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.