Explore the city of Dwarka in Gujarat, which is supposedly known to be even older than the Egyptians, Chinese civilizations, along with the Harappan civilization. Moreover, the ancient city of Dwarka has come a long way from 5,000 years (approx.) according to the legends that say it was the legendary capital of Lord Krishna’s adulthood kingdom. But that is not the only reason why Dwarka is special for tourists.
Also, this ancient city maintains that nurturing spirit to this day and draws tourists in droves. One of the top reasons behind such hype Dwarka is one of the seven ancient cities (Sapta Puri) and constitutes one of the important attractions of the Bada Char Dham Yatra. Above all, spiritual vibes beacon Sanatan Dharm pilgrims at every nook and corner of the Dwarka. In addition, the top sights in Dwarka are Chaukyan, Solanki, and Nagara-style architecture.
Dwarka, the abode of the intricately sculptured temples in the bygone era times, was known to be ‘Dwaravati’ which translates to the entryway to the Moksha. Archaeologists say that what we see as Dwarka today is its seventh avatar, while the ancient tales depict the city six times submerged in the water.
Today, Dwarka is famous for its beaches, Lighthouse, Dwarkadhish Temple, and Rukmini Mandir. Whereas the Bet Dwarka, off the coast around 30 km (approx.), is where Lord Krishna actually resided with his queens. Tourists can explore the Bett Island via ferry or boat, the only medium for Yadava clans to visit Shri Krishna’s clan.
Here’s a meticulously crafted Dwarka travel guide for you
History of Dwarka
When talking of the history of Dwarka, people misinterpret it with the history of Dwarkadhish Temple, which is approximately 2,000 years old. But, above all, the history of Dwarka has its roots from 9,000 to 15,000 years ago, which says that the city which is now submerged in the Bet Dwarka Island verifies the fable epic of Mahabharta. Also, the prehistoric epic period of Mahabharata had its mention of Dwarka as a utopian city with magnificent architecture.
According to the mythological, historical tales, this ancient city was supposedly the first capital of Gujarat. Lord Krishna was the creator of Dwarka city when he asked the sea god (Vishwakarma) to provide him with the land where he could establish his capital since he moved with the Yadava clan Dwarka after killing his maternal uncle, Kansa.
Going more deep into the history of Dwarka reveals that Lord Krishna conducted the administration of his fabled kingdom from Dwarka, whereas Bet Dwarka was his native place for living with his family. Several Muslim invaders like Mohamad Shah in 1241 invaded Dwarka and destroyed several Hindu shrines, which were reconstructed the few years of the destruction afterward. The recent construction of the Dwarka summons around its mainland Dwarka temples took place between the 17th-18th century.
In conclusion, historical facts personify that under the Kingship of the creator of the Dwarka, Lord Krishna, Dwarka flourished as a beautiful city embedded with precious stones, shimmering ponds, and a luscious garden.
Places to Visit in Dwarka Including Temples, Beaches, Bazaars
Dwarka’s principal tourist attractions are concentrated at the main Dwarka land, which is cut off from the water of Bet Dwarka Island. However, on the mainland Dwarka, Dwarkadhish Temple is the crown jewel of Dwarka city. It is the same place where tourists throng to celebrate Janamashtrmi with full prom and fervor. Moreover, vibrant markets concentrated around the other temples on the mainland also constitute one of the best tourist attractions of Dwarka.
Scurrying between the River Gomti and the Arabian Sea, there are around 13 ghats for Pujas in Dwarka on the mainland. While the Bet Dwarka Island exploration of the tourists' places will give you a sneak peek into the life of Lord Krishna and his friend Sudama. Moreover, there is a chain of temples in the Bet Island Dwarka, out of which one is very famous and believed the die-hard admirer of Lord Krishna, Meera Bai, merged with Krishna’s idol. Furthermore, take time to explore Ranchhor Talaav, Shank Sarovar, and the Dwaraka Beaches.
Best Time to Visit Dwarka | Seasons, Months
The best times to visit Dwarka are August, September, October, November, December, January, February, and March. November to February is considered the most suitable time to visit Dwarka because the temperature is not warm for sightseeing. On the other hand, pilgrims constitute any of the years as the best time to go!
