Saurashtra Darshan Tour from Vadodara with Somnath Dwarka Diu and Gir National Park8 Nights / 9 DaysPackage Code: HTPC000322
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Saurashtra Darshan Tour from Vadodara/Ahmedabad with Somnath Dwarka Diu and Gir National Park
Saurashtra Darshan: Overview
Saurashtra Tour is popularly known as the 'Saurashtra Darshan'. Saurashtra, as the name suggests, is indeed a region of one hundred kingdoms. It is indeed one of the most picturesque regions in Gujarat. Due to the princely history, its rich in antiquity and abundant in wealth. Well sculptured temples, forts, mosques and glittering palaces. All remind us of the glorious past. Their love for colour and artistry has touched every aspect of their lifestyle, and the handicrafts of the region enjoy the patronage of all the states of India. In Saurashtra Darshan Tour packages you can see attractions of Somnath, attractions of Dwarka, attractions of Diu, attractions of Sasangir, attractions of Ahmedabad and attractions of Junagarh. During winter Vacations trip of Gujarat and Diwali tours in Gujarat, these Gujarat Tours generally well-liked among the traveler.
Tour Plan: Hotel room with Breakfast + Dinner & Toyota Indica Car or similar
Duration: 08 Night / 09 Day (Gujarat Saurashtra Tour Package with Somnath Dwarka and Gir)
Meal Plan :- MAP AI(daily Breakfast & dinner)
No. of Pax :- 2 Adults
Pick & Drop :- Ahmadabad Airport/Railway Station
Package Starts from :- saurashtra package starts from Delhi/Mumbai/Kolkata Chennai/Himachal/Punjab - Anywhere in India/Abroad
Package Duration :-08 N/ 09 D
Rooms:-1 Deluxe Room in Good Hotel
Meal Plan :- MAPAI ( 8 Breakfast & 8 Dinner)
Tour Dates:- Any time of year
Height: Most of the town lies between 2,100 m and 2,300 m
Medical Facilities: Good
Destinations Covered: - Ahmedabad – Kutch – Jamnanagar – Dwarka – Somnath – Diu –Sasangir – Bhavnagar – Ahmedabad
Top Highlights of the Tour
Explore The Desret in Littlte Run of Kutch.
Visit Jamnanagar and all Major Sightseeing like Lokhota lake, Museum and holy temple like Bala Hanuman Temple.
Full Explore The Holy Place Dwarka.
All Major Attractions of Dwarka like Dwarkadeesh Temple, Bet Dwarka, Gopi Talav, Rukmini Temple and Nageshwar Temple.
Visit Diu Sightseeing like Nagoa beach, Diu Fort, Diu Museum, St. Paul Church.
Explore Bhavangar and Somnath.
May-01 To Aug-31
Sep-01 To Feb-28
Oct-01 To Jan-10
8N-9D 3 Star Hotel
Ch-Hotel Baisil Park, Bhavnagar/Hotel Somnath sagar, Somnath/Hotel Apaar Diu, Diu/Hotel Jash , Jamnagar/Hotel Vraj, Dwarka/Hotel Savaaj, Sasangir/Hotel Bhavna Farm, Little Rull Kutch/Hotel Kamran Pala
Meeting and assistance on arrival
08 Nights accommodation in above mentioned or similar hotels
Daily Buffet/ fixed Menu breakfast + Dinner
Air-conditioned car for sightseeing and excursions as per our itinerary
Driver Bata, Toll tax and parking
Air fare / train fare
Jeep safari at Sasangir.
Coolie / porter charges.
Donations at temples.
Extended stay or travelling due to any reason.
Any meals other then those specified in Tour Cost Includes’
Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.
Any other item not specified in ‘Tour cost includes’
Guide & Entrance fees during sightseeing.
