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
Shamalaji is a popular place for pilgrims in Gujarat. It has one of the largest temples in the Sabarkantha district which was built in the 11th century. It lies on the Udaipur-Ahmedabad highway and is so, is an easily accessible tourist spot. According to local folklore, this temple has been around since the Mahabharata. Many villages like Modhari, Sunsar, Napada, and Revdar were built around this temple.
Places to Stay
Since Shamalaji is a small town, it does not have many places to stay. Some of them are the Mangalmurthy Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1500) and Hotel Meshwo (Tariff – Rs. 1200.)
The official language of Shamalaji is Gujarati. Hindi is also understood by a majority of people.
The important events in Shamalaji are Diwali in November, Navratri in October and the Kite festival in the month of January. The Shamalaji fair is held in the month of November for two weeks.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attractions in Shamalaji such as the Shamalaji temple that lies within the city and the Vishnu temple which is 8 km from the city. The Shyamalvan is a theme based garden near the temple and Devni Mori is an historical Buddhist site which is only 3 km away form town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Ahmedabad Airport. It is located about 107 km away from the town.
The Shamalaji railway station is well-connected to all major cities in India. There are daily trains from Shamalaji to Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Kota, and Kutch.
There are daily bus services to Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar and Surat from the Shamalaji Bus Stand. Shreenath Travels and Hari Hara Travels are one of the best bus operators in this area. You can get an online bus booking offers through TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking website.