84 Popular Tourist Places to Visit in Gujarat (2021)

Pilgrimage

At a distance of 6 km from Veraval, 83 km from Diu, 94 km from Junagadh, 131 km from Porbandar, 197 km from Rajkot, 221 km from Jamnagar, 233 km from Dwarka, 408 km from Ahmedabad, 428 km from Bhuj, 447 km from Vadodara, 601 km from Mount Abu, 636 km from Surat, 669 km from Udaipur, 787 km from Indore and 912 km from Mumbai, Somnath is a holy temple town situated in Gir Somnath district of Gujarat. Also known as Prabhas Patan, it is one of the most important places to visit near Ahmedabad for Hindus and among the top places to visit in Gujarat.

The town of Somnath is famous for Somnath Temple, considered to be one of the most revered and holy shrines in India. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is one among the twelve prominent Jyotirlinga shrines and also one of the oldest places of pilgrimage in Gujarat. The meaning of the word 'Somnath' is the 'Lord of the Moon God', refers to Lord Shiva as He is known to wear the Moon on his head. Also, Somnath is believed to be the place where Lord Krishna ended his Lila and thereafter for heavenly abode.

The temple town of Somnath is a place where one can rejuvenate spiritually and also relax on the serene seaside. Its spiritual environment is ornamented by the huge number of temples in the area. Besides Somnath Temple, Somnath is also popular for its beaches, museums and other attractions. Somnath Beach, Gita Mandir, Bhalka Tirtha, ...

Historical & Heritage | City

At a distance of 29 km from Gandhinagar, 109 km from Vadodara, 175 km from Bhavnagar, 220 km from Rajkot, 230 km from Mount Abu, 250 km from Udaipur, 257 km from Surat, 310 km from Jamnagar, 534 km from Mumbai, 585 km from Bhopal, 681 km from Jaipur and 905 km from Delhi, Ahmedabad is the largest city and also the former capital of Gujarat. Situated on the banks of the River Sabarmati, Ahmedabad is India's first UNESCO World Heritage City and also regarded as one of the fastest growing cities in India.

Also known as Amdavad, the city of Ahmedabad is the commercial hub and also the living symbol of the rich cultural heritage of Gujarat state. Popularly called as the Land of Gandhi, Ahmedabad is closely associated with Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the father of the nation. It has been one of the most important centers of trade and commerce in western India since medieval times. Presently it is famous for its textile mills and is often referred to as the 'Manchester of the East'.

The history of Ahmedabad dates back to 11th century when it was known as Karnavati after the name of the King Karandev, a Solanki Ruler. The Solanki rule lasted until the 13th century, when Gujarat came under the control of the Vaghela dynasty of Dwarka. Gujarat was conquered by the Sultanate of Delhi at the end of the 13th century AD. Later, Sultan Ahmed Shah conquered the place and renamed it as Ahmedabad in 1411 AD. In the year 1573, the city of Ahmedabad was taken over by the Mughal emperor ...

Pilgrimage

At a distance of 30 km from Okha, 105 km from Porbandar, 130 km from Jamnagar, 208 km from Junagadh, 224 km from Rajkot, 233 km from Somnath, 294 km from Amreli, 344 km from Gandhidham, 388 km from Bhuj, 442 km from Ahmedabad, and 512 km from Vadodara, Dwarka is an ancient city situated on the banks of Gomti River in the northwestern Indian state of Gujarat. Dwarka is one of the most significant Hindu places of pilgrimage in India and among the must include places in your Gujarat tour packages.

Located on the western tip of Saurashtra peninsula in Gujarat, Dwarka is popularly known as the 'home of Lord Krishna' and is believed to have been the first capital of Gujarat. Also, Dwarka is one of the foremost Char Dhams for Hindus and among the seven most ancient religious cities (sapta puris) in India. The literal meaning of Dwarka is the 'gateway to heaven' in Sanskrit, as Dwar means gate and ka refers to Lord Brahma. For this reason, the town attracts thousands of pilgrims throughout the year and reverberates with spiritual holiness.

Earlier called as Mokshapuri, Kusahasthali and Dwarkavati, Dwarka has been mentioned in the ancient epic Mahabharata. According to legend, the town is described as the capital of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna killed cruel king Kansa at Mathura. To avenge Kansa's death Jarasandh, the father-in-law of Kansa, attacked Krishna's kingdom 17 times and in order to avoid further clashes Lord Krishna ...

Historical & Heritage | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 80 km from Bhuj, 137 km from Gandhidham, 141 km from Mandvi, 310 km from Rajkot, 335 km from Jamnagar, 345 km from Bhavnagar, 412 km from Junagadh, 413 km from Ahmedabad, 455 km from Porbandar, 471 km from Dwarka, Rann of Kutch is a shallow wetland with marshy salt flats located in the Thar Desert in Kutch district of Gujarat, India. Sometimes described as India's 'wild west', it is one of the top attractions you must include in honeymoon packages and among the must include places in Gujarat tour packages.

With Thar Desert on one side and Arabian Sea on the other side, Rann of Kutch is a spellbinding marvel of sand and salt. The name, Rann of Kutch, was derived from the word 'Rann' meaning desert in Hindi and the district it is located in. Covering over an area of 30,000 sq. km, the region is divided into two parts, the Great Rann of Kutch and Little Rann of Kutch. The Luni River and River West Banas, drains into the desert in the northeast corner of the Rann while River Rupen drains from the East. Nara Canal or Puran River which is a delta channel of Indus River empties during floods into Kori Creek located in the Great Rann of Kutch.

It lies between the Gulf of Kutch and the Indus River in Pakistan and comprises of flatlands of salty clay located about 15 meters above sea level. These flatlands were once a part of the Arabian Seabed but due ...

Wildlife

At a distance of 42 km from Somnath, 54 km from Junagadh, 96 km from Diu, 145 km from Porbandar, 156 km from Rajkot, 195 km from Jamnagar, 246 km from Dwarka, 372 km from Ahmedabad, 387 km from Bhuj, 441 km from Vadodara, and 594 km from Surat, Gir National Park is a wildlife sanctuary situated at Sasan Gir in Gujarat. Also known as Sasan Gir, it is one of the renowned national parks in India and among the best places to include in Gujarat packages.

Established as a sanctuary in 1965, Gir National Park is the most popular sanctuaries in India during your wildlife tour as it is the royal kingdom of Asiatic lions and essentially the only place besides Africa on earth where these majestic beasts roam freely. Gir is the part of Kathiawar-Gir dry deciduous forests eco-region that stretches across Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh. Out of 1412 sq. km area, the park's core zone, which extends for almost 258 sq. km, was declared as a national park in 1975.

The terrain of the Gir National Park is made up of successive rugged ridges, isolated hills, plateaus and valleys. Gir forms the catchment of seven perennial rivers and 4 dams - one each on the Hiran, the Shingoda, the Machhundri, and the Raval. The biggest reservoir is the Kamleshwar Dam on Hiran River, which is called as the lifeline of Gir. Droughts and water ...

Historical & Heritage | City

At a distance of 109 km from Ahmedabad, 132 km from Gandhinagar, 146 km from Surat, 192 km from Bhavnagar, 296 km from Rajkot, 339 km from Indore, 345 km from Udaipur, 386 km from Jamnagar, 396 km from Junagadh, 395 km from Gandhidham, 433 km from Mumbai, 447 km from Somnath, 476 km from Porbandar, 439 km from Bhuj, and 518 km from Dwarka, Vadodara is a beautiful city in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Located on the banks of Vishwamitri River, Vadodara is one of the popular tourist destinations in Gujarat and among the top attractions you must include in Gujarat packages.

Formerly called as Baroda, Vadodara is the third largest city in Gujarat, after Ahmedabad and Surat. Home to some of the most exemplary display of architecture, the tinsel town of Vadodara is the brainchild of Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III, a Maratha ruler who laid foundation for premier institutions to make this city an educational, industrial and commercial center. There are many tales associated with the name of the city. As per the history, the city was previously called as Chandanavati after its ruler Raja Chandan, later it was changed to 'Viravati 'meaning the abode of the brave, and then 'Vadpatra' due to the densely populated banyan trees on the banks of river Vishwamitri. The present name Baroda or Vadodara got derived from 'Vadpatra'.

The history of Vadodara can be traced back to 9th century when it was a small town called Ankottaka (present ...

Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 54 km from Gir National Park, 91 km from Somnath, 99 km from Amreli, 103 km from Rajkot, 107 km from Porbandar, 139 km from Jamnagar, 147 km from Diu, 209 km from Dwarka, 289 km from Gandhidham, 319 km from Ahmedabad, 333 km from Bhuj and 388 km from Vadodara, Junagadh is a historical city located in the western Indian state of Gujarat. It is the seventh largest city in Gujarat and among the popular places of heritage in Gujarat.

Located in the foothills of the Mount Girnar, the literal meaning of the term 'Junagadh' is 'old fort' which derives from Uparkot, an ancient fort built in the 4th century CE on a plateau in the middle of the town. It was also termed as 'Yonagadh,' which means 'City of the Greeks,' as it was once ruled by the Greeks. Junagadh is also known as 'Sorath', the name of the princely state that existed before the partition of India and Pakistan in the year 1947.

Steeped in the history, Junagadh is quite ancient, as it existed during the reigns of Chandragupta Maurya and King Ashoka. After that it was ruled by several dynasties including Chudasama Dynasty, Chalukays and Mughals before it came under the rule of the Babi dynasty in 1730, who ruled the city with an iron hand until 1946. In 1807, the princely state of Junagadh became a tributary state of the British Empire. During the period between the independence and partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, the 565 princely states that existed ...

Hill Station

At a distance of 10 km from Borgaon, 41 km from Ahwa,77 km from Nashik, 129 km from Mandvi, 160 km from Shirdi, 160 km from Surat, 262 km from Mumbai, 287 km from Vadodara, 288 km from Pune, 398 km from Ahmedabad, 421 km from Gandhinagar, 582 km from Rajkot, 673 km from Jamnagar, 680 km from Junagadh, 763 km from Porbandar, 776 km from Somnath, and 805 km from Dwarka, Saputara is a small hill station in Dang district of Gujarat. Positioned on the Maharashtra- Gujarat border, it is one of the most popular tourist places to visit near Mumbai and among must visit places as part of Gujarat tour packages.

Nestled in the Sahyadri range of Western Ghats at an altitude of about 1000 m, Saputara is the only hill station in Gujarat and among the well planned hill stations in India. Literally means 'the Abode of Serpents', this quaint hill station of Saputara derives its name from the Snake god revered by the tribals. Also, legend says that Saputara is the place where Lord Rama spent 11 years of his exile.

The lush green forests, undulating mountains, dazzling waterfalls, dreamy winding roads, stunning landscape and salubrious climate make the picturesque hill station of Saputara a perfect escape into the lap of Mother Nature. Saputara Lake, Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Saputara Tribal Museum, Gira Waterfalls, Nageshwar Mahadev Temple, Artist Village etc. are some of the prominent ...

Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 50 km from Mehsana, 129 km from Ahmedabad, 142 km from Mount Abu, 237 km from Vadodara, 251 km from Gandhidham, 260 km from Udaipur, 266 km from Rajkot, 295 km from Bhuj, 345 km from Jamnagar, 366 km from Junagadh, 384 km from Surat, 446 km from Porbandar, 477 km from Dwarka and 672 km from Mumbai, Patan is an ancient fortified city located on the banks of Saraswati River in Gujarat, India. It is one of the popular historical destinations in India and among the top places to visit in Gujarat.

Earlier known as the Anhilwad Patan, the ancient city of Patan was built in 746 AD by Vanraj Chavda, the prominent king of Chavda dynasty. Legend has it that he laid the foundation at the place pointed out by Anahil, a shepherd friend from his younger days, and named the city after him. The city was the capital of Gujarat for almost 650 years, from 746-1411 CE. The town flourished during the Solanki dynasty in the 8th-11th century. It was also the thriving center for Jainism, and the Solanki rulers commissioned a large number of Hindu and Jain temples, as well as other civic and religious constructions. But the city lost all its charm when Mahmud of Ghazni attacked it in 1024 AD. Later, Qutb-ud-din Aibak sacked the city between 1200 and 1210, and it was destroyed by the Allauddin Khilji in 1298 CE.

During 1304 to 1411 CE, Patan was the Suba headquarters of Delhi Sultanate. A new fort was built by these Subas, a large ...

Beach

At a distance of 64 km from Bhuj, 100 km from Gandhidham, 141 km from Rann of Kutch, 281 km from Rajkot, 386 km from Junagadh, 386 km from Ahmedabad, 506 km from Vadodara, 625 km from Udaipur and 638 km from Surat, Mandvi is a little town on the coast of Arabian Sea in Kutch district of Gujarat. Situated at the estuary where the river Rukmavati meets the Gulf of Kutch, Mandvi is one of the popular beach destinations in Gujarat and among the top places to include in Gujarat Tour.

Famous for its ship building and cottage industries, the port town of Mandvi was founded in 1580 AD by Rao Khengarji, the first Jadeja ruler of Kutch. The city Mandvi was named after Sage Mandavya, who lived here. It was a major trade center of the time. The town was built within a walled fortress that had an 8 m high wall, many gates and 25 bastions. Presently the wall is almost destroyed, but one can see the largest bastion on the southwest which still acts as a lighthouse.

