5 Destinations in 7 Days Meandering through the Alleys of Gujarat
My summer vacation had started and we were looking for some interesting things to do when this idea of exploring the rustic elements of Gujarat popped up. Without wasting much time, my Dad booked the tickets and we started packing for a weeklong vacation in Gujarat.
The first destination on our itinerary was Vadodara where we checked into Hotel Royal Orchid Central. After resting in the hotel’s suite, we set out to check out some of the city’s tourist attractions. The first place on our list was the impressive Laxmi Vilas Palace, which was built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in 1890. This humongous palace is said to be four times the size of U.K.’s Buckingham Palace. In the evening, we visited Sur Sagar Lake and Pavagadh, a scenic hill famous for the Kalika Mata’s temple. On our second day, after dropping by the Khanderao Market and Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), we set off to our next city, Dahej.
A port city known for its trading activity, Dahej had quite a few surprises for us. Our day began by offering the stunning Narmada Mata Temple, which dates back to 150 years and was carved using white marble. We then moved to the picturesque Ghogha beach and watched the day go by. At night, it was time to wind up the day at Regenta Central Hestia where we enjoyed pan-Asian delicacies in its bistro, Pinxx.
After a delectable breakfast buffet at Pinxx, we left for Bhuj on our 4th day. We saw Mandvi Coast, the flamboyant Aina Mahal & Flamingo City, and checked into Regenta Resort. On our fifth day, after shopping in the city’s bazaars and offering prayers at Swaminarayan Temple, we decided to recoup our lost energy by opting for a relaxing massage in the hotel’s spa. We got up early the next morning and left for the divine city of Dwarka after a delicious breakfast buffet at the hotel’s al fresco restaurant, Gazebo.
Our daylong trip to Dwarka immersed us into the aura of spirituality, for it entailed a trip to the city’s holy centers. Thus, we worshipped at the well-known Dwarkadhish Temple, took a holy dip in the waters of the Gomti River and visited Gopi Talav. The next stop on our list was the scenic Beyt Island, which is known for its coral reefs, temples and white sand beach. After such a tiring day, we headed to Regenta Inn The Dwarka for some rest.
Our final two days were spent in Somnath where we ended the journey on a spiritual note. Thus, over the next 2 days, we visited Somnath Temple (which houses one of the 12 jyotirlingas of the country), Triveni Sangam (a sacred Moksha Tirtha), Suraj Mandir, Parshuram Temple and Laxminarayan Temple. Hotel Regenta Central Somnath played the perfect host for us during these 2 days. On the next morning, we bid adieu to this sacred city and boarded the train to home.