Godhra is a small town in the state of Gujarat. It also serves as the administrative headquarters for Panchmahal district. Its name is derived from two different Hindi words ‘gou’ and ‘dhara’. ‘Gou’ means cow and ‘dhara’ carries two meanings – one being ‘land’ or ‘hold’ and other being ‘flow’.
Places to Stay
There are few budget hotels available in Godhra. Some of them include Hotel Atithi and Guest House, (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Hotel City Inn (Tariff – Rs. 1000).
Gujarati is the official language of Godhra. The other language spoken here is Hindi.
Navratri, Deepavali, Uttarayan (Kite festival), Holi, Rakhsabandhan, Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi are celebrated with great fervour and pomp here. On Janmashtami, a fair is held at the Ankleshwar Mahadev temple.
Places of Interest
Godhra is famous for its natural hot water springs which have medicinal values. It attracts a number of tourists from all over India. Other must see places are Kanelav Talav, Ram Sagar Talav, Vaishanav temples i.e. two temples of Lord Gokulanathji and Vaishnav Sampraday (Vaisnal society), and one each for Lord Gusaiji and Lord Mahaprabhuji, Rathanpur, Old Methodist Church, the Jhakurkhan Ara Masjid, and the Bohora Masjid.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Godhra is in Vadodara (62.9 km).
The Godhra Junction connects Godhra to various other towns and major cities in Gujarat.
Godhra is well connected by state run and other private buses. Online booking of bus tickets have made ticket booking very convenient.