Located about an hour by car from Gir in Gujrat, the Somnath Temple is a magnificent complex. Bearing in mind the sheer number of visitors that throng the temple, there are elaborate security arrangements, although the authorities make every attempt to ensure not too much time is spent on this before you get darshan. There are designated areas for everything - from the car park to rest rooms to street vendors and finally into the temple complex. Keep in mind you aren't allowed to carry anything except your own personal self inside - so mobiles, purses, cameras, shoes all need to be deposited at the cloak room/shoe center. Once inside, you will get to see the revered shrine - we visited at noon and managed to catch the Aarti at 12.15pm - which also meant much lesser crowds than morning/evening. The temple complex has beautiful visibility to the Arabian Sea - benches where you can sit and enjoy the cool sea breeze even if the sun is shining down hard.. although the temple and beach is walled off, the view by itself is fabulous. All in all - a must visit to this beautiful Jyotirlinga shrine at the tip of Gujrat!
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