A spiritual holiday in the sacred state of Gujarat is a good way to relieve you from the modern fast-paced life. Visit the peaceful temples and mosques here and enjoy some quiet time with in the tranquil environment of these religious sites.
Dwarka is one of the foremost Chardhams, four sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites, and is one of the Sapta Puri, the seven most ancient religious cities in the country. Dwarka is often identified with the DwarkaKingdom, the ancient kingdom of Krishna, and is believed to have been the first capital of Gujarat.The Dwarkadhish temple, also known as the Jagat Mandir and occasionally spelled Dwarakadheesh, is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Krishna, who is worshiped here by the name Dwarkadhish, or 'King of Dwarka'.
Your first day of the spiritual tour starts with arriving at Ahmedabad and checking into your pre-booked hotel. Then visit the Gandhi Ashram and Askshardham Temple at Gandhinagar. Enjoy the pradarshani (exhibition) at Akshar Hall of Akshardham Temple and later onward on way back to Ahmedabad, visit Vaishno Devi Temple and Iskon Temple. In evening, enjoy the night market at Law Garden and dinner at Agashiye on your own. Overnight stay will be at Hotel in Ahmedabad.
The day 2 will start with a breakfast and we will leave for Jamnagar. After check in to your pre-booked hotel, visit Bala Hanuman Temple. Highly venerated among the devotees of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Bala Hanuman Temple is famous the world over for the continuous chanting of the Ram Naam mantra, non-stop devotion where people have been chanting 'Shri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram,' in shifts 24 hours a day. Starting since 1st August, 1964, the chant is still continuing and has earned the temple a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. This place has taken the invention of industrial methods and given it a divine thrust. Early evening is particularly good time to visit as it's fairly animated then. In fact this whole area on the south-eastern edge of the lake becomes very lively around sunset, when people come to promenade. Later visit Lakhota Lake, which is located in the center of Jamnagar. In the middle of the lake, there is a magnificent old structure now housing a mini museum. A holy saint’s Dargah is also there where people go to offer their respects. The famous Jain Temples which a tourist can visit in Jamnagar are Vardhman Shah's Temple. The foundation stone for this temple was laid in 1612 during the rule of His Highness Jam Jasaji-I and completed in the year 1620. Surrounding this temple 52 'Deri' (small temples) were built in 1622. One can also visit Raisi Shah's Temple: Jain temples built in 1564 which were ruined by Moghul army in 1590. Tejsi Shah renovated these temples in 1592. In the year 1619, his son Raisi Shah built 'Deris'around it. Not to forget, visit the local markets in Jamnagar known for its bandhni (a kind of tie-dye textile decorated by plucking the cloth with fingernails into many tiny bindings that form a figurative design) work. Overnight stay will be at Hotel in Jamnagar.
On the day 3, after an early breakfast, proceed ahead to Dwarka. Visit Nageshwar Jyotirling en-route. Nageshwar was believed to be known as 'Darukavana', which is an ancient epic name of a forest in India. Lord Shiva has his divine presence in Darukavana as a Jyotirling forever. Then we visit Beyt Dwarka or Beyt Shankhodhar, which is a small island that was the main port in the region before the development of Okha. It offers opportunities to spot dolphins, marine excursions, camping and picnicking. Most of the archaeological ruins excavated here and religious manuscripts correspond with Beyt Dwarka as the original abode of Lord Krishna. In order to get there from Dwarka, one might need to first get to Okha port jetty (32 km), by either rail or road and then take a ferry or small boat. On way to Dwarka, visit Rukmani Temple and further drive to hotel. Lunch on your own and later visit Gomati Ghat, which is situated at the mouth of the river. A bath in these waters is believed to purge the soul. The solemnity of this belief contrasts with the lively atmosphere of boys jumping into the waves and turning somersaults as people photograph them. Proceed to Dwarkadish Temple - also called Jagat Mandir, located in the heart of Dwarka. The temple is also the location of Dwarka Pith, also called Sharada Math/Peeth and "Western Peeth", one of the four Peeths established by Adi Shankaracharyaji. It was built by Raja Jagat Singh Rathore, hence it is called Jagat Mandir. It is conjectured that this temple location is 2,500 years old and is where Krishna built his city and a temple. However, the existing temple is dated to the 16th century AD.It is a five-storied edifice built over 72 pillars, a sandstone temple with 60 pillars is also mentioned. The temple spire rises to a height of 78 meters, and a very large flag with symbols of the sun and moon is hoisted on it. The temple layout consists of a Garbhagrah. The main deity deified in the sanctum is of Dwarkadish, which is known as the Trivikrama form of Vishnu and is depicted with four arms. Attend evening Aarti at Dwarkadish Temple and then dinner on your own, have a walk on the sea shore and stay at hotel in Dwarka.
