Bustling Bhavnagar is a city in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat with lots to do and see. This former princely state was founded in 1724 before being merged into the Indian Union in 1948 and is an important trade hub for industries of all sizes, housing the world’s largest ship-breaking yard.
Grab your binoculars and camera and head to Victoria Park for a spot of birdwatching, or get your culture fix at the white marble Takhteshwar Temple high on the hill, which offers some spectacular views of the city below.
Amble gently through the old city with its small shops, lively bazaars and amazing vegetable market and try the delicious Bhavnagar version of the popular Gujarati snack 'Ganthiya', made from chickpea flour.
Early evening is the perfect time for a wander through Bhavnagar’s old city with its ornate wooden buildings, cute little shops, busy bazaars, and impressive vegetable market.
Within the boundary of Bhavnagar city lies Victoria Park, a forest conserved by the Indian Government. Covering around 500 acres, it’s a nature lover’s delight with a variety of flora and fauna including Indian birds like raptors, waders and perching birds for you to spot.
Cast your gaze over the city and out to the Gulf of Cambay from Takhteshwar Temple, perched on top of a small hillock. This white marble Hindu temple was built in 1893, and its high spire (‘shikhara’) rising above the rectangular mandapa (pillared hall) can be seen for miles around.
Now a heritage hotel, the beautiful Nilambag Palace was commissioned in 1879 by Maharaja Saheb Takhatsinhji of Bhavnagar as a home for the royal family. Built by the German architect Simms, this imposing Rajula stone structure shows influences of Colonial architecture and grand decoration.
You can visit Bhavnagar on our Highlights of Gujarat Tour or as part of your own bespoke Indian holiday. Contact our travel experts on 01792 315499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org