Gujarat had been on my travel bucket list for quite some time and when my parents expressed their desire of pilgrimage to Dwarka and Somnath, I immediately jumped in to grab the opportunity! Me and my husband desperately wanted to go Runn of Kutch to experience its unique white salty deserts! And, since we were traveling in December, Kutch Festival would have been the icing on the cake! But unfortunately, we couldn’t make it to Kutch as I was traveling with my 1-year old son and 65-year-old father who is diabetic and a heart patient and there was a risk of them getting exhausted with too much of long duration road journeys.
So, in nutshell, we followed below itinerary in Gujarat:
Day 1 – 23rd December 2018 - Arrival in Ahmedabad from Bangalore by air
Day 2 – Road trip to Somanth and Visit Somnath Temple in evening
Day 3 – Day trip to Diu
Day 4 – Road trip to Dwarka and visit Dwarkadheesh temple in evening
Day 5 – Sightseeing in Dwarka
Day 6 – Road trip to Ahmedabad
Day 7 – 29th December 2018 - Back to Bangalore by air
Tourism is at its peak in Gujarat in winters (December-February) since it remains extremely hot during rest of the year. Therefore, it is highly advisable to do all reservations well in advance if traveling in winters. We initially thought of traveling by train within Gujarat since a lot of trains commute during night amongst Ahmedabad, Somnath and Dwarka. But every train was on waiting list even 2 months before our traveling dates. Therefore, we finally resorted to most comfortable but a bit expensive option of road trip in a cab. We hired Innova with driver through Safari.com. It costed us approx. Rs. 25K for whole journey, to and fro from Ahmedabad Airport. Well, safari.com was cheapest of all other taxi services available in Gujarat like zoomcar.com, etc. Our driver Mr. Maulik was extremely knowledgeable, accommodating and humble person!
All hotel reservations were also done 2 months before traveling dates and to our surprise there were not much options left for us to book in Somnath and Dwarka and tariffs had also doubled!
Weather was quite pleasant. A thin jacket should be sufficient for chilly mornings and evenings. During the day, summer clothes are sufficient. Roads are excellent offering super comfortable drive and journey.