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.
Gujarat, the forefront of progress and development, known for its rich history and culture also boasts of many small towns like Songadh. The town is divided into two parts, Junagam or the old town and Navagam-new town. Surrounded by hills and greenery, this places makes for a visual delight for any tourist.
Places to Stay
Songadh is a small town and one many not find hotels there but there are lodges and dharamshalas that one can look up.
Gujarati is the official language of the region; however Hindi and English are also spoken and understood by some.
Diwali and Dushhera are popular festivals and so is Makar Sankranti-the kite flying festival. There is a local festival called Gurjarvani, where around 7,000 tribesmen and women gather annually. Local festivals unique to the region bring out the finer nuances of the people in a cultural sense and that is what sets it apart from the rest of the country.
Places of Interest
Apart from the pristine beauty of the surrounding area, there are many places one can visit in Songadh like the Shri Sai Baba Temple, the Vrajeshwar Mahadev Temple, and the Songadh Fort. The Ukai Dam is around 11 km away.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Songadh is in Surat around 95 km away.
Songadh has its own railway station. One can always check IRCTC for the same.
There are several local and private company that run regular buses here. Operators such as Shubham Travels (Tariff-Rs.300 onwards) and Hari Hara Travels offer good and reliable bus services. The town is well connected to the major parts of India. Avoid standing in queues in bus counters and go for online bus ticket booking facility instead.