A great devout centre with much mythological relevance, Dwarka is the epitome of spiritual enlightenment. To the devotee, Dwarka is synonymous with lord Krishna and this sleepy locale has gained high accolades as the gateway to the much cherished salvation. As per the Holy Scriptures, Dwarka is one of the holy spots that bestow deliverance since it was here that lord Krishna had established his earthly kingdom. A bevy of lovely temples that display flamboyant structural designs and marvelous architecture are the signature destinations in Dwarka. These lovely shrines reveal the citys feted association with lord Krishna and indeed a visit to these holy spots would be an invigorating experience to all. Legend has it that after the death of Krishna, Dwarka city submerged in the water, devastating the entire Yadava clan. Recent excavations have proved the existence of well-planned cities on the shores of the river Gomati, which testifies this legendary belief. Apart from the tranquil ambiance of the holy shrines, Dwarka offers some of the appealing beaches, where the glittering waters and the warm weather tempts the beholder with its inherent charm. Shopping is an inevitable pastime in this historic city. A variety of shops that supplies excellent Gujarati artifacts on a comparatively good price would be the sweet remainders of your trip. Steeped in the richness of a mythological and legendary past, today's Dwarka poses as a fast emerging city that expands it horizons in almost every field. In Dwarka, one can expect the freshness and serenity of a devout location and the sizzles of a typical Indian city. Dwarka would be a nice destination for the enthusiastic ones and those who treasures the magnificence of a holy place.
A temple belongs to the Chalukya style of art, Dwarakadeesh temple possesses a long history of 2500 years. As the name suggests the presiding deity is none other than Lord Krishna. It is indeed a monument with superb artistic expressions. A five storied main shrine supported by 60 roof columns is the main attraction of this grand structure. Lord Krishna in his black idol appears so beautiful and appealing that the devotee feels the presence of the lord before him. Other shrines are dedicated to Sathybhama Devi, Subhadra, Balarama and Revathy, Jambavathi Devi, Vasudeva, Rukmini Devi and Devaki. Rich carvings and complicated structural designs of the temple amuse each visitor with its elegant appeal. The devotees are required to take a dip at the Gomti river before entering to the temple through Swarg Dwar. Here one has to climb 56 steps, which represents the 52 Yadava administrative divisions and their four gods. Temple is open to the devotees between 7 am to12.30 pm and 5.00 to9.30 pm. The Vedpathsaala run by the Sharada Vidyapeeth in the temple premises is the other important place to be visited while in the temple. On the eve of Janmashtami, the temple gets a spectacular look when the whole ambience displays a festive mood.
Lord Krishna ordered Vishwakarma to build Dwarka. Dwarka was planned and built on the banks of Gomati River. The town had six organized sectors, like residential and commercial zones, wide roads, plazas, palaces etc and Sudharma Sabha hall was built to hold public meetings. It is said that the town initially had 700,000 palaces made of gold, silver and precious stones accompanied with beautiful gardens filled with flowers of all seasons and beautiful lakes. About 36 years after the Mahabharata War (3138 BC), Lord Krishna left the earth for Vaikunta according to Vishnu Purana. After Lord Krishna left the earth Dwarka was submerged into the sea.
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. During summers the highest temperature reaches 40 degrees centigrade, so dont forget to pack your sunblock and carry water bottles to beat the heat. Dwarkas list of things to do mainly includes visiting temples. Experience the unity with the divine by visiting the popular Jagat Mandir and enthrall yourself by Lord Krishna's imperialism and grace. Check out the grand architecture of the temple, which is loaded with exquisite carvings on its exterior that has extraordinary continuity of design. While inside the temple, feel the simplicity and peaceful atmosphere. Enjoy Gujrati thalis and shop for traditional items radiating Gujarati folk culture. Visit the nearby beach at Bet Dwarka Island that is not much visited and therefore is an excellent place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Sightseeing in Dwarka mainly revolves around visiting various temples all over the town. Visit the Dwarkadish Temple situated on Gomati creek. This temple is originally believed to be built by Vajranabh, the great grandson of Lord Krishna, more than 2500 years ago. The glorious structure of this temple, it's exquisitely carved shikhar, and the 84 foot long flag waving on the dome made from 52 yards of multicoloured cloth decorated with the symbols of the sun and moon etc overwhelms the visitor at its very sight. This temple is built up of soft limestone and has a rectangular hall with porches on three sides. The temple has two gateways one is the Swarga Dwar, which means gate to the heavens (from where pilgrims enter the temple premises), and Moksha Dwar that means a gate to liberation, from where pilgrims exit. Other places to visit are Nageswara Mahadeva Temple, Rukmini Devi Temple, Gopi-Talav, Bhalka Tirth, and the Sharada Peetha. After visiting temples you can visit the lighthouse that is situated on the shore of the Arabian Sea. You can only visit the lighthouse between 4 pm to 6 pm with the permission of the attendant. This lighthouse serves as a landmark for sailors till date and boasts of panoramic views. Bear in mind you will not be allowed to take in cameras or phones to this lighthouse.
Dwarka can be reached from all the corners of India through trains and buses in all seasons. There are good frequent Trains and bus services. Dwarka is connected with all four dhams through trains.
Dwarkadhish Mandir , Gomti ghat & Panchkui
Gayatri Mandir , Swaminarayan Temple
Saibaba Mandir , Bethak , Gita Mandir
Gusaiji Bethak , Bhadkeshwar Temple
Sunset Point , Brahma Kumari - Trilok Darshan Art Galary
Savitri Vav ,Charan Ganga , Nageshwar , Gopi Talav