Gujarat is a land of impressive palaces and havelis, impressive forts and temples, surreal archaeological sites, colourful markets, picturesque lakes, the sea and the beaches, forest, rolling hills and white sand dunes. Gujarat dates back to the Harappan Civilization and is the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel. Gujarat is one of India’s most industrialized states. Ahmedabad, the former capital of the state has a booming economy. Gandhinagar, the new capital of Gujarat (from 2015), 23kms north of Ahmedabad, sits on the banks of the Sabarmati River and is an extremely well planned city. The Gujarat Government is endeavouring to transform Gandhinagar into the convention capital of India. With the US President, Mr. Donald Trump’s visit to the Sardar Patel Stadium (Also called Motera Stadium), in Ahmedabad, in 2020, Gujarat has already made a remarkable mark on the MICE destination map of the world. The Sadrar Patel Stadium with a capacity of 110000 audiences is the largest cricket stadium in the world. Gandhinagar is definitely a promising MICE destination.
Why To Go
October to March is the best season for visiting Gujarat. However, in case of MICE events prior planning is essential.
Things To Do
Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Centre is an excellent venue for events, conferences and exhibitions. This environmentally responsible complex is designed to reflect the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi. It is also a memorial exhibiting the stories from Gandhiji’s life and some of the items of his use. The convention Centre is built across 34 acres and can accommodate 15000 people with a state-of-the-art convention centre with 6000 seats with VIP viewing gallerias. 4 seminar rooms are present with 2 having a capacity of 500 and 2 having a seat of 1000 seats. 9675 square metres of pillar-less exhibition space is available. A 5-star property with 300 luxurious rooms is adjacent to the Mahatma Mandir. Gujarat University Convention and Exhibition Centre (GUCEC), sprawling across 60 acres, at the heart of the city of Ahmedabad is a significant venue capable of hosting multiple events. The 5000 square feet column free exhibition hall is one of the most impressive ones in India, with hi-tech facilities. There are open party plots, a huge banquet, conference halls, pre conference area, walkway lawns, food court and paved parking area. In terms of power supply, freight elevators, parking and safe storage too, the service is seamless. Sabarmati River Front at Ahmedabad, is a popular space for festivals, exhibitions or cultural shows. It is a beautiful wide area on the banks of the serene Sabarmati River. Rann of Kutch, a barren sea soaked rustic land of white glistening dunes, is famous for the Rann Utsav. Rann Utsav has been holding up numerous corporate events successfully. An auditorium with integrated audio visual system and digital projection, a 10000 square feet conference hall, set amidst such natural ambiance, make it a perfect destination for MICE, b-leisure and/or marriage functions. There are numerous 5-star hotels, even palace hotels catering to MICE events, with separate event parking, conference halls and modular banquets.
What to Eat & Where
Customised menu for events are available, from short and precise corporate lunches to elaborate heritage dinners. There is no ban on liquor in the 5-star hotels.
Every MICE destination is well supported by transporters and in-house assistance for guest travels.
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The Sabarmati Ashram, Mahatma Gandhi’s residence and the colossal statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Indian freedom activist and the first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of Independent India are the two most significant places to visit. Adalaj Stepwell, the Calico Museum of Textiles and Bhadra Fort are some other interesting places to visit. Akshardham at Gandhinagar is a majestic temple with serene gardens. Indroda Nature Park is an intriguing expansive nature park with zoo, botanical garden and some fossils and sea mammal skeleton exhibits.