Ten Reasons to Visit Valsad
If you ever go to Gujarat, do not miss Valsad. Though the town is not as famous as Ahmedabad or Surat, there can be a number of reasons why you should want to visit this town. Let us look into some of them.
Business Opportunities in ValsadAs we all know, Valsad is located close to an industrial belt in the Valsad district of Gujarat. This district has seen major investment in textile, chemicals, paper and pulp. While Vapi, located at a distance of 31 km from Valsad, is a major industrial town there are many more industrial estates and conglomerate nearer home. Atul, located in the neighborhood of Valsad is a prime example of that. People, doing business with these industries, generally put up at Valsad and then travel by road transport system to reach their destination. You may also come to Valsad if you intend to have a firsthand knowledge of these industries or want to do business with them.
Mango Trading in Valsad
Indeed, even if you are not in this trade, you must visit the Mango Market in Valsad. It is located near Kapadia Chawl and houses more than three hundred shops. During mango season, which is from April to June, these shops remain open 24 hours a day. It is indeed, mesmerizing to see crowd of buyers descending at this market even at the middle of the night. To be sure, this mango market is one more reason why you should visit Valsad.
Valsadi Teak Wood
Sightseeing in and around ValsadIf you have gone through our page on tourism in Valsad, you would know that the town has many well known temples such as Sai Baba Temple, Swami Narayan Temple, Shantidham Temple, Tadkeshwar Temple etc. If you are spiritually inclined and love to meditate, these places offer the just atmosphere.
The Tithal beach is also a big attraction in Valsad. Many people from far and near come here just for that. Watching the sun set from this beach is an awesome experience and so is bathing in the sea, roaming on the sand, eating the Gujarati delicacies sold by vendors on the beach.
Historic Importance of ValsadIn addition, there are quite a few places of historical importance near the city. If you are a big fan of Mahatma Gandhi you must visit Dandi, located at a distance of 16 km from Valsad. It is where Gandhiji started his famous Salt March that shook the foundation of mighty British Empire.
Parnera Hill, located close to Valsad is also historically important. It houses one of the many forts built by Chhatrapati Shivaji. Unfortunately, the edifices there have not been preserved properly; yet, what is left is enough to enthrall a sensitive soul.
Parsi Culture in Valsad
Sanjan is another historically important town located around 30 km south of Udvada. It believed that the Parsis, who left their homeland in order to save their culture and religion from Islamic invaders, landed at this very spot in the beginning of the 10th century AD. By 936, they had establishment a settlement here. The Tower of Silence, found during an excavation, provides concrete proof of Parsi settlement in Sanjan.
However, the excavation done in Sanjan over a period of three years from 2002 to 2004 reveals that the area housed a large settlement from 8th to 13th century AD. The people there were involved in direct trade with West Asian countries. A large number West Asian and Chinese ceramics has been found there. Some Hindu sculptures have also been found there pointing to the presence of Hindu culture at some point of time.