Devaliya is a small village in the westernmost Indian state of Gujarat. It is a part of the Kachchh district in the Kutch region. The village is also known as Devaria or Deoria. It is said that the village is one among the series of nine other villages founded by Kutch Gurjar Kshatriyas or Mistris. As the British laid railway lines in the 1850-1930 period, many Mistris moved out and turned out to be big railway contractors. The nearest major urban agglomerations are Bhuj at a distance of 52 km north-east, and Gandhidham at a distance of 17 km.
Places to Stay
Some of the best budget hotels which are worth a try in Bhuj are Dollar Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Ryan Resort & Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Poonam Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Anjali Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700) 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, Diwali in November and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
While in the village, the most important places to visit are the historical Khakchok Mandir and Kuldevi temples. There are many places to visit in Bhuj. One can always go on a ride to the coastal areas at a distance of 58 km (one hour away) and enjoy the magnificent sunset views over the Arabian Sea. Some of the places which are worth visiting in the city are Kutch Museum, Cenotaphs Complex, Prag Mahal, Aina Mahal Palace and others.
How to Get There
Bhuj Airport is the major airport located at a distance of 54 km from the village.
The Gandhidham Railway Station at a distance of 18 km east of the village is the nearest railway station.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect Bhuj to different towns in the region. Some of the bus operators active in the region are HK Travels Ahmedabad and Patel Tours & Travels among others. Bhuj is well connected to cities like Mumbai and Ahmedabad, from where one can travel to the village. Buses are also available from Gandhidham. There are several bus booking portals that provide bus booking online offers from time to time.
Ankleshwar is a city in the Bharuch district of Gujarat. It is 10 km from Bharuch. It is known for its industrial township called GIDC. It has also held an office of ONGC – Oil and Natural gas Corporation Limited. The city has over 1000chemical plants that produce pesticides, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and paints. It has a population of over 80,000 with a very high literacy rate both among men and women.
Places to Stay
There are plenty of accommodation options for visitors catering to all low and mid range budgets and tastes such as Shalimar Hotel, Hotel Apex, Horizon Hotel and Plaza Hotel. These fall within a range of Rs 1000 to Rs 1800.
NavratriMahotsav, International Kite festival on 14th January, Holi, Diwali, BhadraPurnima Fair during August and September, ShamlajiMelo during November, VathnaMela in November and TrineteshwarMahadev Fair during September.
Guajarati is the primary language spoken. However, English and Hindi are understood.
Places to Visit
Mumbai has several beaches, architectural buildings, religious sites, museums and other attractions.
How to Get There
At a distance of 63 km, is Surat airport which offers reasonable connectivity to several cities across the country.
Ankleshwar Railway station is 2 km from the city. Wider connectivity to major towns and cities is available from this station.
NH8 connects Ankleshwar to Mumbai and Delhi. Neeta Travels, Shrinath Travel Agency, MarutiNandan Travels and GSRTC carry smooth bus operations. Several bus booking portals provide online bus booking offers to lure their customers