A Visit to Dwarka
by Vaishali Thaker
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Dwarka, once a small town, now a district, is located at the bank of Gomti river, which meets the Arabian sea, in the western part of the state of Gujarat in India. It is also known as “Devbhoomi Dwarka” & it is a place of pilgrimage for hindus. It has a population of around 1,00,000.
The temperature in Dwarka ranges from 28°C to 50°C based on the season. It is burning hot in summer and there is also humidity due to close proximity to the sea. The best time to visit is in Winter season, that is between December to March, when the temperature is mild and heat of the Sun is felt less.
Here are few things which can be helpful when you are planning a visit to Dwarka.
How to reach?
Dwarka doesn’t have an airport of its own. The nearest airport is located in Jamnagar, which is at a distance of 130 km, approximately 3 hours from Dwarka by road or by train. The easiest and cheapest way to reach Dwarka is to travel by train, bus or car, from any city of India.
In Dwarka, Hotels and Dharamshala’s can be found after every 2-minute walk as soon as one enters the town. There is no lack of accommodation. But, if you are planning to visit during festivals like Holi and Diwali, advance booking needs to be done, at least 1 month before the visit, to avoid any inconvenience. Rooms charges are on per night basis. You can avail them at affordable rates. If you want some peace of mind you can book a hotel near the beach away from the crowd or if you want to enjoy a variety of food, market, and the crowd, It is better to book a place in the center of the town from where everything is easily accessible.
Things to do
Main places of attraction
Dwarka is famous for its temples and beach. It is also known as one of the “Chardham” places, that is, one of the “four sacred hindu pilgrimage sites” of India. It is a dream of every Indian to travel through each of the four pilgrimage sites in one’s life to attain liberation from the cycle of birth and death, especially for the people who belong to Hindu religion.
The main attraction here is the most famous temple of Lord Krishna, who is also known as “Dwarkadhish” – The King of Dwarka. It is located exactly at the bank of river Gomti. This temple host several other Hindu Gods and Goddesses. This temple is also known as “Jagatmandir”.
The temple is very huge and always full of people who come to pray and spend their time taking the name of their beloved lord. The Gomti river is located behind the temple and can be reached from within the temple itself. The bath in this river is considered to be sacred.
It is said that 5000 years ago, whole Dwarka was made up of Pure Gold. But, Lord Krishna submerged it into the Ocean before leaving his physical body. Although, no scientific evidence or proof has been found for the same.
Besides this Dwarkadheesh temple, there are many other temples like-
- Shri Rukmani Mandir
- ISKCON Temple
- Gita Temple
- Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Temple
- Bhadrakali Temple
- Gayatri Shaktipith
- Samudra Narayan Temple
- Shri Sharda Peeth
- Shree Swaminarayan Temple
All temples can be covered in two days if started from early morning and all are located in close proximity to each other. A personal guide can be booked if you are visiting for the first time and are interested to know each and everything in detail to make it a memorable journey.
Relaxing at the Beach
The beach is located hardly 800 meters away from the center of the town. It is always full of local people and tourists during evening time to watch the sunset, play with silver sands and enjoy the music of waves. There is also a lighthouse, which is the main point of attraction here. People love to get the bigger view of the sea from above the lighthouse. The level of water changes as per the waxing and waning cycles of the moon. When the level of water goes low, the black stones are visible and It becomes the point of photoshoots for many.
At the entrance to the beach, there are many local sellers selling light snacks like peanuts, fried oats, puffed rice items, coconut, fruit plates and many such items which people can enjoy during their visit to the beach. The specialty of this beach is it joins Gayatri Shaktipith and Dwarkadhish temple.
Exploring the local Food and Market
In Dwarka, one can enjoy Pure Vegetarian Gujarati food and traditional clothes. There is no specific division, all shops are mixed. Somewhere you will find food stores, somewhere toy stores, somewhere stores for clothes and jewelry in between. Each and every lane in Dwarka is full of shops with a variety of items. It is a crowdy place, especially during festivals like Holi and Diwali.
Food is very delicious and available at affordable rates. You can try dishes like Khichdi Osaman, Kadhi, Samosa, Kachori, Fafda jalebi sambharo, Dhokla, Patice, Dosa, Idli, and many other such dishes. Other than Gujarati dishes, few varieties of Punjabi and Chinese dishes are also available. As different type of people visit from around the world, all type of food is available.
If people don’t want to take food from outside stores or hotels, they can also opt to book Prasad thali in the Dwarkadhish temple itself at minimal cost. As this food is very sattvic in nature.
Nearby places of attraction
After you are done with exploring the main places of attraction in the town, you can plan a visit to some other famous locations which are nearby Dwarka, in your personal or hired vehicle. Many such places are listed below with approximate distance-
- Shivrajpur Beach – Approx. 13 km away
- Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple – Approx. 15 km away
- Gopi Talav – Approx. 15 km away
- Bet Island – Approx. 30 km away
- Hanuman Dandi – Approx 42 km away