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Bhavnagar

Bhavnagar , Gujarat

Bhavnagar in Gujarat was a princely state once upon a time. The part which will intrigue you is that the royalty and grandeur lingers even in the twenty first century. That is the case for most of the Princely states. They are simply charming. Known as the cultural capital of Saurashtra this is a city which is known for its strides in socialism, reforms and cultural legacy. Thus the people here have the reputation of being easy going and art loving , eich can never be a bad thing for a city. They have contributed greatly in the srtistic and culture environment that makes Bhavnagar what it is today. Bhavnagar has produced many reformists, thinkers, socialists, poets, writers, artists, educationists, and freedom fighters. What more can be attributed to any city other than the exemplary works of the people that hail from there. One of the great views that can be enjoyed while in the city is the Takhteshwar Temple (1893) is located on a hill, on a high plinth, offering a commanding view of Bhavnagar. The high shikhara rising above the pillared rectangular mandapamakes it an important landmark. This is pretty mucha sight that is visible from most parts of the city and is a symbol of the city. The gangajalia, Nilambagh Palace and Barton Library are some of the other great places of architecture in Bhavnagar. They will definitely satisfy your expectations out of this place. The Velavadar Black Buck National park is the one place you need to visit while here. The only tropical grassland in India recognised as a national park this is a place where you see endangered species living peacefully. A safari here will complete your trip and leave you very happy.

Distance / Time Current Temperature Mean Rainfall Altitude Population Best Times Min Hotel tariff
km / Hrs 31.0°C /88.0°F 96 mm 89feet 9586.0 /km2 Jan-Feb,Oct-Dec Coming Soon

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Places of Interest


  • Gandhi Smriti


    "Gandhi Smriti formerly known as Birla House or Birla Bhavan, is a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, situated on Tees January Road, in New Delhi, India. It is the location where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life and was assassinated on January 30, 1948. It was originally the house of the Indian business tycoons, the Birla's family. It is now known as the Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum established in 2005."

    Gandhi Smriti

  • Ganga Deri


    "This is very old marble masterpiece 'Deri' meaning a small scale temple. It has very good carvings and is an architectural master piece. This is situated near Gaurishankar Talav - Lake and has fountain surrounding this structure. Marble screens and minute details of elemental carvings are very very good. It is a two storied structure which reminds one of elements of Taj Mahal.\nIt is not maintained at all and when I visited recently - I was shocked to see the its condition. I hope Bhavnagar Municipal Corporation maintains it well and gets back to its glory."

    Ganga Deri

  • Piram Bet


    "The Island has been known since fourteenth century and was then held by Baria Kolis of Gujarat. It then passed into the hands of Mokhdaji Gohil of Umrala in 1325. Gohil's power was short lived. About 1347, complains of his piracy were laid before the Emperor Mohammad Tughlug, then in Gujarat quelling a revolt. Advancing in person he attacked Piram,slay Mokhdaji and took over his fort. On Mokhdaji's defeat, the Island was deserted. After this failure no attempt was made to fortify Piram, till, on the decay of Moghul power about the middle of the eighteenth century, a merchant Surat named Mulla Muhammad Ali, built a fort on Piram with an intention to establish himself as an independent chief. The light house tower built from the ruins of Mulla's fortress, is being renovated at present. The whole Island at the present has no drinking water resources and is almost barren of human population.\nPiram Island is approachable by a machine boat-about an hour's sailing by ML Piram of the Lighthouse Deptt from Ghoga Port. The Lighthouse is about 1.5 km by walk from the landing point. The Researchers claim to have found Jurassic age evidences.\nPiram Island before independence was part of Bhavnagar State who had built a bastion on South West corner of the island to keep watch on the maritime activities in the region. The British realized the importance of the location and built the 24m high circular masonry Lighthouse tower on the bastion in 1864-65. A wick lamp with catadioptric arrangement in the lantern house was installed which started functioning in November 1865. The Custom Supervisor, Ghoga used to regularly visit the station. The equipment was replaced by a 4th order dioptric system in 1895 The LH expert D. Alan Stevenson visited the station in February 1927 and appreciated the maintenance but pointed out certain defects in optic and lantern. Mr John Oswald, Chief Inspector of Lighthouses visited the station on 18-2-1931, 10-3-1935 and 14-2-1938 according to the old inspection book available at the station.\n\nThe equipment got damaged in a fire in 1928 and was replaced by DA gas flasher in 1930. In the year 1965 the height of the tower was extended up to 27m and the optical equipment, working on Electricity, supplied by M/s. B.B.T., Paris was installed. A baffle wall was also constructed and fog signal vibrators and sound horns, also supplied by BBT were installed. The system was commissioned on 15th September 1968. The fog signal was discontinued in 1988. The DA gas emergency source was converted to Battery operated Halogen lamp on 16th February 1994 and direct drive was introduced on 16th June 1996. A Racon of MACE origin was introduced on 19th January 2000."

