Places to Visit in Valsad
Valsad, also known as Bulsar, is a district of Gujarat state. The name ‘Valsad’ derives from bad-saal, a Gujarati language compound meaning “hampered (saal) by banyan trees (vad)” as the area was naturally rich in banyan trees.
The Alphonso mango, for which the entire city was once famous, is still vital to the local economy. Villages in Valsad district have numerous mango orchards, the source of income for many villagers. Also, there are few places that one can visit while in Valsad.
Once a princely state with diplomatic relations with various parties that kept the area relatively peacefully. This town on the banks of Swargavahini River at the foothills of the Sahyadri mountain range has a quaint colonial air and a pleasant climate throughout the year. You can visit, among other sites, the Japanese Gardens and the Lady Wilson Museum. From Vansda, you must go to Chikli, and from there to Dharampur.
Tithal beach is one of the most attractive beaches in Gujarat, India that you will find during your tour of this fascinating state. The beach is within easy accessibility at a distance of 4 km from a bus station. The Tithal Beach is flat and sandy and not rocky like some of the other Gujarat beaches. It is a delight for all the sea lovers as they can take refreshing dips here.
Tithal Beach in Gujarat offers a wealth of tourist attractions, besides its remarkable scenic beauty. Here, you will find a temple that is dedicated to Sai Baba of Shirdi. There is another temple in the region that is devoted to Swaminarayan. A large number of devotees flock to the Tithal Beach for offering their prayers at these temples. Tithal is situated in the city of Valsad. You will notice that the sands of the beach are black in color instead of the usual white or golden.
Shri Sai Baba Temple
Shri Sai Baba Temple is located 1.5 km south of the Tithal Beach, overlooking the Arabian Sea. The temple has restrooms for visitors along with necessary items for performing pujas and rituals.
Nargol is a charming coastal village in Valsad District, situated near the Maharashtra border. Near the beach is an Agiary (or fire temple, which is the place of worship for Parsis) often visited by the Parsis of Mumbai, who come to worship at other nearby locations, like Udwada which is renowned for Iranshah Atash Bahram, the oldest and most famous of the Parsi fire temples.
Sanjan is a small town in the Valsad District. It is situated just inside the Gujarat-Maharashtra border. Sanjan was one of the first Parsi settlements in India. It is believed that Zoroastrian refugees founded it, whose descendants are today known as the Parsis, who sought asylum in Gujarat after they were compelled to flee Iran. Sanjan Memorial Column was built in this town in 1917 to memorize the landing of the Parsis (Zoroastrians) in India. It is one of the holy places of Parsis.
Since February 2002, excavation work is in full swing in Sanjan. Among the ancient relics unearthed were human skeletons, coins, and shards of pottery, beads, and glasses. The site has also yielded the first definitive proof of Parsi (Zoroastrian) occupation at Sanjan in the form of a dokhma or Tower of Silence (a uniquely Zoroastrian mortuary structure). The excavations and explorations have also yielded interesting art historical data in the Hindu form (probably Silahara Period) sculptural and structural remains.
Wilson Hills is a hill station in Valsad district of Gujarat. Located in Dharampur Tehsil and identified as the smallest hill station in India. It is situated on the Western Ghats range at an elevation of around 750 m (2,500 feet) above sea level.