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|Somnath Rail Station|
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The passage leading to the temple is adorned with stories of restoration through paintings etc. Better upkeep of the gallery including provision of more space would definitely attract a lot of tourist attention. The piousness in the environment can definitely be felt. At times, it seems even the Arabian sea kiss the temple feet in reverence. The sanctum sanctorum is magnificent, to say the least, with ubiquitous silver work. Upon the exit from the sanctorum, one can soak in the beauty of the temple by relaxing across the carefully planned stone benches by the side of the sea. As we came out from the temple, it was still just 11 in the morning.
|Lion at Sasan, Gir|
|Beauty or the Beast|
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Many like us didn’t dare to enter the compound thus for the evening, and surely could have uninstalled the game from their smart phones.
It’s conveniently close to the main temple, the rooms are pretty much functional, inexpensive and the service is excellent.The ideal value for the price you pay! Prior booking, though, would be great, considering the rush. There is a sizable traffic coming for day trips from Jamnagar, Gujarat. Reliance employees hold quota in the reservation at the guesthouse. Around 11 am in the morning, we left for the temple. En-route do remember to book your 2pm tickets from the municipal office for ”chaar dhaam yatra”(visit to four religious places around Dwarka), namely, ”Bet Dwarka, Gopi Talab, Nageshwar jyotirlinga and Rukmini temple”. There are private operators too, but not to the match of the bus run by municipal administration.
|Reception – Kokila Dheeraj Dham|
|Grand Shiva Statue – Nageshwar Jyotirling|
|Gopi Talab(Pond) – Entrance|
|Bet Dwarka – Entrance|
|Oversized Ferry – Indian Flag flying high|
By the time we’d walked down the street back for our ferry, it was 7:00 in the evening.