Discover the wonders around Mandvi: from the royal elegance of Vijay Vilas Palace to the ancient craftsmanship at the Shipbuilding Yard. Revel in history at Roha Fort and be captivated by the biodiversity of the Kutch Bustard Sanctuary. Each destination unfolds a captivating story, ready for your exploration.
Just 8 km from Mandvi lies the iconic Vijay Vilas Palace, a royal palace built in 1929 with stunning Rajasthani architecture. Set amid sprawling gardens, this red sandstone marvel offers panoramic views and a rich museum. Guests can indulge in its unique beachside tented resort, blending Mandvi’s regal history with modern luxury, while enjoying scenic dining and recreational amenities.
Located 10 km from Mandvi, the 72 Jainalaya in Koday village is a renowned Jain pilgrimage site. This octagonal temple sprawls over 80 acres, featuring a central temple dedicated to Lord Mahavir and 72 surrounding shrines. The white marble structure stands out for its intricate designs, while the main sanctum houses a 6-foot idol of Adiswar Bhagwan.
A short drive from Mandvi brings you to the Shyamji Krishna Varma Memorial, dedicated to a revolutionary who championed India’s freedom from distant London. Spread over 52 acres, visitors can see a replica of the ‘India House’, statues of Varma and his wife, and a gallery showcasing India’s independence heroes. It’s a serene retreat where history whispers tales of valour.
Bhadreshwar Jain Temple in Kutch, Gujarat, is a remarkable place with a deep history. Known as one of the oldest Jain temples in India, it has faced many earthquakes but has always been rebuilt, showing its importance to the local community. The temple’s white marble design, which reminds many of the famous Dilwara Temples, holds over 50 shrines. The main temple has beautiful pillars and statues of Jain lords. Nearby, visitors can also find an ancient stepwell and a red-stone Shiva temple, making Bhadreshwar a must-visit for those keen on exploring both spirituality and history.
Mandvi’s Shipbuilding Yard, located near the town’s bus stand, is a remarkable testament to the area’s rich maritime heritage. Originating over 400 years ago, it once echoed with the bustling activity of craftsmen building ships for voyages as distant as England. Though its prominence has decreased with the rise of modern vessels, skilled carpenters from the Kharva community still handcraft boats here, mainly for regional travel. Using sturdy Sal wood and traditional techniques, with minimal modern tools, they build impressive vessels, taking months to ensure precision and safety. A visit here offers a unique insight into age-old craftsmanship and Mandvi’s maritime legacy.
Situated 48 km from Mandvi, the Roha Fort atop Roha Hill offers a glimpse into Kutch’s rich past. Built by Thakore Noganji, this once-majestic fort oversaw 52 villages. While time and earthquakes have taken a toll, its beauty remains, with remnants of stone structures and deep wells. The serene surroundings, home to peacocks and other birds, once inspired the famous poet, Kalapi. A visit here promises a mix of history and natural beauty.
Just 80 km from Mandvi, the Kutch Bustard Sanctuary stands as a haven for the endangered Great Indian Bustard. Spanning a modest 2 sq. km, it might be the smallest sanctuary in India, but its significance is profound as a crucial breeding ground for this majestic bird. Its rich grasslands and swamps host not only three species of Bustards but also a plethora of birds and wildlife, from flamingos and merlins to desert cats and wolves. Visiting between October and February offers the best views, with a watchtower to spot Indian Gazelle and wolves amidst nature’s splendour.
Tucked away in Mandvi’s Vohra Hajira locality stands the Mazar E Noorani, the majestic mausoleum of Noor Mohammed Nooruddin, the revered 37th Dai-al-Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohra Community. Inaugurated in 1999, this marble marvel, surrounded by verdant gardens, stands as a testament to devotion and legacy. Managed by the Dawoodi Bohra Community, it’s a serene sanctuary that beckons visitors with its history and tranquillity.
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