In the peak of maritime trade, before the arrival of steamboats, Mandvi was a prosperous town and a profit-making center of the Kutch state, surpassing the capital city of Bhuj in terms of wealth. This place happened to be a famous seaport in Gujarat before the rise of Mumbai or Surat as ports and it had trade links with South Africa, China, Malaysia, Zanzibar and Japan. This port was also a point of entry to the states of Marwar, Sindh and Malwa. The town has a four-hundred-year-old ...

Historical & Heritage | City

At a distance of 59 km from Gandhidham, 64 km from Mandvi, 78 km from Kutch, 232 km from Rajkot, 256 km from Jamnagar, 333 km from Junagadh, 334 km from Ahmedabad, 390 km from Dwarka, 431 km from Vadodara, 434 km from Mount Abu, 444 km from Bhavnagar, 557 km from Udaipur and 863 km from Mumbai, Bhuj is a flourishing city in Gujarat and also the headquarters of Kutch district. Often called as the Jaisalmer of Gujarat, Bhuj is one of the popular places to visit in Gujarat and among the best attraction not to miss in a Gujarat tour packages.

Located in the western part of India, Bhuj is the most important city in the Kutch region of Gujarat and also the capital of the former princely state of Kutch. The city of Bhuj got its name from the Bhujiyo Dungar, a hill that overlooks the city and believed to be the residence of the Great Serpent Bhujang, to whom a temple stands at the top of the hill. Spread around the fortified Bhujiyo Dungar Hill, the city was ravaged in the earthquake of 2001 which left a huge area destroyed and in shambles.

The desert city of Bhuj has a long history of kings and empires. The city was founded by Rao Hamirji, a Jadeja Rajput ruler, in 1510 CE and it made the capital of Kutch state by Rao Khengarji I in 1549 CE,. Bhuj remained the capital of Kutch for 29 years during the rule of Jadeja Rajputs. In the late 16th century, Bhuj came under Mughal dominance, ...

Historical & Heritage | City

At a distance of 92 km from Rajkot, 131 km from Porbandar, 132 km from Dwarka, 139 km from Junagadh, 153 km from Okha, 213 km from Gandhidham, 231 km from Somnath, 256 km from Bhuj, 266 km from Bhavnagar, 310 km from Ahmedabad, 331 km from Gandhinagar, 379 km from Vadodara, 531 km from Surat, 565 km from Udaipur, 686 km from Indore and 813 km from Mumbai, Jamnagar is a city on the coast of Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat. Ideally located at the confluence of Nagamati River and Rangmati River, It is one of the best tourist destinations in Gujarat and among the must include places of interest in Gujarat packages.

Often called as the Jewel of Kathiawar, Jamnagar is an industrial city of Gujarat brimming with exquisite Rajput architecture and pristine coastline. Built around Lakhota Lake, Jamnagar was the capital of the former state of Nawanagar, founded by Jam Rawal in 1540 AD, who is deemed as one of the heirs of Lord Krishna. It was later rechristened as Jamnagar and was one of the most important princely states of the Jadeja rulers in Saurashtra region. The famous cricketer Ranjit Singhji was its ruler from 1907 to 1933 AD and his successor, Jam Sahib became the President of Saurashtra until it was merged into Bombay state in 1956.

The word 'Jam' means 'king' and this area was ruled by the Jadeja Rajput rulers, who were thought to be the descendants of Krishna's Yadava clan. According to Puranic literature, Lord Krishna ...

City

At a distance of 90 km from Jamnagar, 101 km from Junagadh, 105 km from Amreli, 172 km from Porbandar, 173 km from Bhavnagar, 184 km from Somnath, 214 km from Dwarka, 218 km from Ahmedabad, 231 km from Bhuj, 275 km from Vadodara, 401 km from Surat and 718 km from Mumbai, Rajkot is a bustling city in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. Situated on the banks of Aji and Nyari rivers, it is the fourth largest city in Gujarat and among the top places for Gujarat Tourism.

Rajkot, literally the City of Princes, is the former princely capital of Saurashtra region and now an emerging tourism destination and business hub of Gujarat. Built by Thakur Saheb Vibhaji Ajoji Jadeja in 1620 AD, the city has been a seat for the Jadeja rulers. It was named after its co-founder Raju Sandhi. In the 1720 AD, Rajkot was seized by Masum Khan, an official ruler of the Junagadh region. After 12 years, Rajkot was conquered by Jadeja clan. In the year 1807, Rajkot came under the British rule and the city of Rajkot became the capital of then Saurashtra state in 1948. It was then merging with Bombay State in 1956 and was finally reincorporated into Gujarat State in 1960. This city is also associated with the Mahatma Gandhi, who spent the early years of his life when his father was a Diwan or Prime Minister to the king of Saurashtra.

Though no more a capital, Rajkot is a fusion of architectural and historical sites of great importance. This place is renowned ...

City

At a distance of 168 km from Ahmedabad, 174 km from Rajkot, 192 km from Vadodara, 206 km from Junagadh, 269 km from Jamnagar, 307 km from Porbandar, 352 km from Surat, 359 km from Gandhidham, 405 km from Dwarka, 406 km from Bhuj, 535 km from Indore, 567 km from Nashik and 630 km from Mumbai, Bhavnagar is a coastal city located at the southern tip of Gujarat peninsula. Also known as Gohilwad, it is one of the popular tourist destinations in India and among the top places to visit in Gujarat.

Located just to the west of Gulf of Khambat, Bhavnagar is renowned for its rich religious and cultural heritage, thriving industries, and exciting wildlife. Boasting a natural harbor, Bhavnagar has been of strategic trade importance enjoying flourishing trade and commerce relations with lands as far as Africa as well as places of closer proximity, such as Singapore. It still serves as an important trade center for the cotton goods produced in Gujarat. The city has associations with Mahatma Gandhi, who went to university here.

According to history, the city of Bhavnagar was founded in 1743 by Bhavsinhji Gohil as a new capital for himself. The city derived its name from its founder. Also known as Gohilwad, the city was protected by a fort as it used to be the major port for almost two centuries and also the largest state in the region during the pre-independence era. Later, the city came under ...

Beach | Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 102 km from Dwarka, 108 km from Junagadh, 127 km from Jamnagar, 130 km from Somnath, 133 km from Okha, 183 km from Rajkot, 193 km from Amreli, 210 km from Diu, 304 km from Bhavnagar, 372 km from Bhuj, 399 km from Ahmedabad, 461 km from Vadodara, and 621 km from Surat, Porbandar is a beautiful coastal city located in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is one of the popular tourist destinations in India and among the must include places in Gujarat Tour Packages.

Located along the banks of Asmavati River, the city of Porbandar is closely linked with Junagadh in the south-west and Jamnagar in the north. It is an important city in India's history being the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. According to mythology, the coastal city is also believed to be the birthplace of Sudama, Lord Krishna's friend and devotee. Traces of late Harappan civilization have also been found here and hence the place becomes of prime importance throwing light on the maritime activities of that time.

In ancient times Porbandar was known to be Pao Bandar, due to its bread factories that used to export Pao roti to Arab countries across the Arabian Sea. Colloquial changes in language results in a name change to Pore Bandar or Porbandar. Earlier, Porbandar belonged to the Jethwa clan of Rajputs and it was a state under the Mughal Governor of Gujarat. Later it came under the rule of the Gaekwads and the Peshwas. Porbandar became the eponymous ...

Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 53 km from Bhavnagar, 99 km from Amreli, 171 km from Rajkot, 175 km from Junagadh, 214 km from Ahmedabad, 215 km from Somnath, 245 km from Vadodara, 266 km from Jamnagar, 388 km from Dwarka, 390 km from Bhuj, 397 km from Surat and 685 km from Mumbai, Palitana is a sacred city located in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. Earlier known as Padliptapur, it is one of the holiest places of pilgrimage for the followers of Jainism and among the must visit places as part of Gujarat Tour Packages.

Palitana is a famous destination in Gujarat for being the base to the holy Shatrunjaya hill which is home to 863 exquisitely carved Jain temples built by devotees during a period spanning 900 years from the 11th century onwards. Along with Mount Abu, Girnar and Chandragiri, Shatrunjaya is one of the most sacred places for the Jains. And the Jain community believes that every member must visit this city at least once in their lifetime as this is the place where Lord Adinath, the 1st Jain Tirthankara, achieved enlightenment.

Founded in 1194, Palitana was a princely state and was one of the major states in Saurashtra. In 1656, Shah Jahan's son Murad Baksh, the then Governor of Gujarat, granted the village of Palitana to the prominent Jain merchant Shantidas Jhaveri. During the British Raj, Palitana was a princely state in the Kathiawar Agency of the Bombay Presidency. The capital of the state was the Palitana town and ...

Pilgrimage

At a distance of 29 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Swaminarayan Akshardham is a Hindu temple located in Gandhinagar city of Gujarat State. It is one of the most magnificent temples in India and among the top places to visit in Ahmedabad.

Dedicated to Swaminarayan, Akshardham Temple was commissioned by Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) after initiation by its promoter, Pramukh Swami Maharaj in 1979. It took 13 years to complete and was inaugurated in 1992. It is a Hindu house of worship and a spiritual and cultural campus dedicated to devotion, education and unification. A specimen of fine craftsmanship, the Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar is one of the largest and most prominent temples in the entire state of Gujarat.

Sprawling across an area of 23 acres, the temple complex consists of a splendid shrine, large prayer halls, exhibition halls, verdant garden and research center. Built by using tons of pink stones, this gigantic temple is 108 feet in height, 240 feet long and 131 feet wide. The Akshardham mandir consists of 97 intricately carved pillars, 17 ornate domes, 220 stone beams, 57 stone screens, 3 porticos, and 256 statues of spiritual personalities. The temple is found in the midst of the spacious garden called Sahajanand Van.

The sanctum sanctorum contains 1.2 ton gold-plated idol of Lord Swaminarayan, the chief deity of Akshardham temple. The 7-foot tall idol of Swaminarayan is in sitting posture with his right hand raised ...

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At a distance of 15 km from Dwarka, Nageshwar Temple is an ancient Hindu temple located at Nageshwar village in Gujarat. Also known as Nagnath Temple, it is one of the 12 jyotirlinga temples of Lord Shiva and among the prominent places to visit as part of Dwarka Tour Packages.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Nageshwar Temple is one of the oldest temples mentioned in the Shiva Purana. The Jyotirlinga has a special significance in Nageshwar as this is believed to be the first of all 12 Jyotirlingas. The swayambhu lingam enshrined in the underground chamber at Nageshwar Temple is known as Nageshwar Mahadev and attracts thousands of pilgrims all-round the year. This powerful Jyotirlinga symbolizes protection from all poisons and is believed that one who prays here obtains freedom from all kinds of poison including snake poison.

Nageshwar is referred to as 'Daarukaavane Naagesham' in the ancient slokas of Rudra Samhita. According to the legend, there once lived a demon called Daruka, who was extremely cruel and tortured the people. One day he captured a Shiva devotee called Supriya along with many others. The prisoners were held in the underwater city that swarmed with sea-snakes. Supriya advised all prisoners to recite the Shiva mantra 'Aum Namaha Shivayay' to protect them. When Daruka came to know about this he ran to kill Supriya. Instantly, Lord Shiva appeared in his full glory and killed the demon and went on to reside in the powerful Jyotirlinga.

The temple is a ...

Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 21 km from Ahmedabad Junction, Adalaj Stepwell, also called Adalaj ni Vav is a stepwell located in the village of Adalaj near Ahmedabad city of Gujarat. It is one of the famous places of heritage in Gujarat and among the best places to visit in Ahmedabad as part of Gujarat tour packages.

Also known as Rudabai Stepwell, Adalaj Stepwell was built in 1499 by Queen Rudabai, wife of Vaghela chief, Veer Singh. According to history, the construction of stepwell was started by the King Rana Veer Singh and he was died in a war with King Mahmud Begada unfortunately. Begada fell for the beauty of the widowed Queen Rudabai and asked her to marry him. The Queen agreed to marry Begada on the condition that he completes the construction of the stepwell that was started by her husband. He agreed and started the construction again. When the well got completed, Rani Rudabai jumped into the vav and committed suicide.

The stepwell is built in Solanki style of architecture with Islamic influence. It consists of five storeys, each of which is uniquely designed with beautiful carvings all over the walls and columns. The structure was built along the North-South axis with the entrance from the south. The stepwell is one of its kinds in Gujarat as it has three entrance stairs that lead to the stepped corridor. All three entrances of the stepwell converge at a square platform in the first storey, which has an octagonal opening ...

Beach

At a distance of 13 km from Dwarka and 23 km from Okha, Shivrajpur Beach is a serene beach located near Shivrajpur village on the Arabian coast of Gujarat. Situated on Dwarka - Okha Highway, it is one of the famous beaches in Gujarat and among the must visit Dwarka Tourist Places.

Shivrajpur Beach is a beautiful beach with clear waters and white sands. The beach offers stunning sunsets and picturesque views to the tourists. The beach is not much commercialized which makes it an ideal place to spend some peaceful time with family and friends. One can spot Dolphins and some beautiful birds on the sea here. For making it an ideal tourist destination, the beach management has introduced water sports, food and shopping areas for the visitors. Be careful while venturing into the water as there is no rescue team available.

There is also a lighthouse near the beach. The ruler of Kachchh Maharao Deshalji built a small fort along with an 11m high black masonry unlit beacon known as Mojap beacon in 1720-21 here to provide shelter and safety to the Kachchhi vessels. A battery operated flashing light was installed and operated on the top of the cabin since 1977 and was the first light in this region. This followed commissioning of a Racon in 1978. The present 30 m RCC structure was built and installed the PRB-21 lighting equipment in 1983. In order to save energy the imported sealed beam lamps were replaced in 1997 by auto head lamps with 100W halogen lamps. The light house was ...

