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An Offbeat historical place in Bhuj “Chhatedi”
While I searched for the must-to-visit places in Bhuj for my Kutch trip, I had no idea about this place known as “Chhatedi“.On reaching Bhuj, my travel mate, asked to take a rickshaw and get down to “Chhatedi”....
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Prag Mahal Palace
This palace is characterized by the Indian gothic style of architecture. However, the earthquake disaster at Bhuj has left this place in ruins. The famous Aina Mahal too lies in the vicinity of this palace. A perfect combination of art and perfection!!
Named after Rao Pragmalji II, the Prag Mahal is a one-of-its-kind palace in India. Designed by Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins in 1865, this palace was made in a hauntingly beautiful Italian-Gothic style. The designer involved many Italian artisans in the construction and architecture, which cost a whopping Rs 3.1 million in 1979.
We started walking towards Aina Mahal. Instead of taking an auto, I always believe its better to walk and take in the street life of any city. We decided to go to Prag Mahal first and the palace was one of its kind. The 2001 Gujarat earthquake severely damaged the palace. Later the palace was burgled with thieves stealing antiques worth millions. Today, the palace is in a ghostly state. The beautiful picturesque stairway leads to the corridor which opens into a large hall with huge broken chandeliers hanging low. There are two rooms along the hall open for visitors which were in decay state. The palace indeed was shaken to the core by the earthquake and here lay the evidence of the catastrophe.
Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj
An absolute marvel..the architecture exudes serenity and is a must visit. This place is closest to Bhuj and is a part of the complimentary sightseeing in the travel package provided.
At 5 pm evening we took a bus for NARAYAN SAROVAR . we spent whole night in bus and reached there at 8 am. KOTESHWAR is a end point of north western india. that is also a must visit spot. after wandering there . we again took a journey to MANDVI .
Narayan Sarovar temple (5 km from Koteshwar)houses innumerable deities but the main shrine is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Mythology says that the holy water of River Saraswati, all the way, reached to fill the lake, thus sacred. The water didn’t look clean, people were taking a dip in the sarovar. You can spot the board reading 'Tropic of cancer while passing through Bhuj - Narayan Sarovar - Koteswar route and dont forget to taste Dabeli of Kutch.
Close by was Aina Mahal, the more famous attraction of Bhuj. In its heyday it sure must’ve been a sight to behold. It was almost entirely adorned with mirrors and glasses of all kinds. But most of it had fallen apart in the quake.
Among other places to pay visit, Aina Mahal should not be missed out while touring BHUJ!The palace remains closed from 12 to 3pm for lunch. A visiting fee of 30rs is required.The palace from the outside does not represent any kind of grandeur,which efficiently conceals the exquisite beauty that lies inside. Built during Lakhpatji's reign, the master was specially commissioned to design this palace, which owed all its materials to have been developed in the Indian soil.On entry one will be treated with a visual sight of a huge chariot on display, a 14 feet long painting on a single canvas, a weighing machine of those times, among other crafts.Proceeding to the main area or darbar, its magnificence on display! Hanging candle chandeliers, an ivory throne on an elevated platform, a dented space surrounding it which is supposed to be filled with water to keep the place cool. On special occasions, the chandeliers are filled with colored water bringing the darbar alive.
The Great Rann of Kutch is the largest salt desert in the world and because of this reason is also called the "White Desert", is located in the Kutch District of Gujarat and is about 7500 sq kms in area and the people of this region are called Kutchi's.
