I returned from Rann Utsav and boarded an overnight bus from Bhuj to Dwarka. I was initially allotted a seat which was amongst men but a lady asked me to come ahead and sit with her. Not only that, but she also hit a boy who was trying to do something stupid. I was telling him to stay away, she woke up mid-sleep and started hitting him on his leg to move him away from our seats. It was funny to watch. And she is just one such example of people ready to help guests in their cities.
The bus dropped us off at the main bus station at around 6:30 am (around 10 hrs journey from Bhuj) and I walked down to the hotel which was 5 mins away. On reaching the hotel, the staff suggested I go to the Dwarkadhish temple quickly and stand in the queue right after freshening up as the morning aarti (prayer) was about to start at 7:30 am. I did what he suggested and went to the temple. After depositing the phone for 20 INR outside the temple and getting frisked early morning, I went inside and stood in the queue. I did get a chance to see the full morning prayer without getting pushed by the crowd or priest(s). What I also wanted was some prasad (grace) but there was none. One should buy that on his/her own. Sad!
I came out of the main premise and was trying to come out of the temple and a priest stopped me who gave some blessings and I understood that I had to give some donation in turn.
What happened next was new to me. After taking a few more steps, another priest stopped me and said "Daan do" (donate something) and it was neither polite nor quiet. It was more like an open extortion. He shouted twice or thrice in the same manner but I didn't knuckle under. I just left. Had he been a little quieter or kinder, I would have donated something. Nevertheless, the whole experience was different enough to remember.
After breakfast, I went out to see the city of Dwarka. After not finding any shared auto rickshaw for several minutes, I decided to walk down to the first destination. In the meanwhile, a security guard came outside from his store and said that his shift is over, and he had been watching me waiting for the auto rickshaw and could walk me down safely to wherever I was going. He seemed avuncular and kept on talking about Dwarkadhish temple and Dwarka in general throughout the walk.
I went to Rukmani Devi temple, sunset point (sun was not about to set so I had to imagine it), Dwarka beach, Sudama setu, Gomti ghat, and other small temples whose names I can't remember. It was kind of a circular route that I followed from the hotel to these places to back to Dwarkadhish temple.