Bilimora

Bilimora is a city situated on the banks of the river Ambika, in Gandevi taluka and Navsari district of Gujarat state in India. The city comes under the purview of the Surat Metropolitan Region. The city is roughly 70 kilometres (43 mi) south of the city of Surat and is the southernmost point of the Surat Metropolitan Region and the Metropolis of Surat. It is also one the larger cities in the area. It is linked to Surat by SH 6 and SH 88.

In the late 18th century, the Baroda State established a naval station at Bilimora, a port about 40 miles (64 km) south of Surat, known as Bunder Bilimora Suba Armor. A fleet of 50 vessels was stationed here, mostly sailboats, cargo vessels for trading and military vessels to secure the sea from the Portuguese, the Dutch and the French.[1]

Bilimora
city
Bilimora is located in Gujarat
Bilimora
Bilimora
Location in Gujarat, India
Bilimora is located in India
Bilimora
Bilimora
Bilimora (India)
Coordinates: 20°45′N 72°57′E / 20.75°N 72.95°ECoordinates: 20°45′N 72°57′E / 20.75°N 72.95°E
Country India
StateGujarat
DistrictNavsari
Area
 • Total9 km2 (3 sq mi)
Elevation
4 m (13 ft)
Population
(2001)
 • Total57,583
 • Rank62nd in Gujarat
 • Density6,400/km2 (17,000/sq mi)
Languages
 • OfficialGujarati, Hindi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
396321
Telephone code02634
Vehicle registrationGJ 21
Website[1]

Geography

Bilimora is located at 20°45′N 72°57′E / 20.75°N 72.95°E.[2] It has an average elevation of 4 metres (13 ft). Bilimora is the second largest city in the Navsari district after Navsari city. The city is supposed to have been surrounded by three rivers: Ambica from the north, Kaveri River from the south, and Karera River passes close by.

People and culture

Most of the population is of Gujarati, Marathi and other North Indian states particularly that of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

There were also a lot of Parsi in the town; now the Parsi population is not that significant, however there is still a street called 'Agiyari Mahollo' inhabited by Parsi.

Also, a large number of the Sikh community which were stationed there as part of a refugee camp during partition remain in Bilimora. Although Bilimora is situated in the state of Gujarat, it has a lot of cultural influence from Mumbai which is around 220 km away. It takes 3 hours by train and 4 hours by road to reach Mumbai from Bilimora.

Transport

Bilimora is well connected through rail, road and sea. It takes 3 hours maximum by train and 3 to 4 hours by road from Mumbai. The closest domestic airport is at Surat and the nearest international airport is at Mumbai.

Bilimora is the only rail junction in the Mumbai division line of the Western Railway (India), from which a narrow gauge line separates from the broad line to arrive at Waghai in the Dang District. It is said to be that this narrow gauge line is to be converted into broad gauge and will be extended up to Manmad. Bilimora will be well connected through Maharashtra; the survey has been done and the project is to be evaluated for estimate. The town of Chikhli is about 10 km to the east, which is on National Highway 8.

It is directly connected to Saputara - a hill station in Gujarat - by bus. The buses come from Bilimora and also from Surat to Nasik or Pune via Bilimora - Saputara.

The town is about 25 km north of the city of Valsad and about 25 km south of the district headquarters Navsari.

Banks & ATM

Bilimora has all major banks, including:Dena Bank, Bank Of Baroda, Federal Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, IDBI Bank , IOB, Punjab National Bank, State Bank Of India and the Union Bank of India. There is also one People Bank in Bilimora's name as Gandevi People's Bank. ATM's from these major banks are available in Bilimora.

Popular places

Bilimora is a small city with lot of temples, viz.Shri Jalaram Mandir, Shri Gayatri Mandir, Shri Dwarkadhish Mandir, Swaminarayan Mandir, Ganga Mata Temple, Shri Ramji Mandir (at Talodh), Somnath Mahadev Mandir and a Sikh Gurudwara on Gandevi Road. The new inclusion is Sai mandir on Somnath Road.

Bilimora has 6 masjids. Markaz masjid in Gohar Baugh, the centre of Tablighi jamaat near Bilimora railway station, Minara masjid in the west of Bilimora near the railway station, Madina masjid located in Desra, Mohammadia masjid in Waghrech, Jama masjid in the old city and Gausia masjid near the cemetery.

