About 10 kilometres south of the small town of Virpur in Saurashtra (Kathiawad), a short distance from the main road connecting Virpur with Junagadh, lies the archaelogical site of Khambalida. It was there that archaelogists discovered some Buddhist rock temples in 1958. These temples, which overlook a river bed, carved from the ‘living rock’ date back to the 4th to 5th centuries AD. Though slightly weathered, these fine carvings are in pretty good condition.
Other Buddhist carved caves can be seen in Gujarat at Junagadh and near Somnath.
SIHOR was the capital of the Gohil Rajputs until the 18th century. They ruled what was to become the Princely State of Bhavnagar. In the 18th century, the capital was shifted to Bhavnagar, which was established on a site 20 kilometers east of Sihor.
Apart from being a delightful town, Sihor contains the venerable remains of the former darbagadh (the royal palace).
Here are some photographs of this fabulous palace, which we visited courtesy of the (former) royal family, who still own it.
If you wish to know more about it, you should read my forthcoming book:
“TRAVELS THROUGH GUJARAT, DAMAN, and DIU”
Authentic unspoilt interiors