Bhavnagar is a busy and friendly city which still contains many traditional buildings with overhanging wooden balconies, and a huge market place. The market’s lanes are extremely narrow and bustling with life and character.

The city makes a good base from which to explore the breathtaking Jain temples of Palitana, an hour’s drive away.

What to see

  1. Barton Museum & Library: One can see here, old books, manuscripts, rare coins and arms and armour of the rulers of Bhavnagar.
  2. Central Salt and Marine Chemicals & Research Institute: (Timings: 1000 hrs - 1300 hrs & 1400 hrs - 1745 hrs.
  3. Gandhi Smriti: (Timings: 0900 hrs - 1200 hrs & 1500 hrs - 1800 hrs (Closed on Mondays and gazetted holidays).
  4. Gaurishankar Lake: A picnic spot with a lake, park and a planetarium.
  5. Lock Gate: The sea water here is impounded by the Lock Gate to keep ships afloat during low tide.
  6. Takhteshwar Temple: Situated on a hill, this Shiva temple is over 100 years old.
  7. Vallabhbhai Patel Garden : Formerly known as Pil Garden.

Getting There

Air: Bhavnagar is connected by Indian Airlines and private airlines with Mumbai.

Rail: Bhavnagar is a railway station on the Western Railway line, connected with Ahmedabad

Road: Bhavnagar is connected by road with Ahmedabad 203, Km, Delfi 1123 Km, Junagadh 219 Km, Mumbai 690 Km, Palitana 51 Km, Porbandar 343 Km, Rajkot 165 Km and Somnath 261 Km.

General information

Area: 38.97 Sq.Km Temperature: Summer - Max: 39 Deg.C Min: 23..6 Deg.C Winter - Max: 31.6 Deg.C Min: 13.0 Deg.C Altitude: Sea Level Rainfall: 56.1 Cm (June to September) Season: October to April STD Code: 0278

Excursions

  1. Sihor (21 Km): It has the ruins of a fort and frescos 350 years old.

  2. Valabbipur (40 Km): This ancient city of learning was once the capital of the Maitrak Rulers of Gujarat.

  3. Alang (50 Km): One of the world’s largest ship breaking yards.

  4. Velavadar National Park (65 Km): This 18 Sq.Km. national park is an ideal home for the Black buck.

  5. Gopnath (76 Km.): A pilgrim centre.

  6. Gadhada (90 Km): A Swaminarayan pilgrim centre.