Places to Visit in Bharuch
Bharuch in Gujarat state is an ancient town with a 2000-year old history. Located at the mouth of River Narmada, it is acclaimed to be the oldest seaports, which progressed in the 1st century AD. As per the history, Bharuch came under the rule of the Solanki Rajputs much later. The city got its name ‘Bhrigukachba’ from the Temple of Bhrigu Rishi; the name later shortened to Bharuch. Today the city is well known for its textile mills and long staple cotton.
Several names address Bharuch due to the trade between East and West countries, which comprised mainly of silk and spices. There are a plenty of agricultural and industrial activities flourishing in the city. Nearby village people throng the city for shopping. There are some chemical plants here, producing fertilizers, paints, dyes, cotton, textiles and dairy products.
Ankleshwar, (sometimes written Ankleshvar) is a city and a municipality in the Bharuch district of the state of Gujarat, India. The City is located approximately ten kilometers from Bharuch. Ankleshwar is known for its industrial township called GIDC (Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation), which is one of the biggest in Asia. Ankleshwar also has an office of the ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited). Today, Ankleshwar has over 5000 big and small chemical plants. These chemical plants produce products such as pesticides, pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, and paint.
The Lallubhai Haveli in Bharuch is a much-treasured tourist attraction of the city. Tourists do not forget to visit this beautiful fort on their tour of Bharuch. The fort of Lallubhai Haveli is perched on a hilltop. Below the hill, the Narmada River flows. The famous Jama Masjid is located at the base of the hill where the Haveli is located. Upstream of Bharuch, the Sardar Sarovar Dam can be spotted.
Lallubhai, an ex-diwan of the last Nawab of Bharuch, erected Lallubhai Haveli, Bharuch in 1791 A.D. The Haveli is a one-storeyed building. It has one room on the second floor. Lallubhai used to hold up meetings in the court here. The Haveli showcases the beautiful architecture of richly designed carved wood. On the second floor of the building, you can spot arrangements for placing matchlock guns. Lallubhai Haveli also has underground passages.
Kadia Dungar Caves
Seven rock-cut caves and monolithic lion pillars are present at Kadia Dungar, near Bharuch. The caves suggest that they were viharas. A Brick stupa was also found in the foothills. These caves were in use during 1st and 2nd century AD.
The British, who needed a bridge across the Narmada River to create better access to trade and administration officials in Bombay, built the Golden Bridge that connects Ankleshwar to Bharuch in 1881. According to legend, it is known as the “Golden” bridge because the iron used in its construction is very sturdy, resistant to rust and rare. Hence it should be much more expensive than modern steel.
Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Century
Birds have affinities with Himalayan and Western Ghats, a variety of raptors, the hills of Satpuda range, the thrill of coming across a python or flying squirrel, pangolin or wild cats and the scenic beauty of the moist deciduous forest. An eco-tourist can enjoy all this at Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary encompasses an area of 607.71 sq. Km in Narmada district, which comprises a major watershed, feeding the Sardar Sarovar and the Karjan reservoirs. Hilly track of the Sanctuary bordering the Narmada supports some of the best forests in Gujarat. The Rajpipla hills dominate the physical aspect. DhamanMal, the highest peak located in the eastern portion, is about 882 m in altitude. The general slope of the area is towards the west.
The forests are some of the best and the densest in the State and are known for the richness of biodiversity. The sightings of various bird species, which have more affinities with Himalayan and Western Ghat, have unfolded a hitherto unknown, but interesting aspect of the area. Moist deciduous forests have very high scenic and aesthetic values. The flora of the ecosystem represents remnants of semi-evergreen to a moist deciduous forest. Much of the vegetation is modified due to an influence of the biotic pressure and forestry operations.
Swaminarayan Hinduism, also known as the Swaminarayan faith or the Swaminarayan sect, is a modern tradition of Hinduism, in which followers offer devotion and worship Swaminarayan as the final manifestation of God. The Swaminarayan faith has a significant percentage of Hindus who are followers of Swaminarayan.