Places to Visit in Surendranagar
Surendranagar another district in Gujarat state. It is also known as Zalawad, as Zala Rajputs ruled it. With a large number of ginning and pressing units, Surendranagar is a hub of cotton and is one of the biggest producers of quality “Shankar” cotton in the world. It also houses the first Cotton Trading Exchange in India.
The city is also home to a significant textile and clothing market, specialising in saris. With big clothing showrooms located here, Surendranagar also has a wholesale grain market. Here are the few places that one can visit while being here.
The worship place of Chamunda Mataji, Hindu goddess of the Gohil clan of Rajputs. Chotila Hill is located approx 60km from Surendranagar city. The primary business in Chotila is the production of pure ghee from the milk of the vast numbers of livestock here.
Gondal is a small, leafy town in the district. The most captivating tourist spot in Gondal is Navlakha Palace complex, which is one of the oldest and most beautiful of Gondal’s monuments. It was built in 1875 AD by Maharaja Bhagwat Sinhji for his son on the riverbank, rising to at least 30 meters above the riverbed. This monument is known for its stone carvings with exquisite jharokhas, balconies, a pillared courtyard, carved arches, and a unique spiral staircase.
Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary
Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary is located on the border between Ahmedabad and Surendranagar. Its migratory bird population includes Rosy Pelicans, White Storks, Brahminy Ducks, Herons, and Flamingos. One of the largest wetland bird sanctuaries in India, it mainly inhabits more than 210 species of birds in winter and spring coming from as far as Siberia. The shallow area and ponds on the outer fringes of the lake feed many wading birds.
Tagore Bagh is one of the most attractive tourist places in the city of Surendranagar. It is located near the District Collector’s office. Tagore Garden or Tagore Bagh also has a lake, which is dangerous condition due to various reasons. Still, it is a good tourist attraction for the visitors.
Ajramar Tower is a clock tower situated in Tanki Chowk, Surendranagar. Also known as the ‘Tower Chowk’ or ‘City Tower’, it is one of the oldest structures in the region.
The Rajmahal Palace Wadhwan is located in Surendranagar. A renowned heritage hotel that occupies 14 acres of ground with captivating ambience makes it an ideal place to spend the holiday. The Palace hotel was built in the 19th century by H.H Bal Sinhji and later turned to a Heritage Hotel.
The hotel accommodation includes 12 well-furnished rooms, a darbar hall, beautifully painted ceiling, a royal throne and some portraits. Marble statues, pillared courtyard, and well-preserved vintage card and a library draw attention of the guests.
Sati Ranik Devi
This is a popular tourist spot in Gujarat with an interesting legend. The story relates to Ranik Devi, who was a beautiful girl born in the Junagadh territory. She was engaged to Raja Sidh Singh, but the ruler of Junagadh, Rakhengar, was in love with her. He abducted and married her.
This caused a deadly feud between the two chieftains. In time Raja Sidh invaded Junagadh and slew Rakhengar. When Ranik Devi about the death of her husband, and of the invader’s wish to marry her, she performed Sati to protect her chastity; she offered herself into a fire at the cremation of her beloved husband. In her memory, the broken-hearted Conqueror raised the temple.
Tarnetar is famous for its fair, popularly known as the Trinetreshwar Mahadev Mela (Fair). About 100,000 people belonging to various tribes like Rabari, Kathi, Charans, Bharwads, Bhangis, and Koli come to the fair. More than 500,000 people visit the festival during its three days.
A fair is also a matchmaking event, which holds a tradition that if a girl stops to talk to one of the men, it is a sign that she has a person of her choice. Then the elders of both meet and decide about their choices. The event includes the horse cart race, bullock cart race, and camel race, along with cultural contests such as Rass (Gujarati dance) competition, poem recitation competition, and umbrella decoration competition.