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Tourist Places To Visit In Mandvi
Although Mandvi is a small town, the number of people visiting this place is in thousands. This beach destination in Gujarat is located in the Kutch district and is 50 km away from Bhuj. This beautiful city is filled with numerous temples, scenic sightseeing, and several beaches and ports. Defined by azure seas and swaying palms, Mandvi is preferred by many couples as one of the best destinations for a pre-wedding photoshoot because of the heart throbbing and warm places here. If you are planning for Mandvi, reading through the following guide can certainly help you to know the places of interest and some must-visits.
Vijay Vilas Palace
The majestic palace known by the name Vijay Vilas is the talk of the town. It is accredited by Maharao Shri Khngarji III and was built in 1920 AD. The architecture of the Vijay Vilas Palace is truly harmonious and classic. As a result, the palace has become the foremost tourist attraction in Mandvi. The Palace is in close proximity of Mandvi Beach, so we would recommend you to visit the palace 1 – 2-hour prior sunset for experiencing a mesmerizing view of the beach and sunset. Because it is so alluring, the Vijay Vilas Palace has been featured in several Bollywood films including “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam”. Cuddled up in 450 acres of lush greenery, the palace consists of 2 km of the private beach of its own. Isn’t that enormous? So come here and witness the prominence of this massive structure.
72 Jinalay (Jain Temple)
The 72 Jinalay is a beauteous Jain pilgrimage center located in the Koday Village near Mandvi, Gujarat. These are one of the most popular Jain temples after the ones in Palitana. It is one of the topmost visiting places in Mandvi. The temple premises are spread over an area of 80 acres and situated at a distance of nearly 10 km from the Mandvi city center. Built in the year 1982, this temple was designed in an octagonal shape. Built with white marble, jinalaya is known for its immaculate beauty. This temple also has a Dharamshala that is equipped with all modern facilities along with a bhojnalaya to feed the hungry.
Mazar-e-Noorani is yet another popular tourist destination in Mandvi. It is near the Mandvi bus stand at about 2 km. The complex of the shrine is a mausoleum which is located in the Vohra Hajira vicinity of Mandvi, Gujarat. Mazar-e-Noorani is the final resting place of Noor Mohammed Nooruddin, which was inaugurated by the 502th Dai, in 1999. Nooruddin was the 37th Dai-Al-Mutlaq, a prominent Shia Muslim. Later he died in 1718 CE at Mandvi.
One of the most famous tourist places around Mandvi is the Rukmavati bridge. It’s a historic structure that was built in the year 1883. This archival and amusing Bridge is situated on the Rukmavati river. This amazing and massive Bridge was built by Vishram Karman Chawda who belonged to the Mistri community of Gujarat. At present, this Bridge is the longest existing architecture of its kind in India. So this is something that cannot be missed.
Spread in an area of 16 acres, the ancient Roha Fort is located at a distance of 48 km from Mandvi and 51 km from Bhuj. This historic Fort lies on the outskirts of the Roha village near the city of Mandvi, Gujarat. The fort has a temple-like architecture and was primarily built with stones and baked bricks. Unfortunately, a major part of the fort was destroyed by the earthquake that hit the city of Bhuj some 25 years back. Also due to lack of management, it could not be recovered or reconstructed fully. Nevertheless, what remains here is still stunning and you can click some pictures at this historic fort.
Towards the development and restoration of Mandvi in its social and cultural terms, the Bhatia community has contributed a lot. Topansar Lake is one such (out of the many) valuable contribution by them. The Topansar Lake lies in the middle of the port city of Mandvi and is quite popular among the local folks and tourists alike. The early morning scenic view of the lake is breathtaking and extraordinary. You can sit on the benches around the lake for hours enjoying the view, and if you are lucky, you might also spot migratory birds. You will enjoy the serenity and the silence of the lake and any tiring soul will find peace here.