12 Jyotirlinga Darshan

Jamnagar - Dwarka - Somnath - Rajkot - Mumbai - Trimbakeshwar - Aurangabad - Grishneshwar - Bhimashankar - Pune - Indore - Ujjain - Omkareshwar - Indore - Hyderabad - Srisailam - Hyderabad - Madurai - Rameshwaram - Madurai - Delhi - Haridwar - Guptkashi - Kedarnath - Guptkashi - Haridwar - Varanasi - Sarnath - Deogarh

Overview

Ardent devotees of Lord Shiva highly revere the Jyotirlinga as it is commonly known as the ‘radiant sign of the almighty’. Out of the many, the 12 sacred sites housing the Jyotirlinga of the Supreme Being are highly worshipped as it is at these sites only that Lord Shiva appeared as a powerful and fierce beam of light. The well-planned 12 Jyotirlinga Darshan tourcreates a perfect ambiance to help you connect with God and allows you to achieve spiritual strength, healthier mind, and a fit body. This tour lets the visitors explore delightful temples, ashrams, sacred bathing sites and much more.

The 18 Nights / 19 Days 12 Jyotirlinga Tour Package will take you on a journey through the most highly revered and extremely sacred sites in India. This pilgrimage tour starts from Jamnagar in Gujarat from where you will proceed to Dwarkawhichis counted as one of the holy Char Dhams in India. In Gujarat, you will visit Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple as well as Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple. After that, you will visit Bhimashankar, Grishneshwar, and Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in Maharashtra. You will be also paying a visit to Shirdi and Shani Shingnapur. Your next destination will be Madhya Pradesh where you will pay homage at 2 Jyotirlingas Temples – Omkareshwar in Khandwa and Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain. A trip to Srisailam, Hyderabad is also on the list. Seek the blessings at Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga Temple.

You will be setting your foot in Madurai and visit the Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga Temple. The tour also takes you to the Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Temple which is located in the lap of snow-capped mountain ranges. The journey continues to Varanasi where Shri Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga Temple is nestled. The last Jyotirlinga temple you will be visiting is Baidyanath Dham which is located in Deogarh, Jharkhand.

Trip Highlights
  • Attend the Abhishekam of Nageshwar Jyotirlinga
  • Darshan of Grishneshwar Mahadev Jyotirlinga
  • Pay homage at Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
  • Attend evening aarti at Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
  • Visit Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga Temple
  • Explore the attraction in Hyderabad including Salar Jung Museum, Charminar and Mecca Masjid.
  • Visit the renowned Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai
  • Visit the famous temples in Guptkashi
  • Get blessings of the lord at Shri Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga Temple
  • Excursion to Sarnath
  • Attend pooja ceremony at Basukinath Jyotirlinga Temple, Deogarh
  • Pay a visit to Rukmani Temple at Dwarka.
  • Seek the blessings from Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple.
  • Expedition to the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Visit the popular places in Shirdi
  • Attend the Bhasm Aarti at Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Ujjain.
  • Pray at Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Temple
  • Taking part in the famous evening Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat, Varanasi
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Itinerary Details

Your 12 Jyotirlinga Yatra commences upon your arrival in Jamnagar. Our tour representative will take you to Dwarka by road. Dwarka is the famed and fabled mythological city and is associated with Lord Krishna. The name Dwarka is divided into two words – "Dwar" means "Door" and "ka" means "Moksha, thus, the meaning of Dwarka is "Door to Salvation". This town is filled with marvelous architecture and grand temples.

Once you reach Dwarka, register yourself at the hotel reception and unwind yourself. In the afternoon, you will be visiting popular Dwarkadhish Temple, also known as Jagat Mandir. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. This 5-storied shrine enshrines a black magnificent idol of Lord Krishna that is so appealing that devotees feel the presence of Lord before them. Before proceeding to temple via the Swarg Dwar, the visitors take a dip in the Gomti River. This temple is soaked in the aura of spirituality, serenity and devotion. The temple has shrines for Vasudeva, Devaki, Balarama, Subhadra and Rukmini Devi.

