Saturday, 8 February 2014
Somnath Trip – Part 1 (Saurashtra – Gujarat tour)
Some of you have requested information on Saurashtra and western region of Gujarat.
The western region of Gujarat is enriched with many interesting tourist places. There are wide range of ancient and religious tourist places as well as beautiful beaches and other tourist spots.
The main tourist attractions in Saurashtra – Kutch region include Shatrunjay Tirth - Palitana, Chotila, Junagadh – Girnar hills, Gir forest, Sasan Gir Lion Sanctuary, Porbandar, Dwarka, Dhola Vira, Rann of Kutch (Desert of Kutch) and many others.
One, who is a hardy tourist and wants to see everything, may spend a fortnight in this region. If you wish to spend 3 to 5 days of vacation, Saurashtra is a very ideal region. One must remember that ‘five star’ facilities are almost non-existent. But a smart guy may find decent stay and food at affordable rates.
Some tourists cover both Somnath and Dwarka in four days. Fine. You may choose only selective places.
A tourist may choose from a variety of tour plan options. Go towards Junagadh - Somnath region and plan for 5 to 7 days holidays. Or go to Dwarka side for 2 – 3 days. Or travel to cover Kutch attractions for 2 – 3 days. It all depends upon what you wish to see, and hence where you wish to spend how much of time. It’s your choice, your preference, your decision.
Somnath can be reached by an overnight journey (about 8 hours) by train from Ahmedabad. Trains from other states also have direct links with Somnath. These trains have AC and Non-AC sleeper coaches. Buses are available from all over the state to reach Somnath.
Somnath is approximately 400 kms – by road- from Ahmedabad. The Ahmedabad – Somnath road route (via Limbdi- Rajkot- Gondal- Virpur - Jetpur- Junagadh) is preferred, thanks to the excellent road conditions (Be aware: Road repairs are going on presently).
The best way to tour Somnath region is to hire your own car or minibus.
Reputed tours and travel operators offer rental four wheelers for hire in Ahmedabad or Rajkot. One can find such tours / travel operators on the NET and cars, minibus and buses can be rented on-line also. We will continue our discussions on Somnath trip . . . .
With best wishes,