The temple town of Somnath in Gujarat attracts a huge number of tourists as well as pilgrims throughout the year, especially in February-March during the Shivaratri Festival. The Somnath beach also draws a huge crowd. The Somnath Temple houses one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of lord Shiva. It is called the Shrine Eternal, as it was destroyed several times by Islamic rulers.
Places to Stay
Somnath has a number of reasonable hotels for its pilgrims. Some of the hotels worth trying are Lilavati Guest House (Tariff –Rs.500), Avadh Hotel (Tariff –Rs. 900) and Safari Resort (Tariff –Rs.1,000).
Gujarati and Hindi are widely spoken in Somnath.
Mahashivaratri held in February-March is celebrated in a grand manner in the town.
Places of Interest
The Somnath Temple in the town is a major tourist attraction. There is also the Somnath beach for tourists to explore. Other places of interest nearby include Veraval (4 km) and Chorwad (28 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport from Somnath is in Diu, which is located 86 km away.
Somnath railway station is just 4 km away from the town.
Buses are available from Baroda, Ahmedabad, Surat and Jamnagar. Patel Tours & Travels, Mahasagar Travels and Shree Hari Travels are some of the top operators that cater to passengers on this route. When you make use of your bus ticket discount coupon from various travel websites, you can save a lot of money.