After attending the enchanting evening aarti at the temple, come back to the hotel for a soothing sleep into your room.

Early in the morning, you will leave for Beyt Dwarka or Bhet Dwarka. It is a small island and is enclosed by some temples, coral reefs and a white sand beach. Most tourists visit this place for its exploring the marine life, camping, sea excursions and picnics. Now, seek the blessings of the lord at Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple. It is also called as Darukavana Temple. The Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is considered as powerful Jyotirlinga as it provides protection from all poisons. As per Hindu beliefs, Lord Shiva appeared here and saved his devotee, Supriya from demon Daaruka. This temple contains a 25-meter tall statue of Lord Shiva, a huge garden and offers pristine views of the azure Arabian Sea.

Later, visit Rukmani Temple which is not only majestically gigantic but an architectural masterpiece in itself. It is dedicated to Krishna's beloved consort, Rukmani Devi and the temple walls are decorated with rich paintings that depict her pastimes with Krishna. So, the intricate carvings on the temple's walls leave the onlookers spellbound.

Now, return to the hotel and have a hearty breakfast at the hotel. Then, check-out and start your journey towards Somnath translating into the 'Lord of the Moon'. This city derives its identity from religion, mythology and legends that surround it. This town is blessed with numerous temples, museums, beaches and other attractions.

As you reach Somnath, complete the check-in process at your pre-decided hotel. In the evening, you will pay a visit to Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple which is located near the ancient Triveni Sangam of three rivers – Hiran, Kapila, and Saraswati. Somnath Temple is dedicated to the Someshwara which is another name of Lord Shiva who possesses a moon on his head. The lingam here was built by Chandra (Moon) to worship Lord Shiva. The sculptures and carvings in this temple speak volumes about great artisan work of that era.

After having your dinner, come back to the hotel and stay overnight.

Early in the morning, savor a nutritious breakfast and pack all your belongings. Then, you will go to Rajkot or Diu. Both of these cities have their respective airports from where you will board your flight to Mumbai. After reaching, our tour agent will welcome you at the airport and take you to your pre-booked hotel. Here, you will complete check-in formalities and get over tiredness.

At night, munch your dinner and enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel.

After a delectable breakfast in the morning, get ready for a trip to Bhimashankar Temple which is around 220 km away from Mumbai. Bhimashankar Temple is one of the holiest places in India because of housing the Jyotirlinga. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and settle down.

After some time, you will pay a visit to the Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple which is a marvelous structure made up of black rock in Nagara architectural styles. The temple is bounded by scenic nature in the form of dense forest, whispering waters of Bhima River, lofty peaks, etc. This place describes the brilliant work of Vishwakarma sculptors of ancient times.

In the evening, you will also go to the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary. This place is home to many endemic and pandemic bird and animal species like the Indian Giant Squirrel which is the state animal of Maharashtra. This wildlife sanctuary is one of the 12 biodiversity hotspots of the world.

At last, get back to your hotel to have your scrumptious dinner and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay.

After a wholesome breakfast, it is time to check out and head towards Shirdi. The distance between Bhimashankar and Shirdi is almost 183km. Shirdi is the holy adobe of Sai Baba and is also known Sainagar. This small town is filled with numerous religious spots.

As you reach Sainagar, start a visit to Samadhi Mandir where the sacred body of Sai Baba is resting in peace. The Samadhi is built up of white marble and railing is decorated with ornaments. Then, move to Khandoba Temple. It is the place where Sai Baba was welcomed by Poojari Mhalsapati who said "Aao Sai" when he stepped in Shirdi. This temple consists of two small shrines – one shrine contains the idol of Baba and his Charan Padukas and another shrine houses Lord Khandoba's horse idol. After that, visit Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Complex. Devotees must visit this holy place to experience pure tranquility, bliss and God from close quarters. The huge shrine includes many temples such as Chavadi, Gurusthan, Samadhi Mandir, Dwarka Mai, Khandoba Temple, Lendi Garden and much more.

