8 Best Things To Do In Navsari, Gujarat

things to do in navsari

Popularly known as Surat’s twin city, Navsari is a bustling place in South Gujarat. It was once a hotspot for trade with China, and Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March through the city further solidified Navsari’s name in Indian history. Today, this city is home to an array of historical spots, making it a great place to visit. Located on the banks of the Purna River, the city has many attractions, like Dandi Beach, royal libraries and, of course, amazing local places to try Gujarati cuisine at. You will surely get a glimpse into the rich ancient history this place holds. If you are planning to visit this city, check out our list of the best things to do in Navsari, Gujarat, below.

1. Enjoy an evening stroll along the Purna River

Purna River view from Campsite
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Yndesai used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Originating in the Satpura Range, the Purna River is a tributary of the Godavari River. You can visit the banks of the Purna River to enjoy the serene views and spend a relaxing evening.

Engaging yourself in activities like boating will make for a rejuvenating experience. You can even enjoy a cup of tea, sitting on the bank of the river as the sun sets.

Purna River

Website: Purna River

2. Dive into rich history at Jamshed Baug

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One of the best-maintained Parsi dharamshalas in India, Jamshed Baug dates back to when it was built in 1849. This place offers you views of unique architecture, with tiled, sloping roofs and low buildings surrounding a large courtyard. Taking a walk here will give you an insight into the rich history of extensive trading that once took place here. A chance to drink water from a century-old well is something you won’t want to miss here.

Jamshed Baug

Address: Jamshed Baug Agiyari, Depot Rd, Navsari, Gujarat

Opening hours: 9am - 9pm (daily)

Price: 15 USD

3. Read and relax at First Dastoor Meherjirana Library

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Located near Tarota Bazaar, this place is a blissful place for book lovers. The library was erected by an influential Parsi man on his land for public welfare, and since then, it has been growing because of countless generous donations.

Rain or shine, you can spend your day here at the library, reading the finest collection of classic and modern books. You can even relive history at this ancient library as you look at some of the archaic manuscripts that date back to as far as the 14th century.

First Dastoor Meherjirana Library

Address: XW4G+9RR, Tarot Bazaar, Mangaliya Wad, Navsari, Gujarat 396445

Website: First Dastoor Meherjirana Library

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 9am - 1pm, 3pm - 6pm (closed on Mon)

Price: 0.34 USD

4. Delight your taste buds at Bhuvneshwari Khichadi Centre

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Posted by Bhuvneshwari Khichadi Center on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Bhuvneshwari Khichadi Centre is the place to go if you’re looking for a delicious and filling meal after a long day of exploring the city. This restaurant serves vegetarian food and is known for its delicious thalis that are a must-try. Don’t forget to try the special khichdi, which gives the place its name too.

You will surely have a lovely experience here due to the speedy and professional service it offers. As a bonus, the restaurant has even started delivering meals, so you can enjoy a scrumptious vegetarian meal from the comfort of your hotel if you wish.

Bhuvneshwari Khichadi Centre

Address:Shop No 40,41,42, AB Bajpai Shopping Center, Opp Parsi Hospital, Navsari, Gujarat 396445

Opening hours: 10am - 11pm (daily)

5. Walk with the waves on the shores of Gandevi Taluka

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Gandevi taluka is a taluka (a group of villages) in the district of Navsari. The taluka is now a heritage site because of the famous Dandi Beach, where Mahatma Gandhi ended his Dandi March during the Indian freedom struggle. Mahatma Gandhi symbolically ended the widely criticized ‘salt tax’ by breaking a large salt crystal at the famous salt marshes here.

Gandevi Taluka

Address: Gandevi, Gujarat

6. Enjoy movie night at Rajhans Cinemas

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Posted by Rajhans Cinemas, Navsari on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Rajhans Cinemas will offer you an amazing theatrical experience, having a widescreen and a high-quality surround sound system. The whole theatre is fully air conditioned, keeping you comfortable while you enjoy the show. The beautiful cafeteria serves delicious snacks.

You can enjoy everything, from the latest contemporary movies to the cult classics, in the theatre. Visiting Rajhans CInemas with your family or friends will truly be an amazing experience.

Rajhans Cinemas

Address: Navsari, Italva gaam, Gandevi Road, Navsari. 99049 94441

Opening hours: 9am - 11:30am (daily)

7. Explore a unique culture at Desai Atash Behram

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Visit one of the oldest fire temples in the country. The temple was built in 1765 and has amazing architectural designs. It is among the Zoroastrian temples in the world that hold the “Fire of Victory” or “Atash Behram.”

People from all communities can visit to see the historic architecture of the temple, however, only Parsis are allowed to enter inside the main temple. Devoting a few hours of time in the evening near the temple will be a peaceful and rejuvenating experience.

Desai Atash Bahram

Address: Navsari, Gujarat (India)

Opening hours: 6am - 6pm (daily)

8. Take a calming stroll at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Kshetriya Udyan

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee Kshetriya Udyan is a beautiful park. The park is located in the center of the city. It has a clean walk path, a jungle gym for kids and a roller skating rink too. You will surely enjoy the greenery here as the place is full of native trees and flowers. The park is almost always surrounded by vendors selling treats like ice cream and savory snacks, so you won’t stay hungry after some exercise.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Kshetriya Udyan

Address: Vajpayee Udyan Road, Opp. Parsi Hospital, Lunsikui, Navsari, Gujarat 396445

Opening hours: 6am - 9:30pm (daily)

Enjoy a lovely vacation in Navsari

With an array of rejuvenating activities, Navsari is the perfect place for people of all ages to visit. Keep your eyes and ears open, and you’re sure to go back home with great stories and a heart full of memories. Check out our list of the best things to do in Navsari, India.

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