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Excursions

Champaner and Pavagadh (47/ 49 Km)
A historical place, Champaner lies at the foot of the Pavagadh Fort. The ruins of its mosques and palaces, reflected in the lake are some of the most picturesque in India. Pavagadh is famous for Mahakali temple which draws large number of pilgrims every day.

Khambhatt (Cambay)
An ancient sea port now silted up, Khambhatt is famous for its agate industry.

Nimeta (13 Km)
Located on the way to Ajwa Lake, Nimeta is a picnic spot.

Ajwa Lake (Sayaji Sarovar) (21 Km)
The water reservoir supplying water to the Vadodara city, it is an ideal picnic spot with boating facilities.

Tuwa (27 Km)
Tuwa is known for its natural hot water springs, containing sulphur. Near the springs there is an ancient Shiva temple, built in the Odissi style.

Dabhoi Fort (30 Km)

This ancient fortified town, originally known as Darbhavati, and given significant mention in the Jain scriptures of Girnar, is famous for a beautifully carved gate called 'Hirabhago'. There is a Malika Temple in the fort with a profusion of fine carvings.

Anand (35 Km)
The place is home to Asia's largest milk co-operative, the Amul Dairy. Lakh of tonnes of milk is produced everyday and is sent to various cities in the country. Milk products are produced in the most modern complex. It is the finest example of co-operative ventures in the country, which has put India on the world map as a major producer of milk & milk products, in addition to transforming the life of farmers in the region.

Halol (35 Km)
Halol, a suburb of Champaner, is a famous historical place. Sikander Shah, ruler of Champaner who was assassinated by Imad-ul-Mulk, Khusqadam in 1526 AD, is buried here along with his two brothers. A beautiful stone structure with fluted domes, though simple, it is quite remarkable in its aesthetics and craftsmanship.

Malsar (45 Km)
Located on the banks of the Narmada River, the place is famous for the sacred shrines of Mangaleshwar Mahadeo, and Angareshwar Mahadeo. A Satyanarayana temple is situated in the village. It is said that the Pandavas had stayed for some time in the nearby forest, where there are temples of Pandeshwar and Bhimeshwar Mahadeo.

Sankheda (47 Km)
Sankheda, named after the demon Sankhsen, is a town with an old fort. Historical facts reveal that the fort at Sankheda was built by Sultan Ahmedshah-I in A.D.1419. It is also a religious centre famous for its Jwalamukhi Mata Temple and Dharmananda Mahadev Temple. There are two mosques in the town. Today Sankheda enjoys worldwide reputation for its finely applied and polished lattice work (lacquer). It is called sankheda after its location and it is known internationally in the craft world. Take a bus or a train to reach the town and watch the artists at work or buy their craft.

Chandod (50 Km)
This city of temples is at the confluence of the Narmada, Orsang and Saraswati rivers, and is therefore considered highly sacred. A dip in the ghats here is seen as the most sacred of all the sites along the Narmada. It is a home to temples such as the Kashivishwanath Mahadev temple, which has interesting wall paintings, and various others.

Bharuch (72 Km)
A famous port in ancient India, Bharuch is a place where the Narmada River emptied into the sea. The port offered its sheltered waters to the shipping world and prospered as a center of international trade. The city has a rich mythological and archaeological history. A fort overlooks the wide Narmada River from its hilltop location and at its base is the Jami Masjid. There is also a temple of Bhrigurishi on the river banks from which the town derived its name Bhrigukachcha, later shortened to Bharuch.

Jambughoda Sanctuary (78 Km)
This sanctuary is famous for four-horned antelope, panthers and it is bird watchers' paradise. Some rare species of birds can be seen very often in the lush environs.

Kabir Vad (90 Km)
Famous for its unique attraction of a giant Banyan tree which covers an area of 3.7 acres. The island can be approached by country craft.

Dakor (94 Km)
Dakor is a holy place attracting devotees in great numbers. The idol of Lord Krishna in the Ranchodrai Temple here, said to be the original from Dwarka. Here a large fair is held on Sharad Purnima, the full night in October-November.

Surpaneshwar (100 Km)

Located on the banks of the Narmada River, it is an important pilgrim place famous for the ancient temple of Surpaneshwar Mahadev. Every year a fair is held in the Krishnapaksha of Chaitra month from 11th to new moon day (March-April).

Ratan Mahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary (115 Km)
The wildlife that can be seen in these sanctuaries includes the sloth bear, panther, chinkara, nilgai, wildboar, etc. The best season to visit is from November to March.

Dumkhal Sloth Bear Sanctuary (125 Km)
This sanctuary is famous for the sloth bear, panther, sambar, four-horned antelope, hyena as well as a large variety of birds. Best season to visit the sanctuary is from December to March.

Lasundara (85 Km)
It is known for its hot and cold springs with medicinal properties curing skin diseases.

Shuklatirth (88 Km)
16 km from Bharuch, the sacred place of Shuklatirth overlooks the river Narmada..


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