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.
Panvel is the most populated city in Raigad district in Maharashtra. It is known as the gateway of Konkan region. The city is the headquarters of the Panvel sub-division of Raigad district. Panvel is an important junction point as many major highways meet and pass through the city. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Sion-Panvel Expressway, NH 4B and NH 17 start from here while NH 4 passes through Panvel.
Places to Stay
Some of the budget hotels in Panvel are Ketki Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 1000), Hotel Vrindavan (Tariff - Rs. 800), and Sai Farms Tariff - Rs. 1200).
The official language of Panvel is Marathi.
Ceremony of Dahi Handi on Krishna Janmashtami and Ganeshotsav are the poplar festivals celebrated in Panvel.
Places to visit
Tourist places around Panvel are Karnala fort (10 kms), Karnala bird sanctuary (13 kms), Shirdhon (8 .4 kms) Matheran (50 kms) and Ballaleshwar Pali (2 kms).
How to Get There
The closest airport to Panvel is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai (30 kms)
Panvel railway station is one of the most important junctions on the Konkan Railway.
There are two main bus stands in Panvel - ST stand on the national highway & NMMT stand near railway station. The ST buses are available from Panvel to Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Badlapur, Dadar, Uran as well as beyond city. NMMT buses are available from Panvel to Thane and Vashi. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers traveling to Panvel include Inter City Travels, Neeta Travels, Naik Travels, Raja Travels, National Tourist and Paulo Travels. If you get cheap bus tickets online you can save a lot of money while travelling