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Anklesvar Tourism

Tourism in Anklesvar

Anklesvar, located on the western part of Gujarat, is more popular as an industrial city. Nonetheless, with so many lakes located within its periphery and River Narmada flowing close by the city offers great scope for tourism.  In addition, if you are spiritually inclined, you have lots of temples scattered all over the city. We will start our tour with a visit to Ankleshwar Tirth

Ankleshwar Tirth

Ankleswar Tirth consists of four Digambar Jain Temples. Among these four, the Chintamoni Parsvanath Temple is considered the most auspicious; it houses one hundred and fifty meter tall idol of Lord Chintamoni Parsvanath. The idol is brown in color and is revered by people of all faith.

Ankleshwar Tirth

Besides the Chintamani Parsvanath temple, the other three temples within the Tirth are Neminath Mandir, Adinath Mandir and Mahavir Swami Mandir. Among these three, the Mahavir temple is the largest.

There is an interesting story about these temples. It is said that the idols of Parsvanath, Sheetalnath and Nandi were found in Raskunda area, which is around two kilometers from here. It was decided that they would be taken to Ankleshwar town, but midway the cart in which they were being taken stopped moving. In spite of repeated efforts, they could not be moved any further. Taking it as the will of God, they decided to install the deities there only. That is how, the temples came up where they stand today.

Other Temples in Anklesvar

Temples in Ankleshwar

Other than the above mentioned, the town has many other temples dedicated to various deities. Some of them are located inside the city while some other are located just outside. Among them we can mention Chamunda Temple in Zadeshwar, Shiva Temple in Jambusar, Kuber Bhandari Shiva Temple in Karnali, Shree Ayappa Temple on Andada Road, Ganganath temple in Bhimpura, Angarshwar Temple on Sadhali Malsar Road etc.

GIDC Area in Ankleshwar

Lake at GIDC

However, if visiting temples is not your cup of tea there is nothing to be disappointed. There are plenty of places that offer secular enjoyment. The GIDC area inside Ankleshwar is one of them. It has many parks, reservoirs and other recreational centers. Do take time to visit the Millennium Park; it is the oldest park in the city. Besides there are quite a few joggers park, children’s park and swimming pools in this area. The Rotary Library is another landmark of this area.

Golden Bridge across Narmada

The Golden Bridge across River Narmada is another important place of tourist interest in Ankleshwar. It is called so not because it has anything to do with gold, but because of the high cost of the project. This nineteenth century bridge was built by then British administration for easier access in trade and communication.

Golden Bridge

The construction of the bridge started in 1877 and was completed in 1881. The bridge was inaugurated on 16th May of the same year. Although it took Rs. 45.65 lakh to build this bridge, every paise spent on it has been well utilized. Indeed, the bridge, which has been made out of rust proof steel, has witnessed many floods and earthquakes; yet, it has stood tall and continued to provide the only means for crossing River Narmada until Sardar Bridge was built a little away from the spot.

Construction of this new bridge has enabled diversion of traffic to some extent. Now only smaller vehicles are allowed to ply on this bridge.

River Narmada from Sardar Bridge

Sardar Bridge

The second bridge built on River Narmada is known as Sardar Bridge. Although this bridge is also quite old and a third bridge is being built to complement it, the view of river Narmada from this bridge is simply great. If you are in Ankleshwar do take time to visit it. Incidentally, both these bridges connect Ankleshwar and Bharuch.

One Day Visit to Bharuch

Temples in Bharuch

Bharuch, located just across River Narmada, also offer great prospect for tourism. If you are interested in historical edifices, you must visit Bharuch Fort built in 1791. Besides, there are the ancient temples of Narmada Mata, Lord Somnath and Sheetla Mata. Besides, there are many other places of worship worth your attention. Apart from religious sentiments, some of these temples have high archeological value. For more details on places of tourist interest in and around Bharuch you may click here.

One Day Trip to Dahej

Dahej Port

Dahej, located on the gulf of Khambat, is another interesting place to visit. It is situated at the junction of Ban of Creek and Guljaria. There is a natural deep water port with fully mechanized berths located here. The port is capable of handling cape size vessels and can accommodate vessels of draft up to 25 meters. The view from the port is truly magnificent. The big ocean liners anchoring at the port make it all the more fascinating.  During high tide the water level rises up to 11 meters.

Visit to Surat and Vadodara

Other these Bharuch and Dahej, two other cities lying in easy distance are Surat and Vadodara. Both these cities offer great scope for tourism and therefore, one must make time to visit them. Incidentally, beaches near Surat are truly fascinating. To know more about them you may click here.

