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
A city in the Thane district of Maharashtra, Virar is known for its temples, churches, amusement parks and beaches. Its proximity to Mumbai makes this place even more interesting. Tourists can come for a day and relax at the beaches or the amusement park. Virar seemed to have got its name from the Indian philosopher, Jeevan Virar.
Places to Stay
You will find luxury as well as budgets hotels in Virar. Some of the budget hotels are Karan Palace (Tariff –Rs.1,000) and Hotel Sampoorna (Tariff –Rs. 1,000).
Marathi, Sindhi, Gujarati and Hindi are the languages spoken in this town.
The most important festivals celebrated in this city are Holi in March-April, Ganesh Chaturthi in September, Dushera in September-October, Diwali in October-November and Christmas in December.
Places of Interest
Virar has a number of tourist attractions in and around the city like St James Church, St Peter’s Church, Vajreshwari temple, Jivdani temple located within the city limits. Yazoo Park (1 km), Rajodi beach (9 km) and Arnala beach (11 km) are other places worth visiting.
How to Get There
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, which is 44 km away, is the closest to the city.
Virar has its own railway station. Vasai railway station, about 8 km away, is another option. However, Thane railway station is a major rail head connecting this city.
Buses from Mumbai, Thane, Vasai and Bhiwandi ply regularly to this city. Krishna Varun Travels, Veer Travels and Varun Travels are some of the operators plying on this route. Numerous travel websites provide discount coupons for bus booking frequently to their customers.