A municipality and city of the Bharuch District of Gujarat in India, Ankleshwar is located 10 km from Bharuch. Popular for Shri Ankleshwar Tirth pilgrimage, Chintamani Parsyanath Temple and four Digambar Jain Temples, Ankleshwar’s ethnic tradition is very similar to that of Tadkeshwar village.
It is widely believed that many of the local people in the area may have descended from Aryan-Turkish invaders. History also has it that the ancient Greeks had conquered Bharuch and there are many Greek influences that are widely claimed by many people in adjoining villages of the district. Besides being a pilgrimage city, today, Ankleshwar comprises an industrial township named G.I.D.C or Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation which is one of the largest industrial townships in the whole of Asia.
The flora and fauna of the area is unique in the truest sense. The Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to exclusive species of animals like the sloth bear which is famous for its auburn shaggy fur, the oldest known deer or the barking deer which is known as Muntjac and the Rhesus monkey.
There are various tourist attractions nearby that can be visited for short trips. Travellers can visit Udvada, which is some 151 km from the city famous for the Zoroastrian Atash Bahram Fire Temple. Then there is Daman that is located some 157 km from the city and is popular for its beaches. Besides, there are also other neighbouring tourist spots like Saputara which has the Purna Sanctuary, Vansda National Park, Ropeway, Sunrise and Sunset Point, the Gira Falls along with many gardens, parks and swimming pools. The Chintamani Parsyanath Temple, famous for its 150 metres statue of Bhagwan Chintamani Parsvanath is a must visit. Other places of worship that could be visited are the Adinath Mandir, Mahavir Swami Mandir and Neminath Mandir.
Ankleshwar is well connected by the Western Railway Division of Indian Railways and the Indian National Highway 8. The 132 year-old Golden Bridge joins Bharuch with Ankleshwar over the Narmada River. Transport within the city comprises utility vehicles and auto rickshaws as well as intra-state and intra-district buses.
Tourist Attractions in Ankleshwar
Major tourist attractions in Ankleshwar, which are great places to visit are GIDC Area, Golden Bridge. Ankleshwar can be visited in summer, monsoon or winter.
Best Time to Visit Ankleshwar
The best season or months to visit places in Ankleshwar are July, August, September, October, November.
How to Reach Ankleshwar?
By Air : Instead of Ankleshwar you can a get flight to Surat Airport on regular basis. Surat Airport (52 km), Vadodara Airport (78 km).
By Rail : There are regular trains from other major cities of the country to Ankleshwar.
By Road : Ankleshwar is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular buses.