Beach | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 33 km from Dwarka Railway Station, Beyt Dwarka is an inhabited island located off the coast of Dwarka on Gulf of Kutch. Also known as Beyt Shankhodhar, it was one of the main ports of the town before the development of Okha and is among the popular places to visit in Dwarka.

Bet Dwarka or Beyt Dwarka is an extremely sacred pilgrimage destination as it is believed to be the original home of Lord Krishna during his ruling years at Dwarka. It is said that lord Krishna resided with his family at Bet Dwarka. The place derived its name from the word 'beyt' which means meeting and this is the place where Sudhama came to meet his friend Lord Krishna. Beyt Dwarka is also mentioned in the ancient epic, 'Mahabharata' as 'Antardvipa' to which people of the Yadava clan needed to travel by boat. The island is also known as Shankhodhar as the island is source of conch shells.

The ASI explorations revealed that the presence of certain settlements whose age can be traced back to the era of the Harappan civilization and that of the Mauryan rule. Dwarka is mentioned in the copper inscription dated 574 AD of Simhaditya, the minister of Vallabhi under Maitraka. The region was previously under the administration of the Gaekwad clan of the state of Baroda. During the revolt of 1857, Vaghers attacked the region and captured it. After independence of India in 1947, the region became part of the Saurashtra state which later merged with the state of Bombay. When the state ...

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At a distance of 16 km from Bhavnagar, Khodiyar Mata Temple is a famous Hindu temple located at Rajpara village near Bhavnagar of Gujarat. Situated on the banks of the Tataniya Wali Lake, it is one of the important places of pilgrimage in Saurashtra and among the best places to visit in Bhavnagar.

Shree Khodiyar Mata Mandir was constructed in 1911 CE by the then Maharaja of Bhavnagar. The temple is dedicated Khodiyar Maa, a warrior Hindu goddess born in Charan caste around 700 AD. She was the main deity of the royal family of Bhavnagar and also the ancestral goddess of Bhavnagar people. The Khodiyar Mata Temple at Rajpara is one of the oldest and largest temples in Gujarat.

According to history, Maharaja Wakhatsinghji Gohil ruled the state of Bhavnagar from 1748 to 1816. He was a devout follower of Khodiyar Ma and often visited the shrine at Mandel. There he prayed to the goddess to bring her holy presence to Sihor, the then capital of Bhavnagar state. Khodiyar Ma agreed and told him to lead the way, only on the condition that he doesn't turn around and check if she is following. Wakhatsinghji walked on until he reached a place right before Sihor. There he turned around to check for Khodiyar Ma, who said she would walk no further for he had looked. Mataji and her sisters decided to set base there. This place was Rajpara, which became the shrine of Khodiyar Ma.

There is a huge mandap inside the temple where one can see the beautiful idol of Khodiyar Mata. ...

Pilgrimage

At a distance of 28 km from Bhavnagar, Malnath Shiva Temple is a Hindu Temple located near Bhavnagar, Gujarat. Situated on Bhavnagar - Talaja Road, it is one of popular Shiva temples in Bhavnagar and among the best places to visit as part of Bhavnagar Tour Packages.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is beautifully positioned in the middle of green slopes and streaming waterways. The temple is built in the traditional Gujarati architecture and houses a rock-carved Shivalinga in the sanctum. The tranquility inside the temple along with the lush green environment is bound to take a visitor away from the routine life. A walk around the temple after paying respect to the Lord is quite refreshing. One can also find the idols of Goddess Durga, Lord Ganesh, Lord Krishna, and Lord Hanuman inside the temple.

Malnath Shiv Temple is surrounded by Nature. Lush verdant greenery, a waterfall, several windmills and wind farm make it an ideal place for a picnic with friends and family alike. The landscape is breathtaking and energizing to the mind. Dhavdi Mata Mandir is another temple in the neighborhood. Nag-dhaniba, a picnic point on a riverbank, is a favorite spot for the families. The adventurous lot can go on trekking over the hill slopes nearby.

The best time to visit Malnath Shiv Temple is between October and March when the weather is fairly cool and the surroundings are come alive with lush greenery and meandering streams. One can reach Malnath Temple by local buses ...

Waterfall

At a distance of 24 km from Bhavnagar, Trambak Falls is a stunning waterfall located at Trambak village in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. Situated near Malnath Mahadev Temple, it is one of the beautiful waterfalls in Gujarat and among the best Bhavnagar Tourist Places.

Trambak Falls is situated on a small mountain surrounded by a little forest. It cascades down from a height of about 30 feet and creates a natural pool as they hit the ground. With its serene ambiance, the roaring sound of gushing waters, lush greenery, rocky hills, and the secluded nature makes it a popular picnic spot for the people of Bhavnagar as well as tourists.

Trambak Falls is visited by many tourists daily. Children can spend time playing under the shades of trees while the elders can enjoy the beauty of nature. For the adventurous, there are trekking trails at Trambak from nearby Malnath Shiva Temple there is a 5 km trail to Trambak Falls.

The best time to visit and explore the verdant beauty of the waterfall is during the monsoon season. During this season, water splashes down at its full swing making the entire ambiance refreshing and rejuvenating. Be careful as the falls can be unpredictable and slippery. It is not a developed place so better to carry your own food and water.

Timings: 7 AM - 5 PM

Pilgrimage

At a distance of 28 km from Bhavnagar Railway Station, Nishkalank Mahadev Temple is a Hindu temple located at Koliyak near Bhavnagar, Gujarat. Situated in Koliyak Beach, it is one of the rarest sea temples in India you must include in your Gujarat trip and among the most visited places of pilgrimage in Bhavnagar.

Located about a kilometer into the sea, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple has 5 distinct swayambhu Shiva lingams on a square platform and each is having a Nandi statue facing it. This temple is submerged during high tides in the sea and emerges during low tides to reveal itself majestically, promising its devotees to wash away all sins. During the high tide, the idol of the lord is submerged and all that can be seen are the flag and a pillar. The temple was built with special care to withstand high tides and is truly remains an unsolved mystery to modern engineers and technology experts.

The temple is believed to be built by the Pandavas after the Kurukshetra War. Legend says that after killing all the Kauravas, Pandavas began to feel guilty for their sins. To discover reclamation for their sins, Pandavas consulted Krishna who handed them a black flag and a black cow and asked them to trail and said when both the flag and the cow turn white, they will all be forgiven. Lord Krishna also asked them to apologize to Lord Shiva after that. They followed the cow everywhere it took them and acknowledged ...

Beach

At a distance of 26 km from Bhavnagar, Ghogha Beach is a stunning beach on the coast of Gulf of Kutch at Ghogha town in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. It is one of the popular beaches on the Gujarat coastline and among the most visited tourist destinations in Bhavnagar.

With golden sands, restless water waves hitting the sand every now and then, Ghogha Beach offers spectacular views of the Arabian Sea. The coastline at Ghogha that stretches for about a km is highly popular with the local people who visit the spot with family and friends to laze off and relax in the sun. The low tides gently hitting the rocky shore, the mesmerizing sunrise and captivating sunset will surely make you fall in love with the place.

Ghogha Beach is a great place for long walks. As this beach is not very developed from the viewpoint of commercial tourism, you won't find too many tourists hanging around the place. So, if you are looking for an offbeat destination where you will be able to unwind in complete isolation, Ghogha beach is the location you should be heading to. One can also visit Hazrat Pir Dargah and Barwada Masjid while in Ghogha. The ancient Barwada Masjid was built in 623 AD and is one of the oldest mosques in India. This mosque, therefore, predates all the other mosques in India whose mehrab face Mecca. It also bears the oldest Arabic inscriptions in India
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Besides, the beach is famous for Ghogha - Dahej Ro-Ro ferry service. The ferry service takes one and half hour ...

Beach

At a distance of 9 km from Ghogha and 30 km from Bhavnagar Railway Station, Kuda Beach is a stunning beach in the Gulf of Cambay at Kuda village near Bhavnagar. Situated between Ghogha and Koliyak, it is one of the famous beaches on Gujarat Coastline and is one of the best places to visit near Bhavnagar.

Kuda Beach is a soft sandy beach that stretches about 2 km long. The gentle waves, clear skies, and the sandy shores make this beach a superb place to spend some quality time with friends and family. The beach is suitable for swimming, sunbathing and long walks. The beach is best visited during the day time as the sea sands are all over which makes the exciting sunbathing experience. Besides, the beach offers mesmerizing views of the setting sun.

Usually, people visit the beach during the summers to ease the heat and enjoy the serene surroundings. Some kathiyawadi food outlets are available nearby. One can also visit the temple of Nishkalank Mahadev located close to the beach.

Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM

Beach | Historical & Heritage | Miscellaneous

At a distance of 6 km from Ghogha and 30 km from Bhavnagar, Piram Bet is a small island in the Gulf of Cambay, Gujarat. Also called Piram Island, it is one of the beautiful islands on the coastline of Gujarat and among the best places to visit during your Bhavnagar trip.

The Piram Bet Island is covering over an area of about 186 acres. History says that the island was under Muslim soldiers of Delhi Sultanate in the early 14th century and was captured by Mokhadaji Gohil, the Gohil chief of Umrala in 1325 CE. He made the island as his headquarters, built a fort and levied toll from all ships passing up the Gulf of Cambay. He became a noted pirate in Gulf. His demands came to the knowledge of the emperor Muhammad bin Tughlaq who was then quelling a revolt in Gujarat. He killed Mokhadaji in 1347 CE and destroyed the fort of Piram Island. The island fell into obscurity after the destruction of the fort. Later in 1729, Mulla Muhammad Ali, a merchant from Surat, built a fort on Piram Bet with an intention to establish himself as an independent chief. Subsequently, it falls under the royal family of Bhavnagar State who had built a bastion on the south west corner of the island to keep watch on the maritime activities.

The British built the 24m high circular masonry lighthouse tower on the bastion in 1864 CE. The lighthouse and quarters are now owned by Directorate General of Lighthouse and Lightships, Government of India which was the only settlement on the island and was ...

Wildlife

At a distance of 45 km from Bhavnagar, Blackbuck National Park is a national park located at Velavadar in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. Also known as Velavadar Blackbuck National Park, it is one of the famous places of wildlife in Gujarat and among the must include places in Bhavnagar Tour Packages.

Velavadar National Park was formerly the private hunting ground for the Maharajas of the princely state of Bhavnagar. With an area of about 18 Sq. km, it was declared as a reserve forest and later notified as a National Park in 1976 CE. In 1980 the area was extended to cover about 34 Sq. km of grassland. The park has been classified as Gujarat-Rajwada biotic province of the semi-arid bio-geographical zone due to its unique ecosystem which consists of exclusive grassland habitat, shrub lands, saline plains, and mud flats. The park lies between two rivers namely Parvalia and Alang, which drain into the Gulf of Cambay.

The park has been established for the protection of the blackbucks and has the highest number of blackbucks in India. More than 3, 000 black bucks exist on the open grasslands of Velavadar. The sanctuary is also home to other animals like nilgai, jackal, wolf, jungle cat, and fox. Besides, one can also spot many bird species which include pelicans, flamingos, white and painted storks, three kinds of cranes, many birds of prey, and the rare Stolizca's Bushchat in the southern part of the park, where all the wetlands lie. The extremely rare Lesser Florican, ...

Beach

At a distance of 96 km from Bhavnagar, Mahuva is a town on the Arabian Sea coast in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. It is one of the beautiful places to visit near Bhavnagar.

Often called the Kashmir of Saurashtra, Mahuva is known for its mild weather and lush green surroundings. Tourists are primarily attracted to the beach in the town. Mahuva Beach is well known for its tranquil waters and natural beauty. The beach is also called as Bhavani Beach owing to the ancient Bhavani Mata Temple located atop a dune in its sandy shores. The area surrounding the beach and the township is incredibly verdant and the countryside is dotted with coconut and palm trees offering the perfect ambiance for relaxation to visitors. One can take a dip in the cool waters of the Arabian Sea and go for a long walk along the shoreline in order to fully rejuvenate oneself.

Besides, 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. The place is also the residence of the Hindu preacher Morai Bapu. One can also visit Timbi Hanuman Temple and Pingleshwar village which is known for housing an ancient Shiv Linga submerged in the sea.

Wildlife

At a distance of 41 km from Sanand and 69 km from Ahmedabad, Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary is a protected bird sanctuary situated at Nalsarovar village in Gujarat. Nalsarovar is one of the largest wetland bird sanctuaries in India and among the prime attractions of Ahmedabad Tourism.

The Nalsarovar Lake and the wetlands around it were declared as a bird sanctuary in 1969. Covering an area of 120.82 Sq.km, it is a serene marshland with shallow waters which contains 36 small islands. It has been identified as one of the 15 important wetlands of India by the National Committee on Wetlands for intensive conservation. Lying in an area between the Central Gujarat and East Saurashtra, it represents a sea link that once existed between the Little Rann and the Gulf of Khambat. The lake gets filled with water that drains from the adjoining Surendranagar and Ahmedabad districts in the monsoon.

Mainly inhabited by migratory birds as their wintering ground, Nalsarovar wetland is the largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat, and one of the largest in India. Besides being one of the largest bird sanctuaries, Nalsarovar harbours one of the highest populations of waterfowl anywhere in India. One can find rosy pelicans, lesser and greater flamingos, crakes, brahminy ducks, purple moorhen, herons, white storks, various species of bitterns, grebes etc. in the lake.