3.09% Government service tax
Saurashtra Darshan Tour: Hotels
3 - Star Hotels
Bhavnagar - Hotel Baisil Park -TA Rank – 4.5- Certificate of Excellence
Somnath - Hotel Somanth Sagar -TA Rank - 4 - Certificate of Excellence
Diu - Hotel Apaar Diu -TA Rank – 4- Certificate of Excellence
Jamnagar - Hotel Jash -TA Rank – 3- Certificate of Excellence
Dwarka - Hotel Vraj Dwarka -TA Rank – 4.5- Certificate of Excellence
Sasangir - Hotel Savaaj -TA Rank – 4- Certificate of Excellence
Little Rann - Hotel Bhavna Farm -TA Rank – 3.5- Certificate of Excellence
Ahmdabad - Hotel Kamran palace-TA Rank – 4- Certificate of Excellence
After Breakfast proceed to Little Rann of Kutch. On arrival check in to the resort. Explore the desert by open jeep in the Little Rann of Kutch, where one can sight animals like Wild-Ass, Desert Fox, Blue Bull, Blackbuck, Wolf, Jackal and few species of snakes & many species of birds also one can visit the home of Rabari and Banjara are the two important tribes of the region. Overnight stay at Little Rann of Kutch.
After Breakfast proceed to Jamnagar. On arrival check in at the hotel. Visit Lakhota Lake & Lakhota Museum. In the evening, visit Bala Hanuman Temple known for its non stop Ramdhun since 1956 and it mentioned in Guinness Book of World Records. Overnight stay at hotel.
Lokhota Museum: There is also a small museum within the palace which houses ancient sculptures dating from 9th to 18th century, medieval age pottery items and small firearms. Walls of the museum are covered with murals depicted scenes of past war fought by Jadeja Rajputs.
Lokhota Lake: The Lokhotalake is frequented by a variety of local and migratory birds. Sightings of around 75 species of birds have been recorded; what makes it so appealing is the presence of terns, pelicans, gulls and ducks right in the heart of the city. One can take a walk on the paved path around the Lakhota Lake or sit at the benches enjoying the beautiful view of the lake, the palace and the amazing birds. The delicious food stalls nearby would complete the experience by gladdening your taste buds.
After proceed to the sacred town of Dwarka. Visit Dwarkadeesh Temple and Gomti Ghat. In the afternoon take a trip to Bet Dwarka, visit Old Temple of Krishna. the trip from Okha on the mainland to the temple is by a local boat. On the way to Bet Dwarka, visit Nageshwar Temple – One of the 12th Jyotilingam of Shiva. Rukmini Temple and Gopi Talav Return back to Dwarka. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Dwarkadeesh Temple : The temple shikhara consists of 7 stories and the total height of that is 4 meters. The main mandap or temple hall is 5 storeyed and the roof of the hall is supported by 60 columns. The spire rises about 157 feet high. There are a number of temples inside and almost all the idols are associated with Lord Krishna and the Mahabharata. The main temple of Lord Shri Krishna contains a 1 feet height idol of the Lord on a silver throne. The actual idol is made from a black stone and its beauty is beyond description. We wanted to take darshan of the main idol first but there was a lot of rush there so the pandit advised that we start with the adjoining temples.
Bet Dwarka : This is a small island near Dwarka and is still believed to be the original Dwarka submerged under water. It is said that Lord Krishna used to reside here with his family and the capital was in Dwarka, which is around 35 kms from here. Dwarka submerged into the sea after Sri Krishna left for the heavenly abode and the important Yadava kings were killed in fights among themselves. There are a lot of myths associated with this but Dr. Rao, who was leading the team of the underwater excavations confirmed that his findings in Dwarka were compatible with Mahabharata.
In the morning depart to Porbandar (75km/1.5hrs) at Porbandar visit Kirti Mandir – A place where Gandhiji was born. Later proceed to Somnath (130km/2.5hrs) on arrival visit Bhalka Tirth & Somnath Temple. In the evening watch light and Sound show. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Porbandar: Porbandar is not much of tourist significance. But it is of historical importance due to through its association with Mahatma Gandhi who was born here. The home of Gandhi's childhood is now open to visitors. Another reason why it is famous is that it is believed to be originally the Sudama Puri, the place where Shri Krishna's closest friend, Sudama lived.
