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Please suggest an 8 day itinerary from Ahmedabad to Dwarka, Porbandar and Somnath by car.

Debangana Sen Oct 26 2013
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There can be nothing more soothing than a religious trip for the soul. Here is an itinerary for your trip to Dwarka and Somnath to help you plan better:



Ahmedabad-Dwarka



Day 1


Dwarka is around 450 km from Ahmedabad and should take around 7 hours to reach by car. We recommend you have your breakfast and have an early start from Ahmedabad, so that you are able to reach Dwarka by 1 or 2 in the afternoon. Have lunch at Dwarka Residency. Head for Dwarkadheesh Temple-Gomati Ghat-Rukshamani Temple-Geeta Mandir. There are a number of temples on Gomati Ghat, a dip here is considered holy. Come back to Dwarkadheesh temple for the evening aarti. Head back to your hotel for dinner and rest.



Dwarkadheesh Temple


Day 2


Early next day, start for Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple (20 km from Dwarka) and Gopi Talav, holy pond (5 km from the temple). Have lunch and then drive to Okha Jetty Port. Take a ferry ride to Beyt Dwarka island. The island has a number of temples dedicated to Lord Krishna and Lord Hanuman. You can also enjoy Scuba Diving and Surfing. Spend a relaxing time on the beach and head back to mainland Dwarka. Visit the Dwarka Lighthouse in the evening and relax a bit on the beach. head to the Dwarkadheesh temple for the evening arti. Visit our page for places to visit in Dwarka for more details.



Nageshwar Jyotirling Temple


Day 3


The next day head out for a morning Darshan in one or two temples. There are a number of shops around the Dwarkadheesh temple, where you can get holy trinkets. This is also a good place to buy the traditional Patola sarees and the intricate mirrorwork laden handlooms and garments. Post lunch head for Porbandar. A trip to Dwarka and Somnath is just not complete without a visit to the Dwarkadheesh Temple.



Dwarka-Porbandar


Around 110 km from Dwarka, reaching Porbandar should take around 2-3 hours by car. There is a very ancient temple called the Harsiddhi Mata temple, dedicated to Ma Amba, en route. It is located on a hillock and is a 275 step climb, hence not recommended for senior citizens or those with arthritis or heart conditions. The shrine at the top is small but is believed to be very powerful. The views of the ocean and the landscape from the top are incredible. There is also a Shiva temple nearby.

Harsiddhi Mata Temple


Another temple en route is the Mool Dwarka temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna. The two temples face away from each other (east and west) and are surrounded by smaller shrines. This temple is believed to be built in the 17th century.


By the time you reach Porbandar, it should be late evening. If you have still a bit of daylight left, head to the Porbandar beach. Relax for while before heading to your hotel and calling it a night.



Day 4


There isn't much to see in Porbandar. The Kirti mandir complex (birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi) is the main attraction here. There are a number of other temples like the Sudama Mandir located inside a park like complex. The Bharat Mandir has a lot of wall murals depicting various stories pertaining to the Indian mythology. Visiting all this should take a maximum of 3 hours.

Have lunch and head for the Porbandar Bird sanctuary. This place attracts a lot of migratory birds like flamingo, ibis, teals and curlews. When the sun is not so bright anymore, head over to the Porbandar beach. It is a quiet beach with a lot of eateries around, so you can have some nice nibbles while you relax at the beach. Head back to your hotel for dinner and rest.



Porbandar to Somnath



Day 5


Somnath
is 130 km from Porbandar so it might take you 2-3 hours to reach here. Get an early start and on the way you can stop at Madhavpur beach, which is much cleaner and quieter than Porbandar beach. Spend an hour or two whiling away at the beach before setting out again for Somnath. You should reach Somnath by mid afternoon at the latest.

Somnath Temple



Head straight for the Somnath temple (the main attraction here). There are a number of good eateries around, run by the Somnath temple trust where you can have your lunch. The Prasadam hotel, Bhaba hotel, Lilavathi Bhojanalay are some good options. The temple trust also takes you around a Somnath darshan tour twice a day (10 AM and 3 PM) at just INR 20 per head. Within 2-3 hours, the tour covers main attractions like the Triveni Sangam, Golokdham, Sharada peeth and Bhalka teerth.


The evening aarti at Somnath temple begins at around 7 PM, post which there is an hour long light and sound show within the premises. That's it for your 5th day. Check in your hotel and call it a night.



Day 6


Come for a morning aarti at Somnath temple. You can visit both the old Somnath temple and the new one. Many devotees also head over to Triveni Ghat for a holy bath. Have a heavy breakfast and set out to visit the other temples in the area. You can easily cover the Geeta Mandir, Parshuram Temple and Laxmi Narayan Mandir before lunch.



Bhalka Teerth

Post lunch you can head for the Prabhas Patan Museum. A very nice and informative museum with displays about various temples in Somnath, ancient architecture and antique ornaments. Museum remains open till 6 pm and is closed on Wednesdays.


The rest of the evening you can either head back to your hotel to relax or explore the town and do a little bit of shopping. You'll find numerous shell items and embroidered handlooms. End you visit to Somnath with the evening aarti at Somnath temple and then head back to your hotel.



Somnath-Ahmedabad



Day 7


The total run to Ahmedabad is around 450 km, so should take you around 7 hours by road. Junagadh is a popular halt on this route. There are a number of attractions like the Junagarh fort, Jama Masjid, Uperkar Fort and the Junagarh zoo (children love it). For more details, please visit our page for Junagadh attractions. Many tourists stay back in Junagarh for the Girnar trek up the Girnar hill to visit the various shrines located here. The views from some summits are absolutely spectacular. There are a number of snack joints and dhabas on the way. If you have an extra day, do visit the Gir Forest National Park which is nearby.

Bahauddin Makbara in Junagadh



If you decide to visit Junagarh, you should be back in Ahmedabad by nightfall and if you decide to skip it, you will be in Ahmedabad by late afternoon or early evening.



Day 8


The trip to Dwarka-Porbandar-Somnath can get quite hectic (especially if you are travelling with children). We decided to keep a day free to give you the flexibility to modify this itinerary according to your preferences, so that you don't feel rushed and too tired to enjoy your trip. If the pace of this itinerary works fine for you then you might use this extra day to fit in some more attractions (or spend more time on a certain one) in this trip or use it to recuperate from your journey before getting back to your regular routine.



On the Girnar trek in Junagadh


This was a detailed 8 day plan for a trip to Dwarka and Somnath.

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Parveen Suri Oct 02 2016
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Please suggest 5 days/4 nights itinerary from Ahmedabad to Dwarka-Sasansir-Somnath-Diu and babk to Ahmedabad by car.

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Parveen Suri Oct 02 2016
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Please suggest 5 days/4 nights itinerary from Ahmedabad to Dwarka-Sasansir-Somnath-Diu and back to Ahmedabad by car.
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