Mehsana district (alternate spelling "Mahesana") is one of the 33 districts of Gujarat state in western India. Mehsana city is the administrative headquarters of this district. The district has a population of over 18 lakhs and an area of over 4,500 km². There are over 600 villages in this district. It had a population of 1,837,892 of which 22.40% were urban as of 2001.
District comprises of 11 Talukas.
Mehsana district borders with Banaskantha district in the north, Patan and Surendranagar districts in west, Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad districts in south and Sabarkantha district in the east.
BACK IN TIME
Mehsana is one of the largest cities in North Gujarat. A number of primary industries including dairy, and oil and natural gas are situated in or around the city. The city is also famous for its local Mehsani buffalo breed, having the first water park in Eurasia (currently the largest in Gujarat), and the largest iron and steel market in India.
It is also known for "Vadnagar" which is a famous town in Mehsana District. If really want to enjoy your day then you could spend your day in "Water Park" also. Mehsana is also known for high-tech educational institution, GANPAT VIDHYANAGAR. The famous Sun Temple and other Jain temples at Modhera is just about 55 km from Mehsana. Modhera's Sun temple is over 900 years old.
POINT OF INTEREST
Becharaji, Bhavai Government Museum, Buddhist Monastery and Antiquities, Vadnagar, Hatkeshwar Temple, Modhera Sun Temple, Shanku's Water Park, Sharmishtha Lake, Sidhpur, Step Well, Ucharpi, Unjha, Vadnagar Torans.
Vadnagar has also yielded an image of Bodhisattva dated back to the 3rd or 4th century AD. This image seems to be brought from Mathura to install in one of the Buddhist monasteries of the town.
Several ancient inscriptions and literary sources mention a town called Anarthapura" or "Anandapura", which is identified as the area in and around the present-day Vadnagar. The Mahabharata mentions the Anarta Kingdom in the norther part of the present-day Gujarat. The oldest Puranic legend about Gujarat is about a king named Anartha. The Junagadh rock inscription (150 CE) of Western Kshatrapa king Rudradaman I mentions a region called "Anartha" (meaningless) in the northern part of the present-day Gujarat. The Maitraka rulers of Vallabhi (505-648 CE) issued several land grants to the Brahmins of Anarthapura or Anandapura. The last mentions of Anarthapura appear in 7th century, when the Chinese traveler Xuanzang recorded his visit to O-Nan-To-Pu-Lo (Chinese form of "Anandapura"). The Harsola copper plates (949 CE) of the Paramara king record the grant of two villages in Gujarat area to the Nagar Brahmins originating from Anandapura. This Anandapura is also identified with Vadnagar, which is associated with the Nagar Brahmins. In 2009, the archaeologists discovered a 4 km long fortification near Vadnagar, which they believe could be the historical Anarthapura.
It is also said that Vadnagar was the earliest capital of Gujarat.  Vadnagar's main town is located inside the walls of a fort which has 6 huge gates namely Arjun Bari, Nadiol, Amarthol, Ghaskol, Pithori and Amarthol in which Amarthol gate area is the oldest existing part of the town. The river Kapila used to flow through the town of Vadnagar
“The town is also blessed with a magnificent lake named as "Sharmistha Lake" which has a small island.”
POINTS OF INTEREST
Temple of Hatkeshwar Mahadev, Lake Sharmista - Renovation done in 2009 which includes stadium construction in island in the Lake, Tana Riri garden and shrine, Jain temples, Khokha Ganapati, Ancient Library, Gauri Kund, Well of Pancham Mehta, Janjanio well, Temple of Ashapuri Mata, Temple of Amther Mata, Kirti Toran or Narsinh Mehta’s Chori, Nag Dharo and Nag Temple, Amarkund and Mahakaleshwar Mahadev temple, Baithakji of Gusaiji, Saptrushi
Becharaji or Bahucharaji is a temple town and taluka capital in Mehsana district of Gujarat state, India. The town is associated with Hindu goddessBahuchara Mata worshipped as Bala. It is one of the three Shakti Peethas worshipped in Gujarat, the other being Ambaji and Pavagadh.
The town's name is derived from Bahuchar Mata or Bahucharaji Mata, a popular deity or 'Devi' of Hindus. Earlier this town was a small village. Although, still it is a Gram Panchayat. Its development is mainly due to temple of Bahuchara Mata. Other reasons for its development are it being declared as Taluka Place or Taluka Panchayat and centre for shopping for peripheral villages. For the development of temple of Bahuchar Mata,Sayajirao Gaekwad extended the Gaekwar's Baroda State Railway (GBSR) that was under the control of his state up to Becharaji.
POINT OF INTEREST
Modhera - The ancient Sun Temple at Modhera is just 12 km away from Bahucharaji.
Zinzuwada - Zinzuwada having ancient fort with beautiful carved gates and kund is 40 km away from Bahucharaji.
Patan - Beautiful Gujarat town having carved Jain temples, also famous for patola silk sarees is 50 km away from Bahucharaji.