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Religious Tour of Gujarat

Religious Tour of Gujarat

Itinerary

Day 01: Ahmedabad - Jamnagar

Arrive at Ahmedabad Airport or railway station, our representative will pick you up and drive straight to Jamnagar (340 kms – 6 hours drive) is the most important princely states of Saurashtra. Because of its magnificent palaces, water bodies and town planning, Jamnagar was called the Paris of India. On reaching Jamnagar town you will be visit following places: (All depending upon the time available and as per your wish / liking).

• Lakhota Museum: Lakhota Museum is located in the center of the Lakhota Lake. It was initially a palace, which was converted into a museum in 1946. The walls of the museum are adorned with fresco paintings, depicting the war scenes from battle fought by the Jadeja clan. The museum contains 10th century excavated artifacts, like copper plates, statues, etc. A holy saint's Dargah is also there. You can also enjoy boating at Lakhota Lake for memorable experience. Both motor boats and paddle boats are available here.

• Bala Hanuman Temple: Bala Hanuman Temple is a pilgrim place venerated by the devotees of Lord Ram. 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.

• Shiva Temples: There are a number of Shiv Temples in Jamnagar. The ones worth watching are Badri Kedarnath and Nilkanth Mahadev Temple, situated near the Town Hal,l and the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, situated on the K.V. Road. The Siddhnath Mahadev Temple on the outskirts of the city also holds great prestige amongst devotees.

• Jain Temples: Jain temples are the joy of the old city of Jamnagar. These wood and stone magnificent buildings are adorned with pastel colored shutters and wooden balconies. The main Jain temples of the city have been mentioned below.

• Vardhman Shah's Temple: The construction of the temple was started in 1612, during the rule of His Highness Jam Jasaji I, and completed in the year 1620.

• Raisi Shah's Temple: Tejsi Shah built this Jain temple in 1564. It was ruined by Mughal army in 1590 and inn 1592, Tejsi Shah got these temples renovated.

• Sheth's Temple: Sheth's Temple was built in the year 1594 by Bhansali Abji.

Overnight stay at Jamnagar.

Days 02: Dwarka - Beyt Dwarka

After your breakfast we will leave for Dwarka (150 kms – 2 & ½ hours drive) the capital of Lord Krishna's kingdom.

After breakfast we will visit the Dwarkadheesh Temple (Jagat Mandir). The Dwarkadish temple, Jagat Mandir or Dwarka is one of four most holy pilgrimage sites (Chardham) of Hindu faith and is associated with Lord Krishna's life.It contains the Dwarkadish temple, Jagat Mandir or “Temple of the World” where the great-grandson of Krishna supposedly built a temple more than 2500 years ago which is frequented by Hindus in large numbers. Dwarkadish is another name for Lord Krishna, meaning the “Lord of Dwarka.” The temple spire is 70.5m (235 feet) high. Jagat Mandir, with the presiding deity of Shri Krishna known as Dwarkadheesh, is an imposing edifice and a superb architectural monument. The temple has two entrances. The main entrance (north entrance) is called “Moksha Dwarka” (Door to Salvation). This entrance leads to the main market. The south entrance is called “Swarga Dwarka” (Gate to Heaven).

• You may also visit the Rukmani Temple for religious activities and to invoke blessings from Lord Krishna. The visit of Dwarka is not complete without a visit to Beyt Dwarka, an island at a distance of 30 Kms.

• Off the coast of Okha port, At Bet, there are temples of Vishnu (in the form of 'matsya'), Radha, Lakshmi, Satyabhama, Jambuvanti and Devaki. A ferry ride from Dwarka to the island of Bet near Okha makes a pleasant outing.

• Nageshwar Mandir is a temple situated towards Okha dedicated to Lord Shiva and houses one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in an underground chamber. We will then visit Gomati Village, Gomati Talav and Gomati Mandir.

Overnight stay in the same hotel, Dwarka

Day 03: Porbandar / Somnath-Veraval

After breakfast we will then drive to Porbandar (75 kms – 1 & ½ hours drive) and is best known as the birthplace of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (The Father of the Nation) often called the “White City” for the white local stone used in many of the buildings.

