Anand is the Twin City of Vadodara and only 35 km West of Vadodara. It is the administrative center of Anand District in the state of Gujarat, India. It is administered by Anand Municipality. It is part of the region known as Charotar, consisting of Anand and Kheda districts.
Anand is known as the Milk Capital of India. It became famous for Amul dairy and its milk revolution. This city hosts the Head Office of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF which is the parent organization for AMUL and co-operative operations to collect milk), NDDB of India, well-known business school – Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Vidya Dairy and the Anand Agricultural University. Another famous educational hub is Vallabh Vidhyanagar, an educational suburb of Anand which has institutes like BVM (Birla Vishvkarma Mahavidhyalaya), which is the first engineering college of Gujarat, GCET (G. H. Patel College of Engineering and Technology) and Sardar Patel University is home for around 50,000 students from all over India.
The world-famous cooperative dairy, Amul, is one of the main tourist attractions of Anand. Amul is the largest dairy not only in India but also in Asia. It is owned by thousands of small and medium farmers. Amul has created a revolution. With this experiment, small dairies have been constructed at the district and village levels. Other states and even many countries have been inspired by it.
Amul has contributed to the scientific education of animal husbandry and increased milk production. Amul Dairy has developed a milk powder plant. Farmers can earn more for their produce. Amul has also entered the milk-chocolate market in addition to butter, ghee, cheese, and baby food. It has also established veterinary hospitals, artificial insemination centers for animals, and hybrid-cow breeding centers in village Ode. Due to these achievements, Amul symbolizes White Revolution in India.
Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA)
Flo Art Gallery in Anand is spread over an area of 1000 sq meters and is a huge one established in 1995. This gallery is popular for regional folk, handmade artistic utilitarian articles, handicrafts, cottage industry articles, and household items. Known for its amazing collection, the gallery serves as a center of the display for the best quality cottage industry handicraft items and a great variety of artifacts crafted in rural Gujarat.
Swaminarayan Mandir, a temple, in Vadtal, Anand, has three main shrines. The central shrine of this temple is that of Lakshmi Narayan and Ranchod Rai. On the right there is an image of Radha Krishna with Swaminarayan in the form of Hari Krishna and the left has Vasudev, Dharma, and Bhakti. The wooden pillars of the temple bear colorful wood carvings. There is a Dharamsala within the temple premises. Gnyanbaug is a garden to the northwest of the temple gate that has four memorials dedicated to Swaminarayan.
Anand lies between Ahmedabad and Vadodara on the Western Railways, 101 km (63 mi) from the state capital Gandhinagar. It is a railway Junction and a broad gauge line from here runs to Godhra, covering Dakor, a major Hindu pilgrimage en route. Mainline Electric Multiple Unit and one or two regular passenger trains ply on this route. It also has a branch line to Khambhat. Anand Railway Station has 5 platforms, numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4 are on the mainline and number 5 is on the branch line to Godhra. The Ahmedabad Vadodara Expressway from Ahmedabad to Vadodara also passes through Anand.