Thursday, May 31, 2012

Daman

Daman

Travelling in India
Location: The Union territories of Daman and Diu is located in the Valsad district of Gujarat.

A resort town on a grey, soupy sea is nothing more than a tropical paradise. This small island was established by Portuguese and left the legacy in the form of fine forts and churches. Daman specially crowded in the weekends by exiles from Mumbai and Gujarat. Along with Diu and Goa, Daman was taken in 1961 from the Portuguese, who had seized in 1531. Bahadur Shah, who was the last major Gujarati Sultan ceded to Portuguese in 1559. For some time Daman and Diu were governed from Goa but both now constitute the Union Territory of Daman and Diu, overseen by Delhi.

Tonga Ride at Jampore Beach

Bharuch

Bharuch

Travelling in India
Location: Eastern part of Gujarat

The oldest town in the state Gujarat, preserving a 2000 year history. The city lies at the mouth of the holy river Narmada. Bharuch also known as Bhroach, was also an important Buddhist center in ancient time. The place was named after the famous 'Bhrigukachba' temple, devoted to great saint Bhrigu Rishi. Though the city is a fine example of ancient history but now a prosperous industrial town, which is renowned for its big textile mills, chemical plants, long staple cotton, dairy products and many more. Bharuch is sometimes called as 'Kanam Pradesh'(black soil land) because of distinctive coloration of the soil. Bharuch is also great place to shop.

Bharuch Mandir
Travelling in India
Location: Eastern part of Gujarat
How To Reach: The nearest international airports are Mumbai(375km) and Ahmadabad(200km). The nearest domestic airport is Vadodara(75km). Bharuch railway station, 'Bharuch Junction' is on Mumbai- Delhi- Ahmadabad line, which connects the Northern, Central & Western Railway link. National Highway 8 passes through Bharuch and has a good road network . State transport buses and private luxury coaches connects Bharuch with various centers of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan.
Where To Stay: There are plenty of hotel options.
When To Go: September to March


The oldest town in the state Gujarat, preserving a 2000 year history. The city lies at the mouth of the holy river Narmada. Bharuch also known as Bhroach, was also an important Buddhist center in ancient time. The place was named after the famous 'Bhrigukachba' temple, devoted to great saint Bhrigu Rishi. Though the city is a fine example of ancient history but now a prosperous industrial town, which is renowned for its big textile mills, chemical plants, long staple cotton, dairy products and many more. Bharuch is sometimes called as 'Kanam Pradesh'(black soil land) because of distinctive coloration of the soil. Bharuch is also great place to shop.

Bharuch Mandir

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Vadodara

Vadodara

Travelling in India
Location: Vadodara is located in the eastern part of the state of Gujarat.
How To Reach: Vadodara airport is linked with Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmadabad, and Pune. Vadodra railhead is on the main Ahmadabad - Mumbai line. Vadodara is linked by road network with most of the major states.
Where To Stay: Most of the low-budget hotels are located on the western part of the city across the Vishvamitra River. One can find mid-range and top-range hotels, most of which are near the railway station.
When To Go: Between October to February
Once the former capital of the Gaekwar rulers, Vadodara is also known as Baroda. Situated on the banks of river Vishwamitri this region, southeast of Ahmadabad, has seen many civilizations from prehistoric times. Once a village known as Vadpatra, Vadodara is now a bustling city. It lies on the banks of river Vishwamitri and seen many civilization from prehistoric era. The river Vishwamitri river divides the eastern and western part of the city. The eastern city comprises of the old city with crowded bazaars and contains self contained blocks of houses that are home to hundreds to families. The eastern part is also has many tourist interests such as numerous temples, the majestic Laxmi Vilas Palace and the famous Maharaja Sayajirao University. The main reason of visiting the place is the nearby Champaner with its mosques lost in the landscape. The place is also recognised as World Heritage Site.

Sayaji Bagh

Jamnagar

Jamnagar



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A special city is this Jamnagar. It is a center of interest in terms of history, modernity as well as education. After leaving Kutch, Jam Raval had set up Jamnagar in 1540. For the next 400 years it was the capital city for the newly developed and prosperous Navanagar State in entire Saurashtra. It used to be within a fort until 1914. Jam Ranjitsinh had the city well laid out with big crossing circles, wide roads and houses on roads looking similar and built in one line along the sides, giving a disciplined civic look. As a result it came to be known as 'Paris of Saurashtra'.

