It is located between Ahmedabad and Vadodara. Anand is known as Milk Capital of India, because of Sardar Patel starts Co-operative movement , and Dr. Verghese kurian leads GCMMF (Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation).
Anand now a district headquarters is also the Headquarters of the National Dairy Development Boad (NDDB), a stutory organization created by Late Prime Minister of India Mr. Lal Bahadur Shastri to spearhead the cooorporative dairy development replactating Ananad Pattern throughout India. It is also the home of world renowned Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), another one of Dr. V Kurien creation.
Chandak : Situated 7 Kms away by bus through an uphill climb Chandak constitutes the northern of Soar Valley. The famous temple of Mostamanu is 2 Km from Chandak. Chandak offers a fascinating view of the Himalayan ranges and the sprawling Soar Valley.It is a potential hang gliding resort and the magnesite mining factory is located too here.
Panoramic view of Soar valley Thal Kedar : Known for its famous temple of Mahadev. 16 Km from Pithoragarh. Jayanti Temple of Dhwaj 21 Km via Totanaula. Cave temple of Kapileshwar. Cave temple at Rai , Ulka Devi Temple, Kailash Ashram Wadda , Hanuman Temple etc.
Rampur village - Anand
Gangolihat : An important religious place and rich in folk culture and ancient myths , is situated 77 Km from Pithoragarh . It is particularly well known for the famous Mahakali temple where the Shakti Peeth was installed by Shankaracharya himself. During Navratries a fair is held on the occasion of which devotees offer pujas-along with sacrifices. 2 Km from Gangolihat near the Mankeshwar temple are the ruins of the fort which once belonged to the Mankotis -an obscure dynasty of Kumaon region. 2 Km away is Uprara, the native village of poet 'Gumani', the first Kumaoni poet, who also wrote in Hindi, Sanskrit and Nepali with great dexterity and command. 4 Km east from Uprara, near the village of Tamanauli is the Bharbhyo cave.
Attractions and Places to Visit in Anand
Anand Bhavan: Anand Bhavan was the former ancestral home of the Nehru family. Donated to the Indian government in 1970 by Indira Gandhi, it was turned into a museum. The exhibits in the two storied building seen through glass panels include personal items of Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru; the first Prime Minister of Independent India, Indira Gandhi (Prime Minister1966-77, 1980-84) and her sons Sanjay Gandhi and Rajeev Gandhi (PrimeMinister1984-1989). One can see the room where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay during his visits, Jawarlal Nehru's room and study also.
Open: 9:30 am to 05:00 pm. except Mondays.
There is a Jawahar planetarium build in 1979 in the compound.
Open 11:00 am to 04:00 pm. except Mondays
Swaraj Bhawan: Situated next to Anand Bhawan, Swaraj Bhavan was donated to the Nation by Moti Lal Nehru to be used as the headquarters of the Congress Committee. Late Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi was born here.
Open: 09:30 am to 05:30 P.M. Closed on Monday's.
How to Reach Anand
Anand can be reached by rail and road. A large number of trains ply between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Most of the trains have a brief halt at Anand. Anand is also directly connected by rail to other important cities of India including Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubhaneshwar, Calcutta, Delhi, Hyderabad, Madras and Tiruvananthapuram. Most of the other parts of the country could be reached through a changeover at Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Mumbai or Delhi. The journey to Mumbai takes around 6 to 8 hours and to Delhi around 14 to 16 hours.
- It is also main Junction of Ahmedabad-Vadodara Expressway - 1.
- Any Train from Ahmedabad Mumbai route connect it.
- Distance : 65 Kms from Ahmedabad and 39 Kms from Vadodara.