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Gujarat Divine Destinations

(8 Days / 7 Nights)
(Ahmedabad - Jamnagar - Dwarka - Somnath - Diu - Gir - Ahmedabad)
(to view the route of this tour on a Map please click here)

 

 

Day 1: Arrive Ahmedabad
Arrive Ahmedabad. Check into the hotel; later visit Gandhi Ashram, and Askshardham Temple. Visit Akshardham Temple enjoy the pradarshani at Akshar Hall. Later on way back to Vaishno Devi Temple and Iskon Temple. Later in evening enjoy the night market at Law Garden. Dinner at Agashiye on your own. Overnight at Hotel in Ahmedabad.

Day 2: Ahmedabad - Jamnagar
After breakfast, leave for Jamnagar. Check into your hotel pre booked. Later visit Bala Hanuman Temple { Highly venerated among the devotees of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Bala Hanuman Temple is famous the world over for the continuous chanting of the mantra "Jai Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Ram". Starting since 1st August, 1964, the chant is still continuing and has earned the temple a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. } This place has taken the invention of industrial methods and given it a divine thrust. For it is here that you will find efficient, non-stop devotion where people have been chanting 'Shri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Ram,' in shifts 24 hours a day. Early evening is particularly good time to visit as it's fairly animated then. In fact this whole area on the south-eastern edge of the lake becomes very lively around sunset, when people come to promenade. Later visit Lakhota Lake { In the centre of Jamnagar, and in the middle of the lake, is the magnificent old structure: which now houses a mini museum . A holy saints Dargah is also there where people go to offer their respects. } and other famous temples of Jamnagar. The Famous Jain Temples which a tourist can visit in Jamnagar are Vardhman Shah's Temple: The foundation stone for this temple was laid in 1612 during the rule of His Highness Jam Jasaji - I and completed in the year 1620. Surrounding this temple 52 'Deri' (a very small temple) were built in 1622. Raisi Shah's Temple: Tejsi Shah built jain temples in 1564 which were ruined by Moghul army in 1590. Tejsi Shah renovated these temples in 1592. In the year 1619 his son Raisi Shah built 'Deri'(a very small temple) around it. Not to forget visit the local markets in Jamnagar known for its bandhni work. Overnight at Hotel .

Day 3: Jamnagar - Dwarka
Today after breakfast proceed to Dwarka. Visit Nageshwar Jyotirling { Nageshwar was believed to be known as 'Darukavana', which is an ancient epic name of a forest in India. Below are two well-known legends attached to this mystical temple: According to the first legend, 'Balakhilyas', a group of dwarf sages worshipped Lord Shiva in Darukavana for long a time. To test their devotion and patience, Shiva came to them as a nude ascetic wearing only nagas [serpants] on his body. Wives of sages got attracted to the saint and went after him, leaving their husbands behind. Sages got very disturbed and outraged by this. They lost their patience and cursed the ascetic to lose his linga [one of the limited meanings is Phallus, but it has a deeper theistic symbolism]. Shiva linga fell on the earth and the whole world trembled. Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu came to Lord Shiva, requesting him to save the earth from destruction and take back his linga. Shiva consoled them and took back his linga. Lord Shiva promised his divine presence in Darukavana as Jyotirling forever.}. Later visit Beyt Dwarka { Beyt Dwarka, also known as Beyt Shankhodhar, is a small island and was the main port in the region before the development of Okha. It offers opportunities to spot dolphins, marine excursions, camping and picnicking. Most of the archaeological ruins excavated here and religious manuscripts correspond with Beyt Dwarka as the original abode of Lord Krishna. In order to get there from Dwarka, one might need to first get to Okha port jetty (32 km), by either rail or road and then take a ferry or small boat } On way to Dwarka visit Rukmani Temple and further drive to hotel. Lunch on your own, Later visit Gomti Ghat is situated at the mouth of the river. A bath in these waters is believed to purge the soul. The solemnity of this belief contrasts with the lively atmosphere of boys jumping into the waves and turning somersaults as people photograph them. Proceed to Dwarkadish Temple - also called Jagat Mandir, located in the heart of Dwarka, is a Vaishnav temple. The temple is also the location of Dwarka Pith, also called Sharada Math/Peeth and "western peeth". One of the four peeths established by Adi Shankaracharya. It was built by Raja Jagat Singh Rathore, hence it is called Jagat Mandir. It is conjectured that this temple location is 2,500 years old and is where Krishna built his city and a temple. However, the existing temple is dated to the 16th century).It is a five-storied edifice built over 72 pillars (a sandstone temple with 60 pillars is also mentioned. The temple spire rises to a height of 78 meters (256 ft), and a very large flag with symbols of the sun and moon is hoisted on it. The temple layout consists of a garbhagrah The main deity deified in the sanctum is of Dwarkadish, which is known as the Trivikrama form of Vishnu and is depicted with four arms. Attend evening aarti at Dwarkadish Temple. Evening free. Dinner on your own. Stay at Hotel.

