(Last Updated on : 02/02/2009)
Ankleshwar is a popular city and a municipality in the Bharuch district in the state of Gujarat in the Indian subcontinent. This popular city is in fact located 10 kilometers from Bharuch. Ankleshwar is also regarded as the biggest industrial zone of Asia. Several chemical plants including are established here and the products produced range from pesticides to pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals and paint.
This city also provides a host of opportunities in the arena of shopping and recreation. Several park such as the Millennium Park and other parks serves as good recreation centers. Sports center, swimming pools, well equipped library and other recreation centers also serve as great amusement zones. Small and grand shops near Chauta Bazaar and Sardar park area are regarded as the central shopping zones. The health provisions in the city are also noteworthy. Many clinics and hospitals are owned and operated by medical professionals and individual doctors. The private hospitals are generally in good conditions and include all type of modern arrangements and up-to-date technology. The Sanjivanii Hospital is also a large and popular one and is served by physicians and pediatricians. Other facilities in these hospitals include sonography, x-rays and other similar type of necessities. The educational provisions in the city of Ankleshwar are also
remarkable and many schools and colleges are established here. There are very famous schools in this city, which offers education from kindergarten to higher secondary. The medium of instruction is English and Gujarati. There are also very important Darul-Ulooms in the surrounding villages of Ankleshwar, which are regarded, significant in the sense that they offer education to the Muslim community relating to tenets of Islam and Muslim Canonic Law or the Sharia Law. The food and clothing of the inhabitants of Ankleshwar and all the surrounding areas witness the Turkish-Persian influence. This influence can be seen in a similar manner in Muslims, Hindus and Jains but assumes a lesser degree amongst the Dalit and Bhil populous. The common sources of nourishment in this area are curry-khitchri, dal-chawal and many other dishes. The adherence to various religions and religious practices in the city of Ankleshwar has evolved somewhat with irregular liturgy in all directions to adopt what the people have deemed fit over the stretch of time. The mindset of the people here are more business oriented in the recent times.
The city of Ankleshwar also has extreme religious significance as the far famed Shri Ankleshwar Tirth is in the vicinity. It is a very famous pilgrimage site in Gujarat. There are also four Digambar Jain Temple and Chintamani Parsyanath Temple, which have a 150 meters huge brown color idol of Bhagwan Chintamani Parsvanath. Then there is also the Neminath Mandir, Adinath Mandir and Mahavir Swami Mandir. Accommodation in Ankleshwar is not a problem to be worried about. There are many hotels in this city, which offer the right base to the tourists to explore Ankleshwar. There are also various fun and fitness activities that guests can enjoy in these hotels. All the hotels of this region are well equipped with the modern facilities and also offer impeccable service and warm hospitality to its guests. Nowadays reaching the beautiful Ankleshwar has become very convenient. Ankleshwar is now linked by frequent trains to and from the major metros as well as the other destinations of India. The Indian National Highway 8 links this town to many important cities in India. All sorts of hired transports are available and all comes with the most experienced drivers. There are regular bus services available to the town of Ankleshwar from all the districts of Gujarat.