Dhoraji is a large and flourishing town on the banks of small river Safura, a branch of the river Bhadar. Dhoraji is a city and a municipality in Rajkot district in the state of Gujarat, India.
Dhoraji was acquired by Kumbhojl II of Gondal State from Junagadh State about the middle of the eighteenth century. Sir Bhagwatsinhji, the noble ruler of Gondal State, was born at Dhoraji Darbargadh.
He established a town planning department and in the late 19th century, introduced town planning principals to regularize and monitor the growth of the fortified town of Gondal, Dhoraji and Upleta and Patanvav. With the arrival of railways, a new part of the Dhoraji town, between the railway station and the old town, was designed using axial planning, having broad avenues, road junctions, parks, bazaars and public buildings. It is a good. example of urban planning of an Indian town during British Raj.
|Gondal is a city and a municipality in Rajkot district in the Indian state Gujarat. Gondal state was one of the eight first class princely states of Kathiawar Agency during Bombay Presidency. The current population of town is around 200,000.census.|
Drive south from Rajkot to Gondal and you pass Vintage Fords and Buicks taxis of a bygone era still plying the roads of Saurashtra. Gondal, a city state mere 35 km away from Rajkot ruled by a family of car enthusiasts whose royal passion resulted in a fine collection of automobiles which are now part of a museum in the palace premises. Such was the royal passion that Gondal had the best planned and well designed road system in preindependent Gujarat. Gondal like its neighbors has some visually exciting palaces and living spaces; some like the Riverside Palace commissioned in 1875 by Bhagwatsinghji is now a Heritage Hotel. The palace grounds form a private forest reserve with frolicking deers and a variety of birds adding to the tranquil beauty of the place. A building worth visiting is the old Darbargadh a seventeenth century structure which reputedly cost Rupees Nine Lakhs thus earning the sobriquet ‘Navlakha Palace’. The palace is built on series of arches delicately carved and inscribed in stone with a magnificent spiral staircase leading all the way to the top. The interior of the Darbargadh is open to visitors and for a fee one can experience the opulent living style of the Maharajas of old. Mandvi Chowk. The central marketplace of Gondal is a typical riot of color, the bustle of street cries and hawkers, vendors and beggars and wafting aromas of food stuffs amidst flowing bales of trade cloths in a variety of exotic prints. To experience Gondal is to take a walk down its winding streets inhaling the soul of the city and its people!
Gondal finds mention in texts like Ain-i-Akbari (written in the reign of Akbar) and Mirat-i-Ahmadi as Vaghela state in Sorath (Saurashtra). The Gondal state in Kathiawar Agency was founded in 1634 by Thakore Shri Kumbhoji I Meramanji from Jadeja dynasty, who received Ardoi and other villages from his father Meramanji. With his fourth descendant Kumbhoji IV, the State raised itself, by acquiring parganas of Doraji, Upleta, Sarai etc. Later Sir Bhagwant Singhji who reigned from 1888 until his death in 1944, was its most noted ruler, known for his various tax reforms, compulsory education for women and also removing the purdah tradition for women at a time when the royal households of India were known for this tradition. Moreover, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan ancestors belong to Paneli village in Gondal state. The Gondal town lies on the banks of Gondali river and in 1901 it had a population of 19,592 and has a railway station on the branch line between Rajkot-Jetalsar on the Western Railway Line of Viramgam-Rajkot-Somnath line .
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The Orchard Palace
|The Orchard Palace was built as an annex of the Huzoor Palace, the family residence, in the late-19th century to host personal guests of the Maharajas. Converted into a seven-room heritage hotel, it is appointed with 1930s and ‘40s art deco furniture, antiques and handicrafts. The property gets its name from the lime, chikoo and mango groves it faces to the rear. More than 80 peacocks and peahens inhabit the gardens, and a variety of other birds can be watched while walking around the grounds. One of the highlights of the palace is the Rail Saloon of the royal family of Gondal. This saloon has been converted into a suite for a couple or a family to stay with drawing room, dining room and bedroom, beautifully finished with inlaid wood, and English washrooms with a telephonic shower.|
|Built in the 1880s as the residence of the Crown Prince of Gondal, the Riverside Palace is a colonial-style building set in gardens beside the town’s river. It has been converted into a heritage hotel with 11 large and high-ceilinged rooms appointed with four-poster beds, old dressers and other colonial—period furniture from the family’s heirloom collection. All the rooms have attached baths with hot-and-cold showers and western fittings. The galleries are lined with historic photographs, prints and antique beadwork. The jewel in the crown is Indian Room, a marvelously appointed sitting room with beadwork and brassware from the family’s collection. On the rooftop, a glass-walled gallery offers a view of the river. A variety of birds come into the property from the reedy shores of the river.|
|The Naulakha Palace was erected around 1748 AD in the Darbargadh or walled palace complex of the rulers, and since then has been extended by successive rulers. The façade is a festival of stone carving with splendid sculpture, relief, carved columns and ornate jarokha balconies. The former living quarters of the palace have been converted into a private museum exhibiting textiles, brassware, royal wardrobes, library, silver caskets that carried gifts and messages for Maharaja Bhagwat Sinhji on special occasions like his golden jubilee as ruler of Gondal, the weighing scales on which he was measured against gold on his golden jubilee with proceeds going to charity, trophies won by the Gondal princes at motorsports events, and a collection of toys including 1800s wooden pieces hand-painted with natural colours.|
|From Rajkot -> 80 km.|
Nearby Railway station -> 18 km.
