Places to Visit in Jamnagar
Jamnagar is a beautiful destination in Gujarat that is an ocean lover’s paradise. Established as a prominent princely state around the 16th century by the Jadeja, Jamnagar is resplendent with Hindu Mythology. It is said that Lord Krishna resided here and the locals take pride in their Yadava clan lineage because of this reason. Boasting the first Marine Sanctuary in India and the largest oil refinery in the world, this district is iconic in its past and present. A booming economy and a pleasure to tourists, Jamnagar has the best of both worlds. This unexplored destination, located on the coastline has many exciting places to visit mentioned below.
Lakhota Palace and Museum
Located on an island in the Lakhota Lake, the palace also known as Lakhota Tower was constructed for humanitarian relief during the severe drought in 1834, 1839 and 1846. The tower has been converted into a museum and showcases artefacts and art pieces from the 9th and 18th century. The gallery displaying arms like swords, knives, guns and other weapons is a must visit. The museum is open to all from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Marine National Park
As the first Marine sanctuary in the country, the Marine National Park in Jamnagar is a must see destination. There are 42 islands in the Gulf of Kutch that are part of this National Park, and each one of them boasts incredible fauna and are mostly surrounded by reefs comprising of a variety of corals. Out of the many islands, the Pirotan Island is quite famous and is blessed with a diverse marine life. With adequate permissions from the Forest department, it is even possible to camp on this island. The ecosystem at this park is fragile, and negligence by tourists adds to the concern of the Forest department. Mangrove forests and low tide beaches make most of these islands a delight while you explore the islands’ Marine life with wonder.
Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary
With a unique ecosystem comprising of both fresh water and salt water, the Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is a bird watcher’s paradise. With 300 types of migratory birds are found here, amongst both sea and shore birds. Riddled with different kinds of nests, birds in this rare ecosystem have mesmerised tourists since its establishment. The black-necked stork, which is a rarity in other parts of the country, is found in plenty here. Situated close to the Marine National Park, this Bird Sanctuary is not devoid of exceptional marine landscapes either. The Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is a destination that is hard to forget. An ideal location to glimpse a perfect sunrise and sunset, the scenery here is like a painting come alive that you cannot help but relish.
Isolated and pristine, Sivrajpur Beach is an off the beaten path destination, located about 12 km from Dwarka town on the way to Okha. Complete with white sand and blue waters, this lagoon is ideal for a relaxing day at the beach. The waters here are shallow and safe to swim in, a delight for children and adults alike. It is easy to let go of the stress that comes with the hustle and bustle of a city life and walks along the length of the beach, while your feet caressed by smooth sand. Because of its isolation, there are very few facilities available here, and therefore, it is advised that one carries sufficient provisions for a day at the beach. Amidst turquoise waters, this beach boasts a sunset that you will remember for a long time.
An exquisite blend of Rajput and European styles of architecture, the Darbargadh Palace was the residence of the royal family. Built in 1540 and later extended, the palace is full of ornate pillars, decorated mirrors, sculptures and monuments.
Pratap Vilas Palace
Astounding in its poise, Pratap Vilas Palace is a seamless blend of imperial European architecture and royal Indian architecture. With intricate carvings of flowers, leaves, animals and much more, this palace is a tribute to an incredible fusion of art and design. Various parapets and columns will leave you in awe with its delicate attention to art. The 2001 earthquake has contributed to a little damage to this structure but still stands strong. Visitors aren’t allowed inside the palace, but special permission can be sought from the office in Darbargadh for the same.
The five-storied monument located on the bank of the Lakhota Lake is believed to have been built to provide protection and act as a watchtower against enemies. Holes in the walls on the first floor were used for shooting down enemies. The water storage tank on top of the tower is carved like a peacock. The tower provides a panoramic view of the city.
Situated in the historic town of Dwarka on the banks of the Gomati River, this temple is a tribute to Lord Krishna and seeped in mythology. Standing tall in structure and significance, the Dwarkadhish temple is one the four most important temples to visit for Hindu Pilgrims. Regardless of religious beliefs, this temple is a superb structure build with limestone that is still in pristine condition and hosting some of the most beautiful sculptures contributed by various reigning dynasties of the region. Excavations at this site have revealed underwater structures of historic settlements and reinforce the belief of antiquity of this area.