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Bhavnagar 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 and the Arabian Sea . Also called the City of Merchants , Bhavnagar 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 India during the early 20th century.

A modern city today, Bhavnagar 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.

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One of Bhavnagar's older monuments, this old palace has beautiful and noteworthy arches, wood carvings and interesting architecture.

Takhatsinhji Hospital

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 famed for Calcutta 's Victoria Memorial and Bombay 's famous Crawford Market.

Takteshwar Temple

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 Bhavnagar University .

Victoria Park

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 palace.

Gaurishankar Lake

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 Bhav Vilas Palace , which used to be the club of the royal family, complete with sports complex and hunting trophies.

Lock Gate Door

A century old dockyard - one of the oldest operational dry docks in India , this place is now used to build ships and is the first of its kind in Gujarat . 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 to March

How To Get There Bhavnagar is located in Gujarat
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The nearest Air Port is Bhavnagar, 
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Well connected to road 

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