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Bhav Nagar

coastal city in the eastern coast of Saurashtra
32 c Summer / 18 c Winter
Latitude : 21.770170    Longitude : 72.142921

Language : Gujarati,hindi,Urdu
Bhavnagar lies in the southeast corner of the peninsular region of Gujarat known as Kathiawad or Saurashtra. Once the capital of a princely state, Bhavnagar is home to several lakes and temples.

For the tourist, Bhavnagar serves as a convenient base to visit the Jain temples at Palitana on the Shatrunjaya hills and the Velvadar Sanctuary, the home of the famous Indian Black buck.

Founded in 1743 A.D., by Bhavsinhji Gohil, on the site of a small village of Vadva, near the creek, Bhavnagar was once a flourishing port. Today, however the only activities related to the sea near Bhavnagar take place at the port of Ghogha and at Alang, which is also, Asia's largest ship breaking facility
Alang - ship-Breaking site
A modern wonder of Gujarat, the ship-breaking yard at Alang is a fantastic spectacle in itself. It is located on the coast between Bhavnagar and Talaja. Large ships from America, Europe, Asia are brought here to be scrapped. The reason behind the selection of this site was the nature of its tide, suitable for such maritime activities and the proximity of industrial zones that could utilize its metal and other scrap. It's India's largest ship-breaking site. Here supertankers, container ships, warships and other vessels are reduced to scrap by 20,000 workers toiling day and night.
Gadhada Swami Narayana Temple
Gadhada Swami Narayana Temple - Pilgrim Circuit of Gujarat
Famous for its Swaminarayan Temple, Gadhada is a premier town on the pilgrim circuit of Gujarat. The temple, built in 1829 A.D. is a fine piece of architecture with a high plinth, spacious square, an assembly hall and large sarais.
Gaurishankar Lake
Gaurishankar Lake
A dry lake, it is currently used for organizing fairs and other public events. It also has a picnic spot nearby and a beautiful garden known as Pil Garden.
Gopnath Beach
Gopnath Beach
A beautiful hamlet on the coast of the Gulf of Khambhat and at a distance of 10 Kms from Talaja, the taluka headquarter of Bhavnagar district is Gopnath. Vying for eminence on the tourist circuit with development of a heritage hotel- Gopnath Bungalow, it was a pleasant sea-shore retreat of Gohil rulers of Bhavnagar. The bungalow built in a European colonial style with cottages and mansions surrounding the courtyard faces the sea and offers a beautiful view of the gulf . It attracts marine life and birdwatching enthusiasts to the rocky shores on the coast. It is also renowed for the temple of Gopnath Mahadev, where Narsinh Mehta is believed to have performed penance.
Palitana Temple
Palitana Temple - Jain Temple
The path winds through 3950 steps for a trying 3.5 km up the scrub-covered Shetrunjaya Hills. Much of the track is unshaded and the higher you climb the more the heat haze skimmers across the plains for below. And then, after two hours and a quarter, Palitana spreads white and crenellated above you. Camelot must have been like this, rising above the plains, wrapped in its own mystique. Some of the 863 temples of Palitana were built in the 11th century. Construction activity, however, spanned 900 years. As successive worshippers of the non-violent and trading Jain community designed their own temples, they cleared the crest of the hill, levelled it into terraces, walled and fortified most of them.
Someshwar Mahadev temple
Someshwar Mahadev temple - The shrine Eternal
The Someshwar Mahadev temple stands tall among the temples of India. The construction of the present temple in Junagadh district began in 1950. It is the seventh temple built to commemorate the glory of Lord Somnath who was known as BhAiraveshwar in the Sa(ya Yug, Shravanikeshwar in Treta Yug and Shrigaleshwar in DwaparYug.It is 190 km from Jamnagar.
Velavadar Black Buck Sanctuary
Velavadar Black Buck Sanctuary - Home of Indian Black Buck
This is the home of the Indian black buck. Velavadar in the Bhal region of Saurashtra is a unique grassland ecosystem that has attracted fame for the successful conservation of the black buck - the fastest of the Indian antelopes, the wolf and the lesser florican.
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