Arunodaya Travels
Ahmedabad / Somnath / Dwarka / Rajkot / Ahmedabad
 
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  Day 1 :Ahmedabad - Somnath

Arrive Ahmedabad and proceed to Somnath (Approx 9/10 hour drive). Arrive and check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel

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  Day 2 : Somnath - Dwarka
EEarly morning after breakfast, visit Somnath Temple - Attend aarti at one of the most revered and an important center of culture and nationalism. The legendary temple contains a 'Jyotirlinga'. The present splendid structure was rebuilt about five decades ago, at the exact spot where the original shrine was located. After darshan, proceed to Dwarka (Approx 5/6 hour drive). Arrive Dwarka and check in at hotel.
Dwarka: An ancient city, housing one of the principal pilgrimages - 'Dwarkadhish temple' of Hindus. According to the legend, Lord Krishna moved to this coastal town to set up a capital. Another popular place in Dwarka, part of the Dwarkadhish Temple is Sabha Mandap. It is a 60-pillared hall, which houses almost 2500 years old scriptures. The hall has 'jharokhas', offering a nice view of the nearby flowing Gomti River. Attend evening aarti at Dwarkadhish temple.
Overnight at hotel
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Day 03: Dwarka - Bet Dwarka - Nageshwar - Dwarka

Early morning after breakfast visit Bet Dwarka & Nageshwar temple. Bet Dwarka - Bet is situated at 30 kms from Dwarka and is surrounded by sea from all sides. One can reach Bet from Dwarka through Okha by road. On reaching Okha port jetty, one can reach Bet through a little sea journey in a launch or in a small boat.
Nageshwar Temple or Nagnath Temple is located on the route between Gomati Dwarka and the Bait Dwarka Island on the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat. The Jyotirlinga enshrined in the Temple of Nagnath is known as Nageshwar Mahadev and attracts thousands of pilgrims all round the year. This powerful Jyotirlinga symbolizes protection from all poisons. It is said that those who pray to the Nageshwar Linga become free of poison. The Rudra Samhita sloka refers to Nageshwar with the phrase 'Daarukaavane Naagesham'. Return back to hotel at Dwarka
Overnight at hotel

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Day 04: Dwarka - Bala Hanuman, Jamnagar - Jalaram Bapu - Rajkot (275 Kms)

Early morning after breakfast, proceed to Rajkot (Approx 7/8 hour drive) visiting Balahanuman temple at Jamnagar. Bala Hanuman Temple - This is a pilgrim place venerated by the devotees of Lord Rama. It is a world famous temple, known for the continuous chanting of Jai Ram, Shri Ram. The chanting is going on since 1964 and has found a place for it in the Guinness Book of World Records. People chant the name of the Lord in shifts, 24hours a day. Jalaram Bapa Temple - This village has become holy after the birth of Shri Jalaram Bapa. It has become famous all over the world due to events that had taken place in the life of Shri Jalaram Bapa. More over the people from all over the world come here to see the native place of Shri Jalaram Bapa and to see the "JHOLI" and "DANDA" given by god to Virbai Maa and the original Hanumanji's Idol. The people in the village are still feeling Bapa is near them and if you try to feel them with pure heart then you will also feel that Bapa is with you also.
Overnight at hotel

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Day 05: Rajkot - Chotila - Ahmedabad

Early morning after breakfast proceed to Ahmedabad (Approx 6 hour drive) visiting Chotila. Chotila - On Ahmedabad Rajkot main highway, Chotila town is situated at the foot of the Chamunda hill which is surmounted by the temple of the Goddess Chamunda at a height of 1173 feet. Afternoon Arrive Ahmedabad and check in at hotel.
Overnight at hotel

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Day 06: Ahmedabad - Pavagadh - Dakor - Ahmedabad (330 KMs)

Early morning after breakfast proceed for full day excursion to Pavagadh & Dakor temple (Approx 4 hour drive one way). Pavagadh - Most of the Hindus in India have faith in goddess Mahakali, particularly from the western region covering the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan & Maharashtra. The famous and the oldest temple of Mahakaili is situated at Pavagadh, near Vadodara. The temple has become the place of the pilgrimage for almost all Hindus in India. This temple is among the three main Shaktipeeths in Gujarat. It has been said in Hindu Shastras that after the famous Tandava dance of Lord Shiva, the various parts of the body of Sati fell at many places. These places are called Shaktipeets. It is said that the left breast of the Sati had fallen here at Pavagadh. As the name suggests, the temple is located on a mountain, near to the Champaner town.

Dakor - An interesting legend relates how Lord Krishna came to reveal himself at Dakor (Kaira District) leaving his Dwarka abode. In olden times a Krishna devotee named Bholanath used to walk all the way to Dwarka from Dakor on every full moon night to worship his beloved Krishna. The all-knowing God noticed the difficulties which his devotee was undergoing. The god told Bholanath when he was visiting Dwarka that he need not walk all the way to distant Dwarka as he had decided to stay at Dakor (Dhankpuri of olden times). So God accompanied him to Dakor. The priests at Dwarka temple were naturally upset at the turn of events. They somehow or other wanted to get back the stone-idol of Ranchhodrai (Krishna). Both at Dwarka and Dakor Krishna is known Ranchhodrai. It is said that he ran away from battle when Kalyavan attacked him as an ally of Jarasandh. So Krishna is called Ranchhodrai - one who ran away from the battle. The priest of Dwarka knew that Bholanath was a poor man. So they told him that he should either pay for the stone idol in gold or return it. The only golden ornament the poor devotee had was his wife's nose ring. When the idol and the nose ring were placed in the scales they were found to be equal in weight. That is how Krishna changed his residence from Dwarka to Dakor for the convenience of a devotee. The belief is the Krishna idol of Dakor was originally from Dwarka. On every Sharad Purnima a big fair Is held at Dakor. Gujarat People venerate Krishna and Dakor provides an important link in this.
Overnight at hotel

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Day 7: Ahmedabad

Early morning after breakfast transfer from hotel to airport/railway station to connect onward destination.
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