Panch Dwarka Tour

Lord Krishna is the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. He represents love, wisdom, and intellect. The sacred knowledge which he gave to Arjun on the battlefield of Kurukshetra when he was reluctant to kill his kin, which we know today as Bhagavad Gita, is still relevant and applies to every mankind. The 700 verses of the holy book indeed contain a vast sea of knowledge. Even though you might not have the book, or have any inclination to read it, you will be surprised to see how relevant it is really to every mankind when you read it. It teaches us to keep doing our duty without worrying about the result.

Day 01. Arrive Ahmedabad by early morning flight/train – Assistance on arrival and drive to Dwarka – Lunch en-route at Rajkot at Imperial Palace – continue to Dwarka – If you are in time well before sunset to visit Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary or Bala Hanuman Temple which is into the Guinness book of the World Records for its nonstop Ramdhun. Drive to Dwarka – Dinner, and overnight at Hotel.

The main attraction in Bet Dwarka is the majestic Dwarkadish Temple has a gigantic statue of Lord Krishna plated in gold. This statue was made by Krishna’s queen, Rukmani. The other important landmarks here include the place where Sudama met Krishna, Rukmani’s Temple, Shri Keshavji’s Temple, and Mahaprabhuji’s Bethak.

Day 02. Today early morning before breakfast do visit Dwarkadish Temple to attend Mangla Aarti at 6.30 am. Later visit Gomti Ghat and return to your hotel for breakfast, later you will be visiting Nageshwar Jyotirling There is a narration from Shiv Purana that Shiva in Nageshwar form (body full of serpents) defeated a demon named Daruka and his army to rescue his imprisoned devotee named Supriya. The temple is built with pink stone and the idol is Dakshinamurti. Devotees are allowed to go inside the Sanctorum and perform Abhishek on this Shivling along with the local priest albeit only in traditional attire. There is a huge statue of a sitting Shiva in the temple complex which can be seen from a distance. An idol of Shani is also worshipped in the temple complex below a huge pipal tree. Continue to visit Beyt Dwarka Bet (pronounced ‘Bait’ Dwarka also is known as Shankhodara, is an island located near the shores of Okha which is situated around 30 km from Dwarka, in the Gulf of Kutch. It said that Lord Krishna resided here while Dwarka was his constitutional seat. The name Bet Dwarka came from the famous legend revolving around Krishna’s childhood friend, Sudama who came to his house and offered him tandoor poha as bhet (gift). Hop on to a ferry boat for an enchanting 15-minute journey to reach Bet Dwarka.

 

A visit to Rukmani Temple is a must - one of the wives of Lord Krishna and an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. There is a very interesting legend that explains why Rukmini is not worshipped in Dwarkadish Mandir along with the other wives of Lord Krishna but separately in a temple solely dedicated to her. Long ago Krishna and Rukmini went to sage Durvasa to invite him to Dwarka. He agreed to come on the condition that his chariot would be pulled by none other than Krishna and Rukmini, to this, they readily agreed. Just before reaching Dwarka, Rukmini became very thirsty. To quench her thirst Lord Krishna pressed the ground and Ganga waters started streaming from here. A thirsty Rukmini took a sip without offering it to Durvasa and this annoyed him, thus followed a curse that she would be separated from her husband. Rukmani’s temple stands on very arid land, completely isolated with not a single building or house beside it. The temple’s spellbinding architecture with minute carvings and paintings depicts various stories that draw tourists from all over the world. Every devotee who visits this temple is made to sit in the Sabha Mandap and listen to the local priest’s narration of the legend associated with this shrine. Your pilgrimage to Dwarka is incomplete if you don’t offer prayers at Rukmini Temple.

 

Return to your hotel for lunch and relax at the hotel.

 

Evening visit Badkeshwar Mahadev Temple, It mentions the Abhishek of the Shivalinga done by the sea itself. Each year in June/July, there comes a day when the Arabian Sea slowly rises and enters the temple. For a shorter period, the whole temple submerges in the water until the Abhishek of the Shivalinga is done. After the prayers by the sea, it returns to its normal stage. Evenings free to walk in Devbhoomi Dwarka – Dinner on your own – Stay in Dwarka.

