Arrive Airport / Railway Station And Drive To Somnath. Reached And Check Into The Hotel. Refresh And Go For The Sightseeing. Overnight Stay At Hotel.
Somnath (Prabhas Patan)
Apart From Gir, This Famous Temple By This Sea Is Another Major Centre For Tourist And Pilgrims. It Is One Of India’s Twelve Jyotilingas (Spontaneously Formed Shivlingas) In 1026 Somnath’s Prosperity Drew Mahmud Of Ghazni, On The Last Of His 17 Exibitions To India. He Ransacked The Town, Plundered And Destroyed The Temple And Carried Away Camel Loads Of Gold And Precious Stones. However This Was Just One Of The Half A Dozen Times That The Temple Was Destroyed Through Its History, Dating From The Pre-Christian Era. Each Time It Was Rebuilt.
The Present Temple Built In 1947-95, Is The Seventh Reconstruction On The Original Site. It Is Illuminated Every Evening And The Sound And Light Show, Jay Somnath, Is Presented Every Night From 2000 To 2100 With The Temple As The Backdrop. The Sea At Somnath Is Often Rough And Not Safe For Swimming.
In The Morning Check Out From The Hotel And Drive To The Diu. Reached And Check Into The Hotel. Refresh. And Go For The Sightseeing. Overnight Stay At Hotel.
Diu, With Its Pleasant Beaches And Generally Few Tourist Crowds, Offers A Great Change Of Pace From Gujarat And Goa.
The Town Central Landmark Is Diu Fort By The Portuguese During The Late 1530S. It Is Perched On Cliffs That Break The Waters At The Southeastern Coasts And Commands A Seductive View Of The Sea. The Panikota Forte Do Mar. This Stands Unperturbed In The Middle Of The Sea, Is Also Visible. This Sentinel, Skirted By The Sea On Three Sides And By A Moat On The Forth, Encloses An Area Of About 56,700 Sq M. Cannons And Canon Balls Little The Palace. A Functional Jail, Chapel Ruins And The Cavalier Lighthouse, Once The Highest Point In Diu, Exist Within The Fort Walls. In Water, A Veil Of Fog Cloaks The Island And Creates A Mysterious Ambience. Open 0700-1800.
St. Paul’s Church
This Early 17Th C. Church Decorated With Shell-Like Motifs Is Dedicated To Our Lady Of Immaculate Conception. Built In Gothic Style, It Has An Imposing Three Storied Façade. The Fantastic Wood Carved Panels And Crafted By Goan Artisans. A Local Catholic School Functions Upstairs And Services Are Held On Sunday. The Entire Structure Is Floodlit At Night.
The St Thomas Church Has Been Converted Into A Museum, Which Contains Antique Statues, Various Stone Inscriptions Of The Earlier Ruler, Wooden Carving, Hindu Idols And Relics Of Jain Temples. Open 0800-2200.
This Street Near Zampa Gate Is Lined By Striking Mansions That Belonged To Affluent Portuguese And Indian Merchants. They Represent Everything From European-Influenced Architecture To Local Style Bungalows. The Three-Storied Nagarsheth Haveli, With Carved Balconies And Entrances, Is An Interesting Blend Of European And Indian Designs.
Day Free To Relax At Beach. After Noon Visit The Places Of Interest On Diu Mainly The Fort, The Church The Museum All Giving A Touch Of Portuguese Influence. Overnight At Hotel.
Gir National Park:-
The Asiatic Lion Is The Major Attraction For Most Visitor To Junagarh, And The Gir Forest Abode. As A Result Of Excessive Hunting, Poaching And Forest Depletion, The Lion Population Was On A Dramatic Decline Before 1965, When The Government Set Up The Sanctuary Across 1153 Sq Km To Protect It. A Decade Later 258 Sq Km Inside The Sanctuary Was Declared A National Park. Currently The Lion Population Ia At About 359.
It Is Entry Point To The Sanctuary. The Forest Has Extremely Rugged And Hilly Terrain, Which Is Of Volcanic Origin. It Is Considered The Largest Dry Deciduous Forest In Western India. In Addition To The Lion There Is The Jungle Cat, Hyena, Jackal, And Some Of 500 Leopards. With Luck It Is Possible To Sight Jackals And Leopards In Their Natural Habitat. There Are Also Nilgai, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Blackbuck, Porcupine, Hare And The Rarely Seen Pangolin. The Forest Has About 300 Species Of Birds Including King Vulture, Crested Serpent Eagle, Great Horned Owl, Bush Quail, Wooden Peakar And Hornbill.
