One of India’s holiest spiritual and religious sites
For devout Hindus, a trip to the holy temple town Dwarka in Gujarat is no mere journey,
but a yatra, a spiritual pilgrimage. One of the seven sacred cities or ‘Sapta Puris’
as well as one of the four ‘Dhams’ - supreme pilgrim centres - it was once the capital
of Lord Krishna’s kingdom. A land of myth and legends, coveted since antiquity for
its spirituality, Dwarka has attracted great saints and pilgrims including Adi Shankaracharya,
Narsinh Mehta, Mirabai, Kabir and Nanak. The place is home to numerous temples,
the prime amongst them being the Dwarkadhish Temple with its stunning architecture.
Dwarka, which finds numerous mentions in myths, legends and sacred and ancient texts,
has the distinction of being rebuilt six time after being swallowed by the sea.
Summer: 35 - 21°C
Winter: 27 - 13°C
November to March
Gujarati, Hindi and English
Tourism Office: Toran Tourist Bungalow, Near Govt. Guest House,
Dwarka, Tel: 02892 234013; Office of the Administrator, Dwarka Devasthan Samiti,
Dwarkadhish Temple Trust, Dwarka Tel: 02892 234080; Tourism Corporation of Gujarat
Ltd., 1st Floor, Khetan Bhavan, J.Tata Road, Mumbai, Tel: 22024925. Fax: 22883541
Jamnagar is the nearest airport linked with major cities of India.
Dwarka is a railhead on the Western Railway, directly connected with Ahmedabad,
Jamnagar, Mumbai, Porbander and Rajkot.
Motorable roads connect Dwarka with major cities and places in Gujarat.
- 450 km from Ahmedabad
- 399 km from Bhavnagar
- 148 km from Jamnagar
- 332 km from Junagadh
- 929 km from Mumbai
- 32 km from Okha
- 120 km from Porbander
- 234 km from Rajkot
- 249 km from Somnath
- 243 km from Veraval
Hotels in Dwarka
Tel: 02892 234614
Near Post Office
Tel: 02892 234154
Hotel Guru Prerna
Near Bhadrakali Mandir
Tel: 02892 234512
Tel: 02892 234515
Tel: 02892 234070, 234679
Damani Atithi Griha
Tel: 02892 234189
Near Power House
Tel: 02892 234031
Tel: 02892 234417
Uttam Guest House
Tel: 02892 234234
Shriji Guest House
Near home guard office
Tel: 02892 234692
Hotel Sunder Palace
Opposite Dwarka temple
Tel: 02892 234372
Near Dwarka temple
Tel: 02892 235034
Hotel Dwarka Residency
Tel: 02892 235033
Tel: 02892 234440
Toran Tourist Bungalow (TCGL)
Near Govt. Guest House
Tel: 02892 234013
Gayatri Athithi Gruh
Tel: 02892 234448
Dwarakadhish Athithi Gruh, Birla Dharmshala
Places to Visit
Dwarkadhish Temple (Jagat Mandir)
The sacred city Dwarka is widely known all over the world for the magnificent Jagat
Mandir whose presiding deity is Shri Krishna known as Dwarkadhish. Standing majestically
on the north bank of the Gomti Creek the imposing edifice is supported by 60 pillars
and has a plinth area of 1,800 square feet.
Another temple empathetically not to be missed while in Dwarka is Bhadkeshwar Temple.
The shrine is surrounded by the sea.
Indological Research Institute, Light House, Shri Jagatguru Shankaracharya Math,
Ved Bhavan are other places of interest in Dwarka.
Rukmani Mandir (12 km)
Dedicated to Rukmani, wife of the Lord Krishna, the temple is 1600 year old.
Vasai (11 km)
For the history lovers, the place is a great draw and is identified with Kankavati,
the seat of the Maitrak power in the 5th century AD. Vasai is home to a sun temple
and other ancient ruins.
Nageshwar (13 km)
One of the prominent Jyotirlingas, the famous Naagnath (Shiva) Temple, also known
as Nageshwar Mahadeo Temple, is located in the Dwarka forest.
Mithapur (22 km)
Mithapur is a model township of the Tata Chemical Factory. The factory here can
be visited with the permission of the local management at Mithapur site.
Gopi Talav Teerth (23 km)
A place of religious importance it draws spiritual seekers. It is located near the
island and further ahead lies Dwarikavan or forest of Dwarka.
Bet Dwarka (32 km)
The Shankhoddar Island known as Bet Dwarka or Dwarika isle or Ramandip, this island
is supposed to be the place where Lord Krishna and his family lived. Dwarika isle
is also believed to be the spot where Lord Vishnu slew the demon Shankasura. It
is 5 km away by sea from Okha. There are regular ferry services from Okha
Port to Bet Dwarka. The temple of Ranchhodrai stands on the island, as does the
Okha (32 km)
It is an important port on the west coast.
Harshad Mata Temple (58 km)
The temple is situated at bottom of Koyla Hill. Harsidhi Matatji is also known
as Ambica Mataji and Kalki Mataji. The local people call her Harshad Mata.
Pindhara (72 km)
There is an ancient Purvasa Ashram and a Sun Temple
Madhavpur (160 km)
Lord Krishna and Rukshmani married here. A large fair is held here in March-April.
Dehotsarg, at Treveni Ghat, is believed to be the site of Lord Krishna’s mortal