Ahmedabad FAQs

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Cellular service for tourists

Tourists from foreign countries can buy prepaid local SIM cards to avoid high roaming charges while travelling in Ahmedabad. These are available at any of the mobile recharge shops in the city.

Wifi internet

Being the sixth largest city in India and the commercial hub of Gujarat, Ahmedabad enjoys good internet and WiFi connectivity. Almost all hotels and restaurants provide WiFi or broadband internet. In addition, there are a number of cyber cafes in the city, too.

Drinking laws

Drinking alcohol is prohibited in Gujarat. Visitors can get an alcohol permit on arrival which allows them to consume alcohol.

Tipping

Tipping is an important part of etiquette to be observed while touring anywhere in India. Tipping porters and stewards in hotels is very common in Ahmedabad and is usually 10% of the bill. Also, don’t forget to tip your tourist guide.

Safety

Ahmedabad is considered the second safest city in India after Mumbai, especially for single female travellers. The locals are warm and welcoming. However, like in any other part of the world, it is best to be cautious and keep your belongings safe at all times.

General information

Languages spoken

Gujarati, Hindi and English

Time zones

GMT+5:30

Major religions

Hinduism, Jainism

Domestic international calling codes

79

Electricity standards

220-240 Volts/60 Hertz

Common greetings

Hello: Namaste

Yes: Haa

No: Naa

Welcome: Padhaaro

Bye: Aawjo

Thank you: Dhanvaad

Good morning: Su Prabhat

Good night: Shub Ratri

How are you?: Kem Cho?

What's your name?: Tamaru naam su chhe?

I don't understand: Samajaṇa paṭatī nathī

Do you speak English?: Su tame English bolo cho?

Excuse me: Maaf karjo

How much is this?: Aano su bhav chhe?

Where's the toilet?: Sauchalay kya che?

How much money?: Ketla paisa?

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Emergency numbers

  • Emergency Help (At any time) - 108
  • Police - 100
  • Fire - 101
  • Ambulance - 102 / 108
  • Airport Inquiry - 141
  • Railways I.V.R.S. - 139
  • Railways General Enquiry - 131
  • Telephone Directory Inquiry - 197
  • Telephone Local Assistance - 199
  • Emergency - 108 (a special no. introduced by the Gujarat State Government for any emergencies)