Porbandar, a famous city of India, is located near the Arabian Sea. The birth place of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, the city is well connected by road, air and rail services. It is also said to be the birth place of Sudama (close friend of Lord Krishna). It is now becoming a tourist hub as many flock here to know more and see the life of Mahatma Gandhi.
Porbandar has a few attractions of its own which are either historical or religious. Here is a look at the places one should see while they are in Porbandar.
Ghumli's untouched nature of beauty mesmerizes its visitors with its picturesque landscapes. The ancient ruins that you find in Ghumli's will leave you bemused wondering about the mystery behind these structures remaining intact for centuries. Porbandar displays an array of temples such as Ashapura Temple, Vindhyavasini Temple, Navlakha Temple, and Ghumli Ganesh Temple. And a trek in the wildlife sanctuary makes it an ideal destination for nature lovers, adventure junkies and thrill-seekers.
Porbandar Bird Sanctuary
Pornadar Bird Sanctuary is home to more than 150 species of exotic birds such as jacanas, little grebes, whistling teals, coots, avocets, pelicans, terns, cormorants, and spoonbills, to name a few. Spread across an area of 1 sq Km, Porbandar bird sanctuary is the smallest sanctuary in the country. Thus, making it easy to cover the distance in a day without missing out on any natural wonders. It is one of those bird sanctuaries in India, that embraces nature and human dwelling at its best.
It is the place where Mahatma Gandhi was born and spent his childhood. It was renovated and made a memorial site in 1950 to pay tribute to the great man. It has a spinning hall, a prayer hall, and a library as well. The temple turned museum is one of the best museums in Gujarat with paintings of Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Bai. It gives you an overview of Gandhi's work during his time in the city. Call it co-incidence, but the temple's height is 79 ft, which symbolizes 79 years of Gandhi's lifespan.
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Built by the last Maharaja of Porbandar, Rana Natwarsinhji, this plush palace is still home to the scions of Maharaja. Though the tourists are not allowed to enter the place, they can witness the grand palace from outside. Embracing both European and Indian architecture, it demonstrates the beauty of fusion. It is decked with splendid fountains and gardens. While the palace will accompany you for this tryst, the view of Arabian sea will definitely add delight to tourists.
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If you take a detour from the city towards the Ranavav Taluka, you can witness myth legend Jambuvans resting place. Jambavan is a mythological hero, who had pivotal roles in both Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is believed that Jambuvan inspired Hanuman to realise his inner strength and motivated him to jump across the Indian ocean in search of Sita. The cave is famous for the tussle Jambovan had with Lord Krishna over a Syamantaka jewel for 28 days. Situated 17 Km from Porbander, it is a must-visit when you are in Porbandar.
When you are driving to Somnath from Dwaraka, there is a long and parallel sea beach just on your right side of the road. This private beach is neat and clean and seems serene. Indulge in photography if you are a modern fashionista. And avoid swim in the sea as there are infamous cases of death by drowning. Having said that you could enjoy the panoramic view of the sea while you see the sun waving goodbye at you.