Joining Road -> Junagadh – Jamnagar.
Old castle & beautiful nature is the identity of Jamkandorna.
|Jasdan is located almost 60 Kms. from Rajkot & is also an erstwhile princely state. Formerly known as Panchal province, Jasdan is known for its handicraft industry involved in making decorative jewelry & other boxes from wood, covered by crafted chrome sheets with art work on them. Renowned temples of jasdan include Maa Ashapura temple and Bileshwar Temple. Located 17 kms from Jasdan, is Hingolgadh Nature Education Sanctuary. Extending over a forest area of 654.07 ha, this sanctuary represents dry deciduous forests. This Sanctuary comes to life during rainy season with shades of green all over the area buzzing with all the life forms. Due to the presence of grass lands & scrub forests, Hingolgadh has a unique composition of wildlife. The most prominent wildlife species are Chinkara (Antelope), Nilgaai (Bluebull), Indian Porcupine, Indian hare, Mongoose etc. Wolf is the main predator carnivore here, with Jackals, Hyenas and unofficial reports of Leopards spotted on various occasions by local people. The Sanctuary is remarkably rich in birds with 230 species chirping melodiously; the most prominent are groups of Bulbuls & Weaver bird (locally known as Darjido), showing their presence with beautifully weaved nests all around. There are 19 species of snakes, out of which 3 are venomous.|
|Jetpur Navagadh is a city and a municipality in Rajkot district in the Indian state of Gujarat. Jetpur is a textile town in Rajkot District of Gujarat and is situated 30 km north of Junagadh.|
It is one of the largest centers for screen-printing, block printing and yarn dyeing workshops in the country. Jetpur is located on National Highway 8D.
|From Rajkot -> 40 km.|
Nearby Railway station -> 12 km.
Joining Road -> Rajkot – Gondal 15 km.
Saurashtra’s biggest juna kalatmat darbargadh and khojakhanu is also here.
Here Janamastami fair is must attend event.
|Kunkavav -vadia is a Taluka in Amreli District of Gujarat State, India. It is located 50 KM towards west from District head quarters Amreli. 299 KM from State capital Gandhinagar towards East . Kunkavav -vadia Taluka is bounded by by Bhesan Taluka towards South , Jetpur Taluka towards west , Bagasara Taluka towards South , Gondal Taluka towards North . Junagadh City , Amreli City , Upleta City , Lathi City are the nearby Cities to Kunkavav -vadia.Kunkavav -vadia consist of 50 Villages and 45 Panchayats . It is in the 135 m elevation(altitude) . This Place is in the border of the Amreli District and Junagadh District. Junagadh District Bhesan is South towards this place . Gondal , Girnar (Girnar Hill) , Junagadh , Sasan Gir (Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary) , Rajkot are the near by Important tourist destinations to see. Total population of Kunkavav -vadia Taluka is 95,872 living in 18,047 Houses, Spread across total 50 villages and 45 panchayats . Males are 47,268 and Females are 48,604. Kunkavav -vadia summer highest day temperature is in between 30 ° C to 41° C . Average temperatures of January is 24 ° C , February is 25 ° C , March is 29 ° C , April is 30 ° C , May is 32 ° C .|
|Lodhika is 35 km far from Rajkot.|
Nearby Railway station -> 20 km.
Transport facility is available 24/7.
|From Rajkot -> 26 km.|
Railway station direction -> West Viramgam – Okha broadgauge.
Joining Road -> Rajkot – Jamnagar.
Revasankar Sashtri was born in Paddhari.
24/7 transport facility is available.
|Upleta is a fortified town on the banks of river Moj. It was formly ruled by Gondal Maharaja before independence.|
By road its distance from Rajkot is 107 km.
|Virpur is a village situated 53 kms from Rajkot reached through the highway NH-8b. It is one of the famous place in Gujarat as it is the birth place of saint Jalaram Bapa. He was a Bhakt (devotee) of Lord Rama, seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. He was mostly engaged in serving sadhus and saints. He separated himself from his father’s business and his uncle Valjibhai asked Jalaram Bapa and his wife Virbai to stay in his house. At the age of sixteen, in 1816, Jalaram married Virbai, the daughter of Pragjibhai Thakkar (Somaiya) of Atkot. However, he was inclined to completely withdraw from materialistic life and become an ascetic, Virbai proved to be an asset to him in his works of feeding poor and needy. She was also a pious and saintly lady and she also decided to follow the path of serving mankind.|
With blessings of his guru, he started “Sadavrat” a feeding centre, a place where all sadhus and saints as well as the needy could have food any time during 24 hours. Nobody returned from that place without having food. Even today, all the people who visit Jalaram Bapa temple are insisted to have a lunch/dinner. Also, there is a specialty of temple that No Donation of money are accepted strictly from anyone since 9 February 2000. In fact, it is only temple in India to set such a trend to not to take any offerings and donations.
The temple consists of the belongings of Jalaram Bapa and the idols of Rama, Sita, Lakshamana and Hanuman worshipped by him. It also has on display the Jholi and Danda said to be given by God. But the main attraction is the portrait of Jalaram Bapa. There is also an actual black and white photo of Jalaram Bapa, taken one year before his death.
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|The temple is one of a kind in the world in a way that it has not been accepting any offerings since 9 February 2000.|