Things to do in Dwarka
Dwarka is an ancient city in the northwestern state of Gujarat which is also an important pilgrimage site. It is situated on the banks of the river Gomti. Dwarka is one of the 4 Chardham and one of the 7 religious cities of India. Dwarka was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Krishna and is believed to be the first capital of Gujarat.
Being a historical city, you can explore many things to do in this ancient city.
One of the famous temples of Dwarka is Dwarkadhish. When you visit this ancient city of Dwarka, you should not miss to visit this temple and make sure you visit it once in the morning and once in the evening. One of the most striking features of Dwarkadhish temple is that the flag of the temple is changed 5 times a day. The flag is sponsored by a family and is a big deal here.
Dwarkadhish temple is situated on the banks of river Gomti and the temple worships Lord Krishna, who was king of Dwarka. The temple is supposed to have been built by Vajranabh, the great grandson of Lord Krishna.
One of the jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, the Nageshwar jyotirlinga, is one of the 12 jyotirlingas and is located about 15 km from the city centre.
The Nageshwar temple is one of the oldest temples mentioned in the Shiva Purana and is believed to be the first of the 12 jyotirlingas. The swayambhu lingam is enshrined in the underground chamber of the Nageshwar temple and thousands of pilgrims visit this place throughout the year.
The temple is built with typical Hindu architecture. It is a unique temple as the Shiva Lingam faces south and the gomugam faces east. The Shiva lingam in Nageshwar temple is a tri-mukhi rudraksha and is about 40cms in height and 30cms in diameter.
Ghats have an important place in Hindu mythology where people worship, Gomati Ghat is one of the sacred ghats situated on the banks of river Gomti in Dwarka and is located behind Dwarkadhish temple.
Gomati Ghat is located at the mouth of the river Gomti, which is one of the important tributaries of the holy river Ganges. According to myths, the river Gomti is a daughter of Vashistha Muni and its waters are sufficient to purge sins.
There is a space of 56 steps from Dwarkadhish temple and Gomati Ghat and it is believed that taking a dip here is sacred and will release the sins committed in previous births. It is also said that Lord Krishna himself bathed here several times.
One of the important sites to visit in Dwarka is the Rukmini Devi temple, which is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi.
And this temple is dedicated to the beloved wife of Lord Krishna. It is believed that the temple was built more than 2500 years ago, but its domed mandapa and stepped sanctum belongs to the 12th century. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple has a marble idol of Devi Rukmani and is an architectural marvel in itself. On the walls are rich paintings depicting Rukmini and Krishna.
Rukmini Devi temple is located on the banks of Bhagirathi river and never miss to visit this temple when you visit the ancient city of Dwarka.
Shivrajpur beach is one of the famous beaches of Gujarat and is a must visit place. It is a beautiful white sandy beach that offers breathtaking sunsets and picturesque views to the tourists. The beach is not very commercialized, which makes it ideal for tourists to visit and spend some quality time away from the chaotic city experience.
If you are lucky, you can see dolphins and beautiful birds in the sea here, recently, the beach management has introduced water sports, food and shopping areas for visitors.
Recently, Shivrajpur beach has been certified with Blue Flag, which means it is one of the cleanest beaches in the world. To obtain Blue Flag certification, a beach must have 33 strict criteria passed which are based on environmental education and information, bathing water quality, environmental management and beach conservation.
The blue flag is one of the world’s most prestigious voluntary awards for beaches and achieving blue flag certification will help increase tourism in the state.
Shree Nath Dining Hall is a local restaurant run by an old lady and her family offering authentic local Gujarati food with the care and personal touch of the lady who personally visits each table and serves us the food and we are treated as guests of the house.
The whole spread is for Rs 130 for thali and generally takes 1 hour waiting time during peak hours.
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