Dwarka
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Brief

Dwarka is one of the holiest pilgrimage destinations in India, and especially in Gujrat. This small town is not only known for its natural beauty and its quaint, idyllic charm, it has great significance in the lives of devout Hindus as the once capital city of Lord Krishna’s empire. An important location for both religious and historical purposes, steeped in the spiritual charm which it is known for, Dwarka is a must-visit site for those who want to witness beauty, faith and devotion.

 
Travel Tips

Dwarka can be visited all year round, although, the summer months can be quite excruciating. Try to visit during the monsoons or even during the winters, because the temple stays open all year round. Try to reach Dwarka by air or rail because the road distances are too long to be covered comfortably.



When to visit

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Things to do

Dwarka is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India for Hindus. Also known by the name of Kushasthali and Dwaravati, this city, as mythology has it, was the capital of Lord Krishna’s empire after he defeated his evil uncle and finally ascended the throne. It has been mentioned as the Golden City in all the important Hindu Scriptures such as the Bhagvad Gita, the Vishnu Purana, the Mahabharata as well as the Skand Purana.

The most important destination for the pilgrims here is the temple dedicated to Lord Krishna or Lord Dwarkadish. The temple, 2,500 years old, was built on the Chalukya style of art, and is a beautiful specimen of Indian architecture. The temple has 60 ornate pillars, which have beautiful carvings all over them. The temple has three parts to it. The Prakashghar is also known as the Nijmandir. The place of worship is the second part, while the Sabhagriha is in the part of a Shikhar.

Even the staircases in the temple have been built from stone. The Jharokhas within the temple have elephants as well as apsaras(angels) carved onto them, and all of them are quite ornate, but the most spectacular part of the temple is the Shikhar, which is 172 feet high. There is a grand mandap in the centre which is also a beautiful aspect of this temple. The Garbagriha, or the sanctum contains an idol of Lord Dwarkadish which is 1 meter in length, and is made of black stone. Resembling Lord Vishnu a little bit, this idol is prayed to by thousands of devotees every year.

Another temple which pilgrims visit in large numbers while visiting Dwarka is the Rukmini Temple. Dedicated to Lord Krishna’s wife, Goddess Rukmini, it is said that she is also a reincarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. This temple too, is quite ornate, and reverberates with the spirituality which makes the town an important pilgrimage destination.

Located on the banks of river Gomti, the Dwarkadish temple is also known as the Jagat Temple, and is a must visit for the devotees of Lord Krishna, as well as anyone who is interested to experience a truly enriching pilgrimage.

 
Places to Stay

High-Range:

Dwarkesh Hotel and Dwarkadish Lords Eco Inn are two expensive but luxurious options which provide for all the facilities which will make your trip a comfortable and relaxed one. The room rates for the latter begin from 3,800 INR while the room rates for the former begin fro, 3,300 INR.

Mid-Range:

Guruprerna Hotel is a good, clean and affordable option while visiting Dwarka. The room rates here begin from 1,800 INR. Another good option is the Dwarika Hotel where the room rates start from 1,900 INR.

Low-Range:

Hotel Shakti and Hotel Uttam are two budget hotels which are clean, comfortable and safe. The room rates for the former start from 700 INR while the room rates for the latter begin from 900 INR.

 
How to Reach

  • The closest airport is that of Jamnagar which is 137 kilometers away. The rest of the journey has to be made by road.
  • Dwarka has its own railway station which is well connected to the rest of the country through the Ahmedabad-Okha route.
  • Buses connect Dwarka to all the other major cities in Gujrat, and to the states nearby. Ahmedabad is 440 kilometers away, Jamnagar is 137 kilometers away and Indore is 834 kilometers away.High-Range: Dwarkesh Hotel and Dwarkadish Lords Eco Inn are two expensive but luxurious options which provide for all the facilities which will make your trip a comfortable and relaxed one. The room rates for the latter begin from 3,800 INR while the room rates for the former begin fro, 3,300 INR. Mid-Range: Guruprerna Hotel is a good, clean and affordable option while visiting Dwarka. The room rates here begin from 1,800 INR. Another good option is the Dwarika Hotel where the room rates start from 1,900 INR. Low-Range: Hotel Shakti and Hotel Uttam are two budget hotels which are clean, comfortable and safe. The room rates for the former start from 700 INR while the room rates for the latter begin from 900 INR.

 
Surrounding Attractions

The Nageshwar Temple, Bet Dwarka and Gopi Talav are some important religious destinations close to Dwarka. If you want to make a comprehensive pilgrimage trip, then these places are highly recommended.

 
Important Numbers

Dwarka Police Station: 2892-234523