A small district in Gujarat, Anand is also referred as the Milk Capital of India since it the place became famous for the Amul dairy and its milk revolution. This place is the centre for being the largest milk producer. Anand is well known for being India’s largest diary manufacturer Amul and also for its agriculture activities. Anand is 100 kms away from the capital city Gandhinagar.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Anand. Some of them are Hotel Surabhi Regency (Tariff – Rs.1600), Hotel Relax (Tariff – Rs.1000), Hotel Kavita (Tariff – Rs.600) and Savshanti Club Resort (Tariff – Rs.670)
The official language Anandis Gujarati. The other languages spoken include Hindi.
The Important Festivals of Anand is Navrati (October).
Places of Interest
Some of the interesting places in Gangotri include river Bhagirathi ( 4kms from the town) Gangotri National Park ( 8 kms from Gangotri) , Gangotri Glacier (19 kms from Gangotri) Gangotri Temple (5kms Gangotri), Vishwanath Temple(9 kms from Gangotri) and Maneri ( 13 kms from Gangotri).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Anand is the Ahmedabad Airport. It is located about 83 kms away from the town.
The nearest railway station is the Anand railway station. It is well connected to all the major cities and districts in the country.
There are regular buses available to cities like Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Indore, Mumbai, Pune and Bhopal. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include RaoTravels, Gangotri Travels and Diwakar Travels. Online bus ticket reservation is an easy and convenient way to get your tickets
Palanpur is a city and a municipality of Banaskantha district in the state of Gujarat. It is 126 kms from state capital Gandhinagar towards south. The city is one of the largest cities in North Gujarat after Mehsana. Palanpur is known as "flower city" because of perfumes (Itar) available here. It is also known for its textile retail market and diamonds. A number of primary industries including dairy & marbles are situated in or around the city.
Places to Stay
Some of the budget hotels in Palanpur Cappal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 400), Way Wait Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1300), Hotel Bilipatra (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Green Woods Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Palanpur is Gujarati. People also speak Hindi.
Navratri (October), Diwali (October or November), Holi (March), Vasant Panchmi (January / February), Rakshbandhan (August) and Uttarayan (January) are the important festivals celebrated in Palanpur.
Places to Visit
Some of the places to visit are Balaram Palace (31 kms), The Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary (15 kms), Sun Temple (96 kms), Gayatri Temple (5.2 kms), Jain temples (1.2 kms), Ambaji temple located in Ambaji (55 kms) Kedarnath Mahadev Temple (32 kms) and Balaram Mahadev temple (14 kms).
How to Get There
The nearest international airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Ahmedabad (142kms)
Abu Road Railway Station is nearest major railway station (53 kms) to Palanpur.
Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC), Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) and some private travel services have regular buses to Palanpur. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Sifat Tours & Travels, Soni Tours & Travels, Shreenath Travelers and Neeta Tours and Travels. Online bus booking site like Ticketgoose.com provides tickets with best deals.