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Also called Amdavad, this place happened to be the former capital of the state of Gujarat. The third largest of all the ...
Uttarayan, Ahmedabad - Jan 2018 Uttarayan is celebrated on the occasion of the first day of sun's transit into the Makara (Capricorn) and marking the end of the winters. The local folks of Gujarat celebrate this festival in every corner of the world. They fly kites in the afternoon, dance on the tunes of Garba in the evening and then fly hundreds of sky lanterns in night.
We friends were planning Diu trip for a long time and eventually, we did, we tried to be super casual, we booked only transportation, no stay whatsoever. Did some research on redbus.com and booked seats in a GSRTC bus which departs from Ahmedabad bus depot in the night around 10 PM.Day 1 of the trip
By Air - A flight from New Delhi to Ahmedabad or a direct flight from New Delhi to Bhuj Airport which run almost everyday.
Day 6:A long 8 hours journey awaited us today from Dwarka to Ahmedabad. We left at 9:30 AM and reached our hotel House of MG by 5:30 PM.House of MG is an excellent property and one of the best heritage hotel I have ever stayed in. The hotel is situated in the old part of the city and really provides an old-world charm. They have merged heritage with luxury to give a unique experience. It has 2 properties: Mangaldas ni haveli 1 and 2. We stayed in 1 where there much hyped Agashiye restaurant is present. The havelis have been beautifully restored. Though we had an idea that we chose the best property in Ahmedabad but once we reached here we were completely spellbound with its grandeur & awestruck interiors.They conduct short tours of 2 hours daily to nearby old city, jain temples, markets, havelis both at night and during the day. Ticket is Rs. 250. I really wanted to go for night tour but so couldn’t go for it since I was dead tired. They have a museum showcasing different fabrics, embroideries, handlooms and other textiles available across Gujarat and India. Hotel guests have free access to this museum. Then, there is a small shop inside the hotel premises called “Local Artisans” selling Gujarati traditional handicrafts, home décor things, clothes, souvenirs at over the top prices!
Day 1Our flight was at 2:30 PM. On reaching Ahmedabad we called our driver whose details had already been shared with us by Safari.com. We reached Hotel Nami Residency by 5 PM. A descent budget hotel with average rooms, service and food.We left for Law Garden weekend evening market in evening. It is a flea market which is famous for Gujarati traditional (predominantly Kutch) dresses, accessories, home décor and footwear. Small stalls with colorful display of clothes like Lehenga-choli, dupattas, stoles, etc. are lined along the road and are thronged by tourists and locals alike. Bargaining is at its peak here! Our driver specifically mentioned to shop for these traditional Kutch clothes at Bhuj or Runn of Kutch incase going there since it will be cheaper, more authentic offering more variety.Law market is also famous for its street food stalls. Lot of dhabas with all kind of cuisines operate in full swing as the sun sets. We had Kathiawadi Thali at one such dhaba and it was mouthwatering especially the tomato sev sabji and bajre ka rotla!
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It was an instant plan , next day was sunday and we decided to make a visit to lion safari park which was recently opened in DHARI.
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.
91 Kms from Balasar
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 ...
Ahmedabad to Bhuj is approximately 330 kms which we covered in an overnight non A/C sleeper bus. The only way to reach Rann of Kutch from Bhuj is by rikshaw or taxi. We hired a rickshaw for 700 INR. 80 kms chilly ride along side the never ending stretch of barren land was mesmerizing. Passing through the Tropic of Cancer, watching the sun rise and stopping for coffee in a dhaba is what I call life. As it was off season "Rann Kandhi" in Dhordo was the only place that was open and we were lucky to get accommodation with food for 4000 INR per Bhunga (hut). We went to "White Rann of Kutch" and Kala Dungar before calling it a day.
We drove to Kutch from Ahmedabad, a journey that brought the realisation that there are few travel destinations that offer such a dramatic change in landscape all within a distance of a few hundred kilometres. Leaving behind the commercial humdrum of the city, we began to get closer to the desert, our path guided by wind turbines standing tall against the orange evening sky. Windmills are a characteristic part of the Kutch landscape, with the steady wind conditions through the day and night making it a perfect setting to harness energy.
