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Saurashtra Tour with Diu & Bhavnagar

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Dwarka
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Somnath
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Diu
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Bhavnagar
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Bhavnagar

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Bhavnagar

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Dwarka

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Somnath

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Daman & Diu

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Daman & Diu

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Tour Description

The tour will start in Ahmedabad and will be ending in Ahmedabad. Gujarat is a blend of Temples, Wildlife, and of amazing architecture and a place full of enthusiasm and rich in culture and heritage.

Tour Highlights

  • Dwarkadhish  Temple
  • Beyt Dwarka
  • Nageshwar Temple
  • Rukmani Temple
  • Kirti Mandir
  • Sudama Temple
  • Somanth Mahadev Temple
  • Bhalka Tirth
  • Triveni Sangam
  • Naida Caves
  • Diu Fort & Museum
  • Nishkalank Mahadev Temple
  • Lothal

Tour Plan

Day 1 

Ahmedabad – Dwarka (450 kms./ 9 Hours)

Today morning, check out and proceed towards Dwarka. Reach Dwarka – one of the four Chardhams and the Saptarishis as per Hindu Religion. Visit:

Dwarkadhish Temple: The famous Dwarkadhish Temple is located in the pilgrim district of Dwarka. The temple is dedicated to Hindu God Krishna and is also known as the Jagat Mandir. The Dwarkadhish Temple has two entrances on the north and south called the Moksha Dwar and Swarga Dwar respectively. The various Aartis and Poojas that are done on a timely basis are very spiritual to watch. The temple structure is also a very important feature with its giant pillars and the 56 steps that leads to the Gomti River Banks on the face of the Arabian Sea. The Dwarkadhish Temple is a must visit tourist location in Gujarat worth a memorable trip.The temple receives great patrons of religious disciples and one can surely get allured by the grand reception around. It has a flag at the top which shows both the sun and the moon. The flag gets changed 5 times every day having the same symbol. The main temple is hugely built with 72 pillars supporting it.

Overnight at Dwarka.

Meal Included

Dinner

Day 2 

Dwarka

Today morning, visit:

Beyt Dwarka: Beyt Dwarka is famously associated with ancient Vedas dating back to the Mahabharata. The small island also signifies proof in the ancient Indus Valley civilization. The Sri Krishna Temple here is known to feed Brahmins as the old belief continues of Lord Krishna being fed with rice at this spot by his friend Sudama. The devotees here follow the same practice by offering rice to Brahmins present there. The Lord Krishna idol that is worshipped here is considered to be crafted by Rukmini. Hindu sage Sri Vallabhacharya is credited with the establishment of the temple near to 500 years ago. Beyt Dwarka has been featured in the Mahabharata as well as SkandaPurana. As per Umashankar Joshi, Antardvipa who has been referred to as Sabha Parva in Mahabharata identified as Yadava of Dwarka who used to travel by boats. Beyt Dwarka derives its name from Shankhodhar which is an island full of conch shells. The archeological remains that are found below the sea also suggest that there was a settlement that existed during the times of Late Harrappan era. The period can be dated to the times of Maurya Empire and a part of the Okha Mandal or Kishdwip. In the inscription by Simhaditya in the 574 AD, Dwarka has also been mentioned. Later on visit:

Nageshwar Temple: The Nageshwar Jyotirling temple of Dwarka is one of the 12 Jyortirlingas and a mentionable religious shrine that is marked in the Shiva Purana. The temple complex is compact and built to accommodate a fair share of pilgrims. The main idol of Shiva is worshipped with daily Aradhanas and Aartis and the idol and the idol is 25m in height. The self-existence of the Nageshwar Jyotirling goes back to the stories of how the temple got is name Darakavana from the deoghar trees. The followers believe that Lord Shiva appeared here from the ray of light giving it the name. Early religious sages believed that there are 64 Shiv Jyotirling among which the Nageshwar Jyoti is one. In the Hindu Purana of the Shiva the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is one of the 12Jyoti religious shrines. The Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple also is believed to be about the evil sprite called Daruka. Daruka attacked a follower of Shiva named Supriya and trapped him under the sea in Darukavana, where snakes and many other demons resided. Many other humans were also taken captive in the underwater demon land. Legends say the imprisoned people led by Supriya started praying to Lord Shiva chanting his name and the Lord actually appeared to free him off their plight. Thereafter visit:

Rukmani Temple: The Rukmini Devi Temple is a temple in Dwarka, 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) away from Dwarka, India. It is dedicated to Rukmini, Krishna’s chief queen. The temple is said to be 2,500 years old but in its present form it is inferred to belong to the 12th century. It is a richly carved temple decorated with sculptures of gods and goddesses on the exterior with the sanctum housing the main image of Rukmini. Carved naratharas (human figures) and carved gajatharas (elephants) are depicted in panels at the base of the tower. An interesting legend is narrated to justify separate dwelling temples, far away from each other, for Rukmini and her husband Krishna. It is said that at the request of sage Durvasa (who was renowned for his short temper and bestowing curses) Krishna and Rukmini pulled a chariot taking sage Durvasa to their house for dinner. On the way, when Rukmini asked for water to quench her thirst, Krishna drew Ganges water, by prodding the ground with his toe, for her to drink. Rukmini quenched her thirst with the Ganges water. But Durvasa felt insulted as Rukmini did not have the courtesy to offer him water to drink. He, therefore, cursed her that she would live separately from her husband.

Overnight at Dwarka.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3 

Dwarka – Porbandar – Somnath

Today morning, check out and proceed towards Somnath (250 kms/5 Hours). Visit Porbandar on the way. Visit:

Kirti Mandir – birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi: The three-storied haveli or mansion having a striking blue color in which Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on 2nd October in the year 1869 was eventually turned into a shrine/memorial. This shrine which was named Kirti Mandir is actually a temple and symbolizes the harmonious integration of the world's six major religions namely Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, and Zoroastrianism. The haveli housing the Kirti Mandir used to be a one-storeyed house that was bought about two centuries back by Shri Harjivan Raidas Gandhi, great grandfather of M.K. Gandhi. The upper floors or stories were constructed later on and it is in this mansion that Gandhiji's grandfather, father, and uncle resided while serving as 'dewans' or prime ministers under the Jethwa Rajput kings. Kirti Mandir was constructed up to a height of 79 feet to correspond with Gandhiji's lifespan. The 'garba griha' or the sanctum sanctorum of the temple houses the Mahatma's and his wife Kasturba Gandhi's full-scale oil-paintings. Gandhi practiced 'non-violence' and always spoke 'the truth' throughout his life and the words are etched in front of their feet. Two rooms on the shrine's right, serve as memorials of Mahadev Desai and Maganlal Gandhi while the room on the temple's left is a museum containing exhibits. Then visit:

Sudama Temple: A temple dedicated to Sudama, a close friend of Lord Krishna and is a significant religious edifice built during the early years of the 20th century. The present, magnificent structure is built at the site, where an old temple of Sudama existed in the past. Reach Somnath and visit:

Somnath Mahadev Temple: The historic Somnath Temple is an epitome of religious devotion of Lord Shiva in Veraval, Saurashtra. The temple is worshipped widely as it is considered as one of the first of the Shiva Jyotirlingas as mentioned in the Puranas. The Shiva temple here is considered very pious due to its rich religious history. Somnath refers to the name given to Lord Shiva or the Almighty of the Soma. The temple has been built and renovated many times from the time of its inception due to wars between Hindu and Muslim kings. The temple is known as the Shrine of the Eternal for the Shiva Jyotirlingas. Every day, three pujas are done in the temple which attracts major tourist in huge numbers. The temple is built in proper Hindu architecture with pillars and a flag on the roof of the highest point. The legends about the temple revolve around the Moon God Soma who was believed to have taken a bath at this point of the river confluence. The Moon God was losing his shine owning to a curse and redeemed it back after the dip according to the Hindu mythology. The pilgrim spot of the Somnath Temple is at the mouth of the three mythological rivers of Saraswati, Hiran and Kapilla. The first stone of the temple is said to be built centuries ago. The Seuna kings that time had built another establishment of it at the same spot during the period of 649 CE. The temple has been attacked many times by the Arabs in the past but was erected every time by the following Hindu dynasties. The Somnath Temple is also believed to be first built from wooden structures but was raided soon after by foreign invaders. Solanki king Mularaja is said to have built the first temple at this changing the old outlook of it. Feel the divinity in the evening arti and watch the Light and Sound Show to feel the grandeur of the Somnath Temple.

Overnight at Somnath.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 

Somnath – Diu

Today morning, after breakfast and checkout and visit:

BhalkaTirth: The Bhalka Tirth is a historic religious place is located in the town of Veraval in the city of Saurashtra. It is famous for the mythological stories of Lord Krishna, who was struck with an arrow in this spot by Jara, who was a hunter in the Hindu Puranas. Lord Krishna is worshipped widely among the Hindu followers and the Bhalka Tirth is a famous mark on the epitome of his greatness. It is a popular place that is quite close to Somnath. As per stories and tales it is believed that Shri Krishna was resting at this place when a huntsman by the name of Jara shot an arrow. This arrow went on to pierce Shri Krishna. This temple is also known as Mahaprabhuji's Bethak which has a popular Peepal tree that signifies the place where Lord had succumbed to the injuries. A statue of Lord Krishna which is made from blue marble is located under the tree.. It is also known as the Prabhas Kshetra. Later on visit:

Triveni Sangam: Triveni Sangam is the confluence of three rivers: Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati. It is situated very near to the Somnath Mahadev temple. It is believed that the sages named Hiran and Kapila had done a penance at this very place and so Goddess Saraswati came to this place. As per Hindu tradition, Triveni Sangam is very holy and many puja related to the forefathers are done on its confluence.

Proceed towards Diu (85 kms/2 Hours) – the erstwhile Portuguese Colony. Check in to Hotel and then explore the town of Diu on your own. This place is a perfect amalgamation of the sea, sun and land. It features some really mesmerizing tourist spots, which are rich in flora, fauna, heritage and culture. Diu has a long historic background as it was ruled by many rulers from different dynasties. Forts and seashore altogether give it spectacular scenic beauty and a quaint charm like nowhere else. It has emerged as a major tourist spot, comprising beautiful beaches, revered temples and colonial edifices.

Visit: Naida Caves: Naida caves are natural rock formation which are perfect for the Photographers. A legend says that when the Portuguese were building the fortified walls of their colony, they had quarried the rocks on the side of the walls and with the passage of time and natural factors, these rocks have turned into a natural cave like formation. A visit to these caves is a perfect way to see the beauty of the erstwhile Portuguese colony.

Diu Fort: Diu Fort, which is a huge stone structure built in the year 1535 and renovated several times later. The fort commands a spectacular view of the adjoining sea, which surrounds it from three sides. Within the fort, there are three main churches, Venetian bungalows and stone mansions, which speak of various architectural advancements. Another major seaside citadel is the Fortress of Panikota, which lies right at the mouth of the creek. The lighthouse and chapel inside the fort are quite famous amongst travellers coming here for sightseeing. 

Diu Museum: If you want to know more about this town, this is the best place to visit. This museum was once a part of the beautiful old St. Thomas Church, which was built using the Gothic architectural style in 1598. This museum houses important antiquities related to the town, such as stone inscriptions, wood carvings and idols.

Overnight at Diu.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5 

Diu – Bhavnagar (220 kms./6 Hours)

Today morning, after breakfast and checkout and proceed towards Bhavnagar and Reach Bhavnagar – the Princely State which was one of the Pioneers to join the Indian Union at the time of Independence. Visit

Nishkalank Mahadev Temple: The Nishkalank Shiva Mahadev Temple is famous for being the abode of Lord Shiva concealed inside the sea away from the banks. The temple at Bhavnagar is wavered by the strong sea and can be visited by followers when the water is dry or during low tide periods. The devotees have to wait at the sea shore in order to walk to temple inside the sea when there is a low tide. The sight of humans wading through the fierce sea against nature is a spell bounding gesture. The immortal history of the Nishkalank Temple goes back to the pages of the saga Mahabharata. Mythological tales foretell that after the battle, when the Pandavs slained there brothers Kauravs, they were down with guilt. They looked for help from Lord Krishna who in return gave them a black flag and a black cow. The Lord asked them to follow the cow and position the flag where the cow stopped and to wait till the flag turns white and then start meditation to Lord Shiva. The Pandavs followed the cow wherever it went and waited for the flag to turn white. For days they went behind the cow awaiting their plight till the flag actually turned white at this spot in the Koliyak Beach. Upon this the Pandavs started their chants to Lord Shiva to get redemption to their sins and guilt for killing their blood. Lord Shiva appeared to them in five Lingam forms and thus the temple was established at the very spot that is covered in sea to this day.

