QUICK TOUR OF SOMNATH - GIR IN 2 DAYS

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ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point:

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 2 Days

Ideal Start Time: 6 AM (Day 1) & 6 AM (Day 2)

Total Places Visited: 4

DAYS

DAY 1 : TRAVEL TO SOMNATH & SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Ahmedabad to Somnath

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 6 AM to 9 PM, Sound & Light Show: 8 PM to 9 PM
Entry Fee: Free & Rs. 25 per person for Sound & Light Show

At a distance of 2 km from Somnath Railway Station, Somnath Temple is a Hindu temple situated in Prabhas Patan on the coast of Arabian Sea in Gujarat. It is one of the most important places of pilgrimages in India for Hindus and among the top places to visit in Somnath as part of Gujarat tour packages.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Somnath Temple is believed to be first among the twelve jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. Somnath means 'Lord of the Soma', an epithet of Shiva. According to history scholars, the site of Somnath has been a pilgrimage site from ancient times as it was said to be the confluence point of three rivers, Kapila, Hiran and the mythical Saraswati. The confluence was called as Triveni Sangam and is believed to be the place where Soma, the Moon god bathed and regained his luster.

According to Puranas, the original temple of Somnath was built in gold by the moon god Soma, .....

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of 1 km from Somnath Temple and 2 km from Somnath Railway Station, Triveni Ghat is a holy place located in the pilgrimage town of Somnath. Situated near Somnath Beach, it is one of the most important holy places in Somnath.

Also known as Triveni Sangam, Triveni Ghat is the meeting place of three rivers Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati and then empties together into the Arabian Sea. These stages of rivers where they meet and then flow together to the sea symbolize human birth, life and death. Triveni Ghat holds a significant place in the Hindu Mythology and Puranas and also finds a mention in the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is believed that a bath at Triveni Sangam can wash off all sins and also facilitate Moksha by merging with the God.

As per Hindu mythology, this is the place visited by Krishna after being hit by an arrow and is considered to be the cremation ground of Lord Krishna. A temple has been dedicated to him to mark the place. This is also the .....

Overnight Stay in Gir National Park

DAY 2 : GIR SIGHTSEEING & TRAVEL TO AHMEDABAD

Start Gir National Park Sightseeing

Pilgrimage

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At a distance of 9 km from the Palitana Railway Station, Shatrunjaya Hill is a sacred hill situated at Palitana town in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. It is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for the Jains and among the must visit places as part of Palitana Tour Packages.

Shatrunjaya means a 'place of victory against inner enemies' or 'which conquers inner enemies'. This site on Shatrunjaya hill is considered sacred by Swetambara Jains. According to the Shatrunjaya Mahatmya, the first Tirthankara Rishabha sanctified the hill where he delivered his first sermon. It was his grandson Pundarika attained Nirvana at Shatrunjaya, hence the hill was originally known as 'Pundarikgiri'. Bharata Chakravartin, the father of Pundarik, also credited with building a temple here in honor of his father Rishabha. Legendarily it is also associated with many other Tirthankaras. Jains believe that a visit to this group of temples is essential once in a life to achieve nirvana or salvation.

There .....

Overnight Stay in Ahmedabad

DAY 3 : AHMEDABAD CITY SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Ahmedabad to

Wildlife

Duration of visit: 3 Hours
Timings: 6 AM - 9 AM, 8.30 AM - 11 AM & 3 PM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Jeep (max 6): Rs. 800 for Indians & Rs. 5600 for Foreigners on Weekdays, Rs. 1000 for Indians & Rs. 7000 on Weekends, Rs. 1700 for Jeep, Rs. 400 for Guide, Rs. 200 for Camera for Indians & Rs. 1200 fo

At a distance of 500 m from Sasan Gir Bus Stand, Jungle Safari is the major attraction and one of the most popular options to spot animal movement and admire beautiful landscape in Gir National Park. Sasan Gir is the most celebrated wildlife sanctuary in India as it is the royal kingdom of Asiatic lions and essentially the only place on earth where these majestic beasts roam freely after Africa.

Only Jeep safari is available at Gir National Park. There is no canter safari or elephant safari unlike to the other national parks of India. There are eight safari routes, although most overlap with each other, with different entry and exit points. These routes have been made within the tourism zone of the Sanctuary with an average length of 35 km each. They are randomly assigned by the computer along with a driver and guide when you present your permit at the Reception Center, Sinh Sadan, Sasan Gir. One can also visit Kamleswar Dam while on a Gir National Park Safari where one can climb .....

Travel from Gir National Park to Ahmedabad

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