Somnath: One of the most revered & an important centre of culture & nationalism. The legendary temple contains a ‘jyotirlinga’. Looted & destroyed, built & rebuilt several times, it represents the eternal beauty & strength of the Indian society. The present splendid structure was rebuilt about five decades ago, at the exact spot where the original shrine was located. The iron man of India Sardar Vallabh bhai Patel was instrumental in the construction of the present temple.
This pilgrimage is one of the oldest and finds its reference in the ancient texts like Skandpuran, Shreemad Bhagavat, Shivpuran etc. The chant from Rig-Veda quoted below mention the Bhagvan Someshwar along with the great pilgrimage like Gangaji, Yamunaji and Eastward Saraswati. This signifies the ancient value of this Tirthdham. Somnath is in Prabhas Patan very near to Veraval. The Moon God is said to have been relieved from the curse of his father-in-law Daksha Prajapati by the blessings of Bhagvan Somnath.
Day 1: Arrival at Jamnagar and Proceed to Dwarka
Arrive at Jamnagar and proceed to Dwarka (150 kms- 4 hours). Visit Dwarkadheesh Temple in the evening. Dwarkadhish Temple is one of the most significant and visited Lord Krishna Temples in India. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Temple visits in and around Dwarka. Proceed to Somnath
After breakfast visit Okha for the Beyt Dwarka. Beyt Dwarka is an island accessible over a short boat ride where a prominent Lord Krishna Temple is located. Upon return visit Nageshwar Mahadev Temple enroute. Nageshwar temple is believed to be one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples. Visit Rukmini Devi Temple, Gomati Ghat Temples after returning to Dwarka. Travel to Somnath (240 kms- 4.5 hours). Enroute stopover at the Harsiddh Mata temple offering excellent views of the the Arabian Sea. Reach Somnath by evening. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 3: Somnath Temple visit. Travel to Diu. Evening beach visit
After breakfast visit Somnath Temple, a renowned Shiva Temple and considered one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples and one of the most visited Shiva Temples in India. Time permitting visit Bhalka Teerth. Travel to Diu (90 kms- 2 hours). Diu, an erstwhile Portuguese Colony and now a popular beach getaway. Evening visit to the Nagoa beach. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 4: Sightseeing and activities around Diu
After breakfast sightseeing around Diu includes Nagoa Beach, St. Pauls Church, Diu Museum, Diu Fort. Watersports include Para Sailing, water skiing, water scooter, Family boat and speedboats are on offer at Ahmadpur Mandvi beach. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 5: Travel to Sasan Gir via Somnath. Evening Safari in Sasan Gir
After breakfast proceed to Sasan Gir (120 kms- 3 hrs). Sasan Gir is only abode of Asiatic Lions and considered excellent for bird watching. The park checklist has 250 birds and about 50 other species (including the endangered lesser florican and the saras crane) are recorded in the grasslands along the perifery of the sanctuary. Evening Safari in Gir. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 6: Morning and Evening Safari at Sasan Gir
Sasan Gir has number of areas / wetlands that offer excellent Bird watching opportuniteis. Undertake safaris (morning and evening) for exploring different areas of the park. Kamleshwar Dams are home to Crocodiles. Lion sighting is generally good all through the year. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 7: Departure
After breakfast departure to Rajkot (160 kms- 3 hours) and proceed to onward journey.
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The nearest Airport from Somnath is that of Keshod which is at a distance of around 50 Kms from Somnath.
Veraval, 7Kms from Somnath is the nearest railway station.