Overnight at Bhavnagar.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6 

Bhavnagar – Ahmedabad / Departure

Today morning, check out and proceed towards Ahmedabad (200 kms/ 4 Hours). Visit on the way:

Lothal: Lothal is the excavated site of the Indus Valley Civilization about 80 kms from Ahmedabad considered to be the oldest dockyard in the world. One of the most thriving trade centres in the Indus Valley Civilization, Lothal was the lynchpin centre used for the exports to the other contemporary civilizations like the Egyptian and the Mesopotamian Civilizations. The Dockyard at that time was made in a way that during high tides the small boats would enter it via a canal dug up from the sea and the off-loaded and loaded near the city. The Warehouse was also very near the dockyard which we also find the modern day ports. The knowledge of hydrology helped the people at that time to construct the dockyard in the way that could withstand the rigours of the salty water. Even the modern dockyards have the same mechanism as that of Lothal. The city had the Acropolis and the lower town and also a bead factory. There were also public toilets at that time which shows the modernity of the Civilization. Reach Ahmedabad and drop as per schedule.

Meal Included

Breakfast

Tour Accommodation

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Hotel Narayan Inn

Dwarka

NO OF NIGHTS

2 Nights

ROOM TYPE

Club
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Hotel Sun Plaza

Somnath

NO OF NIGHTS

1 Night

ROOM TYPE

Plaza Deluxe
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Hotel Carnival

Diu

NO OF NIGHTS

1 Night

ROOM TYPE

Deluxe
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Hotel 1589 Gen X

Bhavnagar

NO OF NIGHTS

1 Night

ROOM TYPE

Executive

Inclusions

  • 2 Nights stay in Dwarka
  • 1 night stay in Somnath
  • 1 Night stay in Diu
  • 1 Night stay in Bhavnagar
  • Welcome Drink on Arrival
  • Breakfast & Dinner at the hotel 
  • Transportation as per the itinerary inclusive of Driver Bata, Night Halt, and Parking & Toll Charges
  • All Tours & Transfers by Dedicated Exclusive Vehicle

Exclusions

  • Any Airfare, Entrance fees, Charges for Activities
  • Early Check in/ Late Checkout & Any Extra Meals
  • Camera Charges, Activity Fees & all other expenses which are in personal nature
  • Vehicle will be as per itinerary not on disposable basis
  • Guide, Tour Escort (Can be provided up on request with extra Charges)
  • Any Surcharge, if applicable by the Hotel at the time of booking
  • GST as applicable

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Booking Policies

  • 50% of the Holiday Package Cost at the time of Booking.
  • Balance 50% of Holiday Package Cost, 30 days prior to Departure.
  • Non-Refundable items (if any) will be told in advance for full payment.
  • Airfare to be paid full at one time in advance.

Cancellation Policies

  • 25% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled 51 Days or More
  • 50% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled between 50 – 36 Days
  • 75% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled between 35 – 21 Days
  • 100% of Holiday Package Cost will be applicable, Cancelled 20 Days or less.

Important Notes

  • Per person cost is calculated on the basis of Minimum 02 adults travelling together on Twin sharing basis.
  • Extra adult is the 3rd person who shares the same double room and is provided with an extra bed or rollaway mattress.
  • Mostly the hotels allow 03 adults in one double room with an extra bed or 02 adults and 02 children below 12 years of age with one extra bed.
  • All the guests (husband, wife & adult children) are requested to carry their photo identity proof in original & a photocopy to be produced & handed over at the time of Check In at the resort. This is mandatory.
  • Complimentary Arrival / departure transfers & sightseeing tours shall be provided as per schedule fixed by the hotel. However this may require you to wait at the airport for short duration until all the guests arriving at that time exit the airport.
  • Selection of seats in Airline is subject to availability and is at sole discretion of the airlines.
  • Transfers and Sightseeing tours are on SIC (seat in coach) / shared basis.
  • As of now we are not holding any service, it is subject to availability upon your request. Booking process will start only after receiving booking amount.
  • Above tour prices are subject to change in the event of increase in hotel room rates, Govt. Taxes levy by the hotel especially during Peak Season/Holiday surcharge and major events/fairs and convention.
  • All Tours & Transfers are outsourced facility and the hotel has no control on the profile and behavior of fellow passengers on board, moreover the hotel is not responsible for the safety and security of the in-house guests availing the same.
  • To avail the arrival transfers please check the hotel representative holding the placard of your name / hotel name.
  • In hotels for an extra Adult / Child either Rollaway bed or mattress shall be provided.
  • The request for an adjacent or an adjoining room will be on subject to availability.
  • It is mandatory to carry the age proof of children (02 to 11 yrs) and infant (below 02yrs) along with other travel documents. Child above than 11 yrs shall be considered for an adult cost.
  • Room allocation (Twin bed / Double bed) is at the discretion of the hotel. The check in and check out time of the hotel is 12 to 12 noon. Numbers of meals are always corresponding to the number of nights booked. Breakfast is not provided on the day of arrival.
  • For early check in and late check out the payment is to be settled directly by the guest.
  • Hotel has the right to claim the damages incurred by any of the guest.
  • The guests are requested to take care of their personal belongings carefully and avoid leaving them unattended.
  • Cost of additional services availed by the guest which are not part of our package inclusions are to be settled directly at the hotel.
  • Mini bar facility available in the hotels is on chargeable basis.
  • Buffet meal will be provided at fixed venue decided by the hotel.
  •         Timings: Breakfast: 0800 - 1000 hrs
  •         Lunch: 1300 - 1500 hrs
  •         Dinner: 1930 - 2200 hrs
  • These are the standard buffet timings observed by the hotels. Still you are kindly requested to check the perfect buffet timings at the time of check in at the hotel. Once the buffet time is over the hotel might ask you to pay for your meals.
  • This hotel is suggested on the basis of the feedback taken from our customers. Still we request you that before finalizing the tour with us kindly go through the website of the hotels and read the reviews.

Tour Destination

About City

Dwarka 
"The home of Lord Krishna"

Located on the western tip of the Saurashtra peninsula in Gujarat, Dwarka is believed to be the capital city of Lord Krishna's kingdom. Known as Devbhoomi Dwarka, Dwarka boasts of being the only city that is a part of both Char Dham (four principal holy places) and also Sapta Puris (seven sacred cities) mentioned in the Hindu religion. Dwarka was a part of the ancient kingdom of Krishna and Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, is also located in Dwarka. The beachside and the seashores are an added tourist attraction.

Legend has it that the city was once engulfed by the sea and recent excavations reveal that a city did exist here. The name Dwarka translates to dwar meaning 'door' and ka meaning 'moksha' meaning the ‘door to salvation'

Places To Visit In Dwarka

1. Dwarkadhish Temple
Dwarkadhish Temple also known as the Jagat Mandir, is a Chalukya styled architecture, dedicated to Lord Krishna. The town of Dwarka has its history dated back to the Kingdom of Dwaraka in Mahabharata. The five storied main shrine is grand and marvelous in itself constructed of limestone and sand. The 2200-year-old architecture, is believed to be built by Vajranabha, who constructed it over the land reclaimed from the sea by Lord Krishna. The temple showcases intricate sculptural detailing done by the ancestral dynasties that ruled the region and the black magnificent idol of Lord Krishna. There are other shrines within the temple which are devoted to Subhadra, Balarama and Revathy, Vasudeva, Rukmini and many others.

The devotees are expected to take a dip in the Gomti river before proceeding into the temple through the Swarg Dwar. The eve of Janmashtmi is the most special occasion in any Krishna temple, the Dwarkadhish temple is adorned by thousands of devotees chanting prayers and rituals. The shrine is a hive of colours, voices and faith transforming itself into inner silence and sanctity.

2. Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
One of the 12 famous self-existent temples, Nageshwara Jyotirlinga Temple too houses a curious myth about its origin. The giant, beautiful and artistic statue of Lord Shiva mesmerizes tourists and pilgrims alike with its aesthetic appeal. Unlike other Nageshwar Temples, the statue or the Linga here faces south. A major highlight of Nageshwar Temple is the massive 80 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva. The temple itself is characterised by typical Hindu architecture. The Nageshwar Shiva Linga is made up of stone, known as Dwarka Shila, having small chakras on it. It is in the shape of 3 mukhi Rudraksha.

3. Beyt Island
Located around 30 km from the main town of Dwarka Beyt Dwarka is a small island and was the main port in the region before the development of Okha. While the island is enclosed by a few temples, white sand beach and coral reefs, the beach is also popular among tourists for its marine life, sea excursions, camping and picnics.

4. Dwarka Beach
Along the Arabian Sea coast, Dwarka Beach is a good place to relax in the evenings. Popular among both the locals and tourists, Dwarka Beach is located quite close to the main temples in town.

5. Rukmani Temple
A small structure is an important shrine dedicated to Krishna's beloved consort, Rukmani Devi. Not as majestically gigantic , this shrine is an architectural masterpiece in itself. The Hindu mythical story behind this temple begins with Rukhmini Devi and her husband Lord Krishna, picking up the sage Durvesha for dinner. On the way, Rukhmini Devi stopped to quench her thirst at the Ganges, with the help of her husband. Known to be short-tempered, Durvesha Muni was quite enraged when she did not offer him any water. Thus he summoned Rukhmini Devi to be separated from Lord Krishna. Therefore, her temple lies at the outskirts, while Lord Krishna's temple is within the Dwarka city. 

6. Lighthouse
The tower, 43m in height was inaugurated on 15th July 1962. Tourists can enjoy the panoramic view of the sunset.

7. Gomti Ghat
If the holy scriptures are to be believed, the Gomti River is none other than the Ganges, descending directly from heaven. The most sought after spots out of the various shrines and ghats this is the place where the river meets the mighty ocean.

8. Gopi Talav
Legend has it that this is the lake where Krishna used to entice his Gopis (young female inhabitants) with his youthful pranks and romantic nature. About 20km , the lake is surrounded by sandal like yellow sand which is used by the devotees to make tilaks on their bodies. It is quite a pretty sight.

9. Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir
Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is an ancient temple, some 5000 years old, which was built around a self-manifested Shivaling found in the Arabian Sea.

10. Gita Temple
Built by the industrialist family of Birla in 1970, it is constructed using white marble resulting in a magnificent and awe inspiring structure. The temple was made to capture and preserve the teachings and values of the Bhagavad Gita, the religious book of the Hindus.

11. Sudama Setu
Sudama Setu Bridge is a stunning suspension bridge built for pedestrians to cross River Gomti. The bridge was named after Sudhama, Lord Krishna's childhood friend. It was inaugurated by Anandiben Patel, the CM of Gujarat in 2016.

12. ISKCON Dwarka
Located on Devi road, the ISKCON Temple in Dwarka is yet another manifestation of the Krishna Consciousness. Housing idols of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha draped in rich attires and ornated in flowers, this is an entirely stone-built temple.

13. Swami Narayan Mandir
Located very close to the beautiful seashore and the Dwarkadish temple, Swami Narayan Mandir is a shrine dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. The shrine is a relatively new structure, with intricate architecture expressed through sculptures and embossed wall work.

14. Dunny Point
Located at Dwarka Beyt, Dunny Point is a mesmerising island-like spot and a great place for water-based activities and bird watching. This uninhibited point is an eco-tourism site also offers an impressive marine camping and safari option along its coral-embedded water site.

How to Reach Dwarka

The nearest airport is Jamnagar, about 137 km away from Dwarka City. Dwarka has its own railway station, trains connecting Dwarka to all major cities (Jamnagar, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Mumbai, Goa, etc.) Dwarka is very well connected by road as well.

Best time to visit Dwarka

The ideal time to visit Dwarka is from November till the last of February when the city experiences cold winters. Nonetheless, if you specifically want to participate in the festivities of Dwarka's grandly celebrated Janmashtami Festival, visiting the town during August and September will be eventful. Hence, September to March are the best months to visit Dwarka. However, the city is equally enchanting throughout the year.

Food of Dwarka

There aren't many lavish restaurants in Dwarka. However, the ones that it houses serve delicious Gujarati, North-Indian and Chinese food. An elaborate Gujarati thali is a must, while here. Roti, Dal or Kadhi, Rice and Vegetable Curries make up this mouth-watering platter. You can also try out the famous Khichdi . Other than these, do try out the popular Gujarati snacks such as Khamman Dhokla, Khandvi, Thepala, Khakhra, Hahdwoh as well as the widespread and refreshing Lassi, Buttermilk and Chaas.

