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The Statue of Unity is a monument dedicated to Indian independence movement leader Vallabhbhai Patel located in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is located facing the Narmada Dam, 3.2 km (2.0 mi) away on the river island called Sadhu Bet near Vadodara in Gujarat. The monument along with its surroundings occupies over 20,000 square meters, and is surrounded by a 12 square km artificial lake. It is the world's tallest statue with the height of 182 metres (597 ft).

The Statue of Unity is 100 km from Ankleshwar and well connected by four lane road

Sardar sarovar dam

The Sardar Sarovar Dam is a gravity dam on the Narmada river near NavagamGujarat in India. Four Indian states, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra and Rajasthan, receive water and electricity supplied from the dam.

It is one of the largest dams in the world.[4][5] It is a part of the Narmada Valley Project, a large hydraulic engineering project involving the construction of a series of large irrigation and hydroelectric multi-purpose dams on the Narmada river. The project irrigates more than 18,000 km2, most of it in drought prone areas of Kutch and Saurashtra.

The dam's main power plant houses six 200 MW turbines to generate electricity and include a pumped-storage capability. Additionally, a power plant on the intake for the main canal contains five 50 MW Kaplan turbine-generators. The total installed capacity of the power facilities is 1,450 MW.


Poicha Neelkanth temple

Located on the banks of Narmada river a must to visit destination in bharuch, around 90kms from Ankleshwar and good road connectivity. Poicha temple is nicely developed, decorated and maintained temple of Swaminarayan Bhagwan. Life size sculptures beautiful lawns and well manicured gardens with fountains will soothe your mind, body and soul. Temple built in -3- stories with steps to climb has Swaminarayn Bhagwan,Hanumanji and Gopal Krishna.on circumference in round one can do ‘darshana’ Of all the deities. down stairs you can bath in water flowing from -108- Gaumukhs. Evening procession in the compound and Aarti is worth attending. So many statues and well designed sculpted gates are another attraction. A more extraordinary exhibition just opposite the temple. One can visit that exhibition where in with so many statues from Ramayan, Mahabharata and other religious stories are nicely arranged. A very big statue of sitting Swaminarayan Bhagwan awaits you. There are science, horror, mirror, 3D shows one can watch Advisable to visit towards evening to see the lighting. River bank is also accessible. Opposite is another beautiful temple of kuber bhandari which can be visited in the boat.


 

Bharuch City

Bharuch formerly known as Broach, or Bhrugukachchh is a city at the mouth of the river Narmada in Gujarat in western India. Bharuch is the administrative headquarters of Bharuch District. Being one of the biggest industrial areas including Ankleshwar GIDC, it is at times referred to as the chemical capital of India.

The city of Bharuch and its surroundings have been settled since times of antiquity. It was a ship building centre and sea port in the pre-compass coastal trading routes to points West, perhaps as far back as the days of the pharaohs. The route made use of the regular and predictable monsoon winds or galleys. Many goods from the Far East were shipped there during the annual monsoon winds, making it a terminus for several key land-sea trade routes. Bharuch was known to the Greeks, the various Persian Empires, in the Roman Republic and Empire, and in other Western centres of civilisation through the end of the European Middle Ages.

In the 3rd century, Bharuch port was mentioned as Barugaza. Arab traders entered Gujarat via Bharuch to do business. The British and the Dutch (Valandas) noted Bharuch’s importance and established their business centres here.

The city has textile mills, chemical plants, long staple cotton, dairy products and much more. Gujarat's biggest liquid cargo terminal is situated there. It also houses many multinational companies, such as VideoconBASFReliance, Safari Construction Equipments Pvt. Ltd. and Welspun Maxsteel LtdBharuch is a shopping centre well known for its salty peanuts. 

Places of Interest in Bharuch

·         Bhrigu Rishi Temple. The temple of Bhrigu Rishi, one of the famous and sacred temples of Gujarat, on the banks of the holy river Narmada. Bharuch which was originally called 'Bhrigukachchha' derived its name from this temple. The temple was built in honour of the great saint Maharishi Bhrigu who was able to attain sainthood by reaching the perfect balance between wisdom and activity. It was here that Bhrigu Rishi wrote first Indian Astrological work, Bhrigu Samhita. He is said to have documented five million horoscopes, in which he wrote down the fate of every being in the universe

·         Dashashwamedh Ghat is situated on the bank of river Narmada Bazar. This is the place where King Mahabali performed ten ashwamedha sacrifices. It is at this place where Lord Vishnu came in the disguise of Vamana and measured the whole universe with his three steps. One must not forget to visit this ghat at early morning hours to enjoy the spiritual peace of this place.

·         River Narmada. Many ghats are situated on the banks of the River Narmada in Bharuch, which hosts a number of temples. The Narmada happens to be one of the most sacred river of India. It is believed that a dip in the Narmada river washes ones sins away, and that her divine sight alone makes one pure. According to a legend, the river Ganges is polluted by millions of people bathing in it. To cleanse herself, Ganges acquires the form of a black cow and comes to the Narmada to bathe in its holy waters. Legends also mention that the Narmada River is older than the river Ganges.