Thanks to the festive activities that run all around the year. Accordingly, Janamanshtmi in August, Rukmini Vivah and Holi in March, Navratri in September/October, and Deepmahotsav in November or its preceding month marks the ideal of Dwarka. Even Ram Navmi and Basant Panchmi in April are also suitable.
However, keep in mind before planning that if you don’t want to indulge in festive activities at Dwarka, it would be very best for you to skip a trip to Dwarka in summer from March to June. This is because the temperature literally shoots up to 40°C (approx.) with humidity in the air.
On a brighter note, the advent of July brings relief to the oppressive summer heat, but the sea is not calm during the monsoon in Dwarka. Thus, no watersports were suggested at the beaches of Dwarka during that time.
Things to Do in Dwarka Other Than Temples Hopping
Tourists will never get short of options in making their most of in the legendary capital of Lord Krishna. It goes without saying that there are hundreds of things to do in Dwarka. Obviously, most of them revolve around temple-hopping but with some extra benefits, like lively ghats, and vibrant bazaars are dotted around the temples and beaches of Dwaraka.
Take a spiritual dip in the sacred Gomti River, a tributary of the holy Ganga near the Dwarkadhish Temple, Samudra Narayana Temple, Gomatiji Temple. Witness sunsets at Shivrajpur Beach followed by ATV and camel rides across the Sudama Setu Bridge. As a tourist, not only spiritual but every kind of traveler would be amazed to indulge in the unique activities to do in Dwarka.
Culture and Traditions of Dwarka
Dwarka is a sacred Hindu Pilgrimage town in Gujarat where the followers of the Sanathan Dharma come. It is one of the Sapta Puri in India and is a principal attraction of Bada Char Dham Yatra. So it goes without saying that, unlike every religious site, the culture of Dwarka has strong traditional beliefs systems that are associated with the doctrines of samsara.
Subsequently, this signifies a continuous life cycle, death, and reincarnation alongside the universal law of cause and effect. Devotees start their morning by chanting ‘Jai Kanhaiya Lal’ ki, followed by Pooja and a sacred bathe ceremony at several ghats of Dwarka.
Places for Shopping in Dwarka
Consider shopping in Dwarka as one of the best activities to do because it won’t break your bank. Most shopping streets are flanked around the temples, beaches, and properties like swanky malls. When you are on a shopping venture in Dwarka, shop some Patola Silk Sarees, folk art of Bandhani on the fabrics.
Irrespective of the religion, get to buy traditional Ghagra Cholis from the Kutch, Saurashtra regions to take the reminiscence of Gujarat culture back with you! The best shopping markets and their name goes like Ananya Mata Chowk, Batham Chowk, Shri Ram Bazar.
Restaurants and Local Food in Dwarka
Understand that cuisine in Dwarka is not diverse because it is one of the 4 abodes of the Bada Char Dham Yatra. In short, non-veg food is not encouraged in Dwarka. On the brighter side, restaurants and street hawkers serve local food in Dwarka, the cluster of native Gujarati seasonings like red chilies, turmeric, and pounded red chilies.
Moreover, the staple food of Dwarka is more of the famous food of Gujarat like Thepla, Khandvi, Khaman Dhokla, Muthia, Fafda Jalebi. Last but not least, the best places for eating in Dwarka are commissioned inside luxury resorts and hotels.
How to Reach Dwarka
Getting to Dwarka from anywhere across India comes in three ways: airways, railways, and roadways. Each of the ways to get to Dwaraka has its own perks. For instance, air travel to Dwarka is quick from long-distance locations like Chennai, Bangalore, Goa but is expensive.
On the contrary, railway journey is budget-friendly but takes a longer duration from far across destinations. While the road journey to Dwarka is impressive for the Gujaratis from Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Vadodara but at the same time, tiring for the tourists arriving at Dwarka from long-distance locations.
In the second place, the Western Railway Division of Indian Railways has good connectivity with trains from Goa, Delhi, Mumbai, etc. Moreover, superfast trains are also available at the Dwarka Railway Station. On the brighter side, Jamnagar Airport (127 km/2/5 hours) is approximately well connected with domestic flights.
Whereas international flights arrive at Ahmedabad Airport, Vadodara Airport, and Surat Airport. Furthermore, road trippers across Gujarat and from Mumbai and Rajasthan must only plan a road trip if they are novice enough to bear the challenges on wheels.