The INFLIBNET Centre proposes to host the ETD2023 in its campus at Gandhinagar, Gujarat during 26th-28th October 2023 when the local weather passes through winter. It is well connected by Rail as well as Air. Additional attractions for the participants will be various touring places in the heritage city of Ahmedabad and nearby districts.
Ahmedabad is a heritage city with 600+ years of existence, which is 25 km from Gandhinagar. Mahatma Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati, Adalaj Step Well, Jama Masjid, Vintage Car Museum, Sarkhej Roza, Science City, Drive-in Theatre, Kankaria Lake/Zoo, Shopping places like Teen Darwaza & Law Garden, etc. are major tourist attractions in Ahmedabad. Local tourist places in Gandhinagar include Akshar Dham, Tri Madir, Mahatma Museum, Indroda Park, etc. which are very close to the Venue.
Another attraction is the World's Tallest Statue (The Statue of Unity) which is located southeast of the city of Vadodara and 215 KM (136 mi) from Gandhinagar. It has a height of 182 metres and is located on a river island facing the Sardar Sarovar Dam on river Narmada, 100 Kms (62 mi) . The Statue of Unity is a colossal statue of Indian Politician and independence activist Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (1875–1950) from Gujarat, who was the first Home Minister of independent India and the chief adherent of Mahatma Gandhi during the non-violent Indian Independence movement.
Bai Harir ni Vav lies 15 km from the centre of Ahmedabad city. This step-well, built in 1499 under the supervisor of Sultan Begada’s harem, has steps down through five levels of carved stone columns to two small wells, now often bone dry. (https://www.gujarattourism.com/central-zone/gandhinagar/adalaj-ni-vav.html)
Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat, located north of Ahmedabad, was originally the residence of Mahatma Gandhi and his spouse Kasturba. The ashram is flanked by a calm and quiet stretch by the Sabarmati River. This is also the location where Gandhi started his Dandi March from. (https://www.gujarattourism.com/central-zone/ahmedabad/sabarmati-ashram.html)
One of the biggest personal collections of vintage cars, bikes, buggies and utility vehicles, Auto World is a delight for those who love wheels. Amongst the 300 plus menu of mechanical extravaganza, some noted ones stand out; the car that was used in the movie Gandhi and the first May Bach ever made. (https://www.gujarattourism.com/central-zone/ahmedabad/auto-world-vintage-car-museum.html)
Located 8 km southwest of the old centre in Makarba, Sarkhej Roza is a mosque, tomb and palace complex dedicated to the memory of Ahmed Shah I’s spiritual advisor, Ahmed Khattu Ganj Baksh. The elegant, though dilapidated, buildings cluster around a great tank, constructed by Sultan Mahmud Begada (Shah’s grandson) in the mid-15th century. It’s an atmospheric place that was used as a retreat by several of Ahmedabad’s rulers. (https://www.gujarattourism.com/central-zone/ahmedabad/sarkhej-roza.html)
Located off the Sarkhej Gandhinagar Highway, Science City is an ambitious initiative of the government of Gujarat to trigger an inquiry of science in the mind of a common citizen with the aid of entertainment and experiential knowledge. (https://www.gujarattourism.com/central-zone/ahmedabad/science-city.html)
Built in 1451 as Hauz e Qutub, and recently converted as a recreation space for the city, this large lake is a good respite from the hectic streets. In fact, this is the second largest lake of Ahmedabad, offering a pleasing visual break from the buildings and roads. (https://www.gujarattourism.com/central-zone/ahmedabad/kankaria-lake.html)
Akshardham is a majestic, intricately carved stone structure that stands amid sprawling gardens set in a 23-acre plot at Gandhinagar (Gandhinagar district). It is built in 6000 tonnes of pink sandstone and not a bit of steel has been used. The temple is 108 ft in height, 240 ft in length and 131 ft in width. (https://www.gujarattourism.com/central-zone/gandhinagar/akshardham-temple.html)
October 31st, 2018, marked the inauguration of the world’s tallest statue – the Statue of Unity, against the backdrop of the dramatic Satpura and Vindhyachal hills in Kevadia, Gujarat. The 182-metre (600 feet aprox.) statue is dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the architect of independent India. (https://www.gujarattourism.com/central-zone/narmada/statue-of-unity.html)
The INFLIBNET campus in Infocity provides a full range of conference facilities including auditorium space with 375 seating capacity with in-built 10000 Watt PA system equipped with wide projection screen, media lab for video and audio live streaming and recording, 40 Guest Rooms with Wi-Fi connectivity, Canteen, Gym, Seminar rooms, catering, etc. During the conference, the participants will get a chance to visit the Statue of Unity (i.e., World Tallest Statue at Kevadia which is 215 KM away from the INFLIBNET Centre. The organiser is trying to schedule the concluding day at Kevadia.