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310 Kms from Bhuj
Also called Amdavad, this place happened to be the former capital of the state of Gujarat. The third largest of all the cities in the state, it is situated on the banks of the famous Sabarmati River and happens to be the industrial and economic hub of the state. The Ahmedabad Stock Exchange is also the second oldest one in the country and the city second when it comes to cotton production. There are some very famous places like the Sabarmati Ashram and Kankaria Lake that one can visit when in Ahmedabad.Read More
If I mention beautiful Dargahs, quaint mosques, museums, lovely havelis and a market serving mouthwatering nihari, kulcha and tandoori chicken, you’ll think that I am talking about Delhi. But no, this is not the Capital of India but the capital of Gujarat, Ahmedabad. Recently declared the first Indian World Heritage City by UNESCO, Ahmedabad holds everything that hides in Delhi along with bustling night markets, culinary culture and scattered monuments in every corner of the city Ahmedabad has something that Delhi lacks and it is the safety that makes traveling here an extraordinary affair.
The nearest metro city is Ahmedabad, 90 km and about 2 ½ hours’ drive. The airport at Ahmedabad has domestic and international flights. Ahmedabad is also a convenient railway junction, connected across India. The nearest railhead 30 km away is Viramgam, is connected to Mumbai.
I started my trip from Ahmedabad, took a flight to Delhi. The adventure started from Ahmedabad itself as our flight got cancelled luckily we were able to book other flight on the same day thanks to GoAir. I with my friend reached New Delhi around 12 noon. Our bus to Manali from Delhi was at 22:30. We managed to book a hotel near airport where we passed our half day.The ISBT bus stop from airport is around 25kms, we took airport metro from Delhi Airport to reach ISBTReaching ISBT bus stop : For catching metro from airport one has to reach aerocity metro station which can be easily reached by shuttles operating at airport. Catch metro from Aerocity to New Delhi and change from New Delhi to ISBT. The bus stop is just outside the metro staion,you can reach easily as it is mentioned every where. We reached ISBT bus stop at around 21:00 hrs. where we met our second friend. We had our meal in McD and boarded our bus at 22:30 hrs. The bus was Tata Himgaurav HRTC which was not good as Volvo.
The Walled City of Ahmedabad, founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah in the 15th century, has been declared India’s first World Heritage City. The World Heritage Committee (WHC) of UNESCO announced it on Twitter on Saturday after a meeting in Krakow, Poland. Ahmedabad was in the race for the prestigious title with Delhi and Mumbai.This declaration was hailed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani.
day 5 i woke up and look outside window then i found that we reached at Baroda. from Baroda Ahmadabad is 100 km so get up and waiting for home to come! and then we reached Ahmadabad at 9:00 am in morning. so i have not mentioned elephant point, table top etc because i was not gone there, also those places are worth to visit but better next time. life gives us opportunity but thing is that we are too busy with making money or something else, just grab opportunity to travel, to explore, to explore yourself! go out and see the world, it has so many things to offer you, it will give you good as well as bad experience just take it and go for another one!! i hope you guys enjoy reading this, and sorry for late post because i was busy with something! do comment your views and query, i wold like to answer you all. this is Akshay says bye for now i'll catch you in next one till then you take care and travel well!
so it was 8th January 2017 and i was all set to leave Ahmadabad, as we were traveling via bus so there was not a big problem to be on time. (*privet bus for travelers) and i decided to set in cabin as i want to enjoy scenery and explore the roads. so we left Ahmadabad around 2:00 pm, i know it's a bit awkward time to leave place but that's okay as we don't have any time issue. distance between Ahmadabad to Mahabaleshwar is 745 km via NH48 which also contains toll road, 823 km via NH60 and NH48 and 854 km from NE1, NH48 and NH60. we chose the shortest on 745 km via NH48.now those who had traveled to Gujarat knows that roads in Gujarat are absolutely amazing, just pull the throttle and live the moment! so it took us around 16 hours to reach Mahabaleshwar. our route was Ahmadabad-Baroda-Surat-Mumbai-Pune-Mahabaleshwar, we used both expressway to make journey comfortable and fast! (*Ahmadabad-Baroda expressway and Mumbai-Pune expressway) the one who love road trip will love this highway specially after Pune, as ghat section start. i had seen one of the best sunrise of my life on Mumbai-Pune expressway! just don't miss sunset and sunrise on this kind of roads!
