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An 18th century city, Bhavnagar is a premier cotton-exporting sea-port on the south-eastern Saurashtra coast. Today, Bhavnagar is known for Gandhi Smriti, an institution built in memory of Mahatma Gandhi, the Barton Museum, the Central Salt and Marine Research Institute, Takhteswar temple and Gauri-Shankar lake. The city offers vibrant shades of traditional Gujarati culture to the traveller.

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Bhavnagar Tourist Attractions
Velavadar Black Buck Sanctuary

This is the home of the Indian black buck. Velavadar in the Bhal region of Saurashtra is a unique grassland ecosystem that has attracted fame for the successful conservation of the black buck. The fastest of the Indian antelopes, they move off in a series of amazing leaps and bounds when threatened and then break into a lightening run.

Gaurishankar Lake

A dry lake, it is currently used for organizing fairs and other public events. It also has a picnic spot nearby and a beautiful garden known as Pil Garden .

Gangajaha

In the midst of what was formerly a tank stands the temple of Gangadevi with a chhatri or partition. Made of white marble, designed by Sir John Griffits it was built by Maharaja Takhtsinghji in memory of Maharani Majirajba in 1893 A.D.

Central Salt and Marine Research Institute

Central Salt and Marine Research Institute is an important place to visit and a must for the science freak. Samaldas College , established 100 years ago, is an important monument and it is said that Mahatma Gandhi was once a student here.

Takhteshwar Temple

Takhteshwar Temple (1893 AD) is located on a hill, on a high plinth, offering a commanding view of Bhavnagar . The high shikhara rising above the pillared rectangular mandapa makes it an important landmark.

Nilambag Palace

Nilambag Palace , now a heritage hotel, is a magnificant building set amidist a huge estate of 10 acres. It was designed by a German architect, as a royal residence in 1859 AD. It combines elements of Indian architecture with a modern outlook.

Gandhi Smriti

Gandhi Smriti is a memorial, with a library of Gandhian books and photographs about the life of Mahatma Gandhi. It also has a fine collection of art objects representing the culture of the Saurashtra region.

 
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