    Piram Bet

  • Sea-side Palace


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    Sea-side Palace

  • Shiv Vilas Palace


    "The Shiv Vilas Resort has been specially built on \"The Palace Theme' with the feeling of giving the \"Best to the Guest\" A heavy mix of romance and grandeur, it promises to offer a never before leisure and luxury with breathtaking interior and magnanimous architecture. This resort is simply a paradise on earth.\nSet in a beautiful landscape of Aravali mountain range, the majestic Shiv Vilas Resort is a masterpiece of architecture is an ultimate magnificence built on \"Palace Theme\" with world class modern hi-tech amenities. It is attracting global leisure & business Tourists from all over the world. Its easy to approach location is another big advantage.\nThe royal ambience, the intricate craftsmanship and beautiful landscape makes Shiv Vilas the most preferred destination in the itinerary of tourists. A visual delight for holiday maker, it revives the gracious life style of India's legendary Rajput Princes"

    Shiv Vilas Palace

  • Gaurishankar Lake

  • Ghogha Beach


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    Ghogha Beach

  • Pillgarden

  • Trambak Falls

  • Victoria Park


    "Victoria Park (known colloquially as Vicky Park or the People's Park)[1][2] is 86.18 hectares of open space [3] that opened in 1845. It stretches out across part of the East End of London, England bordering parts of Bethnal Green, Hackney, and Bow, such as along Old Ford Road, London E3 and Victoria Park Road E9. The park is entirely within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The park has two cafes, The Pavilion Cafe in the West and The Park Cafe in the East. There are two playgrounds, one on either side of the park, as well as sporting facilities and a skatepark in the East. The park is home to many historic artifacts and features and has decorative gardens and wilder natural areas as well as open grass lands. Victoria Park is also used as a concert venue and hosts many festivals each year. The park is approximately a mile away from the London Olympic Park. Owing to its proximity to the Olympic park, it became a venue for the BT London Live event along with Hyde Park during the London 2012 Olympic Games. The park has in recent years gone through a 12 million pound refurbishment and many of the park's old features have been reinstated or repaired."

    Victoria Park

  • Blackbuck National Park


    "Blackbuck National Park at Velavadar is situated in the Bhavnagar District of Gujarat state, India.\nEstablished in 1976 in the Bhal region of Saurashtra, the park is located around 72 km from the district headquarter city of Bhavnagar. Hugging the coasts of the Gulf of Khambhat on the south, it is spread over an area of 34.08 sq kms, which was primarily a \"vidi\" (grassland) of the Maharaja of the princely state of Bhavnagar. On the northern side, it is surrounded by wastelands and agriculture fields. The National park has been classified as 4B Gujarat-Rajwada biotic province of semi-arid bio-geographical zone.\nFlat land, dry grasses and herds of antelopes have always attracted visitors to this park which has a unique grassland ecosystem. A successful conservation program for the Blackbuck, the Wolf and the Lesser Florican (a bustard) among others is ongoing. Considered to be an exclusive Indian species, the Lesser Floricans, which were free dwellers throughout the country, have their numbers plummeting in the recent decades almost everywhere in India. Today, the largest population has been sustained in this park. Local wolf numbers are increasing, as are Striped Hyaena, with sightings quite frequent during daylight in winter 2012-2013."

    Blackbuck National Park

  • Khodiyar Mandir


    "[[File:Khodiyar mata|thumbnail|KHM]] Khodiyar Maa is the Hindu goddess who appeared in the story of Mamaniya Gadhvi in about AD 700.\nMamaniya Gadhvi had a superb relationship with the then ruler - Maharaj Shilbhadra. The ruler's ministers envied this exceptional relationship and prepared a way to get rid of Mamaniya Gadhvi. They were not very successful at persuading the ruler, but they succeeded in persuading the ruler's wife (queen).\nOne day the doorkeepers did not let him go into the palace. Mamaniya asked for the reason. He was told that a childless man is not worthy of the king's presence. Mamaniya returned home and wanted to ask Lord Shiva for help. When Lord Shiva did not appear, he decided to give his life away as a final sacrifice. Just when he was about to make it, Lord Shiva appeared and took him to the Snake Kingdom - Nagaloka to see the King of Snakes - Naga-dev.\nAfter hearing his story full of humiliation, the Nagdev's daughters decided to help too. When Mamaniya came home, with his wife he prepared, as advised by the Nagdev's daughters, eight cradles in expectation of a great event. One day eight snakes crawled into the house and Mamaniya had suddenly seven daughters and one son. One of the daughters was Khodiyar Maa. After showing many miraculous powers, people consider her to be a goddess and she has temples and shrines too. Her vehicle is the crocodile and she has many other names such as Khodal, Trishuldhari, Maavdi. Goddess is considered as a daughter of Charan (Ni Dikri).Her temples are found all over Gujarat, Rajashtan and Mumbai but main four are Matel Near Wankaner, Bhavnagar(Rajpara village), Galdhare and Daathaniya. Temple at Matel is huge and sometime people see the crocodile while doing the puja for maa khodiyar. Crocodile comes from the river which is located in front of temple. Another popular temple of Mataji is at near Bhavnagar city at Rajpara village. There is lake near temple known as Tataniya Dharo and for the same reason goddess is also known as Tataniya dhara wali. Gujarati film 'Jai Khodiyar Maa' was once box office hit again with Garba CD of Hemant Chauhan with same title"

    Khodiyar Mandir

  • Khodiyar Temple


    "[[File:Khodiyar mata|thumbnail|KHM]] Khodiyar Maa is the Hindu goddess who appeared in the story of Mamaniya Gadhvi in about AD 700.\nMamaniya Gadhvi had a superb relationship with the then ruler - Maharaj Shilbhadra. The ruler's ministers envied this exceptional relationship and prepared a way to get rid of Mamaniya Gadhvi. They were not very successful at persuading the ruler, but they succeeded in persuading the ruler's wife (queen).\nOne day the doorkeepers did not let him go into the palace. Mamaniya asked for the reason. He was told that a childless man is not worthy of the king's presence. Mamaniya returned home and wanted to ask Lord Shiva for help. When Lord Shiva did not appear, he decided to give his life away as a final sacrifice. Just when he was about to make it, Lord Shiva appeared and took him to the Snake Kingdom - Nagaloka to see the King of Snakes - Naga-dev.\nAfter hearing his story full of humiliation, the Nagdev's daughters decided to help too. When Mamaniya came home, with his wife he prepared, as advised by the Nagdev's daughters, eight cradles in expectation of a great event. One day eight snakes crawled into the house and Mamaniya had suddenly seven daughters and one son. One of the daughters was Khodiyar Maa. After showing many miraculous powers, people consider her to be a goddess and she has temples and shrines too. Her vehicle is the crocodile and she has many other names such as Khodal, Trishuldhari, Maavdi. Goddess is considered as a daughter of Charan (Ni Dikri).Her temples are found all over Gujarat, Rajashtan and Mumbai but main four are Matel Near Wankaner, Bhavnagar(Rajpara village), Galdhare and Daathaniya. Temple at Matel is huge and sometime people see the crocodile while doing the puja for maa khodiyar. Crocodile comes from the river which is located in front of temple. Another popular temple of Mataji is at near Bhavnagar city at Rajpara village. There is lake near temple known as Tataniya Dharo and for the same reason goddess is also known as Tataniya dhara wali. Gujarati film 'Jai Khodiyar Maa' was once box office hit again with Garba CD of Hemant Chauhan with same title"

    Khodiyar Temple

  • Malnath Shiv Temple


    "Malnath Shiv Temple is at Talaja Road, which is 26 kilometres away from Bhavnagar. This temple is beautifully positioned in the middle of small green hills and flowing rivers.\nThere is a consecrated shrine here, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The tranquillity inside the temple along with the lush green milieu is bound to take a visitor away from the ruckus of routine life. A walk around the temple after paying respects to the Lord is quite refreshing. The temple is open daily from dawn to dusk on all days.\nThere is a windmill and a farm on the top of Khokrhra hills near the temple. Dhavdi Mata Mandir is another temple in the neighbourhood. Nag-dhaniba, a picnic point on a riverbank, is a favourite spot of families. The adventurous lot can go on trekking over the hills nearby.\nAkshar Temple, Gangajaha, Gaurishankar Lake, Ghogha Seashore, Gopnath Beach, Mahuva, Nava Bandar, Nilambag Palace, Takhteswar Temple and Victoria Park are other beautiful places in Bhavnagar.\nThe best time to visit Malnath Shiv Temple is between October and March when the weather is fairly cool. One can reach Malnath Temple by local buses or tempos from Bhavnagar"

    Malnath Shiv Temple

  • Takhteshwar Temple


    "Situated on the hillock in the center of the city, this popular landmark is a Shiva temple constructed way back in 1893 and named after its patron Takhtsinhji. Sitting on the serene marble courtyard of the temple one can have a panoramic view of the entire city as well as the surrounding landscape."

    Takhteshwar Temple

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