Somnath: The land of the Sacred Temple

Somnath is one of the most celebrated temples in India. Also known as Deo Patan, the temple is supposed to be the first among the twelve Jyothirlinga shrines. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and is visited by devotees all over India. The temple is situated on the western coast of the Indian state of Gujarat.

Why is Somnath temple famous?

PLACES TO VISIT

  • Somnath Temple: The main attraction of the area, the temple has a rich traditional and historic value along with deep religious roots.  The temple has been referred to in ancient texts like Bhagavad Gita, and Rig-veda. The temple lies in a geographically unique location; the Triveni Sangam. Triveni Sangam is the joining of three rivers.
Shree Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple, Gujarat
Shree Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple, Gujarat
  • Somnath Beach: This beach sees many footfalls from visitors to Somnath temple. This is a perfect place to relax, and savour the beauty of the amazing sunrise, and sunset on the beach. The beach is not recommended for swimming.
Somnath Beach, Gujarat
Somnath Beach, Gujarat
  • Paanch Pandav Gufa: The temple is dedicated to the Pandava brothers of the Mahabharata. The temple’s location gives a perfect view of the city and is an amazing place to relax. The ambience and the surroundings are so calming and enlightening.
Paanch Pandava Gufa - Somnath, Gujarat
Paanch Pandava Gufa – Somnath, Gujarat

BEST FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

FOOD

  1. The Grand Daksh: Located strategically in the Somnath bypass, The Grand Daksh is a budget-friendly restaurant. The restaurant is one of the best in the area, with a great menu, and responsive service. The restaurant is clean, and the ambience is very classy.
  2. The Fern Residency: The hotel is also situated in the Somnath bypass. The restaurant offers a stunning view of the surrounding places and is recommended for dinner when the view gets a lot better. The food served is mouth-watering, and the service is very nice. The ambience is very soothing.

ACCOMMODATION

  1. The Square Somnath: This is a classy stay in the town centre. The amenities include a garden, restaurants, and 24-hour reception and room service. The staff is excellent and very hospitable. The ambience is very calming and the interiors are amazing.
  2. The Fern Residency: The uniqueness lies of the Fern Residency lies in the terrace and the amazing view it offers. The hotel is nearly 2.5 kilometres away from the temple. The staff is very responsive and the rooms are spacious and well-kept.

HOW TO REACH SOMNATH

If you are travelling by air, Diu Airport is closest at 63 kilometres from the area. It has services to major cities in the country. The closest international airport is in Ahmedabad.

Veraval is the closest railway station to Somnath. The station is well connected to Ahmedabad, Jabalpur and Pune.

How can I go to Somnath temple?

BEST TIME FOR VISIT SOMNATH

The best time to visit here and its beauties are from the onset of winter to the onset of summer. The months from October-March are considered ideal because of the pleasant weather and the occurrence of many festivals. The summers tend to be very hot and can be exhaustive for visitors.

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