An eminent city in the Indian state of Gujarat, Banaskantha is located in the north east corner of the state. The northern side of the city is bounded by Rajasthan. The district headquarter is the city named Palampur, which is the biggest city of Banaskantha. The district of Kutch is situated in the western direction of Banaskantha.
Mount Abu and Aravalli mountain range is disengaged from each other by the river named West Banas River. Thus the name Banaskantha came to exist. Relying on topographical and geographical factors, the district is again sub-divided into 6 distinct areas. The main and the most significant among the six regions is the Banas Valley.
This place is significant and important because of different factors, especially due to historical reasons as well as geographical reasons. The name Banaskantha is derived from the name of the river, West Banas. The river flows through the valleys in between the Aravalli range and Mount Abu. The characteristic feature of the district lies in its diversity in culture. The development and improvement of the district have been made by some prosperous and renowned industries located in Banaskantha. The economic condition of the city has grown to a large extent because of the tourism as well as the presence of the industries relating to textile and minerals.
The rich and productive land of Banaskantha is ideal for producing crops. In the whole of Gujarat, this place is also a hotspot for growing vegetables. Banaskantha is considered to be among the most develoed cities, which is due to the cultivation of agricultural products. Some of the major crops that are produced in this region are Bajra, Maize and Jowar. Sharing its boundary with the district of Shabarkantha in its east direction, this place is quite renowned for its intense and deep rooted customs and traditions.
It has become quite a popular thing to make a trip to Banaskantha each and every year. One of the important facts about Banaskantha is its marble deposits and its copper quarries.
THINGS TO SEE
Ambaji temple: One of the main crowd-pulling locations of Banaskantha is the temple of Ambaji. Due to this many a number of tourists come to visit this place each year.
Balram Mandir: One more place of religious interest is located here, which is the Balram Mandir.
HOW TO REACH
By Road: Pathankot, Amritsar, Bhatinda, Ganganagar, Bikaner and Jaisalmer and Kandla are linked with this district via NH 15. NH 14 also acts as an important connector. Ahmedabad and Patan are connected to the place via Gujarat State Highway 7. 41, 54,56,63,72,127,128,129,130 are the other state highways that run through the district.
By Rail: The biggest railway station of the district is the Palanpur Junction. It is linked with other primary cities of India. Some other towns such as Deesa, Deodar, Dhanera and Bhabhar are also connected via this railway station.
By Air: An airstrip at Palanpur is located in the district. The closest international airport is situated in Ahmedabad namely, Sardar Vallabhbhai Pater International Airport.