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dhiren468
pune7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Family
It was a huge queue. They have some level of arrangement but lots of people visiting the place for ropeway. We came in queue at 10.30 and upto 3 o'clock we were still in the queue. A total nightmare. Avoid the ropeway for at least next 15 days.
Written November 11, 2021
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Archana K
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
we reached Ambaji by 8am in rope way. from Ambaji we strated trek from Dattatrey temple. there r 3 parts of this trek 1.till Gorkhnath ,easy one . 2. from Gorkhanath to entrance(base ARCH) of Dattatrey temple , difficult one 3. from base arch to actual temple ,slow one as it is crowded. while coming back from temple to Gorkhnath you get tired so carry some salt, sugar with you to feel energetic. carry cap. bit slippery so wear non slippery shoes.
Written January 1, 2024
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lucky s
Barnagar, India77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
Wat to say abt girnar temple it just very nice for me that I finally visited there. Naminath pratima is very nice glowing and magical..before going up mujhe bahut dar lag raha tha how can I reach there with my 2 kids but with the blessing of naminath dada I finally reach there do pooja and get back.pakchal was very awesome . Highly advice to reach in time before pakchal start. I request all jain ppl plz go there once it was not difficulty as in early time. 1 bar plz jarur jaye apne tirth ko save kare...
Written September 16, 2022
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Karan A
New Delhi, India12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
Girnar mountain, temple darshan and going via longest-highest ropeway of India was my excellent experience.. All must Go.
Must go Near by places, Sakarbaug Zoo, Patel restaurant, Gir forest(1.30hr).
Written October 1, 2022
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Rahul C
Aurangabad, India1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
Is it safe to visit dattatraya temple alone . I'm planning to start in early morning 4 am.
What things a I need to carry.
Written October 26, 2018
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Krutik Shah
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Family
We went on a pilgrimage trip all started from Ahmedabad where our last stop was Girnar. We started early in the morning around 4.00 am. We wanted to reach up to the first point (Tuk) of Jain God Neminath temple. It is a steep climb of 4000 steps. It took us 3 hours to reach up. Steps are of black stones. No paths in between to walk. There are many monkey around which do not harm us nor come behind us to snatch our bags etc. Not recommended for the elderly people who have physical problem but can rent a Doli. Doli rents are very expensive starting from Rs. 7500 for weight up to 70 kgs and 2500 are added for every 15 kgs until Neminath Tuk and return. In case you want to go further up to Ambika (Goddess Ambe Maa Temple) Tuk and Dattatraya Tuk (Lord Dattatraya) rates are much higher because of more steps. You will realise the rent charge is worth every single penny because the way the doliwala carry you and climb up is hats off to them. One cannot get a chair Doli; it has to be pre booked from the doliwalas. On return, my parents took the route to climb down via Sheshavan (as they had Doli’s rented) that is a further climb up (1500-2000 steps more) and then climb down. Return journey was approx. 6000 steps & we came back from the first took i.e. Neminath Temple. If you decide to do Dattatraya Tuk, then plan well in advance as the total return journey will be of 18000-20000 steps and people start trip at 12 am and come back at around 2 pm. Food items like Chips, Biscuits, Aerated drinks, Lime Juice, Tea & Coffee etc. are available in abundance. In addition, there is nothing scary about the trip one can go until Dattatraya Tuk without any fear. The trip is tough up to first Tuk. Later you get used to it. The most difficult part is to climb down. Legs start shivering, calf muscles get sore and tight and you are completely exhausted (Tip: carry relispray and painkiller for instant relieve). In addition, you stay affected for next few days since your legs are completely tired if done without Doli. However, the temple are very beautiful and calm you easily, sit there and relax & pray. All facilities of bathing, lockers etc. are available at the temple premise. They also provide Navksai (breakfast – Khakras, dry bhel, tea etc.) to all devotees free of cost.
Hope people going for pilgrimage trip, my review may help them.
Written June 4, 2018
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SameerThite
Ahmednagar, India23 contributions
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Jan 2017 • Family
Lord Shri Dattatreya is a shared incarnation of Shri Brahmadeo, Shri Vishnu and Lord Shiva.

The City of Junagadh Municipal Corporation in Gujrat is an erstwhile princely state, which is surrounded by Asiatic Lions’ Gir National Park. From this city at about 5 kms, there situates the Holy Mountain of Giri-Narayan or Girnar. It is the highest peak in Gujrat State. The base is called as ‘Taleti’ in local Gujarti language, where devotees can reach by an auto rickshaw hired from Junagadh. A general fare is around Rs.100.

