Idar is a taluka in the Sabarkantha district of Gujarat. Its nearest cities are Himmatnagar (33 km), Gandhinagar (90 km), Khedbrahma, and Vadnagar. Idar is famous for its temples, its old architecture, and palaces. Idar also manufactures wooden toys. Kharadi Bazaar-a market for these wooden toys, is worth a visit.
Places to Stay
The hotels nearby Idar are Hotel Ashirwad (Tariff-Rs. 600), Hotel Landmark (Tariff-Rs. 1,200), Hotel Sarvodaya (Tariff-Rs.800), Hotel Sunrise Grand (Tariff-Rs. 1,500), and Hotel Ambaji Grand (Tariff-Rs. 2,000).
Languages spoken in Idar are Gujarati, Hindi, and English.
Festivals celebrated in Idar are Diwali, Janmashtami, Navratri, Makar Sankranti, and Holi.
Places of Interest
Palace of Idar, Jain temples, Lord Shiva temple, Roothi Rani ka Mahal and Harishchandra Ki Chouri-a temple where Raja Harishchandra got married, are few notable attractions. Other nearby tourist spots are Mehsana (75 km), Ambaji (75 km), Banaskantha (135 km), and Sabarkantha (22 km).
How to Get There
The Ahmedabad Airport (107 km) is the nearest airport with good connectivity to Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Nagpur and Dubai, Doha, Singapore, and Bangkok.
The Abu railway station (82 km) links Idhar to major railway stations like Hyderabad, Jaipur and New Delhi.
Government run GSRTC connects Idar to major nearby cities and towns. Private bus services such as Asha Travels, Sardar Travels, and Shree Arbuda Travels provides connectivity to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Vapi and Bhuj with the ticket price of Rs. 350 for Non AC Seater and Sleeper. Ticketgoose.com has several operators on its site that enables bus booking in India.
Nakhatrana is a village in Nakhatrana taluka in Kachchh district of Gujarat state. It is located 50 kms towards west from district head quarters Bhuj and 405 kms from the state capital Gandhinagar. Nakhatrana is surrounded by Abdasa taluka towards west, Bhuj Taluka towards east, Mandvi Taluka towards south, Lakhpat taluka towards north. Nakhatrana is famous for its spicy Dabeli snack and bangles. It is also known as the origin of onion Samosas.
Places to stay
Some of the budget hotels are Hotel Relish (Tariff – Rs. 1111) and JP Resort (Tariff – Rs. 600).
Gujarati, Sindhi, Hindi and Kutchi are languages spoken in Nakhatrana
Places to visit
Some of the interesting places in and around Nakhatrana are Dhinodhar Temple (20 kms from Nakhatrana), Roodimaa Sthanak on Virani Road, Holipet mountain in Navavas, Greeneries of Jadai Road fields, and the Chats of Vathan Chowks.
Nakhatrana is famous for the fair of "Ramdev" which is held every year on "Bhadarva Sud Agyars" (Gujarati name of month).
How to Get There
The closest airport to Nakhatrana is the Rudra Mata airport (47 kms) in Bhuj.
Rajkot Junction railway station is closest major railway station (218 kms) to Nakhatrana.
Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Hari Hara Travels, H.K. Travels, and Patel Tours & Travels. Volvo bus service is available to any popular tourist destinations across India.