Fort - Songadh - AN INTRODUCTION

ABOUT THE TOWN AND OUR LOCATION:

Fort Songadh is located at 21.170N 73.570E. It has an average elevation of 112 metres (367 feet). The town is located at the foot of a solitary hill, the surrounding area has been almost completely flattened by approximately 30 stone quarries. Songadh's surrounding areas are covered with deciduous forest.

The main town of Fort Songadh is located on National /Interstate Highway # 6 with the state of Maharashtra to its east and Vyara (district headquarters) to its west; whereas the Jk Paper Plant and township is around 4 km inwards. Surat is about 85 km from Songadh which has a higher population and substantially more industry. Surat has grown faster than other cities of Gujarat and consequently Tapi district was created from the former District of Surat and Vyara was selected as the capital of the Tapi district. Songadh is about 350 km from Mumbai, about 85 km from Surat, about 18 km from Vyara. It is the first town as you enter Gujarat from the East (or the last before you leave from the West).


HISTORY OF FORT - SONGADH TOWN :

The early foundations of the town were led by the founder of the Gaekwad dynasty, Pillaji Rao Gaekwad between 1729-1766. The fort was deliberately built  on top of the high hill as a vantage point to keep an eye on enemies, the fort is also a brilliant example of Indian architecture where the influence of both Mughals and Marathas are evident. There are not many forts built in Gujarat State due to the relatively flat nature of the landscape. Neighbouring Maharashtra has comparatively many forts because of its topography. Maharashtra is guarded by Sahyadri Mountains. So the forts are in Maharashtra are very difficult to trek where as the fort in Songadh does not have much height and its takes approximately half an hour to reach the top of the fort.

PLACES OF INTEREST IN AND NEAR FORT SONGADH

The Fort of Songadh literary means 'Son' stands for Gold & 'Gadh' stands for fort which means that the 'Fort of Gold'

S.No. Name of Place Distance from City Center
1 Hill - top Fort In city
2 Ukai Dam 13 km
3 Gaumukh 13 km
4 Dosvada dam - Rani Mahal 5 km
5 Hindustan Bridge 8 km
6 Saputara 104 km

DEMOGRAPHICS

As of 2011 India census, Songadh had a population are as follows:-
TOTAL POPULATION 39,698
MALES 20,246   (51% of total population)
FEMALES 19,453   (49% of total population)
AN AVERAGE LITERACY RATE 65%
MALE LITERACY 72%
FEMALE LITERACY 58%

In Songadh, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Health Facilities in Songadh is predominantly provided by
1) Community Health Centre ( Referral Hospital),

2) Sarthak Hospital ( a Physician speciality advanced care hospital),

3) Dhiraj Hospital(a Surgical hospital),

4) Mamta Hospital

5) Sanjeevani Hospital (paediatric),

6)Sai Krupa Hospital(Gynaec),

7) Kumar Hospital, and a number of General Practitioners.
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