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
Porbandar is a small coastal town in Gujarat. It is the administrative headquarters of the Porbandar District. It is well known as it is the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. It is an ancient port city, with a port that is still functional. Evidence suggests that it was a Harappan settlement in the 1600s. It now serves as a tourist centre, with beautiful beaches and interesting places to visit.
Places to Stay
There are many good budget hotels in Porbandar like Hotel Kaveri International (Tariff – Rs.1800), and Hotel Pride (Tariff – Rs.1200).
The official language of Porbandar is Gujarati. Most people speak Hindi as well.
The important festivals in this region are Navratri in the month of October and Diwali in November.
Places of Interest
There are many places of tourist interest in Porbandar like the Kirti Mandir, birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, Tara Mandir, one of the first planetariums, and many temples like Gita Mandir and Sudama Mandir. Purnagiri, about 20 km away is also a major tourist attraction.
How to Get There
The Porbandar Airport is a small terminal building. It has a daily flight to Mumbai. Mumbai is the closest international airport.
The Porbandar Railway Station has daily trains to Rajkot, Okha, Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
Porbandar Bus Stand is in the centre of the town and has daily direct buses to Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Mumbai. RSRTC buses are a reliable option for road travel. The popular private service operators are Raj Travels and Hans Travels. Booking bus tickets online is very convenient as you can book from the confines of your home.