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About Idar

Idar is a beautiful city located about 38 km from Vijaynagar and set amidst the Aravalli mountains. This city is home to many temples which are scattered all over the city while the smaller temples are juxtaposed. The feel and look of Idar is awesome and unique due to its rocky hills and winding lanes along the rocks. This city is a good base for other pilgrim spots like Dev ni Mori, Shamlaji, Khedbrahma etc. According to history, so much was the prowess and glory of Idar that conquering Idar fort looked like an impossible task. There is also a song dedicated to it which goes like “Ame Ederio Gadh Jitya re Aanand Bhavyo” which means We are very joyous to have captured Idar fort.

Idar in Gujarat

Geography in Idar

Idar is located at longitude of 23°50'N  and latitude of 73°00'E  with an average elevation of 195 metres. Idar is very popular  for its natural looking mountains and steep rocky roads. You can find a lot of rocks in Idar which are mostly round shaped red or grey granite rocks.  These montain range is nothing but the Aravali mountain range.

Idar has a population of 29,567 with males constituting 52% while females constituting 48% of the total population.  Idar has an average literacy rate of 68% which is higher than the national average of 59.5%. The climate in Idar is also extreme with temperatures soaring to 47 - 48 degrees in Summer. The heat is persistent till evenng due to hard and bald stones in Idar. Idar is among the cities having highest temperatures in Gujarat.

History of Idar

There is a tale behind the name of this city. Two devils named Elva and Durg used to live in this place. Thus people used to notify this place as “I - dar - che” which in Gujarati means “Fear is here “. Therefore, the city got its name Idar. Idar hill fort was the State Capital of Idar which was ruled by the Rathores during the British rule. Idar is said to be mentioned in the Mahabharata as well as in memoirs by Hieu-en-Tsang, the famous Chinese. Idar has an history of being ruled by Bhils, Raos, Koil, Rajputs, Rathods and many more. More on history of Idar acn be read on the page ' History of Idar'.

Economy of Idar

Colourful toys of Idar

Idar is quite popular around the world for its temples and toys. Kharadi Bazaar in Idar is the place to shop variety of toys. Also a large quantity of toys are exported to other states and countries. This acts as a major source of income for the locals from the tourists. The colourful toys at display in Idar will make you tempted to buy gifts for your near and dear ones. Take a toy as a souvenir for your friends and family.

Tourism in Idar

Rani talav in Idar

Idar is an ancient city with many interesting heritage structures.  The well fortified fort of Idar known as Idargadh is a rocky structure located atop a hill. This fort has many temples built inside including the ancient Sambhavnath and Shantinath temples. Also there is Roothi Rani no mahal located at the peak of the hill. The old palace in Idar retains the gandeur of the olden times. Recently Pavapuri temple has been built amidst the Rani Talav. This temple is built on similar lines as the one in Bihar. Idar is also popular for its colourful toys which you can buy from Kharadi bazaar. Idar is the place where the famous Raja Harishchandra got married and this place is known as Harishchandra ki Chouri. A stepwell known as Chaturbhuj stepwell is also present in Idar. More information on Tourism can be found on the page 'Tourism in Idar'.

Accomodation in Idar

Idar has few hotels where you can enjoy your stay. Idar also has an resort known as Lily resort on the Ambaji highway. All these hotels in Idar has basic accommodation facilities with good service. Hotel Dreamland and Hotel City lights are the best option to stay in Idar. Other hotels in Idar are listed below along with their address and contact.

Hotel Ashirvad
Phone Number: (2778) 270213
Address: Tin Rasta, Mathasur,
Near Mathasuri Mandir
Idar- 383230

Hotel Dreamland

Phone Number: (2778) 250597
Address: 11, Himmatnagar Road,
Opposite Sahakari Gin
Idar- 383230

Hotel City Light
Phone Number: (2778) 250980
Address: 2/369-A, Himmatnagar Road,
Opposite Sahakari Jin
Idar- 383230

Hotel Vaibhav & Guest House
Phone Number: (2778) 250516
Address: Bhavna Market,
ST Road,
Near Mamlatdar Office
Idar- 383230

Lily Resourt

Phone Number: +(91)-9228403621
Address: Barela Talav,
Ambaji High Way Road,
Near Barela Talav
Idar 383430

Administration in Idar

The administration  in Idar is taken care by the Idar Nagarpalika. It also has a taluka court to take care of judiciary matters. The list of judges in Idar taluka court is given below:

Public Information Officer - The Principal Senior Civil Judge, Idar
Phone Number: 02778 250685

Appellate Authority - The 5th (Ad-hoc) Addl. District Judge S.K. At : Himatnagar.
Phone Number: 02772 242310

Idar Taluka Court judges: Mr. K.J.Darji , Principal Senior Civil Judge
Mr. M.K.Mehta , (Ad-Hoc) Addl. Civil Judge & J
Mr. V.K. Vaghela , 2nd (Ad-Hoc) Addl. Civil Judge & J
Mr. K.J.Rathod , 2nd Addl. Sr. Civil Judge & A.C.J.
Mr. M.B.Parmar , Addl. Sr. Civil Judge & A.C.J.

