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The birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, Porbandar is a quiet little coastal city in Gujarat. The Kirti Mandir, a memorial to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi, is adjacent to the ancestral house of the Gandhi family, and an important tourist destination. Porbandar is also believed to be the birthplace of Sudama, who was a devotee and friend of Lord Krishna. Hence, the city is also referred to as Sudamapuri, and is a pilgrimage site for many Hindus. Although the Porbandar sea currents are too strong to swim in, the beach is a serene one all the same. Do visit the Darbargarh, Sartanji Choro, Huzoor Palace, Bharat Mandir Hall, Bileshwar, Ghumli and Gop when you visit Ponbandar. The best time to visit Porbandar is between October and March, when the weather is quite pleasant.
Porbandar Airport, located about 5 km from the centre of Porbandar city, is currently only used by the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard. Domestic Airlines do not have any flights from Porbandar. The nearest airports are Jamnagar, Rajkot and Diu, at a distance of 127 km, 184 km and 210 km respectively. You can travel from Porbandar to Jamnagar by train or bus, and catch your flight to other cities from there. The train travel duration is 2 hours and 45 minutes, while the bus duration is 4 hours. Cheap air tickets are easily available on Yatra.com.
Domestic Airlines from Porbandar
Air India is the only airline that flies from Jamnagar to major Indian metros. Since the flight options to other cities are limited, you have the option of flying from Jamnagar to Mumbai and then changing to another airline that reaches your preferred destination. Air India has direct flights from Jamnagar to Mumbai at 12:45 PM, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The flight duration is 1 hour and 5 minutes. However, from December 2016, Air India will fly from Jamnagar to Mumbai on all days of the week. Flights from Jamnagar to Bengaluru, Chennai and Delhi have a stopover in Mumbai.
International Airlines from Porbandar
To avail of international airlines, you would have to travel to the Ahmedabad International Airport. It is about 420 km away from Porbandar and can be reached in a bus or train, in about 6.5 to 10 hours, depending on your mode of transport.
From Ahmedabad you can travel to prominent cities like New York, London, Singapore and Sydney. The popular international airlines plying from Ahmedabad include Air Canada, Air France, Air India, Delta Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Jet Airways, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines. Most flights have one or two stops and depending on your destination, the halts would be at Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Boston, Milan, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Paris, Istanbul, London and Toronto.
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