Bayad is a small village in the westernmost Indian state of Gujarat. It is located in the Kathiawar peninsula at a distance of 103 km from the nearest urban hub of Junagadh. Distance-wise, the city of Amreli is just 7 km away from the village, and can thus be said to form the outskirts of the city. However, many depend on Junagadh as it is the bigger city nearby.
Places to Stay
The village by default does not have proper and safe lodging facilities. Good budget hotels which are worth trying are in the city of Junagadh. They are Shikhar Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Vishala Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Sapphire (Tariff – Rs. 800) and New Somnath Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500) among others.
The official language of Bayad 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
Despite Bayad being so close to Amreli, the best places of interest in the region are in the neighbouring city of Junagadh. Places which are worth a visit are Uparkot, Jama Masjid, Junagadh Caves, the old part of the town, Rohidas Ashram and others. The Gir National Park (86 km away), famous for its lions, is also a must-see.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Amreli Airport at a mere distance of 6 km.
The Amreli Railway Station is the nearest railway station at a distance of 5 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses ply in the region. One of the private operators in the region is Shree Hari Travels. Utilise the discounts and offers when you are booking a bus ticket online.
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