Somnath To Dwarka by Road and Lord Dwarkadhish Darshan



Here in this post , I will show you some places which definately not many people must have seen for sure. Jay Somnath……………………..

4th January 2011 :- It was a very sad time for me as I was leaving Somnath , but at the same time I was happy that i was going to meet Lord Dwarkadhish in Dwarka . Now let me discuss travel. Jay Somnath………..

Travel :- Dwarka is around 230 kms from Somnath by road NH8E. There is no other means of transport apart from road and there is one way to go there. The whole road is besides sea and you will rejoice travelling by this road NH8E . Between Somnath and Dwarka comes Porbander city around 130 kms from Somnath, the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi.Jay Somnath…………………

The whole road is fantastic apart from few streches. The whole journey will be airy besides sea , wind moves and you will find lot of windmills from Suzlon energy. There may be many means to go from Somnath to Dwarka , but as far as I know. You can go by a ) Luxury bus b) Gujarat State Transport c) private cars.Jay Somnath…………….

Jay Somnath :- Somnath to Dwarka Coastal Road

Gujarat State Transport buses  have a very good frequency toDwarka from Somnath . Morning time :- 6.30 am and then at 9.00 am . I don’t know after this. But it is good to start in morning because it take around 7.00 hours to reach Dwarka. Fare :- Rs. 135 . Jay Somnath…………………..

Second one are Luxury Buses , where they charge around Rs. 170 but in between they show us three temples. a) Narvai Mata Temple b) Mool Dwarka  मूल द्वारका ( original Dwarka) and c) Harshad Mata. They start at 8.30 am and 2.30 pm. Jay Somnath……………………

In both the cases , the time to reach is around 7.00 hours . Jay Somnath………………..

Finally you can book private vehicle but always they will charge two way. Jay Somnath……………..

So I decided to go from luxury bus and in the end I didn’t make any wrong decision. Jay Somnath……………

Our Bus was scheduled to leave at 8.30 am and at sharp 8.30 am it left . I shouted on top of my voice,  JAY SOMNATH…………………………………….

and then,

JAY DWARKADHISH …………………………….

Along with me all pilgrims in the bus also shouted on their top of voices………………

After beautiful cold and windy journey of around two and half hours just few kms before Porbander we stopped at Narvai Mata temple. This was our first darshan as well as breakfast joint as well. Here there is no village just large temple on the road. Idon’t know anything about the legend but vibrations in this temple are fabulous.Jay Dwarkadhish…………….

Just see the photographs below

Narvaai Mata Temple

Khodiyaar Mata with her crocodile vehicle

Jay Dwarkadhish :- Narvaai Mata Idol.

Then we reached Porbander ( 130kms  from Somnath ) birth place of Mahatma Gandhi. Jay Dwarkadhish…………….


After few kms away from Porbander comes Mool Dwarka :- Mool means original from root. This was actually the place where Lord Krishna first came leaving Mathura. Legend is that after killing Kansa , Jarasandha became Lord Krishna’s prior enemy. He attacked Mathura 17 times and every time he was defeated by Lord Krishna and Lord Balarama.Finally it was decided by Lord that he will create new city which will defend from the enemy naturally . That was the formation of Dwarka. While Dwarka was made by Lord Vishwakarma, God of Architecture, at that time again Jarasandha attacked Mathura along with yavan king Kaalyavan. Kaalyavan was the king who had boon that he cannot be killed by any weapon.

So Lord Krishna tricked him. He asked Kaalyavan for one to one fight and that to away from both the armies.  They went in a lonely place. Then instead of fighting Lord Krishna ran away teasing Kaalyavan. Kaalyavan got infuriated and chased Lord Krishna telling him Rannchhod ( Rann :- Battlefield, Chhod :- leave) . It ws this time that Lord got this name. And then Lord went to the cave near Jungadh called Muchkund cave. Here King Muchkund was sleeping. He had a boon from all devtas that he will remain asleep for long time and whoever tries to wake him up will be smeared into ashes. Lord Krishna put his ward robe on King Muchkund and hid inside and Kaalyavan thinking him to be Lord Krishan hit him. This woke up King Muchkund and when he saw Kaalyavan he was smeared into ashes. Thus again winning the battle tactically.  Jay Dwarkadhish…………….

