GUJ - 05
The 6 days-5 nights Temple Tour Package of Gujarat is mainly dedicated to visiting the temples, religious monuments and palaces. The trip begins at Ahmedabad and covers place like Gondal, Somnath, Dwarka and Veraval, exploring the prominent temples and their religious backgrounds.
Welcome to Ahmedabad, India. You will be received by our representative and would be driven to Gondal (220 km). Gondal was one of the eight first class princely states of Kathiawar Agency, Bombay Presidency in British India.
In the afternoon, you will be taken to visit the Naulakha Palace which is the oldest existing palace in Gondal, dating back to the 17th century. It has stone carvings with jharokhas (enclosed balconies), a pillared courtyard, delicately carved arches, and a unique spiral staircase. The large chandelier-lit durbar (court) contains stuffed panthers, gilt wooden furniture, and antique mirrors.
There are few more palaces nearby – the Riverside Palace, the Huzoor Palace, and the Orchard Palace. In the evening, you will be taken to Virpur to visit Jalaram temple, before coming back to Gondal
Stay overnight in Gondal at the Naulakha Palace (1 night).
Have your breakfast and get transferred to Somnath (89 km) via Junagadh (65 km). Junagadh is located at the foot of the Girnar hills.
You will visit Junagadh Ashok Rock Edict, Junagadh Museum before going for “darshan” at Somnath Temple. That night you will be accommodated at Veraval, which is 7 kms from Somnath Temple.
Stay at hotel in Veraval.
After breakfast, get transferred to Dwarka (130 km) and visit Porbander (100 km) on the way. Porbandar is best known as the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. Kirti Mandir, Planetarium, Porbander Bird Sanctuary and Bharat Mandir are few of the places to visit.
In the evening, you will be taken to Dwarka to visit places like Dwarakadhisa Temple which is a Vaishnava temple. It was built by Raja Jagat Singh Rathore, hence it is called Jagat Mandir. The temple, facing west, is at an elevation of 12.19 metres above sea-level. It is conjectured that this temple location is 2,500 years old and is where Krishna built his city and a temple. However, the existing temple is dated to the 16th century. It is a five-storied edifice built over 72 pillars, a sandstone temple with 60 pillars is also there. The temple spire rises to a height of 78 meters (256 ft), and a very large flag with symbols of the sun and moon is hoisted on it.
Stay overnight at Dwarka.
This day is dedicated to a full-day visit to different temples at Dwarka. Gomti Ghat has a number of small shrines dedicated to the Samudra (God of the Sea), Saraswati and Lakshmi. Other notable temples in the ghat area include the Samudra Narayana (Sangam Narayana) temple, which is at the confluence of the Gomti River with the sea, the Chakra Narayana temple where there is a stone with an imprint of a chakra as a manifestation of Vishnu, and the Gomati temple, which has an idol of the river goddess Gomati that is said to have been brought to earth by the sage Vasishta. The Rukmini Devi Temple, dedicated to Rukmini, Krishna's chief queen, is located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) away from Dwarka. The temple is said to be 2,500 years old, but in its present form it is estimated to belong to the 12th century. It is a richly carved temple decorated with sculptures of gods and goddesses on the exterior with the sanctum housing the main image of Rukmini. Carved naratharas (human figures) and carved gajatharas (elephants) are depicted in panels at the base of the tower.
Later, visit to Bet Dwarka or Shankhodhar – an inhabited island at mouth of Gulf of Kutch situated 3 km (2 mi) off the coast of Okha, Gujarat, India. The island is measured northwest to southeast in 13 km (8 mi) with an average 4 km (2 mi) in east-west direction. It is a strip of sand and stone situated 30 km (19 mi) north of town of Dwarka.
Come back to hotel for overnight stay.
After your breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport from where you will board your flight to Mumbai. One of the largest cities, known for Bollywood, Gateway of India and the beautiful beaches, you will land in Mumbai and will be transported to the hotel. Once you check in, you can enjoy your time be relaxing or visiting the nearby places. Overnight stay.
After breakfast, travel to Rajkot (235 km) and check-in at hotel. In the afternoon, visit Rajkot city and its nearby places. You may explore Gandhi’s childhood at Kaba Gandhi No Delo, or treat your eyes at the Rotary Dolls Museum which has a collection of dolls presenting different regions and cultures. Shri Ramkrishna Ashram, ISKCON Temple and Jagat Mandir are some of the temples which can be explored.
Rest of the day is at leisure. Spend overnight in hotel at Rajkot.
After breakfast, get transferred to Ahmedabad and check-in at hotel. Spend your afternoon in city sightseeing or shopping or trying out the city delicacies before being driven to the airport or railway station for your onwards journey.