Ahmedabad, known for its rich history and vibrant culture, is now pulsating with the exhilarating rhythms of ICC World Cup 2023 fever. The anticipation in the air is palpable, and enthusiasts from all corners of the country, especially from Delhi, are flocking to be a part of this grand cricketing extravaganza. Travellers and enthusiasts alike have set their eyes on Ahmedabad and highlighted the date 14 October, and why wouldn’t they? The India vs. Pakistan match, and also the final, will be held in the Narendra Modi Stadium.
The Narendra Modi Stadium, affectionately known as “Motera” has transformed into the epicentre of cricketing excitement, where fans from Delhi and beyond are converging to witness the epic showdown between India and Pakistan. The energy is infectious, and people from Delhi are all set to embark on their thrilling adventure to Ahmedabad. Here, we will unravel the pathways that lead cricket fans to this grand spectacle, exploring the various routes and means of transport, ensuring that no cricket enthusiast misses a moment of the action.
Reaching Ahmedabad for the ICC World Cup 2023 is an exciting prospect for cricket enthusiasts. Here are some common ways to reach Ahmedabad:
● By Air
The most convenient and quickest option is to take a flight to Sardar Vallabhai Patel International Airport (AMD). However, it is important to note that airfares on several flight booking websites have surged drastically due to the upcoming India vs Pakistan match on 14th October. The duration of the Delhi to Ahmedabad flight ranges between 1 hour and 8 hours depending on the type of flight you choose. The cost of the flight price will range between INR 4,558 and INR 28,107. The majority of people who are keen to attend the match have already booked their Delhi to Ahmedabad flights in advance.
● By train
The Ahmedabad Sj Rajdhani is the fastest way to travel from Ahmedabad to Delhi. It will take you about 13 hours to reach. However, the average train journey, depending on the specific train selected, typically ranges from 16 hours to 20 hours to reach Ahmedabad Junction railway station (ADI). Train ticket prices vary from INR 450 for a Sleeper class ticket to INR 4000 for a first-class AC ticket.
● By Bus
From Ahmedabad, Delhi is a fair distance, so your bus journey will take up to 20 hours. Generally, there are at least two daily departures from Delhi to Ahmedabad. The buses from Delhi normally leave either in the afternoon or late evening to reach Ahmedabad. The bus ticket will cost you between INR 1000 and INR 1800. Make sure to book your tickets in advance if you do not want to miss your game. The prices will get high as more days pass by.
How to Reach the Narendra Modi Stadium?
It won’t be wrong to say that navigating through a 600-year-old city during the World Cup match will be nothing short of maddening. Whether you arrive by aeroplane, train or bus, allocate ample time to reach the stadium. The Narendra Modi Stadium is located in Motera on Sabarmati-Gandhinagar highway. It can be accessed easily if you take the route from major roads like SP Ring Road or SG Highway.
- The distance from the Ahmedabad Airportto the stadium is 8.3 km. The quickest way to reach the stadium from the airport is by taxi, and taxi fare starts at around INR 110.
- If you are starting from Ahmedabad railway station, you will have to cover a distance of 11 km. Your one-way taxi/auto fare is going to be around INR 140.
- The nearest metro is the SP Stadium Metro Station (0.4 km). The stadium has facilities for differently abled or for people who require special help. It has wide automated fare gates for the differently abled people. It has a ramp for wheelchairs and a tactile path for visually impaired people.
Things to do During Your Visit in ICC World Cup 2023
Ahmedabad is all set to host the ICC World Cup 2023 matches. Of course, the primary reason for your visit is to witness the thrilling cricket matches at the Narendra Modi Stadium. The newly revamped stadium is a marvel of modern architecture and can host a vast number of cricket enthusiasts. While attending the ICC World Cup 2023 in Ahmedabad, there’s so much more to do besides cheering for your beloved cricket team. Here are a few things you can do to make the most of your time in Ahmedabad:
● Sabarmati Riverfront
Take a leisurely stroll along the Sabarmati Riverfront. The beautifully developed riverfront offers a scenic view of the Sabarmati River, and it’s an excellent place to unwind before or after a match. You can also rent a bicycle to explore the area.
● Kankaria Lake
Spend a delightful evening at Kankaria Lake, which offers a perfect blend of nature and entertainment. You can take a walk around the lake, enjoy a toy train ride, and explore the Kankaria Zoo. The evening laser light show is a must-see.
● Savour Gujarati cuisine
Before, after or during the match, you can relish mouthwatering delights like Fafda, Shokla, Undhriyu and Khandvi. Visit Manek Chowk to savour the most famous street food market in Ahmedabad.
● Adalaj Stepwell
Just a short drive from Ahmedabad, the Adalaj Stepwell is an architectural wonder. This intricately designed stepwell served as a resting place for travellers and a community gathering spot. Explore the beautiful carvings and the cool, tranquil atmosphere within.
Don’t forget to indulge in some souvenir shopping. Ahmedabad is known for its textiles, handicrafts, and traditional clothing. Visit local markets like Law Garden, Dhalgarwad, and Rani no Hajiro for a shopping spree.
The ICC World Cup 2023 in Ahmedabad promises to be an unforgettable experience for cricket enthusiasts. As you embark on your journey to this cricketing extravaganza, be it by air, train, or bus, ensure you allocate sufficient time for travel and navigation within the city. The Narendra Modi Stadium eagerly awaits your arrival, ready to witness cricketing history in the making. Enjoy the games and the vibrant atmosphere that Ahmedabad has to offer!
As you gear up for this thrilling journey, we’d love to hear your thoughts and plans. Are you attending the ICC World Cup in Ahmedabad, and if so, how are you planning to get there? Share your excitement and travel tips in the comments below!