The road from Ahmedabad to Kutch is filled with lot of fun and complimentary scenes which makes is a perfect road for going on a road trip. The road is complemented with some great sceneries and endless expanse of the white desert which is complimented by the colorful life of the local people of Kutch. The road is almost 381 kms long and a best one to go on a bike trip.
Started the engine at AhmedabadWe kick-started our bike from Ahmedabad on NH47 that took around three hours plus half an hour to reach Rajkot with a couple of halts to take some high-caffeine tea. The road is good and the food is available at many locations in between. If you start in the evening, you should stay in Rajkot for a night & continue your ride the following morning a little early because rides always make us tired out if we do not believe in rest. We did the same & check into a hotel named ‘Krishna Palace’. This budget hotel charged Rs.550 for a night.
I am a college student and I just want to find an excuse to escape my busy life and party and enjoy myself.This holi I couldn't go back to Delhi (home) cause of some reason.All my friends went back home and I was planning to just pack my bag and go for a solo trip. At first I decided to go to Mumbai for holi but eventually I decided to party in Goa.So zip zap zoom irctc got booked a train but I was still on the waiting list. I couldn't get a birth but I got on the train and when Ticket collector came I showed him the wait list on my phone. He thought that since I am showing on phone my ticket might be confirmed. Haha. It was a 18 he train from Ahmadabad to Goa, tiring but when I got there since my ticket wasn't confirmed,it got refunded. I reached Goa for free. Haha haha luck me. on my way met these amazing people who were also going to Goa . They were from Mumbai and I decided to stay with them for 1 night since I got booking at this hostel from 12 to 14.
55 Kms from Bhuj
Best time to visit - July,August,September,October
One of Gujarat's most beautiful places, Kutch is nature's masterpiece. The vast barren land with spurts of colour is an enchanting sight and the White Desert, as it's fondly called, is what travellers' dreams are made of. The Rann of Kutch is filled with sea water during monsoons and with salt water, immediately after. Only on a few islands will you find signs of vegetation enough to sustain the life here. The Rann is made of almost 16 tribes and most tribes have distinct cultures, different languages and a way of life that is drastically different. During your trip here, do make sure to spend time with the tribes here. Not only will you learn a little more about the locals here but the experience tends to become quite memorable. Do visit Aina Mahal, Bhuj Museum, Prag Mahal and Mandvi beach. For adventure enthusiasts, do try the camel safari, stay at the camps under the stars and experience everything one usually doesn't. Of course, a visit here during Rann Utsav is unmatched. For shopaholics, there is a plethora of goodies to take back home, including silver jewellery, handicrafts, bandhani and applique work. Do choose your stay option carefully since that will add to your experience here in Kutch. Numerous options have been added to this town's growing list of hotels and you can easily choose the kind of holiday you want.Read More
The white salt desert should be a major reason why you should visit this place. A trip during winter is recommended as the place comes alive. The Rann Festival which is organised during the months of December and February attracts huge crowds. However, if you want to avoid crowds, visit the place after the peak season. The area is known for various crafts, embroidery work as well as animal sanctuaries. You can also pay a visit to Bhuj before Kutch. The beautiful beach there is sure to be relaxing. The alleys with the typical houses and buildings are the best attractions. These have traditional Gujarati styles of architecture and designs on them which tell you a lot about their building styles and how it has evolved from the earlier days. This is no doubt one of the best weekend getaways from Ahmedabad. The whole town is built around the Bhuiyo Dungar Hill from where it derives the name. The other attractions here are the Aina Mahal, The Kutch Museum, which is known to be the oldest here and the bell tower in the Prag Mahal.Distance from Ahmadabad - 400 Km
6. Kutch: While talking about places to visit in the monsoon in India, one cannot forget the mesmerizing landscapes of Kutch. Deemed as the largest salt desert in India, the Great Rann of Kutch is a carpet of the crystal as far as the eyes can see. The region is inhabited by tribal communities, and their culture and traditions draw a large number of tourists to their land. Every year the Rann Mahotsav turns these barren lands to a myriad coloured kaleidoscope with its three month long festivities. In addition to its rich cultural diversity, Kutch is also a land of adventure. The very famous wildlife safaris, rappelling, and trekking are thrilling experiences to look out for. In order to reach Kutch, Kutch Express is available from Bombay via Ahmedabad to Gandhidham.
