Further west of Junagadh, situated along the coast is Porbandar -the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. Porbander is Saurashtra's end - a picturesque sea port on the Arabian Sea. It is situated 395 Kms from Ahmedabad. It is also known as "White City" because of its white stone construction. Its ancient maritime activities - trade with Arabia, Africa and Persia have given way to a thriving industry of cement and chemical units. Best time to visit is between November to March.
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Toran Tourist Bungalow, Chowpaty, Tel.: 22745 / 21476.
60 kms. from Porbandar. It is believed that Lord Krishna and Rukmini got married overhere. A large fair is held in March - April
Dwarka is located on the western most tip of the Gujarat peninsula, a sentinel overlooking the Arabian Sea. The sacred town of Dwarka is one of the four holy pilgrimages of Hindus (Char Dham) in India. Dwarka which was known as Suvarna Dwarka (the golden Dwarka) had been very prosperous and hence got the name. Dwarka really comes to life during the major Hindu festivals; the most fervent are shivratri, dedicated to Shiva and Janmashtami, Lord Krishna's birthday. The present day Dwarka is the 6th city on this site, the earlier 5 have submerged in the sea. Best season to visit is between November to March.
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Toran Tourist Dormitory, Near Government Guest House, Dwarka. Office of the Administrator, Dwarka Devasthan Samiti, Dwarkadheesh Temple Trust.
The temple of Jagat Mandir, with the presiding deity of Shri Krishna known as Dwarkadheesh, is an imposing edifice and a superb architectural monument. Having a plinth area of 1800 square feet, the temple consists of a shrine that is supported by 60 pillars made of granite and sandstone. The Dwarkadhish temple (also known as Jagat temple) and its Sikhar rises to 170 feet. The pataka or flag of the temple is changed three times a day. Pilgrims and devotees vie with one another to pay for the flag. There are special tailors to stitch it. Before hoisting the flag it is taken round the temple by the donor. The pilgrims enter the temple by Swarg Dwar (the gateway of heaven) and leave by Moksh Dwar (the gateway of salvation). The temple has rich carvings. The ancient shrine has been supported by kings and commoners alike from its inception. It is one of the important moksh dhams. The Gomti River flows nearby. The Temple is believed to be more than 2500 years old. The shrine consist of Nij Mandir , a hall of audience; Sabha Grih, and a conical spire - Shikhar . The main temple is five storeys high with the Shikhar rising to the height of 157 mtrs. The narrow street leading to the temples is lined on both the sides by vendors selling seashells, local crafts, photos of deities, cassettes, coconuts and other refreshments. The pilgrims engage in bargains after paying obeisance to the deities in an atmosphere of tranquility on this windy island.
Dunny Point, first eco-tourism site, promises to be one more feather in Gujarat's cap. Active nature conservation is a vital aspect of government policy, the declaration of new nature reserves enables, on the one hand, species to thrive in protected environment while, on the other, allows visitors to sample nature without despoiling the ecosystem.
Dating to the 12th-13th century, the Rukmini Temple has beautiful carvings, especially on the pillars of the 'Sabha Mandapa'. The temple was built in honour of Rani Rukmani, princess of Vidarbha, who later got married to Lord Krishna. It is very popular among the pilgrims.
A ferry ride from Dwarka to the island of Bet near Okha, makes a pleasant outing.
Nageshwar Mandir is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and houses one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in an underground chamber. It is 17 kms from Dwarka. , Gopi Talav Tirth is 23 kms from Dwarka.
The visit of Dwarka is not complete without a visit to Bet Dwarka, an island at a distance of 30 kms. Off the coast of Okha port, the island is separated by a strip of sea about four kms wide. It takes about half-an hour to cross this channel in a diesel boat operated by the Port Authority. At Bet, there are temples of Vishnu (in the form of 'matsya'), Radha, Lakshmi, Satyabhama, Jambuvanti and Devaki. The sacred pilgrim sight is 32 kms from Dwarka. It is believed that Lord Krishna resided here with his family.