Thursday, 10 April 2014

Somnath Trip – 11: Accommodation in Somnath


Dear friends,

Somnath is flooded with national and international tourists now-a-days. 

Somnath Temple has been known all over the world today for its magnificence and historical significance. Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan (Big B), as a brand ambassador of Gujarat Tourism, has done a great job with the Khushboo Gujarat ki campaign.

Somnath is an outstanding tourist place on the western coast of Gujarat. The tourists visit Somnath not only for the grand Somnath Temple and the Somnath beach, but also for Nij Dham Prasthan, Bhalka Tirth and other tourist attractions around Somnath, The historical and religious places in and around Somnath make it an important tourist centre of Gujarat.

Somnath has been a star tourist attraction in Western India, thanks to the efforts of Government of Gujarat, Gujarat Tourism and Somnath Trust. They have made lot of efforts for the development of Somnath.

SomnathTrust is providing accommodation to all tourists at reasonable rates. Comfortable rooms with standard amenities are available at the guest houses managed by Somnath Trust. They provide both AC and Non-AC rooms and suites and dormitories also. The tariff at the Somnath Trust guest houses is affordable to all tourists. Visitors are advised to check and confirm tariff before booking accommodation.

Accommodation at Somnath Trust guest houses can be booked in advance telephonically or on the NET. Rooms can be booked at Somnath Trust offices at Ahmedabad or Prabhas Patan (Somnath).

Somnath Trust manages decent guest houses named Sagar Darshan Atithi Gruh, Lilavati Atithi Bhawan and Maheshwari Atithi Gruh. All these three guest houses of Somnath Trust are near the Somnath Temple. 

Sagar Darshan has sea-facing AC Double-bed rooms with quality facilities in the tariff range of Rs 1500. Lilavati and recently built Maheshwari Atithi Gruh have AC and Non-AC rooms with TV, intercom and attached bath. As of February 2014, their Double-bed room tariff is APPROXIMATELY Rs 1000 for AC and Rs 700 for Non-AC for accommodation for two persons per night. Tourists may note that tariffs are revised periodically. All these rooms can be booked on the Net at the website of Somnath Trust. Sagar Darshan Atithi Gruh, Lilavati Atithi Bhawan and Maheshwari Atithi Gruh – each guest house has its own dining halls that serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at economic rate. Lunch and dinner is served as Gujarati Thali with acceptable quality at affordable rate.

Somnath Trust also runs budget guest houses (e.g. Tanna Guest House) where a simple double bed room may cost around 300 to 500 rupees per night. You may also get large halls for a group of 10 or 20 persons at very low budget at the Trust guest houses.

There are private hotels/ Guest houses in Somnath and Veraval. Some of the hotels are Shubh Suvidha,   Sukhsagar, Lords Inn, Ambar, Shree Hari and few others.

Leading travel and tour operators or travel agencies also help to book hotel accommodation in Somnath. Renowned travel agencies have websites on the NET and they help in room booking online for hotels in Somnath and Veraval. Make My Trip, Travel Guru, Clear Trip, Trip Advisor, Wego and many others have their websites. Tourists must verify all the details while booking online and use lot of discretion to choose the right agency and the right hotel. After all it is your choice and your decision.

Friends! Somnath Temple is our national pride. Like Akshar Dham, Somnath Temple is an amazing and classic example of modern architectural and sculptural accomplishment. Not only for Gujarat Tourism, even for Indian Tourism Somnath spells countless promises for redefining tourism. Tourist amenities are developing at a rapid pace. But let us accept that lot needs to be done yet.

How nice if Gujarat tourism is redefined!

With all best wishes,