Kutch has always been known for its wealth of culture and handicrafts. And when you're here on a holiday, one thing that you really do not want to miss is exploring a few local art forms. Kutch produces some of the world's most unusual textile products, as well as intricately crafted metal works. In the book, Kachchh: The Last Frontier, author Tejinder Singh sums it up pretty well: "The intricate embroidery stems from the Kutchi lifestyle... One can see the influences of the Cretan stitch of Greece, surface interlacing stitches from Armenia and the French tambouring techniques. It is a reflection of their lifestyle... of camels, peacocks, parrots, flowers, trees and women churning milk. Each pattern tells a story." The best way to experience local art forms in Kutch, however, is by village hopping. As you pass through various artisan villages of the indigenous tribes that inhibit the district of Kutch, you find a striking contradiction. But one needs days to explore them all, or perhaps even a week. But those who have only one day in hand, can take a drive along the dusty road, and explore the humble village of Nirona.
One simple inspiration for people to visit Kutch, from as far as outside of India, is to explore its two natural landscapes: one is the While Desert, which comes with all those dramatic sunsets and full-moons we end up here looking for; and the other, the vast barren flatlands (or the crack-lands). During my 25 days of backpacking across Gujarat, out of which a fair share was spent in exploring the Great and Little Rann of Kutch, I found a few impressive and offbeat sites - that were far better than the Great Rann of Kutch located near the tent city of Dhordo. The White Rann near Dhordo, as I found out, was crowded and has been turned partially brown (from white) due to its overexposure to tourists. It was moreover impossible to hear the silence here and enjoy the moment on your own, as I apparently did in the more isolated and offbeat corners of White Rann.
Dropping at Bhuj, i got a car that took a thousand to my place of stay in Kutch, the Rann Homestay. Finalllyyy much awaited Kutch! Hell tired from the journey i dozed off to sleep. It was one in the afternoon when i woke up! The sun beaming high up in the sky, no sign of cool weather, the tents swaying to the tune of the wind, sight of arid spaces all around, but the best view out of my bhunga or hut was the lunch being laid out in buffet! chawal, roti, ghee, gur, two types of sabzi, daal and papad! Filling my tummy with as much food as possible, i got dressed to visit the white desert! since the home-stay was far, i had to avail some conveyance. at the site, one needs a permit from the tourist facilitation center and pay 100 per person to take you up to a certain spot from where again you got to walk or ride the camel/camel cart to view the white desert ultimately!
I and my 2 office friends started the trip from ahmedabad by our own car. We started our journey 8 am in morning towards MATA NO MADH a very famous temple of Ashapura mata in kutch. We riched there by 6pm and then we headed towrds NARAYAN SAROVAR which is 43km from mata no madh. NARAYAN sarovar is the last place before pakistan border and after narayan sarovar there is Arabian sea and from there pakistan border is just 40km. There is a KOTESHWAR temple also. Here you will find desert on the one side and arabian sea in the other side which is very amazing.
