Here, we provide information on all things travel related, including visas, booking transportation and accommodation, and sightseeing options in Ahmedabad and India. We strongly recommend that all applications and bookings be completed about two months in advance of the conference (by October 31) to ensure processing time and availability. If you have any questions that are not addressed here, please email email@example.com.
All foreign nationals entering India are required to have a valid visa and a passport valid for at least 6 months after their date of entry. There should be at least two blank pages in the passport. There are several types of visas, and those traveling specifically for ICTD 2019 should apply for a Conference Visa. You may fill out an e-Visa Application if you are eligible (check eligibility here). If you cannot apply for an e-Visa, you may fill out a Regular Visa Application. If you have a United States passport, you can apply here.
If you need a letter of support to obtain a visa, please write to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line "Request for visa supporting letter".
Regardless of the type of visa application, here are general tips on the application process:
Make a note of your temporary reference number. If the website throws error messages or freezes, you can try completing the form again later by using your temporary reference number to retrieve your partially filled form.
A visa application form will be generated with the High Commission logo at the top. Print two copies (and another one for yourself) and sign them. Save the document in case you need to reprint.
These are some details you might need when you fill out the visa application form:
Name of the Event: The Tenth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development
Name of the Organizer/Invitee: Dr. Rajesh Chandwani
Address of the Organizer/Invitee: Indian Institute of Management, Sargam Marg, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380015
Phone of the Organizer/Invitee: +91-79-66324873
For participants from Pakistan, the port of entry into India must be Delhi, Mumbai, or Chennai. Ahmedabad is not an available port of entry for Pakistani citizens. Pakistani citizens holding two passports should apply for a visa on their Pakistan passport. Please get in touch with us if you have questions (email@example.com).
TRAVELING TO AHMEDABAD, INDIA
The conference will be held at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A), one of India's most highly reputed management institutes, located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat in western India, and notable for its unique architectural style.
The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad is well connected to many major international cities. Recommended international airlines include Emirates, Etihad Airways, Air India, Singapore Airlines, and Qatar Airways . If direct flights are not available, you can also book a flight to Mumbai or Delhi and fly to Ahmedabad internally. You can use domestic travel websites such as MakeMyTrip.com or Yatra.com to book tickets. Among domestic airlines, Indigo, GoAir, and Vistara are highly recommended.
Ahmedabad is well connected by train to all major cities in India, so this is an option for domestic travel as well. You can buy train tickets from the Indian Railways website. We suggest booking train tickets well in advance as trains can become completely booked.
GETTING TO THE CONFERENCE VENUE
The airport is approximately 14 kilometers from IIM-A. To travel from the airport to your hotel and/or IIM-A, you can use either the prepaid taxi booths or ridesharing applications such as Uber or Ola, which accept payment in form of cards as well as cash (these options also apply to travel from railway stations). You can also take a shuttle service from the airport to IIM-A (you would need to buy a ticket to the Blind People's Association bus stop near campus).
GETTING AROUND AHMEDABAD
Ahmedabad is a relatively small city compared to other major cities in India, and travel is fairly straightforward. Ola and Uber are popular options, and there is also a dedicated bus transit corridor (BRTS) and metered auto-rickshaws that are widely used (these “autos” pretty much only accept cash).
Currently, ICTD 2019 has rooms blocked for conference attendees at the following locations:
- IIM-A campus (approx. INR 4,000/USD 60 per night)
- The Hyatt (approx. INR 6,500/USD 100 per night)
- Deadline to reserve rooms is November 30
- Novotel (approx. INR 5,500-6,500/USD 80-100 per night depending on room size)
- Deadline to reserve rooms is November 15
We can request more rooms to be blocked depending on the number of registrants. Additional options include other hotels in the area and AirBnB. There are five star hotels like the Pride Plaza, Radisson Blu, Courtyard Marriott, and WelcomHeritage Mani Mansion. Four star hotels will be relatively cheaper and include the Royal Orchid, Grand Bhagwati, Country Inn and Suites, Lemon Tree Hotels, and Fortune Hotels. AirBnBs near IIM-A are also available; you can search for accommodation near IIM, Vastrapur.
PLACES TO SEE IN AHMEDABAD AND INDIA
Ahmedabad is listed as one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites for its rich architectural and cultural history. We strongly recommend the following sight-seeing options:
All participants will also receive a copy of 101 Ways to Experience Ahmedabad by Anjali Desai. This book describes things to do and see in Ahmedabad that go past the standard tourist attractions! For other events around the time of the conference, the International Kite Festival will be on-going from January 6-14 in Gandhinagar, just north of Ahmedabad. In other parts of India, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, a large and exquisite exhibition of contemporary art, will be held in Kochi, Kerala in south India. If you are keen to travel, this is an event not to be missed!