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12 Jyotirlinga Darshan

Duration : 17 Nights

Destination Covered : Jamnagar - Dwarka - Somnath - Diu - Mumbai - Trimbakeshwar - Nasik - Bhimashankar - Shani Singnapur -Shirdi - Aurangabad - Indore - Omkaresjwar - Ujjain - Maheshwar - Hyderabad - Mallikarjun (Sriselam) - Madurai- Rameshwaram -Delhi Haridwar - Guptkashi – Phata - Kedarnath – Phata - Joshimath – Badrinath - Joshimath – Rudraprayag - Rishikesh - Varanasi

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An Introduction

According to Hindu Mythology, Jyotirlinga means “The Radiant sign of The Almighty Shiva”. India has a total of 64 Jyotirlingas spread all around the landscape of India, 12 are popular for being extremely auspicious. People from all walks of life visit these sites to be blessed by the divine.

12 Jyotirlinga Darshan is a well-planned itinerary of 17 nights and 18 days that takes you to the 12 popular Jyotirlingas such as Trimbakeshwar, Bhimashankar, Omkareshwar, Maheshwar, Baijnath, Rameshwaram and Mallikarjun.

The best part of this holy darshan is that it also lets you pay homage to the holiest Char Dham destinations of Hinduism- Dwarka, Rameshwaram, Kedarnath and Badrinath.

Along with seeking Lord Shiva’s blessings, treat your eyes to the views of the scenery and experience cultural delights.  River rafting in Rishikesh and Ganga Arti in Haridwar and Varanasi are the other highlights of this tour.

Trip Highlights
  • Arti at Dwarkadhish Temple.
  • Early morning visit to Somnath temple.
  • Attend Abkishekam ceremony at Nageshwar Jyotirlinga.
  • Evening Arti and darshan at Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Participate in the pooja ceremony at Bhimashankar.
  • Kankad Arti at the Sai Baba temple, Shirdi.
  • Darshan at Grishneshwar Mahadev Jyotirlinga and Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga.
  • Abhishekam at Mamleshwar Jyotirlingam.
  • Visit to popular Ujjain temples-Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga and Bhairav Nath Temple.
  • Early morning visit to Maheshwar Temple.
  • Visit to Rudraprayag- the Confluence of Mandakini River and Alaknanda River.
  • Attend Pooja ceremony at Kedarnath Jyotirlinga.
  • Evening Ganga Arti at Haridwar and Varanasi- a memorable experience.
  • River rafting in Rishikesh.
  • Darshan at the Kashi Vishwanath temple.
  • Pooja at the Baijnath temple.
  • Darshan of Mallikarjun Jyotirlinga.
  • Visit to the architectural gem of Madurai- Meenakshi Amman Temple.
  • Mani Darshan and Kund Snan at Rameshwar temple.
Itinerary Details
Day 1
Arrival in Jamnagar - Drive to Dwarka (150 km)

As you arrive in Jamnagar, begin your road journey to Dwaraka. One of India's seven ancient towns, Dwaraka is also one of the highly revered Chardham destinations. On reaching, check-into the hotel. Later afternoon, take part in sightseeing.

In the evening, Arti and Darshan at the very well-known Dwarkadhish Temple. This 5-storied temple is around 1400 years old and is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Dinner and Night stay at the pre-booked hotel.

Day 2
Dwarka - Somnath (215 km-4-5 hrs)

Start the day early. Visit the Dwarkadhish temple again, also known as Jagat temple. Built of sandstone, it is famous for its extravagant carvings.

After Darshan, proceed for breakfast. Thereafter, continue with sightseeing. Visit Bhet Dwarka or Beyt Dwarka which dates back to the 19th century. The temple has several images of Lord Krishna and his 56 spouses. On the way, attend Abhishek of Nageshwar Jyotirlinga and visit Rukmani temple.

After the city tour, proceed for lunch, followed by drive to Somnath. On reaching, check-in at the pre-booked hotel. In the evening, visit the renowned Somnath temple for Arti and Darshan. One of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga is sheltered in the temple shrine. Rich in religious importance, wealth and splendid architecture, you will feel spiritual bliss in the ambiance. After dinner, overnight stay in Somnath.

