Bhavnagar, founded in 1724 by Bhavsinhji Gohil, is a city in Gujrat, India. It was a Princely state before becoming a part of Gujarat post-independence and Indian Union. This city or district is also known for being the world's largest ship-breaking yard and in 2009 Seawise Giant (longest ship ever built) was sailed to Bhavnagar for demolition. This port is also known for being the busiest port in India for ocean trading. Bhavnagar is also known as the cultural centre for Gujarat as many literary achievers and philosophers are from this district like Govardhan Tripathi, Kavi Kant, Narsihm Mehta and Ganga Sati.
Other cultural and spirituals sites in this district include Takhteshwar Temple (white marble temple for Lord Shiva), Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Malnath Mahadev Temple, Nilambag Palace (now converted into a Heritage Palace hotel), Mangalsinhji Mahal Palace (designed according to the traditional Kathiawari architecture), Bhav Vilas Palace (famous for lake-side views and wildlife collection), Victoria Park (A national park under the Indian government), Barton Library (one of the oldest Library in Gujarat, also has a museum) and many more. A miniature Taj Mahal constructed purely with Marble is also located here. It is known as Ganga Deri. 'Seashore at Ghogha' was a sea-side palace for the Bhavnagar Royal Family. Now it is converted into a hotel/guesthouse for travelers and tourists.