Food in Idar

Idar being in Gujrat has the famous Gujrati thalis being served in almost all the restaurant. So gear yourself up to have some khaman, dhokla, kadhi rice and many such interesting items of Gujrati cuisine. However there are hotels serving other cuisines as well like Hotel dreamland has a restaurant that serves good South Indian, Punjabi, Chinese and North Indian food. Lily resort also has a multicuisne restaurant with great ambiance and food. Vaibhav guest house serves Gujrati thali as well.  Other restaurants in Idar are listed below

Sarvoday Restaurant

Phone Number: (2778) 250219, (2778) 250470
Address: 1, ST Road,
Opposite ST Stand 
Idar- 383230

Kacchi Dabeli
Address: Shrinagar,
Gujarat 383430

Tasty Fast Food

Address: 2nd Floor, Damodar Arcade,
B/h Petrol Pump,

Volga Hotel
Address: Near Rani Talaw,
SH-9, Idar.,
Gujarat 383430

Healthcare in Idar

Idar has few hospitals spread across the city to meet the medical needs of the people of Idar. Gunjan hospital and Dr. Trivedi's hospital are the best centres for medical treatments in Idar. Dr. Trivedi's hospital also has speciality departments in Paeditrics, Cardiology and Diabetics. Thus, be assured of getting all medical treatments in Idar.

Gunjan Hospital
Phone Number: (2778) 254240
Address: 1, ST Road,
Opposite Divya Jewellers '
Idar- 383230

Vallabh Hospital
Phone Number: (2778) 223322
Address: Vadali Highway,
Opposite State Bank Of India
Idar- 383230

Dr. Trivedi's Hospital
Phone Number: (2778) 253831
Address: Valasna Road,
Near Jawanpura Arts & Commerce College
Idar- 383230

Sadguru Clinic
Phone Number: (2778) 253261
Address: 6, Ambika Chambers,
Near Ashapura Shopping Centre
Shrinagar Road,
Idar- 383230

Avon Dental Clinic
Phone Number: (2778) 252526
Address: 32/3, ST Road,
Near ST Stand
Idar- 383230

Pharmacist in Idar

Idar has many medical stores scattered around the city with some medical stores being open 24/7. Most of these medical stores rae concentrated on ST road and Shrinagar area of Idar. Other medical stores in Idare are listed below along with their addres and contact information.

Roy Medical Stores
Phone Number: (2778) 250664
Address: 89, Valasna Road,
Opposite Idar Arts & Commerce College
Idar- 383230

Bhavin Medical Store
Phone Number: (2778) 255367
Address: 22, ST Road,
Opposite Vijay Market Sangh
Idar- 383230

Shyam Medical Stores
Phone Number: (2778) 253306
Address: Trimurthi Hospital Road,
Opposite Trimurthi Hospital
Idar- 383230

Satyam Medical Stores
Phone Number: (2778) 251138
Address: 76, Valasna Road,
Near Dr. Trivedini Hospital
Idar- 383230

Adinath Medical Stores
Phone Number: (2778) 250624
Address: 66, ST Road,
Near Bank Of Baroda
Idar- 383230

Avinash Medical Stores
Phone Number: (2778) 250276
Address: 37/264, Jawanpura,
Near Jawanpura College
Idar- 383230

Gujarat Medical Stores
Phone Number: (2778) 250669
Address: 30, Barvav Road,
Near Vijay Market Sangh
Idar- 383230

Shree Ram Medical Stores
Phone Number: (2778) 250668
Address: 57, ST Road,
Near ST Stand
Idar- 383230

Yogeshwar Medical Stores
Phone Number: (2778) 252458
Address: 10, Shrinagar,
Near Trimurthi Hospital
Idar- 383230

A-One Medical Stores
Phone Number: (2778) 250578
Address: 11, Shrinagar Road,
Opposite Trimurthi Hospital
Idar- 383230

Attractions near Idar

Polo forestnear Idar

Idar has many pilgrimage centres to go around Idar which includes Khedbrahma, Shamlaji's and many more. However the best attraction around Idar is Polo forest. This unexplored forest near Idar has rich flora and fauna. You can enjoy a adventurous trek in Polo forest during which you can also enjoy bird watching. If you are lucky enough then you might be able to see leopards and flying squirrels as well. Harnav rives, a small perennial stream flows through this forest adding to the scenic beauty of this place.