Day 3
Somnath – Diu (by car) - Mumbai (by flight) – Trimbakeshwar (by car-4 hrs)

The 3rd Day of Jyotirlinga Darshan starts with an early morning. After bath, you visit the beautiful Somnath temple for the Abhishekam ceremony. Post breakfast, get transferred by road to Diu Airport to board the flight to Mumbai. On reaching the Mumbai airport, by road start your journey to Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga in Nashik. In the evening, Arti and Darshan at the Trimbakeshwar temple.

Get to your booked hotel. Check-in, have dinner and enjoy rest overnight.

Day 4
Trimbakeshwar - Nasik - Bhimashankar - Shani Shingnapur - Shirdi

Today, early in the morning attend the Abhishekam ceremony at the Triambakeshar temple. after your puja, have your breakfast and continue your journey to another Jyotirlinga in Bhimashankar Temple. This journey is of 6 hours by road.

After Pooja and Darshan, hit the road to Shirdi via Shani Shignapur. Shani Shignapur is dedicated to Lord Shani. Later, continue your journey to Shirdi, the abode of Sai Baba. In the evening, visit Sai Baba Samadhi temple for VIP Darshan.

Dinner and Night stay at a pre-booked hotel.

Day 5
Shirdi - Aurangabad (by car) (Ghrisneshwar)

Start the 5th day of the holy tour with a visit Sai Baba Samadhi temple. Attend the early morning Kankad Arti. Next, enjoy a healthy breakfast after which you begin your drive to Aurangabad. Here, you stop is the next Jyorirlinga, Ghrisneshwar Mahadev. Go for the sacred darshan. Stay overnight at a hotel in Aurangabad.

Day 6
Aurangabad- Indore (by flight via Mumbai) – Ujjain (by road)

In the morning, move to the Aurangabad airport to get on-board a flight to Indore. On arriving in Indore, continue your road journey to Ujjain. Here, you have darshan at the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga.

Later, visit the other religious sites of the area. Aadi Shakti temple and Bhairav Nath Temple are places you must for blessings of the Almighty. After completing the check-in formalities, enjoy an overnight stay in Ujjain.

Day 7
Ujjain- Omkareshwar

After breakfast on the 7th day of the tour, hit the road to Omkareshwar. It is around 4 hours away. In the evening, go for darshan of the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga and attend the auspicious Aarti. Dinner and overnight stay in Omkareshwar, at the pre-booked hotel.

Day 8
Omkareshwar – Maheshwar

Start your day at dawn. Today you are taken to attend the early morning Abhishekam ceremony at Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga. After seeking blessings of the Lord, have breakfast and then continue your road journey to Maheshwar Jyotirlinga.

On arrival, check in at the hotel. In the evening, visit to the Maheshwar Temple. Attend the pre-booked Bhasm Arti at the time of Darshan. Return to the hotel for overnight rest.

Day 9
Maheswar- Indore (by flight) - Hyedarabad

Start the day by attending an early morning Abhishekam at Maheswar Jyotirlinga. Post-breakfast, drive to the Indore airport. Check-in to catch a flight for Hyderabad. On arrival, drive to Srisailam, a serene holy town. Check in at the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 10
Mallikarjun (270 km - 5 hrs) - Hyderabad- Madurai (by Flight) – Rameswarm (165 km)

Today, make an early morning visit to Mallikarjun Jyotirlinga for darshan. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Thereafter, in-time transfer to the Hyderabad airport to board the flight to Madurai. After touchdown in Madurai, visit the renowned Meenakshi Amman Temple. It is not only extremely blissful but is also a wonderful architectural gem. After Darshan, hit the road to Rameshwaram, one of the Char Dham destinations. The drive takes around 4 hours. On arrival, check-into a hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay.