·         The Golden Bridge was built by the British in 1881 across the Narmada River to improve access to traders and administrators to Bombay. The structure was built with rust-resistant iron, and therefore, more expensive than modern steel, lending to the name Golden Bridge. This bridge connects Bharuch and Ankleshwar.

·         Gurudwara Chadar Saheb. In the 15th century Guru Nanak Dev, the first Sikh Guru, visited Bharuch. It is believed that when a boatman refuses to take him across the Narmadda, he crosses over on a cloth sheet or chadar. The Gurudwara was later constructed in Kasak area, on the site where he landed in Bharuch.

·         Swaminarayan Mandir in Zadeshwar lies on the NH-8 and attracts a huge number of devotees from Bharuch and nearby areas.

 

Kabirvad

Kabirvad is the island of Banyan trees. Kabirvad is an island on the river Narmada at a distance of about 36 km east of Ankleshwar city. The main attraction here is a gigantic banyan tree covering an area of more than 2.5 acres. According to legend, it is at this place that saint Kabirdas meditated and the tree grew from a meswak stick (used for brushing the teeth) that was thrown here by the saint. A single tree has over years proliferated into a tree with several trunks and spread in over 2.5 acres of land. Other added attractions here are the lotus shaped marble temple, Kabir museum and boat ride on Narmada river

Osara

Osara located about 37 km north-east Ankleshwar has a temple of Kali. This temple opens only on Tuesdays attracting a huge number of devotees.

Gumandev

Gumandev (near Jhagadia) at a distance of about 20 km east of Ankleshwar, is a temple of Lord Hanumanji. It is said that temple is very old. Large number of people from different parts of the world visit this temple is the testimony of people faith in the divine power of this grand old deity.

Nareshwar

Nareshwar at a distance of 50 km north-east of Ankleshwar is the place of hermitage of Rang Avadhoot Maharaj. It is a beautiful site and bank of river Narmada

Kadia Dungar

Kadia Dungar situated at a distance of 40 km (25 mi) south of Bharuch is a Buddhist cave, believed to have been occupied by Pandavas.

Dahej

The Port of Dahej is located in the Gulf of Cambay, at the junction of Guljaria and Ban Creek. There is 10 MMTPA capacity LNG terminal operated by Petronet in Dahej. It is a natural deep water port accommodating vessels of draft up to 25m. It is about 45 kilometers from Bharuch, which is now being connected to the Port of Dahej by a broad gauge rail siding with an initial capacity of 25-30 rakes a day. The nearest airports are at Ahmedabad, Surat and Baroda. Dahej is 90 km from Anklewshwar. Roll on and roll off ferry to Ghogha is special attraction to tourists. This is the only Ro Ro ferry project of India

Stambheshwar Mahadev

Kavi Kamboi (90 km from Ankleshwar) at the confulance of Mahi River and Sea. This Shivalinga gets submerged into the sea during high tides and is only visible during low tides. A beautiful Jain temple is also located in the village


 

Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary  about 60.0 km away from Ankleshwar. It is a protected area in India's Gujarat state, located in the western Satpura Range south of the Narmada River and is 607.7 km2 large. It shares a common boundary with Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. It encompasses mixed dry deciduous forestriverine forest, few pockets of moist teak forest, agricultural fields and two water reservoirs.[1][2] It was established in 1982.

The physical aspect is dominated by Rajpipla hills. Dhanmal is the highest peak in this region. The general slope is towards west. The sanctuary has a vast undulating terrain, lush ever pervading greenery, tall canopy, deep valleys, sombre rocks, gentle streams, and waterfalls. All of these are in the Vindhyan and Satpuran ranges. The Zarwani Waterfall is deep inside the sanctuary.

Flora

The Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of the North Western Ghats moist deciduous forests Eco region. The forests are moist deciduous with a few small dry bamboo brakes, a few pockets of moist teak forest in hilly areas, degraded scrub forest, and riverine forest bordering Terav and Narmada Rivers and small water courses. The hilly tract of the sanctuary supports forests harboring floral and faunal elements, which bear similarities to those in the Himalayas and Western Ghats.

Fauna

The sanctuary was initially established for the protection of the sloth bear. A rusty-spotted cat was sighted for the time in 1991

The Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary's herpetofauna includes Indian softshell turtle, Indian flapshell turtle, Bengal monitor, Indian rock python, red sand boa, Indian krait, Russell's viper, Indian chameleon, rock agama, Brooke's house gecko, Yellow-bellied house gecko, oriental garden lizard and a small population of Mugger crocodile. Frogs recorded include Ramanella species, Asian common toad, marbled toad, ornate narrow-mouthed frog, Indian skipping frog, Indian tree frog, green pond frog, Indian bullfrog, cricket frog and Indian burrowing frog

Other mammalian fauna occurring includes leopard, leopard cat, rhesus macaque, chousingha, barking deer, pangolin, chital, large Indian civet, palm civet, Indian porcupine and feral dogs. Locally extinct mammal species include Indian giant squirrel, tiger and gaur.

Birds, including Alexandrine parakeet, grey jungle fowl, red jungle fowl, crested serpent eagle, shikra, sparrow hawk, great horned owl and grey hornbill are found here.