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Hello everyone! This is the third article in series called “ Kutch Travel ”. Click for first and second articles. This time the topic will be “Kutch Travel: Mandvi”. There are mainly three places which I got chance traveled this time:

  1. Shyamji Krishna Varma Memorial
  2. Vijay Vilas Palace
  3. Mandvi Beach
Mandvi
Mandvi

Mandvi

Before I start sharing my experience with these place let us talk about Mandvi.

Busy Street Mandvi
Busy Street Mandvi
  • How to Reach
    • If you are traveling from Bhuj you will get more than one option. You can reach by state transport (Government Buses), private transport or own vehicle. It is about 56 km south of the regional capital, Bhuj.
    • Having own vehicle or booking a private one would be more preferable.

It is one of the chief cities of Kutch. Among the cities of Kutch, Mandvi is a great Tirth. It is on the seashore of Arabian Sea. Mandvi is a great center of Jain religion.

There is a great development of trade and commerce since Mandvi is a port. It was once a summer retreat for Maharao (king) of the Kutch State. The old city was enclosed in the fort wall and remains of the fort wall can still be seen. The city has a 400 year old ship building industry, which was started by the caste of Kharva that still builds small wooden ships.

Mandvi Ship Building
Mandvi Ship Building

In decade of 1960, the famous Dabeli is said to be have been invented here by Keshavji Gabha Chudasama (Source: Wikipedia).

 

Shyamji Krishna Varma Memorial

Recently prime minister of India Narendra Modi mentioned this place at Wembley Stadium London during his visit to United Kingdom. Mandvi happens to be birth place of one of the great Indian freedom fighter Shyamji Krishna Varma. This place is totally dedicated to him and his wife memories.

Shyamji Krishna Varma Memorial India House
Shyamji Krishna Varma Memorial India House

It was built on the concept of India House London. The Memorial’s objective is to pay tribute to the contribution of Shyamji Krishna Varma and also to educate the young generation about those great Indians who sacrificed everything for the country’s freedom. Visiting this place feels as you are visiting some county in Britain.

  • Timing
    • 10 am to 6 pm (1.30 to 2.00 pm Lunch break)
    • 10 am to 8 pm (Saturdays and Sundays (1.30 to 2.00 pm Lunch break))
    • Closed on Thursdays

 

  • How to reach
    • Once you are in Mandvi, you can reach easily by booking a private vehicle or personal vehicle would always be a better option.

No photography allowed (Written on notice board) but nobody will bother if you take pictures. At least they didn’t bother in my case. It is beautifully build and would take around an hour to complete a fruitful visit.

Talking about India house, it is an actual replica of India house London. You would find a sea point from which you can have a sea view (I couldn’t see a sea). Apart from this there is theater where a short movie about Shyamji Krishna Varma is displayed after some interval constantly.

Shyamji Krushna Varma Memorial Sea View
Shyamji Krushna Varma Memorial Sea View

 

Vijay Vilas Palace

“When a structure delights with its architecture it certainly is ART”

            –Written somewhere in Vijay Vilas Palace.

Vijay Vilas Palace
Vijay Vilas Palace

It is one of the most famous palaces in kutch. Vijay Vilas Palace or Mandvi Palace, 8 km from Mandvi, was a residence of the erstwhile rulers of Kutch. It’s an elegant structure, not in use, built in the early 20th century by the rulers of Bhuj. The shooting of many scenes and song of hit Bollywood film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was done at this palace.

Vijay Vilas Palace
Vijay Vilas Palace
  • Timings and cost
    • All days open.
    • There are couples of fee schemes for visiting fee

                            Regular days (Mon to Fri)
                                   Free (children less than 5 years)
                                   Rs 15 (children of age 5 to 11 years)
                                   Rs 20 (people of age 11 or more years)

                           Holidays (Sat, Sun or festivals)
                                  Free (children less than 5 years)
                                   Rs 25 (children of age 5 to 11 years)
                                  Rs 45 (people of age 11 or more years)

    • Photography charges

                                 Rs 25 per Mobile Camera
                                 Rs 50 per Still Camera
                                 Rs 200 per Moving Camera

 

We had 5 mobile cameras but paid for only one. Once you reach inside the palace nobody checks for how many cameras you have paid, so you can be smart and pay for one and use all.

    • Parking charges

                              Rs 10 for Bike
                              Rs 20 for Car and so on

 

  • How to reach
    • Similar to Shyamji Krishna Varma memorial.

Very much recommended for history buff people. The land around the palace is a small reserve forest with a nilgai population. It is very much crowded on normal days. As more number of people, climbing on the top of the palace is tedious task. You have to wait in queue to get your turn, same goes for climbing down.

 

Mandvi Beach

Mandvi Beach
Mandvi Beach

As Kutch is surrounded by Arabian Sea you would find beaches. Mandvi beach is one of most famous beaches in Kutch. It is around 3-4 km from Mandvi City. Wind-mills which line the horizon of Mandvi, offer a spectacular view from the Mandvi sea-beach. The Wind mills projects running in this beach was Asia’s 1st Wind-Mills Projects in 1983 (Source: Wikipedia).

Mandvi Beach Wind Farm
Mandvi Beach Wind Farm

 

Hope you would have enjoyed reading time. If you want to see abstract destination places in Kutch then click here.

This is the third article in the series called “ Kutch Travel ”. I shall be doing one more of article such exploring travel destination in Kutch for time being.

 

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