Chavand is a village in the Amreli district of the westernmost Indian state of Gujarat. The village is located in the Kathiawar peninsula region of the state. The nearest major hub is the city of Amreli, the district headquarters, at a distance of 31 km south-west of Chavand. One can always head east and explore the Gulf of Khambhat coast at a distance of 91 km.
Places to Stay
The village does not have proper facilities in terms of hotels and lodges. Thus, one is forced to venture into Amreli in search of a roof to spend the night under. Good lodging facilities are available in the city; some of the options which are worth trying out are Goodluck Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 200), Hotel Darshan (Tariff – Rs. 700), Hotel Shree Paras (Tariff – Rs. 500) and others.
The official language of the area 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
Most places of tourist interest lie in Amreli. Some of the must-visit places include Nagnath Temple (built by Vithalrao Devaji), King Palace, Tower of Amreli, Shri Girdharilal Sangrahalaya Children Museum and Computer Education Centre (E-Library), Sai Baba Temple, Gayatri Temple and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Amreli Airport at a distance of 34 km.
Amreli Railway Station is the major railway station close to the town, at a distance of 32 km.
State transport buses as well as private buses pass through in the region. Jay Khodiyar Travels is a popular bus operator in the area. Before going on a holiday, check out for deals and offers on several bus ticket booking sites like Ticketgoose.com.
Mumbai is the capital city of Maharashtra and also the financial capital of India. It has many sobriquets like ‘The City of Dreams’ and ‘The city which never sleeps.’ The name ‘Mumbai’ is derived from Mumba or Maha-Amba, which is the name of the Goddess Mumbadevi and ‘Aai’ which in Marathi means Mother. The city was earlier known as Bombay, before being officially changed to Mumbai in 1995.
Budget Hotels in Mumbai
There are good budget hotels in the city of Mumbai. Some of these are the Eden Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 250 and 3 km from International Airport), Hotel Anjali Inn (Tariff – Rs. 970 and 7 km from Domestic Airport), and Hotel Good Luck (Tariff – Rs. 990 and 15 minutes from the International Airport).
The official language of Mumbai is Marathi. Other languages spoken here are English, Hindi, Gujarati as well as Urdu.
Events in Mumbai
Mumbai is well known for its night life. Occasions like the New Year celebrations are renowned. Major festivals like Diwali, Holi, Eid as well as Navratri are celebrated with great pomp and grandeur here.
Places to See in Mumbai
There are plenty of places to visit in Mumbai. Prominent among them are The Gateway of India (29 km from Airport), Marine Drive (28 km from airport), Bandra Bandstand (13 km from airport) among other places.
How to Get There
The Mumbai International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the country. It has a domestic as well as international terminal. It is located 26 km from the southernmost part of the city, Colaba.
The three main railway terminals in Mumbai are Mumbai Central (9km from Colaba), Bandra Terminus (15 km from Colaba) and Victoria Terminus (3 km from Colaba).
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