Now, you will proceed to Shani Shingnapur. This place highlights the kindness and power of God Shani. It is dedicated to Lord Shaneshwar or Lord Shanidev. The unique aspect of this place is that there is no temple structure for the Swayambhu Idol of the Shanidev and this black stone idol stands only on a simple platform. In addition, the houses in village Shiganapur have no doors, locks, or frames for safety because they believed that Shani Dev always protects their houses from thieves.

In the evening, your journey will start towards Aurangabad. On reaching there, retire at your pre-allotted hotel to catch up a peaceful sleep.

On the 6th day of your 12 Jyotirlinga Tour, treat your taste buds to a wholesome breakfast. After that, pay a visit to the Grishneshwar Temple that is about 30 km away from Aurangabad. This temple is the holy abode of Lord Shiva and one of the ancient and holiest shrines in India. The shrine is also called as Ghushmeswara, Kusumeswarar, or Grushmeswara and was re-constructed by Ahilyabai Holker in the 18th-century. It has an impressive red rock 5-storied Shikhara style structure which bears the carvings of Gods and Goddesses. It also has a huge Nandi Bull in the main court hall.

As you reach Nashik, get accommodated at your hotel and retire in your room for a good night's sleep.

Early in the morning, you will leave for Trimbakeshwar. The Trimbakeshwar Temple is located at the foothills of Bramhagiri Mountain which is also the origin point of the holy river Godavari. As per Shiv Puran, Gautami Rishi and Godavari River pleaded Lord Shiva to reside here. The Jyotirlinga in the temple has three faces embodying Tridev, Lord Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Praying here bestows longevity and immortality. There are four entry gates in each direction East, West, South, and North. Every direction has spiritual conceptions like East stands for the beginning, West stands for maturity, South stands for completion or fulfillment and North denotes for the revelation.

Now, come back to the hotel and have your delectable morning meal. Then, check out and head towards Mumbai. Our tour agent will drop you at the Mumbai airport. Here, you will catch your flight to Indore. After reaching there, you will hit the road to Ujjain.

On arrival in Ujjain, check-in at the hotel and your beautiful day end with restful sleep.

Reach the Mahakaleshwar Temple before 3:00 am to attend the Bhasm Aarti. It is one of the most sacred and outstanding pilgrimage places for Hindus. The Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is also called as Dakshinamurti because it is facing the south. As per Hindu mythology, this lingam of Lord Shiva is to be Swayambhu (born of itself) deriving Shakti (currents of power) from within itself whereas the other lingams of Lord Shiva are ritually established and installed with mantra-shakti.

After that, come back and have a sumptuous breakfast. Now, drive towards Omkareshwar. This land is shaped like "Om" which is a holy symbol in Hinduism.

After reaching, complete all the formalities and get over tiredness. In the evening, you will pay homage at the Omkareshwar Temple which is situated on an island Shivapuri, along the Narmada River. This temple features pristine beauty, lofty hills and is also an epitome of Indian culture & heritage. You will attend the evening Aarti at the temple.

Later, come back to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Wake up early in the morning and get ready to attend the abhishekam ceremony at Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple. After that, enjoy your brisk breakfast at the hotel and check-out from there. Leave for Indore airport where you will board your flight to Hyderabad. On reaching there, begin your journey to Srisailam. This city is mainly famous for its Srisailam Dam and Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple.

In the afternoon, savor your lunch and visit the Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga Temple which was built by King Harihara Raya of Vijayanagar Empire. This temple was constructed in the Dravidian architectural style and has sprawling courtyards and lofty towers. Here, you will see the idols of Sahasralinga, Nandi, Nataraja and sage Bringi standing on three legs. The pillars and walls of this temple are embellished by delightful sculptures and carvings that attract many devotees to visit this place.

In the evening, you will attend the aarti at the shrine. After that, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Early in the morning, you will attend the abhishekam ceremony at Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga Temple. After seeking the blessings of Lord Shiva, enjoy your morning meal at the hotel. Then, you will be transferred to Hyderabad by road and get ready to explore its prime attractions. Hyderabad is well-known as the 'City of Nawabs'. This city is blessed with various kinds of tourist attractions and offer a delightful shopping experience and delectable cuisines.

