Anand is the administrative centre 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 National Dairy Development Board of India and Anand Agricultural University. Another well-known product of the city is Vallabh Vidhyanagar and Karamsad, an educational suburb of Anand.
Anand lies between Ahmedabad and Vadodara on the Western Railway, 101 km from 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. MEMUs Main Line Multiple Units ply on this route and also one or two regular passenger trains. It also has a branch line to Khambhat. DMUs Diesel Multiple Units ply on the route as it is not electrified yet. Anand Railway Station has 5 platforms.1,2,3,5 are on main line and no. 4 on the branch line to Godhra. A new platform is in construction on the branch to Ahemdabad from the Godhra line forming a triangle. The National express highway from Ahmedabad to Vadodara also passes through Anand.
Anand has seen rapid economic growth along the Anand Vallabh Vidya Nagar and Karamsad road belt. It is well on track to becoming a Municipal Corporation with the inclusion of various peripheral villages like Karamsad, Chikhodra, Lambhvel, V. V Nagar, Bakrol, Mogri and 20 others.