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QUICK TOUR OF DWARKA SOMNATH IN 3 DAYS

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ITINERARY SUMMARY

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Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 3 Days

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

Total Places Visited: 12

Day 1 Destinations | Day 2 Destinations
DAYS

DAY 1 : TRAVEL TO DWARKA & SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Ahmedabad to Dwarka

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Duration of visit: 2 Hours
Timings: 7 AM - 12.30 PM & 5 PM - 9.30 PM
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of 3 km from Dwarka Railway Station, Dwarkadhish Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated in the holy town of Dwarka, Gujarat. Also known as Jagat Mandir or Trilok Sunder Temple, it is one of the revered places of pilgrimage in India and among the top places to visit in Dwarka as part of Gujarat trip.

Situated on the banks of Gomti River, Dwarkadhish Temple or Dwarkadheesh Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, who is worshiped here as Dwarkadhish or 'King of Dwarka'. According to legend, the temple was originally believed to be built by Vajranabh, the great grandson of Lord Krishna, more than 2500 years ago on the palace where Lord Krishna lived. However, it was later enlarged in the 15th-19th century. It is also part of the famed Char Dham, the four sacred temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu while the other three are Rameswaram, Badrinath and Puri. Since it is a Pushtimarg temple, it follows the guidelines and rituals .....

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

At a distance of 3 km from Dwarka Railway Station, Gomati Sangam Ghat is a sacred bathing ghat on the banks of River Gomti in Dwarka, Gujarat. Situated behind the Dwarkadhish Temple, it is one among the popular places to visit in Dwarka.

Gomti Ghat is situated at the mouth of Gomti River, a tributary of Holy Ganges, the most sacred river for all Hindus. The river originates in the Himalayan ranges of Nepal, flows down across many Indian states and finally empties into the Arabian Sea here. Gomti Ghat also has a great religious and mythological significance. According to myths River Gomati is the daughter of Sage Vashishta and her waters are powerful enough to purge one's mortal sins. Thus pilgrims make it a point to bathe in River Gomti and they usually take their holy dip into the Gomati Kund, the point of confluence of River Gomti and Arabian Sea.

There are over 12 ghats surrounding the Gomati River, which are venues of Samudra Narayana Temple, Gomatiji Temple, the Panchanada .....

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Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 6 AM - 7 PM
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of 3 km from Dwarka Railway Station, Samudra Narayan Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Gomti Sangam Ghat in the holy town of Dwarka. Located behind the Dwarkadhish Temple, it is one of the must visit temples in Dwarka as part of Dwarka Packages.

Situated at the confluence of River Gomti and the Arabian Sea, the Samudra Narayan Temple is dedicated to Goddess Gomti. According to the legend, River Gomti has been brought from heaven by Rishi Vasishtha to sanctify Rama after his battle with Ravana. After purification of Rama, Goddess Gomti manifested here on the ghat and got submerged into the Arabian Sea. Along with Goddess Gomti, the temple enshrines beautiful idols of Lord Varuna, Samudra Deva, Mira Bai and Mother Asta Bhavani. There is a sacred kund or tank in the temple, where several ceremonial sacrifices performed.

This temple is surrounded by Panchanada Tirtha, which comprises 5 wells that have sweet water. A meditation cave known as Manoratha Dwar is situated .....

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Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 5 AM - 8 PM
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of 1 km from Dwarkadhish Temple and 3 km from Dwarka Railway Station, Shree Swaminarayan Mandir is a Hindu temple located on the shores of Arabian Sea in Dwarka, Gujarat. It is one of the Swaminarayan Temples in India among the must visit places in Dwarka.

Situated near Dwarkadhish Temple, the temple is dedicated to Swami Narayan who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The shrine is relatively a new structure, however, the architecture, the sculptures and the bas-relief work is quite attractive. Made out of marbles, the temple is well maintained, clean and possesses a divine vibe. One can also find idols of other Hindu Goddesses and Gods in the temple. The surrounding garden adds to the calmness of the place and a visit here is sure to help you relax after a long day of sightseeing.

Timings: 5 AM - 8 PM

Overnight Stay in Dwarka

DAY 2 : SOMNATH SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Dwarka to Somnath

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Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 7 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of 1 km from Porbandar Railway Station, Sudama Mandir is a Hindu temple situated in the center of Porbandar city. Located near Kirti Mandir, it is one of the revered sites in Gujarat and among the most visited pilgrimage places in Porbandar.

