Porbandar is a coastal city situated in the Indian state of Gujarat and is popular worldwide as the birthplace of the legendary Mahatma Gandhi. It is also the administrative centre of Porbandar District.
Porbandar is rich in cultural heritage and celebrates numerous festivals and fairs throughout the year like Navaratri, Holi and many other traditional Hindu festivals. Out of these, Navaratri is the most enthusiastically celebrated festival in the area that lasts for around 10 days. The main language used by the people of Porbandar is Gujarati.
The history of this city is also associated with some legendary and popular names like Mahatma Gandhi, Savitaben Nanji Kalidas, Gulabdas, Sri Nanjibhai Kalidas Mehta, Sri Narottam Morarji, Sri Manekbhai Bhatia, and Sardar Vallabhai Patel. The city is also rich in educational institutions out of which the most prominent ones are the Sandipani Vidhyaniketan, Arya Kanya Gurukul and the Maharshi Dayanand Science College.
The city of Porbandar had also witnessed the Harappan Settlement between the 16th and 14th century B.C. and is also the birthplace of Sudama who was the friend of Lord Krishna. It was also a part of the princely states during the British rule. Porbandar was also an active centre of maritime activities in the past, due to the discovery of ancient jetties along the Porbandar creek.
The city also comprises many historic temples like the Kirti Mandir, Sudama Mandir, Bharat Mandir, Gita Mandir, Gayatri Mandir, Ram Dhoon Mandir and many others. There are also many other tourist attractions in the place like Sandipani Vidyaniketan, Bird Sanctuary, Rana Bapus Mahal, Chowpati, Kamla Nehru park, Nehru Planetarium, etc.
Porbandar is also easy to access as it is well connected with other states by road, railway, as well as airlines. The road to the city is connected through National Highway 8B and National Highway 8E Ext. The Porbandar Railway Station also connects the city with major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmadabad, and others. There are also regular flights between Mumbai and Porbandar from the Porbandar Airport.
Porbandar experiences a temperate climate, which neither gets the city too heated in summers and the winters are also quite pleasant here. However, monsoon is quite unpredictable in the place. Porbandar experiences a large tourist turnover every year between the months of October and February.