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Bet Dwarka was also known by the name of Bet Shankhodar, which was a major port before the development of Okha Port. It was the abode of Lord Krishnas Queens. In the temple of the Bet, the deities of the queen such as Lakshmiji, Radhaji, Jambuvantiji and Satyabhamaji are mainly found here.
On the island, there are 20 Vaishnav Temples, 23 Shivalayas, 9 Hanuman Temples, 6 Devi temples and many other temples. It is believed that the Old Shankhnarayan temple was built around V.S 1774. Shrimad Vallabhacharyaji in V.S 1535 established the Mahaprabhuji Baithak here. Bet Dwarka is located at a distance of 3 km from Okha Port by sea.
Khijadia Bird Sanctuary is located 10 km northeast of Jamnagar and represents the combination of seasonal freshwater shallow lake, creeks, saltpans, inter-tidal mudflats, saline land and mangrove scrub. The place is highly recognized as the breeding ground of the great crested grebe. Beside the great crested grebe, it is also a major breeding ground of purple moorhen, little grebe, black-winged stilt, coot and pheasant-tailed Jacana.
Raptors including harriers, hawks, falcons and eagle are also found at the place. The sanctuary is also the haven of various migratory birds like swallows, wagtails, martins and various waterfowls. The site is also considered remarkable for ecological research and education.
Pirotan Island spreads over an area of 3 square kilometres and is one of forty-two islands in the marine park area, nestled within the vicinity of the Marine National Park in the Jamnagar district of Gujarat on the western coast. As part of the first marine national park - the Gulf of Kutch Marine National Park, established in 1982, Pirotan Island offers an undisturbed rendezvous with nature in its abode. It is one of the two islands in the area which is normally permitted for tourists and visitors, Narara Island being the other one.
Taking from its original name, "Pir jo thaan", which signified the relation of Pirotan with Khwaja Khijer, Pirotan is said to be among those rare coasts in the world, where one can spot corals by just walking by the shore in low tides, dipping feet in hardly 1-2 feet of water. Undoubtedly the star attraction of the vast park, it is studded with coral reefs, mangrove vegetation, a wide variety of birds and low tide beaches. The plethora of biodiversity of both flora and fauna is just amazing, not to mention the abundance of marine life. The sacred shrine of saint Khwaja Khijer Rahmathullahalaih is situated on the island alongside the age-old lighthouse. Pirotan Island is located at about 20 kilometres (12 nautical miles) from the mainland, the closest port being Bedi harbour.
With only a handful of people living here which includes people from the forest department, Mujhavar at the Khwaja Khizer Dargah and a couple of people from the lighthouse, this enchanting island is much away from human construction and way of life and comes close to being ideal if you are looking for a secluded getaway. Although visits require permits from the local Forest Department, Customs & Ports Department, the hassle is entirely worth it. The island is a secluded getaway from the hubbub and commotion of daily life and deserves a space on your bucket list!