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The various tourist attractions in Bhavnagar are the Takhteshwar Temple, Gandhi Smriti and Barton museum, Victoria Park, Gaurishankar Lake and Takhat Singhji Hospital.

Takhteshwar Temple
The Takhteshwar Temple is a historic temple, located on a small hill. This temple provides good views of the city and the Gulf of Cambay.

Gaurishankar Lake
Gaurishankar Lake is a very popular place for the evening stroll, picnic and bird watching. Ducks, geese, pelicans, cranes and other wading birds can be seen on the banks of this lake. On the banks of the lake, the Bhav Vilas Palace is located which is owned by a relative of the family.

Barton Museum & Gandhi Smriti

Takhteshwar Temple, Bhavnagar

Gandhi Smriti and Barton museum belongs to the 1895 AD. This museum has a fine collection of farming tools, beadwork, wood carvings, religious carvings, weapons, musical instruments, betel nut cutters, coins, stamps, sculpture, skeletons and various folk arts objects which represent the culture of the Saurashtra region. This memorial also houses photographs and some of the items related to Mahatma Gandhi which reminds of the Mahatma Gandhi as a student of Bhavnagar university. This museum also has a library that consists of the books and photographs of Mahatma Gandhi.

Barton Library
Barton Library is a beautiful two storey building, appropriately designed for a road junction. It has two wings and a central tower, constructed in ashlar stone masonry, with Gothic arch windows and a sloping roof with Mangalore tiles. This library is one of the oldest libraries of Gujarat and also houses a museum.

Nilambagh Palace is a heritage hotel in Bhavnagar. This palace was designed by a German architect, as a royal residence for the erstwhile Maharajas in 1859 AD which was later converted into a heritage hotel. This palace is a magnificent building that is set amidst huge estate of 10 acres. It combines elements of Indian architecture with a modern outlook.


Gangajalia temple is dedicated to Ganga Devi. This temple is built in white marble located in the middle of a former tank. This temple has a chhatri, pavilion and bridge, built of white marble. It was designed by Sir John Griffith, principal or Sir J J School of Arts, Bombay.

Takhat Singhji Hospital

Takhat Singhji Hospital was designed in 1979-83 by Sir William Emmerson, the architect of Victoria Memorial and Crawford Market.

Victoria Park

Earlier Victoria park was the famous game reserve. Various interesting wildlife animals and birds are still found in this park. Antelope, jackal, blue bull, hare and hyena are the various animals which are found in this place. The marshes in the park also attracts many ducks and birds.

Alang is situated on the coast between Bhavnagar and Talaja. Alang is the India's largest ship breaking site, where supertankers, container ships, warships and other vessels are dismantled by hand by 20000 workers day and night. A huge ship takes around two to three months to pull apart. In 2002, Greenspce visited the yard posing as buyers, gathering material and photographs to support its protests against the dangerous conditions for workers at the yard and the toxic waste produced through ship breaking. Their actions have had some success. In February 2006, French President Jacques Chirac was forced to

Alang, Ship Breaking yard

recall an asbestos-laden French ship to Europe. These protests have made it more difficult for foreign  tourists to visit the yard, but authorities can be lax. A few kilometres along the road approaching the shipyard is a fascinating curious collection of junk shops selling things pulled off the ships.

Velavadar National Park
Velavadar National Park is one of the best national park in India to view the blackbuck. Velavadar National Park, also known as the Blackbuck National Park, was established in the year 1976 in the Bhal region of Saurashtra at Velavadar. This national park is situated about 72 kms from the Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. Earlier, blackbucks and the Lesser Floricans were found only in the open plains throughout the country, but now they are found only in the Velavadar National Park. The Velavadar National Park also provides a suitable habitat to the endangered Indian wolf, Jackal, Indian fox, Jungle

Velavadar National Park, Bhavnagar

cat, Blue bull antelope, Wild pigs, Hares and Rodents. This park also attracts various migratory birds like the sandgrouse and larks during the winter. The period between October to mid-June is considered to be the best time to visit the park. More...





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