Anand - A tete a tete with the city
Location : Western India, Gujarat
Founded in : Sometime in 9th century
Best time to visit : October and March
Local Transport : Buses, cycles, private transport
Places to see : Dakor, Champaner, Pavagarh fort, Dhumakal sanctuary
Souvenirs : Milk products
Anand - The Tale of the city
It is believed that sometime in the 9th century, a cowherd called Anandgar founded this city. India got independence from the British in 1947. Then the new government came into existence. It combined the States of Bombay and Kheda. This happened in 1949. Villages were identified with different talukas of the district from 1950. The Kheda district had Khambat, Petlad, Borsad, Anand, Nadiad, Matar, Mahemdavad, Kapadvani, Thasra and Anand. After this, the State Government formed 6 districts in 1997. Anand separated as an individual district from kheda. The Anand district consisted of 8 talukas - Umreth, Petlad, Sojitra, Borsad, Anklav, Khambat, and Tarapur. This was how Anand the city came into existence.
Anand - Down the Ages
Situated around 35 kms from Vadodara, Anand today is one of the most successful cases of a progressive co-operative effort. The Milk Co-operative here has changed the lives of so many struggling farmers in this region. Thus down the ages, Anand has transformed into a progressive successful city with a lot of popularity due to the milk production. Amul or the Anand Milk Union Ltd. Is a classic example of making best used of available resources and succeeding. Today it is the leading milk product producer in the country.
Anand - A Rendezvous
Anand, the milk capital, means happiness. It is a part of the Charotar region in Gujarat. The Milk Co-operative has changed the lives of the people of Anand. A lot of socio economic upliftment has made them feel more self-reliant. Anand also has good educational centres and has the National Dairy Development Board, which tries to combine the traditional skills with professional management ideas. The Kheda District Co-operative Milk Producer’s Union, is the most special kind of unit, which was established in 1946.
Anand - Travel kitty
As we enter the city we find the smell of milk all over, there is an aroma that is unmistakable. Much as we would want to avoid it, yet we would fall in the love with the smell. Anand has become synonymous with milk now. Anand means happiness and it spreads the happy feeling all over the country today with its milk production. A tourist coming here would get a lot of milk products as the travel kitty.
Anand - Joie de vivre in the city
Amul or Anand Milk Union Limited is a co-operative unit, which is a successful example of how a small venture could actually get popular and progressive. The city of Anand evokes a kind of hardworking attitude that exudes the necessity to be active and enthusiastic always. Home to a production of continuous milk, the city has to have the joie de vivre as the milk production. Besides this, there are many other things of interest but may not be of significant effect. The places we can see in Anand are:
Dakor : This is found at the same distance of 94 kms from Vadodara and Ahmedabad. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The image is said to be original and has been brought from Dwarka. A devotee is said to have brought it and installed it in the temple of Ranchodrai.
Champaner : This is situated around 47 kms from Vadodara. This was the royal enclosure of the Muhammad Begara. This is built in the form of a rectangle with huge walls surrounding it. There are entrance gates with balconies from the top portion. There is a huge lake called the Vada Talav, which gives the fort its required beauty. The ruined mosque and palaces here are one of the most picturesque sights .
Pavagarh Fort : Pavagadh fort has three stages of rising from the Champaner fort. The fort was an important part of the Solanki kingdom. The fort walls are ruined, destroyed yet standing tall. There is also a Lakulisa temple, which shows it is belonging to the 11th or the 10th century. Other Hindu temples are of the Nagara style. Pavagadh is the birthplace of the musicians Baiju who came before Tansen. It represents the architecture of the Indo – Sarcenic variety. This fort was built by Vanraj Chavda in 9th century.
Old Fort : This is built by Mohammad Tughlak in the 14th century. It is a fort that is used for defending against the attacks by the Bhils.
Towns and Cities :
Bharuch : This is an ancient town and has a 2000-year-old history. There is a fort on the hilltop. It is in front of the River Narmada.
Surat : Surat has a vast and active textile market. It is known as the textile king even today.
Khambat : This region is famous for its silk and chintz. It is world famous for its textile materials.
Dhumakal : This is a Sloth Bear Sanctuary and it also has the tiger and the leopard.
Galleries and Museums :
Flo Art gallery : This is spread over an area of 1000 square metres. This gallery has handicrafts, cottage industry articles and household items.
Sardar Vallabhai Patel Museum : This is present in Karamsad. It has a library and is surrounded with picturesque gardens. The ambience is very mesmerizing.
Stambhan Parshvanath Jinalaya : This was established in the 11th century. It is a very famous Jain temple.
Swaminarayan temple : Dedicated to Lord Swaminarayana, this is another famous temple.
Amul (Anand Milk Union Limited) which was formed in 1946. This is a dairy co-operative movement in India. This is managed by the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd.
Entertainment Factor :
The luscious surroundings of the cities, the greenery around, the successful town of Anand all make this place very entertaining and wanted. The Amul or the Anand Milk Union Limited is the best bet in Anand. A person coming here would be struck by the beauty of the surroundings and the warmth in the ambience.
As a person leaves this city he tells himself, “All is possible in Anand.”