Ahmedabad, Vadodara, and Surat must surely be on your bucket list but there is a lot more to explore in Gujarat than these popular cities. Have you ever visited a new place and felt wowed by it? For many visitors, it happens at Surendranagar, a historic city located on the banks of river Bhogavo.
Once upon a time, Surendranagar used to be the base for British political agents. However, in 1946 the British gave it back to the Wadhwan rulers and Surendranagar was named after its ruler Surendrasinhji in 1947. Since then, this city has been the cultural and historical hub of the Saurashtra region. Quite naturally, this destination promises some exclusive experiences, and here are some of the iconic spots to discover with Gujarat Tourism.
Awe-Inspiring Spots To Visit In Surendranagar District
Ranakdevi Temple, Wadhvan
Ranakdevi Mandir is not dedicated to any God or Goddess but to the 12th-century queen of Saurashtra. It is believed that Ranakdevi committed Sati at this place to protect her honour, when Siddhraj Jaisinh murdered her husband, Ra Khengar, and her two sons. Built with red sandstone, this beautifully decorated temple consists of a full-fledged Shikhara, a sanctum, and a porch.
Trinetreshwar Temple, Tarnetar, Thangadh
The Trinetreshwar Temple in the Tarnetar village of Surendranagar is almost 1.5 hours from the Ranakdevi temple but it is worth the journey. The 10,000-year-old temple is surrounded by three Kunds: the Vishnu Kund, the Brahma Kund, and the Shiv Kund. It is believed that a dip in its waters is as holy as a dip in the sacred Ganges. Legends also believe that Draupadi’s swayamwar happened in this mandir, which makes this place even more significant.
This temple is also famously known for its annual fair called the Trinetreshwar Mahadev Mela (Tarnetar Fair) but due to the pandemic restrictions this fare remained cancelled for the last 2 years But whenever you come here, do not miss the Mahadev Aarti. It’s just magical!
Hawa Mahal, Wadhwan
Did you know that there is a Hawa Mahal in Surendranagar too apart from Jaipur? This Hawa Mahal is an unfinished dream of Wadhwan’s king Dajirajji who passed away while building the mahal. But despite its tragic story, this is still an iconic spot. It overlooks a beautiful artificial lake and the incomplete structure is an architectural marvel in itself.
It was designed to be a lake palace and as Dajiraj Sinhji died in 1885 the construction was halted as it was considered a bad omen. His Grand Nephew, Jorawarsinhji who wanted to complete the palace in or around 1920-30 started to make plans to complete the palace. However, he also passed away in 1936 leaving the plans abandoned. As two kings passed away while planning to build this palace, it is considered an unlucky property for the family.
Iconic Eateries To Try In The Historic City
Well, no exploration is complete without food and Surendranagar is a paradise for foodies.
Rajesh Samosa has been the city’s hot favourite since 1967. And while you can try everything from khaman and gathhiya here, their samosas are to die for! They serve a variety of samosas including Jain, Chinese, Punjabi, Aloo, and Cheese Samosa starting from ₹20. The Sev Khaman served here is also a must-try!
Mahalaxmi Special Paratha House
Mahalakshmi Special Parantha House is a 45-year-old shop where you can enjoy a wholesome meal. However, visitors travel all the way from Vadodara, Suraj, and Ahmedabad to relish their lip-smacking parathas. The parathas are triangular in shape and served with gravy and chaach. This unique combination will have your heart.
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