About ChikhliChikhli is located at an elevation of 19 meters approximately from the sea level. The city is situated in the southern part of the state of Gujarat. It is considered as a major business hub. People from nearby villages come to the city of Chikhli for employment purpose every day. The city has been able to draw large number of customers than other major nearby towns such as Navsari and Valsad. Chikhli was in news recently for discovering a 48 carat natural pearl, one of its kind in the whole of Gujarat.
History of ChikhliThe city of temples till few years back was a mixture of Desai, Kshatriya, Gandhi, Vaishnavas communities. However, since the last few years people from Uttar Pradesh, northern region of Gujarat and also Rajasthan have relocated to Chikhli. One of the most important reasons for such relocation is its proximity to the metropolitan city of Mumbai.
Transportation in Chikhli
Since Chikhli is visited by many people every day from nearby towns and villages for employment and other purposes, the transportation facilities offered are quite good which ensures easy accessibility to different parts of the state. The city is situated on NH 8 which is connected to the state highways making it easy to reach places such as Vansad, Ahwa, Saputra and many more.
Ganghor Bus station which is the nearest bus stand in Chikhli has regular buses plying from Chikhli and also to other parts of the city and state. The buses are quite comfortable and the tickets are pocket friendly too. Chikhli road Railway station is the nearest to the city and can be availed while traveling to the city via train. It is located on the Bilimora - Vaghai narrow gauge line. Autos, rickshaws, cabs or buses can be availed to reach the city from the station which is just 6 Km away. In case traveling via flight, Surat airport is the nearest one. From Surat other major places of the country can easily be reached. It is at a distance of 56 Km from the city.
Tourist Places in Chikhli
Chikhli, a prominent city in the southern part of Gujarat is famous for the various temples that are situated there. Some of the famous temples that are a must visit while on a tour to this beautiful city are Chamunda Mata Temple, Mallikarjun Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple and Chose Joginimata Temple.
Chikhli celebrates almost all the festival with great pomp and show and during the festivals all the temples are beautifully decorated too. Devotees from far off places come to attend the functions and offer prayers to the temples situated here.
Art and Culture in Chikhli
Due to the fact that people from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and other nearby states have come and settled down in Chikhli, the city enjoys diverse culture. Many festivals are celebrated here. The locals organizes Garba the traditional dance form of Gujarat and Dandia another dance form which is mainly done during the navratri time is also organized here. People irrespective of age and cast come together to enjoy the festivals. Various folk dances are also organized during such times.
Some of the population living in Chikhli are engaged in making wooden crafts which are quite famous and in demand not only by the tourists but also bythe residents. Since the city is famous for the material cotton, some of the best handiwork can be seen here. The hand loom industry focuses on creating products that depicts the culture and tradition of Gujarat and thus are in vogue.
Climatic Conditions of ChikhliThe climate experienced in Chikhli is tropical in nature. The summers are hot and dry and the winters are quite chilly. The hottest months are April and May. Though June, July, August and September experiences hot climate, however, the rain during these months compensates the hot climate and brings down the temperature considerably. During October and November months, the sky is quite clear during day time and the night time the temperature goes down to below 20 C°. December is the coldest months and people can be seen wearing woolen cloths to protect themselves from the cold winds. Because of the favorable climatic conditions October to March are considered ideal for visiting the city.
Chikhli Facts & FiguresLocation: 20.75°N 73.07°E
Area: 4 km2 (2 sq mi)
Elevation: 19 m (62 ft)
Official Language: Gujarati, Hindi
Time Zone: UTC+ 5:30
Pin Code: 396521
Telephone Code: 02634
Total Population: 6953 (2001 Census)
Male Population- 51% of total population
Female Population: 49% of total population
Literacy rate: 81%
Male Literacy: 85%
Female Literacy: 76%
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