Dwarka is an important Hindu pilgrimage city and is also known as the kingdom of Lord Krishna. Being one of the four major pilgrim places for Hindus, the city is a part of the “Char Dham” Yatra. Many tourists and devotees visit this city throughout the year. The city of Dwarka is mostly famous for its temples as the place is of mythological significance.
In and Around
The Somnath Temple represents one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and refers to the protector of Moon God. The temple is situated in Prabhas Kshetra near Veraval. The temple has been destroyed and reconstructed six times and thus, it is known as ‘The Shrine Eternal’. It is said that the Moon God built the temple in gold, the demon king Ravana in silver and Lord Krishna in wood. The temple is built in the famous Chalukya architectural style. Pleased by the prayers of Moon God, Lord Shiva decided to rest in this temple as a Jyotirlinga for eternity.
Dwarka Lighthouse is located at Rupen Creek. In 1866, the 18 m tall square tower was constructed at this site, along with an installation of an oil wick lamp. The present day tower is around 43 metres high and was built between 1960 and 1962. The lighthouse was inaugurated on July 15, 1962. From the lighthouse, people can see the panoramic views and lovely sunsets. The place is open to tourists in the evening from 4:30 pm to 6 pm and the admission fee is free.
The Dwarkadhish Temple which is also known as the Jagat Temple was built in the 16th century. The original temple was constructed by King Vajranabha, the great grandson of Lord Krishna. The five storied temple is constructed using sand and limestone with a 70.5 metres high spire and has a platform area of 1800 sq. ft. The temple comprises of a shrine and has a temple dome with a 24 m long multi-colored flag, with symbols of sun and moon.
Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
The Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is also known as the Nagnath temple and is situated in the outskirts of Dwarka. It’s a famous Lord Shiva Shrine in India and one of the 12 Jyotirlingas mentioned in the Shiva Purana. The lingam enshrined in the temple is of Nageshwara Mahadev, who symbolizes protection from all kinds of poison. The main highlight is the giant statue of Nageshwara Mahadev Shiva Lingam. The temple is unique as the Shiva Lingam faces south and the Gomugam faces east. The Shivaratri festival is celebrated at this temple in grand style at this temple and is attended by thousands of devotees.
The Rukshamanee Mandir is dedicated to Devi Rukmani, the wife of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna had 16,108 wives and Devi Rukmani was his favourite. The temple walls features a variety of paintings from the 12th century. The paintings capture the time spent by Devi Rukmani and Lord Krishna. A marble deity of Devi Rukmani, with four hands or ‘Chaturbhuja’ is placed in the temple. These hands clasp Shanka, Chakra, Gada and Padma, symbolizing her as the reincarnation of Goddess Maha Lakshmi.
The Beyt Dwarka is an island located around 30 km from the main town of Dwarka. The temple was built by Sri Vallabhacharya and is over 500 years old. The island is enclosed by a few temples, white sand beach and coral reefs. The key temple at the island is of Lord Krishna, which is said to be placed at a site which was once the residence of Lord Krishna and His family. There are addition temples on this island. The street which leads to these temples remain crowded with vendors selling idols, local crafts, etc. The beach is also popular among tourists for its marine life, water sports, sea excursions, camping and picnics.
Gomati Sangam Ghat
The Gomati Sangam Ghat is a sacred place where the river Gomati flows. The ghat can be reached from the Swarga Dwar of the Dwarkadhish Temple by climbing down 56 steps. There are more than 12 ghats on the river Gomati and the point where the river meets the ocean is known as the Gomati Sangam. It is considered sacred to take bath at this point. The Ghat has many temples and smaller shrines of Lord Krishna and his friend Sudama. The temples can be reached by hiring a boat.
The Gita Mandir temple was built in 1970 by the industrialist family of Birla. The temple is built using marble and protects the values and teachings of ‘Bhagavad Gita’, the religious book of Hindus. The temple walls are carved with hymns from Bhagavad Gita and the temple ceiling is designed in a special way so that every voice in the hall is echoed.
Okha is a small port at the head of the Gulf of Kutch and is about 30 kms north of Dwaraka. The island nearby is connected with the legend of Vishnu slaying the demon.
The best time to visit Dwarka is in the winter months between October to March when the weather is pleasant and temperatures range from 20 to 28 degree centigrade. Dwarka is visited by religious travelers throughout the year.
How to Reach
The nearest airport is at Jamnagar that is about 45 kms away. You can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Dwarka from the airport.
Dwarka lies on the Western Railway network which is well-connected with Jamnagar (132 kms), Mumbai (945 kms), Rajkot (207 kms) and all other cities of India. The express train provides convenient daily connections to Dwarka from Ahmedabad.
An excellent State highway links Dwarka to other Indian states and cities. The State Transport Corporation connects Dwarka to all the major cities and towns of Gujarat and other states of the country as well.
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
Goverdhan Green Resort
NH 8 E, PO-Baradia Village,
Baradia Village , Dwarika ,
Hotel Bansi , Jodha Manek Road,
Near Dwarkadhish Temple ,
Dwarika , Gujarat,361335
Dwarkadhish Lords Eco Inn
Near Gayatri Temple,
Near Gayatri Temple ,
Dwarika , Gujarat,361335
Where to Eat
Restaurants in Dwarka serve traditional vegetarian Gujarati, South and North Indian cuisines. Gujarati thali is well received by most of the travellers. Don’t forget to miss the popular khammam dhokhla and sweet buttermilk (lassi). Liquor is strictly prohibited in this town.
Jodha Manek Road Way to Dwarkadhish Temple Dwarka,
Maheshwari Seva Kunj
21, Dwarkesh Park Society,
Ambuja Plot, Nr. Iskon Gate,
Nageshwar Road, NH947,
Ghanshyam Nagar Dwarka,
Ghanshyam Nagar Dwarka,