The best time to visit Nalsarovar is in winter between November & February. However, migratory birds start arriving ...

Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 42 km from Nalsarovar and 79 km from Ahmedabad, Lothal is an excavated site situated Bhal region in Dholka of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Lothal is one of the prominent cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization and among the best historical sites in Gujarat.

Literally called 'Mound of the Dead', this ancient and desolate ruined city of Lothal provides a fascinating insight into the life of the Harappan culture and the Indus Valley Civilization. The origin and history of Lothal can be dated back to 2400 BC. Discovered in the year 1954, Lothal is one of the primary sites of Archaeological Survey of India. The excavation work here began in 1955 and was continued till 1960.

Like other cities of the Indus Valley Civilization, Lothal too had an excellent architecture and town planning. Excavations have revealed that the town was divided into two parts. The upper part or the acropolis was where the ruler and other important people of the city lived while the lower part was meant for the common people. The entire city had a scientific drainage system, well laid-out, paved roads and a bath for every house, some of which were double storied and built on mud platforms.

The most architecturally sophisticated part of Lothal was its dockyard, which provided berthing facilities for the ships. Constructed from kiln-fired bricks, the dock comprised a basin 214 m long, 36 m wide, and 13 m deep. A 13 m wide channel on the northern side was included to facilitate ...

Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 10 km from Bhuj, Vande Mataram Memorial is a museum situated at Bhujodi village near Bhuj in Kutch district of Gujarat. It is one of the popular monuments in Gujarat and among the best place to visit in Gujarat.

The Vande Mataram Memorial is a humble and yet the most ambitious offering of the Ashapura Foundation to the country. Built over an area of 12 acre, the Memorial is a non-profit institution that seeks to immortalize the most important episodes in India's freedom struggle from the revolt of 1857 right up to the country's Independence in 1947. The purpose of this museum is to create a respect for freedom fighters of the country. It is a once-in-lifetime experience for every Indian who is keen to reconnect with his roots and who seeks to renew and restore his sense of national pride.

The primary structure of the museum, measuring over 100,000 square feet, is modeled on the likeness of the Indian Parliament Building. It cost about 60 crores and it takes four years to build with a mélange of inputs from prominent historians, architects, sculptors and artists. The main museum is situated inside the Parliament House, where one will get a glimpse of the peaceful movement of the Swaraj movement, with the slogan of revolution. In the 17 rooms of Parliament House, visitors can see history from 1600 to 1947 through 4D technique in 17 episodes. There is also a magnificent and spacious image of Bharat Mata created ...

Pilgrimage

At a distance of 40 km from Porbandar and 65 km from Dwarka, Harsiddhi Mata Temple is an ancient Hindu temple located atop Koylo Dungar hill at Gandhvi village near Porbandar, Gujarat. En route to Dwarka from Porbandar, it is one of the oldest temples in Gujarat and among the popular places of pilgrimage in Porbandar.

Also known as Harshal Mata Temple, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Harsiddhi, the Happy Mother. The goddess is considered one of the aspects of Amba and Kalika, the Hindu Devi. She is also known by the names like Harshal, Harshad, Harshat Shikotar, Sikotar Momai, and Vahanvati Mata. The original temple atop the hill is said to have been built by Krishna himself. Krishna wanted to defeat the demon Jarasandha, so he prayed to Amba Mata for more powers. With the blessings of the goddess, Krishna was able to defeat the Asuras. After his success in war Lord Krishna built this temple and celebrated the victory with his Yadav community, since then Yadav community worship Harsiddhi Mata as their Kuldevi. Also, she is worshiped as Kuldevi by many Kshatriya, Brahmin, Rajput and Vaishya communities.

At present no puja is performed in the original temple while the puja is performed in a temple built in the market by a Jain merchant Jagdu Shah around 1300 AD. According to the legend, the temple of the goddess was on the hill overlooking the creek. It was believed that if the eyesight of the goddess fell on the ship, it would be burnt or wrecked in the sea. The ...

Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 15 km from Bhuj, Living and Learning Design Centre (LLDC) is a textile museum situated at Ajrakhpur near Bhuj in Kutch district of Gujarat. Situated on Bhuj-Bhachau highway, it is one of the popular tourist places in Bhuj.

Started by Shrujan Trust in 2016, the Living and Learning Design Centre (LLDC) is a multi-dimensional crafts education and resource center dedicated to preserving and promoting the crafts of Kutch. The main aim of LLDC is to train, educate and support crafts persons to practice their traditional crafts for contemporary markets so that they can earn a dignified and prosperous livelihood. Over three thousand five hundred craftswomen are part of Shrujan's family now.

Situated in a sprawling eight-acre campus, the Living and Learning Design Centre has a Crafts Museum, Crafts School and the residential enclaves. The museum comprises, four galleries including a temporary exhibit area. The main gallery is devoted to the permanent collection of the 'Design Center on Wheels' (DCOW) program run by the NGO Shrujan in Bhujodi. The collection includes 1150 exquisite demonstrative embroidery panels that have been painfully documented over the years. The other galleries house traditional artifacts highlighting the textile arts related to everyday life of the indigenous people of Kutch. There is also a library for visual and textual resources, instructional auditorium space and conference room, classrooms for artisans and public orientation and ...

Pilgrimage

At a distance of 30 km from Porbandar, Bileshwar Mahadev Temple is a Hindu temple located at Bileshwar village near Porbandar in the state of Gujarat. Situated on the banks of Bileshwar River, it is one of the oldest temples in the region and among the prominent temples to visit near Porbandar.

Also known as Bilnath Mahadev Temple, Bileshwar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Rabaris of the neighboring states and villages have much faith in this Mahadev and many vows are made to the shrine, several lamps of ghee are constantly burning here; one of these was kept up at the cost of the Rana of Porbandar. According to folklore, once the army of Aurangzeb captured the village and attempted to break the shivling, but Nandi, the celestial vehicle of Lord Shiva stopped them from demolishing it.

As per mythology, the first pooja was done here by Lord Krishna. The lingam inside the sanctum sanctorum is known as 'swayambhu'. Represents the Gujarati style of architecture, this multi-storeyed temple is built in pyramid shape rather than a spire. Apart from the Shivling, the temple also has idols of goddess Parvati, Devi Ganga, and Nandi. This temple is protected place under the Gujarat ancient monuments & archeological sites & remains act 1965.

The place gets a heavy footfall on the night of Shivratri and during the fair held on Amavasya of Shravana month.

Timings: 6 AM - 7 PM

Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 17 km from Porbandar Railway Station, Jambavan Cave is an ancient cave located at Ranavav near Porbandar city of Gujarat. Situated near Saurashtra Cement Factory, it is one of the historical places in Gujarat and among the most visited tourist places in Porbandar.

Also known as Jambavant Cave or Jambuvant ki Gufa, this cave was the resting place of the warrior Jambuvan, who had his own special role in both the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is believed that this is the place where Lord Krishna and Jambuvan fought for the Syamantaka jewel for 28 days. Legend says that Satrajit was the proud possessor of a precious gem named Syamantaka which had mystic powers. Once his brother Prasena went out in the forests for hunting wearing the jewel and was attacked by a lion to obtain Syamantaka. Later, the lion gets killed by Jambuvan who takes the precious stone from him and gives it to her daughter. On the other side, Satrajit accuses Lord Krishna for killing his brother just to gain the gem. On hearing this, Lord Krishna goes on the lookout of the actual killer and finally finds Jambuvan with whom he battles for 28 days. Recognizing Lord Krishna and his powers, Jambuvan withdraws from the fight and gives the gem and his daughter to the Lord.

Jambuvan Cave has over 50 Shivalingas which are formed naturally. The main shivalinga is inside a natural cave. Water drops from the ceiling of the cave trickle down over the linga in a continuous downpour, ...

Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 25 km from Bhuj Railway Station, Kera Shiva Temple is an old Hindu temple situated in Kera village near Bhuj city in Gujarat. Also known as Lakheshwara temple of Kerakot, it is one of the ancient temples in Kutch and among the popular Bhuj Tourist Places.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kera Shiva Temple was built during the reign of the Solanki dynasty in the later part of the 10th century. The Solankis, referred to as the 'Chalukyas of Gujarat' were patrons of many important temples in the area. Shiva Temple at Kera is one of the many temples built by the Solanki rulers. The major part of the temple got destroyed in the earthquake of 1819 and the Bhuj earthquake of 2001 but the temple's spire, inner sanctum and the sculptures are still in an attractive condition.

The shrine is built of red stones in Solanki architectural style. The interior of the temple is square in shape and the walls of the temple are around 3 feet thick. The presiding deity is in the form of Linga at the sanctum. The shrine has a pradakshina path with two open cut-stone perforated windows. The spire of the temple has eight triangle-shaped sculptures in the form of chaitya windows on each face of the spire. There are miniature spires at the corners of the temple. The external portions of the spires are well-adorned with elegantly carved images. Only the northern part of the original hall or Mandapa is there as of now which has few well-carved sculptures. Several stone sculptures of ...

Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 42 km from Porbandar, Ghumli is a small village located near Porbandar, Gujarat. Known for its archeological ruins, it is one of the popular places of heritage in Gujarat and among the prime tourist destinations to visit near Porbandar.

Earlier known as Bhumli, Ghumli was the capital of Saindhava dynasty which ruled western Saurashtra from the middle of the 8th century to the middle of the 10th century. Later in the 12th century, Ghumli was declared as the second capital by Rana Shiyaji of Jethwa dynasty, who took the title of Rana of Ghumli. Ghumli remained their capital till 1313 CE when Rana Bhanji Jethwa was defeated at a war with Barmaniyaji Jadeja attacked and defeated Rana Bhanji Jethwa. He completely destroyed Ghumli and turned it into ruins.

Being the prosperous capital of Saindhava and then the Jethwa dynasty of Saurashtra, Ghumli is now an important and preserved archaeological site due to its architectural ruins. The Archaeological Survey of India and Government of India have initiated a number of efforts to restore the lost glory of the town. Built-in the 12th century by the Jethwa rulers, Navlakha Temple is dedicated to Lord Surya and is considered to be the oldest Sun Temple of Gujarat. The temple is built in Solanki style of architecture with entwining tusk of three elephants as a trade mark of the temple. As the temple was constructed at a cost of nine lakh, it was named Navlakha Temple.

Just outside the main temple, there ...

Lake & Backwater

At a distance of 15 km from Bhuj Railway Station, Rudramata Dam is an earthen dam situated at
Nokhania village in Bhuj Taluk of Gujarat. Built on Khari River, this is the biggest in Bhuj and among the famous places to visit in Bhuj.

Also known as Rudrani Dam, the construction of the dam was started in 1959 and was completed in 1970. The catchment area of the dam is 572 Sq.km and the gross storage capacity is 65 cubic milli meters. This artificial reservoir supplies water to deserted areas around Bhuj.

Considered as biggest Dam of Kutch, view from the top of dam is breathtaking. There is one beautiful temple near the Dam called Rudra Mata temple. The temple complex houses the 400 years old Rudramata Temple with smaller temples devoted to other Gods and Goddesses. One can also visit Rakshak Van on the banks of the dam.

Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM

Beach

At a distance of 60 km from Porbandar, 74 km from Somnath, and 78 km from Junagadh, Madhavpur Beach is a stunning beach along the coast of Arabian Sea in Gujarat. Situated on Porbandar-Veraval Highway, it is one of the beautiful beaches in Gujarat and among the top places to visit near Porbandar.

Madhavpur Beach is indeed one of the loveliest sandy beaches in Gujarat as this stunning beach presents a visual that is hard to compare with anything else. Named after the ruler Madhav Rao, the beach has become popular amongst the other beaches because of its scheduled location. The beach is lined with coconut trees and the waters here are clear. It is home to a two-decade-long conservation project of Green Sea and Olive Ridley turtles.

Since the beach is less commercialized, it is very clean with azure blue waters that attract the people who want to spend some quality time with family and friends. Though the beach is not safe for swimming, one can try some activities like beach scooter, speed boating, parasailing, camel and horse rides here. The beach is well-endowed with the stalls of coconut water and snacks.

The town also hosts the beautiful Madhavraiji Haveli Temple and Rukmini no Choro. Legend has it that Lord Krishna married Rukmini right here in Madhavpur. This belief is kept alive through the holding of a fair every year. Madhavpur is also culturally significant due to one of the seats of Vallabhacharya who is the founder of Pushtimarg Vaishnava Hindu sect. ...

Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 25 km from Junagadh, 88 km from Rajkot and 98 km from Porbandar, Darbargadh Fort is a historical fort situated at Dhoraji town in Rajkot district of Gujarat. Also referred to as Darbar Garh, it is one among the many imposing regal structures in Gujarat and the top tourist attractions to visit as part of Porbandar.

Darbargadh Fort is one of the famous forts in Gujarat holding immense prominence both historically and majestically. Dhoraji was acquired by Kumbhaji II of Gondal State from Junagadh State during the 18th century CE. The fortification of Dhoraji was completed in 1755 AD. The massive fort wall has several bastions, 4 main gates and 3 smaller gates, known as baris. The four main gates are Kathiawadi Darwaja in the East, Porbandar Gate in the West, Halar Gate in the North and Junagadh Gate in the South while the smaller gates are- Darbari Bari, Bhimji Bari, and Sati Bari.

