Somnath Vadodara Trip Package
- Accommodation at mentioned hotel or similar categories.
- All Transfers and Sightseeing as per Itinerary
- Daily Breakfast
- Good route knowledgeable experienced driver.
- Monument Entrances.
- Services of English Speaking Local Guide.
- Expense of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc. Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
- International or Domestic airfare/Train Fare
- Any expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as road blocks, accidents & any medical evacuations. Any train delays, or re-scheduling etc. Any Visa fees, insurance fees, etc. Any tips to hotel staff, local guides, drivers etc. Any meals apart from the ones mentioned above. Any expenses apart from the ones above.
- Additional costs due to flight cancellation, road blocks etc. Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancell
Day 1 – AHMEDABAD-DWARKA (450KMS)
Dwarka : 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 SabhaMandap. 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 Gomti River.
Attend evening Aarti at Dwarkadhish temple.
Day 2 – DWARKA-BET DWARKA-NAGESHWAR JYOTIRLINGA-RUKMINI TEMPLE-BHADKESHWAR MAHADEV TEMPLE-DWARKa
Bet Dwarka : Bet is situated at 30kms from Dwarka and is surrounded by sea from all sides. One can reach Bet from Dwarka through Okha by road. On reaching Okha port jetty, one can reach Bet through a little sea journey in a launch or 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 Linga become free of poison. The Rudra Samhita sloka refers to Nageshwar with the phrase ‘Daarukaavane Naagesham’
The Rukmini temple, dating from 12 to 13 Century, was built in honor 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 : This 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 (Gopika Women).
Bhadkeshwar Temple : Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir is on the hillock in the sea. The revered temple is behind the Geeta Mandir, in the west of Dwarka. During the high tide the temple gets surrounded by water, but at the time of ebb when the water level come backs to normal one can reach there very easily. There are steps to get into the temple. Chandra-Mouliswar Shiva is the presiding deity at the core of the temple. The deity form was found at the confluence of Gomati, Ganga and Arabian Sea by the Acharya Jagatguru Sankaracharya himself. In addition, there are 1200 Salgramshilas, 1300 Shiva Lingas, metal forms of 75 Sankaracharyas.
Day 3 – DWARKA-PORBANDAR (100KMS)-SOMNATH (140KMS)
Kirti Mandir : Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born and lived here until he was twelve. It stands in the corner of a large courtyard in the west of town. A swastika on the floor in a small room marks the actual spot. It houses many collections of Gandhian memorabilia. There is also an exhibit of photographs, some with English captions, and a small bookshop.
Somnath: One of the most revered & an important center of culture & nationalism. The legendary temple contains a ‘jyotirlinga’. Looted & destroyed, built & rebuilt several times, it represents the eternal beauty & strength of the Indian society. The present splendid structure was rebuilt about five decades ago, at the exact spot where the original shrine was located. The iron man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was instrumental in the construction of the present temple.
Bhalka Tirth : North of Somnath enroute Veraval is the famous Lord Krishna temple, Bhalka Tirtha, on the site where Shree Krishna is said to have been mistakenly shot in the foot. Nearby is Dehostsarg, where he succumbed to his mortal wound. The temple Bhalka Tirth is known as Mahaprabhuji’s bethak, and a tulsi tree has been planted in Lord Krishna’s memory. At the Dehotsarg Tirth, in the 9th century AD Shri Vallabhacharya gave discourses on Shrimad Bhagwat Gita for seven days, as well as the revered Gita Mandir, which has eighteen marble pillars with a chapter from the Bhavwat Gita inscribed on each one. The temple also contains a beautiful tribhangi idol of Lord Krishna playing his flute.
Day 4 – SOMNATH-BHAVNAGAR (286KMS)
Visit the Takhteshwar Temple, built in 19th century. It is located on a hill on a high plinth offering a commanding view of Bhavnagar. The high ‘shikara’ rising above the pillared rectangular mandapa makes it an important landmark.
Day 5 – BHAVNAGAR-NISHKALANK MAHADEV TEMPLE-VADODARA (194KMS)
Today we visit the Nishkalank Mahadev temple & later we drive to Vadodara.
