Earlier called Bulsar, Valsad is city in Gujarat. It is renowned for its mango and chickoo orchards. The most favourable time to visit the city is between June and July, a time after the monsoons.
Places to Stay
There are plenty of hotels in Valsad to choose from. These include The Country Club Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Gateway Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) and Adina Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600).
The official language of Valsad is Gujarati. Hindi is also spoken here.
Navratri (which usually occurs in the month of October) is celebrated with much fervour in Valsad, as in other parts of Gujarat.
Places of Interest
At about 5 kms away from Valsad city is Tithal Beach, which stretches alongside the Arabian sea. Tithal is a black sand beach, which is also well-known for its Sai Baba Temple and Swami Narayan Temple. The Shantidham Temple is also a popular religious destination.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Valsad is Vadodara which is about 3 hours away.
Valsad city has one of the main railways stations along the Mumbai-Vadodara route of the Western Railways. Valsad is well connected by rail to all major Indian cities.
Many buses from different regions of Gujarat ply regularly to Valsad. One can take a bus from Vadodara, Ahmedabad, and even, Mumbai or Hyderabad. Bus fare for the Ahemdabad-Valsad route is usually around Rs 350. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include ARC Travels, Hindusthan Travels and Joy Travels. For online bus booking, log on to Ticketgoose.com and get your tickets.
Ambaji is a town in the state of Gujarat which is located on the border of Gujarat and Rajasthan. It is around 65km from Palanpur and 45km from Mount Abu. Ambaji has a population of around 14000 people. Ambaji is well known for its marble and granite mines.
Places to Stay
There are a few hotels such as Hotel Banjara (Rs 1500), Hotel Apsara (Rs 1000) and Hotel Ambey Residency (Rs 1000) that offer accommodation to visitors.
A mela on BhadarviPoornima held in July is the major event of the year. Diwali, Eid, Ganesh Chaturthi and Holi are the major events across the year.
Gujarati is the local language spoken in Ambaji. Hindi is commonly understood.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Ambaji are the Gabbar Hill, the Ambaji Mata Temple and Kailash Hill sunset. All these sights are located within 20 km.
How to Get There
At a distance of more than 80km Udaipur airport which offers limited connectivity is the closest. Flights to several major cities can be availed at Udaipur.
Abu Road Railway station is the closest at around 18km away. Trains Bikaner, Jodhpur, Pune, Ajmer, Bangalore, Kolkata and other major centres can be accessed at Abu Road Railway Station.
The RSRTC bus stand 32km away is the main bus stand. Palanpur, Baroda and Ahmedabad can be accessed by bus. The best bus operators that offer quality service include RSRTC buses and TicketGoose.com, a leading Online Bus Ticket Booking Service, provides low price, high quality options for bus travellers. Several bus booking portals offer bus ticket booking coupon on their sites. Look out for discount codes when you book your tickets.