It is a historical city. It had on its four sides a fort with gates. Its history is also full of romantic stories of brave warriors and other heroes. The Jadeja dynasty has a claim in many of these. In the central lake of the city we have 'Lakhota Mahal' that houses many romantic and colorful stories of love and valor of the rulers, their nobles and diwans or ministers.

Reconstructed during the rule of Jam (a term meaning King) Ranjitsinh in about 1914, the city is spectacular for its town-planning. It has a mixture of several styles with its roads, crossroads, marketplaces and other residential and no-residential buildings. Named as "Paris of Saurashtra', we can see the past glory it must have commanded in its gorgeous buildings, systematic roads, historical places etc. There are a number of temples within and out of the fort area, and also because of its large number of Sanskrit schools at one time, Jamnagar also has another name: 'Chhota Kashi', a place of learning. Dinstinguished men like Adityaramji, the music maestro, and Zandu Bhattji, the great Ayurved practitioner had settled here. These have become legendary figures of entire Gujarat. The present Zandu Pharmacy is a legacy of Zandu Bhattji.

As a centre of learning, Jamnagar still holds the fort. It has an Ayurved University, Gulabkunvarba Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, medical College, Polytechnic, ITI and training centers for all the three wings of the Armed Forces. Several industries continue to prop up in and around Jamnagar.

The town has a beautiful lake called Ranmal Talav. In its center is Lakhota Mahal. It is so designed that even the soldiers placed sun'ounding it could guard it so well that they could stop the entry of any enemy and his army. Today Lakhota Mahal is a national monument. It now has a museum that displays the beautiful samples of artistic sculptures and architectural designs. A well in this Mahal is so constructed that it looks like a hole in the ground, and still, just one quick blast of air from the mouth can bring out the water. Some walls have old paintings on them. On the edge of the lake is 'Kotha' a secret place to hoard weapons.

The Khambhalia Gate here is a beautiful construction, with its great sculpted figures. Jamnagar also has other palaces, viz. Vibhavilas and Pratapvilas palaces. Besides a large number of temples of Shiva, other gods and goddesses, it has many Jain temples too. A huge temple of Kabir sect is located here. Jamnagar is the most important center of medical studies, both Ayurvedic and Allopathic. This huge Ayurvedic University also has a Research Center . Besides, many years ago, Jam Saheb had one Solarium built here for solar treatment of many diseases. It is unique in that it turns with the progress of the Sun to get the maximum benefit of solar energy.

Yet another landmark of Jamnagar is famous for its 'Manekbai Muktidham', the cremation center of the city. It provides an example of how even a cremation center can be a place to get peace, beautiful and full of kind attitude. It contains a big garden, library and statues of a large number of historical and saintly figures; images of some gods and goddesses are also pla'ced here. The dread associated usually with Death no longer has a hold on the hearts of the people who come here, and it is one of its kind such place of last journey of a beloved relative.

Near Jamnagar is Ranjitsagar. Specially created by building a dam this lake is beautiful place of interest and is also an important source 'of water for the city. Another place of interest is the camp of the Air Force and Indian Navy at port of Bedibandar, Nearby is the Sainik School at Balachadi. The sports persons would definitely associate this city with the name of Jamsaheb Ranjitsinhji, a world famous cricket-player of yore. Named after this sporty ruler even today the cricket matches are played in India as Ranji Trophy Matches.

During the freedom struggle Jamnagar State also played an important role. Among those native rulers who offered to join the Indian Union on their own, Jam Saheb was one of the leaders. He played an important role in even getting other rulers convinced of this procedure as a wise step, for he was a player of importance in the politics of the native rulers. In the establishment of Saurashtra State and in the renovation of Somnath temple he made significant contribution too. Major General Rajendrasinghji, the only person with this designation in Indian Army (as this was abolished later on) also hailed from Jamnagar.

