Narayan Sarovar provides a holy experience of a different kind. It is located in a land teeming with pilgrimage sites. The lake is situated at the westernmost point of India. To get here, tourists need to travel for over 100 km. The journey begins from Bhuj and spreads across the barren lands of Kutch. The vast lake serves an oasis and is sure to surprise you. Narayan Sarovar provides a tangible spiritual experience.
Of the five holy lakes in India, Narayan Sarovar is one of them. The other four lakes include Tibet’s Mansarovar, Karnataka’s Pampa, Orissa’s Bhuvaneshwar, and Rajasthan’s Pushkar. A time of drought finds association with the lake. The drought occurred in the Puranic area. This is when Narayan, who was Lord Vishnu’s form, appeared when the sages prayed fervently. He is said to have used his toe to touch the land. This created the lake, which is now considered holy for bathing. However, it is not recommended.
Maharao Desalji’s consort built temples to Laxminarayan, Dwarkanath, Ranchodraiji, Laxmiji, Adinarayan, Govardhannathji, and Shri Trikamraiji. Those on a religious pilgrimage will find these temples more interesting. Koteshwar is also an interesting option.
The lake is 125 km away from Bhuj. Buses ply twice a day to the lake. These buses are the only means of public transportation. Koteshwar temple is separated from Narayan Sarovar by a distance of two kilometers. Those wishing to tour Lakhpat or the Narayan Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary will have to book a private vehicle. Bhuj is the only place where you can hire these vehicles. The cost for hiring cars varies between Rs 5.50 per kilometer and Rs 10 per kilometer. The type of vehicle decides the price. Another determining factor is presence and absence of air conditioning.
Hiring a car at Bhuj is advisable if you wish to skip the Narayan Sarovar Lake and temples. Narayan Sarovar has facilities that provide food and accommodation. Those touring the wildlife sanctuary need to carry their own water and food.