The Conclave will be held in the magnificent halls of Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. Mahatma Mandir is a convention and exhibition centre as well as a memorial located at sector 13, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. It is one of the biggest convention centre of India spread over 34 acres (14 ha). Business summits like Vibrant Gujarat Global Investor Summit 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 were organised here. Gandhinagar is nearly 18 km away from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, providing both domestic and international flights. Ahmedabad Railway Station in Ahmedabad is the nearest rail junction (25 km away) which provides connectivity with all the major cities and towns of India.
Gujarat is one of the most diverse States in India. Its history stretches over a long years from the age old Harappan Civilization to the Mughal period. Gujarat is the birthplace of many Freedom fighters like the legendary Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and many others. The cultural mix enhanced with over 4500 years of history has endowed Gujarat with some of the greatest historical and archaeological monuments. While Lothal offers an unparalleled insight into the Harappan civilization. For further details about various places of interest in Gujarat, kindly visit website of Gujarat tourism (https://gujaratindia. gov.in/about-gujarat/gujarat-tourism.htm). Some of the famous places are briefly mentioned below.
Gandhinagar is the new capital city of the state of Gujarat in the west of India. It is located nearly 23 km north of Ahmedabad. Gandhinagar (23.22°N, 72.65°E and 81 m above mean sea level) lies on the west bank of the Sabarmati River in north-central-East Gujarat. There are many places of tourist interest in the city like the Akshardham, which is a massive Hindu temple with ornate carvings and sculpted pillars, plus a water show in its sprawling gardens. Dandi Kutir museum traces the life of leader Mahatma Gandhi, who was born in Gujarat. South, along the Sabarmati River, the Indroda Nature Park has a zoo and botanical gardens, plus an adjacent dinosaur and fossil park.
Gujarat Science City, Ahmedabad
Gujarat Science City at Ahmedabad, has been established with the vision to be a world class Science Promotion and Popularization Platform with education through entertainment. It showcases contemporary and imaginative exhibits, minds on experiences, working models, virtual reality, activity corners, labs and live demonstrations to provide an understanding of science and technology to the common man. .
Swaminarayan Akshardham, Gandhinagar
Swaminarayan Akshardham at Gandhinagar explores Hinduism’s values and traditions through a variety of media, from a large format film to a multimedia water show. . What is shared is an informative and inspiring journey through an ancient culture’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of all humans. Temple, Exhibition, Abhishek Mandapam, Sat-Chit-Anand Water Show, Gardens etc., are its main attractions.
Dandi Kutir- The Gandhi Museum, Gandhinagar
Dandi Kutir is India’s largest and only Museum built on the life and teachings of One Man, Mahatma Gandhi. It represents Gandhi’s powerful idea of people across lines of class, gender, age and community asserting their common right to salt itself: a symbol to inspire a pluralistic society to march towards independence, Purna Swaraj (Liberation and selfrule). A glimpse of Gandhi’s early life is beautifully portrayed with the help of audio- visuals. This is the only museum depicting Biography of Father of the Nation- Mahatma Gandhi using Sophisticated Technology in the world.
Statue of Unity, Narmada
The Statue of Unity is a colossal statue of Indian statesman and independence activist Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was the first Home minister of independent India and the chief adherent of Mahatma Gandhi during the non-violent Indian Independence movement. It is 220 kilometres from Gandhinagar, the venue of the Conclave. The Statue of Unity is the world’s tallest statue at 182 metres (597 ft). It is constructed on a river island named Sadhu Bet, 3.2 km away from and facing the Narmada Dam downstream. The statue and its surroundings occupy more than 2 hectares and are surrounded by a 12 km long artificial lake formed by the Garudeshwar downstream on the Narmada river.
Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad
Sabarmati Ashram, AhmedabadOn his return from South Africa, Gandhi’s first Ashram in India was established in the Kochrab area of Ahmedabad on 25 May 1915. The Ashram was then shifted on 17 June 1917 to a piece of open land on the banks of the river Sabarmati. The Sabarmati Ashram was home to Mahatma Gandhi from 1917 until 1930 and served as one of the main centres of the Indian freedom struggle. Originally called the Satyagraha Ashram, reflecting the movement towards passive resistance launched by the Mahatma Gandhi, the Ashram became home to the ideology that set India free. The Ashram is 25 kilometers from Gandhinagar, the venue of the Conclave.
Gir National Park
The entire forest area of the Gir National Park is dry and deciduous and is known all over the world as the last home of the Asiatic Lion. The Gir forest is also known for the Chowsingha – the world’s only four horned antelope. The Jackal, striped Hyena and India Fox are some of the smaller carnivores found in Gir Forest. It is 30 kilometers from Gandhinagar, the venue of the Conclave.
Gir National Park covers total area of 1412 square km of which 258 Km forms the core area of the National Park. From a population of approximately 20 lions in 1913, they have risen to a comfortable 523 according to 2015 census. There are 106 male, 201 female and 213 sub-adult lions in the wilderness of these four districts.
Visa And Currency
All foreign delegates must travel with valid passport and visa except the exempted countries following the applicable rules & guidelines of the government of India. The currency exchange facility is available in most of the banks, airports and hotels in Gandhinagar. (ATMs are also available at several locations in the city. Credit/debit cards are accepted in most of the hotels, restaurants and shops. (Current currency conversion rate: (1US $ = ~ 70)
Post Conclave Excursions
The post Conclave tour can also be organised for interested participants to nearby places in Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad and other cities. A travel desk will be available at the Conclave venue for any help.