Darbargadh is located at the highest point in the town and is approached by Darbari Bari, a beautiful gate adorned with jharokha, resting on brackets of 4 elephant statues in different poses. A finely carved entrance gate leads to Darbargadh in the middle of a courtyard. Darbargadh is a three-storeyed structure on a high plinth and is designed in the same architectural style of Navlakha Palace at Gondal. The facade is ornamented with sculptures of musicians, complex geometric pattern, images of lions in different postures on long caves, profusely carved pillars, horizontal ...

Nature & Scenic | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 46 km from Great Rann of Kutch, 48 km from Dhordo and 89 km from Bhuj, Kalo Dungar or Kala Dungar is a hill located near Khavda town in Kutch district of Gujarat. It is one of the most famous attractions in Great Rann of Kutch that can be visited as part of Kutch Tour.

Situated at an altitude of 458 m, Kala Dungar literally means Black Hill in Gujarati language is the highest point of Kutch and offers jaw dropping view of the entire region, especially the Rann and the Indo-Pak border. The hill is also the site of a 400-year-old temple of Lord Dattatreya, the three-headed incarnation of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva in the same body. Legend says that when Dattatreya walked on the earth, he stopped at the Black Hills and noticed many hungry jackals and offered them his body to eat. When jackals started eating Dattatreya's body, his body automatically regenerated. The practice of feeding jackals is still followed by the people. Priest of the temple prepares food and serve it to jackals each morning and evening, after the aarti.

Beyond the temple there are two viewpoints that give the spectacular view of white Rann. Being close to the Pakistan border, there is an army post at the top of the Kalo Dungar and only military personnel are allowed beyond here. Before Kalo Dungar at one location you can experience vehicle going down with high speed even with ignition off. One can also visit India Bridge which is about 18 km from Kalo Dungar. This bridge ...

Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 110 km from Great Rann of Kutch and 148 km from Bhuj, Siyot caves are the ancient rock cut caves located near Siyot village in Kutch district of Gujarat. Also referred as Kateshwar Buddhist Caves, it is one of the popular places to visit in Kutch and among the popular tourist places in Gujarat.

Dated around the first century AD, the Siyot Caves are a group of five rock-cut caves. The main cave has east facing sanctum, ambulatory and space divisions which suggests a Shiva temple from the first or second century. The cave was used by Buddhists later which can be concluded based on the seals found herein and the traces of Brahmi inscriptions. Other caves are simple single cells. The folklores suggest that Siyot Caves were among the 80 monastic sites reported by the travellers from China during the 7th century at the mouth of the Indus River. Local people believes that these caves were used by dacoits to hide things looted from people in past.

These caves are an important site to visit for those interested in inscriptions and architecture of the ancient time. The sculptures here are the center of attraction for the tourists. The excavation in 1988-89 recovered clay seals engraved with Buddha images in various mudras and seals engraved with late Brahmi and Devnagari inscriptions. Other findings were copper rings, Gadhaiya coins, terracotta Nandi with bell and chain, different types of earthen wares like Surahi. ...

Wildlife | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 116 km from Great Rann of Kutch and 160 km from Bhuj, Narayan Sarovar or Narayansar is a village in Lakhpat taluk of Kutch district in Gujarat. Situated near Koteshwar Mahadev Temple, it is considered as one of the places of pilgrimage for Hindus in India and among the must visit places in Kutch.

The village got its name from the holy Narayan Sarovar Lake. Narayan Sarovar Lake is one of the 5 holy lakes of Hinduism, along with Mansarovar in Tibet, Pampa in Karnataka, Bindu Sarovar in Gujarat and Pushkar in Rajasthan. According to the Hindu mythology, the lake is associated with a time of drought in the Puranic area, when Lord Vishnu appeared in response to the avid prayers of sages and touched the land with his toe, creating the lake, now revered as holy to bathe in.

There are seven stone temples surrounded by the lake namely Sri Trikamraiji, Lakshminarayan, Govardhannathji, Dwarkanath, Adinarayan, Ranchodraiji and Laxmiji, built by the wife of Maharao Desalji. Accordingly, in 1734, she first built the temples of Lakshminarayan and Trikamray in the same style as the Dwarka temples while the other five temples built by Vagheli Mahakunvar form, along with the more lately built temple of Kalyanray. Collectively called as Narayan Sarovar Temples, these temples are surrounded by a fortified wall and are approached from the lake by flights of stone steps. The lake attracts huge crowds during the annual fair held in November or December. One can also visit ...

Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 33 km from Narayan Sarovar, 100 km from Rann of Kutch and 138 km from Bhuj, Lakhpat is an abandoned town in Kutch district of Gujarat. At the junction of Kori creek and Rann of Kutch, it is the last town situated at the western end of India, on the India - Pakistan border and among the popular places to visit in Kutch.

Lakhpat derives its name from the prosperous maritime trade which generated a daily income of One Lakh Koris, a Kutch monetary unit. According to another legend, the town was founded by Rao Lakha, so it was known as Lakhpat. Lakhpat is a fortified town with high walls, several gates and bastions made out of hard stone. The 7 km fort walls, erected in 1801 by Fateh Muhammed, are still nearly intact, and offer tremendous views out over the Rann.

Lakhpat was an important port city during the 1800s which had a population of about 15000 people. History suggests that before the earthquake, the Indus River used to flow right next to the town and connected it to the nearby sea. After the 1819 earthquake, the Indus River shifted its course and left the area barren. Most of the families, living inside its forted walls moved to other cities, but those left behind, are now living a life of hardship, and adversity.

This is also a seat of worship for Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims. Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, reportedly camped here on his journey to Mecca. The site later became a gurudwara, which holds some of Nanak's possessions. There ...

Pilgrimage

At a distance of 77 km from Rann of Kutch and 101 km from Bhuj, Desh Devi Maa Ashapura is a popular Hindu temple located in Mata no Madh town of Kutch district in Gujarat. It is one of the significant temples in Kutch region and among the popular places to visit as part of Kutch Packages.

Mata no Madh temple is dedicated to Maa Ashapura, the household deity of former Jadeja rulers of Cutch State and she is also considered the patron deity of Kutch. The goddess is also referred to as Desh Devi, meaning the Goddess of the people. The temple was built in the 14th century by two Karad Vanias, Ajo and Anagor, the ministers of the father of Lakho Phulani. The temple was damaged by the earthquake in 1819 and was rebuilt by Sundarji Shivji and Mehta Vallabhaji in 1823. The temple was damaged again by the earthquake in 2001 but was repaired again.

Mata no Madh is a good illustration of traditional Indian architecture with elaborate and intricate carvings. The image of Ashapura Mata in the shrine is a red-painted stone, about six feet high and six feet broad at the base, narrowing to a point in a shape, with some rough likeness to a human form. The unique thing about the idol of Ashapura Mata is that it has 7 pairs of eyes. As the name indicates, she is the Goddess who fulfills the wish & desires of all those who trust and believe her. One can also see a huge bell presented by Mian Ghulam Shah Kalhoro of Sindh along with deepmala weighing 2 kg silver offered by Jamadar Fateh ...

Wildlife

At a distance of 5 km from Fulay village, 30 km from Nakhtrana and 61 km from Rann of Kutch, Chhari Dhand Bird Sanctuary is a wetland conservation reserve situated near Fulay village in Kutch district of Gujarat State in India. Located on the edge of arid Banni Grasslands and the marshy salt flats of the Rann of Kutch, it is one of the popular wetlands in Gujarat and among the best places to visit in Kutch.

The Chhari Dhand is a seasonal desert wetland and only gets swampy during a good monsoon, receiving water from the north flowing rivers as well as from the huge catchment areas of many surrounding big hills. Chhari means salt affected and Dhand means shallow wetland in local Kutchi language. The wetland was originally spread over 227 Sq. km, out of which 80 Sq. km was the water filled area. This place is a paradise for bird watchers and ornithologists as this seasonal desert wetland attracts nearly 200 species of migratory birds every year in the monsoon and winter seasons. Due to this rich biodiversity, the protected area of Chhari Dhand and some of its adjoining wetlands are under serious consideration for inclusion in the Ramsar Convention.

More than 50,000 waterfowls, 250 species of birds and 55 distinct species of animals have been recorded in and around Chhari Dhand. More than 30,000 common cranes have been reported during winter. Endangered species like Dalmatian Pelican, Oriental Darter, Black necked Stork and Indian Skimmer migrate through these wetlands ...

Wildlife

At a distance of 25 km from Rapar, and 124 km from Bhuj, Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary is sanctuary located in the north eastern part of Kutch district in Gujarat. Situated in the Great Rann of Kutch, it is one of the famous sanctuaries in Gujarat and among the popular places to visit in Kutch.

Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary was established in February 1986. Covering an area of about 7505 sq. km, this is the largest Wildlife Sanctuary in India area wise and one of the largest seasonal saline wetlands of Gujarat having an average water depth between 0.5 to 1.5 meters. But, after October-November, water dries up and the entire area turns into saline desert where thousands of Flamingoes nest and breed. The sanctuary has four hilly and rocky islands ('bets') such as Pachchham, Khadir, Bela and Chorar along with Kalo Dungar and Goro Dungar hills.

The Sanctuary is mainly established to preserve the nesting ground of the flamingo or Greater Flamingo. The world famous 'Flamingo City' is located in the mudflats of the Rann, at a distance of around 10 km from the Nir outpost on Kalo Dungar. Hundreds of greater flamingoes breed here, particularly during the year at the optimum level of inundation. They construct their muddy nests, lay eggs and rear young ones. Buried city Dholavira of Harappan civilization was excavated here, which attracts hordes of archeologists from all across the world.

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Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 92 km from Rapar, 222 km from Bhuj and 300 km from Great Rann of Kutch, Dholavira is an archaeological site at Khadir Bet in Kutch district of Gujarat. Managed by ASI, it is the most prominent archaeological site in India belonging to the Indus Valley Civilization and among the must visit places as part of Kutch Tour.

Dholavira represents the ruins of an ancient city of the Harappan civilization that was inhabited over a period of 1,200 years from 3000 BCE through 1800 BCE. It is the larger of the two most remarkable excavations of the Indus Valley Civilization or Harappan culture in India, the other being Lothal. Locally called as Kotada, the 250-acre area of Dholavira sprawls across the Khadir Island of the Great Rann of Kutch and is part of the protected Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary.

The site was unearthed by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) in 1967, but has been systematically excavated only since 1990. The excavated site of Dholavira demonstrates the ingenuity of Harappan people to evolve a highly organised system of town planning with perfected proportions, interrelation of functional areas, street-pattern and an efficient water conservation system that supported life for more than 1200 years against harsh hot arid climate. Lies between two seasonal streams, the Mansar in the north and Manhar in the south, Dholavira had three distinct zones-the Upper, Middle and Lower Towns. First, the citadel, consisting of enclosures identified ...

Wildlife

At a distance of 50 km from Surendranagar, 100 km from Ahmedabad, 238 km from Bhuj and 320 km from Great Rann of Kutch, Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary located in the Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat. Also known as the Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary, it is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat and among the best places to visit in Kutch.

Spread over an area of 4954 Sq. km, the wildlife sanctuary was established in 1972 and came under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. The Wild Ass Sanctuary of the Little Rann of Kutch is the only place on earth where the endangered Indian Wild Ass, known locally as the ghudkhar, still lives. One of the three surviving species of the Wild Ass in the world-the other two being found in Central Asia and in and around Tibet, the Khur is high on the list of endangered species. Known for its speed, the wild ass lives in herds led by stallions and survived by migrating between the grassy 'bets' through the season, in search of food. There are around 3000 wild asses in the sanctuary and can be best seen in and around October and November.

Apart from wild ass, the sanctuary is also home to 32 other species of mammals such as chinkara, two types of desert fox, jackals, caracals, nilgais, Indian wolves, blackbucks, and striped hyenas along with 350 different species of birds, including the common crane, pelican and the lesser flamingo. Interestingly, the Little Rann gets a fair number of winged visitors in the winter months. ...

Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 48 km from Mandvi, 51 km from Bhuj and 127 km from Rann of Kutch, Roha Fort is an ancient fort located on the outskirts of Roha village in Nakhatrana Taluk of Kutch, Gujarat. Also known as Roha Sumari Fort, it is one of the historical forts of Kutch and among the major Mandvi Tourist Places.

Located 800 feet above sea level on Roha Hill, Roha Fort is believed to have been built by Thakore Noganji. There are about 52 villages under this fort. Roha is also called Sumari Roha after the princesses from the Sumara state who took Samadhi here. After the British took control over the fort during the early 18th century several changes has been made in the fort through the approach of renovation. The British made two deep wells within the fort.

Covers an area of 16 acres, the fort appears like a temple and was mainly built with the use of stone and baked bricks. Over the years, most of the parts of the fort have destroyed from earthquake and lack of proper management. But one can see a temple at the bottom and another one at the top of a small hill. The famous poet of Gujarat, Kalapi, wrote romantic poems at Roha hill because atmosphere of Roha was peaceful and close to the nature with many peacocks and other birds which can be seen here even now.

Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM

Pilgrimage

At a distance of 33 km from Gandhidham, 64 km from Bhuj, 66 km from Mandvi and 138 km from Gateway of Rann, Bhadreshwar Temple is a Jain temple situated at Bhadreshwar village in Kutch district of Gujarat. Also known as Vasai Jain Temple, it is one of the important Jain pilgrimage centers in Gujarat and among the famous places to visit in Bhuj.

