Also referred to as the "Paris of India", Bardoli is a popular city in the state of Gujarat. This is one of the primary satellite towns and an important commercial hub of the state. It has a population of about 6.75 lakh people and the Bardoli Sugar Factory is the largest sugar factory in Asia presently.
Places to Stay
There are a number of accommodation options for visitors such as Hotel Sahyog, Hotel Amiras and Hotel Royal Regency.
Diwali, Holi and Ganesh Chaturthi are the major events across the year.
Gujarati is the local language spoken in Bardoli. Hindi and English are commonly spoken.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit near Bardoli are Surat Fort and Dumas Beach. All these places located about 30km away.
How to Get There
Surat Airport has air direct connectivity with Delhi & Mumbai and is located 35km away. Other centres can be reached via Delhi or Mumbai.
Surat railway station located 35km away provides connectivity to Amravati, Raipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Bhopal and many other centres.
Due to its proximity to Surat, Bardoli is well connected by road. Buses to Akola, Shirdi, Malegaon, and Yeola are available from Bardoli. Various bus ticket online booking sites make it convenient for travellers to book their tickets with ease.
A small hamlet in Gujarat’s Rajkot district, Chotila is about 170 km away from Ahmedabad. A renowned destination for Hindu pilgrims, it lies on the Ahmedabad-Rajkot Highway. The district headquarters, Rajkot, lies at a distance of 46 km west. Temple as well as Gujarati Thali enthusiasts must visit this place.
Places to Stay
There are many good budget hotel choices near Chotila in Surendranagar at a distance of 11 km. Some of them are Hotel Shiv International (Tariff – Rs. 1000 onwards), Krishna Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500) and Hotel Aditya (Tariff – Rs. 770) among others.
The official languages of the area are Gujarati and Hindi.
The Navratri festival is celebrated in Chotila with great joy, usually between September-November. Other important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti, Dusshera in September-October and Diwali in November.
Places of Interest
The main attraction of Chotila is the Mataji temple which stands on top of the Chotila hill. Another popular tourist spot is the temple of Lord Shiva in Thanghad, located at a distance of 19 km away. Rajkot however has a good list of tourist options among which Lang Library, Gebanshah Pir Dargah, Swaminarayan Temple, Hashanshah Pir Dargah, Turkibapu's Dargah, Mohandas Gandhi High School, Watson Museum and Rotary Midtown Library are must-visits among others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Chotila is the Rajkot Airport which is located around 49 km.
Rajkot Junction Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 47 km.
There are regular bus services to Chotila provided by various private travel operators. Buses are readily available from Rajkot. While booking your tickets online look out for those bus booking sites that offer the cheapest bus tickets.