Visit Bhavnagar

BHAVNAGAR

The land of poets like Zaverchand Meghani and Narsinh Mehta and various other freedom fighters is what compromises the city of Bhavnagar. Located on the plateau of Kathiawad of Indian state of Gujarat having coastline with Gulf of Khambhat of Arabian Sea branch. It is the 5th largest city of the Gujarat which was formerly a princely state founded in 1724 by Bhavsinhji Gohil (1703–1764).  It is also known as the cultural capital of Saurashtra.

The old town of Bhavnagar was a fortified town with gates leading to other important regional towns. It remained a major port for almost two centuries, trading commodities with Africa Mozambique,Zanzibar, Singapore, and the Persian Gulf.

Until the independence of India in 1947, Bhavnagar was an independent state ruled by the Rajput Gohil clan. In 1947, the Deputy Prime Minister of the newly independent Indian Union Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel undertook the ambitious and complex process of unifying 565 princely states with the Union of India. The last Maharaja of Bhavnagar, Krishnakumar Sinhji handed over the administration of his Bombay State to the people’s representative in 1948, and Bhavnagar became the first of these states to join the Indian Union.

Multiple town planning schemes were designed and implemented under the guidance of the progressive rulers of Bhavnagar

PLACES TO VISIT :

TAKHTESHWAR TEMPLE (1893)
takhteshwarIt is located on a hill, on a high plinth, offering a commanding view of Bhavnagar. The high shikhara rising above the pillared rectangular mandapa makes it an important landmark.
NILAMBAUG PALACE (1894) :

NILAMBAUG-PALACEIt is now a heritage hotel, set amidst a huge estate of 10 acres (40,000 m2). It was designed by a British architect, William Emerson as a royal residence, who also designed the Sir Takhtsinhji Hospital and later Victoria Memorial in Calcutta. It combines elements of Indian architecture with a modern outlook.

Barton Library (1895)
Barton-LibraryIt is a two-storeyed building, appropriately designed for a road junction. It has two wings and a central tower, constructed in ashlar stone masonry, with Gothic arch windows and a sloping roof with Mangalore tiles. It is one of the oldest libraries of Gujarat and also houses a museum.
Velavadar Black Buck National Park

Velavadar-Black-Buck-National-ParkIt is the only tropical grassland in India recognised as a National park. It is spread over an area of 34.08 km2. The park contains mainly blackbuck, antelopes, nilgai, wolves, jackals, hyenas, jungle cats, fox, and wild boar. Endangered birds such as Houbara Bustard, Lesser Florican, Sarus White Storks, White Pelican, Montagu, and Pallid Harriers also call the park home. Raptors including the Greater Spotted Eagle, Juvenile Imperial Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Short-toed Snake Eagle, and Long-legged Buzzard are also seen in the park. The climate in Velavdar makes it one of the best places for the migrating birds to breed.It is located around 45 km from Bhavnagar city

PIRAM BET

PIRAM-BET

It is an island approximately 6 km offshore off Ghogha. It is said that this island was created about 3.5 million years ago. It is well known for its diversity of life, including many vulnerable or endangered species. There is a ruined fort which was built in 1325.

Palitana Jain Temple

Palitana-Jain-Temple

The Palitana temples of Jainism are located on Mount Shatrunjaya, in Bhavnagar district, Gujarat, India. The city of the same name, known previously as Padliptapur, has been nicknamed “City of Temples”. It is the holiest of all pilgrimage places among the Jain communityThe Jain’s sacred site of Shatrunjay contains hundreds of Palitana temples.There are approximately 863 marble-carved temples on the hills. It takes approximately two hours to make the 3.5 kilometres climb.It is located around 55 km from Bhavnagar city.

ALANG SHIP BREAKING YARD :

ALANG-SHIP-BREAKING-YARD

The shipyards at Alang recycle approximately half of all ships salvaged around the world. The yards are located on the Gulf of Khambat, 50 kilometres southeast of Bhavnagar. Large supertankers, car ferries, container ships, and a dwindling number of ocean liners are beached during high tide, and as the tide recedes, hundreds of manual laborers dismantle each ship, salvaging what they can and reducing the rest into scrap.It is located around 45 km from Bhavnagar city.

 BAPS Swaminarayan Temple :

BAPS-Swaminarayan-Temple

Famously know as Aksharwadi Temple , located on the Waghawadi road of Bhavnagar. It is a magnificent piece of architecture build in Bhavnagar located in acres of land in middle of the city.

BIRD WATCHING :

BIRD-WATCHING

October to February is the best time for Bird watching in Bhavnagar. Migratory birds come from the Siberian region of Russia to protect themselves from the severe cold out there. Places like Bunder Road wherein the Salt pans are located are the best places to see these birds amidst sunrise and sunset.

 MALNATH HILLS FOR TREKING :

MALNATH-HILLS-FOR-TREKING

These hills are the best place to trek in Bhavnagar. The route of the treks are such that it becomes easier for tourists of all the age group to join in the expedition. Surrounded by wind mills and green cover of nature makes it the most tourist destination of Bhavnagar located around 25 km from the city besides Bhandaria village.

 RO RO FERRY SERVICE :

RO-RO-FERRY-SERVICE

This is the one of the finest projects initiated by government of Gujarat wherein the ferry services will connect the Dahej industrial town of Bharuch with Ghogha , Bhavnagar. This is going to be a engineering marvel for Gujarat wherein the jetty construction  is on its way in Ghogha and this service will cut down the travel time for passengers and goods transport.It is located around 17 km from Bhavnagar city.

BEACHES NEAR BHAVNAGAR :

BEACHES-NEAR-BHAVNAGAR

ZANZMER BEACH:Located around 72km from Bhavnagar city  and 45 km from Mahuva town.

 GHOGHA BEACH :GHOGHA-BEACHLocated around 17 km from Bhavnagar city.

 UNCHA KOTDA BEACH AND TEMPLE :UNCHA-KOTDA-BEACH-AND-TEMPLELocated around 84 km from Bhavnagar city and 31 km from Mahuva Town.
 MAHUVA :

MAHUVA

Mahuva is a small town on the outskirts of Bhavnagar District in the State of Gujarat, India. Mahuva is known for its mild weather and green, lush surroundings, including many coconut tree plantations.It  is sometimes called the Kashmir of Saurashtra.

Mahuva includes a seaside beach, located near the historical Bhavani Temple. It is the residence of the popular Hindu preacher Morari Bapu. Mahuva is also known for wooden toys, raw onions, groundnuts, and local Jamadar mango. Mahuva is home to a thriving agribusiness industry, with an emphasis on enterprises that dehydrate vegetables such as garlic and onions for use in processed foods.It is located around 95 km from Bhavnagar.

TALAJA BUDDHIST CAVES :

TALAJA-BUDDHIST-CAVES

These caves are cut into isolated conical rocks. There are nearly thirty such caves with fifteen to twenty tanks for storing water. The only cave possessing some ornamentation is known by the name of Ebhal Mandapa. There are no cells within the hall. On the façade there are chaitya windows with a broad bank of vedika below them. These caves belong to different periods. The chaitya cave and the plain cells belong to the pre-Christian period when Buddhist monks first came over to Gujarat (circa. 200 B.C.). The cells and the halls which have Jaina symbols and advanced pillars types form, belongs to the period of the later Kshatrapa (circa 200-300 A.D.). Among the caves, which are definitely Buddhistic, the Ebhal Mandapa is an eminent one.Located around 53 km from Bhavnagar city on NH 8E and 43 km from Mahuva town.

 

 

 

 

 

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