Hotels in Anklesvar

Hotels in Anklswar

The hospitality industry in Ankleshwar is highly developed. There are many good hotels located in the city. Following is a list of them:

Evergreen Guest House
Ankleshwar: 393002
Phone No: 2646-225-699

Hero Hotel
Near Railway Station
Ankleshwar: 393002
Phone No: 2646-226-367

Highway Inn Hotel
Near Railway Station
Ankleshwar: 393002
Phone No: 2646-250-831, 2646-220-691

Hotel Apex
C/4/10/B/4, GIDC,
Central Excise Road,
Opposite to Central excise Office
Ankleshwar: 393002
Phone No: 2646-251-010

Hotel Comfort Inn
Old NH No: 8
Ankleshwar: 393001
Phone No: 2646-227-555
Mobile No: 77788-27555, 9879-912013

Hotel Dina
Piraman Naka
Station Road
Ankleshwar: 393002
Phone No: 2646-256-649

Hotel Mahasiddhi
Old NH No: 8
GIDC Estate
Near bank of India
Ankleshwar: 393002
Phone No: 2646-220-744

Hotel Mazda
Ankleshwar Main Road
Phone No: 2646-272-353

Hotel Paradise
Omkar Complex
Valia Road
Ankleshwar: 393001
Phone No: 2646-251-001, 2646-251-002

Hotel Prateen
Station Road
Ankleshwar: 393002
Phone No: 2646-221-748

Hotel Royal Inn
Royal Plaza Complex
Opposite GIDC Bus Station
Ankleshwar: 393001
Phone No: 2646-224-949
Mobile No: 98253-59911

Hotel Royal Palace
Old National Highway: 8
Ankleshwar: 393001
Phone No: 2646-220-470
Mobile No: 99984-92958

Hotel Satlaj
Old National Highway 8
Rajpipla Chowk
Ankleshwar: 393001
Phone No: 2646-225-395

Hotel Shah International Pvt Ltd
Prince Plaza Complex
GIDC Estate
Ankleshwar: 393001
Phone No: 2646-251-888

Hotel Sun Plaza
C 513 GIDC Street,
Near GIDC Bus Station
Ankleshwar: 393001
 Phone No: 2646-250-429, 2646-251-429

Lords Plaza
C 4/6 GIDC,
Old NH No.08,
Station Road
Ankleshwar: 393001
Phone No: 2646-239-444, 2646-227-678
Mobile No: 93757-59307

Mahashiv Hotel
Near GIDC Bus Stop
Ankleshwar: 393001
Phone No: 2646-220-845

Monarch Excellency Hotel
Parshavnath Complex
Opposite Railway Station
Ankleshwar: 393002
Phone No: 2646-252-450
Mobile No: 94261-09192

Nilkanth Hotel
29, GIL Colony Road
Ankleshwar: 393002
Phone No: 2646-254-110

North & South Hotel Pvt Ltd
Panchayati Bazaar
Netrang Road
Ankleshwar: 393001
Phone No: 2646-246-505

Sadanand Hotel
Rajpipla Road
Phone No: 2646-221-955, 2646-222-322

Shah Inn Hotel
Prince Plaza Complex, GIDC
Opposite Railway Station
Ankleshwar – 393002
Phone No: 2646-250-231, 2646-251-033

Surya Plaza Hotel
C/513, NH 8
Near GIDC Station depot
Ankleshwar – 393002
Phone No: 2646-221-622

The Horizon Hotel
C/4/7/1 GIDC,
Central Excise Road,
Opposite Railway Station
Ankleshwar: 393002,
Phone No: 2646-222330, 2646-222440
Mobile No: 98984-48688

Wellcome Inn Hotel
GIDC Main Road
Near Railway Station
Ankleshwar: 393002
Phone No: 2646-250-140
Mobile No: 99740-96793

Yazdan Plaza
C4/4 Yazdan Plaza
National Highway: 8
Ankleshwar – 393002
Phone No: 2646-657-440
Mobile No: 960171-19339

How to Reach Anklesvar

Railways in Ankleshwar

Ankleshwar is very easy to reach. It is connected to rest of India by a network of national and state highways. National Highway 8, which connects the national capital Delhi with the financial capital Mumbai, runs through this city. Other important roads running through this city are State Highway 6, 64 and 76. The main Bus Stand is conveniently located in the center of the town close to the Railway Station. That is why the city can be easily reached from any part of the state through road transport system.

The city is also connected through network of railways. The Railway Station is located at the junction of NH 8 and the Station Road in the centre of the city. Besides, an airport is being built on NH 8 in Mandva village, located close to Ankleshwar. Once the project is complete, travelling to Ankleshwar will be easier. As of now, the nearest airport is located at Surat (61 km) while Vadodora Airport is 90 km and Ahmadabad Airport is 217 Km away.

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