Dwarka- Somnath- Sasangir
14th December till 20th December
Dwarka- Somnath- Sasangir
14th December till 20th December
This ancient city is considered to be the same legendary Dwarka which was the dwelling place of Lord Krishna after he left the sacred city of Mathura. A religious hub and architectural gem, Dwarka is one of the four most holy sites of Hinduism called the Char Dham, Dwarka in the West along with Badrinath in the North, Puri in the East and Rameshwaram in the South is a must visit pilgrimage for all devout Hindus.
· Dwarkadeesh Temple
· Somnath Mahadev Temple and other prominent temples
· Gir Forest Reserve- Safari
DAY 1: By Air- Arrive Rajkot- Dwarka
We will begin our journey from Delhi Airport, meet your tour manager. Arrive Rajkot, post Lunch drive to Dwarka. It’s a 4-5 HOURS drive from Rajkot to Dwarka. Once you reach the hotel- freshen up and we will go for evening aarti.
Dwarka is an ancient city, housing one of the principal pilgrimages – ‘Dwarkadhish temple’ of Hindus. According to the legend, Lord Krishna moved to this coastal town to set up a capital. Marine excavations of the Dwarka coast have revealed important evidences of ancient city, which probably include the ‘Dwarawati’ of the ‘Krishna Lila’. Today, it is not only a major pilgrimage site but a pleasant spot for a beach holiday. Another popular place in Dwarka, part of the Dwarkadhish Temple is Sabha Mandapa. It is a 60- pillared hall, which houses almost 2500 years old scriptures. The hall has ‘Jharokhas’, offering a nice view of the nearby flowing Gomati River. Attend evening Aarti at Dwarkadhish temple.
Evening take Rest and have Dinner at the hotel.
DAY 2: Dwarka
After breakfast visit Bet Dwarka & Nageshwar temple. Bet Dwarka is situated at 30kms from Dwarka and is surrounded by sea from all sides, one can reach Bet through a little sea journey in a small boat. Nageshwar Temple or Nagnath Temple is located on the route between Gomati Dwarka and the Bait Dwarka Island on the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat. The Jyotirlinga enshrined in the Temple of Nagnath is known as Nageshwar Mahadev and attracts thousands of pilgrims all-round the year. This powerful Jyotirlinga symbolizes protection from all poisons. It is said that those who pray to the Nageshwar Lingaa become free of poison. The Rudra Samhita shloka refers to Nageshwar with the phrase ‘Daarukaavane Naagesham’. The Rukmini temple, dating from 12 to 13 Century, was built in honour of Rani Rukmani, princess of Vidharba, which was to be married to Sishupala, but fled with Lord Krishna. This small temple, 1.5 km north of the city, is an architectural masterpiece. The temple walls are decorated with beautiful paintings and sculptures. Gopi Talav is the place where Lord Krishna used to play with his Gopikas. There is a small pond where it is said that Lord Krishna used to play with the Gopika Strees (women).
After Lunch come back to hotel- take rest and in evening we will go to Shivraj Beach which is also known as Blue Flag Beach because of clean waters. Spend some leisurely time here and drive back to the hotel.
Incase we could not attend the Aartio on Day 1 today we will attend evening aarti and drive back to the hotel.
DAY 3: DWARKA -PORBHANDAR- SOMNATH (235 Kms/ 5 hours’ drive)
After breakfast drive to Somnath; enroute visit Porbandar. Porbandar, the coastal heritage town of Gujarat is located on the Saurashtra peninsula, on the Arabian Sea. This city is described in Skanda Purana as Sudamapuri and Ashmavati and had a flourishing trade with Africa and Arabia. According to the legends, this city was the main link of the great friendship between Lord Krishna and Sudama. Porbandar was established as a capital by Rana Sartanji in 1785 AD. Porbandar was the former capital of the Jethwa Rajput petty princely state. The most impressive feature of Porbandar is the city planning and the stone buildings with ashlar masonry and rich carving, the facades of the houses on either side of the streets, with windows and carved gateways. It is also associated with Mahatma Gandhi, the father of nation as he was born here. Today, fine quality silk and cotton are manufactured here.
Visit Kirti Mandir – Kirti Mandir, the house of the Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba, his wife. This place is situated near the place where the Mahatma Gandhi was born. This place is now a small museum and also has a Gandhian library and a prayer hall.
Later continue to drive to Somnath; arrive Somnath and transfer to your hotel.
DAY 4: SOMNATH TO SASANGIR (50 Kms/ 1 hourdrive)
Somnath consists of a few streets leading away from its phoenix like temple. The rugged sea below gives it a lonely, wistful charm. The pilgrim trade is constant, but merchants are relaxed, perhaps in deference to the shadows cast by the awe-inspiring temple. Somnath is mainly known for the legendary shore temple of Somnath, which is dedicated to the Lord Shiva. The legendary shore temple of Somnath is one of the twelve most sacred shrines dedicated to the Lord Shiva. The temple contains the Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. According to the legends, the Somnath temple is very old and was originally built in gold by the Somraj, the Moon God. Later, it was rebuilt by Ravana, in silver; then by Krishna in wood and Bhim Dev in stone, the Somnath temple was rebuilt and destroyed eight times. This temple was finally rebuilt in 1950 with the support of Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel. The current temple was built as per the traditional designs on the original site by the sea and is a serene, symmetrical and sinuous structure. Today, this majestic temple is a replica of the earlier temple.
Later visit Rudreshvara Temple – Rudreshvara Temple is a ruined temple located near the Somnath temple. Bhalka Tirth – Bhalka Tirth is situated halfway between the Veraval and Somnath. At this place, the Lord Krishna was mistaken for a deer and wounded by an arrow.
After visiting the temples, we will drive down to Sasangir from Somnath.
Check in to your hotel in Sasangir during late afternoon.
DAY 5: At Sasangir
Today we will go for a morning safari.
Sasan Gir on the south-western border of Saurashtra peninsula in Gujarat and is home to nearly 400 Asiatic loins. The Sanctuary was created in 1913 to provide protections to the largest surviving groups of the Asiatic loins and was given the status of the sanctuary in 1965; the numbers of loins has been steadily on the rise since 1980. This is the only place in the World outside the African continent where the loin can be seen in its natural habitat.
It is also a natural habitat to lot of species like chital, Chinkara (Gazelle) four horned antelope. Leopard, Nilgai, spotted deer, wild boar, wild ass, monkeys, parrots and peacocks, many others birds etc.
DAY 6: Sasangir to Rajkot (160 Kms / 3 hours’ drive)
After breakfast today we will drive to Rajkot. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 7: By Air – Depart Rajkot
Today is the time to transfer to Rajkot Airport and fly back to Delhi.
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• Delhi – Rajkot – Delhi
• Stay in Handpicked Hotels on Twin sharing basis – All hotels are Elder friendly hotels
(Central Location, all rooms connected by lifts, centrally located)
• Group Transfers by AC Coach from Day 1 To Day 7 (Bharat Benz Coach)
• 06 Breakfasts 06 Lunches 06 Dinners
• Cultural Evening with Bonfire in Sasangir
• Jeep Safari once during the stay
• All Permits
• Sightseeing- As mentioned in the itinerary
• Bottled Water through the stay and during the journey
• Snack basket in the Coach
• Laundry, Beverages etc.
• Meals and drinks not part of the group menu.
• Any other services not mentioned in the itinerary.
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