ahmedabad temporarily. This town was originally created to set up the government offices through which the state can run. All the bureaucrats initially (and some still are) traveling by public transport from Ahmedabad to serve the government offices (or, Sachivalaya - Gandhinagar has Old Sachivalaya and New Sachivalaya. The latter surrounds Vidhan Sabha or State Senate Building). So initially it was a town of Bureaucrats. Now Gandhinagar is booming with tourism, travel convenience to Ahmedabad, being one of the greenest cities in the world and with many high cader high schools and professional teaching institutes. New infrastructure projects by the Gujarat Government is attracting people from whole state and the country. The population is now getting diverse with a mix of professionals, government service personnel, college students. Non-Gujarati community from all over India is increasing like never before. Gandhinagar is becoming a symbol of cultural and economic hub of Gujarat with a lot of foreign investments and multinational companies and businesses.
As a twin city of Ahmedabad, most of the options will be via Ahmedabad as the services will be more frequent. Although Gandhinagar has it's own railway station and GSRTC bus depot (Pathik Ashram).
Gandhinagar is served by the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVP) International Airport (IATA: AMD) which is in the area of Hansol, North Zone, Ahmedabad. The airport is expanding with permissions for many international air lines being given and development of new terminals.
There is an international direct flight to New York / New Jersey (Newark) via Mumbai served by Air India. Non-stop connections are available for Muscat, Kuwait (Kuwait Airways), Dubai (Emirates), Doha Qatar (Qatar Airways), Sharjah (Air Arabia) and Singapore (Singapore Airlines).
Ahmedabad is well-connected domestically via daily flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Indore, Chennai, Bangalore, Goa, Kolkata, Jaipur, Pune, Coimbatore, Hyderabad and Nagpur with connections to several other Indian cities and towns. Recently, flights to Kandla and Surat have also been launched. Most domestic airlines have a flight in and out of Ahmedabad.
Travelers hoping to arrive at the airport early should be advised that the international terminal is not open 24 hours, and may not open until the late afternoon. Similarly, as at other Indian airports, you will likely be denied entry until approximately three hours before your scheduled flight even if the terminal is open. Therefore, connecting between a domestic and an international flight will often involve waiting outside the airport with the throngs of touts for several hours.
From airport to city:
The Hansol area where the airport is located lies near the river banks, between the areas of Shahibaug and Naroda that give access to Ahmedabad. For travelling to Gandhinagar, is accessible through the road from Airport Circle (in direction of Naroda from the airport): Take left from Airport Circle onto Indira Bridge and keep straight onto the inter - city highway, crossing roundabouts at Tapovan Circle and Koba Circle, ending at 'Indroda Circle' (CH 0), the starting point of Gandhinagar (from South).
By auto rickshaw/taxi
An auto rickshaw or a taxi should cost roughly ₹ 200 - 300 respectively. Save yourself considerable hassle by using the prepaid booth, or, better yet, arrange a pickup through your hotel.
Gandhinagar Capital Railway Station. (Station code: GNC) is recently developed by [Capital project Devision & Gandhinagar Road & Building Department]. There are few trains regularly available to move in country. Jaipur-Bandra Garib Rath , Haridwar mail for Delhi and Haridwar and Shanti express for Indore. The Indian Railways transports are Available for Moving in Northern india & Eastern india From Kalol Railway Station of Ahmedabad.
For more frequent services, the best option is Ahmedabad Railway Station (Station code: ADI) located in Kalupur (Ahmedabad), which is connected with Mumbai(500 km), Vadodara Jaipur, Jodhpur and Delhi with trains several times a day. Daily connections (or multiple weekly connections) are also available to several other major cities including Bikaner, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Udaipur, Indore, Pune, Bhopal, Kolkata, Nagpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Chennai, Nagarcoil, Trivendram, Bangaluru, and Coimbatore. Direct trains are also available for Jammu, Patna, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Kolhapur, Goa, Mangalore, Cochin, Trivandrum, Hyderabad and Bangalore.
Another railway station of Ahmedabad, Sabarmati Junction (Station code: SBI) located in northern neighbourhood of Sabarmati, and is closer to Gandhinagar, but has less services than the main railway station of Kalupur (Ahmedabad).
To move about locally in Sectors, travelling in CNG Auto-Rickshaws is the best option available.
Also VTCOS runs local city buses.
Here are the main places to visit in Gandhinagar.
- Adalaj Stepwell. is 15 kms away from Gandhinagar in the National Highway. It is famous for its unique architecture.
- Akhshardham Temple. The temple has pink stones with beautiful carvings. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and awesome fountains. Recently they have springs up the first-of-its-kind laser water show in the world, which is must to see.
- Children's Park. An attraction for children and holiday, makers of the Children's Park in Sector 28 has a mini train and a lake with boating facilities.
- Sarita Udyan. In sector 9 and along the river front is the lovely Sarita Udyan, an ideal spot for picnickers. The entire area is being developed to provide full recreational facilities.
Akshardham, Deer Park (Haranodhyan), River Park (Sarita Udhyan), Sanskriti Kunj, Vidhan Sabha
Alcohol is prohibited in Gujarat.
Number of good hotels are present in Gandhinagar. With Ahmedabad international airport at a drive of less than 20 minutes (that is less distance than for a local of majority of the neighborhoods in Ahmedabad), it is not unusual for travelers to stay in the nearby airport hotels and visit Gandhinagar.
- Hotel Pathikashram, GH Road, Sector 7b (nr GSRTC Central Bus Station/Civil Hospital), ☎ +91 79 232 43161. Government owned hotel
- Skylon Hotel, Dev Complex, K-7 Circle, Sector-26, ☎ +91 79 232 883 00, +91 830 6007 001. :
- Cambay Sapphire (Cambay Spa & Golf Resort), Plot No X 22, 23 & 24, Sector 25 (Opp. Hillwoods School), ☎ +91 93747 41589. 72€ par night.