After this incident Lord Krishna  was also called ” Rannchhod” . And After this incident this was the place where Lord first came after defeating Kaalyavan and Jarasandha. So this place is called MOOL DWARKAJay Dwarkadhish…………….

Jay Dwarkadhish :- Mool Dwarka ( Original Dwarka first one ).

The temple here is very beautiful,old and worth watching……………..Specially the Lord Rannchhod Idol.  Jay Dwarkadhish…………….


Jay Dwarkadhish :- Mool Dwarka Temple


Jay Dwarkadhish :- Main entrance  of Mool Dwarka Temple

Jay Dwarkadhish :- Very old temples inside ( Neelkanth Mahadeva temple)

Jay Dwarkadhish :- Shree Rannchhod jee. ( Swayambhu)

Jay Dwarkadhish :- Neelkanth Mahadeva , very old and original Swayambhu Shivalinga

There is also a very old Shivalinga called Neelkanth Mahadev. Jay Dwarkadhish…………….

And there are many small temples in the complex.  Jay Dwarkadhish…………….

Jay Dwarkadhish :- Mahalaxmi and Gayatri Mata temples

Then then after Mool Dwarka it was time for Harsiddhi Mata Darshan:- The famous Shaktipeeth in Ujjain was originally from here. King Vikramditya from Ujjain with his devotion requested Harsiddhi to come with him to Ujjain. So Harsiddhi Mata went along with King Vikramaditya in Ujjain. It is also called Harshad Mata.   Jay Dwarkadhish…………….



Jay Dwarkadhish:- Harsiddhi Mata Temple


Jay Dwarkadhish – On the road between Somnath and Dwarka you will find windmills all the way.Very fascinating besides the sea

Please click below to see the Landscape while approaching Dwarka in Bus. Jay Dwarkadhish…………….

And Finally around 2.30 we reached Dwarka . We stayed in Kokilaben Dhirybai Ambani rest house which has excellent facities , but no TV and AC rooms.Also I have a habit whenever i reach any Teertha the first thing I do is keep luggage take bath and meet the Lord there. So please have a Great view of Temple and its history.  Jay Dwarkadhish…………….

Jay Dwarkadhish :- Dwarkadhish temple

The Dwarakadhish temple  is a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna who is worshipped here by the name Dwarkadhish or ‘King of Dwarka”‘.The main shrine of the five storied building, supported by 72 pillars, is known as Jagat Mandir or Nija Mandir, and is believed to be 2500 years old.Here you will find almost all forms of god from Lord Shiva to Lord Ganapati , Jagadamba Mata, Lord Dattatreya etc to temples of Lord main queens Satyabhama, Jambuvanti, etc. apart from Rukmini. Rukmini temple is located around two kms from Dwarka and I will show you in the next stop.The Dwarkadhish Temple is Pushti Marg Temple hence it follows the guidelines and rituals created by Shri Vallabacharya and Shri Vitheleshnathji.  Jay Dwarkadhish…………….

The present temple was built in 16th century, while the original temple was believed to have been built by Lord Krishna’s grandsonVajranabha and became part of the CharDham pilgrimages considered most sacred by Hindus in India after Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya ,the 8th century reformer and philosopher, visited the shrine and even today a memorial within the temple is dedicated to his visit. Dwarakadheesh is the 108th Divya Desam of Lord Vishnu on the subcontinent, glorified in the sacred texts.   Jay Dwarkadhish…………….

