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"The Town on the Bank of the River Hathmati"

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Himmatnagar is located in the Sabarkantha district of Gujarat, India. The municipality is the administrative headquarters of the region which is located on the banks of the river Hathmathi. The city was established in the 15th century and is a place with a rich history. There are several historic forts around the city, all of which can be traced back to the stories from centuries ago. There are some notable Jain temple around the city which are a must-visit. It is also the centre for the ceramic industry in the state.

There is a very famous well called Kazi ni Vavdi which has inscriptions about the when and who built it. There is a massive clock tower in the city, which is one of the significant landmarks in the city. There are also several substantial mosques in the city. Also, adding a taste of the fun to the town, there is a mall accompanied by a theatre called the New Star Multiplex Complex. It serves some of the best dishes which are prevalent in Gujarat. The city is also famous for the grand celebration of festivals like Navratri, Dusshera and the unique kite festival called Uttarayan.

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1. Kazi ni Vavdi
The steep, 200-year-old well is located at a distance of 1 kilometre from the heart of the city. Around the well, there is an Arabic and Devanagiri inscription Arabic dating back to the 15th century. The inscription reads that Shamsher-ul-Malik built the well in 1522. Today, the well is in ruins owing to time and the lack of maintenance by the authorities.

2. Nagarpalika Garden
The park is located at a distance of 2 kilometres from the centre of the city. The park is a quiet place surrounded by greenery and is also the best way to escape the typical city life. The pleasant ambience calms the mind, and there are also small rides for the kids to play and enjoy. The park charges a minimal entry fee of INR 10 and is an excellent place for spending time with friends and family.

3. Bholeshwar Temple
Located near the banks of the river Hathmathi, it is at a distance of 1 kilometre from central Himmatnagar. The main deity in the temple is Lord Shiva, and it is also one of the most famous temples in the city. The temple attracts a massive crowd during Shivratri, which is a significant festival for Lord Shiva. The intricate carvings in the temple are incredibly adorable. Pujas and Archanas are performed to the deity with immense devotion.

4. Himmat Singh Fort
In the banks of the river Hathmathi are the remains of this ancient fort. It is an exciting place to explore, especially for those who have a broad interest in history.

Local Culture of Himmatnagar

Traditional Clothing
Himmatnagar is a city which has rich cultures and traditions. People are dressed mostly in traditional Indian attires such as sarees or salwar kameez for women and sherwani or veshti for men.

Himmatnagar Festivities
The people in the city celebrate festivals in a very ritualistic manner with a lot of enthusiasm. Some of the most popularly celebrated festivals are Holi, Dusshera, Navratri, Diwali and Eid ul-Fitr. People gather and pray in the name of Lord and visit shrines to seek blessings. A merry environment can be witnessed during festival times when the streets are buzzing with people buying flowers, sweets and other necessities.
The city is also famous for the kite festival, called Uttarayan. It is usually celebrated in January.

The Famous Kite Festival

Popularly called as Uttarayan among the locals, the kite festival is celebrated in January. The name is derived from the Sanskrit word which means Northern Movement. As defined by Surya Siddhantha, Uttarayan is the period between the Makara Sankranti and Karka Sankranti.

Hindu Purana
Apart from the astronomical signs, the Hindu Puranas describe this day as a new beginning for good health and wealth. According to the mythological beliefs, this was the day when Bheeshma decided to leave the earth. The festival is celebrated in the 14th or 15th of January. However, this date would be shifted due to the change in axial precession.

The Festive Magnitude
About 8-10 million people from all over the country celebrate this festival by flying kites of vibrant colours and unique shapes.

Course of the Kite Festival
These kites are mae of plastic, wood, nylon and other materials. The light-weighted paper is tied to bamboo sticks shaped in the desired designs. The sky can be spotted with brightly coloured kites. Candle-lit kites called tukkals are flown on the second night of the festival.

Food and Restaurants of the Region

The food in the city primarily consists of vegetarian staple food due to Hindu influences. A significant plant-based diet, the town, does house a few non-vegetarian restaurants. The city has a wide variety of dishes ranging from spicy to sweet delicacies. It is exceptionally famous for the Pani Puri, which is a popular chaat all over the country. The popular dish served in most vegetarian restaurants is the Gujarati Thali which is served with dal, rice, bhat, shaak, roti, papads and pickles. It is a full course meal which is served mostly for lunch. The city is also famous for sweets like laddoos, jalebis, doodhpak and so on. Mayur Restaurant, City Corner, Damroo Restaurant & Banquet are some of the famous and delicate cuisines.

Himmatnagar History

Ahmednagar
The city is well known for the rich history it holds. Established in the 15th century by Ahmed Shah I, Ahmednagar has gone through different phases and enhancements. It is believed that Ahmed Shah I named the town after himself and that he wanted to make this city the capital of Gujarat. He founded this town to keep the activities of Idar under control. However, in 1848 AD, the kingdom was under the hands of Idar.

Stopping Sati
Soon enough, the Rao dynasty took over the city under the rule of Sangramsingh who became an independent chief. Over time, he was defeated by his son who took over the town but passed away very soon after that. Later, a Britisher entered Ahmednagar to stop the women from becoming satis. The kings and their sons begged Erskine, the Brishter, not to interfere with their customs but to no heed. However, the women escaped through the fort walls to the riverbed and burnt themselves along with their deceased husbands. Takhtsingh, one of the sons of the dead Maharaja, was asked to take the vacant throne in the state of Jodhpur. He tried from all his might to keep Ahmednagar to himself, but it was handed over to Idar in 1848.

Himmatnagar
In 1912, Ahmednagar was renamed as Himmatnagar, after the ruler of the state, Ahmed Shah I. For four years from 1956, the city was the largest and the administrative headquarters of Dungarpur district in Rajasthan. From 1961, it has become a part of Sabarkantha district in Gujarat.

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FAQs on Himatnagar

What is famous about Himmatnagar?

The city has many places of historical significance, which can be dated back to the 15th century. There are also many places of divinity spread across the city. The culture, especially the cuisine in the town is mouth-watering and tempting.

What is not so good about Himmatnagar?

There aren't many places which are adventurous and daunting. Also, there are not much fun-filling places for the kids to visit.

Who should visit Himmatnagar?

Palghar is an ideal place for those who have a keen interest in history and ancient sites. Also, it is recommended for those who are inclined towards spirituality as there are many unique religious places around.

What is the best time to visit Himmatnagar?

The best time to visit the city is between October and January when the temperature is calm and pleasant. It is the ideal time for travel, and the climate is most enjoyable. During summers, the temperate is more towards the humid side. The weather is quite hot and muggy during that time. The city receives some showers all round the year. However, during winters, the climate is more exceptionally airy and damp. A right amount of rainfall can be witnessed in the city during this time.
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What is the best way to reach Himmatnagar?

The city, located at a distance of 276 kilometres from Gujarat, is well connected by rail, road and air.

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What are the places near Himmatnagar?

The top places near to Himmatnagar are Udaipur which is 154 km from Himmatnagar, Gandhinagar which is located 34 km from Himmatnagar, Ahmedabad which is located 53 km from Himmatnagar, Danta ambaji which is located 72 km from Himmatnagar, Mount abu which is located 140 km from Himmatnagar

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