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BEST OF SOMNATH - PALITANA - BHAVNAGAR IN 3 DAYS

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ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point:

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 3 Days

Ideal Start Time: 6 AM (Day 1), 8 AM (Day 2) & 8.30 AM (Day 3)

Total Places Visited: 9

Day 1 Destinations | Day 2 Destinations
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: 15 Mins
Timings: 6 AM - 7 PM
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of 1 km from Somnath Temple and 2 km from Somnath Railway Station, Shri Ram Temple is a Hindu temple built near Triveni Sangam Ghat in the temple town of Somnath. It is one of the splendid temples to visit in Somnath.

Shri Ram Mandir is dedicated to Lord Rama. The temple was built by Shree Somnath Trust in 2017. The temple is the newest addition to the array of religious places in and around Somnath. The temple is graceful and the sanctum has artistic idols of Lord Rama, Sita Devi and Lord Lakshmana. There are also two mini shrines dedicated to Lord Hanuman and Lord Ganesh beside the sanctum. All the idols are made of marble.

Built from Bansi Pahanpul pink stone, the mandir has two floors. It has auditorium and kirtan hall on the ground floor. It has also a theater with 260-280 chairs in which the life of Shri Ram will be presented on large screen. The gate of this temple is in shape of Shri Ram's dhanushya. One can get a glimpse of Somnath temple, Somnath coast, .....

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 15 Mins
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of 2 km from Somnath Temple and 2.5 km from Somnath Railway Station, Gita Mandir is a Hindu temple located on the banks of Triveni Sangam in the holy town of Somnath, Gujarat. Also known as Birla Mandir, it is one of the most popular pilgrimage spot in Somnath.

Dedicated to Lord Shri Krishna, the current structure of Gita Mandir was built in the year of 1970 by Birla Group. As per mythology, Gita Mandir is situated at the very exact spot where Lord Sri Krishna took rest after his walk from Bhalka Theerth to Triveni Theerth, before his journey to Neej Dham at Dehotsarg. This incident happened after he was hit by an arrow, towards the end of Dwapara Yuga and Lord Krishna proceeded to heaven from this place.

Known for its wonderful architecture carved out of white marbles, the Gita Mandir enshrines the idol of Lord Krishna in its sanctum. The presiding deity is flanked by two idols of Lord Laxminarayan and Lord Sita-Ram. The footprint of Lord Shri Krishna is carved .....

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 Somnath

DAY 2 : PALITANA SIGHTSEEING

Resume Somnath 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 Bhavnagar

DAY 3 : BHAVNAGAR SIGHTSEEING & TRAVEL TO AHMEDABAD

Start Bhavnagar Sightseeing

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 5.30 AM - 7 PM
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of 3 km from Bhavnagar Railway Station, Takhteshwar Temple is a Hindu Temple situated on a small hillock in the center of Bhavnagar city in Gujarat. It is one of the oldest temples in Gujarat and among the prime places to visit in Bhavnagar.
Takhteshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was constructed in the year 1893 and was named after Maharaja Takhtsinhji who ordered to build the temple. Maharaja Takhtsinhji was one of the most influential rulers in the history of Bhavnagar. The entire area of the temple imparts a holistic feeling while giving the devotees a feeling of tranquility and attainment with god.
Takhteshwar temple is completely made of white marble in the Gujarati style of architecture. Supported on 18 ornately carved pillars, the temple has a beautiful main hall, featuring a three-eyed Lord Shiva idol and a magnificent courtyard which boasts small statue of Nandi. One can see the sacred Hindu gods and symbols drawn with the hand around the .....

Museum & Gallery

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 9 AM - 1 PM & 2 PM - 6 PM, Closed on Sundays, 2nd & 4th Saturday
Entry Fee: Rs. 5 per Person

At a distance of 2 km from Bhavnagar Railway Station, Gandhi Smriti is a memorial museum located near Crescent Circle in the city of Bhavnagar, Gujarat. Also known as Gandhi Memorial, it is one of the prominent places related to Mahatma Gandhi and among the must visit places as part of Bhavnagar Tour Packages.

Established in 1955, Gandhi Smriti is a living monument to Gandhi, whose life and ethics on truth and non-violence have been a motivation to all Indians. This two storeyed memorial preserve a huge collection of books and other memorabilia used by Mahatma Gandhi. On the first floor, there rare photographs associated with the life of Mahatma Gandhi from birth to death. The memorial deserves a must-visit from all history buffs. The library here holds a vast collection of books and memorabilia that Gandhi used.

Barton Museum is found on the ground floor of Gandhi Smriti, where you can find a broad range of artifacts like religious carvings and nut cutters that represent the .....

Wildlife

Duration of visit: 2 Hours
Timings: 6.30 AM - 1 PM & 3 PM - 6.30 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 20 for Indians & $ 5 for Foreigners, Vehicle: Rs. 200 for Indians & $ 20 for Foreigners (for up to 6 persons), Guide: Rs. 50 Indians & $ 10 for Foreigners

At a distance of 45 km from Bhavnagar, Blackbuck National Park is a national park located at Velavadar in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. Also known as Velavadar Blackbuck National Park, it is one of the famous places of wildlife in Gujarat and among the must include places in Bhavnagar Tour Packages.

Velavadar National Park was formerly the private hunting ground for the Maharajas of the princely state of Bhavnagar. With an area of about 18 Sq. km, it was declared as a reserve forest and later notified as a National Park in 1976 CE. In 1980 the area was extended to cover about 34 Sq. km of grassland. The park has been classified as Gujarat-Rajwada biotic province of the semi-arid bio-geographical zone due to its unique ecosystem which consists of exclusive grassland habitat, shrub lands, saline plains, and mud flats. The park lies between two rivers namely Parvalia and Alang, which drain into the Gulf of Cambay.

The park has been established for the protection of the blackbucks .....

Lothal

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM, Closed on Friday
Entry Fee: Rs. 2 for Person

At a distance of 42 km from Nalsarovar and 79 km from Ahmedabad, Lothal is an excavated site situated Bhal region in Dholka of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Lothal is one of the prominent cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization and among the best historical sites in Gujarat.

Literally called 'Mound of the Dead', this ancient and desolate ruined city of Lothal provides a fascinating insight into the life of the Harappan culture and the Indus Valley Civilization. The origin and history of Lothal can be dated back to 2400 BC. Discovered in the year 1954, Lothal is one of the primary sites of Archaeological Survey of India. The excavation work here began in 1955 and was continued till 1960.

Like other cities of the Indus Valley Civilization, Lothal too had an excellent architecture and town planning. Excavations have revealed that the town was divided into two parts. The upper part or the acropolis was where the ruler and other important people of the city lived while the lower .....

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