Superb Saurashtra Tour

Jamnagar, Dwarka, Somnath,Rajkot and Ahmedabad

7 Nights / 8 Days

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Tour Highlights

No of days:  7 Nights/8 Days                       No of Pax:

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Drive & Stay , Family , Heritage , Pilgrimage

Departure : Ahmedabad

Saurashtra Tour is popularly known as the 'Saurashtra Darshan'.
Saurashtra Travel takes you to a different era altogether. Saurashtra Tourist Attractions are mainly the temples which are flooded with deities from all over India. The best of Saurashtra places to visit are Dwarka, Somnath, Rajkot Jamnagar and Palitana..

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.

Tour Highlights

No of days:  7 Nights/8 Days                       No of Pax:

Overview of the trip:

  • Day 1:Ahmedabad – Jamnagar
  • Day 2 & 3: Dwarka
  • Day 4: Somnath via Porbander
  • Day 5: Rajkot via Junagadh
  • Day 6: Rajkot
  • Day 7: Ahmedabad via Gandhinagar
  • Day 8:Ahmedabad

Glimpses of the tour:

  • Visit Bet Dwarka.
  • Visit Somnath Temple.
  • Visit Akshardham Temple.
  • Visit Dwarkadeesh Temple.

Day Wise Itinerary

Day 1 :-ARRIVE AHMEDABAD * ON TO JAMNAGAR (313 KM/ APPROX. 8 HOUR DRIVE)


Welcome to Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat. On arrival at airport / railway station in Ahmedabad, you will be met and transferred to Jamnagar. On arrival, check-in to the hotel.
The rest of the evening is at leisure for independent activities.
Overnight in Jamnagar - None (Meals on your own).

Day 2 :-ON TO DWARKA (156 KM/ APPROX. 3 HOUR DRIVE )


This morning, drive to Dwarka.
En route, visit the Lakhota Lake, liveliest in the evenings, when people relax around the lake to enjoy the breeze and a chai, kulfi, or chaat from one of the many food stands, and at night the lake is beautifully lit. Lakhota Museum, originally designed as a fort such that soldiers posted around it could fend off an invading enemy army with the lake acting as a moat, the tower known as Lakhota Palace now houses the Lakhota Museum and Bala Hanuman Temple, on the southeast corner of the lake is the Bala Hanuman temple, famous for its continuous chanting of the 'Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram', for which it is even listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. Continue to Dwarka, on arrival check in to your hotel.
Later, visit Rukmini Temple and Dwarkadeesh Temples, the main temple at Dwarka, also known as Jagat Mandir. The grandeur of the temple is enhanced by the flight of 56 steps leading to the rear side of the edifice on the side of the river Gomti. The temple is built of soft limestone and consists of a sanctum, vestibule and a rectangular hall with porches on three sides.
Overnight in Dwarka (B)

Day 3 :-IN DWARKA


Today, proceed to the Beyt Dwarka, also known as Beyt Shankhodhar, is a small island and was the main port in the region before the development of Okha. 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. It offers opportunities to spot dolphins, marine excursions, camping and picnicking. An enormous 500 year old temple of Shri Krishna is a 15 minute away from here. The magnificent Dandiwala Hanuman Temple is situated about 5 km east of the Beyt Dwarka's main temple.
Followed by that, visit Kachoriyu temple which is dedicated to Shri Rama. It carries sculptures of Garuda (eagle), Shankha (conch shell), Chakra (sharp circular weapon), along with the idol of Lord Hanuman at the entrance. The pond situated near the temple is called Kachoriyu Talav. Towards the eastern seashore of Beyt Dwarka, if interested one can visit the shrine of Haji Kirmani Pir, who is considered one of the important Sufi saints, hailing from Kirman, Iran. There is a Gurudwara close to it and is believed to be the birthplace of Panjpyare's Sikh saint Shri Hukamchandji.
The rest of the evening is at leisure for independent activities.
Overnight in Dwarka (B)

Day 4 :-ON TO SOMNATH VIA PORBANDAR (234 KMS / APPROX. 4 HOUR DRIVE)


n the morning, drive to Somnath via Porbandar.
En route visit Tara Mandir Planetarium, There is an overhead round screen inside the Tara Mandir planetarium with celestial bodies depicted on it. The scientific projection of these stars and planets, with the help of special effects, adds to the interest of the viewers.
Followed by Kirti Mandir, one of the famous tourist destinations of Porbandar. This place holds great religious significance as it is said to be the birth place of Sudama, the best friend and devotee of Lord Krishna. Also visit Chowpaty, which is the famous beach of Porbandar. It is located at a kilometer's distance, from the city. Chowpaty is a white sand beach. The magnificent view of the sea, with an exotic ambiance, brings in a lot many tourists and residents to the beach. The famous Huzoor Mahal is also located along the beach. This sprawling structure resembling a European mansion is located at the end of the beach.
On arrival at Somnath, check-in to your hotel.
Later, proceed to Bhalka Tirth, at this place, Lord Krishna was mistaken for a deer and wounded by an arrow. North of this sacred spot is the Sun Temple. Proceed for Somnath temple. The legendary shore temple of Somnath is one of the twelve most sacred shrines dedicated to the Lord Shiva. The temple contains the jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva.
Overnight in Somnath (B)

