Shri Krishna. The biggest brand in India! A brand that is worshipped in myriad forms – one of the avatars of Vishnu; an adorable, naughty little boy; the eternal romantic; the mighty warrior; the super political strategist; the greatest philosopher; the supreme karmayogi…
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Arrival at Rajkot
Land in Rajkot to be received at the airport and drive down directly to Dwaraka. After a quick check-in at your hotel, head out to the famous Dwarkadheesh temple. This is apparently where Shri Krishna conducted matters of the state from – his office. Wander around this temple town and be amazed at the depths of piety of the locals and the visitors.
Head out to catch the ferry to Bhet Dwaraka – the island that was the residence of Lord Shri Krishna. In the afternoon, pay obeisance to Lord Shiva at the famous Jyotirlinga of Nageshwar and visit the Gopi Talav where Shri Krishna is supposed to have housed the Gopis of Mathura when they came to visit him at Dwaraka. Visit the Rukmini Devi temple where the favourite wife of Shri Krishna is said to have spent 12 years of separation from her husband. Spend the evening gaping at the force of nature at the point behind the Dwarkadheesh Temple where the river Gomti flows into the Sea.
Harsiddhi Mata temple
Depart for Somnath – enroute visit the Harsiddhi Mata temple (where Lord Krishna is said to have been a regular devotee), the ancestral home of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife and the village of Lord Krishna’s friend Sudhamaji. Arrive in time at Somnath to check in to your hotel and participate in the famously high-energy evening aarti at the ancient Jyotirlinga temple in Somnath. The mesmerising sound & light show at the temple can be seen to learn about the history of Somnath through the ages.
Visit the Golak Dham which according to legend is the exact place where Shri Krishna departed from this world after being accidentally shot by a hunter while resting. There is a cave temple at this place set in a beautiful and secluded garden – soak in this divine atmosphere before moving on towards Bhavnagar. Visit the less-visited but famous Nishkalankeshwar Mahadev Temple which is normally submerged in the sea – if you are lucky and are able to get there when the sea has receded, you could walk through the sea-bed and pray to the 5 ancient Swayambhu lingas… like the Pandavas are once said to have… Head on to Bhavnagar and relax for the night in this beautiful small town.
After breakfast drive back to Rajkot to catch you flight back home. If time permits, indulge in a celebratory lunch – an elaborately lavish, authentic Gujarati Thali meal.