Bharuch is a major city in the westernmost state of Gujarat. It is the district headquarters of the district by the same name. The city has been a strategic sea port and ship building centre since ancient times. The city now hosts textile mills, multinational companies such as Videocon, chemical plants and dairy products among other industries.
Places to Stay
Being an important city in a strategically important state, Bharuch does not run out of lodging options. Some of the good hotels which are worth a try are Kohinoor Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,500), Hotel Corona (Tariff – Rs. 1,200) and Hotel Sethna Plaza Annexe (Tariff – Rs. 1,900).
The official language of Bharuch is Gujarati. Hindi is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti and Dusshera in September-October and Diwali in November.
Places of Interest
The best places of interest in the city are the Bhrigu Rishi Mandir, Nav Nathas (nine Shivlingams located in different parts of the old city), the Dashashwamedh Ghat on the banks of the Narmada river, and numerous temples on the banks of the river Narmada among others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Surat Airport in Surat city at a distance of 85 km.
The Bharuch Railway Station is indigenous to the city and is located right in the heart of the city.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses ply in the region. Shree Hari travels is one of the private operators in the region. Online bus booking site like Ticketgoose.com provides tickets with best deals.
A city and a municipality in Valsad district in the southern part of Gujarat, Vapi, is situated on the banks of the Damanganga River. the largest city in the Valsad district, Vapi is now a very important industrial town and is known to be the largest industrial area in Asia in terms of small-scale industries. The numerous chemical industry plants in the city had once even earned it the rank of being one of the most polluted places in the world. National Highway 8 passes through Vapi and the city is the gateway to Daman and Silvassa.
Places to Stay
There are many places in Vapi offer affordable accommodation. Places like Hotel Green View, Hotel Royal Garden and Hotel Royale Inn offer lodging facilities that start at Rs.750.
All the annual religious holidays like Dussehra, Diwali and Holi are celebrated here.
Gujrathi is the local language here.
Places to Visit
The Arabian Sea, at the delta of the Damangana and Daman and Silvassa are located within 7kms of Vapi city centre.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Daman Airport (9.5kms) and the nearest major airport is the Surat Airport (84.4kms)
Vapi has its own railway station.
The Vapi bus stand connects the city to the neighbouring towns. There are great bus operators like Datta Krupa Travels, Neeta travels, Anukool Travels, Shree Balaji Travels, Shree Chaudhari Travels, Shree Arbuda travels and Shree Balaji Travels that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the city. Making use of bus ticket offers are the best way to save money while travelling.