Nageshwar is just 15 km away from Dwarka. From here we also come across Nageshwar Gopi Talav. This area was known as 'Darukavan'. The Shiv temple of Nageshwar commands significance among the devotees, for it is one of the Twelve Jyotirlings.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Vardhman Shah’s Temple

Vardhman Shah’s Temple
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Vardhman Shah’s Temple is a delightful shrine and one of the four main Jain temples in Jamnagar. The foundation stone of this shrine was laid in 1612, during the reign of Jam Jasaji I and was completed in the year 1620. Fifty two very small temples or ‘Deri’ were built around the temple in 1622.

Shantinath Mandir

Shantinath Mandir
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Shantinath Mandir is situated, south-west of Bedi Gate, in Jamnagar. The temple has intricate carvings and the walls are adorned with fine murals, which depict the life of Jain saints. The floor is made of marble and decorated with distinctive Jain patterns in yellow, black, white and red.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Rozi and Bedi Ports

Rozi and Bedi Ports
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Rozi and Bedi are two prominent ports along the shores of the mighty Arabian Sea. These attractive seaside picnic spots offer excellent facilities for fishing and angling

Willingdon Crescent

Willingdon Crescent
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The impressive Willingdon crescent was constructed by Jam Ranjit Singh, inspired by his European journey. It comprises arcades of cusped arches, larger on the ground floor and smaller on the upper storey, pilasters on the curving walls, and balusters on the parapet. The statue of Jam Saheb is situated in the centre of the crescent. Gujarat Earthquake in 2001 has caused only a slight damage to this shopping area.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bala Hanuman Temple

Bala Hanuman Temple
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The Bala Hanuman Temple is on the south-eastern side of Ranmal Lake. The temple is famous for the continuous 24-hour chanting of the mantra 'Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram', since August 1, 1964. This devotion has earned Bala Hanuman Temple a place in the Guinness Book of Records. Thousands of devotees visit the temple every year. Early evening is particularly a good time to visit the temple.

Kotha Bastion

Kotha Bastion
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The Kotha Bastion is Jamnagar's prize possession. It has a fine collection of sculptures, coins, inscriptions and copper plates and the skeleton of a whale. One of its most interesting sights is an old well where the water can be drawn by blowing into a small hole in the floor.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Dhanvantri Mandir

Dhanvantri Mandir
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Dhanvantri Mandir was built under the personal supervision of Dr. Pranjivan Manekchand Mehta, Chief Medical Officer of Guru Govindsingh Hospital. After independence it gained the status of Ayurveda University. It has a good library, workshop and been a place of research and international seminars on Ayurveda- an ancient Indian medicinal system.

Jamnagar

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Jamnagar is a well-laid out town in Saurashtra, once governed by the princely family of Jadeja dynasty. The palace has a collection of Victorian paintings. Right in the heart of the city, in the centre of a lake and approached by a stone bridge are two magnificent buildings - the Kotha Bastion and the Lakota Museum. One of the curiosities of the Kotha Bastion is an old well the water of which can be obtained by blowing in a small hole in the flooring of the building. The Lakota is a local museum displayed on the terrace of the building. It has a fine collection of sculpture dating from the 9th to the 18th century. There are also pictures and numismatic galleries, pottery from Saurashtra, palaeolithic and neolithic finds from the Narmada valley and a manuscript and epigraphic gallery with copper plates and ancient inscriptions

Friday, May 25, 2012

Jamnagar

Jamnagar

Jamnagar

The Jamnagar district of Gujarat epitomizes a perfect blend of heritage and modernity. It is a coastal town which is situated 92 km north west of Rajkot.There are buildings of ancient times on one hand and a well planned city with modern facilities on the other. Besides monuments; it is a major tourist attraction, as it is home to some of the most exclusive handicrafts.

Jamnagar is situated on the confluence of the rivers Nagmati and Rangmati and was previously known as Nawanagar. The city of Jamnagar was founded by Jam Raval who made it his capital. It is located around 300 km from Ahmedabad and is situated in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat.

