Area Code: 02692
On the extreme western
tip of the Kathiawar; peninsula, Dwarka is one of the four most holy
Hindu pilgrimage sites in India and is closely related to the Krishna
legend. It was here that Krishna set up his capital after fleeing from
Mathura. Dwarkanath, the name of the main temple here, is dedicated to
Entrance to this temple is restricted to hindus, although through some
sources, one can sign up a form to gain an access, The exterior, with
its tall five-story spire supported by 60 columns, is far more
interesting than the interior. Archaeological excavations have revealed
five earlier cities at the site, all now submerged. Dwarka is the site
of the most important Janmashtami Festival which falls in August
September. Dwarka's lighthouse is open to the public between 4.30
and 6 pm, and affords an excellent panoramic view from the top (Rs 1). A
little north of Dwarka, a ferry crosses from Okha to the Island of
Bet, where Vishnu is said to have stain a demon. There are modern
Krishna temples on the island. Tourist are advises to be beware of stray
dogs on this island.
to reach !
Dwarka and Jamnagar are connected by railway
line, 132km away (Rs 36), and there are trains to Mumbai (945km, Rs
230/690) via Rajkot (207km, Rs 73/279) and Ahmedabad (453km, Rs
147/474). STC buses run to all points in Saurashtra, and to Ahmedabad.