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Respecting the spirited traveller that resides inside me, I m
going to write about a 'place' today. But it won't be like your
everyday travel posts praising the beauty of Paris or the bustle of
Respecting the spirited traveller that resides inside me, I m going to write about a 'place' today. But it won't be like your everyday travel posts praising the beauty of Paris or the bustle of New York or L.A.'s nightlife. This place which I would be mentioning is 'Bharuch', where I was born and brought-up.
On the banks of river Narmada, in southern path of Gujarat lies Bharuch. It has been mentioned number of times in old history books. In ancient Greek and Roman texts it is mostly called Barygaza, the greatest port of India, which attracted scores of foreigners. Not only Greeks and Romans, but Egyptians, Africans, Arabs, and Malay and Chinese merchants came heremaking it one of the worlds most cosmopolitan cities 2,000 years ago. Yet today, it has largely fallen off the tourist map.
The old citys fortification which begins at Undai Darwaja continues westward, along the riverbank. In the winding lanes around Hajikhan Bazaar, every other crumbling building has something worth marvelling at. Carved wooden doors are fronted by elaborate verandas with fluted pillars crowned by fine capitals. Several homes are beautifully maintained in freshly painted pastel hues, while others have a rusty look to itself.
The most important tourist sight in town is the 19th-century Golden Bridge. The narrow beam bridge connecting Ankleshwar to Bharuch was built by British engineers during 1877-81 to straddle the Narmada River. It was a hugely expensive project as special rust-resistant iron was used and therefore it was painted golden. And guess what, it's operational till this day which is roughly around 140 years.. Next to it, the British also built a railway bridge, the silver bridge, to connect Ahmedabad and Bombay.
Recently, Bharuch was in news when P.M Modi inaugurated India's longest cable bridge which goes parallel to Golden Bridge connecting Bharuch and Ankleshwer which is a part of one of India's most important national highway(NH-8).
Concluding, all I want to say is it will be worth a visit and don't forget to ping me when in town.