Bhadreshwar Temple is believed to be one of the oldest Jain temples in India. According to legend, the foundation stone of this temple was laid down by a Jain layman named Devchandra, centuries ago, about 45 years after the death of Lord Mahavir, but there is no evidence to either support that claim. Although the temple have been renovated many times. The temple is said to be first renovated by King Sidhsen of Bhadrawati in 449 BC and then, the temple have been renovated and rehabilitated many times. The temple have been destroyed many times due to earthquakes of 1819, 1844, 1875, and 2001 but the chronicles of Mistris of Kutch renovated it every time.

Built in the line of Dilwara Temples, the temple complex has 53 shrines, a major central temple and 52 minor shrines around it, one of which reputedly holds the original Parshwanath idol from 500 BC. The main temple, facing east, is strikingly beautiful, in all white marble with majestic pillars. In the shrine are three white marble images. The central image of Lord Ajitnath, the second of the Tirthankars, is flanked by Lord Parshwanath with the snake hood in the right and Lord ...

Wildlife

At a distance of 80 km from Mandvi, 109 km from Bhuj and 173 km from Gateway of Rann, Kutch Bustard Sanctuary or Kachchh Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary is a protected area located near Jakhau village in Kutch district of Gujarat. Also known as Lala-Parjan Sanctuary, it is one of the two great Indian Bustard Sanctuaries in Gujarat and among the top Mandvi Tourist Places.

It was declared as a sanctuary in July 1992 to safeguard the Great Indian Bustard from hunting and poaching. Home to the endangered Great Indian bustard, this is the smallest sanctuary in the country spread over just 2 sq. km. Several suggestions have been made to vastly increase the size of this sanctuary as it is a breeding ground of the endangered Great Indian Bustard, the heaviest flying bird belonging to the avian family of Otididae.

Varied vegetation, semi-arid grasslands and marshy swamps make Kutch Bustard Sanctuary an ideal home for Great Indian Bustard. It has the largest concentration of bustards, second only to the Desert National Park of Rajasthan. The Kutch Bustard Sanctuary is home to three species of Bustards - the Great Indian bustard, lesser floricans and the macqueen Bustard. Among the three, the population of Great Indian Bustard is reported to be declining and the bird is critically endangered. Besides these endangered species, the sanctuary is home to stoliczkas, bushchats, merlins, flamingos, herons, egrets, sandpipers, harriers, common cranes, black partridges, sand grouses ...

Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 41 km from Junagadh and 66 km from Rajkot, Khambhalida Caves are the ancient rock cut Buddhist caves situated at Khambhalida village in Rajkot district of Gujarat. Also known as Rajkot Caves, it is one of the popular places to visit in Rajkot.

Dating back to 4th or 5th century AD, the Khambhalida Caves are a group of three Buddhist caves situated at the foot of a small hill on the banks of a spring. These Caves were discovered in 1958 by P. P. Pandya, a prominent archeologist. It is said that they were carved in the limestone rocks by Saint of Dinyan Branch of the Buddha tradition. It is also said that many Buddha Saints from Junagadh came to these caves for meditation and there is an inscription on a stone here that states Asoka might have come to this place for his meditation.

Among the three caves, the central one contains the stupa which is known as chaitya cave. The entrance of the chaitya is flanked by two large sculptures of the Bodhisattvas. On the right is the figure of Padmapani under Asoka-like tree with a female companion and five attendants. There is a yaksha-like dwarf on the left of it holding a basket. The figure on the left side of the entrance is probably Vajrapani and this sculpture is considered as one of the most ancient ones in India. The second such sculpture of Vajrapani came into existence 400-500 years thereafter at Cave No.2 of the world famous Ellora Caves of Maharashtra. The second sculpture of Padmapani, contemporary ...

Wildlife

At a distance of 42 km from Rajkot Junction, Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary is a dense woodland situated near Khijadiya village near Rajkot, Gujarat. It is one of the major tourist attractions in Gujarat and among the best tourist places in Rajkot. It has been selected as an alternate place for the Asiatic lion breeding center in Gujarat.

A former shooting reserve owned by the erstwhile princely state of Wankaner, Rampara was acquired by the government in 1975, declared as a reserve forest in 1983 and notified as a Sanctuary in 1988 so as to protect the natural vegetation and the wildlife of the area. Covers over an area of around 15 Sq. km, the sanctuary is located near the river of Machchhu, which is drained by two streams named Pat a gala vonklo and Vaghrigalo vonklo.

The sanctuary has plain terrain in the middle with hillocks at the periphery and an undulating terrain in between. The shrubby land spread with patches of grasses, harbors large number of species of plants, birds and mammals. The Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary in Rajkot is renowned for housing an entire troop of mammoth antelopes, regarded as the Indian Blue Bulls, popularly addressed by the name 'Nilgai'. Other animals like wolf, jackal, hyena, common fox, and blue bull are fellow residents of this sanctuary along with more than 130 species of birds flocking in this region. Partridge, Common peafowl, ring dove, large gray babbler, purple sunbird, yellow throated sparrow are indigenous varieties of birds ...

Pilgrimage

At a distance of 46 km from Junagadh and 60 km from Rajkot, Jalaram Bapa Mandir is a Hindu temple located in Virpur near Rajkot, Gujarat. Situated near Kodhaldham Temple, it is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Gujarat and among the best places to visit in Rajkot.

Jalaram Bapa popularly known as Bapa was a Hindu saint born in 1799 to Pradhan Thakkar and Rajbai Thakkar in the village of Virpur, Gujarat. His mother Rajbai Thakkar was very fond of saints and sadhus and no saint could go from Virpur without receiving the hospitality of Rajbai. He was a devotee of the Hindu god Rama. At the age of 18, Jalaram Bapa became a disciple of Shri Bhojalram of Fatehpur. With blessings of his guru, he started 'Sadavrat', a feeding center for sadhus and saints as well as the needy. This tradition of feeding people continues to this day in Virpur.

The temple is an actual resident house of Jalaram Bapa where he lived till his last breath. The main attraction in the temple is the portrait picture of Jalaram Bapa and original photo of Bapa which has been taken before one year of his death. The idol of Bapa is in standing posture wearing a white turban and a dhoti- kurta and holding a stick in the left hand.

Jalaram Bapa's birthday is celebrated at the temple with great pomp every year on 7th day Shukla paksha of the Hindu month of Kartika. A huge fair is conducted at Virpur on the occasion and millions of devotees visit Virpur to pay their respect to the saint and have ...

Pilgrimage

At a distance of 7 km from Virpur, 47 km from Junagadh and 67 km from Rajkot, Shree Kodhaldham Temple is a holy temple situated near Kavgad in Gujarat. Located on Virpur-Jetpur road, it is one of the popular religious places in Gujarat and among the must visit temples as part of Rajkot Packages.

Dedicated to Maa Khodiyar, the foundation stone for the temple was laid in the year 2012 and was opened for the public in 2017. Built by Shri Kodhaldham Trust of Leuva Patel community, Shree Khodaldham Temple is one of the largest comprehensive Hindu Temples, measures 299 feet long and 135 feet high. The temple houses the idols of Maa Khodiyar along with Maa Amba, Maa Bahuchar, Maa Verai, Maa Mahakali, Annapurna, Gaurtal, Randal, Butbhavani, Momai, Chamunda and Shihori.

Khodaldham has a distinctive architecture that displays the tradition of Leuva Patel community. Its unique architecture and spiritual aura make this temple a must visit for the devotees as well as tourists. Besides Khodaldham, one can also visit the temples of Shri Mahadeva, Shri Ram Darbar, Shri Radhakrishna, Shri Shrinathaji, Shri Ganesha and Shri Hanuman in Khodaldham temple complex. There is a big garden beside the temple maintained by the forest department, housed with many plants both medicinal, and flowering. The temple authorities also provide battery operated vehicles for senior citizens. Besides, refreshment stalls outside the temple provide snacks and local food items.

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Beach

At a distance of 25 km from Dwarka and 78 km from Porbandar, Okha Madhi Beach is a pristine beach on the Arabian Sea coast near Okha Madhi village in Gujarat. Located on Dwarka - Porbandar Highway, it is one of the secluded beaches in Gujarat and among the best places to visit in Dwarka.

Okha Madhi or Madhi is a beautiful coastal area located between Bhatiya and Dwarka and is very isolated marine site. If you are looking for the less crowded beach then Okha Madhi or Nexon Beach is the best place for you. The tidy, long beach with thunderous waves, golden sands, coral reefs and clean blue water is an ideal destination to have fun with family and friends in peace. Also known as Bechtel Beach, this beach is famous for turtle conservation.

Swimming is not safe at this location as tides are really huge at times. Being a secluded place, there is no shops so better to carry water and snacks. Hotels are available within a few kilometers.

Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 49 km from Vadodara, Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the ancient city of Champaner. It is one of the popular places of heritage in India and among the prime places to visit as part of Vadodara Packages.

Covering over an area of 1,329 hectares, Champaner - Pavagadh Archeological Park is located around the historical city of Champaner, founded by the Rajput King Vanraj Chavda in the 8th century. Due to its strategic point on the trade routes, it lured many invaders including Khalji Dynasty, Chauhan Gurjars, Solanki kings, Khichi Chauhans. Later Mahmud Begada captured the city in 1484 and rebuilt Champaner into a splendid new capital. The region faced major devastation in 1535 CE when looted by Mughal Emperor, Humayun who made Ahmedabad the capital city again in order to control Gujarat. This marked the start of the decline of Champaner, which slowly fell into ruins. Later, ASI had rediscovered the city with 39 standing monuments that are a beautiful confluence of Hindu, Jain and Islamic architectural styles.

It was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2004. The heritage site is studded with prehistoric (chalcolithic) sites, a hill fortress of an early Hindu capital, and remains of the 16th-century capital of the state of Gujarat. The site also includes, other vestiges, fortifications, palaces, Jain and Hindu temples, mosques, residential precincts, agricultural structures and water installations ...

Wildlife

At a distance of 70 km from Vadodara, Jambughoda is a wildlife sanctuary located in the Panchmahal district of Central Gujarat. Situated near Jambughoda, it is one of the wildlife sanctuaries in Gujarat and among the top places to visit near Vadodara.

Jambughoda Sanctuary was a part of the princely state of Jambughoda prior to independence. The sanctuary was established in 1990 at the behest of the late Prime Minister of India, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. Sprawling over an area of 130 sq. km, Jambughoda is a magnificent forest of teak, bamboos and other miscellaneous species. The area has two water reservoirs- one at Kada and the other at Targol. The most striking feature of the area is the undulating hills having a good forest cover, with the valleys having small tribal hamlets.

The sanctuary harbors several wild animals, birds and flora, including plants and herbs of medicinal value. Leopard is the top predator here whose population has been increasing. The habitat is shared by other animals such as sloth bear, jackal, blue bull, wild boar and four horned antelopes. In addition, the sanctuary is also home to a wide variety of snakes including cobra, rat snake, Russell's viper and python, and interesting birds such as the Paradise Fly Catcher, Golden Oriole, Tailor bird, etc.

There is no Jeep Safari inside the sanctuary but one can go for a nature walk through the dense forest of teak, bamboo, mahuda. Also there are some wonderful camping sites within the sanctuary. ...

Pilgrimage

At a distance of 62 km from Vadodara, Nilkanthdham Swaminarayan Temple is a beautiful Hindu temple located at Poicha Village in Gujarat. Situated on the banks of the Narmada River, it is one of the amazing temples in Gujarat and among the popular places to visit near Vadodara.

Dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, the temple was built in 2013 by Shri Vadtal Swaminarayan Temple. Built mainly out of sandstone, the main temple is encircled by an artificial pond with a Shivling and a beautiful fountain. The shivling in the artificial pond can be accessed via a peacock shaped boat. The temple walls are exquisitely carved with figures from Hindu mythological scriptures. Every mandap has its own flag that waves in the breeze and the stark blue water juxtaposed with the sand coloured stone come together in perfect harmony to offer a visual treat.

Also known as Poicha Temple, the area is so clean and well maintained. In the main temple there are idols of God Vishnu with Sheshnag, Lord Ganesha, Hanumanji, 108 gaumukh, Saptarishi and 12 Vishnu Avatars. One can also visit Sahjanand Universe situated just opposite to the main temple of Swaminarayan. Spread over an area of 24 acres, the place consists of a big Idol of Lord Swaminarayan with height of 151 feet, more than 1100 idols related to Indian culture and Hindu pilgrimage, science city, amusement park, Water Park, boat riding, bhul bhulaiya, horror house, yampuri darshan, lights and sound shows in 3D and theaters.

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Waterfall

At a distance of 34 km from Champaner and 78 km from Vadodara, Hathni Mata Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall situated near Shivrajpur in Gujarat. It is one of the scenic waterfalls near Vadodara.

Flanked by richly green hills, the Hathni Mata Waterfalls is a haven of divine beauty. This is a 100-metre long water body that falls beautifully along a cliff. The fresh waterfall flows at its best mainly during the monsoons. A small temple dedicated to Hathni Mata is located in the cave adjacent to the waterfalls. The name Hathni was derived by the local tribal community from the rock that looks like a baby elephant in the base of the waterfall.

Although Hathni Mata waterfall is popular among youngsters and local communities, due to location and seasonal rush, it is one of many unspoiled jewels of Jambughoda. The road leading to this site is good but very narrow. This place is crowded on weekends. This is a remote place so one needs to carry food and water.

Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM

Lake & Backwater

At a distance of 94 km from Vadodara, Sardar Sarovar Dam is a gravity dam on the Narmada River near Kevadia village in Gujarat, India. It is one of the largest dams in India and among the top tourist places in Gujarat as part of Vadodara Tour Packages.

Also known as Narmada Dam, the Sardar Sarovar project was a vision of the first deputy prime minister of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The foundation stone of the project was laid out in 1961 by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The project took form in 1979 as part of a development scheme to increase irrigation and produce hydroelectricity. The dam provides water to generate power and supply water for drinking and irrigation to states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

Having a length of 1.2 km and a depth of 163 m, it is the third highest concrete dam in India and the 2nd biggest concrete dam in the world. It is a part of the Narmada Valley Project, a large hydraulic engineering project involving the construction of a series of large irrigation and hydroelectric multi-purpose dams on the Narmada River. Following a number of controversial cases before the Supreme Court of India (1999, 2000, 2003), by 2014 the Narmada Control Authority had approved a series of changes in the final height and the associated displacement caused by the increased reservoir, from the original 80 m (260 feet) to a final 163 m (535 feet) from the foundation.

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Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 3 km from Sardar Sarovar Dam and 90 km from Vadodara, The statue of unity is a giant statue located on an islet on the Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadia village in Gujarat. Situated on the Sadhu Bet Island, it is the most popular attractions in Gujarat and among the must visit places near Vadodara as part of Gujarat tour.

The Statue of Unity is a colossal statue of Indian statesman and the Ironman of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (1875-1950) who was the first Home minister of India. The statue was inaugurated by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in 2018. The project was carried out by the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET) which was established for this purpose. Designed by the Indian Sculptor, Ram Vanji Sutar, the construction was taken up by the Indian company Larson & Toubro. The Rs. 2,989 crore project took 42 months, and round-the-clock work by 3,400 labourers and 250 engineers to complete. The statue has been erected to propagate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's vision of India and to inspire the citizens of India through his patriotism and freedom struggle.

Surrounded by a 12 km artificial lake, the monument compound is spread across 20,000 square meters. The Bronze statue of the founding father of the Republic of India stands 182 m tall grabbing the attention of the whole world as the 'Tallest statue in the World'. The statue is 23 meter taller than China's Spring Temple Buddha ...

Pilgrimage

At a distance of 75 km from Vadodara and 160 km from Ahmedabad, Stambeshwar Mahadev Temple is a 150 years old Hindu temple located in the town of Kavi Kamboi near Vadodara in Gujarat. Situated between Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Cambay, it is one of the incredible places to visit in Gujarat and among the prime tourist places near Vadodara.

Stambeshwar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The architecture of the temple is very simple and is built on pillars, but it is still a very unusual must visit religious sites of India. The temple is mainly supported on pillars, hence called 'Stambeshwar Mahadev.' Popularly known as the Disappearing Shiva Temple, the temple is unique because the temple submerges every day during high tide and as the tide starts to get low it again starts emerging out of the sea, unveiling the 4 feet high Shiva Linga.

According to the mythology, this Shiva Linga was installed by Lord Kartikeya himself. Legend says that, Lord Kartikeya feels guilty after killing the demon Tarakasura. On the advice of Lord Vishnu, Kartikeya installed Shiva Lingas at three places and offered his prayers in order to absolve his sin of killing a great devotee of Lord Shiva. And, Stambeshwar Shiva Linga is one among them.

Sea traverses through the area twice a day every morning and evening to do the jalabhishek of Lord Shiva. Due to this unique phenomenon, the place attracts millions of tourists from throughout the year to see this extravaganza of nature. ...

Pilgrimage

At a distance of 29 km from Una, 66 km from Sasan Gir and 76 km from Amreli, Tulsi Shyam Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Tulsishyam in Gujarat. It is one of the revered temples in this region of Gujarat and among the must visit places near Sasan Gir while in a Gujarat Tour.

Dedicated to Lord Krishna, Tulsi Shyam Temple is a well-known temple located inside the Gir National Park. Legend says that Lord Krishna eliminated the demon called Tul and so the place is associated with his name along with that of Krishna as Shyam as Tulsishyam. The idol of Lord Tulsishyam is said to be 3000 years old made out of black stone. Visitors need to climb 100 steep steps to reach the temple from the parking. There is also a temple dedicated to Goddess Rukmini Devi on a small hillock near the main temple.

There are three hot sulphur springs that are believed to have healing powers. Of these, the 1st one is filled with hot water, the second one is filled with more hot water and the third water spring is having hot boiling water. Another attraction that draws people to this temple is the stretch of road near the temple famed for its Gravity Hill phenomenon. At the temple one will find boarding facilities at a nominal cost and food is provided by the trust at free of cost.

There are two approach routes to this place - one from Una is in good state while the second one from Amreli is a bit longer and has lot of potholes and uneven road. At both the entry forest check posts ...

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At a distance of 10 km from Junagadh Junction, Girnar Hill is a sacred mountain situated in Junagadh, Gujarat. It is one of the popular pilgrimage places in Gujarat and among the top places to visit in Junagadh as part of Gujarat trip.

Spread over an area of about 70 miles, Mount Girnar is older than the Himalayas and the Jain temples upon it are amongst the most ancient in the country. It has five principal peaks Ambaji, Gorakhnath, Guru Dattatreya, Oghad Ansuya and Kalika. Out of these, Gorakhnath is situated at an altitude of 3672 feet and is the highest point in Gujarat. Since centuries, Mount Girnar has been one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Gujarat and indeed in all of Western India, with 866 Hindu and Jain temples spread over its 5 summits. For Jains this place is considered holy as this is the Nirvana Kshetra of 22nd Tirthankara Neminath and for Hindus this place is considered holy as Dattatreya stayed here.

One will have to climb 10000 steps to reach the final summit. Trek to Girnar Hill starts from Girnar Taleti, which is about 6 km from Junagadh Junction. While ascending the stone path that connects the temples along the 5 summits, one will pass temples of many different sects of Hinduism. The Bhavnath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is the first one that can come across while ascending Girnar Hill. The temple is famous for Bhavnath Fair when the 'naked sadhus' come to celebrate Shivaratri ...

Adventure / Trekking | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 8 km from Junagadh Junction, Datar Hill is holy site in Junagadh city of Gujarat. Situated opposite to Girnar Hills, it is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Gujarat and amongst the most visited sites in Junagadh.

Situated at an altitude of 2,779 feet, Datar Hill is one of the five principle peaks of Mount Girnar. Also known as Guru Dattatray or Dattatri, it is a popular religious place in Saurashtra region as it houses the shrine of Jamiyal Shah Datar. The dargah at the bottom of the hill is the tomb of a Muslim saint Jamal Shah Datar. It is ornately carved and crowned with a large onion dome and small minarets in a style similar to maqbara, the mausoleums of Nawabs of Junagadh. The shrine is visited by sufferers of leprosy in hope of a cure.

There is also a small shrine on the summit of the hill associated with the saint. One has to climb 3,000 steps to reach the shrine from Wellington Dam, which was built over the Kalwa River by the British. The place is truly scenic during monsoon as tiny waterfalls cascade down the hills. Visitor can also visit Koyala Vajir Temple and Digambar Jain Bhagwan Neminath Temple while on their way to the summit. From summit, one can have a spectacular view of the town below.

Also known as Upla Datar, the shrine is popular for its 5 days Urs festival celebrated here every year with great pomp and show. At least 3 lakh devotees of both Muslim and Hindus visit the Datar shrine during these five days, ...

Wildlife

At a distance of 16 km from Jamnagar Railway Station, Khijadiya is a bird sanctuary located at Khijadiya Village in Jamnagar district of Gujarat. Situated off the coast of Kutch, it is one of the popular bird sanctuaries in Gujarat and among the major Jamnagar tourist places.

Covering an area of about 6 Sq.km, the Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is unique having both fresh water lakes, salt and freshwater marshlands. It was officially declared as a sanctuary in 1982. However, it became a natural habitat for local and migratory birds before India's independence when the then rulers constructed a small check dam on Ruparel River for storing the waters. This dam created a unique ecosphere with the freshwater lakes on one side and the salty water of the sea forming marshes on the other to support not only a variety of fauna but also flora. The main sanctuary covers the area around the Ruparel and Kalindi rivers towards the north-east of Jamnagar.

The sanctuary is a true heaven for all bird lovers as it is home to more than 250 species of resident and migratory birds, including globally threatened species such as Dalmatian pelican, Asian open bill stork, Black-necked stork, Darter, Black-headed ibis, Eurasian spoonbill, and Indian skimmer. The sanctuary provides birdwatchers with a delightful chance to sight rare birds in large numbers. It is more recognized as the breeding ground for the great crested grebe. One can also found jackals, cats, snakes, wolves, bluebells, mongoose ...

Wildlife

At a distance of 56 km from Jamnagar Railway Station, Narara Marine National Park is a marine wildlife sanctuary in the Gulf of Kutch near Jamnagar. Situated next to Vadinar Village, it is the first Marine National Park in India and among the top places to visit in Jamnagar.

The Narara Marine National Park is one of the rare places in the world where one can look at corals without having to dive down into the water. About an area of 458 Sq. km from Okha to Jodiya was declared as a Marine Sanctuary in 1980. Later, in 1982, about 163 Sq. km of core area was declared as a Marine National Park under the provisions of the Wildlife Act, 1972 of India.

There are 42 tropical islands on the Jamnagar coast in the Marine National Park, most of them surrounded by reefs. Out of which 33 islands have coral reef. Some of the best known islands are Pirotan, Karubhar, Narara, and Poshitra. There are islands with sandy beaches and mangrove swamps. Major ecosystem types available are coral reefs, mangroves, mudflats, creeks, Sea grass, & Sea weeds, estuaries, sandy strands to saline grasslands, marshy areas and rocky shores. All ecosystems support rich marine life & bird life in the marine park.

The sanctuary lies in the intertidal zone, so especially in low tide, visitors get to observe the rich diversity of marine life. One has to just walk in the water when tide ebbs, in about 1 to 2 feet of water to watch this fascinating underwater world of corals. It is a 2 km walk and ...

Wildlife

At a distance of 10 km from Jamnagar Railway Station, Pirotan Island is an island situated in the Gulf of Kutch near Jamnagar. It is one of the beautiful islands in Gujarat and among the top places to visit in Jamnagar.

Spreads over an area of 3 Sq. km, Pirotan Island is one of the 42 islands which compose the first Marine National Park in India. It is one of the two islands in the Marine National Park opened for tourists, other one being Narara Island. Pirotan Island is a gem for the people who love nature and adventure as it gives an opportunity to witness the colourful coral reefs, mangroves, and incredible aquatic creatures like jelly fish, octopus, star fish, sea snakes, hermit crabs, sea horse, sea slugs, green sea turtles and dolphins. One can also spot some beautiful birds such as pelicans, herring gull, sea gull, and black-headed gull in the unruffled setting of nature.

Pirotan was originally known as 'Pir jo thaan' signifying the sacred place of Saint Khwaja Khizer Rahmatullahialaih. The holy shrine of the saint is also located on the island. The island also houses a lighthouse. The island is uninhabited except for the workers at Pirotan Island's lighthouse, the forest guard, and the Mujhavar (Server) at the Holy Saint Khwaja Khizer shrine. Most visitors come in the morning with the high tide and leave by evening. So, one can spend hours walking around the tidal flats at low tide, observing the fascinating marine life in solitude.

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Waterfall

At a distance of 5 km from Waghai and 49 km from Saputara, Gira Falls is seasonal waterfall located at Wanarchod village near Saputara. Situated on the Saputara-Waghai Road, it is one of the picturesque falls in Gujarat and among the top places to visit near Saputara to visit as part of Gujarat trip.

Also known as Giradudh, Gira Waterfall is formed over the Kapri River and eventually drops into the Ambika River. The height of the falls is about 75 feet and the speed of the water plunging into the river creates a foggy look giving it a charming feel. The Gira Falls is a favourite among the tourists to the area and people from the neighboring towns flock to the area during the weekends. The place has now developed in to a great picnic spot.

The falls is a great stopover for those travelling from Saputara towards Surat. The falls can only reached by 1 km trekking from the parking place. There are many picnic huts in the vicinity of Gira Falls, along with various small tea and snack stalls. Tourists also visit the beautiful Waghai Botanical Garden nearby which has a variety of plants and trees, providing a marvelous view of different varieties of bamboo groves

The best season to visit the waterfalls is post monsoon season.

Timings: 8 AM - 5 PM

Parking Fee: Rs. 50 per vehicle

Adventure / Trekking | Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 9 km from Saputara Bus Station and 80 km from Nashik, Hatgad Fort is an ancient fort located at Hatgad village in Nashik district of Maharashtra near Saputara. Situated on Saputara - Nashik Road, it is a major trekking destination on Gujarat - Maharashtra border and among the top historical places to visit as part of Saputara Tour.

Located at an altitude of 3,600 feet in Sahyadri ranges, Hatgad Fort was built in 17th century AD by the great Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. This fort was built as a watch tower towards the Nasik area and the inner valleys of the Gujarat. Officially managed and maintained by Archeological Department of Maharashtra, this fort is a delightful destination for history buffs as well as trekkers.

A statue of Lord Ganesha is placed on the top of the fort. One can see a tombstone, a water tank, remnants of a mansion, dilapidated fort walls and an arch shaped structure inside the fort. Unique feature of Hatgadh is two reservoirs, named Jamuna and Ganga, which are the source of water for the villages located in the vicinity earlier. Tourists can enjoy beautiful views of the entire valley and Suragana Village from the top of the fort.

