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Somnath

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"The town of the Lord of the Moon"

Somnath Tourism

Somnath, literally meaning 'lord of the moon' is a pilgrim center and is home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. It is a town which derives much of its identity from the mythology, religion, and legends that surround it.

Primarily a temple town, Somnath is a place where a strong scent of religion and legends lingers around tourism and even daily life. Its spiritual environment is ornamented by the huge number of temples in the area, however, Somnath also offers beaches, museums and other attractions. While the Somnath temple and Somnath beach are the primary places to visit here, Gita Mandir, Balukha Tirtha, Kamnath Mahadev Temple, Somnath Museum are some of the other places that one can visit.

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All the temples in Somnath, especially the main Somnath temple and the Panch Pandava Gufa temple, have some historical and mythological stories associated with them. Like the Somnath temple has faced destruction by the foreign invaders like the Turks, the Portuguese and the Mughals or that the Panchapandava Cave temple is believed to be having the powers of Shiva which were invoked by the Pandavas after days of prayers when they were in exile. The local people can tell you many such fascinating stories. So, do take time to engage with them and get as many stories out of them as possible

Restaurants and Local Food in Somnath

Somnath does not have many restaurants or lavish fine dining experiences to offer. There are a few popular eating places around the temple, as well as some local joints and Dhabas. Dairy products like Lassi, Buttermilk, Chaas, ice creams are popular and easily available.
You can also try Gujarati snacks in the area like Dhokla, Khakra, Fafda, Sev, Khandvi and Khaman as well as sweets like Ghevar, Malpua, Shrikhand, Puran Poli and more. Gujarat is a dry state, so you wouldn't find any alcohol here.
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Suggested Itinerary

Reach Somnath by noon time, have lunch and take some rest. You can set out from your hotel around 4:00 PM and start visiting all the nearby temples starting with the Panch Pandava Gufa temple and ending it with the Somnath temple. After visiting the temple you can relax on the beach and watch the sunset.

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What is the local food in Somnath?

Somnath does not have many restaurants or lavish fine dining experiences to offer. There are a few popular eating places around the temple, as well as some local joints and Dhabas. Dairy products like Lassi, Buttermilk, Chaas, ice creams are popular and easily available.
You can also try Gujarati snacks in the area like Dhokla, Khakra, Fafda, Sev, Khandvi and Khaman as well as sweets like Ghevar, Malpua, Shrikhand, Puran Poli and more. Gujarat is a dry state, so you wouldn't find any alcohol here.
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What is famous about Somnath?

The place can provide you spiritual enlightenment.

What are the places near Somnath?

The top places near to Somnath are Gir national park which is 49 km from Somnath, Diu which is located 66 km from Somnath, Girnar which is located 70 km from Somnath, Junagadh which is located 68 km from Somnath, Porbandar which is located 113 km from Somnath

What is the best time to visit Somnath?

September to March are the best months to visit Somnath, as the winters are quite cold. However, if you wish to avoid the crowd and tourists that flock to Somnath, you may be tempted to visit the place during the summer and monsoon season. Somnath is extremely hot and humid during these seasons and should most definitely be visited during the winter months when the heat is more bearable.


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What are the things to do in Somnath?

The top things to do in Somnath are Somnath Temple, Somnath Beach, Paanch Pandav Gufa, Bhalka Tirth, Laxminarayan Temple , Triveni Sangam Temple. You can see all the places to visit in Somnath here

What is the best way to reach Somnath?

There are a few railway stations close to Somnath, Veraval in Konkan being the closest (6 km). Travelling from cities like Mumbai, Jabalpur, Delhi from rail might turn out to be quite a challenging experience. A direct rail connection from Delhi isn't available. Koshed (55 km) and Diu (90 km) are the closest airports and it will take approximately Rs. 2000 to reach Somnath from these places by cab.
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Who should visit Somnath?

Somnath provides a good experience for those who like visiting temples and interested in mythology and history.

How much does a package cost for Somnath?

The packages for Somnath start at INR 6700 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What is not so good about Somnath?

Less options for those who are not inclined towards spirituality.

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