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Somnath Temple


What :

Somnath Temple is one of the most holy sites in the Hindu religion. One of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva, Somnath Temple is one of the most important pilgrimage points in India.

Somnath has been destroyed and rebuilt repeatedly since the 8th century by invaders from varying kingdoms and nations. The current temple structure was completed in 1950 after a mosque that had been built over previous ruins was moved a few miles away. Somnath’s propensity to be destroyed only to rise again has earned the temple the nickname "The Shrine Eternal."

Jyotirlinga shrines represent the 12 places on earth Lord Shiva manifested as endless pillars of light and fire. Inside the shrines’ sanctums, a rounded stone is meant to represent Lord Shiva’s cosmic power.

When :

The best weather to visit the temple falls between October and March. The region’s highest temperatures are between April and May, and seasonal rains falling between June and September provide cooling relief.

Where :

Somnath Temple is on the coast of the Western Indian state of Gujarat. It’s best reached from the nearby town of Veraval by private vehicle while on one of our luxury tours of India.

gujarat somnath Temple

Who :

Cultural enthusiasts enjoying our tours of India relish the opportunity to visit one of the most sacred Hindu shrines on the Indian subcontinent.

Appropriate Attire :

Hindu religious tenants require shoulders, arms, and knees to be covered while on holy ground, and some temple areas may require the removal of shoes before entry.

Guest Reviews :

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  Maria Gonda-Terrazas and Alexander Terrazas
February-March 2014
Chandni, we are back safely and had a great time and will definitely travel with your company again. I wanted to take the time to write to you to let you know what a superb experience we had at the Marwah’s home. They were very warm and welcoming, so eager to teach us about Indian cooking and customs. We have done home visits in many countries and this one was by far thefinest experience.
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  Barbara Boom and Joe Schwartz
February 2014
The guides were great and each was better than the previous.  Special notice to Anu- our guide in Khajuraho- he was brilliant and we learned so much from our brief encounter with him.  I would travel anywhere in India with him as our guide.  Dada- our guide in Varanasi- was also excellent and made the Hindu rituals understandable.  With the tutelage of these two guides, we have both become fascinated by and interested in the roots of culture and religion that we were exposed to by them.
And the hotels were marvelous.  The upgrade to the Nadesar Palace was worth the cost.  It is a one of a kind experience.  The level of service and tranquility will always be a standard that others may try to live up to. The Imperial was a bit overwhelming on first encounter, but by the time we returned at the end of our journey it felt like we were coming home.  Victor helped arrange an upgrade to a suite on our second stay! 
We were quite pleased with the Oberoi, and the Rambagh as well.  Had it been sunnier, the views of the Taj would have been breathtaking in Agra.  Even so, our view of the gardens were lovely.
The drivers were awesome!  Though they were not so fluent, they made every effort to be attentive and helpful on the long road trips.  We cannot comprehend how they managed in the city traffic.
The trip to Bandhavgarh was another place entirely.  We were most fortunate to see tigers on all 5 of our safaris.  We understand that this is unusual. The guides really knew the jungle and it was impressive to see how they could track the tigers. 
Overall I think we got a good feel for the culture and the way of life in India and would hope to return.  The guides and Easytoursstaff were always there for us from the moment we stepped out of the airport.  The itinerary was well constructed.  We would definitely consult you for our return visit.
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