Visit to Dwarka and Somnath - Need Advice

#1 Mar 30th, 2016, 11:09
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Hi All,

My mother is planning to visit Dwarka and Somnath in June 2016 with her friends. I have few questions here as she has knee pain for last few years, i.e to say she can't walk for a long time.

A little Background:
3 years back we had visited Somnath and stayed @Sagar Darshan Hotel (of Somnath Trust) having beautiful sea view which is located just behind the temple around 10 -15 minutes walk-able distance and my mother could easily walk to attend morning and evening vespers - arati from the Hotel.
At Somnath as there is an elevator service for senior citizens, so there she can avoid climbing staircase to go to temple. As doctor has advised her not to climb more than 7-8 steps.

My questions regarding walking distance to visit the temples :
1. @Dwarka I have heard that there is a long staircase to visit the temple at least the wikipedia image shows long steps, so is there any alternative way so that mother can visit temple avoiding climbing the steps.

2. Is it possible to attend morning and evening vespers @Dwarka, considering hotel is not more than 10-15 minutes walking distance from main temple.

3. They will be visiting Beyt Dwarka and 2-3 nearby places around Dwarka, so is it feasible to visit all these places considering wailking distance. Also how far the bus / transport vehicle will stop from the main place to visit.

4. They will be travelling from Mumbai by train and by pvt. vehicle like Innova in and around Dwarka and Somnath. Please suggest travel itinerary as they have 7 days to complete the journey:

Depart from Mumbai
Dwarka
Beyt Dwarka
Nageshwar Jyotirling Temple
Sudamapuri @Porbandar
Gandhiji's birth place
Somnath Temple
Bhalka Tirth
Triveni Sangam
Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Temple
Return to Mumbai


Overall asking all these for their visit should be comfortable and not vice versa.

Please advice,
Thank you.
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At Somnath, your mother can stay at the VIP guest house, run by the Somnath temple trust. It is situated just behind the temple and they have wheelchairs and take you to the temple. Booking can be made online, or call them and book.
At Bet Dwarka, your mother would have to go by boat which are in ample supply. Get a cabin room which costs Rs 30/- as against the normal charges of Rs 10/-. Your mother would find it more comfortable. At Bet Dwarka, there are richshaws which ferry you to the temple if one cannot walk or elderly and infirm are placed on top of a 4 wheel "lari" and taken.
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Originally Posted by Earthian View Post At Somnath, your mother can stay at the VIP guest house, run by the Somnath temple trust. It is situated just behind the temple and they have wheelchairs and take you to the temple. Booking can be made online, or call them and book.
At Bet Dwarka, your mother would have to go by boat which are in ample supply. Get a cabin room which costs Rs 30/- as against the normal charges of Rs 10/-. Your mother would find it more comfortable. At Bet Dwarka, there are richshaws which ferry you to the temple if one cannot walk or elderly and infirm are placed on top of a 4 wheel "lari" and taken.

Thanks Earthian for prompt reply.
At Somnath we had used wheel chair for my mother wherever required. Is this facility available @Dwarka too?
I am not clear about feasibility of mother visiting Dwarka temple, i.e question #1 and #2.
At Beyt Dwarka travel through boat and further by rickshaw seems to be feasible.
Also can you suggest the travel itinerary mentioned in question #4? Are 7 days sufficient to travel all these places conveniently and comfortably while enjoying each place leisurely? Or does it need to put some more days to avoid packed schedule?

Thanks for your suggestions.
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From Ahmedabad, Somnath is about 7 hours by car. Possibly a little more by bus. At Somnath, there is nothing else except the temple. (unless your mother wants to visit the Gir forest or Diu) Aarthi times are 7 am, 1230 pm and 7 pm if memory serves me right. There is a sound a light show at 8 pm which is of an hours duration.
Somnath-Dwaraka is about 5 hours by road. Morning aarthi is a 7 am and evening at 730 pm. mandir is closed from 2 till 5 pm. Nearby places to see are Nagaeshwar temple, Bet Dwaraka and Gopi kund. Bet Dwarka closes at 1230 or so.
One day at Somnath, One day going to Dwaraka with visiting Mahatma Gandhi's birth place on the way, and one day for the rest. Considering her age, add an extra day at Dwarka. Maximum 4 days.