Dwarka Tour Packages

About Dwarka Tourism: Dwarka in Gujarat is said to be the capital of Lord Krishna’s kingdom and is therefore called the “home of Lord Krishna.” The only city to be part of both the Char Dham and Sapta Puris, Dwarka is known for its sacred sites and a shoreline that features few beaches.

The Dwarkadhish Temple, dating back over 2,500 years, is one of the city’s prime attractions admired for its Chalukya style of architecture, its intricate carvings as well as its mesmerising five-storey shrine. The Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, one of India’s 12 Jyotirlingas, another one of the city’s numerous wonders, is renowned for its 80 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva.

Some of the other temples you must visit in Dwarka include the Rukmini Devi Temple, Gita Temple and Swaminarayan Mandir. Also, see Gopi Talav, a calm lake where Lord Krishna supposedly performed “raas” for the Gopis. The serene Gomti Ghat is another must-visit place alongside Sudama Setu, which pedestrians use to cross the Gomti River.

Besides holy sites, Dwarka is also famous for the Dwarka Beach along the Arabian Sea coast. You can watch the sunset, admire the coral reefs, eat at a food stall or go looking for seashells. Dwarka Lighthouse also attracts crowds of tourists who visit the site for its architecture and views of the setting sun.

About 30km from the city is Beyt Island, where you can go beach camping, dolphin spotting, picnicking, etc. Situated at the mouth of the Gulf of Kutch, this island with its white-sand beaches and coral reefs is supposedly where Lord Krishna stayed when he was the king of Dwarka. Visit Dwarka between November and February when the weather is ideal for sightseeing. 1-2 days are sufficient to explore the city. You can stay in guesthouses, hotels, resorts etc.

Dwarka tour packages also include nearby destinations like Somnath, Diu and Ahmedabad. Somnath, meaning “Lord of the Moon,” is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas renowned for the Somnath Temple. You must visit the Paanch Pandav Gufa, Suraj Mandir and Laxminarayan Temple. Somnath Beach, great for relaxing, jogging and sunset watching, and Chorwad Beach are also famous here.

Ahmedabad, the state’s capital, is synonymous with the Sabarmati Ashram, where Mahatma Gandhi resided with his wife. Here you would also find the Statue of Unity which commemorates Vallabhai Patel and is the world’s tallest statue, as well as Dada Hari Vav and Rani ki Vav, which are prominent stepwells. In addition, a walk across the green promenades and parks on the Sabarmati Waterfront would undoubtedly be calming.

Once a Portuguese colony, Diu is famous for its beaches; Nagoa Beach, Ghoghla Beach and Gomtimata Beach are ideal for relaxing, sunset watching, parasailing, jet skiing, etc. Catch a glimpse of the setting sun from Sunset Point or visit Diu Fort, Naida Caves and Diu Museum. We have numerous customisable and affordable Dwarka travel packages for a remarkable trip!

About City

Somnath
"The town of the Lord of the Moon"

Somnath, literally meaning 'lord of the moon' is a pilgrim center and is home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. It is a town which derives much of its identity from the mythology, religion, and legends that surround it.

Primarily a temple town, Somnath is a place where a strong scent of religion and legends lingers around tourism and even daily life. Its spiritual environment is ornamented by the huge number of temples in the area, however, Somnath also offers beaches, museums and other attractions. While the Somnath temple and Somnath beach are the primary places to visit here, Gita Mandir, Balukha Tirtha, Kamnath Mahadev Temple, Somnath Museum are some of the other places that one can visit.

Places To Visit In Somnath

1. Somnath Temple
A highly revered religious site for Hindus, the Somnath Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India. The Jyotirlinga is adorned with flowers, ornaments of silver and gold and people from far and wide come to worship it. It is first of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva. It has been mentioned in ancient texts like Shreemad Bhagavat Gita, Skandpuran, Shivpuran and Rig-Veda which signifies the importance of this temple as one of the most celebrated pilgrimage sites. The temple is located on the ancient Triveni Sangam or the confluence of three rivers - Kapila, Hiran, and Saraswati. The temple is known as an eternal shrine owing to its perseverance against the test of time. It has withstood several destructions in the past and still has not lost its beauty. It is said that the temple was looted and destroyed as many as seventeen times by emperors like Mahmud Ghazni, Alauddin Khilji, and Aurangzeb.
Timings : Darshan timing- 6:00 AM - 9:30 PM,
Arati timing- 7:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 7:00 PM,
Light and sound show- 7:45 PM

2. Bhalka Tirth
Bhalka Tirth is a renowned Hindu pilgrim centre which is believed to be the location where Lord Krishna was shot by a hunter's arrow. According to the sacred scripts, Lord Krishna's death marks the end of the Dvapara Yug and the beginning of the Kali Yug. The tirth has a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and is called Mahaprabhuji's Bethak.

3. Somnath Beaches
Beaches of Somnath, though crowded, have the power to lure you away in a different world of soothing waves. The beaches are not recommended for swimming but are definitely a great point to relax and unwind.

4. Paanch Pandav Gufa
Discovered by the late Baba Narayandas in the year 1949, the temple was dedicated to the five Pandava Brothers. The location of the temple is such that one can view the entire city and get mesmerized just by looking at it.

5. Laxminarayan Temple
Located on the Somnath shore, the presiding deity, Lord Laxminarayan is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Reflects modern architectural design, this temple is famous for the carvings on its 18 pillars which have the sacred message of Krishna in the form of Bhagwadgita.

6. Triveni Sangam Temple
The confluence of the three rivers Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati this is the point where the rivers meet the mighty Arabian Sea. Triveni Sangam is believed to be a very sacred Moksha Tirtha for Hindus.

7. Chorwad Beach
Located in Somnath, Chorwad Beach is one of the most serene and tranquil places to relax and enjoy. The whole place offers picture-perfect views especially during sunrise and sunset which are a must witness.

8. Suraj Mandir
Suraj Mandir too is situated near the Triveni Ghats and is one of the few temples dedicated to the Sun God. There are depictions of elephants, lions and various other birds and animals in the temple.

9. Parshuram Temple
The temple lies on the banks of the holy river Triveni where Lord Parshuram is believed to have conducted his penance. One of the rare temple dedicated to Lord Parshuram this temple provides visitors with a scenic surrounding and picturesque landscapes.

10. Dehotsarg Teerth
Dehotsarg Teerth is an important pilgrim centre for the Hindus as this is where Lord Krishna breathed his last after he was shot by Jara's arrow. The location is marked by Lord Krishna's footprints. It is also believed that Krishna's brother, Baldev, also accompanied him in the form of a serpent crawling through the Balramjiki Gufa nearby.

11. Shashibhushan Mahadev and Bhidbhanjan Ganpatiji Temple
Located about 4km away from the city on the highway along the beautiful sea shore. Bhidbhanjan is the savior form of Ganesha and is worshipped here along with Shiva.

12. Kamnath Mahadev Temple
This temple built nearly 200 years ago by a King is now one of the most popular temples of Somnath. The King believed that a dip in the pond in the vicinity could cure humans of any disease.

13. Gita Temple
Built at the Triveni Ghat, where three rivers meet the ocean, the Gita Temple is a beautiful structure dedicated to Lord Krishna built by the Birlas in the 70s. The beautifully capturing white marble structure has a depiction of the hymns of the Gita intricately engraved on the walls.

14. Prabhas Patan Museum
Prabhas Patan Museum was established in the mid-1900s and has a stunning collection of ancient temple remains, inscriptions, idols of deities, water from sacred rivers, etc. that signify the union of Saraswati, Kapila and Hiranya. One of the most important Shivalingas, the Kalbhairav Linga, is also believed to be hidden amidst the remains, which the Moon God worships. The attraction, therefore, has immense religious and archaeological importance.

15. Junagadh Gate
Junagadh Gate is a historic monument which is believed to be the gate that Mahmud of Gazni entered to loot and destroy the Somnath Temple. The splendid monument now serves as a landmark and is made of stone with chattris and sculpted tigers on top of it.

16. Prachi Tirth
Prachi Tirth is a religious centre important for performing the sacred rituals for the ancestors. According to a legend, Lord Krishna, who was a descendant of the Yaduvansh, performed rituals at the tirth for his ancestors. Religiously, Prachi tirth is considered just as important as Kashi for the Hindu ceremonies.

How to Reach Somnath

Travelling from cities like Mumbai, Jabalpur, Delhi from rail might turn out to be quite a challenging experience. A direct rail connection from Delhi isn't available. Koshed (55 km) and Diu (90 km) are the closest airports and it will take approximately Rs. 2000 to reach Somnath from these places by cab.

Best time to visit Somnath

September to March are the best months to visit Somnath, as the winters are quite cold. However, if you wish to avoid the crowd and tourists that flock to Somnath, you may be tempted to visit the place during the summer and monsoon season. Somnath is extremely hot and humid during these seasons and should most definitely be visited during the winter months when the heat is more bearable.

Food of Somnath

Somnath does not have many restaurants or lavish fine dining experiences to offer. There are a few popular eating places around the temple, as well as some local joints and Dhabas. Dairy products like Lassi, Buttermilk, Chaas, ice creams are popular and easily available.
You can also try Gujarati snacks in the area like Dhokla, Khakra, Fafda, Sev, Khandvi and Khaman as well as sweets like Ghevar, Malpua, Shrikhand, Puran Poli and more. Gujarat is a dry state, so you wouldn't find any alcohol here.

Somnath Tour Packages

About Somnath Tourism: Meaning the "Lord of the Moon," Somnath in Gujarat is a major pilgrimage centre and one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. It finds its mention in several holy and mythological texts and is known for its numerous temples and legends! If you are a religious person, a trip to Somnath is an absolute must; We offer many affordable Somnath tour packages.

The Somnath Temple should be your first stop, the first Jyotirlinga shrine of the 12. It is one of the country's oldest and mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita, Rig-Vega and more. This temple came to be established when Soma, the Moon God, constructed a Shivalinga to seek Lord Shiva's assistance in removing a curse put on him by King Daksha, the father of his 27 wives.

Associated with Lord Krishna, Bhalka Tirth is an important pilgrimage site that is said to be where a hunter shot him. The Mahaprabhuji's Bethak temple is situated on the premises. Other temples to visit when travelling to Somnath include the Parshuram Temple, Suraj Mandir and Laxminarayan Temple. Also, see the serene Panch Pandav Gufa, which is dedicated to the 5 Pandavas.

Somnath is famous for its religious sites and its beaches like Somnath Beach and Chorwad Beach. Though unsuitable for swimming, you can relax here and watch the sunset. What's more, you must take the time to see the Junagadh Gate, which is what Mahmud of Ghazni entered through to loot the Somnath Temple. 2 days are enough to explore the city.

The best time to travel to Somnath is from September to March, when the weather is most pleasant for sightseeing. You can choose from numerous hotels to stay in. Furthermore, Somnath tour packages often feature other destinations such as Dwarka, Diu and Ahmedabad. A former Portuguese colony, Diu is famous for the Naida Caves, Diu Fort and Zampa Gateway.

Since Diu lies on the shore, it is home to many beaches where you can swim, relax or engage in water sports like jet skiing, parasailing, boating etc. Ahmedabad, the state's capital, should indeed be a part of your trip to Somnath because it is home to the Sabarmati Ashram, when Mahatma Gandhi resided.

You can visit Rani ki Vav, see the Statue of Unity, walk around near the Sabarmati Riverfront and explore Bhadra Fort. The city is also known for various religious sites like the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, Hutheesing Jain Temple and Modhera Sun Temple. Dwarka, on the other hand, is a profoundly spiritual city renowned for the Dwarkadhish Temple, Nageshwar Jyotirlinga and Gopi Talav. You must also visit Dwarka Beach.

We provide you with an opportunity to tour one of India's most holy destinations as well as others nearby with our customisable Somnath travel packages.

About City

Diu
"A mini-Goa"

Located near the port of Veraval, Diu is a small island which was earlier a Portuguese colony and is now guarded by beaches all around. Diu takes up most popularity given the ample number of beaches, along with Gujarat's southern coast such as the Nagoa beach, but has a lot more to offer too. Alcohol is legal in Diu.

