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About Porbandar

Porbandar is a small yet an important city located on the coast of Gujrat, India. The city relates to famous people like Sudama, a friend of Lord Krishna and the well known famous freedom fighter Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi. This city also acts as the administrative headquarters of the district of Porbandar.

About Porbandar

Location of Porbandar

Being located next to the Arabian Sea, Porbandar enjoys a moderate climate. It is neither too hot nor to cold any time of the year, thus it is a good place to visit just about when there is time in hand. There are many places to see in the city of Porbandar. The major tourist attractions are the famous Rokhadia Hanuman temple, Kirti Mandir, Sudama Mandir, Gita Mandir, Sandipani Vidysniketan, Bharat Mandir among many others.

Topography of Porbandar

Porbandar, seated in the farthest west coast of India on the Arabian Sea, is considered to a major al-weather port. It is a deep sea port which was constructed towards the end of the 20th century.
The city of Porbandar is characterized by the rising and falling blue sea along with its spread out golden beaches. With an average elevation at zero meters the topography of Porbandar is in general flat and covered with plain land. Yet there are some hilly areas that are found nearby the city such as Barda Hills. This city is an integral part of the Kathiawar peninsula.

Weather of Porbandar

As this port city is located so close to the sea it benefits from a temperate type of climate. The weather here is generally pleasant throughout the year. However, it is at its best in winters when the temperature is usually between 24° to 10° Celsius. Summers are never too hot but at times this place can be quite sultry.

Geography of Porbandar

The Porbandar city is located at latitude of 21.63° North and longitude of 69.6° East. It is located along the Arabian Sea coast. This ancient port city of India enjoys a tactical location.
For several centuries it remained as the only connection between India and the entire western world. Even now in the modern times Porbandar is a port of much importance that connects the country to many others. Due to its location next to the Arabian Sea, it flourishes in the fishing business. Read More...............

Porbandar Tourism

The city is a famed destination among the tourists as it is the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi. Many people also come here as it a bird watchers paradise. People of Porbandar are known for their warmth and hospitable nature. They possess rich cultural tradition and the festivals celebrated in the city are indeed a treat to the eye and the mind. Apart from Gandhiji, the city is home to many other acclaimed dancers, musicians, politicians, theatre celebrities as well as literary persons.
There are many places of sightseeing in Porbandar. Some of them being:
  • Kirti Mandir
  • Darbargadh
  • Sartanji Choro
  • Huzoor Palace
  • Rokhadia Hanuman temple
  • Sandipani Vidysniketan
  • Bharat Mandir
  • Sudama Mandir
  • Gita Mandir

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Lakes in Porbandar

There are many lakes that adorn the city of Porbandar. The two most famous among them are Anchherital and Jolingkong. Some others are Sukala Lake, Dobaliya Lake, Sarkoja Lake, Hathla Lake etc.

Culture of Porbandar

Porbandar is an important as well as developed port city of Western India. Along with a rich culture the city also has a glorious history. Read More...........

People of Porbandar

The population of the city is around 133,083. The literacy rate is relatively high as people are interested in making a place for themselves in the society. People here mostly speak Gujarati. A great section of the populace is artistically exceptionally sound. Their handicraft and the architectural excellence of this place stand as a proof to that. Some historical sites of Porbandar are considered as great examples of the king's support to the field of art and architecture.

Festivals of Porbandar

Many colourful festivals are celebrated here all around the year.  Festivals such as Holi and Navratri are especially celebrated with much enthusiasm. These festivals are celebrated in such a grand scale that people from other states come down to Porbandar to be a part of the fun and frolic.

Food in Porbandar

Food in Porbandar generally consist of vegetarian dishes tarting from Doodha pak, Sev, Shrikhand, Dhokla to kadhi that are counted among the most popular dishes in this city in the state of Gujarat. Just like the other people of Gujarat, people in this city love their snacks. As a result a lot of food item that are considered as snacks top the list of favourite food of the people living here. Snacks such as papad, ganthia, chivda and various kind of farshan are preferred by the people of the city. The population of Porbandar especially are fond of 'Papad' that is made of rice, bajra or wheat. Papad here is not fried but generally steamed. It is most of the time served hot with various beverages.

For a complete meal a Gujarati 'thali' is preferred by the people of Porbandar. It serves a whole range of Gujrati delicacies. There is a variety of lentils, vegetables, typical Gujrati buttermilk along with chappati and rice. Sweets and yogurt is also missed out though when a thali is served. People here also eat a variety of pickles like athanu, chandu and goondas. A favourite sweet dish among the people of Porbander is Shrikhand. This dish is made from yogurt. It is flavoured with saffron, candied fruits, cardamom etc and is generally enjoyed with pooris. Read More...........

Economy of Porbandar

People of Porbandar mainly depend on fishing industry as a means of livelihood. The proximity to the Arabian Sea and the port has proved as an advantage. The city continues to have commercial relation through trade and commerce within the country as well as other countries by sea routes along with the roadways.

Export and import business that involve fish is a major business for the people of Porbandar. The largest company that exports fish from Gujarat is based here. Silver Seafood, the fish company earns a lot of revenue for Gujrat by exporting huge amount of fish. This industry also provides employment to a large number of people in Porbandar.

Along with the fishing industry there are other industries too in Porbandar. Some of them are mineral industry, machine tool industry, soft ware industry, cotton garment industry, telecommunication industry, petrochemical and fertiliser manufacturing industries.

Tourism also contributes towards the growing economy of the city. Porbandar is thronged by people throughout the year as it is the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi.

How to Reach Porbandar

Reaching Porbandar by road, train of a flight is easy. If travelling by road it is about 419 Kms from the city of Ahmedabad. It is also well connected to various other cities in Gujarat like Jamnagar and Rajkot. The travelling distance from Jamnagar is about 124 kms where as the distance of the city from Rajkot is around 187 kms.

Porbandar has an airport which apart from civilian operations also has military presence. The Porbander railway station is the main rail connection to the area. Regular train services are available to places such as Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Vadodara, Surat, Banwad, Okha and Mumbai. Apart from this rail services are also accessible to cities like Delhi, Motihari and Howrah. Train links are also available to important places in the states Uttar Pradesh as well as Rajasthan. Read More..............

Quick Facts about Porbandar

Altitude: Sea level
Temperature: Winter Max 24- Min 10 degree Celsius
Best time to visit: October to March
Nearest airport: Porbandar
Nearest Railway Station: Porbandar
Highways: National Highway 8B connects Porbandar to Rajkot
PIN Code: 360575
STD Code: 0286
Time Zone: IST
Spoken Language: Gujrati, Hindi, English

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