Botad is a city and a municipality in Botad district in the state of Gujarat
, Republic of India
.Botad is one of the fastest growing cities in India. It boasts adequate amenities and lies in close proximity to district centers such as Ahmedabad
-170 km, Bhavnagar
-90 and Amreli
-93. Botad is surrounded by many small villages. People from those villages often settle in Botad, seeking better opportunities.It is the fastest growing diamond business hub.
Botad is a vibrant business-oriented town surrounded by small beautiful hills on the east and west, forming a valley. The Utavali river (small creek) flows in the middle of the town while another creek Madhu joined Utavali near Dash Nala.Botad is a gateway to Kathiyawad (toward Gadhada
, Lathi and Amreli) and a junction point for Gohilwad (towards Bhavnagar), Zalawad (Limbdi, Surendranagar) and Panchal (towards Paliyad, Vinchiya, Jasadan).Mahatma Gandhi visited Botad during one of his tours to Kathiyavad.
Places and Buildings of Historic Interests:
Clock Tower Botad saw its first phase of rapid development during rule of Maharaja Krushna Kumar Singhaji and Takht Singhji (Bhavnagar State). Shri Damodardas Jagjivandas Shah built the Clock Tower. Today, Tower Chalk is the central business district on the city. There is a library in the building on his name.Town Gate In those days (1800 until almost time of Independence), every town/villages used to have a wall protecting town from invaders and looters. Gate of town (Gam Darawaja) used to be at what is known as Din Dayal Chalk right now.
Lake that supplies water to most of the areas of the town even today was built by Maharaja Krishna Kumar Singhji (Bhavnagar State). This is one of the beautiful place to visit and is a place for the Satam Mela (Get together place for celebration of one of the festival during holy month of Shravan).Tajiyo This building was constructed with aim of building Clock Tower by a civil engineer/entrepreneur named Tulsi Mistri. He was not allowed to put a clock by the prince of the Bhavnagar state. This building later become famous as Tajiyo.
Haran Kui Haran Kui (Spring or Well for Deers) was a fresh water spring on northern part of the town where thousands of deers and other semi-wildlife used to thrive. Story goes that a Nawab had camped near Haran Kui and had killed many deers. This incidence and other factors like growing human population has almost wiped out wild life in nearby areas of the town. garden garden is situated near road for paliyad and famous for the speally children who are enjoying a lot.