A small town in the Kutch district of Gujarat, Khakhar is situated 49 km from Bhuj and 13 km from Mandvi. Khakhar is also known as Nani Khakhar amongst locals and is famous as a pilgrim centre for those who follow Jainism. There are five pilgrims around Khakhar dating back to centuries. Lined with beautiful farms and greens, Nani Khakhar is also known as the Paris of Kutch.
Places to Stay
There are good lodging facilities at Khakhar and budget hotels near Mandvi and Bhuj. Some of them are Shiv Nautica Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Beach Camp (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Hotel Mangalam in Bhuj (Tariff – Rs. 1000).
The official language of Khakhar is Gujarati. The other languages spoken include Hindi and Sindhi.
There are no particular events celebrated in Khakhar, although locals enjoy all festivals.
Places of Interest
There are five pilgrims in Khakhar dating back to centuries. These Jain temples have beautiful craftsmanship and sculptors. The main temple compound has an idol of Saint Chintamani Parshwanatha flanked by other Jain gurus. The temple also has a library with ancient textbook and scriptures.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Khakhar is the Bhuj Airport. It is located about 49 km away from the town.
The nearest railway station is Rajkot, located about 166 km away from the town.
There are daily bus services to Ahmedabad, Anand, Vadodara, and Bhuj. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Shree Sahjanand Travels and Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation. Bus ticket booking discount coupons from travel portals can help you save money when you are travelling.
A well structured city, Gandhidham falls under the Kachchh District of Gujarat. Well-connected to Kandla and the National Highways, Gandhidham was formed in the 1950s after of the partition of India, to help resettle the refugees from Sindh. A fast developing city in Gujarat state, Gandhidham is connected by road and rail to the rest of India. Transport Nagar, on the suburbs of the city is the hub for all major transport activity in Gandhidham.
Places to Stay
Places like Hotel Aarti International (Tariff-Rs.1,499) and Hotel Shiv Nautica (Tariff-Rs.2,285) offer affordable accommodation from Rs.1500 onwards.
The main festivals in Gandhidham are Deepavali, Navaratri, Ramnavami and Holi.
Gujarati is the official language here. Hindi is also spoken here.
Places to Visit
The city has a Gandhi Samadhi, where last remains of Mahatma Gandhi are kept. The Bhadreswar temple and Modhera built in the 11th century is well-known, The Shiva temple in Kera and the Purneshwar temple constructed in the 10th century is a major tourist attraction neraby.
How to Get There
Gandhidham also has its own airport called Kandla Airport or Galphadar Airport which is located six kilometers north of Gandhidham
The Gandhidham Railway Station runs regular trains that connect the city to the rest of the country.
Well-connected by road, the Gandhidham Bus Terminus has many buses services that connect the city to places across the state. Private bus operators like Patel Tours & Travels, Royal Express and H K Travels run regular bus services to and from the city. If you are planning a vacation, book bus online and remain tension free.