Rann of Kutch, Gujarat (India – Pakistan)Rann of Kutch is located in the Kutch district of Gujarat. This seasonal white desert is open to the public from October to February. The desert connects India with Pakistan and this is your chance to experience the most scenic sight of white desert.
No doubt, Kutch is a nagging dream for everyone. Ever since people have seen those beautifully shot Amitabh Bachchan ads about Gujarat, the love for Kutch in particular, has been drawn more powerfully. Well, to tell you the truth, Kutch is gorgeous, and is famous for a few more things than one can imagine.
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.
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.
168 Kms from Balasar
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,...
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.
243 Kms from Balasar
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
Mount Abu is the only hill station in the deserts of Rajasthan. Among forts and palaces, this quiet hill station is quit...
I absolutely fell in Love with Roads, Curves, Hush Green Environment. Was feeling so fresh out there. The most famous place is Nakki Lake. We headed towards there and spent some good time there.
Mount Abu, the 1st destination of the journey, at the lake, it was cold and beautiful. Dogs, streetlights, benches, water and stars. The lake is lifeline of the city, for stoners, loners, families, and ice cream parties, full with people, bubbles flowing around and the market filled with fancy Rajasthani art and crafts.
I started off from Nagpur in train to Ahmedabad, then onto Abu road. From Abu road, I took a shared taxi directly to Mount Abu. On reaching, I enquired about the rates to cover the places and was delighted to know of a package, which covered 8 major points before dropping back at Nakki lake. I covered Dilwara temple, Guru Shikhar, Achalgarh village, Toad rock, Arbuda Devi, Somnath temple, Shooting point, Honeymoon point, Om Shanti Bhawan/ Pandav Bhawan, before being dropped off at Nakki Lake to enjoy the fireworks [I had been on Diwali]. I missed out on Trevors Tank in Abu.
Day 3 - Jodhpur to Mount Abu (270 Kms)On the third day we were excited to reach to another amazing halt of the trip. Like Jodhpur, Mount Abu was also crowded as it was extended weekend. So we spent evening at Nakki Lake and then headed to Achaleshwar(10 kms from Mount Abu).https://www.facebook.com/nvn92/videos/pcb.10211315573264884/10211315570544816/?type=3&theater
MOUNT ABU WINTER FESTIVALMoving a bit earlier won’t cost you much. Let’s start with the end of December celebrating the grand New Year at the small hill station of Rajasthan, Mount Abu. The winter fest is a tribute to the rich culture and tradition of Rajasthan. The two to three days event in Mount Abu invites the folk performers and other artists from every part of India.The vibrancy of culture, aromatic taste of food and the folk art lures the heart of every passerby, creating magic in the scenic ambiance. Not only the cultural events, but many sports event such as cricket matches, kite flying and rowing competitions are also organized during the festival.
Mt.Abu decides to show us some Rain and Cold in the morning, we start early, back to Ahmedabad where we are supposed to meet up Shreejith. It’s a 250+ km drive back to Ahmedabad, Mt.Abu brings in a lot of crowd across the state border for obvious reasons, since Gujarat is a dry State. All along the trip, the NHAI and the required authorities deserve a clap, since the Tarmac is really commendable and we are rethinking and missing our Motorcycles which are resting back at home.
