GUJRAT LIKE NEVER
Highlights of tour
✔ Visit ancient caves of Elephanta in Mumbai
✔ Visit Modhera Sun temple
✔ Visit Rann of Kutch
✔ Visit Banni & Hodka village famous for its handicraft work
✔ Visit of Somnath Temple
✔ Relax at beach destination Diu
✔ Enjoy the game drives at Sasan Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary famous for Asiatic Lions
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Day 01: Arrive Mumbai by International Flight
- You will arrive at Mumbai’s International Airport. After clearing immigration and other formalities at the airport you will be met by our representative at arrival hall terminal where you will find many people paging for their guests. Out of them you will find our representative holding a placard with your name written on it. He will assist and escort you to your vehicle.
- Post warm welcome, you will be transferred to your hotel, where our representative will complete all check-in formalities and handover the room keys to you.
- The rest of day will be at leisure for independent activities / overcome Jetlag.
Day 02: Mumbai
- In the morning we will take you to excursion of Elephanta Caves, a short ferry ride takes you to the island of Elephanta Caves also known as the Gharapuri in the local language meaning fortress city. These rock cut caves belong to the ninth century and are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Visit this island approachable only by ferry and you will be amazed to see the rock cut caves lying in the midst of this island.
- In the afternoon enjoy the city tour of Mumbai including visits to Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, Malabar Hill, Hanging Gardens, Dhobi Ghat, the Towers of Silence, Mahalakshmi Temple, the Tomb of Haji Ali and Mani Bhavan. The tour will also include a visit to interesting Prince of Wales museum (closed on Mondays)
Day 03: Mumbai – Ahmedabad (By Domestic Flight)
- Enjoy the breakfast at the hotel.
- Later you will be transferred to airport to board the short flight for Ahmedabad. On arrival, meet and assist at airport and proceed straight to visit Sidi Saiyed Mosque the solid fortified citadel, Bhadra, built of deep red stone in 1411 as Ahmedabad’s first Muslim structure. Later also visit The Swetambara Temple Hatheesing temple was built outside Delhi gate in 1850 by a rich Jain merchant Sheath Hatheesing. This is the best known of Ahmedabad’s many ornate Jain temples. The next on list would be Gandhi Ashram The beautiful ashram complex of Ahmedabad, with shady trees populated by thousands of paraketers, Beaters, sunbirds and squirrels. This ashram was Gandhi’s headquarters during the long struggle for Indian independence. Finally visit Adalaj Vav Gujarat’s most spectacular step-wells which built by Queen Rudabai entrances leading to a huge platform that rest on 16 pillars.
- Later proceed for check-in at your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 04: Ahmedabad – Patan – Modhera - Dasaday (05 hrs by road)
- Post breakfast drive to Dasada (approx. 210 kms / 5 hours), enrout visit Rani ki Vav (Step well). It was built by the Queen Udaymati the wife of Bhimdev during 11-12th It is the most magnificient and spectacular stepwell and the best example of such architecture for water wells.
- Continue your drive and visit Patan Patola of weaving, Patan is Famous for patola weaving, Salvi family is one of them who has continued this traditional art and has preserved it even today. Patola silk is often termed as the queen of all silk.
- Later drive to Modhera Sun Temple, dates bake to early 11th century CE and was built by King Bhimdev I in 1026 CE. The temple at modhera is the most important of all sun temples built in the whole Gujarat. The temple is dedicated to the Sun God. The temple is magnificient and the finest example of the hindus architecture in Gujarat.
- On arrival proceed for check-in at your hotel and relax for remainder of the day.
Day 05: Dasada
- Enjoy morning safari at Little Rann Of Kutch viewing rarest wild asses in the region. The sanctuary is well known for its group of the stale joke brown Asiatic (Wild ass), which does not live elsewhere in Indian lowlands. We can see with Little Rann of Kutch blackbuck (Indian antelope), nilgai or blue bull (India’s largest antelope) and the graceful chinkara (Indian gazelle) are other mammals.
- Later enjoy the village safari in the evening. The safari includes the visit of rural Vadiara and Kharapat Rabaris of Dasada, known for their embroideries, the silk-weavers colony at Dasada, and Ambala village of the Bharward shepherds and goatherds.
Day 06: Dasada – Dhamakada – Ajrakhpur – Bhuj (06 hrs by road)
- Morning after breakfast drive to Bhuj (approx.. 280 kms / 6 hours) enrout visit Dhamadka – to see the block printing by tribe, Dhaneti to observe the embroidery by the Ahir tribe and Bhujodi to view the weavers from the Vankar tribe. Later visit Ajrakhpur and Dhamarka – These block printing villages are home to the famous Ajrakh craftsmen of the region.
- Dhaneti- The village holds a special place in annals of Kutch Gurjar Kshatriyas group of Rajput warriors from Rajasthan first entered Saurashtra in Gujrat in early 7th Century AD fighting and repelling attack from North-West. Then a major group entered Kutch and fought a battle on the land of the Dhaneti village in late 12th Century around 1177–78 A.D. (V.S. 1234) and got themselves established and settled at this village.
- On arrival proceed for check-in at your hotel and relax for remainder of the day.
Day 07: Bhuj
- Morning proceed to visit Banni Tribal area enroute take permit from Bhridyara check post (Please note all guests need to obtain the permit).
- Later proceed to Banni Village to see various people like Jat, Harijan, