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.
The city of Junagadh in Odisha, is a popular religious destination as well as an interesting tourist city. It is situated at the foothills of Mount Girnar with the Arabian Sea on its southwest, and fort walls surrounding the entire city. It is not a surprise that the city is loaded with architectural remnants and a pleasure for history buffs to explore. The Uparkot Fort, Tomb of Nuri Shah and Junagadh Museum will arouse that historical shiver within you and tell you the story of the past. Jama Masjid is worth visiting for an arresting panorama of Junagadh. Snippets of the Chudasama Rajputs are evident in the architectural styles of relics like Adi-Kadi Vav and Navghan Kuvo. If you are an adventure seeker, the Holy Hill of Girnar offers a remarkable trek. The Jain temples, Amba Ji Mandir, and Dattatray Mandir are pit stops that you can use to catch a breath during this 5-6 hour steep trek. Once you are at the top of the hill, you will realise why the exhaustion is totally worth it. Another wonderful opportunity that Junagadh offers you is close proximity to the stunning Gir National Park. If exploring the world is something you simply can't resist, then Gir definitely has to be on your list. Perhaps the only place where you can see the mighty, shy lions going about their daily business, Gir offers you an experience that is hard to forget. Leo Resorts is a good choice if you prefer to stay a night, though there are other budget and luxury hotels depending on your preference. For shopaholics, there are gold and silver embroidered items and perfumes available in the local markets. Don’t forget to pick up a tin of Kesar Keri on your way back – the taste of the mango pulp will keep you wanting more.
Rajkot today may deceive you with its congested roads and new heights, but the soul of the city still screams Gandhi. The narrow lanes, marketplaces with farmers selling bottled ghee at corners keeps the ethos intact. At Alfred High School you will see the reminiscences of the cultural setting where Gandhi pursued his education and at Gandhi Smriti, the recollections of his childhood. Founded in the colonial times, traces of the British Raj are still prevalent here. Prominent places to visit include the Watson Museum, Rotary Dolls Museum and Aaji Dam. Situated in the heart of Saurashtra, Rajkot is probably the centre with Gir Forest, Somnath Temple, Mount Girnar and even Diu all within a range of 200kms from it. If you want to spend the night, consider the Seasons Hotel or Marasa Sarovar Portico. From a cultural point of view, Rajkot is not inadequate either. The Kathiawari is an inherent form of folk music and Dayro too is Rajkot’s very own native genre. And how can one possibly forget the Garba? That is what keeps the city lighted during the festival of Navratri, through the night till dawn. Try the mouth-watering cuisine, which includes dishes such as fafda, poha, jalebi, dabeli, spicy ghughra and chikki before leaving the city.
The city of Somnath in Gujarat is famous and home to one of the twelve sacred Shiva Jyotirlingas in the country. Legend tells one that the original structure was built in gratitude to Lord Shiva by the moon God Soma. Lord Shiva is said to have removed a terrible curse, the magnificent temple dedicated to his worship. Known to be an extremely wealthy place, the temple and the surroundings were plundered and destroyed by Muslim invaders who came in search of gold and treasures. Mahmud of Ghazni is said to have looted the place in 1026 and that the last raid was carried out by Aurangzeb who built a mosque at the site. This town has a nice beach and has been transformed into a pilgrimage spot.
The literal meaning of Dwarka is ‘gateway to heaven’ and for some tourists visiting this lovely city, this holds very true. This rocky coast on the western shore of the Okhamandal Peninsula nurtures major Hindu beliefs. More than half of ancient Dwarka is under water today and the remaining part known as Bet Dwarka or Shankhdhar is an island at the mouth of the Gulf of Kutch. Dwarka holds much importance in Hindu culture as it is said to be the place where Lord Krishna grew up. The ride from Port Okha to Bet Dwarka is exhilarating and a wonderful experience; and the sea gulls make it extremely special. To admire the aerial view of the coast, you can head up to the lighthouse on the peninsula. Another historic site is the the Gopi Talav. It is where all the tales of Krishna’s Raas Leela with Gopikas have originated and a visit here opens up a bundle of such stories. The Hanuman Mandir and Nageshwar Mandir are other prominent temples of Hindu importance and a must-visit. Don't forget to indulge in a full platter at Chappan Bhog for the finest of Gujarati cuisine. Dwarka comes to life during Janmashtami when people celebrate Lord Krishna with great splendour. Garba and Raas dances are performed and devotees indulge in exuberant merry making. The chants of ‘Jai Kanhaiya Laal Ki’ and plunges in the Gomti river will give you a spiritual high. Hotel City Palace is possibly the best choice if you're to stay the night.