Day 5 :-ON TO RAJKOT VIA JUNAGADH (181KMS / APPROX. 5HOURS)


Today, morning proceed to Rajkot via Junagadh.
En route, visit the Uparkot Fort, the oldest part of Junagadh, and the center of any visit to the city, is the upper citadel, known as Uparkot. Close by are two medieval cannons named Neelam and Manek, forged in Cairo and brought by the Turks who sailed to Saurashtra to aid in defending Diu against the Portuguese. Entry to Uparkot is open from 7am-7pm every day. Places like Jami Masjid, Adi-Kadi Vav, Buddhist caves and Navghan Kuvo are all within Uparkot.
Later to this, visit Ashok Rock Edict. This rock edict is a huge stone and the carving in Brahmi script in Pali language mention the resistance to greed and animal sacrifice and also moralize the principles of purity of thought, secularism in thinking, kindness and gratitude. The site of the edicts is open every day from 8am-6pm. The Junagadh Museum, open from 9am-12pm and 3pm-6pm every day except Wednesday, houses prehistoric stone and bone implements, 9th-century stone carvings and many bronzes, manuscripts, silverwork, glass crafts, woodcarvings, textiles and other items from the history of the area. Continue to Rajkot. On arrival, check-in to your hotel.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Rajkot (B)

Day 6 :-IN RAJKOT


This morning, proceed to the notable Chamunda Mataji Temple situated at Chotila a small town exactly midway between Ahmedabad and Rajkot. Chamunda Mataji Temple is the `kuldevi` (family goddess) of most Hindus in the Saurashtra region. Chamunda is also known as Ambaji, Mahakali, Bhuvaneshwari and Chamundma. The Watson Museum at Rajkot is known for housing a huge collection of ancient and traditional artifacts. Among the exhibits of the Watson Museum in Rajkot, there are 13th century carvings, Tribal costumes, Temple statues, Silverwares, Natural history exhibits, Ancient coins, Textiles. The huge marble statue of Queen Victoria is among the precious possessions of the museum.
Swaminarayan Temple is situated on the rapid developing Kalavad Road near Mahila College. The temple is famous for its spirituality and the humanitarian deed that it offers to the people all over the world. Naulakha Palace, this palace is one of the oldest and the most beautiful palace in Gondal. The palace is approached by the high gateway with the clock tower from the town side. There are stone carvings with exquisite balconies, fabulous pillared courtyard, delicately carved arches, and a unique spiral staircase in the palace.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Rajkot (B)

Day 7 :-ON TO AHMEDABAD VIA GANDHINAGAR (APPROX. 235 KMS/ 5HOURS)


Today, proceed to Ahmedabad. En route visit Gandhinagar which is one of the most planned cities in India. It is located by the shores of the River Sabarmati and is a well known tourist spot and commercial center. It is home to lots of religious, historical and cultural places. Some of the popular tourist attractions in Gandhinagar are Akshardham Gandhinagar, the most famous temple of 'Swaminarayan Sect', the richest sect in the world. The temple is built with 6000 tonnes of pink sandstone and has beautiful carvings.
Visit the Indroda Nature Park which is located at the outskirts of the city near Indroda Village. It houses both Deer Park (Hiran Udhyan) and Dinosaur Park and its one of the best tourist spot for nature lovers. The park has various animals like Deer, Wild boar, Hare, Porcupine, various reptiles, and mammals. Science City, also known as Gujarat Science city is the bold initiative undertaken by Gujarat Government to popularize science by developing scientific temper among the masses. On arrival, check-in to your hotel.
The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Overnight in Ahmedabad (B)

Day 8 :-DEPART AHMEDABAD * RETURN HOME WITH HAPPY MEMORIES (10 KMS / APPROX. ½ HOUR)


Today, bid farewell to your 'Saurashtra Darshan' tour as you are transferred to the airport / railway station in Ahmedabad for your onward journey (B)

Tour Inclusions

  • Accommodation in the hotels listed or similar hotels.
  • Transportation Entire round trip Ex- Ahmedabad by an air-conditioned Indigo for (02-03 adults) or air-conditioned Innova for (04-06 adults) or similar as per the itinerary. Vehicle is as per the itinerary and not on disposal basis.
    Meals: Daily buffet breakfast as per the itinerary.