Firstly, visit the Salar Jung Museum which is one of the three national museums in the country. It has a huge collection of one million paintings, carvings, artefacts, sculptures, manuscripts and some art collections that date back to the first century. This museum also contains some rare and valuable pieces such as Aurangzeb's sword, painting of Raja Ram Mohan Roy, a full wardrobe of Tipu Sultan, daggers that belonged to Jahangir and Shah Jahan and a musical clock that dates back to the 19th-century. Next, you will visit Charminar which is the most prominent landmark in the city. It was erected by Quli Qutub Shah and stands out to remind the glorious past. The massive structure includes four minarets that epitomize first four Prophets (Khalifas) of Islam. This place is famous for the market that sprawls around it which is called "Chudi" or "Laal" Bazaar.

At last, visit the Mecca Masjid also known as Makkah Masjid. It was built by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah and is made up of bricks and soil which were exported from Mecca. This mosque has the capacity to accommodate as many as 10,000 devotees at one time. This place attracts tourists because of its peaceful atmosphere and its spiritual environment.

After a soothing day, head back to the hotel in Hyderabad for a relaxing overnight stay.

Kick start your morning with a delicious breakfast and check-out from the hotel. Now, begin your journey towards Madurai by flight. Madurai is called the pilgrim town and 'Temple City of India'.

After reaching Madurai, you will go to Meenakshi Amman Temple which is a cultural paradise on earth. This temple is dedicated to the Meenakshi, a form of Goddess Parvati and her spouse Sundareshwar, a form of Lord Shiva. The architecture of Meenakshi Amman Temple is of the Dravidian style and referred to as the "Mathura of South". The eternal glory of this temple is will take your breath away.

After that, you will proceed to Rameshwaram by road. Rameshwaram is situated on Pamban Island and is home to one of 12 Jyotirlingas and is one of the Char Dhams in India. It is believed that Lord Rama built a bridge here to reach Sri Lanka to save his wife Sita from a demon named Ravana.

Upon reaching, check-in the hotel. Savor your dinner and enjoy a comfortable sleep.

Wake up early in the morning around 4:00 am and get ready to pay a visit to the Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga Temple. Before visiting the temple, take a holy dip in the sea and then perform all the rituals of Kund Snan. After that, you will attend the abhishekam ceremony at this Jyotirlinga Temple. This temple is surrounded by the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. As per Hindu mythology, Rameshwaram Temple is the place where Lord Rama showed his gratitude towards Lord Shiva and established a Shivlingam in order to get the blessings for victory over the demon.

Later, come back to the hotel to have your breakfast. Then, check-out from the hotel and go back to Madurai by road. Thereafter, you will be dropped at Madurai airport and here, you will board the flight to Delhi at 2 pm. Upon arrival, a tour representative will transfer you to the hotel.

An overnight stay is arranged at the hotel.

After a lavish breakfast, you will go to the railway station to board the train to Haridwar. After reaching, proceed to your next destination, Guptkashi by road. Guptkashi is perched at 1319 m above the sea level and serves as a perfect stopover for the devotees yearning to visit Kedarnath. Guptkashi is blessed with lush green forests, fantastic weather, captivating views of Chaukhmaba Range and rich heritage.

It is the home to two ancient temples – Vishwanath Temple and Ardhnareshwar Temple. Both are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Another attraction is Manikaran Kund. The water in this kund comes from two holy rivers Ganga and Yamuna. As you reach Guptkashi, check-in at a hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Munch your dinner and enjoy a soothing sleep at the hotel.

Early in the morning, you will get transferred to Phata helipad by road. Here, you will board the helicopter to Kedarnath. Situated at an astonishing height of 3584 m above sea level, Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Temple is a highly revered Hindu shrine. It is situated amidst the majestic snow-capped and lofty Garhwal Himalayan Ranges with Mandakini River flowing along it. Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Temple was established by the Panch Pandavas of the great Hindu epic, Mahabharata. The conical rock idol of Lord Shiva is worshipped in his Sadashiva form. Every year, this place is thronged by thousands of tourists.

