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Travel Guide for Somnath

Somnath is also called as the temple town. This town is located in Gujarat, close to the Arabian Sea. This religious spot is famous for its temples. The famous Somnath temple is said to be built by the Moon God and was rebuilt by Ravana, Krishna and Bhimdev. This is the first of the 12 Jyotilingas of India.

This ancient temple was built in 4th century. Muslim rulers invaded the temple in 11th century. Today, the remains of the temple, museum and the new temple are important tourist attractions. The Somanth temple might be the iconic attraction of the town, but it is not the only attraction in the region.

Experiencing Deccan Odyssey styled Somnath Vacation

Somnath is an important tourist destination covered along with Sasan Gir in ‘Hidden Treasures of Gujarat’ itinerary of Deccan Odyssey. The itinerary covers this destination on the fourth day of the journey. After a wildlife safari and tour in Gir forest region, tourists will be taken to Somanth temple and other attractions in Somnath. By late evening, tourists will be taken back to the train to start the journey towards Little Rann of Kutch.

How to Reach Somnath ?

Somnath is an important part of religious tours in India. Thus, you can easily find numerous options to reach this place. The region does not have an airport.

The nearest airport is located in Keshod. This domestic airport is located 55 km away from Somnath. From the airport, you can find buses and cabs. You can also find train transportation from Keshod to Veraval (a region near Somnath). If you are reaching India from a foreign destination, you can fly to Mumbai and find flights from Mumbai to Keshod.

The nearest railway station is located in Veraval, which is just 7 km away from Somnath. You can find numerous trains running to Verval from many surrounding areas including Ahmedabad. From the railway station, you can find cabs and buses to reach Somnath.

During tourism season and pilgrimage time, government offers numerous tourism buses and normal buses to reach Somanth from numerous parts of the country. Apart from these, many public and government buses run from important cities to Somanth, frequently.

You can also find cabs from nearby regions like Veraval, Porbandar, Bhavnagar and others. You can also find cabs from Mumbai to Somnath. The availability of the cabs depends on the tourism season.

What to see and do in Somanth ?

Top attractions to spot in this region are as follows.

  • Somnath Temple
  • Museum of Somnath
  • Bhalka Tirth
  • Suraj Mandir
  • Junagarh Gate
  • Mai Puri
  • Ahilyabai Temple (new Somnath temple)
  • Somnath Beach
  • Bhidiyo Pagoda
  • Jama Masjid

Apart from sightseeing, top activities to enjoy in the town are

  • Photography, exploration and pilgrimage activities
  • Pony ride, camel ride and other beach activities in Somanth beach
  • Travel a little away from Somnath to visit Sasan Gir National Park, Chorwad and others
  • Visit Veraval for sightseeing and fishing
  • Visit Triveni Ghat to spot rituals and enjoy water activities

Best time to visit Somanth

The best time to visit Somnath is winter and early summer. There are two main reasons to choose this season for visiting. The first reason is the climatic condition. Winter and early summer. The climate will be cool and will have low humidity. This allows sightseeing and outdoor activities, to be more fun. Winter starts in October and ends in February.

Summer starts in March and ends in June. The tourism season of Somnath starts in October and ends by end of March.

The second reason to choose the tourism season is the festivals. Most of the festivals of Somnath are usually celebrated in the tourism season. Thus, you can enjoy a cultural vacation during the tourism period.

Summers are very humid and hot. The temperature can easily raise to 42 degree C on a normal summer morning. Sightseeing becomes harder during this season.

Monsoon starts in July and ends in September. The place receives moderate rainfall during monsoon season. The rainfall hinders travelling and exploring inside Somnath. The temperature does not reduce considerably during rainy season. However, the humidity will still be high. Thus, monsoon and peak summer season are the worst time to visit Somnath.

Festivals and traditions of Somanth

Festivals of Somnathare related to Hindu God, Shiva. Among the numerous Hindu festival celebrated in this region, the top ones to spot are

  • Kartik Purnima – fair conducted on the full moon night of November or December
  • Maha Shivratri – festival that takes place in March
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