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
Sillod is a major city in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. The Aurangabad District Court has its seat here. Sillod, whose economy is held strong by farming, is one of the leading producers of maize, corn, cotton, and ginger. Palshi, Bharadi, and Borgaon Bazaar are the major villages near Sillod. The city is also well known for huge markets where cheap computer hardware products are sold.
Places to Stay
Hotel Yuvaraj (Tariff – Rs. 500) is located on Jalagaon Road, Sillod. Other options available near Ajanta Caves are: MTDC Ajanta Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1800), Hotel Panchavati (Tariff – Rs. 800), Keys Hotel, and The Aures (Tariff – Rs. 1,600).
The official language of Sillod is Marathi. Hindi is also spoken and understood.
Ganesh Chaturti (August/Septemeber) is the most important festival here. Diwali and Dushera (October/November) are also celebrated here.
Places of Interest
Sillod is situated very close to the famous Ajanta Caves (40 km) - a certified Wworld Heritage Site by UNESCO, well-known for its frescos and sculptures. Borgaon Bazaar, a village in Sillod, is the cremation site of Swami Narayan Saraswati Maharaja. A statue of Shivaji Maharaj (opposite the Masjid in Pannalal Nagar) is the tallest ever built and worth seeing.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Sillod is the Aurangabad Airport (65 km).
The Aurangabad railway station (60 km) is well connected to all major cities in India.
Plenty of options in bus operators-both private and state run, are available between Sillod and major cities in Maharashtra. Raj Travels and Hans Travels are two agencies that provide good bus services to Sillod from Indore. It is easy to get a discount on bus booking by logging on to several online bus booking websites.