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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What places can one explore around Dwarka?

Rupali Khanna DEC 10 2012
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Once you’ve explored the city, got all the darshans and blessings from the almighty and filled your cameras with memories galore, you might think it’s time to pack up and head back home. But not so quick! If you have time, Gujarat has a whole host of places for you to see, jewels that you’ll love admiring. Some of the place around Dwarka that are worth exploring are:

  • Porbandar

    Beckoning the patriot, the pilgrim and the explorer alike,
    Porbandar is a city of surprises. Popular for being the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi and only 100 km away from Dwarka, this ancient port city also has a number of temples. In close proximity to a wildlife sanctuary, it also holds the promise of encountering animals in the wild, along with giving the chance for trekking in a forest with rich flora and fauna. A coastal city, Porbandar is a must see on your travel itinerary when in Gujarat. The area around Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace has now been converted into a Temple of Peace and is worth visiting. Having been the favourite of generations till now, the sun-kissed Chowpatty beach is still thronged by travellers and residents alike. The Barda Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is about 15 kms away, providing the opportunity of viewing Leopards, Hyenas, Wild Boars, Wolves, Jackals and Bluebulls in their natural habitat, also serving as picnic spots for tourists. Also an important destination for Hindu pilgrims, Porbandar has a scattering of temples, of which the Sudhama and Bharat mandir are very important. Loaded with historical and religious connotations, and also having a sprinkling of natural assets, Porbandar invites the traveller with the assurance of an unforgettable holiday.

  • Jamnagar

    The 'Jewel of Kathiawar',
    Jamnagar is settled on the coast of Gulf of Kutch. Just 116 km and about 2.5 hrs away from Dwarka, it is an exquisite place in the state of Gujarat with pristine beaches and islands. Founded by the Great Jam Rawal in 1535 A.D, the place boasts of many historical monuments of typical architecture. The Darbargadh Palace also known as the Maharaja's Palace, built by the Rajput kings, is a must visit. Along with its rich cultural heritage and historical eminence the place is also home to marine and bird life. Nestled here is the famous Marine National Park and a bird sanctuary that shelters numerous, beautiful species of birds.

  • Rajkot

    Famed for its traditional sweets and
    Dandiya Raas dances, Rajkot is a must visit when in Gujarat. Home to Mahatma Gandhi in his childhood, it has a couple of museums, along with picnic spots that have scenic beauty in plentiful. A melting pot of culture and religions, Rajkot, which is about 220 km from Dwarka and around 4 hours away via SH 6, holds unlimited opportunities for shopping, and you never leave here without colourful and happy memories. Mahatma Gandhi’s erstwhile home has now been converted into Gandhi Smriti, a museum curating his photographs from infanthood and daily items which were once used by him. Another museum worth visiting is the John Wattson Museum, which has artifacts recovered from Mohenjo-Daro and 13th century scriptures. Aaji Dam, constructed during the British Raj is a beautiful site and makes for a great picnic spot, as does the Jubilee garden. A doll museum displaying over 1,400 dolls from all over the world is another highlight and place of delight in Rajkot. The Ramakrishna Ashram made entirely out of red sandstone is also of great architectural intricacy. Rajkot is famous for its gold jewelry and silk fabric, along with the tasty Gujarati food it has to offer, it is unquestionably the perfect choice for a family vacation.

  • Somnath

    Home to one of the 12 sacred
    Shiva Jyotirlingas in India, the grandeur of Somnath, about 230 km and 4.5 hrs away via NH 8E and NH 51, is sure to take your breath away. The lofty shikharas of the shrine add colour to the town and flavour to the lives of people who visit it.  Housing a calm and quiet beach and just a couple of streets, the ancient town of Somnath is a hot-spot for pilgrims descending to the town to shower their devotion in the Somnath Temple, which finds mention in the Hindu Puranas and the Mahabharata. Literally translated as the "Lord of the Moon", the town and its temple celebrate the most auspicious Kartik Purnima (or full-moon) in the month of November/December with full fervour and flavour. The reverberating sounds of Shiv bhajans and the legend, culture and tradition surrounding it, will accompany you during your entire stay at Somnath. It has been popularly dubbed as the "shrine eternal", for its ability to stand tall in the face of destruction and be rebuilt 6 times.

With a plethora of destinations around Dwarka, you’re sure to have your hands and itineraries full with adventure, exploration and a ton of fun. A happy vacation? It can’t be anything but!

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