Somnath One Of The Best Place To Visit In Gujarat

Somnath Temple Back Side

Somnath Temple Back Side
Somnath Temple Back Side | Source

Meaning Of Somnath

Somnath means "Lord of the Soma", (Moon) an nickname of Lord Shiva. "Som" means Moon and "Nath" mean Lord. There are two Somnath temples. One is known as New Somnath Temple and another is known as Old Somnath Temple. The new one was built by The Lion of Gujarat Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Mohammed Gazni

Mohammed Gazni
Mohammed Gazni | Source

History Of Somnath Temple

The Grand Somnath temple was attacked by Muslims numerous times. Somnath was first attacked by Junamad in 722. He looted infinite items from the wealth of Somnath Temple. In 1025 AD Friday 11th of May Mohammed Ghajni shattered Somnath Temple. After that Mohammed Ghajni was known as Statute Destroyer. If we calculate the amount of looting it comes to 18 crore of present value.

After this era in 1297 AD, Sardar Altaf Khan has attacked on Somnath. Sardar Altaf Khan was Allauddin Kkhiji's chief commander. Sardar Altaf was send by Allauddin to destroying and putting down the Somnath Temple.

After that a series of attack start by various Muslim emperor like Mohammad Begada, Mujaffar Shah, II, Aurangzeb.

In 1783 AD Sadhvi Alalya Devi built a new temple for Somnath . After India became Independent Sardar Vallabhai Patel renovated the Somanath Temple on the advice of Kakashaheb of Maharashtra.

Geeta mandir

Geeta mandir
Geeta mandir | Source

Places To Visit Near Somnath

Places To Visit Near Somnath
Places To Visit Near Somnath | Source

Great Place To Visit : Somnath

Somnath Temple is great place to visit. There are many places nearby to visit beside Somnath Temple. Below is a list of places to visit nearby Somnath.

1. Old Somnath Temple

2. Triveni Sangam

3. Sharda Math

4. Aadi Shankrachrya Cave

5. Jagat Guru SanShankracharya Gadi

6.Surya Mandir

7.Hinglaj Mata Ki Gufa

8.Geeta Mandir

9.Baldev Ji Cave

10. Laxmi Narayan Temple.

11.Lord Krishna Charan Paduka

12.Bhid Bhanjan Mahadev

13. Ban Gangeswar

14.Bhalka Tirth

These are some of the important places to visit near Somnath Temple. You will be charged 700 INR by auto and 1500 Rs by Car to do all this places sight-seeing.


Lions | Source

Some Other Places At Little Distance

Sasan Gir :

Sasan Gir is 45 KM away from Somnath Temple. Gir Forest is National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary near Somnath Temple. Gir forest is the only home of the Asiatic lion. There are two type of shows one is Gir Jungle trial and another is Devaliya Park. Devaliya Park is a separate place where Lions are kept in a secure area and guests are taken in a bus for a safari of half an hour.Online booking of shows are available.Gir National Park is situated near a fascinating town know as Sasan Gir. Gir National Park is Wildlife Sanctuary and only Asiatic lions home after Africa. Its a great place to visit and Wildlife fan from all over world visit Gir National Park just to see Asiatic Lion. There is also a bird sanctuary and you will also find crocodiles and leopards. Jungle Safari remains closed from 1st Of July to 15th of October. Timing of Jungle trial is 6:30 am to 9:30 am and afternoon: 03.30 pm to 06.30 pm. You need photo Id {passport copy (overseas and Indian Nationals), voters ID, Pan Card, driving license proof to get Safari Permit.}Charges are different for Indian and Foreigner travelers.

Nearest Airport -Diu (110 kms), Porbandar (139 kms), Rajkot (154 kms)
Nearest Railway Station - Somnath(45 kms), Junagadh(52 kms), Gondal(117 kms)

Diu Beach

Diu Beach
Diu Beach | Source

Diu :

Diu is a great tourist place with best hotels and food taste. Diu is 82 KM from Somnath by road. It takes approximately 2 and hours to reach Diu by car from Somnath. Road nowadays are good and simple. There is Only one route to reach Diu from Somnath.