Saputara and Dang District Tourism: Saputara, the only hill station in Gujarat, is around 110 km away from Bilimora. One can visit Waghai, Saputara, Gira Falls in Dang District, India via a one day road trip from Bilimora.

Unai Hot Springs is another popular place. Many local people believe in the Legend of Sri Ram which is linked to the hot springs. Unai is about 40 km from Bilimora. The nearest railway station is Waghai. The narrow gauge rail link connecting Ahwa to Bilimora runs through the park.

Other Temples near Bilimora:

Temple Place Distance(km)
Andheshwar Mahadev Amalsad 05
Kameshwar Mahadev Gadat 08
Mallikarjun Mahadev Majigam 08
Gangeshwar Mahadev Kachholi 14
Shukleshwar Mahadev Anaval 32
Barumal Mahadev Barumal 65
Tadkeshwar Mahadev Valsad 32
Vighneshwar Mahadev Mahuwa 54
Kedareshwar Mahadev Bardoli 60
Somnath Mahadev Bilimora 0

Notable Personalities

Education

Colleges

Bilimora Kelavni Mandal includes:

  • A V PATEL Commerce College. (B.Com)
  • V S PATEL Arts & Science College. (B.A., B.Sc.and M.Sc.)

These colleges are built on 25 acres of land donated by late Mr. Noshir Manchershah Bilimoria (Mengusi) as per the wishes of his late father Mr. Manchershah Burjorji Bilimoria (Mengusi) who had in his lifetime built and donated the Mengusi Sarvanajik Hospital.

Schools

  • Shree Shreeji English Medium School(SSEMS)
  • Bright Star International School
  • B. S. Patel School
  • J. J. Mehta Sarvajanik High School
  • K. B. Patel School
  • LMP Reva Experimental High School
  • MCZ Shah Higher Secondary School
  • St. Joseph E.T.. High School
  • Tata High school
  • Kundanba nmp higher secondary school
  • Multi Talent Academy [Address: Moti Devsar, Gandevi Road, Bilimora]

Hospitals

  • New Atrik Hospital,Navjivan Colony
  • Arpan Hospital,Nursery Road
  • Snehal Hospital, Navjivan Colony
  • panchal orthopedic hospital,Tower Rd, Maruti Nagar Society
  • Littlestar Children Hospital,Sankalp Society
  • Vidya Nursing Home,Maruti Nagar Society
  • Adarsh Hospital, Somnath road
  • Gupta hospital, Near Railway Station

Government Approved Computer Institute

  • UniSTAR Education ( NIELIT Accredited CHM 'O' Level Institute )

References

  1. ^ "280 years ago, Baroda had its own Navy". The Times of India. 27 September 2010.
  2. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Bilimora
Alipore, Navsari

Alipore is a village near Chikhli, Bilimora in the state of Gujarat in western India. The village is on the Indian National Highway 8, which leads to areas such as Ahwa via Waghai and Vansda, and to the hill station of Saputara.

The population is mainly Muslim, with Hindus forming the majority of the rest. The main language spoken in Alipore is Gujarati, whilst English and Hindi can be understood by most.

Aliyavada railway station

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Amalsad railway station

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Atul railway station

Atul railway station is a small railway station on the Western Railway network in the state of Gujarat, India. Atul is 'E' category railway station of Western Railway. Atul railway station is 7 km from Valsad railway station. Adjacent to Atul railway station is a coal yard. Passenger and MEMU trains halt here.

Western Railway AC Traction Sub-station is also located near Atul railway station.

Bilimora Junction railway station

Bilimora Junction railway station is a small railway station in Navsari district, Gujarat. Its code is BIM. It serves the city of Bilimora. The station consists of five platforms. The platforms are not well sheltered. It lacks many facilities including water and sanitation. Passenger, Express and Superfast trains halt here.Bilimora is a junction railway station in the Mumbai division line of the Western Railway (India), from which a narrow gauge line separates from the broad line to arrive at Waghai in the Dang District, India District. It is said to be that this narrow gauge line is to be converted into broad gauge and will be extended up to Manmad. Bilimora will be well connected through Maharashtra; the survey has been done and the project is to be evaluated for estimate. The town of Chikhli is about 10 km to the east, which is on National Highway 48.

Chikhli, Gujarat

Chikhli is a midsize town in Navsari district in the state of Gujarat, India. Chikhli comes under the purview of Surat Metropolitan Region.