After taking the blessings of Lord Shiva, you will come back to Phata by helicopter. Then, you will go back to your pre-booked hotel for dinner.

Later, retire for the day in your room.

Post breakfast, you will drive towards Haridwar which is considered as one of the seven holiest cities in India. It is believed that taking a holy dip in river Ganga at the Har Ki Pauri absolves all your sins.

After reaching there, you will go to Haridwar Railway Station to catch the train to Varanasi. You will enjoy the overnight journey aboard.

In the afternoon, you will reach Varanasi Railway Station. Here, you will meet our tour representative who will help you with an assisted transfer to your pre-allotted hotel. Complete the check-in process and get over tiredness. Varanasi is the most prominent pilgrimage point for Hindus and is famous as the 'Spiritual Capital of India'. Thousands of tourists come here to attain salvation. This city is also known as Kashi.

In the evening, you will go to attend the Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat. This mesmerizing ceremony is the combination of immense grandeur and opulence. Priests line up to perform the aarti while lighting up thousands of lamps in front of the River Ganges.

After that, come back and enjoy a sound sleep at the hotel.

Get up early in the morning and head out to enjoy a boat ride on the river Ganges. You will witness the view of the world awake with the sun and people performing the daily rituals at the ghats. Have your sumptuous breakfast and visit numerous holy temples of Varanasi. Firstly, visit Durga Temple which is located in the Durga Kund and is dedicated to the Goddess Durga. It was constructed by a Bengali Maharani in the 18th-century. The statue of Goddess Durga appeared on its own in this temple. It is believed that Durga Maa always protects the Varanasi from problems. Then, move to the Tulsi Manas Temple which was constructed in 1964 and is dedicated to Lord Rama. This temple is installed at the same place where Goswami Tulsidas had written an ancient Hindu Epic Ramcharita Manas. It exhibits various inscriptions on the walls that come from the Ram Charit Manas.

After that, go to Birla Mandir. Flaunting the tallest temple tower in the world, the shrine is also called as the new Vishwanath Temple. Subsequently, you will explore Vishalakshi Temple which is situated at Mir Ghat and is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Vishalakshi Devi, a divine form of Goddess Sati. Thereafter, pay a visit to the Annapurneshwari Temple which is also called as Annapoorna Temple. This shrine is dedicated to the Annapoorna Mata, the Goddess of Food and one of the forms of Goddess Parvati.

Now, seek the blessings at Shri Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga Temple, also called as the Golden Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The almighty is known as Vishweshwara here that means the 'Ruler of Universe'. It was constructed by the Maratha Monarch, Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar in 1780 and considered as a much-revered pilgrimage site for the Hindus. It is believed that Lord Shiva resided here and always offers happiness and liberation to all.

Afterward, you will leave for Sarnath which is 10 km away from Varanasi. It is one of the 4 holiest places for the Buddhists. It is the place where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon and well-known for the mystical setting, museums, beautiful temples, numerous Buddhist stupas. The magnificent monuments are Chaukhandi, Dharmarajika, and Dharnek Stupas.

By late evening, you will be transferred to Varanasi railway station to catch the train to Deogarh.

On arrival Deogarh, complete your check-in formalities and rest for a while. Now, get ready to pay the homage at Baba Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple, also referred to as the Baidyanath Dham. According to Hindu mythology, Ravana kept the lingam of Lord Shiva here and since then, the lingam has been enshrined at this place.

After that, go to Basukinath Temple. It is believed that this temple is the court of Baba Bhole Nath. The shrines of Lord Shiv and Goddess Parvati are situated in the front of each other in the Basukinath Temple. The gates of these temples open in the evening and according to Hindu beliefs, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati meet each other at this time. If you have time, you can also attend the evening aarti here.

After a pleasurable day, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Today, you will attend the early morning aarti at the Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple. After attending the ritual, come back to the hotel and have your breakfast. Later, you will check-out from the hotel and explore the local markets of Deogarh. Then, you will get assisted transfer to Jasidih Railway Station to board the train for your onward destination. You will go back to your home with fond memories of this 12 Jyotirlinga tour.

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