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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top attractions in Jamnagar?

Manavi Kapur DEC 10 2012
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Jamnagar is a palate of different colours when it comes to the points of tourist attractions it houses. It seems like a bouquet of many flowers, having it all - the wild red scarlet buglers, the polished pink tulips, the showy rhododendrons and the ever-charming roses. Once in this city, do not forget to get a tour of:

  • Darbargarh Palace

It’s one of the most important yet least hyped of all the monuments in Jamnagar. Do pay a visit to this relic from the past that once housed the Jam Sahebs, the royals of Gujarat. It reflects a brilliant, intriguing mix of European as well as Rajput architectural style. Some parts of it crumbled in the 2001 earthquake, leaving deep cracks, yet tourists often flock to get a hands on experience of how the royals lived.

Address: Morbi Old Bazaar

Old Morbi

Morbi

363641

Gujarat

  • Balachadi Beach

This one is far away from the maddening crowd, literally. Balachadi Beach is unlike the overcrowded beaches that take you right in the midst of chaos rather than offering some moments of tranquility. The silvers of its sand sparkle with a mesmerising halo on full moon night; let the magical moments take over all your senses.

Address: Balachadi Beach

Jamnagar

361230

Gujarat

  • Dwarakadhish Temple

This is one of the most revered of all temples for the devotees of Lord Krishna. Devotees from all across the world throng the premises that worships the deity as the King of Dwarka. The original temple is believed to have been built by Lord Krishna’s nephew, Vajranbhji in 400 BC. The structure, as it stands today, was built in 16th century and is a breathtaking site that seems to be rising from the frosty waters of the Arabian Sea. The black idol of the deity inside the premises has got an intensity that’s rare. You can’t do much but bow in reverence as the fervour here is too overwhelming to be shaken off.

Timings: 7 am to 12.30 pm, 5 pm to 9.30 pm

Address: Dwarka

District Jamnagar

361335

Gujarat

Official Website: www.dwarkadhish.org/default.aspx

  • Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary

If Jamnagar is a haven for bird watchers, Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is the birds’ nest. Ornithologists from all over the world visit this sanctuary that nestles rarities like Grey Francolin, Common Quail, Northern Pintail, Small Blue Kingfisher, Barn Owl, Brown Crake and many more. The sanctuary grounds are also home to some exotic fauna, offering much to the lovers of wild. You can climb up any of the three watch towers, opt for paddle boats, or walk along any of the trails to check out the wild in all its grandeur. Don’t forget to pack those binoculars to have some absorbing bird-watching hours here.

Address: Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary

Jamnagar

Gujarat

Official Website: khijadiyabirds.com/

  • Marine National Park

Credited for being India’s first marine park, a walk through its precincts is nothing less than an adventure trail. The experience of walking the beach side after a tide has ebbed, with the fascinating corals looking amazingly clear in barely two feet of water is bliss. The area has 42 islands in all, having 37 species of hard and soft corals, 70 species of sponges, 200 species of molluscs, 98 species of birds and an astounding 108 species of brown, green and red algae. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime experience.

Address: Marine Sanctuary & National Park

Jamnagar

Gujarat

Official Website: http://www.jamnagar.org/mnp.htm

Have you ever dreamed of visiting a palace that’s right between a serene, enchanting lake? If yes, then it’s time to let that dream come true by visiting Lakhota Palace. An old-world, arched bridge over Ranmal Lake connects it to the main town. Once home to Maharaja of Nawanagar, this palace has a charm of its own. The museum inside the palace will satiate the historical explorer in you, housing antique pottery and art pieces that date back to the 9th and 18th century.

The museum remains closed on Wednesdays.

Address: Ranmal Lake

Jamnagar

Gujarat

  • Bala Hanuman Temple

One step inside the precincts of this temple by the banks of Ranmal Lake and you lose yourself to the aura of divinity here. With the continuous chanting of Ram Dhun (the popular devotional Hindi song, Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram) since August 1, 1964, it has carved a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Evenings are the best time to visit the temple, as regular prayers take on the hues of a mesmerising ritual with evening Arti.

Address: Near Lakhota Lake

Shri Prembhikshuji Marg

Jamnagar

Gujarat

Telephone: +91-288-2558196

Official Website: http://shribalahanuman.org/index.php

Apart from these irresistible attractions, Jamnagar is dotted with minarets and towers that are of vast historical importance. Do mark your itinerary for the famous towers of Mandvi and Pancheshwar, Pratap Vilas Palace, Shamshan and the Circle of Life, Bohra Hajira, Sidhnath Mahadev Temple and more.

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