GUJ / 14 Spiritual Journeys of Gujarat
- 6 nights / 7 days (Ex-Ahmedabad / Bhavnagar / Diu / Rajkot)
Route - Ahmedabad (1 night) - Dasada
(1 night) - Dwarka (1 night) - Junagadh
(1 night) - Gir (1 night) - Velavadar
(1 night) - Ahmedabad
Highlights - Visit to Palitana Temples • Visit to Somnath Temples • Visit
to Girnar Temples • Visit to Dwarka Temple • Visit to Jalaram Temple at Virpur.
Recommended Itinerary (This is an indicative itinerary, Sequence of
the activities may vary and depend on prevailing weather condition and guest
Day 1: Ahmedabad - Welcome to the Spiritual Journeys of Gujarat Tour ! On arrival at Ahmedabad, you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will proceed on a city tour of Ahmedabad visiting Gandhi Ashram, Calico Museum, Utensils Museum, the Jami Mosque and finally Akshardham which is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan.
Day 2: Ahmedabad - Sun Temple Modhera - Patan - Dasada
This morning proceed on an excursion to the Sun Temple at Modhera that dates back to the early 11th century. This temple has been designed in such a way that the Sun's rays illuminate the sanctum at dawn, during the time of the equinoxes. En route visit Patan that has over 100 Jain temples; the most important being the Mahavir Swami Derasar in Dhandherwad with an exquisitely carved wooden dome and the other being the Rani ki Vav, an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat. Drive onwards to Dasada.
Day 3: Dasada - Jalaram Temple Virpur - Dwarka
This morning, you will drive to Dwarka enroute visit the Virpur.
Day 4: Dwarka - Junagarh
Today, you will enjoy a full day sightseeing visiting the temples in Dwarka and Bet Dwarka. You will see the temple of Dwarkadheesh and the temple of Rukmini, Lord Krishna's wife. Later take a ferry to Shankhoddar Island, also known as Bet Dwarka and visit the temple of Ranchhodrai and the Matsyavatar Temple. Your tour ends with a visit to the temple of Nageshwar Mahadev, one of the 12 jyotirlingas. Drive onwards to Junagarh.
Day 5: Junagarh - Girnar Temples - Somnath Temples - Gir
After early morning visit to the famous Girnar temples. Your onward journey takes you to Somnath located on the extreme southwest coast of Gujarat. On arrival you will visit the temple of Somnath, which is established as one of the twelve Shiva Jyotirlingas. The temple has a tower over 165 feet high over the main sanctum. (Non-Hindus are permitted to enter the temple). After enjoying the sunset at the Somnath Temple, you shall return to your hotel.
Day 6: Gir - Somnath Temples - Palitana Temples - Velavadar
This morning you will leave for Palitana and visit the temples of Palitana located atop Shatrunjaya and crowned with over 900 temples, each rivalling the other for its beauty and magnificence and presenting an awe-inspiring spectacle to devotees and visitors. The peak is a 3 ½ km climb of over 3500 steps from the town, while on each temple one can see detailed carvings, beautiful idols and images, jewelled statues and intricate toranas.
Day 7: Velavadar - Ahmedabad
Return to Ahmedabad for your onward journey.
Distances (In kms & In hours)
Day 1: Within Ahmedabad City
Day 2: Ahmedabad to Patan - Modhera - Dasada 150 kms (3 hrs)
Day 3: Dasada to Virpur - Dwarka 350 kms (6 hrs)
Day 4: Dwarka - Junagarh 150 kms (3 hrs)
Day 5: Junagarh - Somnath - Gir National Park 120 kms (3 hrs)
Day 6: Gir National Park to Palitana - Velavadar 300 kms (5 hrs)
Day 7: Velavadar to Ahmedabad 120 kms (2.5 hrs)
Extensions / Off
the beaten Track
Above may be
considered too hectic and therefore at Dasada and Gir extra night could
be spent to explore wildlife and bird watching better.
spend a couple of days to explore Heritage character of Ahmedabad
a beach destination could be considered for 2 nights after Gir and
Seasonality - Oct-March
is the best time to travel for this itinerary.
Direct Flight Connectivity
International Flight Connectivity
• Ahmedabad - Direct flight connectivity with Doha (Qatar Airways) | Dubai (Air India Express) | Dubai (Emirates) | Frankfurt (Air India ) | Kuwait (Indian Airlines) | London (Air India ) | Sharjah (Air Arabia) | Singapore (Singapore Airlines)
Domestic Flight Connectivity
• Ahmedabad - Direct flight connectivity with Bangalore | Goa | Hyderabad | Indore | Jaipur | Kolkata | Mumbai | New Delhi | Pune
• Bhavnagar - Direct flight connectivity with Mumbai
• Diu - Direct flight connectivity with Mumbai
• Rajkot - Direct flight connectivity with Mumbai
Options - Ahmedabad - Gir
/ Dasada / Velavadar - Junagadh / Dwarka