In the morning check out from the Hotel and drive to Dwarka one way visit to Porbandar (130 kms +100) Visit the home of Mahatama Gandhji. Evening arrival at Dwarka. Later eveining at Dwarka.
Dwarka, on the west cost of Gujarat on the shore of the Arabaian Sea, features in most of the legends surrounding Lord Krishna. It is from here that the grown Lord Krishna is supposed to have ruled his Kingdom. Dwarka is significant piligrimage site for the Hindus. Dwarka is sanctified as the place where Lord Vishnu slew the demon Shankhasura. Dwarka which is known as Suvarna Dwarka(the golden Dwarka) had been very prosperous and hence got the name . The Dwarkadish temple honours Krishna Bhagwan and attacts thousands of piligrims from different parts of the country. The Dwarka of Krishna’s time lies submerged under the Arabian Sea. Krishna’s residence was at Bet Dwarka which is an island, a few kms from the mainland Dwarka Bet contains as Sudhama shrine. Marine archaeologists have excavated a huge wall which is supposed to be a part of Krishna’s capital.
The other temples in Dwarka are rukmini Devi Temple, Gomati Ghat Temples, Kalyanrai temple, the Patrani temple, Durvas temple . Sharda pith set up by Adi Shankaracharya imparts instruction in Sanskrit. Drukvan in the region is one of the Jyotirlingas.
In The Morning After Taking Breakfast Check Out From Hotel. And Drive To Ambaji Temple.Comeback Ahmadabad. Check Into Hotel. And Overnight Stay At Hotel.
Ahmedabad Became The Capital Of Gujarat In 1414, Replacing Patan, And Since Then Became The Centre Of Architectural Activity. Associated With Mahatma Gandhi, The Apostle Of Peace And Nonviolence Whose Simple Ashram On The Bank Of River Sabarmati Is Now A Site Of National Pilgrimage; Renowned As A Great Textile & Commercial Centre And As The Manchester Of India. The City Of Ahmedabad Has Some Of The Best Known Educational Institution And Research Center In All Of India. One Of The Ultimate Pedigrees For A Management Student Is A Post-Graduation Of Fellowship From The Indian Institute Of Management (Iim) Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad Is The Second Largest Prosperous And Thriving City In Western India
Gandhi Ashram Or Harijan Ashram Founded In 1917 On The Banks Of The Sabarmati River Played A Notable Part In The Freedom Struggle Of The Country. It Was From Here, In 1930, That Mahatma Began His Famous Dandi March To The Sea To Protest Against The Salt Tax Imposed By The British. The Gandhi Ashram Ha A Memorial Centers, Library And A Sound-And-Light Spectacle To Offer To Its Visitors.
Jumma Masjid. Describe By Some As One Of The Most Beautiful Mosques In India Was Built In 1424 Ce By Sultan Ahmad Shah I, The Founder Of Ahmedabad.
Sidi Sayyid Mosque Is Famous For Its 10 Unique Semi-Circular Tracery Windows .The Tracery Resembles The Famous Silver Filigree Work For Which Gujarat Is Famous.
Calico Museum Which Is Housed In The Sarabhai Family Premises In Shaibaug , Has One Of The Finest Collections Of Indian Textiles Belonging To Different Periods. It Attracts A Large Number Of Tourists Both India And Foreign Throughout The Year.
Hatheesing Temple Was Built By Sheth Hatheesing , A Rich Jain Merchant In 1848 Ce. It Is Dedicated To Dharmanath, The 15Th Tirthankar.
Kanakria Lake It Is Circular Lake Almost A Mile In Circumference Which Was Constructed In 1451 By Sultan Qutb-Ud-Din. In The Centre Of The Lake Is An Island-Garden With A Summer Palace Known As Nagina Wadi.
Ishkon Temple & Science City Is One Of The Latest Additions To Ahmedabad.
After Breakfast, Checkout From The Hotel And Depart For Your Onward Journey.
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