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Porbandar

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"The birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi"

Porbandar Tourism

The birth place of Mahatma Gandhi, Porbandar is a beautiful beach town with some temples and dams, and is now also a popular trading hub.

The coastal city with a significant event in its history is a tourist destination which modestly offers a number of attractions. Apart from the haveli where Gandhiji was born which has now been converted into a temple, there are a few more temples, dams, reservoirs, serene beaches and wildlife spots as well to add to your experience in Porbandar. It attracts pilgrims with temples such as the Sudama Mandir, Bharat Mandir, Ram Dhoon Mandir, Hanuman temple and more.

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History

Archaeological digs in and around Porbandar brought to light the remains of a late Harappan settlement dating back to the 16th - 14th century BCE. This is other evidence to suggest that the Harappan legacy of maritime activity continued for a long time during the Harappan period on the Saurashtra coast.
Porbandar, for the otherwise magnificent city that it is, has also historically been of great importance to the Indian subcontinent. Excavations around Porbandar have put light and opened up the possibility of there being a city from the Harappan civilisation around Porbandar, from as long as the 12th century BC. A lot of ancient styled jetties and boats have been found which indicate that it may have been a significant centre for maritime activities, due to its obvious proximity to the sea, during that time. In Indian mythology, it is known to be the birthplace of Sudaama (friend of Lord Krishna in Dwaparyug). By the 16th Century of the Common Era, the city had become imminent for bread factories to export pao ruti to Arab nations through the Arabian Sea, which is why it was also called Pao Bandar. The name slowly turned into Pore Bandar, through colloquial changes. From the 20th Century onwards, it has become a popular tourist attraction, for being the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi.

Restaurants and Local Food in Porbandar

Porbander is brimming with options for food that is rich, easily available and light on your pocket. The restaurants here offer Indian, Punjabi, Chinese and Continental food along with local Gujarati delicacies that you just cannot miss. The food is mainly vegetarian. Do try out local favorites like Dhokla, Khandvi, Thepala, Khakhra as well as sweet treasures such as Ghevar, Basundi, Shrikhand and numerous more.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Begin tour of the city at the Porbandar Beach. Then visit Sri Hari Mandir and Kirti Mandir.
Day 2 - Begin day at Chowpatty Beach. Then visit Sudama Mandir and Harsiddhi Mataji Temple. Rest of the day off for shopping and enjoying local dishes.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Great road connectivity. Beautiful temples.

What's Not So Great?

Summers can be harsh.

For Whom?

Porbandar is a great place for pilgrims and foodies.

How To Reach Porbandar

Porbandar, being an important and major port city along the Gujarat coastline, has developed immensely and has become well-connected to the other major cities of the country, by road, rail or through air. Public and private busses connect Porbandar with many big cities in the state of Gujarat. Porbandar has decent rail connectivity as well. The city has its own airport too.

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Q. How is the Miyani Beach to spend a day out during my trip with my girlfriend?

Rajat Jain 8 months ago
Miyani beach is one among the undeveloped and virgin beach located near Porbandar. The beach alone gives a splendid experience with clean water and fine powdery textured sand among few rocks on the surface of the beach. The beach is at the walking distance from Miyani village. One can also enjoy other tourist attractions near Miyani beach which includes Sudama temple, Kirti temple, Harsidhhi temple and Brahma temple.

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