The Diu Fort, a primary imprint of the Portuguese on the area's heritage and architecture makes up a popular tourist attraction. Another interesting place is the Vanakbara, a small fishing village whose charm has tints of colourful fishing boats and humming of day to day activity. This perfect add-on to a visit to Gujarat will complete your experience with interesting museums such as the Sea Shell Museum, temples and churches.

Places To Visit In Diu

1. Naida Caves
The Naida caves are located on the periphery of the Diu fort. These caves have a big network of tunnels with square hewn steps. Interestingly, these caves were formed due to geological irregularities and natural processes over time. The caves also have a natural opening that lets in sunlight, making it photogenic. 

2. Nagoa Beach
Famous for its pristine beauty and swaying palm trees, Nagoa Beach in Diu is an ideal and a recommended place for tourists all over the world. The place is well connected with the resorts, hence it making it easy for the travellers to relax and explore its beauty at the same time. The beach is surrounded by beautiful palm trees swaying in the cool breeze which creates an exotic environment for the travellers to laze around. The serene beauty of the beach due to its white sands and quiet blue water is worth experiencing and enjoying. It is very much known for its water sports along with camel and pony riding. Sunbathing can turn out to be the most intoxicating experience at the Nagoa Beach. A walk along the shore mixed with witnessing the sunrise and sunset is a great way to relax one's mind.

3. Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple
Situated 3 km from Diu, Gangeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has 5 Shivalingas that were supposedly laid by the Pandavas during their exile period. These Shivalingas are situated amidst rocks that are washed by waves continuously.

4. Diu Fort
Fort Diu, located on the Western coast of Indian was built by Portuguese during their colonial rule and is now under the administration of Indian government. The fort- cum - castle, is known as 'Praça de Diu' in Portuguese, is situated on the southern tip of Gujarat and is at the mouth of the Gulf of Khambhat.

5. Ghogla Beach
The Golden sand beach undulates into the horizon while the Arabian Sea laps away at the edge as though imploring the sands to let it find its own beach.

6. Sunset Point
A beautiful hillock located near the Chakritirath beach in Diu, offers its visitors a mesmerizing view of sunset from here. The hillock and the surrounding areas have been beautifully landscaped and illuminated. Chakratirth Beach is centrally located and contiguous to the Diu Town.

7. St. Paul Church
One of the most famous tourist attractions of Diu, this magnanimous structure is the St. Paul Church dedicated to 'Our Lady of Immaculate Conception'.

8. INS Khukri Memorial
INS Khukri Memorial is the memorial site of an Indian Naval Ship that sank during the Indo-Pak War of 1971.

9. Panikota Fort
Also known as Fortim-do-Mar, Panikota Fort is a former Diu Jail. This white coloured huge structure is located within the Diu Fort.

10. Zampa Gateway
The Zampa Gateway is another attraction. It is a major landmark of Diu and is carved with dedicated angels, lions and a priest. An artificial waterfall adds to its beauty.

11. Shell Museums in Diu
One of the few shell museums in the world is located in Diu. It houses collections of Captain Fulbari, a sailor, who during his voyages collected many unique, pretty and amazing shells.

12. Diu Museum
A famous tourist spot of the town, the Diu Museum has been set up in the St. Thomas Church. This church had been built in 1598 but was later converted into a museum.

13. Chakratirth Beach
Nestled amidst the picturesque hills meeting the Arabian Sea, the Chakratirth beach is the ideal place to soak up the sun or frolick in the enchanting waters while beating the heat and relaxing by the calming shores of Diu.

14. Jallandar Beach
Named after the demon, Jallandar, this sunny beach lies almost 1 km from Diu and has a temple and a memorial. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Chandrika while the memorial is atop a hill with a stone structure of the demon Jallandar. The beach also offers exciting water sports.

15. Gomptimata Beach
Located on the western end of the Diu in the village Vanakbara, this is one of the best beaches of the region. Secluded and with natural white sand, Gomtimata beach is a beautiful beach to just sit back and relax. You will also find a temple located at the beach.

16. Church of St. Fancis of Assisi
This church is one of the oldest churches in Diu. The church, constructed in 1593 was later converted into a hospital.

17. Simbor Beach
Located in the village of Simbor in Diu, the namesake beach boasts of unparalleled serenity, mesmerising surroundings and incapacitating beauty. Apart from the sweeping picturesque views of the sea and the sands, the highlight of the beach is also an old Portuguese fort called "Fort St. Anthony of Simbor."

18. Chapel of Our Lady Rosary
The Chapel of Our Lady Rosary is located in Old Moti Daman, Diu. The church dates back to the 17th century and is of great historical and religious significance. The structure of the church employs Gothic-style architecture, which displays an elegant Portuguese influence.

How to Reach Diu

Diu is connected to other parts of Gujarat and the country with good road network. Diu does not have its own railway station and the nearest railhead is at Veraval which is 90 km from Diu. One can take a taxi after Veraval to reach Diu. Diu also has its own airport and daily flights connect Diu to Mumbai and to Porbandar.

Best time to visit Diu

The best months to plan a trip to Diu are November to February during the Winter season because of its ideal weather and a host of activities that are sure to keep you engaged. From thrilling watersports, calm beaches, historic architecture, abandoned forts and lip-smacking food; Diu is a paradise in Winters.

Food of Diu

Diu is a unique and composite blend of Gujarat's and Portuguese cuisine. This blend then, leaves few food domains that are not covered in the island's menu. On one hand you find traditional Gujrati food, its flavors and elements derived from the state nearby and on the other hand you have an influence of the past with Portugeese cuisine only complimented by the sea around and a dominance of exotic sea food.

While these are the defining cultures, one can find a few more international cuisines as well as typical Indian food in the restaurants. The island is also popular because of availability of alcohol, givent the adjacent dry state of Gujrat.

Diu Tour Packages

About Diu Tourism: Part of the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Diu is a small island on India’s western coast bordered by Gujarat. The island with its beaches was once a Portuguese colony and is home to heritage sites dating back to the 16th century. We bring you great Diu tour packages so that you can discover its hidden gems with friends or family!

Situated along the Arabian Sea, Diu is known for its numerous beaches like the Nagoa Beach, Ghoghla Beach, Jallandhar Beach and Simbor Beach. These golden beaches boast gorgeous views and complete tranquillity, making them the perfect spot for relaxing, parasailing, boating, surfing, etc. Though the beaches undoubtedly provide excellent views of the sunset, you can always head over to Sunset Point, a breathtaking hillock near Chakratirth Beach.

Your trip to Diu might be incomplete without a visit to the Diu Fort built by the Portuguese. Also called “Praça de Diu”, the majestic structure was once one of Portugal’s seven wonders and overlooked the beautiful sea and a jetty used for trading. Moreover, the premises feature a lighthouse and several cannonballs, while on the periphery lie the Naida Caves, within which are tunnels for you to explore.

Other heritage sites to visit in Diu include the Panikota Fort, a former jail located within Diu Fort and the Zampa Gateway featuring carvings of angels, lions and a priest. When travelling to Diu, don’t skip out on its beautiful churches that date back to the colonial era, like the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Paul Church and Chapel of Our Lady Rosary.

Diu Museum and the Sea Shell Museum make for a great cultural experience. Diu Museum used to be a church and contains inscriptions on fountains, ancient rulers and statues, wooden and marble statues. The Sea Shell Museum has shells collected by the sailor Captain Fulbari. The INS Khukri Memorial is a tribute to the Indian Naval Ship that sank during the 1971 Indo-Pak War.

The best time to visit Diu is during the wintertime, between November and February, when the weather is ideal for outdoor activities. Diu tour packages also provide you with the opportunity to visit neighbouring cities like Ahmedabad and Dwarka. Ahmedabad is a major metropolitan city in Gujarat famous for attractions like Sabarmati Ashram, where Gandhi lived, Statue of Unity, Jhulta Minar, Kankaria Lake and Rani ki Vav.

Dwarka is one of the four Char Dham pilgrimage sites and is an ancient city that is synonymous with the Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarka Beach, Gomti Ghat, picturesque Dwarka Lighthouse and more. Customisable and affordable, Diu tour packages are the perfect choice for an enjoyable trip, no matter if you’re travelling alone or with someone.

About City

Bhavnagar
"The Hub of Diamond Industry"

Located at the southern tip of Gujarat peninsula, Bhavnagar is known as the cultural centre of the state of Gujarat. Literary achievers like Govardhan Tripathi, Kavi Kant, Narsihm Mehta and Ganga Sati have their roots in Bhavnagar. While on one side, you'd see the careless waves of Gulf of Khambat, on the other hand, you can see the busiest port of ocean trading in India.

It is located at a distance of 98 kilometres from the capital of Gandhinagar. This region has a rich legacy dating back to the 18th century. It was a major port city and had trade links with different countries across the globe. Presently, Bhavnagar is known for housing the diamond cutting and polishing industry in India.

Bhavnagar also houses one of the oldest educational institutions, Samaldas Arts College. In 1884 Mahatma Gandhi was the student of this college. Bhavnagar is one of the finest examples of architectural brilliance and houses iconic monuments that originated in the 19th century. Some of the major tourist attractions include Nilambag Palace, Takhteshwar Temple, Barton Library, Victoria Park, Bhav Vilas Palace and more.

Places To Visit In Bhavnagar

1. GauriShankar lake
A beautiful lake flowing amidst the hills, the view of this place is soothing. Sit by the lake side with your feet dipped in water, as the clear water of the lake flows through under your feet, the coldness of its touch makes you forget all your worries and surrender to the beauty of nature.

2. Nilambag Palace
Built in 1859, this palace has now been converted to a heritage hotel. The architectural design of the palace shows a fusion of Indian and western architecture done with sheer brilliance.

3. Victoria Park
Victoria park is a popular tourist place and is known as green lung of Bhavnagar. It is a man made forest situated in the state of Gujarat, Bhavnagar. It was established on 24th May 24, 1888. It is spread over an area of 500 acres, and well known for its water birds.

4. Takhteshwar Temple
Situated on the hill top near the railway station, the beauty of this temple is beyond words. Dedicated to lord Shiva, Takhteshwar is built of white marble and makes for a prime tourist spot.

5. Water lock gate
Located in the city dockyard, Water Lock Gate was constructed a 100 years ago. Visitors need special permission to visit the site.

6. Gandhi Smriti
This poignant memorial, located in New Delhi, is where Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead by a Hindu zealot on 30 January 1948, after campaigning against intercommunal violence. This memorial was constructed to honour his death and is now a major tourist attraction of the capital city.

7. Barton library and museum
The oldest library of the city, Barton has a huge collection of books from the genres of history and culture. With the fast paced life today, not many youngsters can be spotted in the library, you will mostly spot adults and elderly people coming over to the library with their newspapers and help in its maintenance.

8. Palitana
A small town located in the Bhavnagar district of Gujarat, Palitana is noted as a popular pilgrimage site among the Jains. Another famous thing about Palitana is that the town strictly follows vegetarianism which makes it the first city in the world to abide by the vegetarian diet legally. It is no surprise that the town has listed selling of animal products (Fish, meat and eggs) or activities that involve the killing of animals to be illegal.

9. Bhavnagar Blackbuck National Park
Bhavnagar Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar is located in the Bhavnagar district of Gujarat, India. This national park is known to provide a magical experience to its visitors. The wilderness of this national park is unrivalled. From grasslands to mud flats Bhavnagar Blackbuck National Park is a paradise for birdwatchers. Know that this sanctuary has been primarily declared for the conservation of Blackbucks. You can, however, find a horde of other mammals and birds.

Best time to visit Bhavnagar

October- January are the best months to visit Bhavnagar. Bhavnagar experiences hot and dry summers. June experiences heavy rainfall which adds to the high temperature resulting in humidity. Winters begin from October and go on till January- February. It is thus considered best to visit Bhavnagar during winters.

Food of Bhavnagar

Bhavnagar has, to its acclaim, some of the best and most delicious, tasty vegetarian food dishes to boast off in all of Gujarat. Starting from Fafda Ganthiya which is a crispy fried snack made with gram flour, topped with carom seeds and black pepper to Pav-Ganthiya, which is a speciality of Bhavnagar and can be found at Lachhus Cart, the city is every foodies delight. The 'khougali' at Ghogha Circle which is flocked by hundreds of people on a weekly basis, a testimony to that. Spend an afternoon here, indulging in a variety of food dishes and devouring street food like the Bhungda Bateta. Bhungda means deep fried yellow fryums and bateta means hot and spicy, potato garlic curry which are prepared separately but served together, making it lip smackingly delicious. If the spiciness gets to you, have some thirst quenching soda or a healthy milkshake made from dates and almonds, also available in and around Ghogha Circle.
The other must try are the local dishes of the state. Khakra, Thepla, Dhokla, Khandwi. These dishes might be available in the rest of the country too but they taste the best here.
The Gujarati Thali consists of various dishes like ringana methi nu shak, Gujarati khatti mithi daal, undhiyu, bhindi sambhariya, aloo rasila, steamed basmati rice, badshahi khichdi, Chapati, methi na thepla and bhakhri with kachumber salad along with various types of chutneys and buttermilk. There are many restaurants in Bhavnagar that make Gujarat's best a whole lot better!