Day 11
Rameshwaram – Madurai (4 hours) – Delhi - Haridwar

Leave your hotel room at around 4:00 AM. You are taken for Mani Darshan, Samudra Snan, Kund snan and Abhishekam at Rameshwarm temple. This religious visit is followed by breakfast at the Hotel. Later on, return to Madurai by road. From Madurai airport, board a flight for India's capital city, Delhi. As you reach Delhi, your road journey to Haridwar begins. On arriving at the holy city of Haridwar, check-into the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 12
Haridwar – Guptkashi (205 Km / 7 to 8 hrs)

Post breakfast, complete the check- out formalities and get on the road to Guptkashi. Upon arrival, check-in at a hotel or a guesthouse. The rest of the day is at leisure. Guptkashi lies on the western banks of River Mandakini. You can explore this religious town on your own. This place is dotted with a number of temples such as Vishwanath temple, Ardhnareshwar temple, Manikaran Kund etc. that are worth visiting. Dinner and Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 13
Guptkashi – Phata - Kedarnath – Phata - Guptkashi (By Helicopter)

Take an early morning road transfer to Phata Helipad for boarding a Helicopter to Kedarnath, one of the Char Dham destinations as well as Jyotirlinga. At the Kedarnath temple, spend 1-2 Hours in Darshan.

As you reach Kedarnath, get priority Darshan tickets upon arrival, only available for Helicopter passengers. The temple was constructed by the Pandava brothers of the great Hindu epic, Mahabharta and later revived by Adi Sankaracharya. Back to Phata, by Helicopter. From the Helipad, get into the vehicle for going back to the hotel. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 14
Guptkashi – Joshimath – Badrinath (190 Km - 7 to 8 hours)

On day 13, check- out of the Guptkashi hotel at around 08:00 am. Hit the road to Badrinath via Joshimath. Drive past some impressive Ghats and reach Badrinath, another Char Dham destination. On arrival, check- in at the hotel. Get some rest for a while and enjoy some refreshments. Evening visit for drashan at the Badrinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Badrni (Vishnu).

Before visiting the temple, visit the other holy site of the Tapt Kund or the Hot Spring. Take bath here followed by temple visit. Shri Badrinath Ji temple is 15 meters in height and is erected in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a gilt bull as well as spire. Return to the hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay in Badrinath.

Day 15
Badrinath – Joshimath – Rudraprayag (165 Km / 5 to 6 hrs)

In the morning, re-visit the Badrinath temple for an early morning darshan. Thereafter, return to the hotel for breakfast. This is followed by sightseeing in Badrinath, including Mana Village- this village is inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe; Vyas Gufa and Ganesh Gufa-popular for being the sites where the Hindu epic of Mahabharata was written and Mata Murti temple- this temple is dedicated to mother of Nar and Narayan.

In the afternoon, drive to to Rudraprayag via Karanprayag. The tiny holy town of Rudraprayag is placed on the holy meeting point of River Alaknanda and River Mandakini. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day free to explore the Rudraprayag town. Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 16
Rudraprayag – Rishikesh – Haridwar (160 Km - 5 to 6 hours)

Have an early morning breakfast and begin the descending drive to Rishikesh- a serene spiritual city, known as the 'Yoga capital of the world'. After reaching, begin the city tour of Rishikesh including the very popular Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula. Later afternoon journey to Haridwar.

On arrival, complete the check- in formalities. The evening is scheduled for a visit to the very popular Har Ki Pauri to attend the evening Ganga Aarti on the banks of holy River Ganges. One of the best experiences here, adore the sight of burning diyas falling in the flowing river water.

Later, get transferred to the Haridwar Railway Station to board a train to Varanasi. Overnight train.

Day 17

On day 17, arrival in Varanasi, one of the most popular spiritual cities of India. As you reach, check-into the hotel. Located on the banks of Ganga River, the city is spotted with over 2000 temples. The evening is arranged for the breathtaking view of Ganga Arti, a major attraction here, attended by devotees as well as tourists in huge number. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 18
Varanasi Departure

After breakfast, check- out from the hotel. Get on-time transfer to the Varanasi Railway Station/Airport to board a train/flight for your onward journey. Return home with the blessings of the divine.


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