Ankleshwar or Ankleshvar is one of the historical cities of Gujarat existing in Bharuch district. It is at a distance of 10 kms from Bharuch. The city is at a distance of 89 kms from Bhavnagar in the west. Similarly, one has to travel 50 kms to reach Surat in the south. Towards the north of Ankleshwar, Vadodara is located at a distance of 80 kms.
Ankleshwar is primarily identified with the presence of GIDC (Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation), one of the biggest townships of Asia. The city consists of the office of ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited). As of now, Ankleshwar is home to 5000 large as well as small chemical units. Each of the units is known for the production of pesticides, pharmaceuticals, chemicals or paint materials.
There are pharmaceutical firms such as Cadila Healthcare and Mahrshee Laboratories in Ankleshwar that are into active production of medical ingredients. Apart from Cadila, even other top-notch pharmaceutical companies from the rest of India have got their base in Ankleshwar. The city is of economic importance because of the existence of major resin industries like Resins & Plastics Limited and Pragati Chemicals Limited. Another significant company that has got its branch in Ankleshwar is Asian Paints Ltd, the major Indian company for the production of paints.
Ankleshwar or Ankleshvar is well connected with other cities of Gujarat. It has got a robust road network with Indian National Highway 8, which connects Mumbai and New Delhi, passing through the city. One of the notable attractions of Ankleshwar is Golden Bridge, which is 132 years old and connects the city with Bharuch across the River Narmada.
Tourists can have a gala time while shopping in Ankleshwar (Ankleshvar) because of the presence of major shopping complexes like The Millennium Park and Chauta Bazar. Ankleshwar is the sister city of Carleton, a small hamlet in southeast Michigan of USA.