is primarily an industrial city and an important trading post for cotton products.
Its commercial importance increased because of its proximity to the Gulf of Cambay
. Also called the City of
was founded in 1723 AD by Bhav Singhji, a member of the Gohil Rajput clan which
came to the Saurashtra coast from Rajasthan in the 12th century. It grew into one
of the 15th richest princely states in
during the early 20th century.
A modern city today,
was once very much a princely state. Expect to see glimpses of history lying still
between the bustle of the present. There are also some sights that will leave you
agape, like the tides, which are among the largest in the world.
Marine life in the rocky shoals, extensive coastal bird-life including
oyster-catcher and plovers, striped hyena and jackal in the coastal scrublands,
wind sculptured rocks, lovely white sanded beaches and breathtaking sea views are
just some of the sights waiting for your admiration.
One of Bhavnagar's older monuments, this old palace has beautiful and noteworthy
arches, wood carvings and interesting architecture.
If history interests you, then here is one that you can visit. This hospital was
built between 1979-83 and was designed by Sir William Emmerson, the architect also
's Victoria Memorial and
's famous Crawford Market.
Take a trip to this temple situated atop a hilltop. The view from this historic
temple is great. You can look across and see the entire cityscape all the way to
the seacoast of the
Gulf of Cambay
Barton Museum & Gandhi Smriti
This museum has a lot to offer those that are fascinated with the tangibles of the
past. The museum has a collection of farming tools, beadwork, woodcarvings,
weapons, and musical instruments amongst others. There are also reminders of
Mahatma Gandhi's period when he was a student at the
A former game preserve, Victoria Park is filled with interesting birds and has
some wildlife including blue bull, antelope, hyena, jackal etc. The marshes in the
park attract many winter ducks. Take a walk to this place when you visit the
This makes for a good place to bird watch, especially if you like ducks, geese,
pelicans, cranes and wading birds. You can also get a peek at the lakeshore
, which used to be the club of the royal family, complete with sports complex and
Lock Gate Door
A century old dockyard - one of the oldest operational dry docks in
, this place is now used to build ships and is the first of its kind in
. The seawater here is impounded by the lock gates which helps keep ships afloat
during low tides. This sight can only be seen with special permission.
The best time to visit :- The best
time to visit is between October
||The nearest Air Port is Bhavnagar,