Surendranagar is a city located in the central part of Gujarat, a state of western India. Wadhwan is another name by which Surendranagar is known as. In the middle of the bottom of Kathiawar Peninsula, the city of Surendranagar is situated. Surendranagar is a piece in Wadhwan urban the conglomeration. Previously, Surendranagar used to be the capital city of Wadhwan, a former princely state. In the present India, this city is an agricultural business centre as well as agricultural processing centre. Industries such as textile industries, soap and glass industries are situated here.
PLACES TO VISIT
Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary: Situated on the boundary between Ahmedabad and Surendranagar, the Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary covers an area of over 100 square kilometers. Throughout the four months of the winter season, one can see as many as 210 plus different species of birds. The types of birds include Rosy Pelicans, White Storks, Brahminy Ducks, Herons and Flamingoes. These are all migratory birds. The endangered wild ass and the black buck can be seen here as well. It is considered to be India’s one of the largest wetland bird sanctuary. Majority of the population of the birds here is constituted by the migratory birds in the cold months and spring season. The birds come from far -away places such as Siberia. The outer margin of the lakes has shallow areas, where many birds come to feed themselves.
Wild Ass Sanctuary: In Surendranath District’s Little Rann of Kutch region, a wild ass sanctuary is situated, which is supposed to be the one and only Onager sanctuary of the world. Onager means wild ass.
Chotila Hill: At a distance of around 60 Kms from the city of Surendranagar, Chotila Hill is situated. It is a place where Chamunda Mataji and Kuladevi are worshipped. Chamunda Mataji is a Hindu Goddess and Kuladevi is the holy protector of the Rajput’s Gohil clan. Many a number of pilgrimages come to visit here from places as far as 300 Kms away. The manufacturing of ghee from cattle is the main source of income in Chotila Hill.
Tarnetar: In the area close to the temple of Trinetreshwar Mahadev, a fair is held called the Trinetreshwar Mahadev Mela. Tarnetar is well known particularly for this fair. Huge crowd of about 100,000 peope consisting of people from the neighboring villages and belonging to Rabari, Kathi, Charans, Bharwads, Bhangis and Koli tribes come here dressed in vibrant clothes and gorgeous ornaments to enjoy the fair. Apart from the local crowd, many tourist parties hailing from different parts of India as well as from abroad come here to visit the fair. It has been observed that in three days almost as much as 500,000 people come to the fair. The fair is also considered to be a place for finding a life partner. It is so believed that if a girl goes over to a boy to have a conversation, then that means she is ready to make the boy her life partner. Eventually the parents and other elderly family members of the girl as well as boy sit and talk with each other about their preferences. Many a number of cultural competitive events such as Rass, a form of Gujarati dance, Doha, a type of poem recitation and decorating umbrellas as well as competitions related to sports such as horse cart race, bullock cart race and camel race and many more take place in the fair.
Zharia Mahadev: Located close to Chotila, at a distance of 30 kilometers, Zharia Mahadev is a natural waterfall. It is considered to be a wonderful and pleasant place for picnic. The water from the water fall constantly dribbles from the rocks. A temple of Bholenath is also found here.
Rotary Garden: The Rotary Garden is becoming one of the well liked tourist spots in the recent times. It is located in Wadhwan’s GIDC region. It has become a crowd puller for people, who come to relax here, particularly during the Saturdays and the Sundays. This place is made and sustained by the Rotary Club of Wadhwan City.
HOW TO REACH
By rail: A railway station is present in Surendranagar, which is linked to all the major cities.