Dwarka is one of the most pious places in hindu religion. LORD Krishna selected this area as his home and kingdom after leaving mathura. This is the place where krishna’s friend sudama came to meet him for help. I visited this place on diwali for my religious trip. We had started from SOMNATH at 6.30 am in aG.S.R.T.C bus ( 110 rupees)and took the scenic route of somnath -harshad- porbandar-dwarka. On this route road runs parallel to the sea and we see many windmills on this scenic route.& A treat to watch are various birds nestling in water. The road brings out the romantic in you even though we were traveling in a not sooo romantic but comfortable bus. While my husband was dozing off i watched few trailers full of pink lobsters caught freshly from sea being taken to the nearest cold storage. The wind mills are quite lot in number and very near to the road….
dwarka is 150 kms from jamnagar
dwarka is 250 kms from rajkot
dwarka is 100 kms from porbandar
dwarka is 260 kms from somnath
Various trains and pvt buses ply to and fro from rajkot, porbandar, jamnagar,ahmedabad,somnath,vadodara,surat.
DWARKA has the famous Dwarkadhish temple for VAISHNAVS. It is in a very sad state of condition. There is a lack of cleanliness, order, planning, security and respect for a place of worship. the pujaris keep on spitting in the mandir campus itself. Another famous place of worship is the NAGESHWAR JYOTIRLING at 16 kms from dwarka. The mandir has a large statute of Lord Shiva.
this place has been redesigned by T-SERIES company at a cost of 5 crores.but the sad part is there are stall right inside the mandir selling stuff at high price in the name of god. the chowpaty area is in pathetic condition with lack of cleanliness and stall selling food items throwing there rubbish into the sea directly.
there are various places to stay in dwarka but if u are visiting with family ( old aged people and quiet children) then KOKILA DHIRAJ DHAM ( Rs 300 for a 2 bed non ac room) run by reliance industries is a great place to stay. Its near to good eating places in dwarka. The only difficulty at KDD is tat u cant get rooms easily and need to book it in advance and shorts are not allowed in the campus. FAMILIES with quiet children are given preference as it has lots of VIPs staying in the permises.
Sea here is very turbulent and not so safe for swimming. various sea shells and coloured stones are avaiilable for collectors and aquarium owners.
Bet dwarka is good juzz for the boat ride..otherwise the island is cramped with shops. dwarka municipality rund 2 trips daily 8 am to 1 pm and 2pm to 7 pm daily for tourists( 50 rupees). This trip covers nageshwar temple, gopi talav, bet dwarka,rukmani temple. priests at all the temples keep hogging you for money.. i am a gujarati and its a sad condition to see in my own state.
U can definately enjoy dwarka more on a horse cart….its cheap too but make sure u have a strong back cozzz the roads are real bad…..and the people of dwarka are waiting for a visit from Mr. Chief Minister so that the roads will be paved again….relaince industries have helped in renovating the various ghats on RIVER GOMTI.
In all when viewed from a pilgrim’s eye it is a pious land but from a tourist’s eye it isnt so.