Beyt Dwarka
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Brief

Beyt Dwarka, popularly known as Beyt Shankhodkar, is a tiny island in Gujarat and was considered as the main port in the region before the growth and development of Okha. The area provides tourists the opportunity to undertake marine excursions, spot dolphins as well as to go camping and picnicking. Accurate archaeological evidence and religious manuscripts correspond to the fact that Beyt Dwarka might have been the original home of Lord Krishna. Dwarka, in its original form, is said to have been submerged some years ago. There are divers who are still excavating and hunting for artefacts at the bottom of the sea. The place is perfect for zoologists.

Legend has it that this is the exact place where Krishna lived. This is also the place where he first met his close friend Sudama and then blessed him. The temple’s main Dwarkadish diety was said to have been made by Queen Rukmini.

 
Travel Tips

Travellers should not rely much on the state buses that ply here. The officers may not have too much information on the bus schedules. Also, do not carry too many valuables as it could go missing easily. Also, carry light clothing as it could get quite hot during the day.

Temperature

10 C - 35C



When to visit

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Things to do

A tourist to the place can take a swim in the Gomti River, which is found adjacent to Dwarkadhish Temple. There is a facility for private bathing nearby too. A visit to the Dwarkadheesh, also known as, Jagad Mandir is also a must for most travellers. Appreciating the sereneness of the temple as well as its architecture will take up a lot of the time for tourists who visit it.

Tourists can also hire a boat to cross Gomti River (for around Rs.10 per seat). During the low tide, one can walk and cross the water quite easily.

 
Getting Around

The local municipal administration has initiated the "Dwarka Darshan" sightseeing tour in a non-AC bus. The tour is held twice a day - 8 am and 2pm. A normal trip would take around 5-6 hours. The trip covers places like Nageshwar, Gopi Talab, Beyt Dwarka and Rukshmani Temple. Auto-rickshaws ply within the area and can get tourists to their destinations quite easily.

 
Places to Stay

 
How to Reach

  • The nearest airport to Dwarka is at Rajkot which is around 225 kms or Jamnagar which is about 121 kms away from Dwarka. Air India and JetKonnect operate flights to Rajkot from Mumbai and other metro cities.
  • The nearest railway station is situated around 2 km from the main temple at Dwarka.
  • Dwarka is around 450 kms from Ahmedabad and is connected well by road and can be reached by car or bus.

 
Surrounding Attractions

Some of the surrounding attractions are just around 80 kms away and include:

Nageshwar Temple which is considered as among the important Jyotirlingas is situated around 8 Kms from Dwarka.

Gopi Talav – This is believed to be the place where Lord Krishna would play with his Gopikas in a small pond.

Hanuman Mandir - This is the place where Hanuman is believed to have fought his son Makaradhwaja.

Rukmini Mandir - This temple is found in the outskirts of the city. Legend has it that sage Durvasa cursed Queen Rukmini and therefore the temple can be found in the outskirts of the city. Also, owing to the curse, the water in the area is extremely salty.

The Light House – A famous light house is located close to Beyt Dwarka. Behind the light house is a cave which was created by the striking of sea water. One can also find a Ganesh temple near behind the lighthouse.

 
Important Numbers

Police contact: 234523/100