On this highest peak, there stands ‘Guru Shikhar’ or ‘Datta Shikhar’ at about 10,500 steps. It is believed to be Shri Dattatreya’s every-day Samadhi (deep meditation) place. It can be ascended in about 3-4 hours. The service of a ‘Doli’ or an uncovered palanquin is also available.

En route, after climbing about 4000 steps, devotees initially reach at the first plateau of Jain Teerthankar Neminath Dada Temple. There they can visit beautiful Jain temples carved superbly in white marbles.

Leaving behind those temples, devotees then reach at ‘Ambaji Mata Temple’ located after about the next 3000 steps. As per ancient Hindu Puranas, every mountain had wings and so they would fly hither and thither. When Indradeo, the King of Gods, started to cut those wings, Goddess Ambaji’s (Mata Parvati) brother Mountain Giri-Narayan (or Girnar) hides in the sea near Saurashtra (Gujrat). However, when the Goddess manifests and assures her brother for his safety from Indradeo, the Mountain once again rises from the sea. From that era, the Goddess still resides there in ‘Ambaji Mata Temple’.

After this temple, devotees start their next pilgrimage to the last cliff of ‘Shri Datta Shikhar’. It is at the distance of about the subsequent 3500 steps. In this last phase of climbing, devotees have to cross two mountains. While traveling, they arrive at ‘Kamandal Kund Sansthan’. It is the sacred place where Shri Dattatreya had His severe ascetic practices in the Treta Yuga. The place had water everywhere at that time and so He banged His Kamandalu (a sort of wooden vessel used by ascetics to carry drinking water) there. This made the water to recede and emerged some place for Shri Dattatreya’s penance. For this reason, this place is known as ‘Kamandal Kund Sansthan’. Before initiating His ascetic practices in the Treta Yuga, Shri Dattatreya ignites ‘Dhuni’ (the holy fire). Its flame can be seen on every Monday morning even after all these thousands of years. Devotees believe that Lord Shri Dattatreya materializes Himself in the form of this holy fire. Sages and monks at this place serve oven-fresh and hot food to everybody who visits the place. It is a free service that continues round the clock.

When devotees start their pilgrimage again from the Kamandal Kund Sansthan, at the forefront they see the Holy Peak of ‘Guru Shikhar’ or ‘Datta Shikhar’ on a very narrow cliff. Circumambulating that cliff, they enter a tiny temple of Shri Dattatreya made from corrugated steel sheets, which can accommodate not more than 12-15 devotees inside at a time.

Bowing to Lord’s Holy Lotus Feet and His marble idol therein, devotees forget all their hardships that they happily accept while climbing rigorous 10500 steps. For the devotees, surrendering before Shri Dattatreya there is like a reward to their human birth. They believe this as the ultimate gain of this pilgrimage. From centuries, incessant and strict religious practices are the most important than anything else for a devotee of Shri Dattatreya. They believe that the pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain of Girnar counts as their humble service to their Lord Shri Dattatreya to cleanse their mind and body simultaneously.

A fact should always be reminded every time while ascending this Holy Mountain that not only one’s physical power helps in this pilgrimage but the achievement also depends upon the Divine Grace and the devotee’s utter belief in Him. The sight of many devotees returning back unsuccessfully due to fatigue, cramps, dehydration and vertigo is like a proof and caution.

While climbing the Mountain, devotees need to swallow heavily blowing winds and (or) scorching sun rays. So a head gear, pair of non-slippery footwear and warm clothes is very essential, with a water bottle, glucose powder and some light weight food in their backpack. Food and juicy fruits like watermelons, tomatoes, pineapples etc. and refreshing drinks like sugarcane juice, lemonade and fresh buttermilk are sold at a very reasonable price throughout this pilgrimage.

A care should also be taken not to climb the Holy Mountain alone at night, as the area is enveloped by a jungle with wild animals like lions, panthers etc.

Dattaprasad (Sameer) Anil Thite
Written January 31, 2017
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twoduds
Junagadh, India1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Family
I am local and have climbed it numerous time. As any family member visiting us wants a local guide ;-).