Kutch Bustard SanctuaryIf you’re trailing the Great Indian bustard, Lesser florican bustard, and Macqueen’s Bustard, you can’t miss this sanctuary. The two-square-kilometre area was declared a sanctuary for the Great Indian bustard in 1992 and it is the only place it is found.The Details: The nearest airport is Bhuj, 110 kilometres away; the railway station is Nalia, 20 kilometres. You can stay at Radisson Hotel Kandla (radisson. com) in Gandhidham. The entry to the sanctuary is free on all days.Watch out for the Great Indian Bustard at the Kutch Bustard Sanctuary.Flamingo CityThe world’s largest flamingo colony, Flamingo City is a lake in the desert where half a million flamingos fly to every year to nest. The best time to visit the area is in the winter months when it becomes the breeding ground for flamingos, pelicans, and avocets.The Details: You can only visit the area on a camel. The starting point is Khavda, 66 kilometres from Bhuj. You can take a flight from Mumbai to Bhuj or take the Bhuj Express or the Kutch Express from Ahmedabad. You can stay at City The VIllage Resort (citythevillage.com) in Bhuj.
Kutch is full of Culture,communicative people, mouth watering food and alluring places.There were so many attractive places in this district to visit which we had covered in 4 days.The "Bandhni" handicrafts works done by Gujarati People is a must buy item from Bhuj.Talking about Gujarati food we had tried from street foods to good restaurant of Bhuj,it was really tasteful and you should try it.The temperature is good between December and Feb so we had planned our trip during that time.I read somewhere that Bhuj is Jaisalmer of Gujarat ,after reaching there i found it was correct as the temperature and location at Indo-pakistan border is quite similar with Jaisalmer.
A must visit place especially during Rann of Kutch Utsav. Enjoy walking on the white desert, the culture of Kutch and the beauty of Tent City. One can shop for authentic craftswork and other items here at Hodka. try visiting this place during the full moon day to enjoy the safari in white desert twice.
92 Kms from Bhuj
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Examples of Rajput architecture and a prominent pearl fishing centre distinguish Gujarat’s lesser known gem, Jamnagar, from other cities. The age-old decaying buildings, narrow lanes and colourful bazaars make up for the lost charm inflicted by tall buildings and the brimming crowd. The scenic Lakhota Fort stands in the middle of the lake and is a fort like palace that now houses a museum of old collectables. It looks beautiful at sundown when the lake glitters in the yellow light that reflects from the monument. The Darbargadh Fort, constructed with a mix of European and Rajput architectural styles, is mesmerising to explore. Other must visits here are the Pratap Vilas Palace and Bhujio Kotho, a five-floor monument believed to be constructed for protection during invasions. There are also many Jain temples around the Chandi Bazaar that grant the place an old world charm. With a coastline that stretches till Dwarka, Jamnagar also offers some unspoilt beaches with white and golden sand. Shopping in Jamnagar is a treat and you must not forget to buy the world famous, multi-hued Bandhani fabric, which can be used as a dupatta or dress or even a sari. Taste the Gujarati delicacies of ghughra and dry fruit kachoris and consider the Express Residency or J R Avezika for a comfortable stay in the city.Read More
Aradhana Dham, Jamnagar
Jamnagar - Venice of Gujarat Still having old architectural marvels... Presently come up due to reliance and essar Places to visit lakhota lake lakhota lake museum main palace Bedi port - famous for corels Kachori - famous eatry Having dominos , subway only Mc Donalds, pizza hut n much more yet to come....
Jamnagar has been synonymous to jalebi and fafda for all the other communities at large. But my one night sojourn will attempt to tell you what lies in this nagar beyond the banal jalebi and fafda routine. The journey to Jamnagar from Mumbai is a good 14 hour run in the Saurashtra Mail that takes off from Mumbai about 8-25pm. It is preferable to take a three tier AC if one wants to enjoy the entire next day without signs of fatigue. General sleeper is the fun sorts but leaves you with lesser energy for next day as the sleep would be disturbed. With the usual delay in train incidents one lands in Jamnagar at about 12:30pm the next day. One already starts witnessing men in white cotton Kediyas and a white turban and the traditional ladies with a unique attire of a choli, a ghaghra, a dupatta, some jewellery and black tattoo like artwork all over their hand.
