Gujarat is a Dry state. This means that Alcohol/ liquor is illegal and if any body is caught with any alcohol without the required permit, it is treated as a criminal offense and the person is put in jail. ETIQUETTE POINTS
These are just a few tips to keep in mind
- We shake hands upon formal greeting (not accompanied by a kiss as in some countries).
- Politeness is always important (remember Please? and Thank You or Shukriya).
- Swearing is, for the most part, unacceptable. Avoid it.
- Superiors and those with whom you are unfamiliar should be addressed as Mr. or Ms., unless they tell you otherwise.
- Tipping at restaurants is optional when it comes to small eating joints and fast food places. But at bigger eating places, the waiters/ waitresses would expect to be tipped.
A few Important Phone Nos. are as follows:
- POLICE 100
- FIRE 101
- AMBULANCE - 102
Here are a few of the well-known and reputed hospitals in Ahmedabad.
1. VS Hospital, Paldi
2. Karnavati Hospital, Off Ashram Road, near Ellis bridge
Navratri, meaning 'nine nights', is an ancient and colourful festival. It honours the one Divine Shakti or Force which supports the entire universe, and is personified as the Mother Goddess.
She protects her worshippers, destroys evil and grants boons to her children. The Mother Goddess has seven well - known forms, depending upon the special powers she manifests. Throughout Gujarat, Navratri is celebrated with joy and religious fevour.
This festival is essentially religious in nature. It is celebrated with true devotion in the various temples dedicated to the Mother, or Mataji, as she is familiarly called. In some homes, images of the Mother are worshipped in accordance with accepted practice. This is also true of the temples which usually have a constant stream of visitors from morning to night.
There are no hard and fast rules here. Tips can be around Rs. 5 (10 US Cents for small restaurants) and in bigger restaurants factor it.
People are very friendly out here, and one should not face any problems. Dress a bit conservatively.
The International Kite Festival is always held at Ahmedabad on January 14, to coincide with the festival of Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti.
It is a joyous day, with a bright sun, clear skies and breezes strong enough to lift innumerable kites aloft. It is in fact a celebration to mark the end of winter, when the heat of summer is still to come.
Kites are flown all over Gujarat, and Ahmedabad and Baroda become cities of kite-flyers, when all other work is forgotten and cares are put aside for the morrow
This is how devotees think of the city where Lord Krishna settled over 5000 years ago after leaving Mathura for ever, and where he reigned for 100 years. For pilgrims Dwarka's, presiding deity remains Shri Krishna, and they flock there in their thousands from all parts of India and abroad. The temple, towering over the surrounding buildings was built 1400 years ago. It has several floors and is built of sandstone. The interior is simple while the exterior is covered with elaborate carvings.
Janmashtami, the birthday of Shri Krishna, is celebrated with great splendour. Rows of lights are lit everywhere, kirtans and bhajans are sung, sermons are delivered and Krishna is worshipped in his infant form. Thousands of people go to Dwarka to visit the temple and participate in the fair. After visiting the main temple, devotees go to Shankhoddhar Beyt. There are some other important temples, both old and new. Among these is the temple of Shank-Narayan, dedicated to the Matsyavatar, the incarnation of Vishnu as a fish. This was constructed over 200 years ago.