How to Reach Bhavnagar

Bhavnagar city is well connected with all major cities and towns of India via air, rail and road. The Bhavnagar airport is the closest local airport, which is about 4 to 6 km from the city and can be covered through a 10 to 15-minute drive.

The Bhavnagar Railway Station, also known as the Bhavnagar Terminus at Madhia in Kumbharwada is about 2.6 to 3.2 km from Bhavnagar city. It can be reached via a 10 to 13-minute taxi or auto drop off.

There are quite a few bus stands in Bhavnagar. The Bhavnagar State Transport Bus Stand is about 2 to 4 km from the city and can be covered either through a 10-minute drive or a 30-minute walk.

Bhavnagar Tourism

Bhavnagar is an ancient city in Gujarat with volumes of history to speak throughout the city. Amid the amalgam of modern and ancient sites inclusive of religious and historical marks, Bhavnagar also hosts an array of national parks and ecological sites.

Some of the prominent picks of the several attractions in Bhavnagar are the Victoria Park; a secured wildlife forest, the Nilambagh Palace; a preserved colonial mansion-turned-hotel, Gaurishankar Lake; the city's major supply of water and a local sightseeing spot.

Home to over 1000 blackbucks, the Velavadar National Park is another popular haunt. The hilltop Takateshwar temple, Shri Adeshwar Temple and the Khodiyar Temple are some of the major religious sites in the city. The Gandhian remnants and relics at the Gandhi Smriti of the Barton Museum and the Barton Library are other significant mentions.

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Saurashtra Tour with Diu & Bhavnagar

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Dwarka
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Somnath
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Diu
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Bhavnagar
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Description

The tour will start in Ahmedabad and will be ending in Ahmedabad. Gujarat is a blend of Temples, Wildlife, and of amazing architecture and a place full of enthusiasm and rich in culture and heritage.

Tour Highlights

  • Dwarkadhish  Temple
  • Beyt Dwarka
  • Nageshwar Temple
  • Rukmani Temple
  • Kirti Mandir
  • Sudama Temple
  • Somanth Mahadev Temple
  • Bhalka Tirth
  • Triveni Sangam
  • Naida Caves
  • Diu Fort & Museum
  • Nishkalank Mahadev Temple
  • Lothal

Tour Plan

Day 1 

Ahmedabad – Dwarka (450 kms./ 9 Hours)

Today morning, check out and proceed towards Dwarka. Reach Dwarka – one of the four Chardhams and the Saptarishis as per Hindu Religion. Visit:

Dwarkadhish Temple: The famous Dwarkadhish Temple is located in the pilgrim district of Dwarka. The temple is dedicated to Hindu God Krishna and is also known as the Jagat Mandir. The Dwarkadhish Temple has two entrances on the north and south called the Moksha Dwar and Swarga Dwar respectively. The various Aartis and Poojas that are done on a timely basis are very spiritual to watch. The temple structure is also a very important feature with its giant pillars and the 56 steps that leads to the Gomti River Banks on the face of the Arabian Sea. The Dwarkadhish Temple is a must visit tourist location in Gujarat worth a memorable trip.The temple receives great patrons of religious disciples and one can surely get allured by the grand reception around. It has a flag at the top which shows both the sun and the moon. The flag gets changed 5 times every day having the same symbol. The main temple is hugely built with 72 pillars supporting it.

Overnight at Dwarka.

Meal Included

Dinner

Day 2 

Dwarka

Today morning, visit:

Beyt Dwarka: Beyt Dwarka is famously associated with ancient Vedas dating back to the Mahabharata. The small island also signifies proof in the ancient Indus Valley civilization. The Sri Krishna Temple here is known to feed Brahmins as the old belief continues of Lord Krishna being fed with rice at this spot by his friend Sudama. The devotees here follow the same practice by offering rice to Brahmins present there. The Lord Krishna idol that is worshipped here is considered to be crafted by Rukmini. Hindu sage Sri Vallabhacharya is credited with the establishment of the temple near to 500 years ago. Beyt Dwarka has been featured in the Mahabharata as well as SkandaPurana. As per Umashankar Joshi, Antardvipa who has been referred to as Sabha Parva in Mahabharata identified as Yadava of Dwarka who used to travel by boats. Beyt Dwarka derives its name from Shankhodhar which is an island full of conch shells. The archeological remains that are found below the sea also suggest that there was a settlement that existed during the times of Late Harrappan era. The period can be dated to the times of Maurya Empire and a part of the Okha Mandal or Kishdwip. In the inscription by Simhaditya in the 574 AD, Dwarka has also been mentioned. Later on visit:

Nageshwar Temple: The Nageshwar Jyotirling temple of Dwarka is one of the 12 Jyortirlingas and a mentionable religious shrine that is marked in the Shiva Purana. The temple complex is compact and built to accommodate a fair share of pilgrims. The main idol of Shiva is worshipped with daily Aradhanas and Aartis and the idol and the idol is 25m in height. The self-existence of the Nageshwar Jyotirling goes back to the stories of how the temple got is name Darakavana from the deoghar trees. The followers believe that Lord Shiva appeared here from the ray of light giving it the name. Early religious sages believed that there are 64 Shiv Jyotirling among which the Nageshwar Jyoti is one. In the Hindu Purana of the Shiva the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is one of the 12Jyoti religious shrines. The Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple also is believed to be about the evil sprite called Daruka. Daruka attacked a follower of Shiva named Supriya and trapped him under the sea in Darukavana, where snakes and many other demons resided. Many other humans were also taken captive in the underwater demon land. Legends say the imprisoned people led by Supriya started praying to Lord Shiva chanting his name and the Lord actually appeared to free him off their plight. Thereafter visit:

Rukmani Temple: The Rukmini Devi Temple is a temple in Dwarka, 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) away from Dwarka, India. It is dedicated to Rukmini, Krishna’s chief queen. The temple is said to be 2,500 years old but in its present form it is inferred to belong to the 12th century. It is a richly carved temple decorated with sculptures of gods and goddesses on the exterior with the sanctum housing the main image of Rukmini. Carved naratharas (human figures) and carved gajatharas (elephants) are depicted in panels at the base of the tower. An interesting legend is narrated to justify separate dwelling temples, far away from each other, for Rukmini and her husband Krishna. It is said that at the request of sage Durvasa (who was renowned for his short temper and bestowing curses) Krishna and Rukmini pulled a chariot taking sage Durvasa to their house for dinner. On the way, when Rukmini asked for water to quench her thirst, Krishna drew Ganges water, by prodding the ground with his toe, for her to drink. Rukmini quenched her thirst with the Ganges water. But Durvasa felt insulted as Rukmini did not have the courtesy to offer him water to drink. He, therefore, cursed her that she would live separately from her husband.

Overnight at Dwarka.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3 

Dwarka – Porbandar – Somnath

Today morning, check out and proceed towards Somnath (250 kms/5 Hours). Visit Porbandar on the way. Visit:

Kirti Mandir – birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi: The three-storied haveli or mansion having a striking blue color in which Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on 2nd October in the year 1869 was eventually turned into a shrine/memorial. This shrine which was named Kirti Mandir is actually a temple and symbolizes the harmonious integration of the world's six major religions namely Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, and Zoroastrianism. The haveli housing the Kirti Mandir used to be a one-storeyed house that was bought about two centuries back by Shri Harjivan Raidas Gandhi, great grandfather of M.K. Gandhi. The upper floors or stories were constructed later on and it is in this mansion that Gandhiji's grandfather, father, and uncle resided while serving as 'dewans' or prime ministers under the Jethwa Rajput kings. Kirti Mandir was constructed up to a height of 79 feet to correspond with Gandhiji's lifespan. The 'garba griha' or the sanctum sanctorum of the temple houses the Mahatma's and his wife Kasturba Gandhi's full-scale oil-paintings. Gandhi practiced 'non-violence' and always spoke 'the truth' throughout his life and the words are etched in front of their feet. Two rooms on the shrine's right, serve as memorials of Mahadev Desai and Maganlal Gandhi while the room on the temple's left is a museum containing exhibits. Then visit:

Sudama Temple: A temple dedicated to Sudama, a close friend of Lord Krishna and is a significant religious edifice built during the early years of the 20th century. The present, magnificent structure is built at the site, where an old temple of Sudama existed in the past. Reach Somnath and visit:

Somnath Mahadev Temple: The historic Somnath Temple is an epitome of religious devotion of Lord Shiva in Veraval, Saurashtra. The temple is worshipped widely as it is considered as one of the first of the Shiva Jyotirlingas as mentioned in the Puranas. The Shiva temple here is considered very pious due to its rich religious history. Somnath refers to the name given to Lord Shiva or the Almighty of the Soma. The temple has been built and renovated many times from the time of its inception due to wars between Hindu and Muslim kings. The temple is known as the Shrine of the Eternal for the Shiva Jyotirlingas. Every day, three pujas are done in the temple which attracts major tourist in huge numbers. The temple is built in proper Hindu architecture with pillars and a flag on the roof of the highest point. The legends about the temple revolve around the Moon God Soma who was believed to have taken a bath at this point of the river confluence. The Moon God was losing his shine owning to a curse and redeemed it back after the dip according to the Hindu mythology. The pilgrim spot of the Somnath Temple is at the mouth of the three mythological rivers of Saraswati, Hiran and Kapilla. The first stone of the temple is said to be built centuries ago. The Seuna kings that time had built another establishment of it at the same spot during the period of 649 CE. The temple has been attacked many times by the Arabs in the past but was erected every time by the following Hindu dynasties. The Somnath Temple is also believed to be first built from wooden structures but was raided soon after by foreign invaders. Solanki king Mularaja is said to have built the first temple at this changing the old outlook of it. Feel the divinity in the evening arti and watch the Light and Sound Show to feel the grandeur of the Somnath Temple.

Overnight at Somnath.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 

Somnath – Diu

Today morning, after breakfast and checkout and visit:

BhalkaTirth: The Bhalka Tirth is a historic religious place is located in the town of Veraval in the city of Saurashtra. It is famous for the mythological stories of Lord Krishna, who was struck with an arrow in this spot by Jara, who was a hunter in the Hindu Puranas. Lord Krishna is worshipped widely among the Hindu followers and the Bhalka Tirth is a famous mark on the epitome of his greatness. It is a popular place that is quite close to Somnath. As per stories and tales it is believed that Shri Krishna was resting at this place when a huntsman by the name of Jara shot an arrow. This arrow went on to pierce Shri Krishna. This temple is also known as Mahaprabhuji's Bethak which has a popular Peepal tree that signifies the place where Lord had succumbed to the injuries. A statue of Lord Krishna which is made from blue marble is located under the tree.. It is also known as the Prabhas Kshetra. Later on visit:

Triveni Sangam: Triveni Sangam is the confluence of three rivers: Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati. It is situated very near to the Somnath Mahadev temple. It is believed that the sages named Hiran and Kapila had done a penance at this very place and so Goddess Saraswati came to this place. As per Hindu tradition, Triveni Sangam is very holy and many puja related to the forefathers are done on its confluence.

Proceed towards Diu (85 kms/2 Hours) – the erstwhile Portuguese Colony. Check in to Hotel and then explore the town of Diu on your own. This place is a perfect amalgamation of the sea, sun and land. It features some really mesmerizing tourist spots, which are rich in flora, fauna, heritage and culture. Diu has a long historic background as it was ruled by many rulers from different dynasties. Forts and seashore altogether give it spectacular scenic beauty and a quaint charm like nowhere else. It has emerged as a major tourist spot, comprising beautiful beaches, revered temples and colonial edifices.

Visit: Naida Caves: Naida caves are natural rock formation which are perfect for the Photographers. A legend says that when the Portuguese were building the fortified walls of their colony, they had quarried the rocks on the side of the walls and with the passage of time and natural factors, these rocks have turned into a natural cave like formation. A visit to these caves is a perfect way to see the beauty of the erstwhile Portuguese colony.

