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
Ghatkopar is a beautiful suburban area of eastern Mumbai in Maharashtra. It is also a railway station owned by Central Railway line of the Mumbai suburban railway. Ghatkopar is the corner of the Western Ghats, hence in Marathi ‘Kopara’ means corner and ‘Ghat’ means small hills, therefore giving the place its name ‘Ghatkopar’. Urban legend has it that it got its name when locals gave out directions they referred to this area as ‘ghat ke uppar’ (above the hills).
Places to Stay
The budget hotels available in Ghatkopar are Ganesh Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Airways (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and New Welcome Restaurant and Lodging (Tariff – Rs. 1000).
Marathi is the official language of Ghatkopar. Gujarati and Hindi are also spoken here.
Since this area is chiefly resided by Gujaratis, Navratri is celebrated in this area with great enthusiasm. Dandhiya nights are organised in the area surrounding Ghatkopar. Other festivals include Ram Navami, Ganesh Chaturti, Gudi Padva (Maharashtra New Year), Ganesh Chaturti, and Diwali.
Places of Interest
There are some well-known tourist spots around Ghatkopar. Places such as the Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Shree Siddhivinayak Temple, Haji Ali Shrine, Shri Mahalaxmi Temple, and Jehangir Art Gallery are interesting places to visit.
How to Get There
The nearest airport from Ghatkopar is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (3.4 km).
Ghatkopar itself serves as a railway station owned by Central Railways.
This area is well connected by bus services. Majority of bus operators offer regular bus connectivity from Ghatkopar to major cities. These include Divya Jyoti Travels, Vishwakarma Travels, and Shreyas Tours and Travels. Ticketgoose.com provides bus tickets at minimum rates to all its travelers.