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Bhavnagar - A Glimpse into the Cultural Capital of Saurashtra
Getting To Know the City
Founded in 1974, Bhavnagar is the fifth largest city of Gujrat. The city is named after its founder, Bhavsinhji Gohil, who was also the ruler of the princely state of same name. Also known as the cultural capital of Saurashtra, the city is also a major centre for education. The people of the city are great lovers of art and numerous artists and literary persons from Bhavnagar have made a significant contribution towards enhancing its culture. The city is also the home of various renowned reformists, thinkers, socialists, poets, writers, artists, educationists, and freedom fighters. Even though the princely state of Bhavnagar, merged with the Indian Union in 1948, its royal family, continued to play a significant role in not only in the city’s administration but also private businesses. The royal family is still held in high regard by the easy-going people of this city. 

Places of tourist Interest
Bhavnagar has much to offer to visitors in terms of historical buildings, vibrant bazaars and even natural beauty. Given below are the details of some of the most famous tourist spots in this vibrant and lively city.

Takheteshwar Temple: This Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was constructed in 1893 by Maharaja Takhtasinji, after whom it is named. The temple is located on the top of a hill lock, which provides a great view of not only the city of Bhavnagar but also the Gulf Of Khambat. Made entirely from white marble, the temple and its entire complex feature the architectural style prevalent in the 19th century. The most important landmark of the temple is a high shikara which rises above a rectangular mandapa with numerous pillars.

Victoria Park: This conserved forest land located at a distance of 3 kms to the South of Bhavnagar city was established in 1888. Covering an area of nearly 500 acres, this park was built  up by Maharaja Takhtasinji. The park is constructed in the shape of a triangle and is surrounded by roads from three sides. In this park there has a rich variety of flora and fauna and is specially frequented by nature lovers and bird watchers to have a glimpse of the different varieties of Indian birds such as waders, raptors and perching birds. The vegetation of the park consists mostly of thorny, xerophytes , spiny and scrubby plants.

Gaurishanker Lake: The Lake is locally known by the name of Bor Talav and is a prominent tourist location. The lake was constructed for the purpose of supplying water to the town of Bhavnagar. There is a garden surrounding the lake, which is called Pil Garden and is a major picnic spot for locals as well as tourists. Apart from enjoying a stroll in the garden, visitors also love the beautiful view of sun setting over the lake. In addition visitors can also see the planetarium which is located just near the lake site. 

The Water Lock Gate: This is undoubtedly the most popular of all the tourist destinations in Bhavnagar. The gate, which was built to maintain the level of sea water in the docks so as to enable the ships to remain afloat even during low tide, can be visited only with prior permissions. Constructed nearly 100 years back, the Water Lock Gate is located in one of the dockyards of the city.

Gangahaja: This temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga is another major tourist destination of Bhavnagar.  Constructed in 1893, the entire temple complex is made of white marble. The temple was built under the tutelage of Maharaja Takhtasinji in the honor of Maharani Majirajba. Its great design and beauty attracts not only numerous devotees but also countless tourists every year.

Nilambag Palace: This palace is now converted into a hotel (Heritage). You will get to see a perfect blend of Indian and western style of architecture in this palace. It was constructed in the year 1859.

Gandhi Smriti: In 1955 this complex was opened for public visit. This complex is attached with clock a clock tower. It displays books, photos and memorabilia which all are associated with the life of Father of nation Mahatma Gandhi.

Gopnath Beach:  This beach is must for visit for the tourist to Bhavnagar.  The limestone cliffs along with beautiful birds in the surroundings make this place attractive for visit. Talja temple is located very near to this beach on a volcanic hill which almost 350 feet in height. 

Things to buy in Bhavnagar:
Appliqué embroidery dress materials are must to buy item from Bhavnagar. Pot art is also very popular of Bhavnagar. So dont forget it to take back home. 


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