The entrance to the temple is from the north also known as the Moksha Dwaar while towards the south is the Swarg Dwar from where a series of steps leads down to the banks of river Gomti. According to legend  the temple was constructed in a single day by Vishwakarma, the lord of construction and architecture. The deity of Lord Dwarkadhish is made of shiny black stone and is about 2.25 feet in height. The four hands of the Lord Dwarkadhish carries a conch, wheel, a mace and a lotus each and is popularly known as ‘Shankh Chakra Gada Padma Chaturbhuj’. It is said that the deity was hidden for years to protect it from Muslim invaders while another deity brought from the Rukmini temple was installed in its absence. The original deity was reinstalled during the 16th century after the construction of the new temple.  Jay Dwarkadhish…………….

Jay Dwarkadhish – Dwarkadhish temple

Now have the darshan of most beautiful and cutest idols I have ever seen. You just feel like taking it home . WOW…………………………


Jay Dwarkadhish :- Lord Dwarkadhish

But I couldn’t take the idol home, But my bhaav was to have Most Beautiful Shree Dwarkadhish at my place . So I took  Lord Dwarkadhish at my place in form of  his beautiful  image. Jay Dwarkadhish………………..

Jay Dwarkadhish – Aarya and Dwarkadhish


Jay Dwarkadhish :- Sonali, Aarya and Lord Dwarkadhish

One More thing to tell You :- No person staying in Dwarka ( Local people) in Dwarka says the word Krishna . They all say either Dwarkadhish or Dwarkesh r Dwarkanath or Dwarkapati etc.  ( anything related to Dwarka and Lord ). This is there Bhaav. They can’t take the name of their King .Even shops are not named in name of Krishna . Its either Dwarkadhish or Dwarkesh or Dwarkanath or Dwarkapati etc.  Jay Dwarkadhish…………….

Morning 6.30 to Afternoon 13.00
and Evening 5.00 to 9.30
M o r n i n g   T i m i n g s 
Morning 6.30
Mangla Arti
7.00 to 8.00

Mangla Darshan

8.00 to 9.00

Abhishek Pooja [Snan Vidhi]: Darshan Closed

9.00 to 9.30

Shringar Darshan

9.30 to 9.45

Snanbhog : Darshan Closed

9.45 to 10.15

Shringar Darshan

10.15 to 10.30

Shringarbhog: Darshan Closed

10.30 to 10.45

Shringar Arti

11.05 to 11.20

Gwal Bhog: Darshan Closed

11.20 to 12.00


12.00 to 12.20

Rajbhog: Darshan Closed

12.20 to 12.30



Anosar, Darshan Closed

E v e n i n g   T i m i n g s
5.00 Uthappan

First Darshan

5.30 to 5.45

Uthappan Bhog: Darshan Closed

5.45 to 7.15


7.15 to 7.30

Sandhya Bhog: Darshan Closed

7.30 to 7.45

Sandhya Arti

8.00 to 8.10

Shayanbhog: Darshan Closed

8.10 to 8.30


8.30 to 8.35

Shayan Arti

8.35 to 9.00


9.00 to 9.20

Bantabhog and Shayan : Darshan Closed

9.20 to 9.30 Darshan

Darshan Mandir Closed

Dear ALL,

Thanks for Reading and having Darshan. In next post I will come up with places around Dwarka with some beautiful snaps which I bet  no one must have seen.




  • Manish says:

    Thank you very much for your help.

    Jay Somnath Jay Dwarakadhish , Jay Nageshwar

  • Ramakant says:

    Dear Vishal,

    We are planning to visit Somnath & Dwarkaji, please find below travel plan.

    Sat-Departure from Dadar by Train 19005 – Saurashtra Mail @ 20.38
    Sun-Arrive at Veraval @15.45 & Proceed towards Somnath approx 5 km, Night stay at Somnath
    Mon-Dep from Somnath towards Dwarka @3.00 pm by bus, night stay at Dwarkaji
    Tue-Full day at Dwarkaji & local site Seen, Night Stay in Dwarkaji
    Wed-Departure from Dwarkaji by Train 19006 – Saurashtra Mail @ 12.58
    Thus-Arrive at Dadar @ 6.40am

    Please advise if any changes required or we can extend one more day so that we can cover nearby place.