Again, the photo-frenzy begins, with wide-angles, macro, PhotoSpheres, mono, panoramas not to belittle the unprecedented DPs !! While the hunger hit us as we had missed our breakfast( lets not count the 400gms worth Paapdi which was had at a road-side dhaba at 5am) we were driving towards Mt.Abu our destination for the day. The Aravalli’s had arrived, the flat landscape of Gujrat gave way to the Northward and the Oldest Mountain Ranges (of India )standing tall boasting its Basaltic ( subject to correction ) surfaces and ginormous rocks. A small glitch as Kantibhai had some trouble entering the Rajasthan Border due to some paperwork for the vehicle getting misplaced. A few phone calls, A fine and we were through. Next stop was for some internal cooling for both the men (Shikanzi water) and the machine before the 30 odd km upwards ghat drive to Mt. Abu. A mad number of motorcycle devotees descending the ghats, with their flashy flags, chanting, not-following a number of rules of the road and with minimal road sense crossed us while we ascended ever-watchful of the recent landslides due to rains which had drained some dangerous sections of asphalt. Mt.Abu welcomes us with a nice greys, some much awaited cloud cover after a Sunny Gujarat. The temperature was pleasant, the entry to the hill station easy, considering this is the highest in the Aravallis ( Guru Shikhar being the tallest peak, approx. 1722 m. above MSL). With the N-number of devices on-charge back in our hotel room, we hog at Jodhpur Bhojanalay, a local joint, which was recommended to us by one of our contacts in Mt. Abu who also got us a good deal for our accommodation at Hotel Aravalli. The food some of us enjoyed, the DaalBati, a local delicacy, is a personal choice, some of us did not enjoy it including me. Raw Balls of Wheat!! We decide to give Kantibhai a break and leave for a short tour of Mt.Abu to check out the Dilwara Temples, but the site is a typical Tourist/Devotees mad house with a trust (with our experience of such trusts only ruining the character of these places with a host of shops, a lot of worthless memorabilia that gets the locals some chance to make quick bucks, which can be invested in producing unique goods, which may not necessarily be useful to the tourists, anyway that’s a totally different topic). So we decided not to visit the temple premise, and head back via Nakki Lake and other local hotspots back to our hotel for a quick powernap. The powernap ends up in a set of long discussions while few of us are lost in slumber, some food, some music and off to sleep for a long day ahead. We sleep early and we plan to start early.
Talking about the boarding cost, it is a little dearer as compared to the places of Himachal or call it just the long weekend be the reason for the tariffs soaring up. Also, this is the only hill station nearing the cities of Rajasthan and Gujarat which might be keeping the cost escalated. Leave the cost aside, we had real tough time nestling at the place as there were very few rooms at Abu due to sudden rush of long weekend. After relentless hunting for 1 hours in two groups we finally managed to get a decent accommodation. Talking about the amenities of the property, our hotel had a balcony, a beautiful lawn area and a lovely pet- Stella! We got ready in no time and had the mouth watering Shev bhaji, what’s kind of a synonym of food in Rajasthan for me. We have only this day for visiting places and had only half of it left after lunch. We hurried to the top most peak of the place, which they call Guru shikhar and spent some half an hour there by clicking amazing photographs.
260 Kms from Balasar
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 situate...
As the train approached Junagadh, it looked as though a constellation of stars was down to kiss the earth. At half past four in the morning, I reached the Junagadh station. An auto drove me to the foothill of the Girnar, that is approximately 15 km from the station and I realized that what seemed to be a constellation of stars from the distant was indeed an array of lights that lit the Girnar so beautifully and guided pilgrims throughout the dark.It took me 2 hours to reach the peak of the mountain. I was right on time to catch the mesmerizing sunrise. The cold wind that blew brought goosebumps and looking at the spreading colors of the sun, my heart whispered to my soul that the climb was all worth it.I was able to reach the peak in two hours because I climbed without taking any break, yes, literally without any break. I didn't even stop to take a sip of water. The climb is a bit exhausting, but the shower of cold breeze at the peak will definitely refresh your body and soul.Mount Girnar which is considered to be older than the Himalayas is a sacred place for Jain and Hindu pilgrims. At the peak of Girnar, is the 'Akhand Dhuni' which literally translates to eternal flame, beleived to be lit by Lord Dattatreya himself.
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.
117 Kms from Balasar
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
One of the most visited cities in Gujarat, Bhuj is home to a number of historical monuments, a lively culture and a hist...
