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
Gondal is located about 40 km from Rajkot in Gujarat. The city is named after the river Gondali. It used to be a princely city under the Kathiawar rulers. Gondal is mentioned as an important princely state in Saurashtra.
Places to Stay
There are two heritage hotels in Gondal - The Orchard Palace and The Riverside Palace (Tariff – Rs. 4000.) There are budget hotels that are available in Rajkot such as the Hotel Royal Inn (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Europa Inn (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Hotel Krishna Park (Tariff – Rs. 700.)
The official language of Gondal is Gujarati. The other languages spoken here include Hindi.
The important festivals celebrated in Gondal are Janmashtami in August and Navratri in October.
Places of Interest
There are several places that are frequented by tourists in Gondal like the Navlakha Palace, the Riverside Palace and the Orchard Palace where visitors can see notable artefacts that once belonged to the rulers. The famed Royal Garage displays an extensive collection of vintage cars from all over the world.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Rajkot and is located about 41 km away from the town.
The nearest railway station is at Rajkot.
There are daily bus services to Gondal from Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Bharuch, Mumbai and many other cities. Some of the best bus operators in this region include Tulsi Travels, Abhishek Travels, Mahasagar Travels and Vinayak Travels. Ticketgoose.com is one of the best portals from where you can book bus online.