Dwarka

Known for its shrine of Lord Krishna, Dwarka is believed to have been the first capital of Gujarat. Located in the Saurashtra peninsula of Gujarat, Dwarka is part of the Char Dham pilgrimage and is also one of the seven ancient cities (Sapta Puris). Also known as Dwaravati, Dwarka is derived from the words ‘dwara’, meaning door and ‘ka’ refers to Brahma. Hence, Dwarka means the gateway to Brahma or Moksha.

After leaving Mathura, Lord Krishna established his kingdom at Dwarka on the banks of Gomti River. Legend has it, after the death of Lord Krishna, the city of Dwarka submerged under the sea. It is said that the city was rebuilt six times and the present city is the seventh. Archaeological Survey of India has revealed the existence of a old city dating back to two centuries. The excavation work carried between 1983 and 1990 revealed that a township was built in six sectors. A fortified wall, extending more than half a mile has also been unearthed. The present day Dwarka is a prominent pilgrimage site and boasts of several shrines. Among the temples, the 2000-year-old Dwarkadheesh temple is the most notable one. Besides its temples, the city is also popular for its beaches. Scuba diving to see the underwater remains of Dwarka is a popular activity here.

Dwarka is also a shopper’s delight. Patola silk sarees, Bandhni fabrics, embroidered handicraft items, embellished footwear and local souvenirs are worth a buy.

Places to Attractions


Dwarkadeesh Temple

Also known as Jagat temple, the temple is built in Chalukya style. The 2000-year-old temple was built by the great grandson of Lord Krishna, King Vajranabha. The temple…


Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

Also called Nagnath temple, it is situated on the outskirts of Dwarka. It is located between Gomti Dwarka and Beyt Dwarka Island. The Shivlinga in the temple faces


Byet Dwarka

It is believed to be the residence of Lord Krishna and his family. It is place from where Lord Krishna ruled his kingdom. One gets to see a…


Gomti Sangam Ghat

Visitors have to climb down 56 steps from the Swarga Dwar to reach the ghat. Devotees consider it as sacred and do take a bath to wash off…


Kumbh Mela

With exquisite examples of Rajput architecture and a prominent pearl fishing center, Jamnagar is Gujarat‘s lesser-known gems. Built around the Lakhota Lake, the city was the capital of the former state of Nawanagar, founded by Jam Raval in 1540 AD near the point where the Nagamati River and the Rangmati River meet. It was later rechristened as Jamnagar.


Jamnagar

The mythological site is located in the historical town of Kankhal, at 6 km from the town of Haridwar. The Parad Shivling remains enshrined inside the premises of the Harihar Ashram in Kankhal. Weighing 150 kg, the shivling is major pilgrimage site for Shaivites. Devotees worship the shivling to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva.


Kutch

Kutch, India’s Wild West, is a geographic phenomenon. It derives its name from katchua or kachbo, meaning a tortoise and is surrounded by sea water. Ancient temples, attractive palaces, rugged forts, flamingos, wild asses — you have it all in Kutch. But most of it is covered by Rann of Kutch, a shallow wetland with marshy salt flats that look like an endless mass of snow spread as far as the eye can see. The Rann of Kutch is divided into the Great Rann Of Kutch and the Little Rann Of Kutch.



How To Reach


By Air

The nearest airport is at Jamnagar, about 137 km away. The airport is well connected by flights from cities like Mumbai and Ahmedabad. From the airport taxi services are available for Dwarka.

By Rail

The Dwarka railway station is connected to the Ahmedabad – Okha rail route is an important railhead. Trains from Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru do halt at the station.

By Road

Dwarka is well connected by road. Private and State run buses do ply regularly to Dwarka from several cities of Gujarat like Ahmedabad, Porbandar, Rajkot, Vadodara, Amerli and many more.



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