Sion is located in Mumbai, Maharashtra. In the native language of Marathi, Sion is known as ‘Sheev. ’ This means ‘boundary’ or ‘limit.’ Sion is of historical importance as it marked the boundary between Bombay and Salsette Island in the 17th century. It is only about 11 km from the centre of Mumbai and so tourists can also include the sights of Mumbai on their itinerary.
Places to Stay
There are several budget-friendly hotels in Sion. Some of them are AXA Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 100), Eden Guest House and Dormitory (Tariff – Rs. 300), The Unicontinental (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Hotel Ashray international (Tariff – Rs. 2000.)
The official language of Sion is Marathi. Other languages that are spoken here include Hindi and Gujarati.
The important festivals of Sion are Ganesh Chaturthi in September and Dahi Handi around the time of Janamashtmi (in August.) Most other important festivals of all communities are celebrated.
Places of Interest
There are several places that can be considered to be tourist attractions in and around Sion. Some of these places include the Sion Fort and Chapel, Sewri Fort, Juhu Beach (11 km from Sion), the Gateway of India (19 km from Sion), Worli Sea Face (12 km from Sion), Kanheri Caves (28 km from Sion) and the Elephanta Caves (40 km from Sion.)
How to Get There
The airport nearest to Sion is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. It is located about 15 km away from the locality.
Sion is well-connected to all parts of the city through the central sub-urban railway line. The main railway station is the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (16 km from Sion) which is connected to all important cities.
There are daily bus services to Thane, Navi Mumbai, Akola, Pune, Lonavala, Ahmedabad, Nashik, Goa, Ratnagiri and Hyderabad. Some of the best bus operators in this region are considered to be Pooja Tours And Travels, Kesari Tours Private Limited, Karanje Travels, Diamond Tourist and National Travels. Booking bus tickets online is very convenient as you can book from the confines of your home.
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