Bhalka Tirth : This is the place where Shri Krishna was fatally wounded by a huntman named Jara who mistook him as a deer. Shri Krishna was resting on a deerskin but the hunter thought that it was a deer and aimed the arrow. It is said that the hunter his previous birth, during Ramayana, was Vali and Vishnu in the form of Lord Rama had killed him in order to get the help of Sugriva. But Vishnu believed in justice and gave Vali, the right to kill him in his next avtar of Lord Krishna. When Lord Krishna thought that he had completed his duties on the planet, he gave up his life. Soon after his death, Dwarka was merged under the sea. This place is also called as Prabhaas Kshetra. A temple dedicated to Shri Krishna is constructed here and named as the 'Bhalka Tirth' temple. The temple has an idol of Shri Krishna, who is resting down after being hurt by the arrow. We took darshan and sat in the temple for some time. Our next destination was Somnath.
After breakfast Proceed to beach town Diu. The day is at leisure to laze and relax on the beach. Overnight stay at the hotel.
The morning is at leisure to enjoy the wide variety of water sports facilities available at Nagoa Beach. Later, visit St. Paul's Church, Diu Museum and Diu Fort. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Nagoa Beach: Nagoa beach in Diu is horse shoe shaped bordered by palm hoka trees. Located in Bucharwada village, Nagoa beach offers solitude and serenity to weary tourists. This beach is a 20 minutes drive from Diu city. Regular bus services carry passengers to Diu from Delwada and Una.
Diu Fort: The fort is skirted by the sea on the three sides. On the Fort stands a giant structure now housing a Lighthouse. A couple of mounds of iron shells can be seen even today inside the fort. Several canons still stare menacingly from top and some are peeping out of the holes on the walls of this gigantic structure. The main front wall is view from me eastern Rank of Diu Fort having five huge windows with stone galleries.
Today, proceed to Sasangir which is the home of the Asiatic Lion. In the afternoon Visit Gir Interpretation Zone at Devaliya. Crocodile breeding farm, Gir Information centre. Watch movie on lion at Gir Information centre in the evening. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Gir National Park: Gir is the only natural habitat of world popular Asiatic Lions. Where our tailor made Gir Wild Life Tour Package gives you an unparalleled opportunity to watch those rare Asiatic Lions coupled with thousands of other elusive wild animals and hard-to-find birds like uncommon Asiatic wild ass, hyenas, Gir foxes, pygmy woodpecker, brown fish owl and black buck etc.
Today, proceed to Bhavnagar. Enroute visit temples city Palitana, Famous Jain temples at Shatrunjaya Hills. Continued towards Bhavnagar. In the evening visit Takhteshwar Temple located on the small hillock. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Palitana: This is one of the most picturesque pilgrim centers in India. Located on Shetrunjaya hill, there are around 863 temples exquisitely carved in marble. It is like a temple city. But to watch this spectacular sight, you have to climb around 3745 steps (height of 1800 feet) on the Shatrunjaya hills. Though the steps are comfortable, it is not an easy task and most old ladies or asthama patients prefer to take the doli.
Today, Proceed to Ahmedabad via Velavadar & Lothal. After visiting Lothal and Velavadar National Park Continued towards Ahmedabad. Our representative will drop you at Ahmdabad Airport/Railway Station.
Lothal: This was one of the most prominent cities of the ancient Indus Valley civilization. The meaning of Lothal in Gujarathi is "the mound of the dead". The civilization is similar to the Mohenjodaro and Harappa cities who were of the same era. Lothal's dock connected the city to an ancient course of the Sabarmati river on the trade route between Harappan cities in Sindh and the peninsula of Saurashtra. It was a vital and thriving trade centre in ancient times, and its trade of beads, gems and valuable ornaments reached the far corners of West Asia and Africa. It is not clear as to how the whole civilization was merged under water but it is believed to be burried due to floods.