206 Kms from Bhuj
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
The city of Junagadh in Odisha, is a popular religious destination as well as an interesting tourist city. It is situated at the foothills of Mount Girnar with the Arabian Sea on its southwest, and fort walls surrounding the entire city. It is not a surprise that the city is loaded with architectural remnants and a pleasure for history buffs to explore. The Uparkot Fort, Tomb of Nuri Shah and Junagadh Museum will arouse that historical shiver within you and tell you the story of the past. Jama Masjid is worth visiting for an arresting panorama of Junagadh. Snippets of the Chudasama Rajputs are evident in the architectural styles of relics like Adi-Kadi Vav and Navghan Kuvo. If you are an adventure seeker, the Holy Hill of Girnar offers a remarkable trek. The Jain temples, Amba Ji Mandir, and Dattatray Mandir are pit stops that you can use to catch a breath during this 5-6 hour steep trek. Once you are at the top of the hill, you will realise why the exhaustion is totally worth it. Another wonderful opportunity that Junagadh offers you is close proximity to the stunning Gir National Park. If exploring the world is something you simply can't resist, then Gir definitely has to be on your list. Perhaps the only place where you can see the mighty, shy lions going about their daily business, Gir offers you an experience that is hard to forget. Leo Resorts is a good choice if you prefer to stay a night, though there are other budget and luxury hotels depending on your preference. For shopaholics, there are gold and silver embroidered items and perfumes available in the local markets. Don’t forget to pick up a tin of Kesar Keri on your way back – the taste of the mango pulp will keep you wanting more.Read More
I was really very excited about climbing the highest mountain of Gujarat and so as Shreyansh, as both of us never did it. The Girnar is older than the Himalaya Mountain. It’s immense beauty has always attracted me towards it. And now I was about to start a real adventure. Night trekking, climbing the Girnar.Check my next blog post where I will take you on a visual journey to highest mountain in Gujarat.
Well…it is all about my trip to Junagadh District. This time our Wayfarer's Club planned to go for Gir Safari in the Sasan Gir jungle of Junagadh. We were very hopeful about this trip. After all it was the chance to see the Asiatic lions (Babbar sher) in their natural living. Unfortunately I could not join my Wayfarer friends for the Safari, but I decided to join them for visiting places in Junagadh and the Madhopur beach. I had been to Junagadh before but never made it to the Mt. Girnar. This time also it was not on our list, but I was excited about visit to this beautiful city.The moment I entered in Junagadh my first task was to buy milk, sugar, tea and some other snacks as we were staying at a farmhouse for night. At the farmhouse we had delicious ‘’Bhadthu Rotlo’’ - a special and traditional food item for winter season. After completing dinner we set the bonfire. The bonfire was the best thing in that bone chilling winter night.
Junagadh is primarily visited by the pilgrims for sacred Girnar hills which is a home to many Hindus and Jain temples, scattered around the Girnar hill.It is the highest peak in Gujarat State. Reached our point of shelter- hotel Somnath and kept luggage.Savoured Kathiawadi Thali at Patel’s restaurant, the food is wholesome and reasonably priced, more servers than the customers. Thali's at Gujarat do not come with sharing privilege,unlimited servings of Papad,roti,rice,dal etc can be enjoyed ,needless to say.Sakkarbaug zoological park
Junagadh city is the headquarters of Junagadh district. The city is the 7th largest in Gujarat, located at the foot of the Girnar hills, 355 km south west of state capital Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad. Literally translated, Junagadh means "Old Fort". An alternate etymology gives the name as coming from "Yonagadh", literally "City of the Yona (Greeks)," referring to the ancient inhabitants of the city under the Indo-Greek Kingdom. It is also known as "Sorath", the name of the earlier Princely State of Junagadh. After a brief struggle between India and Pakistan, Junagadh joined India on 9 November 1947. It was a part of Saurashtra state and later Bombay state. In 1960, after the Maha Gujarat movement, it became part of newly formed Gujarat state.
