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
Situated on the National Highway 8b, Virpur is a small village 52 km away from Rajkot. A pilgrim destination in Gujarat, Virpur was the native place of Shri Jalaram Bapa who gave up his personal life to worship his idols Rama, Sita, Lakshamana and Hanuman. Every year millions of devotees throng to his home in Virpur on his birth anniversary to see the ‘Jholi’ and ‘Danda’ said to be given to him by God. One of the things to watch out for is the portrait of Jalaram Bapa.
Places to Stay
Virpur has a good amount of small-sized guest houses that cater to pilgrims and tourists. Accommodation is reasonably pocket-friendly here.
The official language of Virpur is Gujarati. Hindi is the second language here.
Navratri-celebrated during September-October, Jalaram Jayanti in November, Hanuman Jayanti, and Diwali in November, are all celebrated with fervor in Virpur.
Places of Interest
The Jalaram Mandir is an iconic destination in Virpur that is a tourist delight.
How to Get There
The nearest domestic airport to Virpur is in Rajkot, while Ahmedabad has the nearest major airport. One can avail any of the frequent busses to reach Virpur.
Virpur can be reached by Rajkot Railway Station.
The nearest bus station to Virpur is in Rajkot (50-60 km). Virpur has many bus operators with regular service to Rajkot. Shree Jalaram Express (Viral) is one such tourist operator that provides Volvo, AC, AC sleeper bus services. Several travel websites lure their customers by giving them discount on bus ticket booking.