the south-east coast, about midway between Veraval and Dwarka,
modern-day Porbandar is chiefly noted as the birth place of Mahatma
Gandhi. In ancient times, the city was called Sudamapuri after Sudan, a
compatriot of Krishna, and there was once a flourishing trade from here
to Africa and the Persian Gulf. The Africa connection is apparent in the
number of Indianised Blacks, called Siddis, who form a virtually
separate caste of Dalits. Porbandar has several large cement and
chemical factories and a textile mill. Dhows are still built here and
fish-drying is an important activity lending a certain a room to the
to Reach !
Airways has daily flights to Mumbai; NEPC Airlines has two flights
weekly. Flights with both airlines cost US$85. Bookings can be made with
Bhutiya Travels (Tel; 41889).
The STC bus
stand is a 15 minute walk from MG Rd. There are regular services to
Dwarka, Jamnagar, Veraval and Rajkot. The private bus companies have
their offices on MG Rd, in the vicinity of the Hotel Flamingo. They only
have signs in Gujarati so you'll need to enlist some local help to find
the one you want. There are buses to Jamnagar (21/2 hours, Rs 35),
Dwarka (two hours, Rs 25), Veraval (three hours, Rs 35), Rajkot (31/2
hours, Rs 50), Diu (five hours, Rs 55) and Junagadh (two hours, Rs 25).
the terminus of a railway line; the main service is the Saurashtra
Express to and from Mumbai via Rajkot (41/2 hours, Rs 80/260) and
Ahmedabad (10 hours, Rs 146/465). The 959km, 23 hour trip to Mumbai
costs Rs 229/750 in 2 nd/lst class.