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Mandvi – The Port City That Was the Hub of International Trade
Places of Tourist Interest in Mandvi
The Vijay Vilas Palace: Located nearly 8 kms away from Mandvi, the Vijay Vilas Palace was built in 940 by Rao Vijayrajji and acted as summer resort for the Maharao of Kutch. The Palace complex covers an area of nearly 700 acres and is famous for its domes shaped like umbrellas as well as the cupolas, which are constructed in accordance with Bengali and Rajasthani architectural styles. The Palace itself is situated amidst beautifully laid garden having water channels and marble fountains. Hunting trophies and paintings belonging to the era of Rao Vijayrajji still adorn the walls of the Palace and enhance its beauty even further. The palace also has its own beach which is perfect get away for people seeking solitude amidst the pristine beauty of beach front.
Koday: this place is located at a distance of 10 Km from Mandvi and acts as the house of a complex of Jain Temple where there are 72 different Shrines
The Mandvi Port: This old ship building centre, which was once major job provider for countless skilled people, is a popular tourist destination of Mandvi. Located in the Gulf of Kutch, on the banks of River Rukmavati, the building dates back nearly 400 years and was major point of international sea trade for the rulers of Kutch. The building is operational even today and numerous items of everyday use are imported and exported from here.
Mazar-e-Noorani: This Mazar where the 37th Dai-al-Mutlaq Syedna Noor Mohammed Nooruddin, belonging to the Shia Islamic subset of Dawoodi Bohra Community, was finally laid to rest. The place is held in high esteem by the devotees of Dawoodi Bohra community and is visited in large numbers by them to offer prayer and homage to the revered leader.
The Shyamji Krishna Varma Smarak: This Smarak or memorial located near Lohana Mahajan Wadi is dedicated to Shyamji Krishna Varma, who was a famous scholar and a great freedom fighter. Shyamji Krishna Varma played a significant role in the setting up of the India House in United Kingdom, which eventually became a major foreign centre for the nationalist activity related to the Indian freedom movement. Apart from that, India House also provided great help and support to Indian students who went to Britain for higher studies.
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