Somnath – Prachi – Kodinar – DIu

Sightseeing Between Somnath To Diu: 1. Prachi Pipla

There are many places to see in Diu

1. Ghogla Beach 2. St. Paul Church 3. Nagoa Beach 4. Diu Fort 5. Naida Caves 6. Sunset Point 7. Church of St. Fancis of Assisi 8. Gomptimata Beach 9. Diu Museum 10. Jallandar Beach 11. INS Khukri Memorial 12. Zampa Gateway 13. Gangeshwar Temple 14. Panikota Fort 15. Shell Museums in Diu

All The above mentioned places are only possible to visit if you have Full day in Diu or you leave from Somnath early morning.


How To Reach Somnath

If you are planning a holy tour to Somnath you can change it to your vacation trip definitely. By visiting places like Gir Forest and Diu you can add adventure to your holy trip. There are lots of travels operator and hotels with best service.

How To Reach Somnath :

Many Buses are available from Ahmedabada

Trains are also available from Ahmedabad

Nearest Airport : Diu and Porbandar

Nearest Railway Station : Somnath Railway Station

Dwarka Temple

After Visiting The City Of Lord Shiva Go To The City Of Lord Krishna

Dwarka is a city and also a Devbhoomi. It is located on the western shore of the Gomti creek and near about 250 KM from Somnath Temple. There are 4 private buses everyday departing from Somnath Temple to Dwarka.

Timing of Buses :

8 AM | 8 : 30 AM | 2 : PM | 2 : 30 PM

All these buses are operated by Somnath Travels. These buses provides sight seeing in the way from Somnath to Dwarka.

There are also private AC and Non AC cabs available

One Train Dwarka Express is also available which departs from Somnath Railway Station in Night 11 PM.

There are many places to see in Dwarka.

Dwarkadish Temple | Nageshwar Shiva Temple | Rukshamanee Mandir | Gomti Ghat | Bhait Dwarika | Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir | Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Dwarka | Gopi Talab

Package Offered By Gujarat Tourism






6.Porbandar–MahatmaGandhi’s BirthPlace

Day01 : Ahmedabad–Jamnagar(315km/6hrs)

Proceed to Jamnagar. On arrival visit Lakhota Lake & Lakhota Museum. In the evening,visit Bala Hanuman Temple known for its nonstop Ramdhun since 1956 and it mentioned in Guinness Book of World Records.Evening is free for Shopping.Over night stay at the hotel.

Day02 : Jamnagar Dwarka (150km/3hrs)

Proceed to the sacred town of Dwarka. Visit Dwarkadeesh Temple. Take a holy dip in Gomtiriver, later leave to visit Nageshwar Jyotirling, GopiTalav, BetDwarka, and onway back do visit RukmaniTemple, evening visit other temples on coastal area, attend evening aartiat Dwarkadish temple. Over night stay at the hotel.

Day03 : Dwarka–Porbandar-Somnath(200km/4hrs)

In the morning depart to Porbandar(75km/1.5hrs) at Porbandar visit Kirti Mandir–the place where Gandhiji was born and SudamaTemple The only Sudama Temple in the world. Later proceed to Somnath (130km/2.5hrs) on arrival visit BhalkaTirth, TriveniSagam, GeetaMandir Chopati & Somnath Temple.In the evening attend Aarti and later watch light and Sound show. Over night stay at the hotel.

Day04:Somnath–Diu (100km/2hrs)

After breakfast proceed to beach town Diu. Later, visit St.Paul's Church, Diu Museum and Diu Fort. Evening is at leisure to laze and relax on the beach.Over night stay at the hotel.

Day05 : Diu–Sasangir (110km/2hrs)

After breakfast Proceed to Sasangir. Sasangir,is the home of the Asiatic Lion. On arrival Visit Gir Interpretation Zone at Devaliya (Closed on Wednesday )Later, get ready for open jeep safari at Gir National Park.Over night stay at the hotel.

Day06 : Sasangir–Ahmedabad(380km/8hrs)

After breakfast proceed to Ahmedabad.On arrival drop at Railway Station Airport.

Best Online Hotel Booking Sites

Hotel Somnath Atithigruh
Hotel Somnath Atithigruh | Source
Budget Hotel Near Somnath Temple
Budget Hotel Near Somnath Temple | Source

Somnath Car Rental Service

Somnath Car Rental Service
Somnath Car Rental Service | Source

Gir National Park Booking

Gir National Park Booking
Gir National Park Booking | Source

Somnath Temple Aarti


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