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Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary
Globally threatened birds such as Black-necked stork, Dalmatian pelican, Asian open bill stork, Darter, Eurasian spoonbill, and Indian skimmer have found a sanctuary at this six-square-kilometre protected area. There are no lodges here, but you can stay in Jamnagar, which is only 12 kilometres away.The Details: Jamnagar has an airport, and you can hire a car from the city to come to this bird sanctuary. The city has an array of hotels such as Hotel President (hotelpresident.in) and Hotel Vishal International (hotelvishal.com). The entry fee per car is Rs 500; additional Rs 200 for camera.Central Gujarat
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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