I recently visited Dwarka in Gujarat with Mercure Dwarka. While I am not big on religious tourism, I do love to visit new places. And here is how I saw Dwarka, Gujarat in pictures!
My first stop in Dwarka was the Nageshwar Temple, which is a little outside the city in Daarukavanam. When we went there were just a few people in the premises. I like places when I don’t find them crowded. And you know you are in Gujarat when you see a chakda!
I soptted him just outside the Nagshwer Temple, I am quite impressed by their white stylish dress. I thought he has swag too!
We then moved to the Momai Mata Temple which is on the top of a cliff and next to a beautiful beach.Other than the priests of the temple, there was no one else at the place other than our group! Now that for sure spells delight for me in a crowded India!
I highly recommend the Momai Dham Beach next to the temple! I am not sure if it remains this peaceful throughout the year, but it is a pretty place.
After Momai Mata Temple, we went back to the hotel. After an excellent dinner at the Makhan Restaurant at Mercure Dwarka, I called it a day. I do not fare well with an early start and I had a 5.00 am flight. The next day I woke up fresh and bright and we were headed to Bet Dwarka. You need to take a ferry to go to the Bet Dwarka Island. While waiting for the ferry, this was the view and I liked it.
Spotted this colorful boat while we were going to Bet Dwarka in a ferry. The people who sell you stuff to feed the birds, it is a waste. The ferry is crowded and there are hardly any birds to feed.
Bet Dwarka is home to the grand Dwarkadhish Temple. Photography is not allowed inside any main temples in Dwarka. The narrow lanes of Bet Dwarka have colorful stalls. If you are from a big city, you will find the prices amazing. I can’t remember when I came across such low prices last!
He was sitting quietly by himself in a corner in the main market at Bet Dwarka. I wonder what kind of life he leads. I tried to open a conversation, but he was not too inclined to talk.
If you show me tea, I will stop and surely drink it! Looks like the Chancellor is scolding me for drinking tea and not beer!
It was a hot day, the day we visited Bet Dwarka. We went back to straight to the hotel for lunch and some rest. In the evening we went out to the Rukmani Devi Temple. You can see the main structure in the first picture of this post. The carvings above are also from the same temple.
We visited the main Dwarkadheesh Temple in the city but photography is not allowed within the premises. You get a far away glimpse of it from the Sudama Setu. Do go to Sudama Setu at sunset, it is a lovely place to spend sometime in the evening.
I quite enjoyed shopping in the main market in Dwarka. I bought a lovely earring for Rs 35! When the shopkeeper told the price, I could not believe my ears, I am so used to hearing a 100 before 35!
I close this photofeature with the photo of another gentleman with swag! I met him at Bet Dwarka and I asked if I could click a picture. He happily posed for me!
Sometimes I sort pictures before I write a post. This is one such post. When I looked at the pictures I immediately realized this post is going to be more about ‘food and me’ rather than food at Makhan Restaurant at Mercure Dwarka! You will see in a moment why!
When I look at food I wonder why I only look at desserts? I can stretch it to bakery in general but that is about it! The food at the Makhan Restaurant has a variety of options, it is me who narrowed it down to sweets!
Now there were so many options for breakfast at Mercure Dwarka but what do I have pictures of? I have doughnuts! I ate one too, on a sharing basis once! What else do I have?
Of course I had to go ahead and click the entire bakery counter next as if that is the only thing I ate! I ate fruits, I took juice and I would have one Indian option like poha, dosa or puri bhaji. But do I have any pictures of anything else other than bakery? No,I don’t!
Thankfully I clicked the excellent Gujarati Thali that I ate for lunch on the day I arrived at Dwarka.
The Gurajati Thali had a lot of good stuff, like tamater sev ki sabji, thepla, rengna batata (aalo baingan) daal and more. It went down so well with masala chach (butter milk).
This was the shared lunch we ordered. I went with pasta which was mild and good. I tasted all the Indian choices too, daal, naan, paneer, I would recommend it all too.
For dinner I have only one picture of salad. Of course I clicked more desserts! The cabbage, peanuts and bell pepper salad was excellent! There used to be a big buffet for dinner with both Indian and continental options! However, only vegetarian food is served at Mercure Dwarka given the religious nature of the destination.
A post that begins with desserts ends with dessert. Guess what, I didn’t even eat that chocolate brownie but when it comes to clicking food my bias clearly shows! I have to do something about it!
To recap there is one restaurant at Mercure Dwarka, Makhan. They do have room service. Light snacks are available 24 hours through room service. Only vegetarian food is served at Mercure Dwarka as Dwarka is a religious city. You get a variety of veg food there, don’t go by my pictures! I only clicked desserts, I ate much more!
PS. I was invited on this trip to Dwarka by Mercure Dwarka as a Travel Blogger.
I have stayed in many Accor hotels both as a blogger and on my own and I quite like them. They offer a wide range from Ibis Budget to Sofitel, Fairmont, Raffles and more! They have something for everyone and in my opinion that something is good.
I was invited to Mercure Dwarka (Gujarat) as a blogger. It is a newly opened hotel. It was my first stay in a Mercure.
I had a large, clean and comfortable room at my disposal. My room had a queen size bed and plenty of pillows. For decorating the walls, they use paintings by the local artists. I could see the sunrise from my room. I stayed in room number 202.
There were tea and coffee sachets in the room along with the kettle. I would give the restaurant my water bottle and ask for filtered water which they always gave me happily. I drink so much tea that 1 liter regular water is very little for me.
The bathroom was nice. They use fairly traded products which is a great initiative. The shower always behaved well, with great pressure and just the right amount of hot water I liked. I was comfortable in my room.
The buffet breakfast is served at Makhan (means butter in Hindi) Restaurant. It is the only restaurant within the hotel. They serve good food. Given that Dwarka is a religious city, they serve only vegetarian food.
The buffet has a combination of international and Indian foods. I largely ate Indian but succumbed to donuts once! I liked the masala tea they served.
When you travel in a group you end up spending some time in the lobby waiting for your group members. Mercure Dwarka has a cozy lobby with a view of open fields all around if you care to push aside the curtains. On some days I could see shepherds moving around with their herd.
The front porch and the parking area makes for a pleasant evening walk. By the evening the weather at Dwarka becomes balmy due to the sea breeze. It is fun to go for a walk after dinner.
I hardly ever write about the security features of any hotel. Mercure Dwarka follows the standard procedure of inspecting the car at the entrance. They scan the luggage and ask the guests to walk through the metal detector like any other large hotel in India.
Our local taxi drivers made the routine process interesting. They would complain loudly every time the security would ask them to stop the car and open both the bonnet and the boot. They told me no other hotel in Dwarka did this, and anyway what did they expect to find in the car?
I pointed out to them that they scanned all our luggage too and we too walked through metal detection. I added it is standard over the country at least for the bigger hotels. They were partially pacified when they saw our bags also getting scanned after every trip.
Mercure Dwarka is a modern hotel in an ancient city. It makes for a comfortable stay. The food is good. You need to remember that it is a little outside the city. But as there is hardly any traffic in the city you can be in the center in less than 15 minutes by car.
PS. I was invited by Mercure Dwarka on a FAM Trip as a travel blogger!