Day 4: Dwarka - Somnath

Early morning attend morning aarti at Dwarkadish Temple later after breakfast leave for Somnath enroute visit to Porbander Birth Place of Mahatma Gandhi, Sudamapuri and Bharat Mata Temple, later proceed to Somnath Visit Somnath Temple - is first among the twelve Aadi Jyotirlings of India. It has a strategic location on the western coast of India. Ancient Indian traditions maintain a close relationship of Somnath with release of Chandra (Moon God) from the curse of his father-in-law Daksha Prajapati. Moon was married to Twenty-Seven daughters of Daksha. However, he favored Rohini and neglected other queens. The aggrieved Daksha cursed Moon and the Moon lost power of light. With the advice of Prajapita Brahma, Moon arrived at the Prabhas Teerth and worshipped Bhagvan Shiva. Pleased with the great penance and devotion of Moon, Bhagvan Shiva blessed him and relieved him from the curse of darkness. Pauranic traditions maintain that Moon had built a golden temple, followed by a silver temple by Ravana, Bhagvan Shree Krishna is believed to have built Somnath temple with Sandalwood. Attend evening aarti; see the sound and light show at Somnath Temple premises, Dinner on your own. Overnight at Hotel in Somnath.

Day 5: Somnath - Diu
Today early morning attend Mangla aarti at Somnath Temple, Later visit Bhalka Teerth on the site where Krishna is said to have been mistakenly shot in the foot. Nearby is Dehotsarg, where he succumbed to his mortal wound. The temple at 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 Bhagvat Gita for seven days, as well as the revered Gita Mandir, which has eighteen marble pillars with a chapter from the Bhagvat Gita inscribed on each one. The temple also contains a beautiful tribhangi idol of Lord Krishna playing his flute. Proceed to Diu, Check into your hotel prebooked. Enjoy water sport Nagoa Beach, Visit Khukri Memorial { During the India Pakistan War of 1971, the Indian Naval Ship Khukri sank as a result of three torpedoes fired at her by a Pakistani Submarine, taking down a crew of 18 Officers and 176 sailors. Captain Mahindra Nath Mulla Mahavir Chakra of the Indian Navy, the then Commanding Officer of the ship, chose to go down with the warship. The Memorial pays homage to the heroic act of Captain Mulla and his valiant crew. There is an amphitheater adjoining the memorial. Also, one can see the beauty of sunrise and sunset from the same point here. }, Gangeshwar Temple { The temple finds its name in mythology as the temple where the five Pandavas worshipped Lord Shiva during their exile. The most remarkable feature of the Gangeshwar Temple are the five shivlings set amidst the rocks. The shivling get washed by the waves of the sea, exposing only the tip of the lingams during high tides. The cave temple exudes powerful energy and is much revered by devotees of the mighty Lord Shiva from around the world } , Diu Fort, Panikotha, Overnight at Hotel / Resort.

Day 6: Diu
Enjoy early morning walks at the beach side, breakfast at hotel, later visit The Nagarseth haveli - Boasting of rich Portuguese heritage, the colorful three-storey Nagar Sheth Haveli speaks of Portuguese history like nothing else. The grandeur of its porticoes, carved balconies, stone-made lions and intricate arches in European and Indian styles makes it a must visit place. St. Francis Church - Built in 1593, the Church of St Francis of Assisi is one of the oldest and most beautiful churches on the island. A divine message seems to reverberate everywhere when you stand in this church of immaculate architectural beauty. This old church overlooks the mesmerizing Arabian Sea. St.Thomas Church - The Church of St. Thomas was constructed in 1598, and it served as one of the major churches of Portuguese India. The Church is one of the few churches in India that boasts of Gothic style architecture. Its whitewashed exteriors still bear the worn out and faded frescos of the Portuguese era. In 1998, the abandoned church of St. Thomas was converted into a museum.St. Paul Church - Built in 1610, this impressive church is dedicated to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. Its baroque style of architecture and curiously treated volutes make it the most elaborate of all the Portuguese churches in India. This place of worship, with its white spires that seem to reach out to the skies, proclaims peace and divinity in the quite, little enclave of Diu. Goghla Beach, Evening at leisure. Overnight at Hotel / Resort.

Day 7: Diu - Gir
Check out from Hotel after breakfast and proceed to Gir National Park, Lunch at Gir Resort prebooked., Enjoy the afternoon game drive by open Gypsys in Gir National Park. to spot Asiatic Lions, Leopards, Spotted Deers, Peacocks, and various spicies of Birds, Evening free for nature walks for birding. Overnight at Gir.

Day 8: Gir - Ahmedabad
Today early morning safari in Gir National Park, return back to your hotel / resort for breakfast and proceed to Ahmedabad enroute visit historic sites of Jungadh { Upperkot Fort, Mohabbat Makbara, Buddhist Caves } proceed to Ahmedabad to catch evening flight / train back home.

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