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Price

   Valid From - 11TH JANUARY 2017 TO 30 SEPT 2018

Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis

32900/-

Cost per person on twin sharing basis ( 04 Pax)

29500/-

On Triple Sharing

26500/-

Child Between (5 - 12 Yrs) with extra bed (or mattress)

11900/-

Child Between (5 - 12 Yrs) with no bed (or mattress)

8900/-

Per Person on Single Occupancy with family

36500/-

On Single Occupancy

65900/-

 

Hotel

City

Hotel

No of Nights

Jamnagar

Hotel Express Residency Or Similar

01

Dwarka

Hotel Dwarkadhish Lords Eco Inn Or Similar

02

Somnath

Hotel Lords Inn Somnath Or Similar

01

Rajkot

The Fern Residency Or Similar

02

Ahmedabad

Lemon Tree Hotel Or Similar

01

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Sightseeing

Ahmedabad - The Destination

Ahmedabad, the city of Ahmed Shah (Medieval ruler of Gujarat), is a city of rich past and its connection with the Mahatma (Great Soul), also known as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Ahmedabad city offers you a unique style of architecture, which is a blend of Hindu and Islamic styles (Indo-Saracenic style of architecture). Today Ahmedabad is well-known for its textile mills and is often referred to as the Manchester of the East.

Ahmedabad is a colorful city where you can enjoy the better side of life, be it food or amusement. The Walled City in Ahmedabad will take you down the memory lane to the city's glorious past. Ahmedabad has got numerous places of interest for tourists, ranging from ancient monuments to amusement parks. The charm of the various museums, mosques and forts harmonizes the simplicity of the Ahmedabad city.

There are many places of tourist interests near Ahmedabad that are worth visiting. Sarkhej,Adlaj Vav,Lothal,Modhera, Patan, Gandhinagar,

Travel to Ahmedabad
Mahudi, Nalsarovar Wildlife Sanctuary et al.
The lively people of Ahmedabad celebrate their numerous traditional festivals with great excitement and gaiety. The tourists in Ahmedabad during any event or festival enjoy the celebrations in the special Gujarati style. Besides the traditional Navratri and Rath Yatra, Ahmedabad is also the host of the contemporary International Kite Festival too.
One of the most exciting part of Ahmedabad is the old dwellings of the city, where little seems to have changed. This part of the city is divided into unique self-contained pols (living quarters), where huge wooden doors lead off from narrow winding lanes. Within each doorway entire communities of jewellers, weavers, woodcarvers and printers live and work, each in their own separate pol. Skillfully carved 16th century wooden havelis (mansions) teeter dangerously over narrow passageways. In many streets, there are Jain bird-feeding enclosures called parabdis, filled with pigeons. On the dry sandy bed of the Sabarmati, streaming flags of block-printed fabric are laid out to dry in the sun.

Manek Chowk, the Old City’s chief marketplace has rows of Gujarati merchants reclining upon spotless white bolsters and mattresses doing brisk business in silver jewellery, reams of printed fabric, embroidery and expensive patola silk saris. In these parts it is common to see men sporting the traditional Gujarati dress - a short white-skirted cotton tunic worn over loose white cotton jodhpur-like trousers and the compulsory gold earrings- certainly an exotic and mesmerizing destination, not to be missed.

 

Dwarka - The Destination

Dwarka Lord Krishna
One of the most sacred pilgrimage site for the Hindu, Dwarka, on the west coast of Gujarat on the shore of the Arabian Sea, features in most of the legends surrounding Lord Krishna. It is from here that Lord Krishna is believed to have ruled his kingdom.

On the eve of the great battle of Kurukshetra, Lord Krishna set out from Dwarka to the site of the battle, to instruct Arjuna, the Pandava, and these instructions form the text of the Bhagavad Gita. There are other legends connected with Dwarka . It is said that when the Lord
finally abandoned his body, the city slipped into the sea and its waves closed over it forever.
It is evident that Dwarka was a popular town with buildings constructed of stone and brick, even before the Christian era. Its archaeological remnants point to a level of prosperity unusual at that time. Throughout the centuries, Dwarka has been visited extensively by people whose names illuminate the pages of history. Among these were Adi Shankaracharya, Ramanuja, the great mystic Narsinh Mehta, Mira, the devout princess from Chitor, and the great saints Kabir and Nanak.
The small town which comes alive every year during Janmashtami, Krishna's birthday, is the location of his Dwarakanath temple. It was supposedly built by one of his renowned devotee, Mira Bai. The temple of Dwarkadheesh, also known as Jagat Mandir, is built on the north bank of the Gomti Creek. The temple dates back to 2,500 years. Architecturally the temple is constructed on the same plan and system as most of the Hindu sacred edifices of antiquity. Sixty columns support the roof of the audience hall of the Jagat Mandir. The main temple is five-story high with the lavishly carved conical spire rising to a height of 157 feet.
Even for those with no inclination towards Krishna or His people, the magic of Dwarka still leaves a lingering glow inside those who visit. The people are warm and friendly, ready to open their homes for a closer look into their lives. It is unlike any other religious town and the only way to feel its radiance is by experiencing it.

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