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BEST OF BHAVNAGAR - PALITANA IN 2 DAYS

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ITINERARY SUMMARY

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Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 2 Days

Ideal Start Time: 6 AM (Day 1) & 8.30 AM (Day 2)

Total Places Visited: 6

DAYS

DAY 1 : TRAVEL TO BHAVNAGAR& SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Ahmedabad to Bhavnagar

Lothal

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM, Closed on Friday
Entry Fee: Rs. 2 for Person

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 .....

Wildlife

Duration of visit: 2 Hours
Timings: 6.30 AM - 1 PM & 3 PM - 6.30 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 20 for Indians & $ 5 for Foreigners, Vehicle: Rs. 200 for Indians & $ 20 for Foreigners (for up to 6 persons), Guide: Rs. 50 Indians & $ 10 for Foreigners

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 .....

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 5.30 AM - 7 PM
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of 3 km from Bhavnagar Railway Station, Takhteshwar Temple is a Hindu Temple situated on a small hillock in the center of Bhavnagar city in Gujarat. It is one of the oldest temples in Gujarat and among the prime places to visit in Bhavnagar.
Takhteshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was constructed in the year 1893 and was named after Maharaja Takhtsinhji who ordered to build the temple. Maharaja Takhtsinhji was one of the most influential rulers in the history of Bhavnagar. The entire area of the temple imparts a holistic feeling while giving the devotees a feeling of tranquility and attainment with god.
Takhteshwar temple is completely made of white marble in the Gujarati style of architecture. Supported on 18 ornately carved pillars, the temple has a beautiful main hall, featuring a three-eyed Lord Shiva idol and a magnificent courtyard which boasts small statue of Nandi. One can see the sacred Hindu gods and symbols drawn with the hand around the .....

Museum & Gallery

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 9 AM - 1 PM & 2 PM - 6 PM, Closed on Sundays, 2nd & 4th Saturday
Entry Fee: Rs. 5 per Person

At a distance of 2 km from Bhavnagar Railway Station, Gandhi Smriti is a memorial museum located near Crescent Circle in the city of Bhavnagar, Gujarat. Also known as Gandhi Memorial, it is one of the prominent places related to Mahatma Gandhi and among the must visit places as part of Bhavnagar Tour Packages.

Established in 1955, Gandhi Smriti is a living monument to Gandhi, whose life and ethics on truth and non-violence have been a motivation to all Indians. This two storeyed memorial preserve a huge collection of books and other memorabilia used by Mahatma Gandhi. On the first floor, there rare photographs associated with the life of Mahatma Gandhi from birth to death. The memorial deserves a must-visit from all history buffs. The library here holds a vast collection of books and memorabilia that Gandhi used.

Barton Museum is found on the ground floor of Gandhi Smriti, where you can find a broad range of artifacts like religious carvings and nut cutters that represent the .....

Overnight Stay in Bhavnagar

DAY 2 : PALITANA SIGHTSEEING & TRAVEL TO AHMEDABAD

Resume Bhavnagar Sightseeing

Pilgrimage

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At a distance of 9 km from the Palitana Railway Station, Shatrunjaya Hill is a sacred hill situated at Palitana town in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. It is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for the Jains and among the must visit places as part of Palitana Tour Packages.

Shatrunjaya means a 'place of victory against inner enemies' or 'which conquers inner enemies'. This site on Shatrunjaya hill is considered sacred by Swetambara Jains. According to the Shatrunjaya Mahatmya, the first Tirthankara Rishabha sanctified the hill where he delivered his first sermon. It was his grandson Pundarika attained Nirvana at Shatrunjaya, hence the hill was originally known as 'Pundarikgiri'. Bharata Chakravartin, the father of Pundarik, also credited with building a temple here in honor of his father Rishabha. Legendarily it is also associated with many other Tirthankaras. Jains believe that a visit to this group of temples is essential once in a life to achieve nirvana or salvation.

There .....

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: Between 10 AM - 2 PM)
Entry Fee: Free

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 .....

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