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Places Near Bhavnagar

Palitana and the Blackbuck National Park are some of the interesting places near Bhavnagar that you can visit.

Palitana a 50 km drive southwest of Bhavnagar lies at the foot of the Shatrunjaya Hill. Shatrunjaya - ‘the Place of Victory’, over hatred and worldly things. The hilltop complex is dotted with as many as 863 temples, most of them in beautifully carved marble, built over a span of 900 years. The earliest temples, constructed in the 11th century, were more or less destroyed during the Muslim raids in the 14th and 15th centuries. Most of the present temples were built from the 16th century onwards, with each generation of pilgrims making its contribution to the shrines.

Most visitors make the 600m climb on foot, and that takes two hours at the very least. ‘Dolis’ (chairs on poles lifted by four bearers) are also available. As you climb higher along the wide steps, accompanied by other pilgrims, more and more temples come into breathtaking view and the sound of murmured prayers grows ever louder. It is a truly spiritual experience. The hilltop also provides an excellent view, which, on clear days, can take in Bhavnagar in the northeast and the Gulf of Cambay in the south.

The Blackbuck National Park at Velavadar lies 55 km north of Bhavnagar. This is a unique grassland ecosystem that has become famous for its successful conservation of the blackbuck, wolf. Blackbuck, the exclusively Indian antelope, is perhaps the most graceful of its kind - the male sports ringed horns that have a spiral twist of three to four turns and are around 70 cm long.

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