Notes: Indicated Kms and journey time are approx and does not include sightseeing times.
Other Major Attractions
Lakhota Palace: This is an old palace but almost in ruins now. The palace hosts a musuem that holds some antique items. However, all this is not worth a visit. We were more interested in reaching Dwarka early.
Hanuman Temple : This temple is famous due to the non-stop jap of 'Shree Ram' (akhand namsmaran) that is going on here which holds a record in the country. Just opposite to the temple, there is a lake, around which there are two buildings that can be approached with a stone bridge. One is an arsenal and other is Lakhota Palace, which houses a musuem.
Rukmini Temple: Rukmini's temple is not among the temples of the rani nivas in the dwarkadhish temple. This was surprising for us as Rukmini was supposed to be the favourite rani of Lord Krishna. So we asked this query to our driver and he told us the story behind it. The story goes that the short-tempered Durvasa Muni was invited by Lord Krishna and Rukmini to dinner. When a person is invited to dinner, etiquette dictates that the host should not eat until the guest has been satisfied. On the way to dinner, Rukmini became thirsty and asked Krishna for help. When Durvasa Rishi was not looking, Krishna put his foot in the ground and the Ganges waters flowed forth from the earth. As Rukmini was drinking the water, however, Durvasa turned and saw her drinking without his permission. He became angry and cursed her to live apart from Lord Krishna. That is why Krishna's temple is in the town while hers is located outside the town.
Gopi Talav: The next tourist stop was the famous gopi lake which is around 14 kms distance from Dwarka. Outside the lake, there were ladies selling 'gopi chandan', the yellowish white chandan that is applied on the forehead of deities. The mud around the lake is indeed yellowish white and soft. There is a myth behind this lake.
Nageshwar Temple: 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'.
Somnath Temple: This temple is just 5 kms away from Verawal. The most amazing thing about this temple is that it has been attacked so many times by destroyers but still it has survived and stands tall as one of the most beautiful temples in India. This is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva hence it has religious importance also. The temple has imposing architecture and is a beautiful sight facing the blue expanse of the Arabian Sea. There is one more small temple of Shiva near the main temple. This temple was built by Rani Ahilyadevi, the queen of the holkar dynasty, who was a great patron of hindu temples.
St. Paul Church: One of the most famous tourist attractions of Diu, this magnanimous structure is the St. Paul Church dedicated to 'Our Lady of Immaculate Conception'.
Diu Museum: A famous tourist spot of the town, the Diu Museum has been set up in the St. Thomas Church. This church had been built in 1598 but was later converted into a museum. Now, it houses numerous stone inscriptions of ancient rulers, antique statues, multi-colored fountains, wood carvings and idols showcasing the rich past of the region. This museum also features 400 year old wooden and marble statues of St. Thomas and St. Benedict which is further beautified by the special lighting outside the building.
Takhteshwar Temple: Situated on the hill top near the railway station, the beauty of this temple is beyond words. Dedicated to lord Shiva, Takhteshwar is built of white marble and makes for a prime tourist spot.
Nagoa Beach Activities
Nagoa beach in Diu being horse-shoe shaped has clam water ideal for swimming. Sailing, boating, and water skiing are other activities tourists can enjoy. The not so adventurous tourists can laze in the sea beach enjoying the balmy breeze and the sight of swaying palm trees.
Attractions of Nagoa Beach
The Church of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Paul's Church and St. Thomas museum are the primary attractions of this place. Pani Kotha, INS Khukri Memorial, and Sea Shell Museum are additional attractions of Diu.
Nagoa beach is well known for 'hoka' and 'rukhada' trees which are originally African and brought to India by Arabian traders.
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