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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the places for sightseeing around Somnath?

Mercy Jacob DEC 10 2012
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If the beauty of Somnath has charmed you and you are fully rejuvenated. Head to the wonderful towns surrounding this surreal, religious city. Plan your itinerary well and you may have some more time in your hands to explore some of these lovely places. Take a look at these popular getaways around Somnath and head out.

  • Junagadh

    The Junagadh district of Gujarat is about 100 km from the religious city of Somnath. The earlier name of this princely city was "Sorath". A significant city in the history of India, it was ruled by many powerful dynasties like the Mauryan dynasty, the Solanki dynasty and in the mid 17th century came under the Mughal rule. Junagadh is one of the most attractive tourist destinations of Gujarat. This primitive city holds many evidences of the history it has undergone. Numerous forts and monuments built by the rulers of different dynasties can be seen here. Placed on the outskirts of the city an inscription with fourteen Edicts of Ashoka is found on a large boulder.

  • Dwarka

    Lauded as one of the seven most ancient cities in India, Dwarka is a magnificent spiritual realm. The birthplace of Lord Krishna, part of the Char Dham and highly revered in Hindu mythology, Dwarka's calm aura offers respite to all its visitors. Derived from the Sanskrit word 'dvar', meaning door, Dwarka is one of the most revered places in India. An intriguing tale shrouds this mystic haven, it is believed that due to damage and destruction by the sea, Dvaraka has submerged six times and the present city is the seventh to be built. Bestowed with a strong mythological presence as the earthly kingdom of Lord Krishna, the historical fragments of the era are still alive in the busy streets of the town. This refuge for spiritual seekers is also an architectural delight with its ancient and adorned temples. The beautiful Dwarakadhish Temple is supported by two gateways - Swarga Dwar, where pilgrims enter, and Moksha Dwar, where pilgrims exit. The temple offers an exalting view of the River Gomati flowing towards the sea. Pristine, peaceful and historically enticing, Dwarka is spellbinding.

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