  • HARSH MISHRA says:


  • Harinath Rao says:

    Dear Mr. Vishal Rathod,
    Actually, I had planned my winter holiday to Somnath and Dwarakadhish in JAN. 2014. This is my 1st visit to the west of india and I had no clue earlier to the vital information as provided by your spiritual self . Now I am enlightened 50% . I really thank you from my heart and also appreciate the philosophy you have so earnestly adopted . I too am a traveller like you and like to go places every holiday, especially all temple cities–Historical . I love our rich cultural and spiritual heritage.
    KEEP TRAVELLING! With all best wishes.

  • Supriya says:

    Hi Vishal,
    All your articles are worth ready. You have very well described each and evrything in all your artciles. Hats off to you.. Great job. Keep it up. :) Very helpful for all the readers. :) Great Job

  • Vijay Bisnauthsing says:

    Hi Vishal,
    I read your very interesting article. In November, 2010 while we, my family and a group of friends – all 18 of us, were on a Jyoti r Lin gum Yatra, In Gujarat, we had Sri Somnathji and Nageshwarji – 2 of them. We had to Ahmadabad and from there hired a coach a drove to Dwarka. It was very late in the afternoon that we had arrived. We checked in , in a close by hotel, refreshed and went to pay darshan to Sri DWARKADISH during the evening aarti. The following day, we did abhisek at NAGESHWAR JYOTIR LINGUM and continued our way to Somnath. Time was a constraint, so, we had to rush. We are planning to come again next year around the same month, Nov.2014, but will spend at least 2 days at Somnath and 2 days at Dwarka. We are from Mauritius, we will fly to Mumbai and from here, we are planning to fly to either DIU or JAMNAGAR. From DIU, we will do Somnath first; if not from Jamnagar, we will do Dwarka first – what will you advise? A reply from you will help tremendously. We will be around 12 to 15 – too early to say. I will wait to read you. Thanks

  • prasannarajan says:

    Dear Vishal
    thank you very much for the detailed and informative travel guidance.I am visiting Somnath on 1ST APRIL AND WANT TO GO To dwarka on 2nd.Iam travelling with my wife.I prefer luxury bus.Can you suggest any travel agency.I am leaving Dwarka on 4thto mumbai.
    thanking you ,with regards
    we are senior citizens

  • kb sharma says:

    Dear vishal, thanks for such valuable info. I am planning in march 14, alongwith family. I wish to visit dwarka, somnath and girnarional park, can u suggest me how many days shd i spend each location

  • Dear Sharma jee

    Each place requires one day to cover all places . But for relaxation you can have two days in dwarka and many places to see and visit there.

  • Shikhar Anuj Ahiwasi says:

    Dear Vishal ji,
    I was searching for some information to plan trip to Somnath ji & Dwarka ji. when I came across this I found this, which is very informative. My family want to go to a sea shore so we planned for Dwarka ji & Somnath ji so that we can enjoy both the holy and wordly experiences.
    We will be reaching Somnath from Jabalpur by train on 19th of March at 18.00 pm and will be leaving back from Somnath for Jabalpur on the 24th of March. What about climate , rush , etc. during this period.I am yet to fill in the blanks in between. I believe you will be the best person to guide/help me to fill these blanks.
    Eagerly awaiting your response.
    Shikhar Anuj Ahiwasi.

    • Dear Shikhar Jee

      Pls call me on 9004307770 I will guide you.

