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"The Milk Capital of India"

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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 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 AMUL Museum and the Chocolate Factory.

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.

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History of Anand

Anand is also known as the Milk Capital of India. Post independence, Bombay got divided into two separate states- Maharashtra and Gujarat. Kheda district was created in Gujarat on 1st August, 1949. And later, Anand was another district formed out of Kheda in October, 1997.

Anand is widely regarded because of the milk production movement that started in 1946, which gave employment and changed the lives of over 60000 people in the area. It is now, the largest producer of dairy products in India and is popular for housing Asia’s largest dairy cooperative- AMUL (Anand Milk Unilever Limited). Amul produces one million tonnes of milk everyday, 70%  which is sent to the neighbouring areas.

Agriculture still remains the prime industry here. Closely connected to nature with a pleasant climate and loads of greenery around, Anand is an inviting getaway to refresh and rejuvenate once in a while.

Restaurants and Local Food in Anand

Although Gujarati cosine such as Dhokla, Fafda and Khadi dominates the food map of Anand, Kathiyawadi cuisine which is the native food style of the region is also much revered by tourists.
The Lassan Aloo, sev Tamatar are the specialties of Kathiyawad cuisines.
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Suggested Itinerary for Anand

Anand is a beautiful urban city with a very pleasant environment. The best way to explore the city is by getting up early and visiting the famous Swami Narayan Mandir. Then have great Gujarati breakfast at a restaurant nearby and head for the Amul chocolate factory tour. Have lunch at the Ummia Annapurna Kathiawad feasting on some great Kathiawad cosine before visiting the Amul museum at 2pm. Later go out for an evening stroll and finish of the day at a wonderful dining restaurant.

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Anand, Gujarat
Sardar Vallabai Patel Memorial at Karamsad, Gujarat
Swami Narayan Mandir - A 6 Storey Building Attracting a Large Number of Visitors Every Year
Amul Milk Factory - Situated in Anand, Gujarat

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What is famous about Anand?

Great weather throughout the year.

What is not so good about Anand?

Difficult to reach.

Who should visit Anand?

Anand is a great weekend getaway fro all those living in Gujarat and Rajasthan.

What is the best time to visit Anand?

October-March is the best time to visit the city of Anand and its surroundings places. Being located in southern Gujarat, Anand has an extreme to moderate climate which means it's very pleasant for traveling during the winter months and wretched during the summers. The temperature varies around 28 degree to 15 degree Celsius during winters making it comfortable for sightseeing. Monsoon sees heavy rainfall in Anand making traveling and sightseeing a little difficult but one can still visit the city during monsoon.
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What is the local food in Anand?

Although Gujarati cosine such as Dhokla, Fafda and Khadi dominates the food map of Anand, Kathiyawadi cuisine which is the native food style of the region is also much revered by tourists.
The Lassan Aloo, sev Tamatar are the specialties of Kathiyawad cuisines.
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What is the best way to reach Anand?

Anand has well-connected roadways and railways, however it is reachable even via airlines. Although Anand does not cite an airport of its own, the Vadodara Airport and the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (The Ahmedabad International Airport) serve as its closest airports, with each being at a distance of 46 km and 85 km respectively.

Efficient transit lines run from various near and far starting points such as Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Bhopal and Mumbai to Anand. The Anand Junction is the city's nearest railway station; it is about 5 km from the city.

Anand is well-connected via its roadways with the rest of the country. There are accessible bus routes from major cities such as Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Bhopal. The town is just about an hour and a half from Ahmedabad by bus or car.
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How much does a package cost for Anand?

The packages for Anand start at INR 6500 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the places near Anand?

The top places near to Anand are Vadodara which is 36 km from Anand, Ahmedabad which is located 66 km from Anand, Udaipur which is located 236 km from Anand, Champaner pavagadh which is located 60 km from Anand, Surat which is located 154 km from Anand

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Rohit Shroff

4 years ago
- In order to visit the Amul Chocolate factory make sure that you take prior permission and inform the authorities of your visit.
- Gujarat is a strictly dry state with complete ban on alcohol so (Read More)make sure you are not carrying any sort of alcohol with you.
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