The Jadeja Rajputs known as Jams contributed greatly to the development of the city and employed European town planning techniques, which is evident in the new city.From being an ancient city to symbolizing industrial revolution, the city of Jamnagar is certainly one of the places in Gujarat which holds tourist importance.

There are numerous places of tourist importance in Jamnaga

Jamnagar

Jamnagar

Jamnagar

The Jamnagar district of Gujarat epitomizes a perfect blend of heritage and modernity. It is a coastal town which is situated 92 km north west of Rajkot.There are buildings of ancient times on one hand and a well planned city with modern facilities on the other. Besides monuments; it is a major tourist attraction, as it is home to some of the most exclusive handicrafts.

Jamnagar is situated on the confluence of the rivers Nagmati and Rangmati and was previously known as Nawanagar. The city of Jamnagar was founded by Jam Raval who made it his capital. It is located around 300 km from Ahmedabad and is situated in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat.

The Jadeja Rajputs known as Jams contributed greatly to the development of the city and employed European town planning techniques, which is evident in the new city.From being an ancient city to symbolizing industrial revolution, the city of Jamnagar is certainly one of the places in Gujarat which holds tourist importance.

There are numerous places of tourist importance in Jamnaga

Solarium

Solarium
http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/16/fb/6a/solarium.jpgSolarium is a one of its kind structure in entire Asia. It is also known as Ranjit Institute of Poly-Radio Therapy and is mainly known for the treatment of skin diseases. It is a revolving tower which provides full daylong sunlight for the treatment. It was built by Jam Shri Ranjitsinhji with the help of an expert from France.

Towers and Gates

Towers and Gates
http://image03.webshots.com/3/0/60/25/22706025ABbHaRSdMA_ph.jpgThe only remains left of the fortified town of Jamnagar are the two towers of Mandvi & Pancheshwar and the Khambhalia & Grain Market Gate. Apart from this, there is some part of the wall surrounding the city which can be still seen. It was built in the 17th century by Wazir Meraman Khawas, also known as Meru Khawas. He is said to be a very powerful dictator, who ruled over Jamnagar between 1744 and 1800 AD.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Raisi Shah's Temple

Raisi Shah's Temple
http://www.jamnagar.org/jtle.jpgTejsi Shah built this Jain temple in 1564. It was ruined by Mughal army in 1590 and inn 1592, Tejsi Shah got these temples renovated.

Vardhman Shah's Temple

Vardhman Shah's Temple
http://www.indianetzone.com/photos_gallery/35/jamnagar-temple_3145.jpgThe construction of the temple was started in 1612, during the rule of His Highness Jam Jasaji I, and completed in the year 1620.

Jamnagar Tourist Attractions

Jamnagar Tourist Attractions

Dwarkadhish Temple DwarkaJamnagar was once a fortified town enclosed within walls and the rulers contributed significantly to the heritage of the place. Today, the city stands dotted by a number of monuments built during the ancient era. The architecture of Jamnagar, being a blend of Rajput and European styles, is awe inspiring. There are also a number of temples in Jamnagar, which are the main attraction for the people coming on sightseeing tours. The royal buildings in the city are eye catchy and are liked by one and all. A tour of the Jamnagar city is definitely a splendid experience.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Jamnagar

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JAMNAGAR

Welcome to the oyster of India. The pearl that awaits you, formed over the ages, is not the perfectly round and smooth one on a string, painted in royal portraits, but a rough, bustling, noisy one. Layer after layer has been laid on what used to be a tiny fishing settlement: pearl fishing, in one of the largest fisheries in the world; bandhani, the traditional fabric dyeing technique; master silver artisans; a series of Jams or rulers, who brought prosperity, glory in the world of cricket, and a Nature Conservation Park; an overflow of holy places for worship of different faiths; and a crumbling old city full of stories.

At the center of the pearl city waits an island fort in a lake, where humans enjoying kulfi share space with flocks of birds enjoying the breeze. At the sea, where oil refineries quickly gobble up the coastline, waits the spectacular and heroic Marine National Park and Sanctuary, the last vestiges of protection from human expansion.

Labels: Coastal, Fort, Gardens/Parks, Handicraft, Lake, Mosque, Museum, Palace, Temple, Textile, University, Wildlife