The Gohil dynasty traces its roots to the Suryavanshi Rajputs of Udaipur in Mewar, having bifurcated in AD 1260. The first ruler Sejakji established his capital in Shihor, which flourished as a center for art and culture and eventually,Bhavsinghji Gohil shifted the capital and established the kingdom of Bhavnagar in AD 1724. This city had the twin advantages of the sea being a defensive measure as well as a hub for maritime trade.
The port of Bhavnagar is a natural harbour and is surrounded by picturesque beauty, world famous temples and monumental edifices that reflect the rich heritage of a bygone era, Bhavnagar is also known as the cultural capital of Saurashtra. By road it is 732 kms away from the financial capital of India, Mumbai, and 200 kms away from Ahmedabad, the city that reflects the growth story of India in business and industry. Bhavnagar is well connected both by air as well as by rail.
The current Erstwhile royal family comprises of Maharaja Vijayraj Singh Gohil, Maharani Samyukta Kumari Gohil, Yuvraj (Prince) Jaiveeraj Singh Gohil and Princess Brijeshwari Kumari Gohil. The family resides in Bhavnagar and runs two heritage hotels, one beach resort, three schools and a temple trust.