Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary
Welcome to Surendranagar,
Surendranagar is a district in Indian state of Gujarat. It is also known as Zalawad, as it was ruled by Zala Rajputs. Surendranagar is a hub of cotton and ginning activities of India, with a large number of ginning and pressing units. It is one of the largest producers of quality "Shankar" cotton in world. Surendranagar houses the first Cotton Trading Exchange in India.
The city is also home to a big textile and clothing market, specialising in saris. Big clothing showrooms are located in the city. The city has a wholesale grain market called Mehta Market. Trimbakeshwar Temple, Textile Market, Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, Rajmahal Palace are the famous places in the city.
Chotila Hill, located approx 60 km from Surendranagar city, is a place for the worship of Chamunda Mataji, a Hindu goddess and Kuladevi (divine protectress) of the Gohil clan of Rajaput. Thousands of pilgrims walk as far as 300 km to this place. The main business in Chotila is the production of pure ghee from the milk of the huge numbers of livestock here.
Gondal is a small, leafy town in the district. The most attractive tourist spot in Gondal is the 17th century, Navlakha Palace complex, which is one of the oldest and most beautiful of Gondal's monuments. It was built on the riverbank, rising to at least 30 meters above the riverbed. It is known for its stone carvings with exquisite jharokhas or balconies, a pillared courtyard, delicately carved arches, and a unique spiral staircase among many other attractions. The Riverside Palace is set in lawns and gardens beside the river Gondali and was built in 1875 AD by Maharajah Bhagwat Sinhji for his son.
Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary is a 100 km? plus bird sanctuary located on the border between Ahmedabad and Surendranagar and attracts over 210 species of birds during the four months of winter, including the endangered wild ass and the blackbuck, its migratory bird population includes Rosy Pelicans, White Storks, Brahminy Ducks, Herons and Flamingos. Mainly inhabited by migratory birds in winter and spring coming from as far as Siberia, it is the one of largest wetland bird sanctuaries in India. The shallow area and ponds on the outer fringes of the lake feed many wading birds.
The Rajmahal Palace Wadhwan is located in Surendranagar. It is a Heritage Hotel in Gujarat. This renowned hotel occupies 14 acres of ground. The fascinating ambiance of the hotel makes Rajmahal Palace Wadhwan an ideal place to spend the holiday. The palace hotel was built in the 19 th century by H.H Bal Sinhji and was later turned to a Heritage Hotel. Rajmahal Palace Wadhwan has acclaimed a place for itself for the cordial hospitality offered by it. The hotel accommodation includes 12 well furnished rooms. The Darbar Hall of the Rajmahal Palace is a place worth visiting. The hall has a beautiful painted ceiling and holds a royal throne and some portraits. In the pillared courtyard of the palace, the marble statues draw attention of the guests. While a stay in the hotel, one can look for the well preserved vintage cars and a library.
This is a popular tourist spots in Gujarat with an interesting legend. The story behind the building of this temple is that Ranik Devi was a beautiful girl born in the Junagadh territory, when Raja Sidh was ruling Patan State. She was betrothed to him, but the ruler of Junagadh, Rakhengar, was in love with her. He abducted and married her.
This caused a deadly feud between the two chieftains. In time Raja Sidh invaded Junagadh and slew Rakhengar. When Ranik Devi heard of the death of her husband, and of the invader's wish to marry her, she performed sati; that is, to protect her chastity she offered herself into fire at the cremation of her beloved husband. In her memory the broken-hearted conqueror raised the temple.
Tarnetar is famous for its fair, popularly known as the Trinetreshwar Mahadev Mela (Fair), held near the Trinetreshwar Mahadev temple. Villagers from all over the region, dressed in their colorful traditional costumes and exquisite jewellery, throng Tarnetar during this fair. About 100,000 people belonging to various tribes like Rabari, Kathi, Charans, Bharwads, Bhangis, and Koli come to the fair. The fair also attracts a large number of tourists from India and abroad. More than 500,000 people visit the fair during its three days.
The fair is also a match-making event. Tradition holds that if a girl stops to talk to one of the men, it is a sign that she has found the man of her choice. Then the elders of both the girl's and the boy's families meet and decide about their choices. The fair is also known for various dance and village sports competitions. The competitions include the horse cart race, bullock cart race and camel race, along with cultural competitions such as rass (Gujarati dance) competition, doha (poem recitation) competition and umbrella decoration competition.
The city is also home to a big textile and clothing market, specialising in saris. Big clothing showrooms are located in the city on Jawahar Road and Vithal Press Road. The city has a wholesale grain market called Mehta Market.
At a distance of 60 km from Igatpuri is the origin of the holy Godavari river and there lies the temple of Trimbakeshwar, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. Devotees believe that a visit to this temple helps them attain salvation.
A natural waterfall near Chotila (approximately 30 km) and an enjoyable picnic spot, where water continuously drips from the rocks and there is a temple of Bholenath.
- Temples : Raj-Rajeshwari Temple, Rameshvar Mahadev Temple, Fatshar Ganpati Mandir and Dholi Dhaja Dam, Vruksh Mandir (Tree Temple) etc.