      • elangovan says:

        Vishal ji,am from chennai tamilnadu. i wish to visit the two jyotirlingams at Somnath and Nageswar in Gujarat. Could you please guide me about which is nearest airport . also help plan my travel with family in march 18.thanks in advance

  • AK Misra says:

    Could you guide me about route for darshan of Dwarkadeesh and then Somnath

  • Dear Misra Jee
    Pls call on 9004307770 . I will guide you

  • Satish K Bhatla says:

    Dear Vishal Chand Ji

    Thanks for your telephonic conversation with you regarding my desire to visit Somnath ji Temple & Shri Dwarkadhish ji along with surrounding tourist places BUT WITHIN A WEEKS TIME. Can I expect the detailed post which will be of great help to me as I am planning to visit for darshan Somnath Ji and Dwarkadhish Ji in Somnath mandir from 26th October 2014 till 2nd November 2014 or to the max by 5th November 2014 only.

    Satish K. Bhatla

  • Mahesh says:


    How about Mumbai – Dwarka – Somnath – Mumbai tour.
    Is this recommended?

    Fri – Mumbai Okha Saurashtra Mail
    Sat – Dwarka
    Sun – Dwarka & by afternoon proceed to Somnath
    Mon – Somnath
    Tue – Veraval Mumbai Saurashtra Mail

    Kindly share your inputs.

  • yadvendr singh says:

    Hi vishal jsk vry gud knowledge u earn & deliverd to all pillgrims its so religious work done by u.I’m vry grateful & thankful to u fr providing such a grt & easy way to Darhan of lord krishna. Keep it up. I also done Char Dham including Dwarka,Jagganathji,Ramesweram,Badrinathji (Gangotri,Yamunotri,Kadarnarhji,&Badrinathji).apart frm it I aslo done 12 jyotirling Darhan of lord Shiva, take Holy bath of Gangasagar,Darshans of 4Shakti pheet Kalighat of Kolcatta,Jawalaji,Kangra mataji,Chintpurniji.& Vaishno devi Darshan twice.its all is done by t grace of lord Krishna. So if any enquery abt above place pls ask me I would be vry happy to deliver my expierence to other fr thr easyness

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  • Vinod Agarwal says:

    Jai Dwarikadhish Maharaj

    Thanks for providing info

  • SANJAY KUMAR says:

    Dear Sir

    I am going from Ranchi to visit somnath Mandir & Dwarkadish .We are going to dwarka first as only one train to dwarka and reaching dwarka at 6.59 evening if train will on right time.
    I am planing one day at dwarkadish next day in the night will catch train for somnath will reach early morning.In the evening we will depart from somnath.

    I just want to know that will the time will sufficient to do the darshan or may we take one more days there.
    kindly suggest.
    thanks with anticipation

  • Dear Sanjay Jee

    One day is enough for Dwarka if you start early.Visit Dwarkadhish temple at 6.30 am wi Aarti and then go for sight seeing by booking an auto. It will take around 5 to 6 hours.

  • SANJAY KUMAR says:

    Thanks Vishal Jee

    What about somnath we will reach verval at 4.43 am .Our returning train is in night.

    Is this sufficient time for somnath.

    Again thank for your reply.

  • Sanjay Jee

    For New and old Somnath temple it is ok. For sight seeing requires 3 hours.

  • GM says:

    Hello sir,

    We are planning a trip to Somnath and Dwarka by 1st week of Oct. We are planning to reach somnath by train from Ahmedabad at 6.45 am. How much time does it take to cover somnath. When is it advisable to leave for Dwarka, the same day or next day morning. Are there any night buses available to Dwarka from somnath. How many days are required in Dwarka.

  • pankaj kashyap says:

    Dr team
    Pls guide tour from ahmedabad to dwarka and somnath covering all sight seing

  • Diya says:

    hello vishal
    your information is very useful.. i am visiting to somnath and dwarka .. please let me know if there are any buses available to reach somnath from dwarka … we will first take a darshan to somnath then the visiting places on the same day .. at night or the next morning we will leave for dwarka.. visiting near by places of dwarka we will get back to somnath… please let me know is there any bus facility from dwarka to somnath and which time it will be available…. thank you for the information and waiting for the suggestion ..

