Mandvi near Ahmedabad
History of Mandvi
Tourist Spots in Mandvi
The palace named Vijay Vilas is considered to be a royal palace that is set amidst gardens that are well laid and comprise of marble fountains and water channels. The palace was designed and constructed in 1920 AD by the craftsmen and architect from Jaipur. The palace has been designed largely on the designs of the Datia and Orchha palaces. There are some elements in the palace that contribute towards the beauty of the palace and make it worth visiting for the people. The main elements that beautify the palace are centrally located high dome found on the pillars, the sides with Bengal domes, windows made of colored glass, jails made of carved stone, corners having domed bastions, stone carved elements and extended porch. The palace is truly an example of the expert traditional skill possessed by the craftsmen in the 20th century.
There is a private beach in the palace and there is an eco-friendly method employed in maintaining the beach so that the natural beauty of the beach can be preserved for a very long time. At present, the producers of Hindi films use this palace as a setting for their scenes and this is also one main reason behind the popularity of the Vijay Vilas palace.
Apart from the palace, there are other beautiful houses throughout Mandvi that make up for a good visit. The houses were previously owned by the rich merchants of Mandvi and they consist of plaster decorations and stone carvings. The architectural style used in these houses reflects the assimilation of European and India style and architecture. High school for girls is another famous building found in Mandvi which was originally a palace built by Rao Lakhpat and also the Light House.
Additional details about Mandvi
In the modern times, an individual can get a very clear idea about sea voyages and understand the way goods and people moved around the entire world in a ship. Mandvi is a town that serves as a principal port in India and has been doing so for a very long time even before the famous port of Mumbai came into being. One of the famous attractions of Mandvi is the shipbuilding yard were carpenters engage themselves in the construction of wooden the ships by hand. The Tower of Wagers is another point where the wealthy ship-owners of the 18th century used to gather in the month of May for the scanning of the horizons and waiting their fleet return and even betting on the fleet that would arrive first. Another spot of visit in Mandvi is the Vijay Vilas that stands as a marvel of architecture showing global awareness in the architectural style mixture.
The 'double rotis' of Mandvi known as 'Dabeli' are also very famous and they can be tried out at any point of time. Apart from this, for the people who love to spend time alone, there are the beaches that are very clean and at the same time quiet giving an individual a chance to sit and enjoy Dabeli along with the salty breeze and even enjoy swimming in the waters of the Arabian Sea. While at the beaches, people can also have a nice view of migrant birds and flamingos.
Things to do in Mandvi
Mandvi is a town that was founded by Khengarji who was the Kutch King in 1574. Some for the things that can be done in Mandvi include visiting the famous places that were built in Mandvi during these years. Sundarwar temple is a temple worth visiting because it was the very first temple to be built in the town. Apart from this, Jama Masjid can also be visited which came into being in 1603 and the Lakshminarayan temple in 1607. Other places that can be visited in Mandvi are the Rameshwar temple built in 1627 and the Kajivali Mosque built in 1608. All the above mentioned buildings were built in Mandvi during the first 50 years of its emergence and this denotes the importance of the town during that period. It was only after the rise of Mumbai as an important port for large ships that were not suitable for the port of Mandvi that the importance of Mandvi as a crucial port started fading.
Beaches of Mandvi
There is also a private beach called Maharao’s beach that is found behind the palace named Vijay Vilas. This beach is 8 kilometers away from the town and there is a small fee required to visit this beach. The beach possesses white sand and lovely sights for swimming and even accommodation available in the form of tents at the seashore.
How to Reach MandviThe distance between Ahmedabad to Mandvi is 446 kms. It takes about 8 hours to reach Mandvi, on road. As there is no rail transport or air transport of its town, Mandvi can be reaches by reaching the nearest railway station and airport in Bhuj.
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