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Jogwad

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Khodiyar railway station

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Kodinar railway station

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Mithapur railway station

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Navsari district

Navsari is an administrative district in the state of Gujarat in India, with its headquarters at Navsari city. The district covers an area of 2,211 square kilometres roughly equal to country like Luxembourg and the US state of Delaware, and had a population of 1,329,672 in 2011 roughly equal to country like Estonia and the US state of Hawaii. The district was formed in 1997 after Valsad district was bifurcated into Valsad and Navsari districts.69.23% of the district's population is rural, and 48.1% of its population is scheduled tribes.Dudhia Talao:

Dudhia Talao had been a lake. It has become a major market area with a shopping center. There is a reputed eye hospital near Dudhia Talao built in the early 1970s. The Ashapuri Temple is on Dudhia Talao. Part of the Dudhia Talao was given to J.N. Tata Navsari Memorial Trust and they filled up the pond and built one of the finest auditoriums in Navsari where performing arts and meetings take place. It is known as J.N. Tata Memorial Hall.

Navsari has a large Parsi-Zoroastrian community. Dr. Dadabhoy Navroji & Mr. Jamsetji Tata, founder of the Tata group of companies, were born here. J. N. Tata's birthplace is still preserved as a memorial by the local branch of Tata Steel Factory in the outskirts of the city.

Sayaji Vaibhav Public Library is an important public building in Navsari. Meherji Rana Library of Tarota Bazaar, Motafalia, Navsari has one of the oldest scriptures of Zoroastrian community.

The city picked up a greater pace commercially during the diamond polishing business soared in the region.

Jehangir Talkies is one of the oldest cinema house. The name talkies implies that it refers to the era when movies started talking.

Tower is a clock tower in Navsari. It serves as important landmark. The old post office of Navsari was near the Tower. Navsari's postal code is 396445.

Palej railway station

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South Gujarat

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Surendranagar Gate railway station

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Unai, Gujarat

Unai (Gujarati: ઉનાઇ) is a village in the Navsari district in the Indian State of Gujarat, India. Unai is connected with Waghai, Chikhli, Saputara, Nasik, Vapi, Dharampur, Shamlaji by state highway. This village situated on Billimora–Waghai narrow gauge railway route. The nearest railway station for broad gauge trains is Bilimora Junction.

Bartad, Chadhav, Khambhaliya, Palgabhan, Sindhai, Bhinar, Kelkutch, Dharampuri, Kureliya, Nani Valzar, Pathakvadi are villages nearby Unai.

As per the Population Census 2011, the total population of Unai is 6,104 out of which 3,069 are males and 3,035 are females thus the Average Sex Ratio of Unai is 989. The literacy rate of Unai is 85.3%, is higher than 75.4% of Navsari district. The male literacy rate is 91.31% and the female literacy rate is 79.2% in Unai village. There are total 1,187 families residing in the Unai village.Unai is famous for Unai Mata Temple. Unai Mata is Hindu a devi Ushna Amba mata temple with hot water springs kund. Visitors can bathe in the hot spring attached to this famous temple of considerable historical significance.

Vansda

Vansda, also known as Bansda, is a city and a municipality in the Navsari district in the Indian State of Gujarat, covering an area of 557 km².

Vansda is connected with Waghai, Chikhli, Saputara, Nasik, Vapi, Dharampur, Shamlaji by State highway. Nearest railway station is Unai, though only narrow gauge trains pass through the station. Nearest railways station for broad gauge trains is Bilimora Jn.

Vansda is a beautiful town of full social activities. The activities of Junior Chamber International is also running in Vansda Town with the name of JCI Vansda Royal founded by Mr. Amitsinh Desai.

Jaikishan, of most successful Hindi film music director duo Shankar Jaikishan was born and brought up here.

Bansda was once the capital of Princely State of Bansda till 1949. There is a Tower in Vansda which shows the royal heritage of Vansda, There is a Mosque near the Tower, and Nadir-shah Pir Dargah in Champawadi, where lots of Hindu and Muslim devotees come.

Waghai

Waghai is a town in the Dang District of the southern part of Gujarat state in India. And also Taluka of dang district. Waghai is about 32 km north from the district headquarters of Ahwa, and about 52 km south of the hill station of Saputara. It is linked by state highway to the town of Chikhli (where the road meets National highway 8), and by a narrow gauge to the town of Bilimora. Also with Saputara a NG passenger train named. Waghai Passenger link these towns of south Gujarat.

Populated places in Navsari district
Cities and towns
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