The only way to reach the fort is through trekking via a narrow rocky path. The route to the fort starts just near the Anando Restaurant in front of Club Mahindra Resort. It takes around an hour to reach the top of the fort from the parking place. It's not advisable for kids and ...

Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 27 km from Ahwa and 35 km from Saputara Bus Station, Pandava Cave is an ancient cave located at Javtala village in Dang district of Gujarat. It is one of the places of heritage in Gujarat and among the top places to visit during Saputara Tour.

Pandava Cave or Pandav Gufa is one of the most popular historical attractions in the state of Gujarat as it is believed that Pandavas, the heros of epic Mahabharata spent some time during their exile days here. The cave is about 60 m long and 15 m wide. There is an impressive Shivling in the cave which were used by Pandavas to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva. It is said that there are multiple chamber inside the cave of which the biggest one belongs to 'Bhima'.

The best way to visit the cave is from Javtala via Linga. From Javtala one needs to trek around 1.5 km to reach the cave. The trekking route is scenic and also provides glimpses of tribal villages and fort ruins. And the other option is to go to Pandava village on the route to Chinchali village and trek 2-3 km to the Pandava caves. There is no food stall available so visitors need to carry enough food and water.

End of Monsoon season is the best time because after rain, greenery spreads throughout the forest.

Timings: 7 AM - 6 PM

Wildlife

At a distance of 42 km from Waghai and 68 km from Saputara Bus Station, Purna Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary in the Western Ghats between the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra, India. It is one of the most popular hotspots for bird watchers and among the best places to visit near Saputara.

Situated in the predominantly tribal district of Dangs, Purna Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as a sanctuary in July 1990 which spread over an area of 160 Sq. km. The sanctuary derives its name from the Purna River, which flows through it. Managed by the North Dangs Forest Division, Purna is one of the last remaining patches of moist deciduous forest in Gujarat which supports huge range of flora and fauna. Purna, along with Vansda National Park, is the only Protected Area in South Gujarat for conserving diverse biological resources.

Known for its thick forest cover, Purna receives the highest average rainfall in the state. The landscape is completely lush green along with thick forests, interspersed with rivers and small tribal villages leaving visitors absolutely enchanted. There are about 700 species of plants and trees in Purna Wildlife Sanctuary. Leopard is the top predator here whose population has been increasing. Wild bulls, elephants, rhesus macaque, bonnet macaque, common mongoose, Indian civet cat, Indian porcupine, four-horned antelope, barking deer, sambar, chital, hyena, and jungle cat are among the other prominent animals found in the forest. The forest ...

Wildlife

At a distance of 3 km from Waghai and 52 km from Saputara Bus Station, Vansda National Park is a protected area located near Waghai in Navsari district of Gujarat. Situated on the Vansda-Waghai State Highway, Vansda, along with Purna Wildlife Sanctuary, is the only Protected Area in South Gujarat and one of the popular places to visit in Gujarat as part of Saputara Tour Packages.

Spread over an area of 24 Sq. km, the area was established as a National park in the year of 1979. The park got its name as Vansda because it was once privately owned by the Maharaja of Vansda. As per the official records, not a single tree has been cut since 1952. Owing to this, in some places, the canopies are so thick that sunlight does not pass through. Maintained by the South Dangs Forest Division, the landscape of the park is breath-taking with beautiful rolling hills, sweeping valleys and the beautiful river Ambika flows through the north eastern boundary of the park. The park also has a fairly large number of tribes living in and around such as the Bhil, Gamit, Warli, Kokni, Kunbi and Dangi tribes.

Nestled in the Western Ghats of Sahyadri range, it has a unique flavour of flora and fauna population. The vegetation includes 440 species of plants out of which the most prominent ones are the moist and dry deciduous forest cover, bamboos, tall teak trees, orchids, mango groves and gigantic creepers. This national park is home to many wild animals like leopards, hyenas, wild boar, sambar ...

Waterfall

At a distance of 35 km from Mahal, 50 km from Ahwa, 78 km from Waghai, and 89 km from Saputara, Girmal is a breathtaking waterfall situated at Girmal village near Saputara in Gujarat. Situated inside Purna Wildlife Sanctuary, it is the highest waterfall in Gujarat and among the prime places to visit near Saputara.

Girmal Waterfall is formed over Girmal River. It cascades down from a height of more than 100 feet. Hidden inside dense forests of Dangs, Girmal Falls has picturesque beauty in monsoon season. The water fluently crashes from great height, forming clouds of fog, through which one can often experience rainbows.

Enroute to Girmal near village Gavdahad, the river Gira takes a complete U-turn. Forest department has developed a beautiful viewpoint exactly above the U-turn. Watching a massive green patch of Purna Sanctuary surrounded by U-shaped Gira is a spectacular experience. Eco-Development Committee (EDC) of the Forest department runs a restaurant named as 'U-turn restaurant' at this juncture. With four Girli Lodges with attached bathrooms and an Interpretation Centre, the place is a nice refreshing spot.

As the fall gets dried up during the summer, the best time to visit the Girmal Falls is in between July and December. Forest department has made reasonably good sitting arrangements and viewpoints and a paved pathway leading towards the tip of the falls. There are some make shift stalls selling tea and snacks during the season.

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Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 28 km from Mehsana, 35 km from Patan and 100 km from Ahmedabad, Modhera Sun Temple is an ancient Hindu temple located at Modhera village near Patan in Gujarat. Situated on the banks of River Pushpavati, it is one of the popular Sun Temples in India and among the must include places in Patan Tour Packages.

Dedicated to the Sun God, the Sun Temple in Modhera was built by King Bhimdev I of the Solanki dynasty in 1026 AD. This temple not only reflects the architectural abilities of the Solanki rulers it but also, speaks highly of the devotional zeal of the ruling dynasty at that time. As in the Sun Temple at Konark, this temple was also designed that the first rays of the Sun fall on the image of Lord Surya at the time equinoxes. The Temple was plundered by Mahmud Ghazni but still the architectural grandeur does not vanish. At present, no worship is offered here and the temple is a protected monument under Archaeological Survey of India. It was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2014.

Built in Maha-Gurjara style, the temple complex is divided into three parts - the main temple with a Garbha Griha and Guda Mandap, a detached Sabha Mandap, and Surya Kunda. Also known as Rama Kund, Surya Kund is a rectangular stepped tank which is used to store water and perform ceremonies for worshiping the Sun God. An interesting aspect of the kund is that it is marked by 108 miniature shrines at different levels, which can be accessed by staircases ...

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At a distance of 27 km from Patan and 36 km from Mehsana, Bindu Sarovar is a sacred pond located in Siddhpur town near Patan, Gujarat. Situated on the banks of Saraswati River, it is one of the holy places in Gujarat and among the most visited places near Patan.

Bindu Sarovar simply means a lake of drops. It is believed that Lord Mahavishnu's tears have fallen in this lake. Also known as Matru Gaya Kshetra, Bindu Sarovar is one among the five sacred theerthas of Hindu religion - Pancha Sarovar. The other four are Manas Sarovar in Tibet, Pushkar Sarovar in Rajasthan, Narayana Sarovar in Gujarat and Pampa Sarovar in Karnataka. Hindus normally go to Gaya in Bihar to offer pinda to their male ancestors but Bindu Sarovar is the only place in India where Matru Shradh is being carried out. It is also known as the Sri-sthal or a 'pious place' and finds a reference in the ancient Vedic text the Rig-Veda.

According to legend, Bindu Sarovar is the place where Sage Kardhama did severe penance for 10000 divine years and had the darshan of Lord Vishnu. It was on the banks of River Saraswati at this Bindu Sarovar, Sage Kapila had preached Moksha Gnana to his Mother Devhuti and performed the Matru Shradh of his mother salvation. It is said that at Bindu Sarovar Lord Parshuram also performed 'Matru Shradh' and his temple is also created here for darshan. Hence, Bindu Sarovar is considered as holy as Triveni Sangam at Allahabad.

Along the shore of the Bindu Sarovar, one can ...

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At a distance of 60 km from Patan Railway Station, Shankeshwar Jain Temple is an ancient Jain temple located in Shankeshwar town in Gujarat. It is an important place for the followers of Jainism and among the best places to visit during your Patan Tour.

Built in the year 1098 CE by Sajjan Shah on the banks of Rupen River, the temple is dedicated to Lord Parshwanath. Later, Vastupal Tejpal renovated this temple under the instructions of Vardhamansuri in the year 1229 CE. The temple was destroyed by Alauddin Khalji in the 14th century and later in 16th century CE, a new temple with 52 idols was built under the inspiration of Vijaysensuri. But, the current temple was built in 1811 CE.

The Shankeshwar tirth ranks next only to those on Shatrunjaya Hill in Palitana, in terms of importance to the Swetambara Jains. Besides the original sanctuary, the temple has an open square, a decorated square, a vast square, and two assembly halls. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple houses nearly 182 cm high white-colored idol of Bhagwan Shankeshwar Parshva in Padmasana posture. The sanctum of the presiding deity is flanked by two smaller sanctums dedicated to Lord Bhidbhanjan Parshwanath and Lord Ajitanatha. The idols of Dharanendra, Padmavati, Parshva, and Chakreshwari are also in the temple.

Besides, one can also visit the several other Jain temples in Shankeshwar such as the Agam Mandir, the modern sprawling complex of 108 Parshwanath and Padmavati (108 Parshwanath Bhaktivihar ...

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At a distance of 25 km from Palitana, Hastagiri Jain Tirth is a famous Jain temple located near Palitana in Gujarat. Situated on a hill on the bank of the Shetrunjaya River, it is one of the popular Jain pilgrimage places in Gujarat and among the must-visit places in Palitana.

Hastagiri Jain Tirth is dedicated to Bhagwan Rishabhdev or Shri Adishwar Bhagwan. This hilly land is also known as Hastisengiri. According to the history of the temple, the place is regarded as a sacred place of the times of Bhagawan Adishwar. The sacred place was established by Bharat Chakravartin, the eldest son of Bhagawan Adishwar. Even today one can see the foot images of Bhagawan in a small temple on the very ancient hill. Bharat Chakravartin had attained salvation here. He had observed fast unto death and attained moksha here. The elephant of the King also followed him, thus the teerth is called as Shri Hastagiri Tirth.

Now, there is a large and massive temple on this mount, which was built and consecrated in 1979. Spread over an area of 9 acres, the Hastagiri Jain Tirth is an octagonal shaped Jain temple. The main sanctum of the temple houses four idols of Vrishabhdev facing to four cardinal directions. The dome near the sanctum sanctorum has intricate carvings, similar to the carved domes of Dilwara temples of Mount Abu in beauty. Outside, there are minor Jinalayas for the 72 Tirthankars. This shrine is also part of the 38 km circumambulatory pilgrimage of Mt. Shatrunjaya.

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Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 35 km from Palitana and 55 km from Bhavnagar, Talaja is a historical town situated near Palitana in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. Located on the banks of Shatrunjaya River, it is one of the popular places to visit in Gujarat and among the must include places in Palitana Tour Packages.

Talaja is better known as the birthplace of the famous poet Narsinh Mehta. Also, it is home to some important sites for Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. The main attraction here is the ancient Buddhist Rockcut Caves on Talaja hill. The rock-cut cave group includes 30 caves among which 15 are water tanks. The Ebhala Mandapa, a large hall with four octagonal pillars is the most impressive structure of all. These caves are adorned with fine carving of Boddhisatva. The caves are around 2000 years old and require about a 15-20 minutes walk up the hill to reach them. They are of the 4th stage of Buddhist cave architecture, noticeably earlier than the famous Buddhist caves of Maharashtra.

There is a Jain temple along with a Hindu temple of Khodiar Mata atop the hill near the Buddhist Caves. This Jain temple was established by King Kumarpala during the 12th century CE. This is a holy place of the Shri Shatrunjay Panchteerthi and is part of the Shatrunjay hills. The temple was last renovated in 1815 and belongs to Shwetambar sect. of Jainism. The sanctum of the temple house 79 cm tall black colored idol of Sacha Sumatinatha Bhagwan in padmasana posture. Besides this temple, ...

Beach

At a distance of 57 km from Palitana and 74 km from Bhavnagar, Gopinath Beach is a beautiful beach situated near Gadhula village in Gujarat. Along the coast of the Gulf of Khambat, it is one of the popular beaches in Gujarat and among the must visit places near Palitana.

Gopnath was the summer home of Maharaja Krishna Kumar Singhji of Bhavnagar. The beach offers awe-inspiring scenes with its stunning limestone cliffs and great views. The gentle breeze of the sea, refresh the spirit and soothes the soul. The beach has exquisite, firm sands for walking and shallow shore waters for wading. However, it is not an ideal place for swimming as it has a high tidal disparity of the coast which turns the water murky.

One can also visit 700 years old Gopnath Mahadev Temple situated near the beach. Set on the seashore, it is perhaps the only temple in India which hoists two color flags - a white flag denoting a Vishnu temple and a saffron flag representing a Shiva temple. This Shiva temple is the place where the devotional poet Narsinh Mehta supposedly had his spiritual experience almost 500 years ago.

The place is also home to a mansion built by the Maharaja for his comfortable stay. It was built in European colonial style in the 1940s and has a huge complex, comprising of official chambers, residential quarters and cottages for the guests. Now, it has been converted into a heritage hotel.

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