Life In Gandhinagar
Gandhinagar is the capital city of Gujarat established as a part of sister city with Ahmedabad. It was visualized as a planned city along the lines of New Delhi, Chandigarh and Bhubaneshwar. Located on the banks of the river Sabarmati, the city is the administrative centre of Gandhinagar district and Gujarat as well.
Several institutes of international and national repute are located in Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad to impart technical as well as management training and experience to young students and professionals. Some of the notable institutions are Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), the National Institute of Design (NID), Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) and Space Applications Centre (SAC) of Indian Space Research Organization, Gujarat Vidhyapeeth, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), The National Institute of Co-operative Management, Gujarat National Law University, Indian Institute for Advanced Research (IIAR), Pandit Deendayal Petroleum Univeristy (PDPU), and Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA).
Health care support and services are very well developed in the city in form of super specialty hospitals, nursing homes, and pharmacies. However, hospitals are skewed towards Ahmedabad. Multi-specialty hospitals such as the Apollo Hospital, SAL Hospital, Sterling Hospital, HCG Hospital, Zydus Hospital, Civil Hospital, GMERS Hospital provide indoor and outdoor patient services round the clock.
Thirty sectors, into which the city has been divided, stretch around the central Government complex. Each sector has its own shopping and community center, primary school, health center, government and private housing. There is a provision for of parks, extensive planting and a recreational area that gives the city a green garden-city atmosphere. The city enjoys very well balanced water and power supply throughout the year.
The airport and the railway station, both located in Ahmedabad, are within easy reach from the campus in Gandhinagar (a 20 minutes drive to the airport, and about 45 minutes drive to Ahmedabad railway station. Also, many trains running on the western zones passes through Gandhinagar Railway Station located in Sector 14. The Governing Body of Gujarat has also planned for rapid transit in the city by proposing the MetroLink Express Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) also known as the Ahmedabad Metro. Gandhinagar is connected to Surat, Mumbai, and Navi Mumbai through National Highway 8. It is connected to Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Udaipur, New Delhi & Chandigarh through the National Highway 8C. Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) buses provide transport in and outside the state. Main GSRTC bus depot is situated at sector-11 (Pathikashram). Intercity buses between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar is also operated by GSRTC. BRTS is also being planned to connect Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad.
Gandhinagar has a tropical wet and dry climate with three main seasons: summer, monsoon and winter. The climate is generally dry and hot outside of the monsoon season. The weather is hot to severely hot from March to June when the maximum temperature stays in the range of 36 to 42 C (97 to 108 F), and the minimum in the range of 19 to 27 C (66 to 81 F). It is pleasant in the winter days and quite chilling in the night during December to February. The average maximum temperature is around 29 C (84 F), the average minimum is 14 C (57 F), and the climate is extremely dry. The southwest monsoon brings a humid climate from mid-June to mid-September.
Places to visit in Gandhinagar are Akshardharm Temple, GIFT city, Adalaj Stepwell, Indroda Park, and Mahatma Mandir to name a few. In Ahmedabad, Sabarmati Ashram, Siddi Saiyyed Ni Jali, Jamma Masjid, Sabarmati Riverfront, Gujarat Science City, Kankaria Lake, Iskon Temple are the places to visit.