Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Weekend Getaway to Gujarat

    In Mid-March, I got an opportunity to visit the state of Gujarat which is dotted with a number of ancient Jain, Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim monuments. However, my focal pilgrimage point was a very ancient temple dedicated to Lord Krishna in the Dakor village (More on that in my later posts). On the way to Dakor, I explored a bit of the major cities of Gujarat- Surat and Vadodara as well.

My first stop - Surat

    My first stop was one of the oldest cities of Gujarat - Surat. Surat is well connected to several major cities in Gujarat and the states of western India by rail and road. But the nearest airport is 140 kms away at Vadodara. The road conditions on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway (NH-8) being pretty good, it took us around 5 hrs (326kms) to reach there by car.


    Also known as Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple – the ISKCON Guest house in Surat was the place for our first overnight stay…

[ ISKCON Guest House ]

[ ISKCON Temple - Surat ]

[ Morning Prayer inside the Temple ]

[Beautiful views from my balcony ]

Though a little away from the centre of the city, but the clean rooms and the peaceful atmosphere makes for a comfortable stay.

Sri Sri Radha Damodar Mandir
Rander Road, Jehangirpura
Surat-395 005, India.
Phone: 0261- 2765891, 2663386

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  1. Iskcon is such a beautiful temple..i had only been to iskcon,bangalore but this one in surat seems very peaceful,calm & divine....lovely place

  2. What a beautiful view to wake up to.
    I love the shape of the temple and as for that sunset? Simply stunning.

  3. Wow! Lovely photos as usual... I have been to the Isckon temple in Mayapur...its absolutely beautiful :)


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