Airport: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport is 35 km north-east from MICA, the venue of ICMC 2016. The airport consists of the International and the Domestic terminals, which both use the same airside facilities but are separated on the landside, with a five-minute distance between them. There are two pre-paid taxi service counters at the domestic airport and they charge Rs 800 for taking you to Hotel Skyland, MICA’s partner for this conference, which is located approximately 6 km before MICA. The staff at Hotel Skyland will have a list of guests at the reception.
Railway Station: The Ahmedabad (Kalupur) Railway Station is a major junction with railway lines connecting many major cities of India. The railway station is roughly 30 km from MICA, the venue of ICMC 2016. You can get a taxi to reach MICA, or use a yellow-and-green three-wheeler (auto rickshaw). The taxi will charge around Rs 600, while the auto rickshaw will charge Rs 300–350 for taking you to Hotel Skyland, MICA’s partner for this conference, which is located approximately 6 km before MICA. The staff at Hotel Skyland will have a list of guests at the reception.
BRT from Railway Station: You can take BRT bus from Railway Station to Shivranjani and then further from Shivranjani to Ghuma Gam. From Ghuma Gam you can take an auto rickshaw, which may charge Rs 50–60 to the MICA campus. Please do not forget to mention ‘MICA campus near Shela village’.
Founded by Sultan Ahmad Shah in 1411 AD, Ahmedabad (also known as Amdavad), in the State of Gujarat, has grown into one of the important modern cities of India. It is the fifth-largest city and seventh-largest metropolitan area of India. Ahmedabad is located on the banks of the River Sabarmati, 32 km from the state capital, Gandhinagar. In the past, the city established itself as the home of a developing textile industry, which earned it the nickname Manchester of the East. The city was at the forefront of the Indian independence movement in the first half of the 20th century, and the centre of many campaigns of civil disobedience to promote farmers’ and workers’ rights, and civil rights apart from political independence.
The city has large populations of Hindus, Muslims and Jains, and these cultures are pre-eminent in the city, with their religious festivals and cuisine dominating the city’s culture. An exciting combination of the traditional and the modern, Ahmedabad captures visitors with its diversity of places, religious and ethnic communities.
Weather: Ahmedabad is a part of a semi-arid zone of western India. The temperature in February varies highs between 24 °C and 28 °C, and lows between 10 °C and 14 °C. The weather is expected to be sunny and pleasant during the conference.