Bharuch in India, is a district in the southern part of the Gujarat peninsula on the west coast of state of Gujarat with a size and population comparable to that of Greater Boston. The Narmada River outlets into the Gulf of Khambat through its lands and that shipping artery gave inland access to the kingdoms and empires located in the central and northern parts of the sub-continent of India.
It is located on the banks of River Narmada and is a major sea port. Due to this reason, a number of trade activities have flourished here. Travel and tourism is slowly flourishing in the city. Bharuch is addressed by several names 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 a number of chemical plants here, producing fertilizers, paints, dyes, cotton, textiles and dairy products.
For the shopaholics, there are a number of shopping malls and complexes where you can shop till you drop. The markets of Bharuch are also good places to get things at reasonable prices. The salty Peanuts of Bharuch are world famous, so don't forget to buy some.
Back in Time
The city of Bharuch and its surrounds—today's district—has been settled far back into antiquity and was a major shipping building centre and sea port in the important pre-compass coastal trading routes to points West, perhaps as far back as the days of the Pharaohs, which utilised the regular and predictable Monsoon winds or galleys. Many goods from the Far East (the famed Spice and Silk trade) were trans-shipped there for the annual monsoon winds making it a terminus for several key land-sea trade routes and Bharuch was definitely known to the Greeks, the various Persian Empires and in the Roman Republic and Empire and other Western centres of civilisation right on through the end of the European Middle Ages.
With the advent of the Age of Discovery, the presence of deep draft sea going shipping it began a long slow decline in importance as it was a bit too far north to be convenient to shipping not confined to keeping within sight of shore.
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 kilometres 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 Golden Bridge that connects Ankleshwar to Bharuch was built in 1881 by the British, who needed a bridge across the Narmada River to create better access to trade and administration officials in Bombay. 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.
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 Haveli, Bharuch was erected in 1791 A.D. by Lallubhai, an ex-diwan of the last Nawab of Bharuch. 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 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.
Shoolpaneshwar Wild Life Sanctuary
Birds having 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 big/ lesser cats and the scenic beauty of moist deciduous forest... all this can be enjoyed by an eco-tourist 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 tract of the Sanctuary bordering Narmada supports some of the best forests in Gujarat. The physical aspect is dominated by the Rajpipla hills. 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 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 moist deciduous forest. Much of the vegetation is modified due to 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 large percentage of Hindus who are followers of Swaminarayan. It is fast becoming a significant attraction for visitors to Bharuch.