The town of Patan will set you in a time warp. The city is shielded by the fort walls and gates, which prevents the ancestral aura and old-world charm from escaping. From medieval forts to an ancient Kali Temple built in the Solanki Dynasty, this settlement is bound to take you through the bygone eras. Ran ki Vav or the Queen’s stepwell, is built on the banks of River Saraswati and has the unique most architectural attributes. The intricate geometric constructions with definite patterns leading down gradually are the hallmark of these stepwells. Spotless Jain Temples and numerous talavs or lakes are responsible for enhancing the glamour of this town. The Hemchandracharya Jain Gyan Library is the source of a large collection of ancient Hindu and Jain texts and scripts, perfect for those who are interested in a deeper understanding of Indian culture. If you head towards the newer parts of the town, you will encounter the lively marketplaces. For those who aren’t aware of it, the recent trend of Patola saree has its genesis in the humble town of Patan. You can opt to stay at Hotel Tulsi or Jai Kishan Guest House.
Nirona, a less explored place of Kutch. Less explored but not less beautiful. Actually, what happens is we are becoming habitual to visit all the famous and known places, but in that quest these unexplored places stays left behind; so we miss to discover the actual magic of the culture and tradition of the particular place. As the saying goes,"Go the extra mile, it's never crowded".So in this post I will show you the three folds of Nirona:Rogan ArtCopper bells Lacquer ArtFirstly, the most prominent and beautiful Rogan Art. Do you feel that you have heard this word "Rogan" somewhere?? Yes! it's the very same art piece name, that India's honorable Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi gifted to the US President Mr. Barack Obama. The Rogan Art is generations old art; it has changed it's forms over generations but the basic concept remained the same. So what actually this art form is?This is the art which is done on cloth, and it is mostly known as "TREE OF LIFE", because the designs done in this art are represent a tree. The colors used are totally natural made; Castor oil is heated in jungles (as oil produces very bad odor when heated) and after some days the remains(jelly like substance) are put into water. After the jelly is produced, natural substance are added to it to form different colors; for example coal or iron rust is used to produce black color. Then when artist want to use the color, he takes the jelly on the palm as melts it with the help of body heat on the palm. Then after the strings of colors are drawn with the help of metal stick and the strings of colors are manipulated into different shapes as required by the artisan. The cloth is half folded before painting, so that the outlines of the shapes can be mirror imaged on the other side of the cloth. The detailing work is done after the outlines become dry, and they aren't mirrored.The video below shows how it's done: https://youtu.be/gFdxmYopwsYNow, the second fold of nirona is Copper bells, this is also an generations old art. The artisans cuts out the MS metal sheet and molds into the desired shape of bell. The fascinating thing about these bells are that there are no welds in making this bells. When the copper bell is made it is loaded into the furnace for heating it and than it is dipped into solution of 5 metals. The designs and carvings are made in bells to give them unique voice and chimes. As Kutch is a district with many villages, this bells are tied around the cow's neck, so that owner can identify their cows. These are also used as wind chimes.See the video below to know how these are made :https://youtu.be/DaDgB_KtlhwThe third and final fold of Nirona is Lacquer art. This is the art where a piece of babool wood is attached to handmade lathe and a piece of lac gives color to the wood due to friction.Watch how it is done in the video below:https://youtu.be/wUGfUrURGvcThis is not it. The main art of Nirona is hospitality of the people. You can visit Nirona without any travel guide and though you can enjoy there and get every information. Everyone is so friendly and will provide you with history of their art and they will also show you the live demo.
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