Dwarka is proclaimed as one of the seven most ancient cities in India. This destination would be apt for you if fine temples and magical glory is something that you fantasize to visit. Gujarati artifacts can be purchased from the local markets of Dwarka city. This magnificent city of marvelous architecture features holy shrines of Lord Krishna. Temples like Dwarkadeesh Temple, Geeta Mandir, Gomti ghat, etc are a must visit for the pilgrims. One can also enjoy the shimmering beaches in the warm weather of this city. These beaches also offer an extravagant time to the tourists as they can also enjoy scuba diving here. With this and much more in stored for the tourists, this city is a perfect destination for families.
Places To SeeBeyt Dwarka
Beyt is a small island which is also known as Beyt Shankhodhar. This beautiful place of worship is also a flourishing sea port. It houses a number of temples such as the 500 year old Krishna temple, Hanuman temple, Lord Sri Rama temple. The shrine of a renowned Sufi saint, Haji Kirmani also attracts its share of devotees. Tip
: Beyt Dwarka is also a great place for dolphin watching. Camping and marine excursions are also famous here. Dwarakashish
The most important and famous temple in Dwarka, the Dwarkashish temple is also known as the Jagat Mandir. The temple is believed to have been built some 2500 years ago by Vajranabh, the great grandson of Lord Krishna. The edifice around the temple was constructed in the 16th century. Ghumli
Ghumli is a scenic village located on the Barda Hills. It has great historical value and in the days of yore, it served as the capital of the Jethwa Dynasty. Like other places around Dwarka, Ghumli also has several temples dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is also home to the Navlakha temple which is believed to be the oldest Sun God temple in Gujarat. Gopi Talav
Literally translated, talav means pond. The talav has great religious value as it is said that Lord Krishna played rasleela here with Radha and the other gopis. The water here has a yellow tinge and is called gopi chandan. The devotees use the water to apply tilaks on their foreheads. Tip
: The talav is especially worth seeing when it is bathed in the moonlight. Dandiwala Hanuman Temple
Located close to the Dwarka temple, there is the Dandiwala Hanuman Temple. It houses the idol of the lord’s son – Makaradwaja. Legend has it that Makaradwaja was born when a drop of perspiration from Hanuman fell in the mouth of a fish. Gomti Ghats Temples
One can enjoy the panoramic views of Dwarka and its famous temples is splendor from the ghat of River Gomti. You can also enjoy a boat ride on the river. Several temples are set on the banks including Lord Shiva, Lord Krishna, and Lord Rama temple. There is also a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna’s loyal friend, Sudama. Haji Kirmani Pir shrine
The shrine shares space with Hindu temples on Beyt Dwarka and lies on the eastern shore of the island. It attracts devotees from across all religions who come here to seek the blessings of the Sufi saint Haji Kirmani Pir of Kirman of Iran. ISKCON Temple
Made entirely out of stone, the ISKON temple finds its location at the entrance of the city. Like other ISKON temples, it is run by the religious organization International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and hence its name. Tip
: From the roof of the temple, you can capture the views of the Dwarakadhish Temple in the lens of your camera. The Shardapith Math
This is one of the four fundamental mathas that were established in the 9the century by Adi Shankaracharya, the famous Hindu reformer. The matha is located in the Dwarka Temple complex and has to its credit beautiful wall paintings that bring to life the teachings of the Shankaracharya. Inside, the sanctum, there are etched postures of Lord Shiva. Bhalaka Tirtha
This is one of the most sacred places associated with Hindu religion and mythology. It is believed that Lord Krishna was unknowingly killed here when a hunter shot an arrow at him, mistaking him for a deer. The complex houses a tulsi tree which was planted in the Lord’s memory. The Nageshwar Jyothirlinga Temple
En-route to Dwarka, you will come across the Nageshwar Jyothirlinga Temple. It houses one of the twelve jyothirlingas in the world. The complex houses an underground sanctum and a life size idol of Lord Shiva. Beautiful gardens surround the complex which adds serenity to its beauty.