Somnath is popular for the revered temple of Lord Shiva called the Somnath Temple. Built in Chalukyan style of architecture, the imposing Somnath Temple is the one of the 12 Jyotirlingas - the sacred shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was vandalized several times by the Islamic invaders from different parts of Asia; each time it was rebuilt by the persevering Hindus at the same site. The construction of the present-day temple took five years to complete, and the temple opened for the devotees in 1951. In the morning, you will visit the Somnath Temple to pay obeisance.
You will then be driven to Sasan Gir (45 km, 1 hour), home to the renowned Gir National Park. On arrival, you will check-in at a hotel. There will not be any excursion during the rest of the day. Established in 1965, Gir National Park is a protected area for the Asiatic Lions. Apart from forests of Africa, Sasan Gir is the only place in the entire world where lions are found. Besides the Asiatic lion, other animals that reside in the national park includes deer, four-horned antelope, Indian fox, blue bull, jackal, leopard, hyena, to name a few. There are more than 200 species of bird and 40 species of reptiles and amphibians living inside the national park as well.