Places to Visit in Bhavnagar
Bhavnagar was founded by the rulers of Sihor in the State of Gujarat and is initially a port-city. Established 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 more prosperous 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.
It is beautiful lake between small hills. Shree Gaurishankar Oza made it, the Deewan of Bhavnagar. There is Balvatika for Children and a temple of Lord Shiva. There is a big palace for Highness Family. It is the peaceful and lovely place.
The Victoria Park, spanning a total area of 500 acres, is a forest conserved by the Indian Government within the boundary of the Bhavnagar city. Rich in flora and fauna, the forest has varieties of Indian birds like waders, raptors and perching birds that attract bird watchers and nature admirers.
The palace of Nilambag, now converted into a heritage hotel, highlights the blend of western and Indian architectural style. The palace constructed in 1859 was the personal abode of Sir Takhat Singh.
Inaugurated in the year 1955, the complex of Gandhi Smriti situated in the central part of Bhavnagar is attached to a clock tower. The Smriti has a gallery showcasing books, rare photos and memorabilia associated with the life of Mahatma Gandhi. There is also a museum of artefacts displaying items like nut cutters and religious carvings in Gandhi Smriti at Bhavnagar.
Gopnath Beach being profusely supplied with a rare and colourful birdlife along with the presence of limestone cliffs and other adjuncts to the Gopnath Beach like a pleasurable sea breeze and breathtakingly beautiful views to allure the tourists who come down to the Gopnath Beach. It also houses the world’s biggest ship breaking zone, and along with that, there is the holy presence of the Talja temple, which is built on a 350 feet high volcanic hill.
Takhteshwar Temple is one of the prime places to see in Bhavnagar. It is a white marble temple built on a hill with full city aerial view. The temple is located on top of a small hill, which is near the central railway station of the city. Lord Shiva is worshipped as the main deity of this shrine.
Water Lock Gate
The Water Lock gate of Bhavnagar is one of the prime sightseeing attractions of the tourists. The Gate was built with the purpose of maintaining the sea water level in the docks. This aids the ship to remain floating during the low tide as well. Prior permissions are required to view this Lock Gate. The Lock Gate is located in a city Dockyard, built 100 years ago.
Barton Library and Museum
The 19th century Barton Library is one of the oldest libraries in the city. The library standing in the central part of Bhavnagar is a hub of historical and cultural significance. Mainly the seniors, who read magazines, newspapers and dailies to pass their time, frequent the Barton library. The library houses many books and manuscripts in different languages.
Gangahaja, a primary site of tourist interest in Bhavnagar, is a temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga. The temple along with the entire temple premise is made of white marbles. The shrine of Gangadevi was built in 1893 under the patronage of Takhtsinghji, a maharaja of the city of Bhavnagar. The temple was built to pay honour to Maharani Majirajba. The temple designed by Sir John Griffith attracts many tourists.