  • There are buses from Somnath to Dwarka as well as Dwarka to Somnath . Private buses start at 8.00 o’clock in the morning and 2.00 o’clock in the afternoon. You have to book tickets one day in advance . For further info you can call me on 9004307770

  • Sir,

    I wants to go to somnath & dwarkadish from kolkata and also kany kumari pls gude me

  • Srinath says:

    Dear Vishal Ji,
    Thanks very much.
    Your explanation and tips are very clear.
    Hope to have a good darshan.
    Is your number still the same?

  • Nilkanth Bhoge says:

    Good Information and photography. I have visited Dwarka Temple 14th May 2015. Its’ One Dham in Four Dhams and realy pleasant place also.

  • bhajanradio says:

    aapne toh baithe baithe hi dwarka ke darshan karwa diye. Mann khush ho gaya ise dekh kar. Thanks.
    photographs bhi bahut khubsurat hsi

  • Binod Chandra Mahapatra says:

    Dear Vishalji,
    I was going through all of your above blogs. Thanks for this good samaritan-ship. Please guide us in clearing my following queries. We are planning to reach Somnath on coming October 10th early morning by train from Ahmedabad. After fresh-up and kept luggages in some hotel first we will have Somnath darshan. What are the other religious places to see in Somnath town or nearby how long it will take and in what mode of transport? Please guide us whether we can visit up to Mool Dwarka, Naravi mata and Harshad mata temple by either taxi or luxury Bus and can come back before evening to Somnath for light and sound show? We have also to take train to Dwarka from Somnath on 11.00 PM same night.

  • No you can visit only somnath and nearby places in private auto rickshaws .

    • Sandeep Shinde says:

      I want to visit Dwarka, somnath and junagadh. Presently i am in Vapi.So please tell me which place to see frist weather Dwarka then somnath and then Junagadh (I want to go to girinath parvath).
      So please guide me on this as I have three days of holiday with me

  • Hemant says:

    How to reach Jaipur from Somnath ? any shortest way…

  • Rajneesh Anand says:

    I am planning a trip to Dwarka, Somnath, Diu, Gir Forest and back to Ahmedabad. I have tentatively made my programme as follows.
    Day 1: Reach Dwarka in the afternoon by Surashtra Exp. from Mumbai
    Day 2: Darshan and leave for Somnath in the afternoon
    Day 3: Darshan at Somnath and leave for Diu in the afternoon
    Day 4: sightseeing at Diu
    Day 5: Gir National Forest
    Day 6: Leave for Ahmedabad from Veraval by train.
    Please suggest if this programme is OK. Also, suggest some good places/ hotels/ rest houses/ homes in these locations where I can get comfortable place to stay. I will be there in December along with my family.

    • Ishan says:

      Hi Rajneesh,
      Hope your travel was good. I’m also planning for the same stretch to cover Gujarat. Could you please share some tips from your travel (where to stay, transport etc.) and anything which i should be aware of. Travel time: 12 Aug- 16Aug

  • Dr RK Srivastava says:

    nicely explained…. much helpful for those who are visiting first time…. thanks a lot.

  • Anil salunkhe says:

    May dwarkadhish make your journey to spirituality successful..

  • vaishali shrivas says:

    Can u tell me which places we should to travell in ahmdabad…..suggest me places…..i m going with my husband only…please help me.

  • ss says:

    Thank you for the awesome post. We want to cover exactly these 2 important locations.
    Will follow your advice.
    Only question, for local temple visits within Dwarka, what is the best method? Are they all close to each other? There are rickshaws or by walk?

  • Randhir kapoor says:

    I am reaching ahmedabad around 10 pm. Thinking of reaching Dwarka by volvo. Can you please guide me with the suggested onward schedule. I have just 2 days in hand. Thanks.

  • Shivraj Tupe says:

    Thank you for the awesome post. We want to cover exactly these 2 important locations.
    Will follow your advice.

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