Gujarat Darshan Road trip

On the occasion of our tenth marriage anniversary, my wife and I went on a Road trip to Gujarat recently. We drove over 3K KMs across 15 cities in Gujarat to visit ten Historic and Cultural sites and five religious places that included two Jyotirlingas. With the puja in the two Jyotirlinga temples, I completed the darshan/puja of ten (nine for my wife) out of total 12 Jyotirlingas.
With years of experience going on Road trips, I have listed down a few Do’s and Don’ts for a Road trip on one of my earlier blogs. It may prove to be helpful, in case you are planning to undertake one.

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Day 1
KMs driven – 488
Source – Pune
Destination – Dandi Beach; Surat

Place visited – National Salt Satyagrah Memorial
Connectivity from – Navsari
Inauguration – 30 Jan. 2019
Timing – 11 AM to 6:30 PM (Tuesday closed)
Significance – National Salt Satyagraha Memorial or Dandi Memorial is a memorial in Dandi, Gujarat, India, that honors the activists and participants of the Salt Satyagraha, an act of nonviolent civil disobedience in colonial India which was led by Mahatma Gandhi on 12 March 1930.

Day 2
KMs driven – 27
Source – Surat city
Destination – Surat City

Places visited – Badrinarayan Temple and Swami Narayan Temple
Significance – Both the temple relatively newly built and are located within the clean and beautiful city of Surat.

Day 3
KMs driven – 269
Source – Surat
Destination – Amdabad

Highlight – Great highway between Surat and Vadodara. We switched to National Expressway 1 between Vadodara and Amdabad. National Expressway 1 is one the best Expressways of India.

Day 4
KMs driven – 270
Source – Amdabad
Destination – Modhera; Patan; Amdabad

Places visited – Modhera Sun Temple
Connectivity from – Amdabad
Timing – 07 AM to 06 PM
Significance – The Sun Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the solar deity Surya located at Modhera village of Mehsana district, Gujarat, India. It is situated on the bank of the river Pushpavati. It was built in 1026-27 CE during the reign of Bhimadev Solanki I of the Chalukya dynasty.

Day 4
KMs driven – 270
Source – Amdabad
Destination – Modhera; Patan; Amdabad

Places visited – Rani ki Vav, Patan
Connectivity from – Amdabad
Timing – 07 AM to 06 PM
Significance – Rani ni Vav or Rani ki vav is a stepwell, located on the banks of Saraswati river. Its construction is attributed to Udayamati, daughter of Khengara of Saurashtra, queen and spouse of the 11th-century Chaulukya king Bhima I. Silted over, it was rediscovered in 1940s and restored in 1980s by the Archaeological Survey of India. It has been listed as one of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites since 2014.

Day 5
KMs driven – 80
Source – Amdabad
Destination – Amdabad

Places visited – Adalaj ni Vav;
Connectivity from – Amdabad
Timing – 06 AM to 06 PM
Significance – Adalaj Stepwell or Rudabai Stepwell is a stepwell located in the village of Adalaj, close to Ahmedabad city and considered a fine example of Indian architecture work. It was built in 1498 in the memory of Rana Veer Singh (the Vaghela dynasty of Dandai Des), by his wife Queen Rudadevi.

Day 5
KMs driven – 80
Source – Amdabad
Destination – Amdabad

Places visited – Sabarmati Ashram
Connectivity from – Amdabad
Timing – 10 AM to 05 PM
Significance – Sabarmati Ashram was one of the many residences of Mahatma Gandhi who lived at Sabarmati (Gujarat) and Sevagram (Wardha, Maharashtra).
It was from here that Mahatma Gandhi led the Dandi march also known as the Salt Satyagraha on 12 March 1930. In recognition of the significant influence that this march had on the Indian independence movement, the Indian government has established the ashram as a national monument.

Day 6
KMs driven – 326
Source – Amdabad
Destination – Junagadh

Highlight – Good connectivity. Awesome highways.

Day 7
KMs driven – 105
Source – Junagadh
Destination – Girnar Hills; Somnath

Places visited – Girnar Ropeway
Connectivity from – Junagadh
Inauguration – 4 Oct 2020
Timing – 08 AM to 05 PM
Significance – Girnar Ropeway is one of the latest, modern and most sophisticated ropeways of India. With the length of 2320 metres, it is the longest in India and second longest ropeway of Asia. The ropeway helps tourist and Hindu and Jain pilgrims scale the 1069 metres Girnar hill to reach the Amba temple, the Dattatreya shrine, and many other Hindu and Jain temples, atop Girnar hills. You may book your tickets from their official website at this link.

Day 8
KMs driven – 40
Source – Somnath
Destination – Somnath; Veraval

Places visited – Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple
Connectivity from – Somnath
Timing – 06 AM to 08 PM
Significance – Shri Somnath Temple is considered the oldest amongst the twelve most ancient Shiva Temples, also called Jyotirlinga shrines.
Being one of the most ancient, sacred and richest temples of India, it was vandalized by the invaders multiple times, every time to be re-built by the local kings. Most notable was the re-built by Queen Ahilyabai Holkar. The current form of the temple was built by Sardar Vallabh bhai Patel and the pran-pratistha was done by the then President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, in 1947.

Day 8
KMs driven – 40
Source – Somnath
Destination – Somnath; Veraval

Places visited – Veraval Fishing Port
Connectivity from – Somnath
Significance – The old coastal town of Veraval is inhabited by the Fishermen community. Thousands of colorful boats anchored in an amusing way is the major attraction of the port. You may like to skip it if you can’t stand the strong smell of fishes.

