Located on one of the outlets of the River Narmada, Bharuch, in Gujarat, is a region rich with history. According to Indian mythology it was named after the great sage Bhrigu, who arrived here on a tortoise and set up his home
His followers and descendents became known as the Bhargav Brahmin community; a community that still thrives and continues to help the area financially.Back in the day, Bharuch was a major ship-building port and it is believed to have occupied an important position on the famed Silk Route. Over the ages, various dynasties have called Bharuch their own, giving it a royal lineage as well. Today, Bharuch is well known for its peanut processing and cotton producing plants. Furthermore, the famous bandhini method of cloth dying also comes from this region.A typical small town, rapidly heading towards progress, while retaining its cultural ethos, Bharuch is definitely worth a visit.The Bhrigu Rishi Temple is one of the most revered spots in Bharuch. Situated on the banks of the River Narmada, it is believed that Maharishi Bhrigu wrote the Bhrigu Samhiti here. Other religious places of significance in the region include Dashahswamedh Ghat, Nav Nathas, and the many small temples that line the ghats of the River Narmada. In the evenings, during the time of prayer, the ghats light up with what seems like a million diyas, adding a great deal of charm to the place.The Golden Bridge, built by the British in 1881, connecting Bharuch and Ankleshwar, is yet another popular tourist spot. History buffs should also go see the 1,000-year-old fort in Bharuch, built by Siddhraj Jaysinh, the king at the time. Located on a hill that overlooks the river, it offers splendid views of the surroundings.Head to the crowded but brimming-with-life Katopore Bazaar to shop to your heart’s desire.Auto-rickshaws are the most commonly used local mode of transport in Bharuch. There are a number of state-run as well as private buses that also ply through the region. Private cars are also available if you’d like to travel in comfort and at leisure.Avoid visiting Bharuch during the monsoon as there is a risk of flooding if the river overflows.The heat can be intense during the summer, so avoid visiting at this time too
Bharuch is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Surat at a distance of 71kms.
Airports: Surat Airport
There is no regular trains to Bharuch from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Surat which is located at a distance of 62kms.