Diu Somnath Dwarka Gir Package
- Accommodation in a well appointed room
- Meal as per hotel plan
- All transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary in an air-conditioned vehicle.
- All Toll taxes, Parking & State Tax.
- 9% government service tax
- Anything not mentioned under ‘Package Inclusions’
- All personal expenses, optional tours and extra meals.
Day 1 – Arrival in Ahmedabad | Sightseeing in Ahmedabad
On arrival in Ahmedabad, meet a Yatra tour manager and transfer to the hotel.
Ahmedabad is the largest city of Gujarat and also culturally significant. The city was founded somewhere in the 11th century and shot to political importance after Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi made it his base. It has a vibrant culture, and numerous state and national festivals are celebrated here with a lot of zeal.
After checking-in at the hotel, relax for a while and then visit the famous Ambaji Temple.
This magnificent shrine is located in the town of Ambaji in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district. It is a white structure built in traditional style, with an open pillared hall and a main sanctum. The temple has richly-decorated exteriors and interiors. Its sanctum is devoid of any idol and instead, a sacred symbol is worshipped here.
Day 2 – Ahmedabad to Bhavnagar | Palitana Temples
In the morning, check-out of the hotel and proceed towards Bhavnagar.
On arrival in Bhavnagar, visit Palitana Jain temples near the city.
Palitana Temples, 863 in total, are constructed atop a hill called Shatrunjaya. It is said to be the site where Adinatha – the first Jain Tirthankara – delivered his first sermon. The summit is reached via a flight of 3750 steps and is frequented by people in large numbers. Jains believe that visiting these temples on the hill will lead them to eternal salvation.
Later in the evening, head to the hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 3 – Bhavnagar to Diu
Early in the day, check-out of the hotel and move towards Diu.
The seaside town of Diu is located in the southern extreme of Gujarat. It is separated from the Indian mainland by a narrow strip of the inlet called the Gulf of Khambhat. This little town was a busy seaport between the 14th and 16th centuries, and was essential for the rulers of those days to maintain their influence in the region. Diu is dotted with serene beaches, historical Portuguese forts, churches and heritage museums.
Day 4 – Sightseeing in Diu
In the morning, set out for a sightseeing tour in the region.
On this tour, visit the sacred Gangeshwar Mahadev temple, located about 3 km from Diu. It has an amazing setting with expansive fields on one side and the endless sea on the other. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has five Shiva lingas of different sizes. As per legends, they were erected by the Pandavas during their 13 years of exile, hence the lingas are of different sizes.
Later in the day, return to your hotel and stay overnight.
Day 5 – Diu to Somnath | Sightseeing in Somnath
In the morning, check-out of the hotel and travel to Somnath.
Here, pay homage at the famous Somnath Temple, one of the most important shrines of Lord Shiva. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas or pillars of light, which are regarded as sacred manifestations of Shiva. As per an inscription found near the temple, it is located at such a point that between it and Antarctica, there is no structure or land.
From this iconic shrine, proceed to Bhalka Tirth, which a prominent temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is situated at the site where according to Bhagavata Purana, Lord Krishna was shot in the feet by a hunter who mistook him for prey. The sanctum of this shrine has a reclining statue of Lord Krishna and that of the hunter in front of him. There is a square-shaped reservoir in the complex, with a small temple at its centre.
Day 6 – Somnath to Dwarka | Sightseeing in Dwarka
Early in the day, check-out of the hotel and return to the Somnath temple to attend the aarti or prayer ceremony. Afterwards, proceed to Dwarka – the ancient religious city.
Dwarka in Gujarat’s Devbhoomi Dwarka district is one of the most significant pilgrimage destinations in India. It is situated at the site where the legendary capital of Lord Krishna supposedly stood, before being submerged by increasing sea levels. Due to its location on the coast, the weather in the city remains warm with little or no change. The city has many temples and also numerous sandy beaches to sit and relax.
Here you will see the iconic Dwarkadhish Temple, which is the most important attraction in the city. It is one of the Char Dhams – the four most revered Hindu temples in the entire country. According to a popular lore, it was originally built by Vajranabha, who was the great grandson of Lord Krishna. The temple has five storeys, which are supported by 72 pillars of limestone.
From this pilgrimage site, travel toBeyt Dwarka, a small island lying on the Gulf of Kutch. It is a popular spot for fishing, camping, picnics and dolphin sightings. This island too has numerous Hindu temples, dedicated to Lord Rama, Lord Krishna and Hanuman – the monkey-god.
Post this excursion, pay homage at the Rukmini Devi Temple, about 2 km from the city. Rukmini was an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and the chief consort of Lord Krishna. The walls of the temple are intricately carved with figures of humans and elephants, and the main shrine has a dome as well as a typical conical tower.
Also during the day, visit Gopi Talav, a reservoir about 20 km from Dwarka. It is said that after Lord Krishna left Mathura, the gopis who were in loved with him came to his new capital. They all danced at the site and to unite with the lord forever, the maidens turned to soil.
Day 7 – Dwarka to Rajkot | Sightseeing in Rajkot
Early in the morning, check-out of the hotel and then travel to Rajkot.
Rajkot is one of the largest cities in the state of Gujarat. It was founded in 1620, and from then till the British conquest of the country, it was ruled by numerous dynasties. The city is located on the banks of the Nyari and Aji Rivers, and experiences a semi-arid climate with warm summers and cool winters. Museums, libraries, numerous temples and expansive gardens are the popular attractions here.
Upon arrival in the city, visit the Swaminarayan Temple – one of the most prominent city landmarks. The temple sits atop a high platform and is approachable via a flight of stairs. There are a number of small dome-shaped superstructures atop its open pillared halls and a trio of stone and brick towers atop the sanctum. The pillars and walls of this huge temple are ornately sculpted, and it is illuminated with multi-coloured lights in the evening.
Also in Rajkot, visitRamakrishna Ashram, one of the centres of the famous and widely-followed Ramakrishna Mission. The ashram houses libraries, temples, apartments of members and a dispensary. Its main temple houses the remains of Ramakrishna Paramhansa, who was an Indian ascetic and the main figure of the mission. The temple has a façade designed like the main cave at Ajanta.
After the excursion, retire to the hotel for overnight stay.