Day 9
KMs driven – 226
Source – Somnath
Destination – Porbandar; Dwarka

Places visited – Kirti Mandir
Connectivity from – Porbandar
Timing – 10:30 AM to 06:30 PM
Significance – Kirti Mandir is the memorial built in 1944, adjacent to the ancestral house of Mahatma Gandhi, at Porbandar, where he was born on 02 October 1869.
It has been converted into a museum that displays items used by Gandhiji, along with some really old photographs. The museum houses a library that has books either written by Gandhiji or relating to his philosophies.

Day 9
KMs driven – 226
Source – Somnath
Destination – Porbandar; Dwarka

Highlight – Coastal Highway between Somnath and Dwarka is one of the best highways in terms of built quality and the sea coast on one side and numerous windmills make the drive wonderfully enjoyable.

Day 9
KMs driven – 226
Source – Somnath
Destination – Porbandar; Dwarka

Places visited – Dwarkadhish Temple
Connectivity from – Dwarka, Somnath, Jamnagar
Timing – 06:30 AM to 09:30 PM
Significance – Dwarkadhish Temple (Jagat Mandir/Nija Mandir) is one among the Char-dhaam (Four abodes) temples of Shri Vishnu, in Western India. The other three are – Badrinath Temple (in North), Puri Jagannath (in East) and Rameshwaram (in South). This temple is dedicated to Shri Vishnu’s avatar Shri Krishna. Dwarkadhish (King of Dwarka) temple campus houses temples of Shri Krishna and his relatives of two generations later, except for his wife’s (Rukmini) temple which is located 2 KMs away, due to a curse given by Saint Durwasa.
A lot of fun activities like ATV Ride, Camel ride awaits you at the Dwarka beach, too.

Day 10
KMs driven – 81
Source – Dwarka
Destination – Nageshwar

Places visited – Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
Connectivity from – Dwarka, Somnath, Jamnagar
Timing – 07 AM to 09 PM
Significance – Shri Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is considered the second-oldest amongst the twelve most ancient Shiva Temples, also called Jyotirlinga shrines. On the way, you may encounter the rich fauna that the forest region houses.

Day 10
KMs driven – 81
Source – Dwarka
Destination – Dwarka

Places visited – Rukmini Devi Temple
Connectivity from – Dwarka, Somnath, Jamnagar
Timing – 06:30 AM to 07 PM
Significance – Rukmini Temple is located 2 KMs away from the Dwarkadhish temple at Dwarka, owing to a curse given by Saint Durwasa. It is dedicated to Goddess Rukmini, Shri Krishna’s chief queen, beloved consort and the incarnation of Devi Lakshmi in Dwapara yuga.

Day 10
KMs driven – 81
Source – Dwarka
Destination – Dwarka

Places visited – Dwarka Beach Sunset Point
Connectivity from – Dwarka, Somnath, Jamnagar
Significance – From here you may get the most picturesque view of the Sunset at the Western-most coast of India

Day 11
KMs driven – 249
Source – Dwarka
Destination – Rajkot (via Jamnagar)

Highlight – Good connectivity. Awesome highways. Reliance Industry at Jamnagar

Day 12
KMs driven – 287
Source – Rajkot
Destination – Vadodara

Highlight – Good connectivity. Awesome highways.

Day 13
KMs driven – 336
Source – Vadodara
Destination – Karamsa (Anand); Kevadiya; Surat

Places visited – Sardar House
Connectivity from – Vadodara, Anand
Timing – 10:30 AM to 07 PM
Significance – Sardar Patel House is the ancestral house of Sardar Patel (Iron man of India). It’s been converted into a museum that is being managed by the Sardar Patel Trust that built the Sardar Patel memorial near to Sardar Patel’s ancestral house. This museum displays old photograph and letter from the life of Sardar Patel.

Day 13
KMs driven – 336
Source – Vadodara
Destination – Karamsa (Anand); Kevadiya; Surat

Places visited – Sardar Patel National Memorial
Connectivity from – Vadodara, Anand
Timing – 10 AM to 06 PM (Monday closed)
Significance – Located about 500 metres from Sardar House, Sardar Patel Memorial is a museum that displays things, books and clothes used by Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel and his brother Vitthal Bhai Patel.

Day 13
KMs driven – 336
Source – Vadodara
Destination – Karamsa (Anand); Kevadiya; Surat

Places visited – Statue of Unity
Connectivity from – Vadodara, Surat
Timing – 08 AM to 06 PM (Monday closed)
Significance – The Statue of Unity is the tallest of the world (182 metres) dedicated to Indian statesman and independence activist Vallabhbhai Patel (1875–1950). It is located on the Narmada River in the Kevadiya colony, facing the Sardar Sarovar Dam, 100 kMs southeast of the city of Vadodara and 150 KMs from Surat. To book tickets, you may visit their official website here. And here’s a guide to choose the most suitable ticket for you.

Day 14
KMs driven – 287
Source – Surat
Destination – Mumbai

Highlight – Good connectivity. Painful Mumbai traffic.

Day 15
KMs driven – 194
Source – Mumbai
Destination – Pune

Highlight – Visited Gateway of India, en-route Pune. Great Eastern Express Highway. Chembur Road Tunnel. Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

Here’s a YouTube video of pics and videos we made during our Gujarat Darshan Road trip

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