Sudama Temple is dedicated to Sudama who was the childhood friend of Lord Krishna and is the only temple in India dedicated to him. The temple was built by Shri Ram Devji Jethwa of the Jethwa dynasty between 1902 and 1907 CE. It is said that during the construction of this shrine, the funds were exhausted and the people of Porbandar had to host various drama shows to raise the required funds. The temple holds a lot of historic and religious importance that lures a large number of devotees, especially the newly married Rajasthani Kshatriya couples who visit the temple to take the blessing.

Situated amidst a garden, the architecture of the temple is simple with carved marble pillars open from all the sides. The temple looks .....

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 9 AM - 12 PM & 3 PM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of 2 km from Porbandar Railway Station, Kirti Mandir is a memorial located in the coastal city of Porbandar in Gujarat. Situated on Kasturba Road, it is one of the popular national monuments of India and among the prime places to visit in Porbandar.

Also known as Temple of Fame, Kirti Mandir is built in honor of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in his birthplace in the city of Porbandar, Gujarat. The foundation stone of Kirti Mandir is said to be laid in 1947 but the building was completed in 1950, by which time Gandhiji was no more. The ancestral house of Gandhi family, where Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2nd October 1869 is just adjacent to the Kirti Mandir. It was here that Bapu's grandfather Uttamchand Gandhi, father Karamchand Gandhi and his uncle Tulsidas Gandhi lived with their respective spouses and children. They had all served as Prime Ministers to the Jethwa Rajput rulers of Porbandar.

Kirti Mandir, among the prime attractions of Porbandar, was constructed by .....

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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, .....

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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, .....

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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 3 : SOMNATH SIGHTSEEING & TRAVEL TO AHMEDABAD

Resume Somnath Sightseeing

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At a distance of 4 km from Somnath Temple and 5 km from Somnath Railway Station, Bhalka Tirth or Bhalka Teerth is a significant temple in Somnath. Enroute to Veraval, it is considered as one of the must visit places of pilgrimage in Gujarat and among the popular places to visit in Somnath.

Bhalka Teerth Temple is dedicated to Lord Sri Krishna. It is believed that this was the place where Jara, the hunter, mistakenly shot an arrow at the feet of Lord Krishna, due to which the Lord left his earthly existence for his heavenly abode. According to mythology, Lord Krishna was meditated under a Peepal tree here. Only then, Jara, the poacher mistook the foot of the Lord for that of a deer and shot straight through it. The arrows came in the feet of God and started bleeding. The hunter then realized his mistake and asked for a confession with God. This incident symbolizes Krishna's departure from the earth and was the sign of the end of Dwapara Yuga. The meaning of arrow is known as Bhal, .....

Museum & Gallery

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At a distance of 2 km from Somnath Railway Station, Prabhas Patan Museum is an archeological museum located near Somnath Temple in Prabhas Patan, Gujarat. Maintained by Government of Gujarat, it is one of most popular museums in Gujarat and among the must visit places in Somnath.

Prabhas Patan Museum, Gujarat was established in 1951. There are nearly 3500 objects exhibited in 3 major categories. They include objects of art and archaeology and few specimens of natural history. Famous for stone sculptures and stone inscriptions, the museum showcases different artifacts from the history like sculptures and carved stones, which are reminiscent pieces of some earlier temples. It has inscriptions, five domes, 12th century toranas, sacred waters of several rivers, huge pillars, 11th century statues of Lord Agni, Uma Maheshwara, Lord Vishnu, Parvati and Natya Bhairava which collectively makes the people mesmerized.

The museum also houses an assortment of seashells and pottery shards. .....

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Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 7.30 AM - 12 PM & 4 PM - 8.15 PM
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of 4 km from Rajkot Junction, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a Hindu temple situated in Rajkot city of Gujarat. Located on Kalawad Road, it is one of the most celebrated temples in Gujarat and among the must visit places in Rajkot.

Built in 1998 by Swaminarayan Sampradaya, the temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. It follows the Swaminarayan Sampradaya founded by Bhagwan Swaminarayan and belongs to the Vaishnav tradition. The temple has been built according to the Ancient Vedic Shilpa Shastra techniques and no contemporary building material is used in the construction. The temple has been built out of Ambaji marble, Makrana marble and Udaipur pink marbles. The pink stone used for construction has been brought from Bansipahadpur in Rajasthan and is similar to the stone used in Akshardham at Gandhinagar.

The Mandir consists of three shrines. The first shrine has an idol of Harikrishna Maharaj which is a Panchdhatu murti, made from an alloy composed of five metals. .....

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