Literally my friend started screaming... And i woke up with shock and rushed to balcony of the hotel room....But view was worth screaming for......Very soon we got ourselves freshen up and packed our bag to leave for kutchIt took around 2 hours to reach kutch, avoid spot booking of hotels because during peak season you will rarely get a single roomWhite ranna was about 10 minutes distance from our cottage, rooms were beautifully decorated with glasses, designs were so primitive and bathroom was well equipped and luckily very cool inside even during hot humid outsideYou will have to get three must have view of whiteOne is sunriseSecond is sunsetAnd third is full moonYou will cherish through out your life
By Train - A train from Ahmedabad to Bhuj. There are 3 express trains on weekdays and 4 on weekends. Except during Rann Utsav, you can get your tickets at the current booking counter in the Ahmedabad Railway Station.
There are some cottages and guest houses near Dholavira but staying there is not recommended as getting food and medical aid during emergency will be a problem as there is hardly any local transport. So it is best to stay at Bhuj and visit Dholavira.
This day was going to be hectic. as we have to cover around 350-400 kms in one day. So we left our hotel by 8 am. We took the same driver and we settled for INR 3200 for Bhuj--> Mata no Madh-->Lakhpat Fort-->Narayan Sarovar-->Koteshwar Mahadev-->Mandvi-->Bhuj.
Upon Reaching Bhuj, we talked to some local people and enquired about places to explore. Feedback that we received for Home cottages at Rann(Dhordo Village) was not so good. So we decided to have stay at Bhuj only. Then we went(by running autos-INR 10/head) to taxi Union at Juna Bus Stand where we enquired for Taxi as syncing with bus is very difficult there. It was 2200 for "Bhuj-->Rann of Kutch , Kalo Dungar , India Bridge-->Bhuj". He told INR 2500 but upon negotiation we settle for 2200 INR. You guys can use your negotiation skills for better deal. After having some snacks as Breakfast (Gujarati-Jalebi-Fafda, Dhokla) we left for Kutch at 10:00 am.
Around 80km and an hour and a half away from the Rann of Kutch is the town of Bhuj. Bhuj came into the headlines after the 2001 earthquake, when almost the entire city was flattened to the ground. There are some buildings that survived the earthquake, such as Aina Mahl and Prag Mahal, which are must visits. Apart from these, you can visit Bhujodi, a modernised village with decorated huts – each of them housing a different handicraft from Kutch and other areas of Gujarat. This is a great place for some authentic handicraft shopping.
At 4:00am the cab has arrived- our ride for next 3 days. We had completed our journey from Ahmedabad to Bhuj in 5 hours at around 09:00 am in the morning. I would really appreciate such well-maintained roads which made the journey extremely smooth and comfortable.After reaching Bhuj we proceeded to our Hotel – Ilark where the hotel staff was really kind to provide us early Check In since we haven’t made any request for early Check while booking the hotel. We wanted to start the exploration as soon as possible so we just got ready as quick as we could and began with the landmarks of city.1) Prag Mahal & Aina Mahal– It’s a a 19th-century palace located next to the Aina Mahal Aina Mahal and is named after is named after Rao Pragmalji II. The place has been highly affected by the 2001 earthquake although once can still see mirrored ceiling, ivory gates, decorated walls, stain glass paintings from those time which till speaks about the richness of the culture.2) Big Ben Replication – It’s 45 foot high tower with a clock, from where entire Bhuj city is visible and can definitely give you some beautiful pics to cherish from the trip.3) Bhujodi Village - It is a major textile centre of Kutch and once can find shawls, mud work paintings, jutti's, and various other handicraft goods. Here you can meet weavers who are kind enough to let you see them work and explain the process. It was astonishing for us to know that a hand woven shawl may take 6 months to complete. It was an experience to learn about the kindness and talent of these weavers who had curated raw materials into absolute beauty. Girls it’s a must visit place for some traditional as well as extremely vibrant & lively addition to your wardrobe.Bhuj is an ideal springboard for visits to the surrounding villages which offers the Pandora of beautiful handcrafted articles. The local vegetable market in Bhuj would take you down the memory lanes of childhood and if you had not experienced it in childhood it will be an experience away from the Metro city stores to the freshness of garden.
171 Kms from Balasar
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. Th...