On reaching Porbandar you will be assisted onto your hotel for a check in. After freshening up visit following places:

• Kirti Mandir: Kirti Mandir is built near the birthplace of Mahatama Gandhi. He was born here in the year 1869 AD. The place is visited by thousands of tourists every year. One can see the residence of Mahatma and his wife Kasturba here. Kirti Mandir also houses a Gandhian library and a prayer hall.

• Sudama Temple: According to Hindu mythology, Sudama was a dear friend of Lord Krishna. The friendship of two is an example sited between friends even today. To pay homage to the great soul, a beautiful temple was built in the center of Porbandar. This temple is the only temple in the entire country that is dedicated to Sudama.

• Darbargadh: Darbargadh is the fortified palace of the city. It was built by Rana Sartanji and has a huge stone entrance, with high turrets and massive wooden doors. The splendid palace is one of its kinds in the whole state. The nearby edifices on the left of the entrance resemble large mansions with courtyards and intricately carved wooden elements.

• Sartanji Choro:It is a three storey summer pavilion built by Rana Sartanji, constructed in Rajput architectural style amidst sprawling gardens. There are pillars adorned with the images of musicians, profusely carved foliated arches and a single dome at the top. It reminds the bygone days, when Rana Sartanji used to sit under this pavilion and compose poems in Braj language.

• Huzoor Palace: Huzoor Palace is a mammoth palace situated at the edge of Marine Drive. It is a European structure overlooking the sea, adorned with sloping roofs, huge windows, sprawling gardens and carved fountains.

• Other Attractions: Other royal and public heritage buildings of the colonial period are Public Library, old Raj Mahal (now a college), Victoria Jubilee Madrasa, Collectorate, Bhavsinhji High School, Natwarsinhji Sports Club, etc.

After lunch proceed for Somnath-Veraval (165 kms – 3 hours drive) for followers of both Shiva and Vishnu. The most important temple and main highlight in Somnath is the Kailash temple with its imposing architecture, a 50-meter high tower, intricate carvings and a number of holy idols and images.

Such a temple had not been built since eight hundred years. Bhalaka Tirth in Prabhas Patan was a place where Shri Krishna gave up his physical frame. Towards the east of the town is the Bhalka Teertha where Lord Krishna is believed to have been injured by a tribal arrow.

• Shri Shashibhushan Mahadev (Also known as Harisiddhi Mata Mandir) and Bhidbhanjan Ganpatiji: This marks the spot from where Jara poacher took aim of arrow to hit Lord Krishna. Temple of Shashibhushan is just 4 km on the Somnath-Veraval road with a beautiful sea-shore. Bhav Brihaspati is said to have built this temple. Lord Shashibhushan with Bhidbhanjan (Saviour form of) Ganesh is worshipped here.

• Somnath temple is one of the twelve 'Jyotirlingas of Shiva'. The temple is believed to have appeared first in gold, at the behest of the moon-god, next in silver, created by the sun-god, a third time in wood at the command of Krishna, and finally in stone, built by Bhimdeva. It contains one of the 12 sacred Shiva shrines known as Jyotirlingas. Somnath is said to be located where the River Saraswati flows into the sea.

• Visit the Bhalka Tirth another major tourist spot, which is situated at the confluence of three rivers and is considered a holy place. It is believed that this is the place where Lord Krishna was wounded before his death. We would also visit the Ahilyabai temple and the Jama Masjid.

• After performing the evening Aarti and after witnessing the Sound & Light Show we will then visit the beach of Somnath which is very beautiful & a captivating sight to behold. The fresh blue waters, humming waves and the cool sands give you a feeling of having landed in a paradise. The beach has pleasant sands, great sea views, camel and pony rides, coconut stalls and snack places.

We will then give free time to you for relaxation or moving around Veraval town on your own. Late in the evening we will take you out for dinner and then return to the hotel.

Overnight stay at Veraval.

