A small hamlet in Gujarat’s Rajkot district, Chotila is about 170 km away from Ahmedabad. A renowned destination for Hindu pilgrims, it lies on the Ahmedabad-Rajkot Highway. The district headquarters, Rajkot, lies at a distance of 46 km west. Temple as well as Gujarati Thali enthusiasts must visit this place.
Places to Stay
There are many good budget hotel choices near Chotila in Surendranagar at a distance of 11 km. Some of them are Hotel Shiv International (Tariff – Rs. 1000 onwards), Krishna Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500) and Hotel Aditya (Tariff – Rs. 770) among others.
The official languages of the area are Gujarati and Hindi.
The Navratri festival is celebrated in Chotila with great joy, usually between September-November. Other important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti, Dusshera in September-October and Diwali in November.
Places of Interest
The main attraction of Chotila is the Mataji temple which stands on top of the Chotila hill. Another popular tourist spot is the temple of Lord Shiva in Thanghad, located at a distance of 19 km away. Rajkot however has a good list of tourist options among which Lang Library, Gebanshah Pir Dargah, Swaminarayan Temple, Hashanshah Pir Dargah, Turkibapu's Dargah, Mohandas Gandhi High School, Watson Museum and Rotary Midtown Library are must-visits among others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Chotila is the Rajkot Airport which is located around 49 km.
Rajkot Junction Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 47 km.
There are regular bus services to Chotila provided by various private travel operators. Buses are readily available from Rajkot. While booking your tickets online look out for those bus booking sites that offer the cheapest bus tickets.
Navsari is a city and municipality in the Surat metropolitan region and also the administrative headquarters of Navsari district of Gujarat, India. Navsari is also the twin city of Surat, and is 37 kms south of Surat. Many Parsis settled down in this city in around 11th century AD and named it Navu Sari which meant ‘New Sari’. Navsari is popular for its various types of Zoroastrian arts, crafts and cuisine.
Places to stay
Some of the popular budget hotels in Navsari are Anmol Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 800) Hotel Royal Regency (Tariff - Rs 1400), Modi Resort (Tariff- Rs. 1150).
The official language of Navsari is Gujarati.
Apart from all the common festivals, a festival unique to Navsari is the Dhinglo Festival (July).
Places to visit
There are many places to be visit in Navsari. Some of them are Dudhiya Talav (1.5 kms from bus stand), Atash Behram (80 kms), J.N. Tata Memorial Hall (4 kms), Ravariya Bapa temple, Parsvanath Jain temple (1.7 kms), Dargah of Sayed Saadat (2 kms) and Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (43 kms).
How to Get There
The closest airport to Navsari is 30 kms away at Surat.
The Surat railway station is the closest major railway station (31 kms) to Navsari
Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) runs Busses from Major cities to Towns and Villages in Navsari. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Paulo Travels, O.P. Tours & Travels and Asha Travels. Booking bus tickets through ticketgoose.com is a hassle-free experience.