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
260 Kms from Balasar
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
The literal meaning of Dwarka is ‘gateway to heaven’ and for some tourists visiting this lovely city, this holds ver...
Located at a distance of 144km from the town of Jamnagar, Bluebell Beach is a great kitesurfing spot in Gujarat. The wind season here is from October to February. This place is frequented by experienced kitesurfers.
Day 5:We went to Dwarkadhish temple again for darshan in morning at 6:45 AM. Morning aarti happens twice in morning at 6:30 and 8:30 AM. As expected we were again welcomed by huge crowds and queues!This temple is located on the banks of Gomti River. It is actually a backwater river having salty sea water. It has religious significance in Hindu religion so my parents took a holy dip in it. Obviously, you will have to come back to your hotel to bath again to remove that sea water saltiness and sand! We came back to our hotel by 8:45 and left for Bet Dwarka by 10:45 AM. We were late! We were supposed to leave by 10 as suggested by the pandit but couldn’t and therefore, by the time we reached Bet Dwarka temple at 12:30 PM, it was closed! So, make sure to leave for Bet Dwarka max by 10 AM otherwise don’t go. It remains closed between 12:30-4 PM.Bet Dwarka was supposedly the residence of Lord Krishna. This temple is said to be standing over the exact residence of Lord Krishna and the original idol at the temple is said to have been established by lord Krishna’s wife, Rukmini.To reach here we first went to Okha in our taxi. Beyond its taxi stand, outside cabs are not allowed to go. So, you will have to take a local auto rickshaw to reach at ferry station (5 mins drive). From here a ferry will take you to Bet Dwarka island. It takes another approx. 15-20 mins. You will be welcomed by Seagulls on the way! On reaching, post 10 mins walk you will finally arrive at the temple. It takes around 1.5-2 hours in total to reach Bet Dwarka from Dwarka. Well, disappointed we came back to Dwarka for our next destination, Nageshwar Mahadev Temple. It is one of the 12 jyotirlingas in India. It is located 17 KM away from Dwarkadhish temple. It has a huge statue of Lord Shiva in its premises. Queues were highly mismanaged. We left the temple post darshan by 4:30 PM and came back to our hotel.As per my observations, please keep in mind following points while planning your itinerary for Dwarka during peak season:1. Do not come to Nageshwar Mahadev temple between 1-4 PM when most tourist buses arrive and huge crowds throng this place. Most people are back from Bet Dwarka by this time since its temple closes by 12:30 PM. We observed that there was almost no queue at 4 PM when people again leave for 1) Bet Dwarka as its temple reopens by 4:30 PM or 2) for evening aarti at Dwarkadhish temple or 3) for sunset view by the beach.2. Similarly, Dwarkadhish temple had no queue at 8:30 AM when morning aarti just finishes and people start leaving for Bet Dwarka.3. Plan for Bet Dwarka at early morning when most people will visit Dwarkadhish temple first for morning aarti. Also, many overnight trains arrive at Dwarka by early morning and devotees come directly to temple as there is locker/luggage storage facility available at the temple premises.Post our temple hopping throughout the day we went for some sightseeing at 6 PM. Our driver took us to Bhakti garden for sunset views. It is located close to Bhadkeshwar Mahadev temple. Sitting on the edge of a cliff with my husband, overlooking ocean waves crashing on rocky foothill of cliff and watching red colored sun going inside sea horizon infront – was truly a unique experience!! Location of Badhkeshwar temple is also quite interesting. It is present on pile of rocks inside sea and a narrow footpath connects the cliff to this temple. It offers 360* view of sea around. Well, we didn’t go inside since this one was also crowded with devotees!
Day 4:We left for our next destination Dwarka next morning at 9 AM after having breakfast at nearby Honest restaurant and it was pretty bad!On the way, our driver took us to Adari beach. It is present just a few kilometers off the highway at the end of a village. It doesn’t have a sandy beach but a swampy one with green algae. Can be skipped!
