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Dwarka / Somnath / Gir   - 5N/6D

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Dwarka –
A great pilgrim centre, with much religious significance, Dwarka is the spirit of devout enlightenment. This beautiful city is situated in Jamnagar district of Gujarat state, India. To the devotees, Dwarka is identical with Lord Krishna and this city has gained high honour as the access point to the much esteemed salvation. As per the Holy Scriptures, the city is one of the holiest places that bestow liberation.

Dwarka is the city where lord Krishna had set up his earthly empire. The tourist spots in Dwarka include a throng of striking shrines that showcases colourful structural designs and impressive architecture. These attractive temples demonstrate the city’s association with lord Krishna and indeed a visit to these sacred spots would be a stimulating experience to all. As per legends, as soon as Krishna died, the complete city got submerged in water destroying the full Yadav elite.

Near Dwarka, a small island is known as Bet Dwarka- Hire a boat from Dwarka to go there. Bet Dwarka is a part mud and part sand beach and may be crowded.

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Somnath –
The Somnath temple located in PrabhasPatannear Veraval in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujarat, India, is the first among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva It is an important pilgrimage and tourist spot.

Somnath means “Lord of the Soma”, an epithet of Shiva.

Somnath Temple is known as “the Shrine Eternal”. This legendary temple has been destroyed and rebuilt several times by Islamic kings and Hindu kings respectively.

 

Some other places of interest around Somnath are:

  • Trivenisangam
  • Sharda math
  • ShankarcharyaGaddi
  • Surya mandir
  • Hinglajmata temple
  • Geetamandir
  • BaldevjiGufa
  • Laxminarayanmandir
  • Mahaprabhujikibaithak
  • Lord krishnacharanpaduka

Gir forest –
Near Junagadh, The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, is the sole home of the Asiatic lions and is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia due to its supported species

The forest areas of Gir were the hunting grounds of the Nawabs of Junagadh. However, faced with a drastic drop in the lion population in Gir, Nawab Sir Muhammad RasulKhanji Babi declared Gir as a “protected” area in 1900. His son, Nawab Muhammad Mahabat Khan III later assisted in the conservation of the lions whose population had plummeted to only 20 through slaughter for trophy hunting.

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