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.
A well structured city, Gandhidham falls under the Kachchh District of Gujarat. Well-connected to Kandla and the National Highways, Gandhidham was formed in the 1950s after of the partition of India, to help resettle the refugees from Sindh. A fast developing city in Gujarat state, Gandhidham is connected by road and rail to the rest of India. Transport Nagar, on the suburbs of the city is the hub for all major transport activity in Gandhidham.
Places to Stay
Places like Hotel Aarti International (Tariff-Rs.1,499) and Hotel Shiv Nautica (Tariff-Rs.2,285) offer affordable accommodation from Rs.1500 onwards.
The main festivals in Gandhidham are Deepavali, Navaratri, Ramnavami and Holi.
Gujarati is the official language here. Hindi is also spoken here.
Places to Visit
The city has a Gandhi Samadhi, where last remains of Mahatma Gandhi are kept. The Bhadreswar temple and Modhera built in the 11th century is well-known, The Shiva temple in Kera and the Purneshwar temple constructed in the 10th century is a major tourist attraction neraby.
How to Get There
Gandhidham also has its own airport called Kandla Airport or Galphadar Airport which is located six kilometers north of Gandhidham
The Gandhidham Railway Station runs regular trains that connect the city to the rest of the country.
Well-connected by road, the Gandhidham Bus Terminus has many buses services that connect the city to places across the state. Private bus operators like Patel Tours & Travels, Royal Express and H K Travels run regular bus services to and from the city. If you are planning a vacation, book bus online and remain tension free.