Nadiad is a small city forming a part of the Kheda district in Gujarat. Its neighbours are Anand (18 km) and Kheda (22 km). It is also called Natapadra or Natpur (City of Natas). The number 9 is of historical significance in Nadiad, as there are 9 routes into the city, 9 lakes and step wells around it and 9 villages near it. Mahatma Gandhi started his Satyagraha movement from Kheda, while staying at the alms house in Nadiad.
Places to Stay
There are a few good budget hotels in Nadiad: Hotel Comfort World (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Hotel Blue Room (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official languages of Nadiad are Gujarati and Hindi. A smattering of English is spoken here too.
Navratri, Krishna Janmashthami, and Ram Navami are celebrated here.
Places of Interest
Badhir Garden and the School for the Deaf and Mute are two places worth visiting. Santram Mandir, a 700 year old temple that is still served by a living Saint, and the Mahakali Mataji Mandir- approximately 255 years old, at the entrance to the city, are a must visit.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Nadiad is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad located about 63 km away.
Nadiad has its own railway station that connects it to the rest of Gujarat through the Western Railways.
There are daily bus services to Bhilwara, Surat, Abu Road, Ahmedabad and other places in Gujarat and Rajasthan. The best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Shrinath Travel Agency, Punjab Travels, Neeta Tours and Travels. It is easy to get your tickets through Ticketgoose.com’s bus ticket online booking facility
Situated in the western part of India, Junagadh literally translates to “Old Fort”. The city is also called “Sorath”. The 7th largest city in Gujarat, it is very close to the capital city of Gandhinagar. Replete with ancient structures and relics, the city is a perfect blend of the present and the past.
Budget Hotels in Junagadh
Some hotels at Junagadh are Hotel Indralok Junagadh (Tariff- Rs. 1571), Hotel Vishala (Tariff- Rs. 1578), The Lotus Hotel (Tariff- Rs. 1200) and Picnic Hotel (Tariff- Rs. 1000).
The official language of Junagadh is Gujarati. Hindi is also extensively spoken here.
Events in Junagadh
The people of Junagadh celebrate a variety of festivals. Important Indian festivals like Diwali in October - November, Mahashivrathri in February and Holi in March are celebrated here. There is also a Shivratri mela in February that lasts for five days.
Places to See in Junagadh
There are many places of interest in the city. The fort walls that surround the entire city, the mausoleums of the Nawabs of Junagadh, the Tomb of Nuri Shah are just some of them. Also, close to the city is the Gir National park.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Rajkot which is just an hour away, at a distance of 99 km.
Junagadh has its very own railway station which is well connected to all major cities in India.
The city does not have its very own bus stand. The state bus services are available from Porbander which is about 80 minutes from Junagadh. You can also find frequent services from Rajkot and Veraval. TicketGoose.com provides online bus tickets booking facility for travellers visiting their favourite destinations.