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Veraval-Somnath is a city on the west coast of India in the Junagadh district in the state of Gujarat. The Somnath Temple located in the Prabhas Kshetra near Veraval is the most sacred of the twelve Jyotirlings (lingas of light) of the God Shiva. It is the first Jyotirling.
Somnath is 465 km. from Ahmedabad and is connected by rail and road.
Nearest railway station is Veraval(VRL) , Somnath temple is 5 km from railway station. Take shared rickshaw or bus , they charge 15 Rs per person only . A full auto rickshaw costs Rs 40 [April 2013] from the station; they ask for Rs 80 but bargaining reduces the fare to Rs 40-50. They take you in front of the Somnath Temple - both old and new.
Somnath trust organises daily twice "Somnath tirth Darshan" local sight seeing. Bus starts near the gate of Somnath Temple -10am and 3pm. Rs.20/- per seat. It covers Golokdham tirth, Sharada Peeth, Triveni Sangam and Bhalka teerth in 2-3 hours. Visit the Bhalka Theeth. This is the place where Lord Krishna was hit by a hunter named Jara and then Lord Krishna walked a few steps and took his journey to Nijdham from the banks of the river Hiran.
Alternatively you can engage a auto rickshaw to take you to nearby places. They usually charge 200-250 Rs.
The places to see in the auto are
Hinglaj mata temple
Mahaprabhuji ki baithak
Lord krishna charan paduka.
These sites are in two three combined in a group and are nearby only.
Timing for Darshan at Somnath Temple : 6.00am to 9.00pm Timing for Aarti : 7.00 am, 12.00 Noon and 7.00 pm
Visit the Somnath Temple
Watch the Sound and Light Show at the temple, truly an amazing experience. They charge Rs. 20 per head for adults and kids are charged Rs. 10.
After somnath darshan and nearby locations sightseeing in auto rickshaw, you can head out to diu [90 km] or gir [ 45 kms ] or junagarh [ 100 kms ]
Buy laminated and / or framed photos of Lord Somnath and temple, which is available in the temple and also with petty vendors outside. There are a few people near the Bus Stand who sell some Handmade items like dolls etc, which are good.
you can also see sea shells items, also there is a small shop in Sharda Math which sells pretty knick nacks - mostly religious - and pearls and counches.
There aren't many places to eat except the Somnath Trust Run Prasadam Hotel and Bhabha Hotel near the temple. Lilavathi Bhojanalya and Bhojanalaya near temple (both run by Trust) are good and maintained well.
You can find a couple of shops on the bylanes near the temple and a few in the Complex opposite to the temple which are very very basic.
There is a Amul Counter near the Shopping Complex where you can get Dairy Products of Amul ranging from Chacch (Buttermilk) to Choclates to Ice-Creams.
you can try the local Dhokla and Khaman. The south indian dishes - especially idlies were not upto standard at the nearby eateries in the shopping complex.
You should drink a lot of tender coconut water which is available from Rs 15 only. Do not try to drink open water since the local water will be hard and salty. Try to get purified water or bottled mineral water.
Alcoholic Drinks are banned here. So do not expect places which offer alcohol in Somnath.
cold water pouches are also available for Rs 1 each for 200 ml pouch.
Pilgrims can avail the guest house facilities of Shree Somnath Trust. The trust maintains a VIP Guesthouse, eighteen other guest houses and an economical dormitory. The total number of rooms in the trust guest houses are in excess of 200.
Guest house prices start From 350 Rs to 1200. For people travelling in groups, Dharmashala & Sanskritik Bhavan are available at nominal prices. No booking by telephone. First come first serve.
» Contact for Booking : Shree Somnath Trust, Somnath Prabhas Patan - 362 268 District : Junagadh, Gujarat. Ph. No. : +91-2876-231212