152 Kms from Bhuj
Best time to visit - January,October,November,December
Rajkot today may deceive you with its congested roads and new heights, but the soul of the city still screams Gandhi. The narrow lanes, marketplaces with farmers selling bottled ghee at corners keeps the ethos intact. At Alfred High School you will see the reminiscences of the cultural setting where Gandhi pursued his education and at Gandhi Smriti, the recollections of his childhood. Founded in the colonial times, traces of the British Raj are still prevalent here. Prominent places to visit include the Watson Museum, Rotary Dolls Museum and Aaji Dam. Situated in the heart of Saurashtra, Rajkot is probably the centre with Gir Forest, Somnath Temple, Mount Girnar and even Diu all within a range of 200kms from it. If you want to spend the night, consider the Seasons Hotel or Marasa Sarovar Portico. From a cultural point of view, Rajkot is not inadequate either. The Kathiawari is an inherent form of folk music and Dayro too is Rajkot’s very own native genre. And how can one possibly forget the Garba? That is what keeps the city lighted during the festival of Navratri, through the night till dawn. Try the mouth-watering cuisine, which includes dishes such as fafda, poha, jalebi, dabeli, spicy ghughra and chikki before leaving the city.Read More
After long driving of 5 hours reached Rajkot at 9,00p.m, approached Hotel Babha kingstone,room was available.After a tiring journey we were in need of a good night's sleep.Early morning after a delicious breakfast at the hotel left to
Rajkot is frequently referred to as "Rangiloo Rajkot" meaning colorful Rajkot. The people of Rajkot like to enjoy themselves to the fullest no matter which season or time of the day. You can find them eating out at 1 am. Shopkeepers mostly close their business in the afternoon.Rajkot is multicultural. However, only Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu and English are well understood. Rajkot is the part of Kathiyawad. Because of this people of Rajkot are also known as Kathiyawadi.The City is also the home town of MohanDas Gandhi
269 Kms from Bhuj
Best time to visit - October to March is considered to be favourable months to visit this place.
The city of Somnath in Gujarat is famous and home to one of the twelve sacred Shiva Jyotirlingas in the country. Legend tells one that the original structure was built in gratitude to Lord Shiva by the moon God Soma. Lord Shiva is said to have removed a terrible curse, the magnificent temple dedicated to his worship. Known to be an extremely wealthy place, the temple and the surroundings were plundered and destroyed by Muslim invaders who came in search of gold and treasures. Mahmud of Ghazni is said to have looted the place in 1026 and that the last raid was carried out by Aurangzeb who built a mosque at the site. This town has a nice beach and has been transformed into a pilgrimage spot.Read More
On 4th day, We were ready to depart for "Somnath" temple. We boarded "19252/ Okha Somnath Express" and it took around 8 hrs to reach "Somnath". The Somnath temple located in Prabhas Patan near Veraval in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujarat, is believed to be the first among the twelve jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is an important pilgrimage and tourist spot of Gujarat. Destroyed and reconstructed several times in the past.
The trip started with an early morning flight from Delhi to Ahmedabad and a long 8 hour road trip from Ahmedabad to Somnath. We reached Somnath at 5 in the evening and decided that after a quick shower and a cup or two of tea, we would visit the temple. The Somnath temple is a sight to behold. It is beautiful and grand and has a massive compound surrounding it. The temple is known for the intense history of being plundered numerous times and constructed again and again. But the current structure stands tall on the sea shore, welcoming one and all, with open arms. The Shivling inside the temple is beautiful and the sanctum sanctorum, or the “garbhgraha” as it is called in Hindi, is made of actual gold and houses the Shivling. The rest of the structure is painted in gold colour with the central spire standing 15 metres tall. Surrounding the temple on one side is the sea and the seashore with a sprawling beach and the other side is a small market. The beach is very touristy but offers the perfect view of the sunset. We stayed in Somnath for 3 days and visited the temple at dusk and at dawn and during noon and every time the view of the temple was different and unique.
