Renowned as the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, the coastal city of Porbandar in Gujarat state of India is located near the Arabian Sea. Being an important as well as tourist city in the state, Porbandar is also connected by roadways, railways and airways to the rest of the country.
Positioned in the southwest peninsula of Gujarat, Porbandar, aside from being well known as the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, is also associated with Sudama, Lord Krishna’s friend & devotee. According to Hindu mythology, Porbandar is believed to the birthplace of Sudama. The city has glorious past and houses many monuments and temples of historical importance. Visited by many tourists and pilgrims alike, the city is also well linked via rails to all major cities and through roadways to its neighboring places and states.
Porbandar airport, situated around 5 km from the city, also operates direct flights to Mumbai. One can visit Porbandar during October to March, when the climate is pleasant and suitable for exploring in and around the city. It is also a good time to visit the city during Navratri and Holi festivals, which are celebrated in grand manner.
Porbandar boasts of many tourist attractions from historical sites to religious monuments, museums, sanctuaries and beautiful beaches. Visit Kirti Temple, the childhood home of Gandhiji to get a glimpse of his life. Bharat Temple, depicting the history of India, is also a beautiful tourist place. The most popular sightseeing places that one should not miss to see also include Huzoor Palace, Sudama Temple, Porbandar Bird Sanctuary, Nehru Planetarium, Kamla Nehru Park, Darbar Gadh and Satyanarayan’s Temple. Besides these, the sea shore/chowpati is also popular among locals and tourists, from where one can enjoy the mesmerizing views of sunrise and sunset.
Eating & Shopping
The locals of the city are mostly vegetarians, so vegetarian restaurants and eating joints are in variety. Porbandar offers good non-vegetarian delights especially seafood too. Be sure to relish authentic Gujarati thali while in the city. Visitors will find a number of eating joints and good restaurants serving local as well as other delicacies at MG Road.
The city is known for its “bandhani” works, which is popular among the locals as well as tourist visiting Porbandar. You can shop for traditional bandhani sarees, dress materials, iron wares, silver jewelry, terracotta figurines, mirror works and other handicraft items indigenous to the region. Lined up with numerous shops of all kinds, MG Road and Sudama Road are the famous shopping areas in the city.
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