Established by Bhavsinhji Gohil in1723 AD, Bhavnagar is the capital of Bhavnagar State, the earliest princely state to join with independent Indian Union in 1948. At present it is the fifth-largest city of Gujarat, and is often regarded as the cultural capital of Saurashtra. Also called Gohilwad, Bhavnagar is the erstwhile capital of Gohil Rajputs belonging to the Surya Vanshi family.
Tourist Attractions in Bhavnagar includes places like the following:
Takhteshwar Temple: Erected over a petite mound looking out on the city, this Takhteshwar Temple has been dedicated to Lord Shiva. One can have a splendid view of the adjoining Gulf of Cambay; it is an important pilgrim spot.
Gandhi Smriti Museum or Gandhi Memorial: Its vast collection of pictures and memorabilia related to Gandhi throws light on Indian Independence struggle as well. It is an important Tourist Attraction at Bhavnagar.
Clock Tower located very near Gandhi Smriti is another vital landmark in the city. It is one of the major Tourist Attractions in Bhavnagar.
Nilambag Palace is a perfect amalgamation of Western and Indian architectures and has been converted into a heritage Hotel.
The Central Salt and Marine Research Institute is another frequented place in Bhavnagar. It is another Tourist Attraction in Bhavnagar.
Samaldas College, which was built as early as 100 years back, has a vast monument of Gandhi. Supposedly he completed a part of his education here.
The Barton Library along with its museum is one of the most ancient libraries in Gujarat.
The Water Lock Gate of Bhavnagar that preserves the water level of the docks is an important Tourist Attraction in Bhavnagar. It helps the ships to keep afloat even during low tides.
Bhavnagar consists of numerous excellent educational institutes with exceptional architecture- Sir P. P Science Institute, Shamaldas College (Mahatma Gandhi studied here in 1884 AD), Alfred High School and Central Salt Research Institute are some of them.