I do not have any idea of wheelchair access at dwarka. Rickshaws ply all over and one may get access to the temple within maximum 10 minutes by rickshaw from most hotels.
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Thanks Earthian for detailed info. Do you know any good hotels @Dwarka and a simple and hygeneic restaurant which is closer to temple?
At Somnath I would prefer Sagar Darshan - rooms with beautiful sea view, elevator with wheel chair access too - of Somnath Trust which is just behind the Temple and they have good restaurant too at basement, the only restaurant so far I know when I visited there in August 2013.
Please let me know about the same @Dwarka.
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At Dwarka, try kokila dhirajdham also known as reliance guest house.
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Originally Posted by kmahesh View Post Thanks Earthian for detailed info. Do you know any good hotels @Dwarka and a simple and hygeneic restaurant which is closer to temple?
At Somnath I would prefer Sagar Darshan - rooms with beautiful sea view, elevator with wheel chair access too - of Somnath Trust which is just behind the Temple and they have good restaurant too at basement, the only restaurant so far I know when I visited there in August 2013.
Please let me know about the same @Dwarka.

That is also called the VIP guest house that i mentioned in my previous post.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post At Dwarka, try kokila dhirajdham also known as reliance guest house.
Thanks Vaibhav Arora for your suggestion. Any idea about how many steps - approximately - does one need to climb to reach the main temple @Dwarka.

P.S. There was a duplicate post earlier from me, however why there is no option to delete an unwanted post. Or is there any alternative?
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Hi

My wife will be travelling with the elderly group of parents and a 7 year brat from Delhi to Somnath

can anyone please suggest the route- I was thinking of train/flight to Ahmedabad- then I am at a loss - should I opt for train to veraval or book a car from Ahmedabad?

How safe are roads in Gujarat? and if anyone knows any reliable car operator- the info would be helpful.

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Somnath Express (22957) is an overnight train from Ahmedabad to Veraval - seems convenient for what you propose.

But, is it only Somnath and Dwarka you want them to visit or would they be visiting Gir forest or Junagadh or Porbandar or Jamnagar or Rajkot?

If it is only the places of pilgrimage, then train to Veraval and then further travel by car could be a good option. (But do remember that most of the tourist cars will charge you from point of origin and back - so even if you take a car from Somnath to Dwarka and back to Ahemdabad, you would most probably be charged for the return to Somnath from Ahmedabad as well). I may still suggest booking them for the overnight train travel than a road travel for reasons mentioned below.

The roads are pretty good and safe in Gujarat - so that shouldn't be an issue. However the trips tend to be tiring because it takes 5-7 hours to commute between two major places and Gujarat is invariably hot except in 2-3 months of winter!
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Originally Posted by dr_rdey View Post Hi

My wife will be travelling with the elderly group of parents and a 7 year brat from Delhi to Somnath
wife+group (4?)+brat=6 and driver.
While going by road is most convenient and allows you to see other sights too, packing a group of elders and a brat, along with your wife in a 7 seater is not something that i would do. Even if the roads are very good, it would be irksome for the elders.
If it is just Somnath and back then probably train is the best option, But if Somnath, Kirti Mandir, Dwaraka, etc then road. You may have to consider two vehicles or a big tempo traveller.
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Innova might help in reducing the discomfort.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post Innova might help in reducing the discomfort.
Looking at the group, his wife and the brat (his word, not mine)would be assigned the last row. Considering that it would be at least a 7 hour ride from A'bad to Somnath, her thoughts about her husband, and what she would do to him when they meet, may be far from charitable, leave alone filled with the milk of human kindness or love.
He would probably be in the dog house for a month at least.
So the Innova would increase the discomfort....for the OP.
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Thanks a lot- it's only Somnath and Dwarka- that will be quite a handful for my wife to handle

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