I’m Nihar Mishra from Odisha, a senior citizen and at present I’m sharing my travelling expertise of Saurashtra space in Gujarat, which I lately visited with my spouse. I additionally categorical my thankfulness to Tour My India for letting me share my expertise.
My spouse and I made a decision to have a darshan of Dwarkadhish and Somnath as we had heard loads about these sacred locations. So we made an in depth plan and booked a Saurashtra package deal of Four days Three nights below Gujarat tourism with a package deal price of 8.8k per individual (there’s a 20% low cost for senior residents). The tour began from resort Taran in entrance of Sabarmati Ashram of Ahmedabad on eighth June and the climate was too scorching with temperature touching the mark of 43℃. We have been complete 10 travellers assisted by one information, a driver and a cleaner.
Day 1: A Go to to Rajkot and Dwarka
As per day-one programme, we needed to attain Dwarka which is at a distance of 450 km through Rajkot and few vacationer spots. Earlier than reaching Rajkot we had our breakfast in a really elegant roadside Dhaba and the meals (dosa) it served was scrumptious. Our subsequent cease was Rajkot Ramakrishna Ashram. The information defined that Swamiji spent a number of time right here and the native king sponsored swamiji for his well-known America journey. The environment was peaceable and tranquil. We additionally visited Bala Hanuman Mandir the place for final 54 years Ramdhun Kirtan is happening uninterrupted.
We reached Dwarka at round 4.30 pm and all of us landed at resort Taran of Gujarat tourism company. The resort supplied us a really good double a.c. rooms and total employees and administration was additionally passable. After stress-free within the room for some time, we went to Sudama Rope Setu over river Gomati and noticed the sacred 5 wells constructed by Pandavas together with well-known meditation spot of 5 rishis. We attended the night aarti of Dwarkadhish which was soothing and enchanting. Our information informed that Dwarka was gifted to Balram by his father-in-law and Sreekrishna determined to ascertain his kingdom right here and rule. We had our dinner within the resort, puri, rice, sabzi, salad, dal for Rs 100 solely (at govt charges).
Day 2: A Go to to Nageshwar Shiva Temple, Wager Dwarka and Porbandar
Subsequent morning we proceeded on native tour and went to Nageshwar Shiva Temple, which is likely one of the twelve jyotirlingas. The speciality here’s a very large dimension murty (Deity) of Lord Shiva within the open sky. From there, we went to Wager Dwarka through a ferry as it’s located in an island within the sea. Wager Dwarka was the dwelling place of Sri Krishna along with his queens Jambavati, Rukmani and Satyabhama. Right here Sri Krishna embraced his good friend Sudama and tasted 2 handful rice despatched by Sudama’s spouse and eliminated the poverty hardships of his dearest boyhood good friend. Actually, it was a memorable expertise of the place and that of a sea journey.
We had our lunch within the resort after which publish it, we began for Porbandar, en route, we visited Kirti Mandir. This constructing was constructed adjoining to Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace. We might go to the dwelling rooms of Mahatma Gandhi’s home and there are good portraits of Bapu and his spouse Kasturba Gandhi. There’s additionally a library and several other photos from completely different levels Mahatma’s life which reminds us about freedom wrestle. It was night and we returned to our resort, which was positioned simply by the seaside, I inform u associates what a fantastic scene it was. The setting solar, cool breeze blowing and sea tides have been superb – it took away all our tiredness. All of us began chit-chatting and loved the night in our resort with stunning view.
Day 3: A Go to to Somnath Temple and Junagarh
On the third day, we left the resort sharp 7 am after taking breakfast (puri sabji upma) for a darshan of Somnath. On the way in which, we took a holy dip in Triveni ghat (confluence level of three rivers Hiran, Saraswati, Kapil) which merges with Arabian Sea. All sins are washed away with a dip at this confluence as is it mentioned.
We additionally went to Bhalka (arrow) Tirth the place Lord Vishnu is believed to have left his human kind after being hit by an arrow. Additionally he was cremated by the Pandavas close to the ghat. There’s Laxminarayan Temple, which depicts all of the 24 avataras (incarnation) of the lord. We have been having fun with our go to to this grand temple when our information cautioned us to proceed to Somnath to keep away from delay.
A Temporary Introduction of Somnath Temple by our Information
Mythologically, Som (moon) nath temple was constructed as a golden temple as Lord Shiva saved him from a curse of Dakhyaprajapati. Somnath is first jyotirlinga and is mentiond in Rigveda.
Traditionally this this temple was destroyed 17 occasions by invaders like Gazni and Allaudin Khillji, and Aurangzeb. The current temple was constructed by Sardar Ballabhai Patel in1950 and was inaugurated by the then President, Sankardayal Sharma.
There’s three-tier safety beginning 2 km away from the temple. We attended the midday aarti, the place is magnificent with sea shore and divine environment. Images and mobiles are restricted contained in the temple.
A Go to to Junagarh
After the darshan, we had our lunch and thereafter proceeded to Junagarh, which is claimed to be the final place on this a part of the state to grow to be an Indian territory. The place is surrounded by mountains and hills that is named Girnar. We visited the Damodar Temple right here together with caves of Muchkunda who destroyed Kalyaban. Then there may be Mahabat Maqbara, which is claimed to be the mini Taj Mahal constructed by Mahabat Khan II.
Feeling extraordinarily drained, we went to our resort for an evening halt.
Day 4: A Go to to Maa Amba Temple, Swaminarayan Temple, and Few Extra Points of interest
On the ultimate day after breakfast in Taran Lodge (upma puri bhaji at Rs 60), we moved to a newly constructed Maa Amba Mandir constructed by Patel group. It’s unfold over a really massive space with spectacular structure, spacious gardens that has quite a few stunning flowers and Mom Goddess’ s idol. Water and tea was free right here. We spent couple of hours right here.
Our subsequent vacation spot was Swaminarayan Temple. It took 1 hour to achieve there. Actually, it was an attention-grabbing sight. It’s mentioned Lord Swaminarayana himself urged to construct this temple. All of us went around the samadhi pitha of Swaminarayanaji. There’s a good meals courtroom within the temple premises and the meals served tastes good. The temple has a big premises and all of us spent 1 hr right here after taking Lunch.
Subsequent we proceeded to Jalaram Temple, which is devoted to Jalarambapa, a revered saint. Folks from all over the world go to this temple which is located in a small village of Gujarat, Virpur. It’s 52 km from Rajkot and one peculiar factor about this temple is that donations are forbidden right here. There’s free meals serves to all. We additionally considered the jhola and danda of Jalarambapa. There was additionally the unique Hanuman idol given by God to Jalarambapa;s spouse Virbai.
Our final vacation spot was Sasan Gir Nationwide Park. We booked tickets to take a wildlife safari within the reserve. Gir forest is simply forest on the earth besides Africa the place lions transfer freely in a giant space. Throughout our 45 minutes tour, we might see lions in teams resting in addition to strolling. Additionally deer and leopards have been noticed throughout our safari tour.
Now associates, it was 4.45 pm and our tour got here to an finish. We reached Ahmedabad at 7 pm and bade goodbye and departed with sharing our cellular numbers. Our flight to Bhubaneswar was at 6 am.
P.S.: This publish is contributed by our avid reader Mr. Nihar Mishra from Odisha.