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Visitor Information -- Confusingly, you'll find the main tourism office across the river from the main tourist attractions, on the west bank of the Sabarmati, in HK House, just off Ashram Road, 1km (1/2 mile) north of Nehru Bridge. (Mon-Sat 10:30am-1:30pm and 2-6pm, closed second and fourth Sat of the month; tel. 079/2658-9172; www.gujarattourism.com). For more detailed advice on planning we highly recommend you contact the Gujarat specialists North West Safaris, whose operations manager Anil Bhagia and owner, the experienced travel writer Anil Mulchandani, will tailor make your trip (North West Safaris 113 Kamdhenu Complex, across from Sahjanand College, Panjarpole Cross Roads, Ambawadi, Ahmedabad; tel. 079/26302019 or 26308031; fax 26300962; mobile 098240 72075; www.northwestsafaris.com).

Getting Around -- Taxis and metered auto-rickshaws are ubiquitous and you can generally negotiate a day rate dependent on what you want to cover and for exactly how long. Ask your hotel to arrange or step out into the road and bargain. The Municipal Transport Service runs city bus tours from the bus stand at Lal Darwaja (9am-1pm, 1:30-5:30pm; Rs 60)

Getting There & Away -- The easiest way to get here is to fly; check www.yatra.com for best prices. To and from the airport by prepaid taxi is Rs 250-Rs 300 and by auto-rickshaw is Rs 150. Alternatively, catch a train. If traveling from or to Mumbai, you will need to book the Gujarat Mail 8 hours 40 minutes, or Shatabdi Express (7 hr., 5 min.). To Delhi take the Ashram Express departing Ahmedabad at 5:45pm and arriving in Delhi 16 1/2 hours later. To Udaipur take the Udaipur City Express, which departs Ahmedabad at 11:05pm and takes 8 hours and 35 minutes. To Jodhpur hop on the Ranakpur Express at 12:25pm arriving at 9:45am the following day. If you are heading out to Kutch, the Nagari Express departs Ahmedabad at 11:25pm on a journey of 7 hours and 35 minutes.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.