International Kite Festival 2012 Ahmedabad

International Kite Festival 2012 – Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
International_Kite_festival Bigger and better- that is what the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited (TCGL) has promised for the International Kite Festival 2012! Coinciding with the Makar Sankranti celebrations, Gujarat’s International Kite Festival is held every year in Ahmedabad. As you’ve probably guessed, this is one day when the skies above the city come alive with kites- in a hundred different colors, shapes and sizes, fluttering and darting above the rooftops, triumphantly cutting another kite’s string, and soaring way up above the earth. Visitors can look forward to splurge on food, shop from craft bazaars and enjoy watching kites of different size and shape flying along the banks of Sabarmati during the next month's fest.
Date : 9th to 11th January 2012
Venue :Sabarmati River Front, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad – 380006
Time : 8 AM to 5 PM
Car Entry Point : Patang Hotel, Nr. Nehru Bridge Corner, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad – 38009Public Entry : Vallabh Sadan Temple,  Opp. Gujarat Chambers of Commerce, Ashram Road,  Ahmedabad
Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited has planned this year's event on the 1.5 km stretch of Sabarmati riverfront project between Gandhi bridge to Nehru bridge. The festival will take place from January 9 to 12. It has invited 150 kite fliers from across the world for this year's festival.
The state tourism corporation also plans to promote Mandvi and the White Rann of Kutch through the January event. TCGL plans to take the international kite fliers to Kutch and organize kite festival there too.
"This year, the International Kite Festival will also include other activities apart from kite flying. There will be a light and sound show, workshops and training on kite making among others," said an official at TCGL.
It also plans to hold a separate pavilion to showcase history and significance of kites to introduce people to the subject. "We will also call some of the kite makers so that people can know how kites are made," said the official.
The official said that after the kite festival gets over in Ahmedabad, they will take kite fliers to Mandvi and White Rann of Kutch. "The idea is to promote Kutch as a tourist destination. The kite festival in Kutch will be part of Rannotsav and it will also become one of the features to attract more people to Kutch during this season," said the official.
TGCL also plans to showcase the traditional Gujarati way of celebrating the kite festival to those visiting the city. "The best way to do this is to take foreign kite fliers to Pol and let them watch for themselves how Ahmedabad enjoys kite flying on January 14," the official said.

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