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 located on the banks of the Gomti River. Dwarka is one of the 4 Chardham and one of the 7 religious cities in India. Dwarka was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Krishna and is believed to be the first capital of Gujarat.
Being an historic city, you can explore many things to do in this ancient city.
- Dwarkadhish Temple
One of the famous temples in Dwarka is Dwarkadhish. When you visit this ancient city of Dwarka, you should not miss visiting this temple and make sure you visit the temple once in the morning and once in the evening. One of the striking features of the Dwarkadhish temple is that the flag of the temple is changed 5 times a day. The flag will be sponsored by a family and it is a huge affair here.
Dwarkadhish Temple is situated on the banks of the Gomti River and the temple worships Lord Krishna who was King of Dwarka. The temple is supposed to be built by Vajranabh, the great-grandson of Lord Krishna.
- Nageshwar Temple
One of the jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, Nageshwar jyotirlinga is one of the 12 jyotirlingas and is located around 15kms from the city center.
Nageshwar temple is one of the oldest temples mentioned in Shiva Purana and is believed to be the first of all 12 jyotirlingas. The swayambhu lingam is enshrined in the underground chamber of Nageshwar Temple and thousands of pilgrims visit this location all-year-round.
The temple is built with the typical Hindu architecture. This is a unique temple as Shiva Lingam faces south and the gomugam faces the east. The Shiva lingam at Nageshwar temple is a tri-mukhi rudraksha and is around 40cms in height and 30cms in diameter.
- Gomati Ghat
The Ghats have an important place in Hindu mythology where people worship, Gomati Ghat is one of the sacred ghats located on the banks of River Gomti in Dwarka and is located behind Dwarkadhish temple.
Gomati Ghat is located at the mouth of the Gomti River, which is one of the important tributaries of the sacred River Ganges. According to the myths, River Gomti is a daughter of Vashistha Muni and her waters are enough to purge one’s sins.
There is a space of 56 steps from Dwarkadhish temple and Gomati Ghat and taking a dip here is believed to be sacred and will liberate one’s sins committed in previous births. It is also said, Lord Krishna, himself took bath several times here.
- Rukmini Temple
One of the important sites to visit in Dwarka is Rukmini Devi Temple.Rukmini Devi who is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi.
and this temple is dedicated to the beloved wife of Lord Krishna. The temple is believed to be constructed for more than 2500 years but its domed mandapa and stepped sanctuary belong to the 12th Century. The sanctum of the temple has a marble idol of Devi Rukmani and is an architectural marvel in itself. On the walls, there will be rich paintings on the walls depicting Rukmini and Krishna.
The Rukmini Devi temple is located on the banks of the Bhagirathi river and never miss out on visiting this temple while you visit the ancient city of Dwarka.
- Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir
Around five thousand years ago, a Shivalinga was revealed in the Arabian Sea, today we knowns as Shri Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir. In the month of June/July, the ocean itself perform abhishekam the Shivling, and for some time this temple becomes the part of the ocean. The most famous festival of the temple is Maha Shivratri, on the day of Shivratri, a grand fair is organized around the temple.
- Shivrajpur Beach
Shivrajpur beach is one of the famous beaches in Gujarat and is a must-visit location. It is a beautiful beach with white sands which offers stunning sunsets and picturesque views to the tourists. The beach is not much commercialized which makes it ideal for tourists to visit and spend some quality time off away from chaotic city experience.
If you are lucky, you can spot Dolphins and beautiful birds on the sea here, recently, 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 get a blue flag certification, a beach should have 33 stringent criteria approved which are based on environmental education and information, bathing water quality, environmental management, and conservation of the beaches.
The Blue flag is one of the world’s most prestigious voluntary awards for beaches and getting a blue flag certified will help to increase tourism to the state.
- Sreenath Dining Hall Dwarka
Shree Nath Dining Hall is a local Restaurant Run by an elderly lady and her family that offers local authentic Gujarati Food with personal care and touch by the lady who personally visits every table and serves us food and are treated like house guests.
All the spread is for Rs 130 for the thali and generally takes 1 hour waiting time during peak hours.
- Bet DwarkaBet Dwarka also known as Shankhodara, is an island located near the shores of Okha which is situated around 30 kms from Dwarka, in the Gulf of Kutch. It said that Lord Krishna resided here while Dwarka was his constitutional seat. The name Bet Dwarka came from the famous legend revolving around Krishna’s childhood friend, Sudama who came to his house and offered him tandool poha as bhet (gift). Hop on to a ferry boat for an enchanting 15-minute journey to reach Bet Dwarka. The main attraction in Bet Dwarka is the majestic Dwarkadhish Temple that has a gigantic statue of Lord Krishna plated in gold. This statue was made by Krishna’s queen, Rukmini. The other important landmarks here include the place where Sudama met Krishna, Rukmini’s Temple, Shri Keshavji’s Temple and Mahaprabhuji ni Baithak. Additionally, one can also visit Hanuman Dandi where Hanuman met his son Makardwaja. This is five kms away from the main temple and can be reached via scooter rickshaws. Apart from this, there are other landmarks such as the Sidi Bawa Pir Dargah, the Haji Kirmai Dargah and a Gurdwara that would evoke the devout in you.