Somnath is a pilgrim centre and is home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. It is a town that derives much of its identity from the mythology, religion, and legends that surround it. Visit the Somnath temple and Somnath beach here that are of major attraction. There are other places like- Gita Mandir, Balukha Tirtha, Kamnath Mahadev temple, Somnath museum to visit.
What is Somnath famous for?
Somnath is renowned for holding Somnath temple and Somnath beach. Visit this place for visiting temples and interested in mythology and history.
Places to visit Somnath
The Somnath Jyotirlinga temple is first of the 12 jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva. It is situated on the Western Coast of Gujarat and is one of the oldest temples of India. This temple is situated on the ancient Triveni Sangam or the confluence of three rivers- Kapila, Hiran, and Saraswati.
Visit the Somnath Beach that is one of the major attractions of Somnath. Rejuvenate here with fresh coconut water and corn available and enjoy the camel rides.
The beautiful Prachi Tirth is a religious centre important for performing the sacred rituals for the ancestors. Prachi Tirth is considered just as important as Kashi for the Hindu ceremonies.
Things to do in Somnath
Thinking of Vacation? Then head towards Somnath for a surreal experience. Visit Paanch Pandav Gufa discovered by the late Baba Narayandas in the year 1949. The temple is devoted to the five Pandava Brothers. The temple is quiet and serene. It is famed for its picturesque location and ambience. Head towards Bhalka Tirth is a very famous Hindu pilgrim centre that is believed to be the location where Lord Krishna was shot by a hunter’s arrow. It has a temple that is devoted to Lord Krishna and is called Mahaprabhuji’s Bethak.
Pay a visit to the Laxminarayan temple that is located on the Somnath shore. It is famed for the carvings on its 18 pillars which has the sacred message of Krishna in the form of Bhagwadgita.
Head towards Triveni Sangam temple that is believed to be a very sacred Moksha Tirtha for Hindus. The confluence of the three rivers- Hiran, Kapila, and Saraswati and is the point where the rivers meet the Arabian sea. There are other places too to explore in Somnath that you should add in your Somnath tour itinerary.
Stroll through the local markets of Somnath and grab some pretty local handicrafts, and, silk. Gurukrupa Silk, New Choice Fashion, Pankaj’s Bag Store, Monika Shopping Centre, Shopping Centre, and Somnath Beach Street market
Where to stay in Somnath
Somnath is the aptest destination to escape for a rejuvenating vacation. One visiting can book hotels, resorts, and homestays on reaching the site of their visits. On other occasions, one can book online in advance which will make one escape from the anxiety of the travel tour.
How to reach Somnath
The nearest airport to Somnath is the Diu Airport that is almost 60 km away from Somnath.
The nearest railway station from Somnath is the Veraval Railway station that enjoys a good connection with prominent cities of the region like- Mumbai, and Ahmedabad.
Somnath enjoys a good connection by roads to all the prominent cities of India. The closest national highway leads straight to Somnath is NH 51 and other state highways lead here from smaller cities.
Distance from Major cities
Distance from Delhi- 1103km
Distance from Mumbai- 907km
Distance from Rajkot- 197km
Distance from Ahmedabad- 408km
Best time to visit Somnath
The best time to explore Somnath is from September to March as the weather is quite salubrious and very apt for sightseeing.
The months from March to June are the summer months with the temperature going up to 42°C. The weather remains very hot. Avoid this season for sightseeing.
July till September is witnessed with the monsoon season. It increases the humidity during this monsoon season. It is indeed not a good time to explore Somnath.
The months from November to February are considered to be the winter months with the temperature ranges between 10 to 24°C and is the peak season for exploring Gwalior. The month of February is the peak season as it is the month of the festival Maha Shivratri.