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Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Best time: Sep-Mar (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Dui (Check Flights)


"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

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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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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The place can provide you spiritual enlightenment.

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Less options for those who are not inclined towards spirituality.

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

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How 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... (Read More)

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