Day 04: Sasan

After enjoying your breakfast we will start towards Sasan – The Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary (55kms – 1 hours drive)

• Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary is internationally known as the remaining habitat of the Asiatic Lion. For birdwatchers, Gir is an interesting place to see raptors like the critically endangered White-backed and Long-billed Vultures, near threatened Red-headed Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, vulnerable Greater Spotted Eagle and the endangered Pallas’ Fish Eagle. Crested Serpent Eagle, Changeable Hawk Eagle and other magnificent birds of prey nest in the forests of Gir.

• Here you will enjoy seeing attractive birds like the Asian Paradise Flycatcher that looks fairy-like as it flies with its tail feathers trailing behind, the brilliant golden yellow Black-hooded Oriole, the Blossom-headed Parakeet, the Painted Francolin, Painted Sandgrouse, the colourful Coppersmith Barbet and myriad flycatchers.

• The water bodies like Kamleshwar Dam are also good sites for birdwatchers. Darters, Painted Stork, Woolly-necked Stork, motley species of ducks and other waterfowl can be seen at this dam and at other wetlands of Gir, and the vulnerable Indian Skimmer is also known to visit the water bodies in the sanctuary.

• The Gir National Park the only Asiatic Abode of the Lions with a current lion population of 411 is set up across 1153 sq km area of which 258 sq km inside the sanctuary is declared as a National Park.

• At the Lion’s abode spend couple of hours sightseeing at Sasan Gir, the lion habitat, home to other forms of wild life like the leopard, wild boar, fox, wildcat, chinkara, nilgai, spotted deer, sambar, blackbucks, Pangolin and chowsinghai.

• The forest has about 300 species of birds including King vulture, Crested serpent eagle, Great horned owl, Bush quail, woodpecker and hornbill.

• To orientate the floods of visitors, the Forest Department has set up a special Gir Interpretation Zone (GIZ) at Devalia, 12 km west of Sasan Gir.

Overnight stay at Sasan.

Days 05: Diu

After your early breakfast we will drive to Ahmedabad (395 kms – 8 hours drive) to catch flight or train to your home town.

Cost

No of Adult’s  02 Child 00 Total 02
Sr. No. Place 2 / 3 Star Hotels OR SIMILAR No. Of Nights No of rooms Meal Plan  
1) Jamnagar Hotel Aram One 1 Double CP 
2) Dwarka Hotel Damjis / Hotel Dwarka Residency One 1 Double CP 
3) Veraval Hotel Safari Resort / Hotel Amber One 1 Double CP 
4) Sasan Anil Farm House One 1 Double AP 

TOTAL PACKAGE COST AS PER ABOVE DETAILS:-

Rs.35,000/- per person cost on twin sharing basis

INCLUDING:

  • AC Accommodations
  • AC Transportation (Tata Indica)
  • Ahmedabad - Ahmedabad
  • Toll, Parking, Permit, Road Tax, Driver’s Allowances, Government Service Tax, etc.
  • All Tax

EXCLUDES:

  • Meals as specified
  • Entrance Fees at all the locations e.g. Temples, Forts, Palaces, Heritage Properties, Monuments, Sanctuaries, Museums, National Parks, Boat Charges at Beyt Dwarka, Horse/Camel/Elephant Rides, Camera Fees, Laundry, Liquor, Any Personal Items, Shopping, etc.
  • Local Guide Charges & Additional Tour Escort Charges
  • Domestic Train, Bus, Air Fare and Local Transportation.
  • Anything not mentioned under “The Cost includes”

Note

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The programme is subject to availability and liable to change as per the then conditions.
  • Hotels are Subject to availability.
  • Cost is based on a minimum of 02 persons.
  • EP = Bed, CP = Bed + Breakfast, MAP = Bed + Breakfast + Lunch/Dinner, AP = Bed + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Rates are based as per the itinerary hence the sector should not be changed.
  • If the Fuel Costs increases during the time of travel the Quoted Rates will also increase accordingly.

CANCELLATION CHARGES:

After confirmation on the booking cancellation charges applicable would be as mentioned below:-

  • 61 days & above : 50% of the total amount
  • 46 days – 60 days: 75% of the total amount
  • 31 days – 45 days: 90% of the total amount
  • 00 days – 30 days: No Refund

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