While JANUARY and FEBRUARY went in recovery in Nagpur, by MARCH I was up and running and was ready to meet my friends who had to cancel off our plans to Gangtok due to my accident. I started my year’s escapade with Mahabalipuram on 4th March, through Chennai. Immediately the next week, I went on to cover my third Dham, Dwaraka. I followed it with Somnath, Nageshwar and Porbandar, before returning through Rajkot & Ahmedabad. The next day, I hit it off to Diu to embrace my lust for adventure. 'I touched both Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal, within a week.' I did parasailing, scuba diving, water skiing, jet skiing and some other water sports. The next week, I went off again, this time for Jyotirlinga darshan in Srisailam via Hyderabad.
My grandmother was not getting any younger, she was now in the wrong side of her 70s and however fit she may have been age was now taking its toll.The last dham was left for her and for me, Dwarka the western Dham.Dwarka is located in the state of Gujarat, India. The legendary city of Dwarka was the dwelling place of Lord Krishna.The temple has wonderful architecture and is well planned to accumulate the huge crowds that dhams have.
We booked an overnight non A/C sleeper bus from Bhuj to Dwaraka which is at a distance of 400 kms. One can rent a room for 500 INR for the day. Dwarakadeesh temple, Dwaraka beach, Gomti ghat and Rukmini temple are some of the places to visit. Beyt Dwaraka is located around 30 km from the main town and is a small island. The island is enclosed by a few temples, white sand beach and coral reefs, marine life, sea excursions, camping and picnics. One has to board a ferry for 20 INR from Okha to reach the island.
The most renowned place to worship the most renowned Indian God - Lord Krishna. Dwarka is a municipality located at the very end of Gujarat by the banks of the hallowed river of Gomti. The place is believed to be located at the very same location as the mythical Dwarka Kingdom, which was ruled by Krishna himself. Millions of pilgrims, or rather lovers of various other forms of the popular god, visit the holy grounds every year, with the number going exponentially higher during the festival of Janmashtami. Although the town is home to many significant temples, but the Dwarkdhish Temple is the main attraction, which is the residence of a huge decked up statue of Krishna. The main shrine of this 2,500-year-old structure is 5-storey-high and is supported by an astounding 72 pillars. Disciples also visit the Rukmini Devi Temple nearby to complete their pilgrimage.Things to do for millennials: Since the town is located at the mouth of Gulf of Kutch, there exist a few beaches around including the Beyt Dwarka Beach in Jamnagar. Birdwatching is a pastime at this place. But the main attraction for millennials is definitely the Rann of Kutch, which is ideal for biking expeditions. The great white land makes for an incredible platform as well as backdrop for bike riders, consequentially entering the must-do lists of most of them.Read more on Dwarka. Book hotels instantly without paying in advance if you're planning a visit.Well, doing the Char Dhams doesn't look so boring anymore, eh? So the next time your grandmother asks you about your lack of praying time in the mornings, offer to accompany her to the ultimate religious destinations. It'll make both of you happy. Now go, find your own gods. And once you're back, share your interesting stories on Tripoto with millions of other agnostic travellers like you are. Cheers! Oops, Jai Mata Di!
DwarkaThe fourth morning we left for Dwarka Dham, covering the distance of 250 kms in 5 hours. When we reached Dwarka we followed the same routine as Somnath. We took a shower, had a cup of tea and left for the temple. The temple was located at a kilometre and a half distance from our hotel and the walk to the temple was a beautiful one. Sea on one side and bustling markets on the other side greeted us all the way to the temple. The temple is huge, built in a similar way to the Somnath temple, with a huge compound surrounding it. The temple is a Krishna temple and is named as “Dwarkadheesh Temple”, translated to “The Temple Of The King Of Dwarka”. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna was born in Mathura, spent his childhood in Vrindavan, his teenage years in Mathura and his entire adult life in Dwarka. Dwarka was the place where he established his rule and worked endlessly to bring balance to the Earth. Devotees call the Krishna residing in this temple as the “King of Kings”. The statue is beautifully adorned and attracts devotees and non devotees alike. We worshipped the Lord and left soon after.