Day 2: Having walked a lot in Ahmadabad the previous day, we were quite tired, and thus slept okey okey in the train. On Day2, we arrived at Veraval station early morning around 6 am and took a shared auto upto Somnath. After getting there, we took a hotel, took bath and got fresh and went to the temple for Darshan. The temple has been built exactly on the seashore and has a very beautiful view. After Darshan and breakfast, we came down to the bus stand which is very close to the temple. We boarded the bus to Dwarka around 10 am. Earlier we had thought the bus journey to dwarka is around 4 hours, but only after coming to bus stand, we got to know that it was going to take us around 6-7 hours to reach Dwarka. Having no other option, we still boarded the bus. Travelling through the amazing seaside highways of Gujarat, you can see large number of wind mills on both the sides of the highway.
Early morning performed Abhishek at Somanthji temple ,thrilled to view Ganga abhishek getting done electronically without entering the sanctum.Jai Somnath, May God SOMNATHJI bless you all to fullfill your goal and desires !!South Indian Food prepared on request at Maheshwari Bhavan was good. Special ginger tea complemented the taste .On the way to Gir, our Driver narrated his experience of seeing lions point blank when he was sleeping inside his car, lions preying upon cattle during night. He was ready to arrange Safari at Gir park, but there was no guarantee that we would spot lions. We dropped the idea of seeing the lions and moved on to Junagarh. At Devalia Safari Park too, we were disappointed, safari was closed at 11.00a.m and scheduled to open at 3.00p.m.We moved on.., from jungle road to cultivated land of mango groves, green- white coriander fields and then to hilly landscape. As one approaches Junagadh ,one can spot the Girnar hill.Junagadh (City of Heritage)
On the way to Somnath, there is an amazing beach and spent some time over there with Family. After ~5 hours (included stay in between), we reached Somnath. First, we did Somnath temple darshan and see the sunset from temple back side. Feel to see sunset nowhere in the world (very much recommended). Also, in evening there is a musical show inside temple campus but we missed that. In Somnath temple, purse and mobile are not allowed but they provide locker at a minimal charge. We had our dinner near the temple. Then we started for our hotel which was in Veraval and just 20min far away.
firstly , We had take a bus from Bhopal to INDORE ( 200 km ) . after reaching indore we went to the office of a local bus operator named INTERCITY bus services . they had no direct bus form INDORE to SOMNATH , so we decided to take a bus for RAJKOT. That bus was a fully air conditioned and had a great staff service ,so that our actual journey started form INDORE , we were enjoying our journey, One thing i want to mention here is that i didn’t do research for that journey ,we just packed our bages and gone for that like ‘BANJARAS ‘. that was quite interesting because we traveled gujarat for the first time. we departed form INDORE at 8 pm and it was taken a whole night than our bus reached at ahmedabad at approx 4 am but bus was not stopped there and after more 3 hour journey we were stopped at any highway retreat at NH 8A ( AHMEDABAD – RAJKOT HIGHWAY ) for some refreshment . after this we FINALLY reached RAJKOT at 9 AM . so now we were 900 km away from BHOPAL . we had took some time to rest after this ,we reached at S.T. BUS STAND RAJKOT where we took direct bus for SOMNATH . the main merits of those buses are they are more punctual for there timing than other buses. after departed form the BIRTH PLACE OF MAHATMA GANDHI ,we arrived at SOMNATH.it is approx 1100 km far from central india . SOMNATH is a very peacefull place situated at the arabian sea beach. It is also renown for a major hindu pilgrim centre called ( FIRST JYOTIRLINGA OF AMONG ALL TWELVE IN INDIA ). after arriving at somnath ,firstly we went to beach area and relaxed there for some time, after that we had gone for temple darshan. honestly the temple was so much pretty and well maintained and organised , people always make decorum for darshan and atmosphere was happier. we rested there for a night and than next morning we planned for visit GIR NATIONAL FOREST.
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