Bhavnagar in the Indian state of Gujarat, was founded by the rulers of Sihor and was initially a port-city. Founded by Bhavsinhji Gohil, the state was run by the Gohil Rajput dynasty and therefore is a living testimony to a rich Rajput culture and an even a richer port-city that has beautiful landscapes and many erstwhile-royal forts to visit. The small hillocks and beautiful water bodies around the city offer a unique blend of beauty and history. The heritage of the Rajputs as well as the Colonial influence can be seen in the architecture of the buildings of the city. Let us look at the top 5 places to visit in Bhavnagar.
1. Gaurishankar Lake
Situated between two hills, Gaurishankar lake was made by Shri Gaurishankar Oza who was the Deewan of Bhavnagar. The lake has a small garden for children as well as a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is serene and looks lovely during the sunset. The water is clear and pristine and the lake itself has a charm of its own.
2. Victoria Park
The Park is spread over a total area of 500 acres and has a forest that is preserved by the Government. The park has a huge gate that is located at its entrance and the forest within has many different varieties of birds and animals. Perfect for a walk or a stroll in the evening or early morning, the Victoria park is a lovely place to spend a few hours with nature.
3. Gopnath Beach
The crystal clear water, the white sand and the beautiful sea breeze makes the Gopnath beach the best place to go for a brush with nature. The view from the beach is enthralling and the place is very popular with tourists. One of the largest ship-breaking zones is also in the vicinity. The talja temple is located nearby and can be visited after spending some time on the beach. The sight of birds coming down to drink water is just exquisite and definitely worth the visit down to the beach.
4. Barton Library and Museum
Barton library was established in the 19th century and is known to be one of the oldest libraries of the country. It is famous for being the center of cultural and historical importance. The legacy is carried on by old patrons who come here regularly to read the various rare and old books kept here. The structure of the library itself is a sight to behold with unique architecture and British regal grace.
5. Gandhi Smriti
Established in the year 1955, the Ghandhi smriti is a beautiful statue of Mahatma Gandhi along with a gallery and a clock tower. The premises houses a gallery that has different books, photos and items of significance related to Gandhiji. The smriti is revered far and wide due to its link with the Father of the Nation. Many tourists visit the place to learn more about Mahatma Gandhi and see the rare memorabilia associated with his glorious lifetime.
Bhavnagar is known for its dam and port facilities as well as temples such as the Takhteshwar temple and Gangahaja. The small city is rich in culture and history and breath-taking beaches. A lovely place to go for a nice getaway, the city of Bhavnagar is a hospitable and warm place to spend a few days. The lovely landscape and the warm blue skies are inviting enough for anyone who wished to spend a few days in serenity and bliss. From the city, one can also go to Mahuva in the same district where the scenery is so good that it is often referred to as the “Kashmir of Saurashtra”. Coconut plantations and beaches add to the charm of the place and the temples are an added bonus. Visit Bhavnagar today to experience the magic of Saurashtra!