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Bhavnagar

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"The Hub of Diamond Industry"

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Located at the southern tip of Gujarat peninsula, Bhavnagar is known as the cultural centre of the state of Gujarat. Literary achievers like Govardhan Tripathi, Kavi Kant, Narsihm Mehta and Ganga Sati have their roots in Bhavnagar. While on one side, you'd see the careless waves of Gulf of Khambat, on the other hand, you can see the busiest port of ocean trading in India.

It is located at a distance of 98 kilometres from the capital of Gandhinagar. This region has a rich legacy dating back to the 18th century. It was a major port city and had trade links with different countries across the globe. Presently, Bhavnagar is known for housing the diamond cutting and polishing industry in India.

Bhavnagar also houses one of the oldest educational institutions, Samaldas Arts College. In 1884 Mahatma Gandhi was the student of this college. Bhavnagar is one of the finest examples of architectural brilliance and houses iconic monuments that originated in the 19th century. Some of the major tourist attractions include Nilambag Palace, Takhteshwar Temple, Barton Library, Victoria Park, Bhav Vilas Palace and more.

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History

The historical city of Bhavnagar, situated in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat became what it is today because of a series of events that took place in the early 16th century and the years that followed. The then Gohil Rajput King, Maharaja Bhavsinhji Gohil, in 1723 established a new capital for himself, 20 kms away from his former capital, Sihor and named it Bhavnagar - after himself. Later in 1807, the city came under the British jurisdiction and finally, during Independence, the last ruling Maharaja of Bhavnagar, Krishnakumar Sinhji handed over the administration of his Bombay State to the people's representative in 1948, and thus Bhavnagar merged with the rest of the Indian Union.

Restaurants and Local Food in Bhavnagar

Gujarat is a dry state with most vegetarian options. It has some good restaurants and roadside dhabas which provide good options in non-veg. Bhavnagar has, to its acclaim, some of the best and most delicious, tasty vegetarian food dishes to boast off in all of Gujarat. Starting from Fafda Ganthiya which is a crispy fried snack made with gram flour, topped with carom seeds and black pepper to Pav-Ganthiya, which is a speciality of Bhavnagar and can be found at Laacchchhu’s Cart, the city is every foodie’s delight. The 'khougali' at Ghogha Circle which is flocked by hundreds of people on a weekly basis, a testimony to that. Spend an afternoon here, indulging in a variety of food dishes and devouring street food like the Bhungda Bateta. Bhungda means deep fried yellow fryums and bateta means hot and spicy, potato garlic curry which are prepared separately but served together, making it lip smackingly delicious. If the spiciness gets to you, have some thirst quenching soda or a healthy milkshake made from dates and almonds, also available in and around Ghogha Circle. 

The Gujarati Thali consists of various dishes like ringana methi nu shak, Gujarati khatti mithi daal, undhiyu, bhindi sambhariya, aloo rasila, steamed basmati rice, badshahi khichdi, Chapati, methi na thepla and bhakhri with kachumber salad along with various types of chutneys and buttermilk. There are many restaurants in Bhavnagar that make Gujarat's best a whole lot better!

The other must try are the local dishes of the state. Khakra, Thepla, Dhokla, Khandwa. These dishes might be available in the rest of the country too but they taste the best here.

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One Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive, check-in and rest. Then visit Gandhi Smriti Memorial, Malnath Shiv Temple, Aksharwadi Temple, Nishkalang Mahadev Temple, Khodiyar Mandir and Takhteshwar Temple.
Day 2 - Visit Barton Library, Ganga Deri, Tramak Falls and Ghogha Beach. Rest of the day off for shopping and enjoying local dishes.

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What's Great?

Great road connectivity. Beautiful temples.

What's Not So Great?

Summers can be harsh.

For Whom?

Bhavnagar is a great place for pilgrims and foodies.

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How To Reach Bhavnagar

Bhavnagar city is well connected with all major cities and towns of India via air, rail and road.

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Pallavi Siddhanta 1 year ago
- Gujarat is a dry state. Don't ask for liquor in restaurants and land up in an extremely awkward situation.
- Whenever availing any service, cross check and compare prices.
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