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Ahmedabad – Dakor – Ahmedabad – Shamlaji – Ahmedabad – Patan – Modhera – Muli – Bhavnagar – Palitana – Bhavnagar – Somnath – Porbandar – Dwarka – Jamnagar
Day 1 Ahmedabad
Arrive at Ahmedabad airport and visit Hutheesingh Jain Temple: This beautiful Jain temple built in 1848 by one of the influential families of Ahmedabad. Its presence is heralded by the “Victory Tower” standing in front of it. Later drive to Gandhinagar and visit Akshardham Temple: Akshardham at Gandhinagar is one of the largest temples in the Indian state of Gujarat. The temple complex combines devotions, art, architecture, education, exhibitions and research at one place. The monument which is set in a 23-acre plot built in pink sandstone. It is 108 feet tall and 6000 tones of stone have gone into its making. A point worth noting is that this modern monument to Hinduism was built as per the injunctions of Vastu Shastra. Not a bit of steel has been used. The monument stands on sculpted pillars, 210 single-piece stone beams, 57 window grills, domes, eight ornate zarokhas, etc. The sanctum sanctorum contains a 1.2 ton gold-plated idol of Lord Swaminarayan, the founder of the sect that bears his name. The 7-foot idol is shown in a sitting posture with his right hand raised in abhay mudra. He is flanked by Swami Gunatitanand on his right and Swami Gopalanand Swami on his left. Drive back to Ahmedabad.
Day 2 Ahmedabad – Dakor – Ahmedabad
Today morning drive to Dakor and visit Dakor Temple: Dakor in Kheda District of Gujarat is prominent for its grand temple of Shree Krishna which has a historical significance. 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 are 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. Drive back to Ahmedabad and visit Old Swaminarayan Temple at Kalupur: Shri Swaminarayan Temple, Ahmedabad is the first temple of the Swaminarayan Sampraday. With its architecture based on Burma teak wood, every coloured arch and bracket is a bright different shade, something that stands out in most Swaminarayan temples. The central gateway of the temple is artistic. It blends local, regional and British styles of architecture and sculpture.
Day 3 Ahmedabad – Shamlaji – Ahmedabad
Today morning drive to Shamlaji: The temple of Shamlaji stands on the banks of the river Meshwo, in veneration of Vishnu. The river Meshwo meanders over its rocky bed in the valley immediately below, and the waters of a splendid natural lake, of great beauty sparkle amid the well-wooded hills. It is believed that this shrine has existed for at least 500 years. Built of white sandstone and bricks, it has two storeys supported on rows of pillars. It is profusely carved and episodes from sacred epics of the Ramayana and Mahabharata are engraved on the outer walls. Later drive back to Ahmedabad
Day 4 Ahmedabad – Patan – Modhera – Muli
Morning drive to Dasada via Patan & Modhera. Visit Rani Ki Vav: Vav (Queen’s Step Well) was constructed during the period of the Solanki or Chalukya. This magnificent east facing Step Well has so many beautiful sculptures, in devotion to Vishnu, in the forms of Dus-Avatars Kalki. Rani Ki Vav is amongst the finest Step Well in India. Visit Sun Temple: Sun Temple dedicated to the Hindu Sun-God (Surya). It was built in 1026 AD by king Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty. The temple comprises three separate, axially and integrated elements. In front of the temple is a colossal tank, which was once known as Surya Kund or Rama Kund. The tank has a series of the carved steps leading to the bottom. The temple was so designed that the first rays of the sun fell on the image of Surya, the Sun God, at the time equinoxes. Continue drive to Muli.
Day 5 Muli – Bhavnagar
Morning drive to Bhavnagar and visit Takhteshwar Temple: Takhteshwar Temple is located on a hillock near the city. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is an important pilgrim place for the nearby region. It was built in the year 1893 by Maharaja Takhtsinhji. The temple and the whole complex are made up of white shining marble. It is a much sought after picnic spot and offers a panoramic view of the city. Evening visit Swaminarayan Temple and enjoy evening Aarti at temple.
Day 6 Bhavnagar – Palitana – Bhavnagar
Today morning drive to Palitana Approximately 70km from Bhavnagar Gujarat is the most famous attraction, the holy mountain Palitana. On the 600m high hill there are 863 Jain temples. Who does not wants to deal with 3500 levels; it can be worn in the litter. From the legendary time Adinaths to the twentieth century shrines were dedicated to the Thirthankaras erected. Animated by the pilgrims strewn with temples of Palitana is certainly a crowd Highlight of the trip. Later drive back to Bhavnagar.
Day 7 Bhavnagar – Somnath
Today morning drive to Somnath and visit BHALUKA TIRTHA: Bhalka Tirtha (Bhalka Teerth) is a holy tirth (pond) in Somnath along Prabhas-Veraval highway. It is believed that this is the place where Lord Krishna was hit by an arrow shot by a hunter known as Jara. Lord Krishna was sitting under a Banyan tree in meditation when the hunter mistook the legs as a dear and shot at. This tirtha is placed at the confluence of three holy rivers including the river Hiran. There is a small temple built under the Banyan tree on the bank of the tirtha with a majestic white idol of Lord Krishna. The pink colored foot of the Krishna and an image of the hunter Jara with folded hands are also seen in the temple.
Somnath Temple: A lord Shiva temple known as Jyotirling built by Moon God. In the 11th Century was the time of the richest shrines in India Temples of counting Mahmud destroyed by Ghazne. The looting of the legend of the moon god for Shiva built temple marks the beginning of time until our current conflicts between Muslims and Hindus. Enjoy evening Aarti at Somnath Temple.
Day 8 Somnath – Porbandar – Dwarka
Today drive to Dwarka via Porbandar. In Porbandar Visit Kirti Mandir known as house & born place of Mahatma Gandhi. In back side house of Kasturba wife of Gandhi. Also visit of Gandhi museum, study room of Mahatma Gandhi in the Kirti temple. Later visit of Sudama Temple & continue drive to Dwarka. Visit Dwarkadhish Temple and Enjoy evening Aarti at Dwarkadhish Temple
Day 9 Dwarka
Morning attend Aarti at Dwarkadhish Temple and later drive to Beyt Dwarka Enroute visit Rukmini Temple: Temple of Lord Krishna’s wife. Continue drive to Beyt Dwarka: Also known as Bet Shankhoddar, Bet Dwarka is only 5 kms from Okha Junction in sea and Okha is 30 kms from Dwarka. It is said to be the place where Lord Krishna lived with his family when the ruled at Dwarka. It is also the place where Vishnu slew the demon Shankhasura. Visitors make it a point to visit the Krishna temple at this site which holds much of interest to be seen and experienced. Later drive to Nageshwar Mahadev Temple: The Puranas mention 12 Jyotirlingas or columns of light representing Lord Shiva, who manifested himself in that form in different parts of India. This Shiva shrine near Dwarka is one of these and is there- fore accorded great respect. Drive back to Dwarka and attend evening Aarti.
Day 10 Dwarka – Jamnagar
Today drive to Jamnagar to board flight to Bombay.