Diu Fort: Diu Fort, which is a huge stone structure built in the year 1535 and renovated several times later. The fort commands a spectacular view of the adjoining sea, which surrounds it from three sides. Within the fort, there are three main churches, Venetian bungalows and stone mansions, which speak of various architectural advancements. Another major seaside citadel is the Fortress of Panikota, which lies right at the mouth of the creek. The lighthouse and chapel inside the fort are quite famous amongst travellers coming here for sightseeing. 

Diu Museum: If you want to know more about this town, this is the best place to visit. This museum was once a part of the beautiful old St. Thomas Church, which was built using the Gothic architectural style in 1598. This museum houses important antiquities related to the town, such as stone inscriptions, wood carvings and idols.

Overnight at Diu.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5 

Diu – Bhavnagar (220 kms./6 Hours)

Today morning, after breakfast and checkout and proceed towards Bhavnagar and Reach Bhavnagar – the Princely State which was one of the Pioneers to join the Indian Union at the time of Independence. Visit

Nishkalank Mahadev Temple: The Nishkalank Shiva Mahadev Temple is famous for being the abode of Lord Shiva concealed inside the sea away from the banks. The temple at Bhavnagar is wavered by the strong sea and can be visited by followers when the water is dry or during low tide periods. The devotees have to wait at the sea shore in order to walk to temple inside the sea when there is a low tide. The sight of humans wading through the fierce sea against nature is a spell bounding gesture. The immortal history of the Nishkalank Temple goes back to the pages of the saga Mahabharata. Mythological tales foretell that after the battle, when the Pandavs slained there brothers Kauravs, they were down with guilt. They looked for help from Lord Krishna who in return gave them a black flag and a black cow. The Lord asked them to follow the cow and position the flag where the cow stopped and to wait till the flag turns white and then start meditation to Lord Shiva. The Pandavs followed the cow wherever it went and waited for the flag to turn white. For days they went behind the cow awaiting their plight till the flag actually turned white at this spot in the Koliyak Beach. Upon this the Pandavs started their chants to Lord Shiva to get redemption to their sins and guilt for killing their blood. Lord Shiva appeared to them in five Lingam forms and thus the temple was established at the very spot that is covered in sea to this day.

Overnight at Bhavnagar.

Meal Included

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6 

Bhavnagar – Ahmedabad / Departure

Today morning, check out and proceed towards Ahmedabad (200 kms/ 4 Hours). Visit on the way:

Lothal: Lothal is the excavated site of the Indus Valley Civilization about 80 kms from Ahmedabad considered to be the oldest dockyard in the world. One of the most thriving trade centres in the Indus Valley Civilization, Lothal was the lynchpin centre used for the exports to the other contemporary civilizations like the Egyptian and the Mesopotamian Civilizations. The Dockyard at that time was made in a way that during high tides the small boats would enter it via a canal dug up from the sea and the off-loaded and loaded near the city. The Warehouse was also very near the dockyard which we also find the modern day ports. The knowledge of hydrology helped the people at that time to construct the dockyard in the way that could withstand the rigours of the salty water. Even the modern dockyards have the same mechanism as that of Lothal. The city had the Acropolis and the lower town and also a bead factory. There were also public toilets at that time which shows the modernity of the Civilization. Reach Ahmedabad and drop as per schedule.

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Breakfast

Tour Accommodation

Dwarka

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Hotel Narayan Inn

NO OF NIGHTS

2 Nights

ROOM TYPE

Club

Somnath

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Hotel Sun Plaza

NO OF NIGHTS

1 Night

ROOM TYPE

Plaza Deluxe

Diu

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Hotel Carnival

NO OF NIGHTS

1 Night

ROOM TYPE

Deluxe

Bhavnagar

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Hotel 1589 Gen X

NO OF NIGHTS

1 Night

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Executive

Inclusions

  • 2 Nights stay in Dwarka
  • 1 night stay in Somnath
  • 1 Night stay in Diu
  • 1 Night stay in Bhavnagar
  • Welcome Drink on Arrival
  • Breakfast & Dinner at the hotel 
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  • All Tours & Transfers by Dedicated Exclusive Vehicle

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Tour Destination

About City

Dwarka 
"The home of Lord Krishna"

Located on the western tip of the Saurashtra peninsula in Gujarat, Dwarka is believed to be the capital city of Lord Krishna's kingdom. Known as Devbhoomi Dwarka, Dwarka boasts of being the only city that is a part of both Char Dham (four principal holy places) and also Sapta Puris (seven sacred cities) mentioned in the Hindu religion. Dwarka was a part of the ancient kingdom of Krishna and Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, is also located in Dwarka. The beachside and the seashores are an added tourist attraction.

Legend has it that the city was once engulfed by the sea and recent excavations reveal that a city did exist here. The name Dwarka translates to dwar meaning 'door' and ka meaning 'moksha' meaning the ‘door to salvation'

Places To Visit In Dwarka

1. Dwarkadhish Temple
Dwarkadhish Temple also known as the Jagat Mandir, is a Chalukya styled architecture, dedicated to Lord Krishna. The town of Dwarka has its history dated back to the Kingdom of Dwaraka in Mahabharata. The five storied main shrine is grand and marvelous in itself constructed of limestone and sand. The 2200-year-old architecture, is believed to be built by Vajranabha, who constructed it over the land reclaimed from the sea by Lord Krishna. The temple showcases intricate sculptural detailing done by the ancestral dynasties that ruled the region and the black magnificent idol of Lord Krishna. There are other shrines within the temple which are devoted to Subhadra, Balarama and Revathy, Vasudeva, Rukmini and many others.

The devotees are expected to take a dip in the Gomti river before proceeding into the temple through the Swarg Dwar. The eve of Janmashtmi is the most special occasion in any Krishna temple, the Dwarkadhish temple is adorned by thousands of devotees chanting prayers and rituals. The shrine is a hive of colours, voices and faith transforming itself into inner silence and sanctity.

2. Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
One of the 12 famous self-existent temples, Nageshwara Jyotirlinga Temple too houses a curious myth about its origin. The giant, beautiful and artistic statue of Lord Shiva mesmerizes tourists and pilgrims alike with its aesthetic appeal. Unlike other Nageshwar Temples, the statue or the Linga here faces south. A major highlight of Nageshwar Temple is the massive 80 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva. The temple itself is characterised by typical Hindu architecture. The Nageshwar Shiva Linga is made up of stone, known as Dwarka Shila, having small chakras on it. It is in the shape of 3 mukhi Rudraksha.

3. Beyt Island
Located around 30 km from the main town of Dwarka Beyt Dwarka is a small island and was the main port in the region before the development of Okha. While the island is enclosed by a few temples, white sand beach and coral reefs, the beach is also popular among tourists for its marine life, sea excursions, camping and picnics.

4. Dwarka Beach
Along the Arabian Sea coast, Dwarka Beach is a good place to relax in the evenings. Popular among both the locals and tourists, Dwarka Beach is located quite close to the main temples in town.

5. Rukmani Temple
A small structure is an important shrine dedicated to Krishna's beloved consort, Rukmani Devi. Not as majestically gigantic , this shrine is an architectural masterpiece in itself. The Hindu mythical story behind this temple begins with Rukhmini Devi and her husband Lord Krishna, picking up the sage Durvesha for dinner. On the way, Rukhmini Devi stopped to quench her thirst at the Ganges, with the help of her husband. Known to be short-tempered, Durvesha Muni was quite enraged when she did not offer him any water. Thus he summoned Rukhmini Devi to be separated from Lord Krishna. Therefore, her temple lies at the outskirts, while Lord Krishna's temple is within the Dwarka city. 

6. Lighthouse
The tower, 43m in height was inaugurated on 15th July 1962. Tourists can enjoy the panoramic view of the sunset.

7. Gomti Ghat
If the holy scriptures are to be believed, the Gomti River is none other than the Ganges, descending directly from heaven. The most sought after spots out of the various shrines and ghats this is the place where the river meets the mighty ocean.

8. Gopi Talav
Legend has it that this is the lake where Krishna used to entice his Gopis (young female inhabitants) with his youthful pranks and romantic nature. About 20km , the lake is surrounded by sandal like yellow sand which is used by the devotees to make tilaks on their bodies. It is quite a pretty sight.

9. Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir
Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is an ancient temple, some 5000 years old, which was built around a self-manifested Shivaling found in the Arabian Sea.

10. Gita Temple
Built by the industrialist family of Birla in 1970, it is constructed using white marble resulting in a magnificent and awe inspiring structure. The temple was made to capture and preserve the teachings and values of the Bhagavad Gita, the religious book of the Hindus.

11. Sudama Setu
Sudama Setu Bridge is a stunning suspension bridge built for pedestrians to cross River Gomti. The bridge was named after Sudhama, Lord Krishna's childhood friend. It was inaugurated by Anandiben Patel, the CM of Gujarat in 2016.

12. ISKCON Dwarka
Located on Devi road, the ISKCON Temple in Dwarka is yet another manifestation of the Krishna Consciousness. Housing idols of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha draped in rich attires and ornated in flowers, this is an entirely stone-built temple.

13. Swami Narayan Mandir
Located very close to the beautiful seashore and the Dwarkadish temple, Swami Narayan Mandir is a shrine dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. The shrine is a relatively new structure, with intricate architecture expressed through sculptures and embossed wall work.

14. Dunny Point
Located at Dwarka Beyt, Dunny Point is a mesmerising island-like spot and a great place for water-based activities and bird watching. This uninhibited point is an eco-tourism site also offers an impressive marine camping and safari option along its coral-embedded water site.

How to Reach Dwarka

The nearest airport is Jamnagar, about 137 km away from Dwarka City. Dwarka has its own railway station, trains connecting Dwarka to all major cities (Jamnagar, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Mumbai, Goa, etc.) Dwarka is very well connected by road as well.

Best time to visit Dwarka

The ideal time to visit Dwarka is from November till the last of February when the city experiences cold winters. Nonetheless, if you specifically want to participate in the festivities of Dwarka's grandly celebrated Janmashtami Festival, visiting the town during August and September will be eventful. Hence, September to March are the best months to visit Dwarka. However, the city is equally enchanting throughout the year.

Food of Dwarka

There aren't many lavish restaurants in Dwarka. However, the ones that it houses serve delicious Gujarati, North-Indian and Chinese food. An elaborate Gujarati thali is a must, while here. Roti, Dal or Kadhi, Rice and Vegetable Curries make up this mouth-watering platter. You can also try out the famous Khichdi . Other than these, do try out the popular Gujarati snacks such as Khamman Dhokla, Khandvi, Thepala, Khakhra, Hahdwoh as well as the widespread and refreshing Lassi, Buttermilk and Chaas.

Dwarka Tour Packages

About Dwarka Tourism: Dwarka in Gujarat is said to be the capital of Lord Krishna’s kingdom and is therefore called the “home of Lord Krishna.” The only city to be part of both the Char Dham and Sapta Puris, Dwarka is known for its sacred sites and a shoreline that features few beaches.

The Dwarkadhish Temple, dating back over 2,500 years, is one of the city’s prime attractions admired for its Chalukya style of architecture, its intricate carvings as well as its mesmerising five-storey shrine. The Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, one of India’s 12 Jyotirlingas, another one of the city’s numerous wonders, is renowned for its 80 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva.

Some of the other temples you must visit in Dwarka include the Rukmini Devi Temple, Gita Temple and Swaminarayan Mandir. Also, see Gopi Talav, a calm lake where Lord Krishna supposedly performed “raas” for the Gopis. The serene Gomti Ghat is another must-visit place alongside Sudama Setu, which pedestrians use to cross the Gomti River.

Besides holy sites, Dwarka is also famous for the Dwarka Beach along the Arabian Sea coast. You can watch the sunset, admire the coral reefs, eat at a food stall or go looking for seashells. Dwarka Lighthouse also attracts crowds of tourists who visit the site for its architecture and views of the setting sun.

About 30km from the city is Beyt Island, where you can go beach camping, dolphin spotting, picnicking, etc. Situated at the mouth of the Gulf of Kutch, this island with its white-sand beaches and coral reefs is supposedly where Lord Krishna stayed when he was the king of Dwarka. Visit Dwarka between November and February when the weather is ideal for sightseeing. 1-2 days are sufficient to explore the city. You can stay in guesthouses, hotels, resorts etc.

Dwarka tour packages also include nearby destinations like Somnath, Diu and Ahmedabad. Somnath, meaning “Lord of the Moon,” is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas renowned for the Somnath Temple. You must visit the Paanch Pandav Gufa, Suraj Mandir and Laxminarayan Temple. Somnath Beach, great for relaxing, jogging and sunset watching, and Chorwad Beach are also famous here.

