Chikhli is a town in the westernmost Indian state of Gujarat. The nearest major urban agglomeration close by is Surat at a distance of 61 km north. The town is a part of mainland Gujarat and not the Kathiawar Peninsula or the Bhuj region. The picturesque Arabian Sea coast is also nearby at a distance of 20 km west. Those with an endeavour for watching over beach sunset, temples and Indian cuisine should try this place out.
Places to Stay
As the town lacks proper accommodations to fit in tourist and visitors, one will have to venture into Surat in search of good hotels. Being an important city in a strategically important state, Surat does not run out of lodging options. Some of the good hotels which are worth a try are Alfa Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Citizen Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Yadgar Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Sarita Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of the area is Gujarati. Hindi is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Places of Interest
As the place runs short of tourist destinations, the best places of interest are in Surat, among which are Chintamani Jain Temple, Sardar Patel Museum, Dumas Beach (21 km away from the main city), Dutch Cemetery, Suvali Beach (28 km away from the city), Blues Adventures (a recreational park-cum-centre designed to offer citizens water sports) and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Surat Airport in Surat city at a distance of 67 km.
The Bilimora Junction Railway Station is the closest major railway station at a distance of 10 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses ply in the region. Shree Hari travels is one of the private operators in the region. Buses to the village can be found in Surat. Book online bus tickets through Ticketgoose.com and avail of a number of offers and discounts.
Ambaji is a town in the state of Gujarat which is located on the border of Gujarat and Rajasthan. It is around 65km from Palanpur and 45km from Mount Abu. Ambaji has a population of around 14000 people. Ambaji is well known for its marble and granite mines.
Places to Stay
There are a few hotels such as Hotel Banjara (Rs 1500), Hotel Apsara (Rs 1000) and Hotel Ambey Residency (Rs 1000) that offer accommodation to visitors.
A mela on BhadarviPoornima held in July is the major event of the year. Diwali, Eid, Ganesh Chaturthi and Holi are the major events across the year.
Gujarati is the local language spoken in Ambaji. Hindi is commonly understood.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Ambaji are the Gabbar Hill, the Ambaji Mata Temple and Kailash Hill sunset. All these sights are located within 20 km.
How to Get There
At a distance of more than 80km Udaipur airport which offers limited connectivity is the closest. Flights to several major cities can be availed at Udaipur.
Abu Road Railway station is the closest at around 18km away. Trains Bikaner, Jodhpur, Pune, Ajmer, Bangalore, Kolkata and other major centres can be accessed at Abu Road Railway Station.
The RSRTC bus stand 32km away is the main bus stand. Palanpur, Baroda and Ahmedabad can be accessed by bus. The best bus operators that offer quality service include RSRTC buses and TicketGoose.com, a leading Online Bus Ticket Booking Service, provides low price, high quality options for bus travellers. Several bus booking portals offer bus ticket booking coupon on their sites. Look out for discount codes when you book your tickets.