Ahmedabad is one of  the major  city of  western India and largest city of  Gujarat state in India. The city is situated at a  latitude of of  23.02 degrees  north and 72.57 degrees east . The average maximum temperature in the second fortnight of December ranges between 30 to 29 degree centigrade and the minimum temperature ranges between 15 to 14 degree centigrade. The city has got good transportation facilities which includes city buses , BRTS corridors, prepaid taxies and auto rickshaws. The conference venue is about 12 kilometers from Sardar Patel air port and about 8 kilometers from the Kalupur railway station. 

 

The city has many sites which are of heritage value and  are symbolic of the cultural climaxes  it has reached in the past. The Adalaj step well, the Sidi Sayad Mosque and Teen Darwaza are the heritage structures which symbolize the composite cultutre the city stands for. The drive in theater a north american concept and the revolving restaurant which are unique to the city, awaken us and bring us back to the present from the dream land of history . The monster sized malls have not been able to swallow the teeming road side market at Teen Darwaza which symbolizes the great Indian Bazaar. 

 

The Nal  Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, about 120 square kiometers in area , home to several migratory birds from central Europe and Asia, a paradise of bird watchers  is situated at a disatnce of  about 65 kilometers from  Ahmedabad. The Lothal village a historical site show casess the life style of  the Indus valley civilization .This site allows one to peep into the history 5000 years old, is situated at a distance of about 75 kilometers from Ahmedabad.”Lothal “in Gujarati means “the mound of the dead” . An extension of the Rann of Kutch in North Gujarat is called Little Rann of Kutch. This low lying marshy area which was a part of the sea in the geological past is now a low lying area which becomes flooded with water during the monsoons. Visiting the sanctuary is a life time opportunity and allows one to experience the unique landscape of Gujarat.  

 

The state  itself  is a semi arid area. It is an opportunity to study and  to look at the culture and social customs and rituals of the society  through the prism of water. Water  defines what crops are grown , what food is eaten , what kind of houses will be constructed and such practices become the parameters which define our culture.