Darbargadh is a fortified palace established by Rana Sartanji. It has a huge entrance carved from stone and embellished by high turrets and large wooden doors. It is one of the most famed royal buildings of Gujarat. Huge mansions and vast courtyards of the palace are intricately adorned with exquisite wooden elements.
Kirti Mandir is the home of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife, Kasturba Gandhi. It is located very near to the place where Gandhiji was born. The place has been converted into a museum and also houses a prayer hall and a Gandhian library.
Sartanji Choro was built by Rana Sartanji which is a three storey summer pavilion. Rajput style of architecture can be witnessed in the palace. It is encircled by a magnificent garden and different themes are represented in each side of the garden. The pillars are intricately carved with foliated arches and images of musicians. There is a beautiful dome at the top which showcases the ancient architecture. It is said that Rana Sartanji, sitting under his pavilion, used to compose Braj poems.
Huzoor palace stands inside a vast campus at the end of Marine Drive. The palace is structured with European style of architecture with big windows, numerous wings and sloping roofs that overlook the sea. The wings have front and back yards which connect the building with the nature by gardens and fountains. The entrance gate is decorated with neo-classical pillars.
Bileshwar is an old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated near Porbandar city. Built in 7th century, this temple presents one of the finest Hindu temple architecture. The temple also has a multi storey tower which resembles more a pyramid than a spire. The exterior of the temple is further embellished with arch like motifs.
Ghumli is a picturesque valley situated near Porbandar where remains of Solanki dynasty have been discovered. Vikia Vav is also located there, which is enlisted amongst the largest step wells of Gujarat. Pavilions were built on each step and one at the entrance and all of them were profusely carved. The well was considered as a water sanctuary and served religious purpose.
Gop, situated near Porbandar, houses an ancient temple belonging to the period of Maitraka dynasty (6th to 8th centuries). It is one of the rare examples of an early Hindu temple.
Porbandar Bird Sanctuary
Porbandar bird sanctuary is situated in the city of Porbandar, sheltering a vast variety of flora and fauna. It is also an ideal place for bird watching where diverse species can be seen splashing in the freshwater lake located inside the sanctuary. Pelicans, Grebes, Flamingos, Coots, Avocets, Egrets and Ibis are the common species found here.
Other Tourist Places in Porbandar District
Apart from these, Porbandar district hosts a number of other tourist places including Barda Hills, Bharat Mandir, Chowpatty, Daria Rajmahal, Khimeshwar Temple, Sri Hari Mandir, Tara Mandir (Nehru Planetarium), Barda Hills wildlife sanctuary and Sudama Temple.
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