Ankleshwar is a city in the Bharuch district of Gujarat. It is 10 km from Bharuch. It is known for its industrial township called GIDC. It has also held an office of ONGC – Oil and Natural gas Corporation Limited. The city has over 1000chemical plants that produce pesticides, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and paints. It has a population of over 80,000 with a very high literacy rate both among men and women.
Places to Stay
There are plenty of accommodation options for visitors catering to all low and mid range budgets and tastes such as Shalimar Hotel, Hotel Apex, Horizon Hotel and Plaza Hotel. These fall within a range of Rs 1000 to Rs 1800.
NavratriMahotsav, International Kite festival on 14th January, Holi, Diwali, BhadraPurnima Fair during August and September, ShamlajiMelo during November, VathnaMela in November and TrineteshwarMahadev Fair during September.
Guajarati is the primary language spoken. However, English and Hindi are understood.
Places to Visit
Mumbai has several beaches, architectural buildings, religious sites, museums and other attractions.
How to Get There
At a distance of 63 km, is Surat airport which offers reasonable connectivity to several cities across the country.
Ankleshwar Railway station is 2 km from the city. Wider connectivity to major towns and cities is available from this station.
NH8 connects Ankleshwar to Mumbai and Delhi. Neeta Travels, Shrinath Travel Agency, MarutiNandan Travels and GSRTC carry smooth bus operations. Several bus booking portals provide online bus booking offers to lure their customers
Dholera is a small city located in the Ahmedabad district of Gujarat. It is situated 30 km away from Dhandhuka village and is on National Highway 8. This means that Dholera is part of the Golden Quadrilateral expressway project which connects Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Vadodara. One of the six original Shri Swaminarayan temples which were built by Sahajanand Swami is located here.
Places to Stay
As Dholera is a small port, there are not many hotels here. However local homestays are available. Lodging options in the nearby city of Bhavnagar (62 km from Dholera) include Marayani Heritage (Tariff – Rs. 2500), Lords Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1800), 1589 Generation X (Tariff – Rs. 1500) and Bluehill Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000.)
The official languages of Dholera are Gujarati and Hindi.
The festival of Dussehra is celebrated across the state during the month of October. The popular ‘Garba’ dance is performed here during this period.
Places of Interest
The biggest tourist attraction in Dholera is the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. It is one of the six Shri Swaminarayan temples that were built by Sahajanand Swami in 1826. Other places of interest include the beaches at Ghogha (22 km from Bhavnagar), the Alang shipyard (50 km from Bhavnagar) and the Gulf of Khambhat.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Bhavnagar airport which is located 65 km away.
The closest major railway station is at Bhavnagar (34 km away from Dholera.)
There are daily bus services to Ankleshwar, Surat, Pali and Bharuch. Reliable bus operators include Jay Khodiyar and Shreenath Travels. Booking a bus ticket has never been easier as you can book through your mobile as well.