Discover the birthplace of Gandhi.

Perched on the Kathiawar Peninsula in western India lies Porbandar—a city much revered by the entire nation—as it is the birthplace of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Regarded as the father of modern India, Ghandi was an ardent proponent of nonviolence and the emancipation of women, and has subsequently become a symbol of peace the world over.

Adjacent to Gandhi’s home is Kirti Mandir, a memorial to the Mahatma and his wife Katsurba. The ancestral Gandhi home is included in the memorial complex and offers an insightful look at the very room where Gandhi was born in 1869.

Head to Chowpati Beach for a relaxing retreat from the bustle of the city. Sample a local delicacy from a food vendor along the promenade, or stick your toes in the sand and watch the sun set over the Arabian Sea. Porbandar is famous bandhani fabric—an intricately tie-dyed fabric utilizing vibrant colors and minute patterns. You’ll find this authentic Indian textile in the city’s traditional markets along with silver jewelry, terracotta figures, and shining mirror works.

Do a little stargazing at the Nehru Planetarium, savor the sweet and spicy flavors of local Gujarati cuisine, or admire the European architecture and beautiful water fountains of Huzoor Palace. Though the birthplace of Gandhi is not to be missed, Porbandar holds many delightful surprises for those keen to explore the city.

Kirti Mandir

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Kirti Mandir

Kirti Mandir

Built in 1950 as a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Katsurba, the complex stands at 79 feet tall—one foot for every year of Gandhi’s life. The museum is home to life size paintings of the Gandhi family and includes architectural influences from many faiths, representing Gandhi’s respect towards all religions.

Krishna Sudama Temple

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Krishna Sudama Temple

Krishna Sudama Temple

Dedicated to the friendship between Lord Krishna and his devotee, Sudama, this temple in the city center features gleaming white marble pillars and intricate carvings, and is an important pilgrimage site for those of the Hindu faith. A maze inside is said to cleanse the sins of those who can complete it.

Porbandar Bird Sanctuary

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Porbandar Bird Sanctuary

Porbandar Bird Sanctuary

A must-visit for nature lovers and bird watchers, the Porbandar Bird Sanctuary is a quiet retreat in the heart of the city. Grab your binoculars and keep an eye out for pelicans, herons, spoon bills, flamingoes and more along the shores of the sanctuary’s lake.

Porbandar, India At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 21°38'22.43"N 69°36'35.61"E
Size: 2,316.00 KM2 (894.21 MI2)
Population: 217,307
Density: 94 Pop/KM2 (36 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +91 (local dialing 286)

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