Bhavnagar / Velavadar – Palitana – Virpur – Junagadh – Girnar – Somnath – Porbandar – Dwarka. 4 nights / 5 days
Arrival at Bhavnagar / Velavadar & check in. After refreshments, take a transfer to Palitana, located on the top of Shatrunjaya Hills. With the Shatrunjaya River flowing to its south, making this place one of the most picturesque places of pilgrimage in India. The 863 temples, each rivaling the other for its sheer beauty were built over an impressive span of 900 years with each generation of pilgrims making its contribution to the shrines of Shatrunjaya. Amongst all the Jain temples, Palitana temples are considered to be the most sacred ones. After the sightseeing of Palitana Temples, get back to the hotel. Evening at leisure.
In the morning check out from the hotel & depart to Virpur. At Virpur, you can visit the famous Jalaram Temple. After the visit to the temple, proceed to Junagadh, which lies at the foot of Girnar Hill and takes its name from the Old Fort which circles the medieval town. Arrival at Junagadh & check in. Later in the day, cover the sightseeing of Junagadh. This town was under the rules of many dynasties over the period of many centuries. Therefore, various buildings of different time periods and influenced with diverse kinds of architecture can be sited in Junagadh. The major attraction, obviously, is the Uperkot Fort, the very fort from where the city derives its name. The premises hold other sites to be visited like the two step wells, Jama Masjid and Buddhist caves.
In the morning, cover an excursion to Girnar Hill, the famous mythological hill, supposed to be an extinct volcano. It is famous for the 16 carved and sculptured marble Jain shrines that adorn this famous hilltop (These temples are accessible by walk only. Many of them are located mid-way of the hill, so covering them generally takes 3 – 4 hrs). The Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva also draws thousands of devotees up the hill who climb the fleet of 10,000 steps build in the early 20th century (This is possible if you have whole day on hand to cover Girnar. In that case, you need to add one more night to the itinerary). Back to the hotel after the holy excursion. Later on, check out from the hotel & leave for Sasan Gir. On arrival at Sasan Gir, enjoy Jungle Safari in “Gir National park”, the last refuge of the Asiatic lion on Earth. Along with Asiatic Lions, you can spot Chinkara, Wild Boar, Striped Hyena, Jackal, Common Langur, Porcupine, Hare, black buck etc. It is also home to over 200 species of migratory birds. After the safari, Back to the Hotel.
After breakfast proceed to Somnath. On arrival, visit the famous shore temple of Somnath; one of the twelve most sacred Shiva shrines in India.
Then drive to Porbandar – the birth town of Mahatma Gandhiji. On arrival at Porbandar, visit Kirti Mandir – the ancestral house of Mahatma Gandhiji – which is now a national monument. Then, proceed further to Dwarka. Check in at the hotel in Dwarka. After refreshments, depart to visit Rukmini Mandir, Gopi Talao & Nageshwar Mahadev Mandir – one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Then, proceed to Okha boat jetty, from where you can take a return ferry to Bet Dwarka. At Bet Dwarka, you will visit Ranchhodrai Temple & Matsyavatar Temple. Back to the hotel at night.
In the morning, visit Dwarkadheesh Temple – the major landmark & attraction of the town. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shree Krishna. After, performing spiritual activities come back to the hotel. Check out & take a transfer to Dwarka Railway Station or Jamnagar / Rajkot Airport.