Banks in Idar

Idar has about 8 banks located across the city to carry out the financial transactions. All the important banks like state bank of India, Central bank of India are present in Idar. Other banks located in Idar are listed below along with their address, Ifsc code, Micr code and branch code.

Icici Bank Ltd
Phone number: 8980014175
Address: Icici Bank Ltd.,
Shop No.1,2,3, 49, 50 And 51,
Damodar Arcade,
Opp. Doctor House,
Idar- 383430
Ifsc Code: Icic0001719
Branch Code: 001719
Micr Code: 383229031

Axis Bank
Phone number: (02778) 253082/ 3
Address: Ground Floor & First Floor, "Mehra Market",
Opp. Sir Pratap High School ,
S.T. Road ,
Idar 383430
Ifsc Code: Utib0000877
Branch Code: 000877
Micr Code: 383211102

Bank Of India
Phone number: 033 26272484
Address: Radhakrishna Shopping Arcade,
Ambaji Road,
Ifsc Code: Bkid0002403
Branch Code: 002403
Micr Code: 383013031

Central Bank Of India
Address: S.T. Road,
Ifsc Code: Cbin0280479
Branch Code: 280479
Micr Code: Micr Not Provided

Dena Bank
Phone number: 02778-250116/250117/
Address: J.B. Chambers,
1st Floor,
Ifsc Code: Bkdn0130332
Branch Code: 130332
Micr Code: Micr Not Provided

Hdfc Bank Ltd
Address: Opp.Sarpratap High School,
Tower Road,
Ifsc Code: Hdfc0001699
Branch Code: 001699
Micr Code: 383240031

State Bank Of India
Phone number: 02778 - 250032, 251170
Address: Idar
Ifsc Code: Sbin0000385
Branch Code: 000385

Mehsana Urban Cooperative Bank
Phone number: 02778-254210,
Address: Jyoti Market,
Near S.T. Stand,
Idar - 383430
Ifsc Code: Msnu0000018
Branch Code: 000018
Micr Code: 383313031

Known Personalities from Idar

Idar is the land to have given to many known personalities who have done extremely well in their respective fields.One such personality was Lieutenant-General Maharaja Sri Sir Pratap Singh Sahib Bahadur of Idar, also known as Sir Pratap. He was a career British Indian Army officer, Maharaja of the princely state of Idar . He lead his regiments gallantly during the First World War in Flanders and France.

Pannalal Patel is another known personality from Idar who was an Gujarati author. He received Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak in 1950 and Jnanpith Award.[8] He was particularly known to write  novels in a dilect which is generally spoken in Sabarkantha district. Umashankar Joshi is an renowned poet, writer and scholar. He received the Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak in 1939  and Jnanpith Award in 1967 and for his extensive contribution to Indian and  Gujarati literature. Arvind Trivedi, is an Indian actor who along with his brother Upendra Trivedi, has been productive and creative in Gujarati cinema. He is the one who portrayed Ravan in Ramanand Sagar's television series Ramayan.

Reaching Idar

Idar can be reached as follows:

By Air

Idar does not have an airport of its own, however the nearest airport is hemdabad airport which is about 98 kms away. Dabok airport (UDR) of udaipur is also located 112 kms away from Idar. You can thus take a fight to Ahemdabad and then take a taxi or bus to reach Idar.

By Train

It does not have station and the nearest railway station is Raigadh Road which is 26 kms away. Himmatnagar is also located 27 kms away from Idar. There are regular buses runnning from Himmatnagar to Idar. You can take a bus from there or hire a taxi. Abu Road Rail Way Station is major railway station which is about 82 kms away from Idar.

By Road

Idar is connected by road to all the cities nearby through State highway SH10 AND SH 145.The SH 10 connects Idar to patan, vijaynagar and many other places while SH 145 connects Idar with Himmatnagar, Shamlaji, Bhiloda and many more towns.

Idar is a city which connects you to history. Not only this, the ambiance and feel of the place is unlike any other city in Gujrat. So you must visit Idar to get that amazing feel and experience.

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