Ahmedabad, the state’s capital, is synonymous with the Sabarmati Ashram, where Mahatma Gandhi resided with his wife. Here you would also find the Statue of Unity which commemorates Vallabhai Patel and is the world’s tallest statue, as well as Dada Hari Vav and Rani ki Vav, which are prominent stepwells. In addition, a walk across the green promenades and parks on the Sabarmati Waterfront would undoubtedly be calming.

Once a Portuguese colony, Diu is famous for its beaches; Nagoa Beach, Ghoghla Beach and Gomtimata Beach are ideal for relaxing, sunset watching, parasailing, jet skiing, etc. Catch a glimpse of the setting sun from Sunset Point or visit Diu Fort, Naida Caves and Diu Museum. We have numerous customisable and affordable Dwarka travel packages for a remarkable trip!

About City

Somnath
"The town of the Lord of the Moon"

Somnath, literally meaning 'lord of the moon' is a pilgrim center and is home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. It is a town which derives much of its identity from the mythology, religion, and legends that surround it.

Primarily a temple town, Somnath is a place where a strong scent of religion and legends lingers around tourism and even daily life. Its spiritual environment is ornamented by the huge number of temples in the area, however, Somnath also offers beaches, museums and other attractions. While the Somnath temple and Somnath beach are the primary places to visit here, Gita Mandir, Balukha Tirtha, Kamnath Mahadev Temple, Somnath Museum are some of the other places that one can visit.

Places To Visit In Somnath

1. Somnath Temple
A highly revered religious site for Hindus, the Somnath Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India. The Jyotirlinga is adorned with flowers, ornaments of silver and gold and people from far and wide come to worship it. It is first of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva. It has been mentioned in ancient texts like Shreemad Bhagavat Gita, Skandpuran, Shivpuran and Rig-Veda which signifies the importance of this temple as one of the most celebrated pilgrimage sites. The temple is located on the ancient Triveni Sangam or the confluence of three rivers - Kapila, Hiran, and Saraswati. The temple is known as an eternal shrine owing to its perseverance against the test of time. It has withstood several destructions in the past and still has not lost its beauty. It is said that the temple was looted and destroyed as many as seventeen times by emperors like Mahmud Ghazni, Alauddin Khilji, and Aurangzeb.
Timings : Darshan timing- 6:00 AM - 9:30 PM,
Arati timing- 7:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 7:00 PM,
Light and sound show- 7:45 PM

2. Bhalka Tirth
Bhalka Tirth is a renowned Hindu pilgrim centre which is believed to be the location where Lord Krishna was shot by a hunter's arrow. According to the sacred scripts, Lord Krishna's death marks the end of the Dvapara Yug and the beginning of the Kali Yug. The tirth has a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and is called Mahaprabhuji's Bethak.

3. Somnath Beaches
Beaches of Somnath, though crowded, have the power to lure you away in a different world of soothing waves. The beaches are not recommended for swimming but are definitely a great point to relax and unwind.

4. Paanch Pandav Gufa
Discovered by the late Baba Narayandas in the year 1949, the temple was dedicated to the five Pandava Brothers. The location of the temple is such that one can view the entire city and get mesmerized just by looking at it.

5. Laxminarayan Temple
Located on the Somnath shore, the presiding deity, Lord Laxminarayan is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Reflects modern architectural design, this temple is famous for the carvings on its 18 pillars which have the sacred message of Krishna in the form of Bhagwadgita.

6. Triveni Sangam Temple
The confluence of the three rivers Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati this is the point where the rivers meet the mighty Arabian Sea. Triveni Sangam is believed to be a very sacred Moksha Tirtha for Hindus.

7. Chorwad Beach
Located in Somnath, Chorwad Beach is one of the most serene and tranquil places to relax and enjoy. The whole place offers picture-perfect views especially during sunrise and sunset which are a must witness.

8. Suraj Mandir
Suraj Mandir too is situated near the Triveni Ghats and is one of the few temples dedicated to the Sun God. There are depictions of elephants, lions and various other birds and animals in the temple.

9. Parshuram Temple
The temple lies on the banks of the holy river Triveni where Lord Parshuram is believed to have conducted his penance. One of the rare temple dedicated to Lord Parshuram this temple provides visitors with a scenic surrounding and picturesque landscapes.

10. Dehotsarg Teerth
Dehotsarg Teerth is an important pilgrim centre for the Hindus as this is where Lord Krishna breathed his last after he was shot by Jara's arrow. The location is marked by Lord Krishna's footprints. It is also believed that Krishna's brother, Baldev, also accompanied him in the form of a serpent crawling through the Balramjiki Gufa nearby.

11. Shashibhushan Mahadev and Bhidbhanjan Ganpatiji Temple
Located about 4km away from the city on the highway along the beautiful sea shore. Bhidbhanjan is the savior form of Ganesha and is worshipped here along with Shiva.

12. Kamnath Mahadev Temple
This temple built nearly 200 years ago by a King is now one of the most popular temples of Somnath. The King believed that a dip in the pond in the vicinity could cure humans of any disease.

13. Gita Temple
Built at the Triveni Ghat, where three rivers meet the ocean, the Gita Temple is a beautiful structure dedicated to Lord Krishna built by the Birlas in the 70s. The beautifully capturing white marble structure has a depiction of the hymns of the Gita intricately engraved on the walls.

14. Prabhas Patan Museum
Prabhas Patan Museum was established in the mid-1900s and has a stunning collection of ancient temple remains, inscriptions, idols of deities, water from sacred rivers, etc. that signify the union of Saraswati, Kapila and Hiranya. One of the most important Shivalingas, the Kalbhairav Linga, is also believed to be hidden amidst the remains, which the Moon God worships. The attraction, therefore, has immense religious and archaeological importance.

15. Junagadh Gate
Junagadh Gate is a historic monument which is believed to be the gate that Mahmud of Gazni entered to loot and destroy the Somnath Temple. The splendid monument now serves as a landmark and is made of stone with chattris and sculpted tigers on top of it.

16. Prachi Tirth
Prachi Tirth is a religious centre important for performing the sacred rituals for the ancestors. According to a legend, Lord Krishna, who was a descendant of the Yaduvansh, performed rituals at the tirth for his ancestors. Religiously, Prachi tirth is considered just as important as Kashi for the Hindu ceremonies.

How to Reach Somnath

Travelling from cities like Mumbai, Jabalpur, Delhi from rail might turn out to be quite a challenging experience. A direct rail connection from Delhi isn't available. Koshed (55 km) and Diu (90 km) are the closest airports and it will take approximately Rs. 2000 to reach Somnath from these places by cab.

Best time to visit Somnath

September to March are the best months to visit Somnath, as the winters are quite cold. However, if you wish to avoid the crowd and tourists that flock to Somnath, you may be tempted to visit the place during the summer and monsoon season. Somnath is extremely hot and humid during these seasons and should most definitely be visited during the winter months when the heat is more bearable.

Food of Somnath

Somnath does not have many restaurants or lavish fine dining experiences to offer. There are a few popular eating places around the temple, as well as some local joints and Dhabas. Dairy products like Lassi, Buttermilk, Chaas, ice creams are popular and easily available.
You can also try Gujarati snacks in the area like Dhokla, Khakra, Fafda, Sev, Khandvi and Khaman as well as sweets like Ghevar, Malpua, Shrikhand, Puran Poli and more. Gujarat is a dry state, so you wouldn't find any alcohol here.

Somnath Tour Packages

About Somnath Tourism: Meaning the "Lord of the Moon," Somnath in Gujarat is a major pilgrimage centre and one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. It finds its mention in several holy and mythological texts and is known for its numerous temples and legends! If you are a religious person, a trip to Somnath is an absolute must; We offer many affordable Somnath tour packages.

The Somnath Temple should be your first stop, the first Jyotirlinga shrine of the 12. It is one of the country's oldest and mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita, Rig-Vega and more. This temple came to be established when Soma, the Moon God, constructed a Shivalinga to seek Lord Shiva's assistance in removing a curse put on him by King Daksha, the father of his 27 wives.

Associated with Lord Krishna, Bhalka Tirth is an important pilgrimage site that is said to be where a hunter shot him. The Mahaprabhuji's Bethak temple is situated on the premises. Other temples to visit when travelling to Somnath include the Parshuram Temple, Suraj Mandir and Laxminarayan Temple. Also, see the serene Panch Pandav Gufa, which is dedicated to the 5 Pandavas.

Somnath is famous for its religious sites and its beaches like Somnath Beach and Chorwad Beach. Though unsuitable for swimming, you can relax here and watch the sunset. What's more, you must take the time to see the Junagadh Gate, which is what Mahmud of Ghazni entered through to loot the Somnath Temple. 2 days are enough to explore the city.

The best time to travel to Somnath is from September to March, when the weather is most pleasant for sightseeing. You can choose from numerous hotels to stay in. Furthermore, Somnath tour packages often feature other destinations such as Dwarka, Diu and Ahmedabad. A former Portuguese colony, Diu is famous for the Naida Caves, Diu Fort and Zampa Gateway.

Since Diu lies on the shore, it is home to many beaches where you can swim, relax or engage in water sports like jet skiing, parasailing, boating etc. Ahmedabad, the state's capital, should indeed be a part of your trip to Somnath because it is home to the Sabarmati Ashram, when Mahatma Gandhi resided.

You can visit Rani ki Vav, see the Statue of Unity, walk around near the Sabarmati Riverfront and explore Bhadra Fort. The city is also known for various religious sites like the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, Hutheesing Jain Temple and Modhera Sun Temple. Dwarka, on the other hand, is a profoundly spiritual city renowned for the Dwarkadhish Temple, Nageshwar Jyotirlinga and Gopi Talav. You must also visit Dwarka Beach.

We provide you with an opportunity to tour one of India's most holy destinations as well as others nearby with our customisable Somnath travel packages.

About City

Diu
"A mini-Goa"

Located near the port of Veraval, Diu is a small island which was earlier a Portuguese colony and is now guarded by beaches all around. Diu takes up most popularity given the ample number of beaches, along with Gujarat's southern coast such as the Nagoa beach, but has a lot more to offer too. Alcohol is legal in Diu.

The Diu Fort, a primary imprint of the Portuguese on the area's heritage and architecture makes up a popular tourist attraction. Another interesting place is the Vanakbara, a small fishing village whose charm has tints of colourful fishing boats and humming of day to day activity. This perfect add-on to a visit to Gujarat will complete your experience with interesting museums such as the Sea Shell Museum, temples and churches.

Places To Visit In Diu

1. Naida Caves
The Naida caves are located on the periphery of the Diu fort. These caves have a big network of tunnels with square hewn steps. Interestingly, these caves were formed due to geological irregularities and natural processes over time. The caves also have a natural opening that lets in sunlight, making it photogenic. 

2. Nagoa Beach
Famous for its pristine beauty and swaying palm trees, Nagoa Beach in Diu is an ideal and a recommended place for tourists all over the world. The place is well connected with the resorts, hence it making it easy for the travellers to relax and explore its beauty at the same time. The beach is surrounded by beautiful palm trees swaying in the cool breeze which creates an exotic environment for the travellers to laze around. The serene beauty of the beach due to its white sands and quiet blue water is worth experiencing and enjoying. It is very much known for its water sports along with camel and pony riding. Sunbathing can turn out to be the most intoxicating experience at the Nagoa Beach. A walk along the shore mixed with witnessing the sunrise and sunset is a great way to relax one's mind.

3. Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple
Situated 3 km from Diu, Gangeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has 5 Shivalingas that were supposedly laid by the Pandavas during their exile period. These Shivalingas are situated amidst rocks that are washed by waves continuously.

4. Diu Fort
Fort Diu, located on the Western coast of Indian was built by Portuguese during their colonial rule and is now under the administration of Indian government. The fort- cum - castle, is known as 'Praça de Diu' in Portuguese, is situated on the southern tip of Gujarat and is at the mouth of the Gulf of Khambhat.

5. Ghogla Beach
The Golden sand beach undulates into the horizon while the Arabian Sea laps away at the edge as though imploring the sands to let it find its own beach.

6. Sunset Point
A beautiful hillock located near the Chakritirath beach in Diu, offers its visitors a mesmerizing view of sunset from here. The hillock and the surrounding areas have been beautifully landscaped and illuminated. Chakratirth Beach is centrally located and contiguous to the Diu Town.