Nishkalank Temple : “NISHKALANK” TAMPLE IN THE SEA (about 1 KM inside Arabian Sea) AT THE BAY OF CAMBAY AND GULF OF KHAMBHAT. NEAR BHAVNAGAR CITY. The temple goes like thinks when Pandavas approached Lord Krishna to show the Marg to santify the sins of kurukshetra War He send them on Pilgrimage with Black cow and Black Flag and instructed to conduct penance when/where the black cow/flag becomes WHITE.
Here the cow/flag turned white and Lord Shiva appeared before Pandavas in the linga”Roopam”. The sea water recedes only at this temple point for few hours and return back.
Every day the sea withdraw water to allow piligrims to have darshan of shiva between 1:oo P.M. to 1o:oo P.M.
pilgrims patiently wait for the receding wave and have Darshan return safely before the tide come back “Har Har Mahadev” the belief supported by sundry religions.
Day 6 – VADODARA-PAVAGADH (48KMS)-KAYAVAROHAN (83KMS)-AHMEDABAD (145KMS)
Pavagarh : Most of the Hindus in India have faith in goddess Mahakali, particularly from the western region covering the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan & Maharashtra. The famous and the oldest temple of Mahakali is situated at Pavagadh, near Vadodara, one of the main cities of Gujarat. The temple has become the place of the pilgrimage for almost all Hindus in India. This temple is among the three main Shaktipeeths in Gujarat.
It has been said in Hindu Shastra’s that after the famous Tandava dance of Lord Shiva, the various parts of the body of Sati fell at many places. These places are called Shaktipeeths. It is said that the left breast of the Sati had fallen here at Pavagadh. As the name suggests, the temple is located on a mountain, near to the Champaner town.
Kayavarohan : Kayavarohan is one of the sixty-eight ‘teerthas’ (Pilgrimage) of Lord Shiva as mentioned in the Shiva Purana. However, Kayavarohan is not among the 12 Jyotirlingas as mentioned in the Shiva Purana.
It is of great significance to the Pasupatas (Followers of the Pashupati), those in the spiritual following of Lakulish, for it is considered to be the place of Shiva’s appearance on earth in that incarnation. Lakulish is considered to be the 28th birth of Shiva. Shiva had come to the earth in the form of Lakulisha through Kayavarohan, literally meaning ‘Descent of the form’.
Kayavarohan harbours the Brahmeshwar Jyotirshivlang temple, claimed to have been founded by Maharshi Vishwamitra. It has been held that the incarnation of Shiva in Lakulish has merged with the linga in Shambavi Mudra.
The Kayavarohan lingam represents the “formless” but a unique, exceptional iconic form of Shiva bearing the image of a meditating yogi, who holds parchments in one hand and citron (Matulinga) in the other.
It is believed that Ichhapuri was the main place of pilgrimage in Satyuga, Mayapuri in Treta Yuga, Meghavati in Dwapar Yuga, and Kayavarohan in the present Kali yuga. This temple has a Lingam of Lord Shiva, made up of black stone. It is believed that Maharshi Vishwamitra had installed this Linga of Lord Shiva during the Ramayana period.
In the Vedic times, Kayavarohan/Karvan was a popular centre of learning and education and used to house numerous Vedic Universities, Yajna Shalas and the temples of many Hindu Gods.
The myth has it that during the barbarian invasion of Mahmood of Ghazni, the luminous jyotirlinga with Lakulish merged the light of all of the other 12 jyotirlingas into its form and disappeared. Maha Shivratri is most famous festival in Kayavarohan. During the sacred day, hundreds of men wear Lord Mahadev’s attire and appear at the temples.
Presently, there is an underground meditation cave at the Kayavarohana temple used for seclusion and meditation.
Day 7 – AHMEDABAD-AMBAJI (180KMS)-AHMEDABAD
Ambaji : Ambaji Temple contains no idol, but an inscribed Yantra in the niche. Ambaji is essentially a temple town-with a temple dedicated to Goddess Ambaji at the center. The Ambaji Temple and the front court ‘Chachar no Chowk’ are aligned in the same axis of the cave at Gabbar hill-the original abode of Goddess Ambaji : 22 kms from Danta is one of the major Shakti-piths of India, situated in the Arasur hills. The present temple was constructed a few years ago, maintaining the original architectural style. Millions of pilgrims visit the temple every year-especially during Navratri to seek the blessing of Goddess Ambaji.