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Located in Gujarat in the north-west of India, Ahmedabad boasts a combination of old-world charm and new-world buzz. Straddling the Sabarmati River, the city has lots to offer, including museums, night markets and fine restaurants. The beautifully restored Old Town is also well worth a visit. Gujarati is the most widely spoken language in the metropolis, although Hindi and English are also well used. The Indian rupee is the local currency. To check out flights to Ahmedabad, and to see cheap flights to other destinations in India, simply use our search tool.
Summers in Ahmedabad can get very hot, with temperatures sometimes reaching 45°C between March and May. Meanwhile, June to October is monsoon season. The best time to visit this destination therefore may be between November and March.
If you're flying direct from the UK to Ahmedabad you should be in the air for just over eight hours. However, currently there is just one airline, Air India, offering direct flights to Ahmedabad, and they depart from London Heathrow.
If you want to fly from other airports you will need to take a flight that connects en-route. These Ahmedabad flights from the UK can take less than 14 hours, although this will depend on where you connect and how long you have before your next flight. You can often fly direct with an Indian airline like Jet Airways to a major Indian city like Mumbai or Delhi and take an internal flight to Ahmedabad. Alternatively some Middle Eastern airlines like Emirates and Etihad offer indirect flights with a connection in the UAE.
A short bus ride or a taxi journey of around 10 kilometres will take you from the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport to Ahmedabad city centre. Getting around the city itself is fairly straightforward thanks to its effective infrastructure for transport. There are various buses, auto rickshaws and cabs available for you to take advantage of and locals are forthcoming with advice when asked.
When staying in Ahmedabad, the Dada Hari Wav is a must-see. This well system was originally constructed in 1499 by a woman of Sultan Begara's harem. It features steps to various platforms, terminating at a small, octagonal well. Even on the hottest day, the depths of the Dada Hari Wav are cool. For a more modern experience, Science City is well worth a trip. This government venture aims to showcase developments in science and technology and it contains an IMAX 3D Theatre and a Musical Dancing Fountain Aquamobil, among other things. Another attraction is the Shreyas Folk Museum, which displays a selection of Gujarati folk arts and crafts.