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 shoppers delight. Patola silk sarees, Bandhni fabrics, embroidered handicraft items, embellished footwear and local souvenirs are worth a buy.
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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
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
With exquisite examples of Rajput architecture and a prominent pearl fishing center, Jamnagar is Gujarats 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.
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, Indias 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.