- Girnar is visited by Bhagvan Ram, Laxman, Sitaji, Hanumanji, Bhagvan Swaminarayan. Bhagvan Krishn and Bhagvan Dattatray
- Beautiful place, peaceful, rewarding, once a life time experience, feeling can't be described
- Start early morning
- Cap, goggles, good shoes, relaxed clothes etc
- You will find water and food all along the climbing route, so it's your choice to carry the weight or purchase all along
- Drink enough water and eat solid food at regular interval
- Keep the same pace of step climbing, I have seen people starts climbing like they will conquer in an hour and then depleted in energy.
- The first peak, The Ambaji Mata Temple is half way point as far as steps count is concern. Climb to first peak is easy. Time to climb around 2 hours
- From first peak to second, The Gorakhnath Temple, you have to climb down and then up. Climb to second peak is little tough. Time to climb around 45 min
- From second peak to third, the Dattatray Temple, again you have to climb down and then up. Climb to third peak is very tough as steps are steep but the view from here is breath taking and your all body ache will disappear. Time to climb around 1.5 hours
- While climbing down, never hurry, land on your full feet, maintain same pace as similar to climb up. Else on subsequent days you will have terrible leg muscle pain.
- There is also second set to stairs from foothill to Jain Temples, but with limited to none water to food vendors along the way. If at all you want to use it, utilize it while climbing down with enough supply of water.
- At home or hotel, soak your leg knee down in warm to hot water and apply gentle massage.
Written September 15, 2016
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mylesfire
Austin, TX246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
Note: I am 62 years old and fairly fit although not a hiker or mountain climber. I brought 3 liters of bottled water and wore good shoes and a hat.

Mount Girnar is a sacred mountain. Devotees of Hinduism and Jainism have been coming here on pilgrimages for at least 2,500 years. I knew of the mountain beforehand and did a little extra exercise before my trip to prepare for climbing its 9,999 steps to the temple on top. Not everybody makes it. I started in the dark at 4:45 am to avoid the daytime heat. It was pitch dark, but my pocket torch paved the way. I was sweaty and felt the weight of the challenge when I was resting at a stall after only 90 minutes. Then at about 3 hours, at 7:45 am, after sunrise, after who knows how many steps, I came upon the Jain temple that is not very far up the mountain. The temple was beautiful, quiet, empty, with incense burning, and undergoing renovation.

I thought I could not go any further, was about to accept that, and feeling okay with having achieved what I did. And then I noticed a small group of 60-year-old Indian men huffing and puffing, so I joined them and together we set a pace and enjoyed camaraderie in the struggle upwards. Occasionally, the path would go downwards which was upsetting.

With one hour to go, I enjoyed a beautiful vista of this tiny temple in the clouds, which put my head in the clouds. We made it to the very top by 10:00 am (5 hours and 15 minutes after I started). The eyes of Hanuman were watching the whole time.

When I got there, the temple priest spoke to me in English and with a quizzical expression asked, “What are you doing here?” I was too pooped to appreciate the existential underpinning of such an inquiry and instead told him I like new experiences, etc., blah, blah, blah, when I could have pondered the meaning of life!

I recommend climbing Mount Girnar.
Written October 28, 2017
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AmitBK
Mumbai, India122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
Started early in the morning around 5.30 am. We reached the first point (toonk) of jain god Neminath temple. Its a steep climb of 4000 steps. It can take 2 to 2.5 hours to climb up. Steps are continuous. No roads in between to walk like at Palitana. Not recommended for the elderly people without a doli. Doli is very expensive starting from Rs. 9000 for weight upto 70 kgs till Neminath toonk and return. If you want to go further up to Ambika toonk and Dattatraya toonk rates are higher. They charge 15000 rupees for full return trip. One cannot get a chair doli like in Samet Shikhar or Palitana. Also doli walas have a cartel and they make you feel that dolis are in short supply etc. On return we took the route to climb down via sheshavan. Thats a further climb up and then climb down. Return journey was 6000 steps. If anyone wants to do Dattatreya toonk then plan for atleast a total return journey of a food 15000-20000 steps. We were informed that the return journey via Seshahvan route is simpler because its covered with forest trees and offers good shade. But nothing of that is true. No trees giving shade. One has to start early and come down early so as to avoid hot scorching heat in the afternoon. Food items like chips and biscuits, aerated drinks, lime juice, tea etc are available in abundance. Also there is nothing scary about the trip in contrast to what stories are heard. One can go till Dattatreya toonk without any fear. The journey is tough upto first toonk. Later you get used to it. The most difficult part is to climb down. Legs start shivering, calf muscles get sore and tight and you are completely exhausted. Also you are affected for next 3 to 4 days since your legs are completely tired. One will not be able to walk properly for atleast 2 to 3 days post the trip if done without doli. But the temples are beautiful. Pakshal puja at neminath temple is done at 9 am. Its a unique puja. All facilities of bathing, lockers etc are available at the temple. Temple doors open at around 7 am.
Written March 19, 2018
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