Lakhota Lake surrounds Lakhota Palace in Jamnagar....
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Commissioned in the year 1942, the HMIS Valsura was the torpedo training school of the Indian Navy. The term Valsura means 'swordfish'. The best torpedo carrying aircraft of this institute was also named as HMIS Valsura. After our independence in the year 1947, the name changed and the new name is the Indian Navy Ship Valsura or the INS Valsura. It is located on the Rozi Island in Jamnagar amidst the beauty of the white salt pans around. The main aim of this place is to train officers and sailors in special fields of sailing related elctric, electronics and technology.
Food Best quick bites - Shrikhand Samrat is a shop-cum-thela situated right outside the dargah exit of the Chandi galli. The boisterous Gujju owner will treat you to its best meals if you get involved in some banter with him. The Cheese Basket Kachori and Kesar filling Pedas are a look out for. But there's a lot of other finger licking fast food as well like Dabeli, Franky and Pani puri again very modestly priced at Rs. 30-40. They also claim to offer a plethora of upvaas dishes which takes them to an unmatchable pedestal for quick food places. The little store-cum-thela boasts pictures of Narendra Modi coming there and a peda being named after him called the NaMo peda. I vouch for the taste. Best Pan- Jamnagar is known for its Pans and that one would know only of this when one lands there and sees multiple pan joints at every street turning. As pan stalls are as many as there are Vada pav stalls in Mumbai it would be difficult to scout for the perfect panwala. In my one night sojourn I found out Manoobhai paanwala which is in a lane opposite Kirti hotel and behind President hotel but is worth the hunt as it's meetha pan for 10 bucks is nothing but sheer addiction. I guess the paan is just an excuse, for the Gujarati’s to leave their homes post dinner at night to huddle up and chat. Pretty much their local CCD. Goti Soda/Masala Soda - There is something about the Masala they put as one wouldn't mind dunking it down thrice a day with a consistent routine. Its savory, tasty and addictive. In any nook and cranny of the lanes. Masala soda will make you it's best friend within a day guaranteed. Chaas - You would find that in the thali as a loyal accompaniment. This desi beer has some addiction to it and the jeera powder makes it super yum and digestive. The more you have it's less. Best Gola - The traditional dish gola or chamchi gola as fondly called spares you from the trouble of sucking up the juices and dunking the gola repeatedly inside the class. This dish gola is filled with dollops of goody goodies like oodles of Malai, shredded Dry Fruits, Jelly, succulent flavors and the quintessential ice. Extra servings of Malai and Dryfruits are unfortunately chargeable, however it is not pertinent to go for one as the first serving itself is good enough to never let us get the taste of plain ice. However a better idea would be to watch your Golas being prepared live and then asking him to add things according to your needs. It is not difficult to spot the Gola Wala as one would not miss it because of the crowd perpetually sitting on stools right outside the thela. On a quiet street like that this seems to attract the most residents and tourists looking for a mid-night snack. The menu has a plethora of indulgences to append to your calories, the chocolate one was the most called for however we called our dips on the Rajbhog Gola and Dryfruit Gola. Both worked well for us and filled us up happily as we went the usual 4 by 2 system. Easy to locate this thela is again about a 10 minute walk from the President Hotel and somewhere falls around Pancha Towers. However a quick chat with any if the helpful shopkeepers around President Hotel will land you there rightly. The Golas are moderately priced with the most yummy and heavy Gola just making a small hole in the pocket worth Rs. 40. Of course one can’t sign off from the Jamnagar Travelogue without a mention of the ultimate Jalebi Fafda which the city is known for. The one’s near Gurudwara (which is pretty famous) are the yummiest ones and freshly prepared every morning. The papaya salad which accompanies it is worth an extra serving. For the chai lovers please pick an extra packet of fafda as it goes perfect with the chai. Other places to explore are the food stalls located near Govind Hospital and a couple of temples situated at the outskirts if one wants to go all touristy as well. Jamnagar closes down in the afternoon as they need their afternoon siesta so one could shut themselves up in the room when the sun shines at its brightest.
Examples of Rajput architecture and a prominent pearl fishing centre distinguish Gujarat’s lesser known gem, Jamnagar, from other cities. The age-old decaying buildings, narrow lanes and colourful bazaars make up for the lost charm inflicted by tall buildings and the brimming crowd. The scenic Lakhota Fort stands in the middle of the lake and is a fort like palace that now houses a museum of old collectables. It looks beautiful at sundown when the lake glitters in the yellow light that reflects from the monument. The Darbargadh Fort, constructed with a mix of European and Rajput architectural styles, is mesmerising to explore. Other must visits here are the Pratap Vilas Palace and Bhujio Kotho, a five-floor monument believed to be constructed for protection during invasions. There are also many Jain temples around the Chandi Bazaar that grant the place an old world charm. With a coastline that stretches till Dwarka, Jamnagar also offers some unspoilt beaches with white and golden sand. Shopping in Jamnagar is a treat and you must not forget to buy the world famous, multi-hued Bandhani fabric, which can be used as a dupatta or dress or even a sari. Taste the Gujarati delicacies of ghughra and dry fruit kachoris and consider the Express Residency or J R Avezika for a comfortable stay in the city.
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