Somnath is the first and most sacred of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. The Hindu moon god known as Soma built a temple entirely of gold to pay reverence to the lord’s glory, compassion. The temple came to be known as the Somnath Temple. The same temple was reconstructed by Ravana in silver, Krishna in wood, and by King Bhimdev from stone.
This temple has been destroyed then reconstructed on a number of occasions,s and finally after India got Independence. Each year millions of devotees seek the blessing of Lord Shiva at Somnath, rated one of the top temples in India when it comes to religious significance.
2. Dwarkadhish Temple
Dwarkadheesh Temple is one of the finest temples in India. It has been built by the grandson of Lord Krishna himself. Appearing to be rising from the waters of the Arabian Sea, the temple is renowned for its exquisitely carved architecture. It is considered the holiest Hindu Temples and part of the Char Dham Yatra, the most sacred of all Hindu pilgrimages.
Lord Krishna settled down in Dwarka with his Yadava Clan. Upon his death as Krishna avatar, the entire Dwarka Island was submerged in the sea. The recent archaeological excavations have supported these theories that present-day Dwarka is one of the 6 ancient cities that existed here.
3. Sasan Gir National Park
The only place in Asia where you could spot the king of jungle prowling in the open wild, Sasan Gir National Park is located in the Junagadh District is one of the most visited tourist places in India. The main draw is Asiatic Lions but there is more to this protected area.
The park is home to hyenas, leopards, marsh crocodiles, antelopes, sambar, and a huge number of bird species which makes it an ideal candidate for one of the top wildlife sanctuaries in India. Although people come here for lions, birding enthusiasts head to Gir to have one of the finest bird-watching experiences in India.
Vadodara referred to as the cultural capital of the state is one of the most visited tourist places in Gujarat. After the waning Mughals were expelled by Marathas the Gaekwads, the local generals of Marathas established Vadodara as their capital. The city offers a seamless fusion of the past and present. The city flourished and modernized under the aegis of Maharaja Sayajirao II and enjoyed great autonomy even during British Rule in India.
When it comes to things to do in Vadodara, you may visit Kadia Dungar Caves, the Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Nazarbaugh Palace, Makarpura Palace, Sursagar Talav, and the amazing Sayaji Baug.
Literally meaning the “Old Fort”, Junagadh is a fortified city steeped in history. Sprinkled with Mosques, temples both Hindu and Buddhist, and other historical structures, Junagadh was ruled by the Babi Nawabs till India’s independence. Interestingly, the Nawab of Junagadh wanted to side with Pakistan after partition but since the majority of the populace was Hindu, Nawab had to leave his princedom and flee to Pakistan.
Junagadh(Gujarat) is mostly overlooked by tourists and serves mainly as the base to visit Gir National Park. But this city is home to some marvelous historical monuments. Mahabat Ka Maqbara is one such example of exquisite architecture. You can also find an Ashokan Rock Addict here. Several Jain temples are also located close to the city build on the tops of Girnar Mountain which could be reached by the flights upstairs.
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