Day 03. Early breakfast today as you need to travel about 250 km through the coastline of Kathiawar Coast. You will be driving to Somnath en route visiting Porbandar – “Kirti Mandir” The birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi now a museum, Head to Somnath – Firstly enjoy a quick lunch and later visit Bhalka Teerth - the Temple site where 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 tree 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 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. Later visit Somnath Temple - The principal temple of Somnath is believed to have been built in gold by the moon god Soma, in silver by the sun god Ravi, in wood by Krishna and in stone by the Solanki Rajputs in the 11th century. The present temple, built in 1951, is the seventh reconstruction on the original site. Tales of its riches attracted a series of invasions, but each time the temple was invaded, it was restored to its original glory by devout Hindu worshipers. Commanding a breath-taking view from the tip of the Saurashtra peninsula, kissed by the waves of the Arabian coast, the temple has been constructed in the Chalukyan style with a shikhara nearly 50 m tall. The temple's imposing architecture includes intricate carvings, silver doors, an impressive Nandi idol, and the central Shivling.

Day 04. Drive to Ahmedabad off the route visiting the Mool Dwarka Temple {Part of Panch Dwarka Temple Tour – Dwarka/ Beyt Dwarka/Mool Dwarka/Dakor in Gujarat and Srinath Ji which is near Udaipur}. You will also be visiting the historic sites in the city of Junagadh – Upperkot Fort, Edicts of Ashoka and Mohabbat Makbara – Which according to me is more beautiful than the Taj Mahal in Agra – Further you will be visiting Jalaram Temple in Virpur - The history of Jalaram Bapa is very interesting, As per the famous tells once Lord Rama appeared before Bapa by changing their look and ask Bapa that they want someone to take care of him, Without thinking any more Bapa tells his wife to go with Rama and she has done it gladly. She started the journey with the old man. After passing some route Rama gave a stick and a bag to Virbhai and disappeared. Jalaram knew that he was Rama. That original stick and bag still are in the Jalaram Temple. People also think that which food they eat given by the Bapa, reached for the door of heaven.

The main attraction in the temple is the portrait picture of Jalaram Bapa and the original photo of Bapa whim has been taken before one year of the death of Jalaram Bapa. Temple trust provides a nice arrangement for devotees to get free food and free accommodation called ‘Dharamshala’ without any cost. The temple is very beautiful and not accepting any type of donation or money. The idol of Bapa is having a smiling and holding a stick and wearing a white turban and a dhoti-Kurta. This is the first temple that doesn’t accept any money or donation.

Arrive in Ahmedabad in the early evening. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Day 05. Today early breakfast at drive towards Central Gujarat to visit Dakor Ji Temple of Lord Krishna, Attend Rajbhog aarti at Dakor Ji Temple of Lords Krishna {Ranchodrai Temple}, the main gate of the temple closes at noon. Return to Ahmedabad. Continue to Akshardham Temple {Closed on every Monday} – Visit Akshardham Temple followed by SAT CHIT ANAND Water and Light Show after sunset. {Please purchase the tickets as soon as the window opens}. Return to Ahmedabad – Dinner at Toran Dining Hall. Stay at Hotel.

Day 06. After breakfast drive to Udaipur en route you will be visiting Shamlaji Temple, which is a small shrine on the bank of Meshwo River. It is one of the rare temples of Lord Krishna where cow idols are also worshipped depicting his childhood as a cowherd. Built of sandstone and brick, this two-story architecture is believed to be 500 years old. Exteriors walls are adorned with frescos that depict episodes from the epics- Ramayana and Mahabharata. Check into your hotel pre-booked. Evening visit Jagdish Temple. Dinner and overnight at Udaipur. 

Day 07. Early Breakfast at hotel and drive to Nathdwara - It is located in the Aravalli hills, on the banks of the Banas River in Rajsamand District, 48 kilometres 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 1672 from Goverdhan hill, near Mathura. Attend aarti at Nathdwara Temple. Post lunch drive to Kankroli. Visit Kankroli Temple is popularly called the temple of Dwarkadhish. 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 the Kankroli temple is believed to have been imported from Mathura, the hometown of Lord Krishna. Dwarkadhish Temple has a very quiet and soothing ambience. It 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. Return to Udaipur. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Day 08. After breakfast visit City Palace Museum, Crystal Museum, and Saheliyon Ki Bari in Udaipur – Day free for shopping in Udaipur. An optional boat ride at Lake Pichola can also be arranged on prior requests. Dinner and overnight at Udaipur.

Day 09. Post breakfast you will be dropped at the airport for your onward flight back home.