7. St. Paul Church
One of the most famous tourist attractions of Diu, this magnanimous structure is the St. Paul Church dedicated to 'Our Lady of Immaculate Conception'.

8. INS Khukri Memorial
INS Khukri Memorial is the memorial site of an Indian Naval Ship that sank during the Indo-Pak War of 1971.

9. Panikota Fort
Also known as Fortim-do-Mar, Panikota Fort is a former Diu Jail. This white coloured huge structure is located within the Diu Fort.

10. Zampa Gateway
The Zampa Gateway is another attraction. It is a major landmark of Diu and is carved with dedicated angels, lions and a priest. An artificial waterfall adds to its beauty.

11. Shell Museums in Diu
One of the few shell museums in the world is located in Diu. It houses collections of Captain Fulbari, a sailor, who during his voyages collected many unique, pretty and amazing shells.

12. Diu Museum
A famous tourist spot of the town, the Diu Museum has been set up in the St. Thomas Church. This church had been built in 1598 but was later converted into a museum.

13. Chakratirth Beach
Nestled amidst the picturesque hills meeting the Arabian Sea, the Chakratirth beach is the ideal place to soak up the sun or frolick in the enchanting waters while beating the heat and relaxing by the calming shores of Diu.

14. Jallandar Beach
Named after the demon, Jallandar, this sunny beach lies almost 1 km from Diu and has a temple and a memorial. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Chandrika while the memorial is atop a hill with a stone structure of the demon Jallandar. The beach also offers exciting water sports.

15. Gomptimata Beach
Located on the western end of the Diu in the village Vanakbara, this is one of the best beaches of the region. Secluded and with natural white sand, Gomtimata beach is a beautiful beach to just sit back and relax. You will also find a temple located at the beach.

16. Church of St. Fancis of Assisi
This church is one of the oldest churches in Diu. The church, constructed in 1593 was later converted into a hospital.

17. Simbor Beach
Located in the village of Simbor in Diu, the namesake beach boasts of unparalleled serenity, mesmerising surroundings and incapacitating beauty. Apart from the sweeping picturesque views of the sea and the sands, the highlight of the beach is also an old Portuguese fort called "Fort St. Anthony of Simbor."

18. Chapel of Our Lady Rosary
The Chapel of Our Lady Rosary is located in Old Moti Daman, Diu. The church dates back to the 17th century and is of great historical and religious significance. The structure of the church employs Gothic-style architecture, which displays an elegant Portuguese influence.

How to Reach Diu

Diu is connected to other parts of Gujarat and the country with good road network. Diu does not have its own railway station and the nearest railhead is at Veraval which is 90 km from Diu. One can take a taxi after Veraval to reach Diu. Diu also has its own airport and daily flights connect Diu to Mumbai and to Porbandar.

Best time to visit Diu

The best months to plan a trip to Diu are November to February during the Winter season because of its ideal weather and a host of activities that are sure to keep you engaged. From thrilling watersports, calm beaches, historic architecture, abandoned forts and lip-smacking food; Diu is a paradise in Winters.

Food of Diu

Diu is a unique and composite blend of Gujarat's and Portuguese cuisine. This blend then, leaves few food domains that are not covered in the island's menu. On one hand you find traditional Gujrati food, its flavors and elements derived from the state nearby and on the other hand you have an influence of the past with Portugeese cuisine only complimented by the sea around and a dominance of exotic sea food.

While these are the defining cultures, one can find a few more international cuisines as well as typical Indian food in the restaurants. The island is also popular because of availability of alcohol, givent the adjacent dry state of Gujrat.

Diu Tour Packages

About Diu Tourism: Part of the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Diu is a small island on India’s western coast bordered by Gujarat. The island with its beaches was once a Portuguese colony and is home to heritage sites dating back to the 16th century. We bring you great Diu tour packages so that you can discover its hidden gems with friends or family!

Situated along the Arabian Sea, Diu is known for its numerous beaches like the Nagoa Beach, Ghoghla Beach, Jallandhar Beach and Simbor Beach. These golden beaches boast gorgeous views and complete tranquillity, making them the perfect spot for relaxing, parasailing, boating, surfing, etc. Though the beaches undoubtedly provide excellent views of the sunset, you can always head over to Sunset Point, a breathtaking hillock near Chakratirth Beach.

Your trip to Diu might be incomplete without a visit to the Diu Fort built by the Portuguese. Also called “Praça de Diu”, the majestic structure was once one of Portugal’s seven wonders and overlooked the beautiful sea and a jetty used for trading. Moreover, the premises feature a lighthouse and several cannonballs, while on the periphery lie the Naida Caves, within which are tunnels for you to explore.

Other heritage sites to visit in Diu include the Panikota Fort, a former jail located within Diu Fort and the Zampa Gateway featuring carvings of angels, lions and a priest. When travelling to Diu, don’t skip out on its beautiful churches that date back to the colonial era, like the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Paul Church and Chapel of Our Lady Rosary.

Diu Museum and the Sea Shell Museum make for a great cultural experience. Diu Museum used to be a church and contains inscriptions on fountains, ancient rulers and statues, wooden and marble statues. The Sea Shell Museum has shells collected by the sailor Captain Fulbari. The INS Khukri Memorial is a tribute to the Indian Naval Ship that sank during the 1971 Indo-Pak War.

The best time to visit Diu is during the wintertime, between November and February, when the weather is ideal for outdoor activities. Diu tour packages also provide you with the opportunity to visit neighbouring cities like Ahmedabad and Dwarka. Ahmedabad is a major metropolitan city in Gujarat famous for attractions like Sabarmati Ashram, where Gandhi lived, Statue of Unity, Jhulta Minar, Kankaria Lake and Rani ki Vav.

Dwarka is one of the four Char Dham pilgrimage sites and is an ancient city that is synonymous with the Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarka Beach, Gomti Ghat, picturesque Dwarka Lighthouse and more. Customisable and affordable, Diu tour packages are the perfect choice for an enjoyable trip, no matter if you’re travelling alone or with someone.

About City

Bhavnagar
"The Hub of Diamond Industry"

Located at the southern tip of Gujarat peninsula, Bhavnagar is known as the cultural centre of the state of Gujarat. Literary achievers like Govardhan Tripathi, Kavi Kant, Narsihm Mehta and Ganga Sati have their roots in Bhavnagar. While on one side, you'd see the careless waves of Gulf of Khambat, on the other hand, you can see the busiest port of ocean trading in India.

It is located at a distance of 98 kilometres from the capital of Gandhinagar. This region has a rich legacy dating back to the 18th century. It was a major port city and had trade links with different countries across the globe. Presently, Bhavnagar is known for housing the diamond cutting and polishing industry in India.

Bhavnagar also houses one of the oldest educational institutions, Samaldas Arts College. In 1884 Mahatma Gandhi was the student of this college. Bhavnagar is one of the finest examples of architectural brilliance and houses iconic monuments that originated in the 19th century. Some of the major tourist attractions include Nilambag Palace, Takhteshwar Temple, Barton Library, Victoria Park, Bhav Vilas Palace and more.

Places To Visit In Bhavnagar

1. GauriShankar lake
A beautiful lake flowing amidst the hills, the view of this place is soothing. Sit by the lake side with your feet dipped in water, as the clear water of the lake flows through under your feet, the coldness of its touch makes you forget all your worries and surrender to the beauty of nature.

2. Nilambag Palace
Built in 1859, this palace has now been converted to a heritage hotel. The architectural design of the palace shows a fusion of Indian and western architecture done with sheer brilliance.

3. Victoria Park
Victoria park is a popular tourist place and is known as green lung of Bhavnagar. It is a man made forest situated in the state of Gujarat, Bhavnagar. It was established on 24th May 24, 1888. It is spread over an area of 500 acres, and well known for its water birds.

4. Takhteshwar Temple
Situated on the hill top near the railway station, the beauty of this temple is beyond words. Dedicated to lord Shiva, Takhteshwar is built of white marble and makes for a prime tourist spot.

5. Water lock gate
Located in the city dockyard, Water Lock Gate was constructed a 100 years ago. Visitors need special permission to visit the site.

6. Gandhi Smriti
This poignant memorial, located in New Delhi, is where Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead by a Hindu zealot on 30 January 1948, after campaigning against intercommunal violence. This memorial was constructed to honour his death and is now a major tourist attraction of the capital city.

7. Barton library and museum
The oldest library of the city, Barton has a huge collection of books from the genres of history and culture. With the fast paced life today, not many youngsters can be spotted in the library, you will mostly spot adults and elderly people coming over to the library with their newspapers and help in its maintenance.

8. Palitana
A small town located in the Bhavnagar district of Gujarat, Palitana is noted as a popular pilgrimage site among the Jains. Another famous thing about Palitana is that the town strictly follows vegetarianism which makes it the first city in the world to abide by the vegetarian diet legally. It is no surprise that the town has listed selling of animal products (Fish, meat and eggs) or activities that involve the killing of animals to be illegal.

9. Bhavnagar Blackbuck National Park
Bhavnagar Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar is located in the Bhavnagar district of Gujarat, India. This national park is known to provide a magical experience to its visitors. The wilderness of this national park is unrivalled. From grasslands to mud flats Bhavnagar Blackbuck National Park is a paradise for birdwatchers. Know that this sanctuary has been primarily declared for the conservation of Blackbucks. You can, however, find a horde of other mammals and birds.

Best time to visit Bhavnagar

October- January are the best months to visit Bhavnagar. Bhavnagar experiences hot and dry summers. June experiences heavy rainfall which adds to the high temperature resulting in humidity. Winters begin from October and go on till January- February. It is thus considered best to visit Bhavnagar during winters.

Food of Bhavnagar

Bhavnagar has, to its acclaim, some of the best and most delicious, tasty vegetarian food dishes to boast off in all of Gujarat. Starting from Fafda Ganthiya which is a crispy fried snack made with gram flour, topped with carom seeds and black pepper to Pav-Ganthiya, which is a speciality of Bhavnagar and can be found at Lachhus Cart, the city is every foodies delight. The 'khougali' at Ghogha Circle which is flocked by hundreds of people on a weekly basis, a testimony to that. Spend an afternoon here, indulging in a variety of food dishes and devouring street food like the Bhungda Bateta. Bhungda means deep fried yellow fryums and bateta means hot and spicy, potato garlic curry which are prepared separately but served together, making it lip smackingly delicious. If the spiciness gets to you, have some thirst quenching soda or a healthy milkshake made from dates and almonds, also available in and around Ghogha Circle.
The other must try are the local dishes of the state. Khakra, Thepla, Dhokla, Khandwi. These dishes might be available in the rest of the country too but they taste the best here.
The Gujarati Thali consists of various dishes like ringana methi nu shak, Gujarati khatti mithi daal, undhiyu, bhindi sambhariya, aloo rasila, steamed basmati rice, badshahi khichdi, Chapati, methi na thepla and bhakhri with kachumber salad along with various types of chutneys and buttermilk. There are many restaurants in Bhavnagar that make Gujarat's best a whole lot better!

How to Reach Bhavnagar

Bhavnagar city is well connected with all major cities and towns of India via air, rail and road. The Bhavnagar airport is the closest local airport, which is about 4 to 6 km from the city and can be covered through a 10 to 15-minute drive.

The Bhavnagar Railway Station, also known as the Bhavnagar Terminus at Madhia in Kumbharwada is about 2.6 to 3.2 km from Bhavnagar city. It can be reached via a 10 to 13-minute taxi or auto drop off.

There are quite a few bus stands in Bhavnagar. The Bhavnagar State Transport Bus Stand is about 2 to 4 km from the city and can be covered either through a 10-minute drive or a 30-minute walk.

Bhavnagar Tourism

Bhavnagar is an ancient city in Gujarat with volumes of history to speak throughout the city. Amid the amalgam of modern and ancient sites inclusive of religious and historical marks, Bhavnagar also hosts an array of national parks and ecological sites.

Some of the prominent picks of the several attractions in Bhavnagar are the Victoria Park; a secured wildlife forest, the Nilambagh Palace; a preserved colonial mansion-turned-hotel, Gaurishankar Lake; the city's major supply of water and a local sightseeing spot.

Home to over 1000 blackbucks, the Velavadar National Park is another popular haunt. The hilltop Takateshwar temple, Shri Adeshwar Temple and the Khodiyar Temple are some of the major religious sites in the city. The Gandhian remnants and relics at the Gandhi Smriti of the Barton Museum and the Barton Library are other significant mentions.

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