Anand is a major city located in the Anand District of Gujarat. It rests at a distance of 101 kilometres from Gandhinagar, the state capital. Anand is often known as the Milk Capital of India due to the establishment of the AMUL manufacturing plant and the milk revolution that took place in the 20th century. The epicentre of the white revolution in the country back in the 60s, Anand is a place known for its semi-rural setup and the Swami Narayan Mandir which is the crown jewel of the city. An emerging city, Anand still has traces of its rural past which can be seen when one is travelling to this wonderful city.
Anand forms a part of Charotar that symbolises fertile soil and agricultural productivity. It is derived from a Sanskrit word Charu that means pure and graceful. Charotar mainly comprises of Anand and Kheda Districts in Gujarat. This region also serves as a major educational hub and boasts of prominent institutions including the Institute of Rural Management Anand and Vallabh Vidhyanagar.
Anand is the home to both Gujaratis and non-Gujaratis. Gujarati is the main language but other languages are also well-spoken. Their local cuisine is Gujrati and comprises of Dhokla, Khakda, Fafda and more. Anand is also a major tourist hub and its attractions include Flo Art Gallery, Swami Narayan Mandir, AMUL Museum and the Chocolate Factory.
Anand means being happy, it is the kind of place where one can walk down the past and relive the history of India. Anand has a railway station but it does not have an airport. The closest airport is in Baroda, 40 kilometres away. The best time to visit the Indian milk capital is between October and March when the temperature is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing.
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