The day 4 will start with a divine experience by attending the morning aarti at the Dwarkadish Temple, and then after breakfast, leave for Somnath. On the route to Somnath, visit to Porbander, the birth Place of Mahatma Gandhi, Sudamapuri, Mool Dwarka and Bharat Mata Temple. Reaching Somnath, visit the Somnath Temple, which is the first among the twelve Aadi Jyotirlings of India. It has a strategic location on the western coast of India. Ancient Indian traditions maintain a close relationship of Somnath with release of Chandra from the curse of his father-in-law Daksha Prajapati. The story says that moon was married to Twenty-Seven daughters of Daksha. However, he favored Rohini and neglected other queens. The aggrieved Daksha cursed Moon and the Moon lost power of light. With the advice of Prajapita Brahma, Moon arrived at the Prabhas Teerth and worshipped Bhagvan Shiva. Pleased with the great penance and devotion of Moon, Bhagvan Shiva blessed him and relieved him from the curse of darkness. Pauranic traditions maintain that Moon had built a golden temple, followed by a silver temple by Ravana, Bhagvan Shree Krishna is believed to have built Somnath temple with Sandalwood. Attend evening aarti and see the sound and light show at Somnath Temple premises. Dinner on your own and stay overnight at Hotel in Somnath.
Your day 5 will again start with a spiritual experience having attending the early morning Mangla aarti at Somnath Temple and afterwards proceed ahead to the Bhalka Teerth where Lord Shree Krishna is said to have been mistakenly shot in the foot. Nearby is Dehotsarg, where he succumbed to his mortal wound. The temple at Bhalka Tirth is known as Mahaprabhuji's Bethak, and a Tulsi (sacred basil) plant has been planted in Lord Krishna's memory. At the Dehotsarg Tirth, in the 9th century AD, Shri Vallabhacharya gave discourses on Shrimad Bhagvat Gita for seven days, as well as the revered Gita Mandir, which has eighteen marble pillars with a chapter from the Bhagvat Gita inscribed on each one. The temple also contains a beautiful Tribhangi idol of Lord Krishna playing his flute. Thenafter, we proceed to Ahmedabad en-route visit historic sites of Jungadh, including the Upperkot Fort, Mohabbat Makbara, Buddhist Caves. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Hotel in Ahmedabad.
On the early morning of the 6th day, after early breakfast today drive towards Central Gujarat to visit Dakorji Temple of Lord Krishna, Attend Aarti at Dakorji Temple of Lords Krishna (Ranchhodrai Temple), later continue to Udaipur. In the evening, visit Jagdish Temple. Dinner and overnight stay will be at at Udaipur.
On the seventh day, take breakfast at hotel and drive to Nathdwara, which is located in the Aravalli hills, on the banks of the Banas River in Rajsamand District, 48 kilometers north-east of Udaipur. This town is famous for its temple of Krishna which houses the idol of Shrinathji, a 14th century, 7-year old "infant incarnation of Krishna. The idol was originally worshipped at Mathura and was shifted in the 1672 from Govardhan hill, near Mathura. Attend aarti at Nathdwara Temple. Post lunch drive to Kankroli. Visit Kankroli Temple is popularly called as temple ofDwarkadhish. Dwarkadhish is one of the names of Lord Krishna. This Temple is the most significant temple of the Vaishnav and Vallabhacharya sect. The chief deity of Kankroli temple is believed to have imported from Mathura, the hometown of Lord Krishna. Dwarkadhish Temple has a very quiet and soothing ambience. It really carries away all the tensions at once and bestows a heavenly bliss. In the complex of the Temple, there is a small garden where you can sit and enjoy the beauty of nature. You will also come across a library that possesses a huge compilation of old books. After returning to Udaipur, the dinner and overnight will be at Hotel.
On the day 8, visit the City Palace Museum, Crystal Museum and Saheliyon ki Bari in Udaipur. For the remaning day, stay free for shopping in Udaipur. Dinner and overnight will be at Udaipur.
Your final day of the tour will have a drive Ahmedabad to catch evening flight / train back home with sweet memories of your PanchDwarka Tour.