Arrival Ahmedabad (Morning). Today do an excursion to Ambaji temple. Ambaji: 183 kms from Ahmedabad is one of the major Shakti-piths of India, situated in the Arasur hills. The Ambaji Temple contains no idol, but an inscribed Yantra in the niche. Ambaji is essentially a temple town-with a temple dedicated to Goddess Ambaji at the center. The Ambaji Temple and the front court ‘Chachar no Chowk’ are aligned in the same axis of the cave at Gabbar hill-the original abode of Goddess Ambaji. The present temple was constructed a few years ago, maintaining the original architectural style. Millions of piligrims visit the temple every year-especially during Navratri to seek the blessing of Goddess Ambaji. Overnight Ahmedabad.
Today, after breakfast, drive to Somnath. Somnath: One of the most revered & an important center of culture & nationalism. The legendary temple contains a ‘jyotirlinga’. Looted & destroyed, built & rebuilt several times, it represents the eternal beauty & strength of the Indian society. The present splendid structure was rebuilt about five decades ago, at the exact spot where the original shrine was located. The iron man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was instrumental in the construction of the present temple. Overnight at Safari Hotel and Resort located at walking distance from Somnath temple near Veraval.
Today morning after having the pleasure to attend the morning aarti at Somnath temple, drive to Dwarka. Dwarka (City with a fascinating history geography and divinity) This ancient city is considered to be the same legendary Dwarka which was the dwelling place of Lord Krishna after he left the sacred city of Mathura. A religious hub and architectural gem, Dwarka is one of the four most holy sites of Hinduism called the Char Dham, Dwarka in the West along with Badrinath in the North, Puri in the East and and Rameshwaram in the South is a must visit pilgrimage for all devout Hindus. Dwarka is also the seventh sacred city along with Ayodhya, Mathura, Haridwar, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu and Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh for Hindus. The city has mystical, mythical, historical and archeological value that attracts people of diverse interests. Legend has it that the city of Dwarka was built by Vishwakarma, who was a celestial architect at the bidding of Lord Krishna. The temple is made of limestone and sand and is said to have been destroyed six times by the sea and then tirelessly rebuilt. The current city as we see it today has been re-built for the seventh time. According to ancient Indian Vedic scriptures like Mahabharata and Bhagavatapurana, Dwarka remained the kingdom of Lord Krishna, who came here with the Yadav clan from Mathura. This mythological city is believed to Have Gone underwater and the various marine excavations around Beyt Dwarka have indeed revealed a grand and well planned city.
Today morning attend morning aarti at Dwarkadhish temple and visit Bet island 30 kms from Dwarka. One can reach Bet from Dwarka through Okha by road. From Okha port jetty, a little sea journey in a ferry or a small boat takes you to Bet. Dolphins, porpoise, sea turtles, octopus, starfish, sea urchins are the common species that are the permanent inhabitants of the islands. A flock of migratory birds are also known to visit the place every year. Return to hotel at Dwarka for an overnight stay.
Today, after breakfast, drive to Ahmedabad. Overnight Ahmedabad.
Today do an excursion to Dakor temple.
Dakor, in its earlier phases as pilgrimage centre in Gujarat, was famous for the Danknath temple, a place of shiva worship. In the later phases it developed into a Vaishnavite centre with the growing fame of Ranchhodrai ji temple, which was built in 1772 A.D. Krishna is called ‘Ranchhodrai’ - one who ran away from the battle. Today this place is known not only as a pilgrimage centre but also a trading centre where one can get the articles related to puja, and other rituals.
On every Sharad Purnima a big fair is held at Dakor. Gujaratis venerate Krishna and Dakor provides an important link in this. LATER IN EVENING FLY OUT FROM AHMEDABAD AIRPORT.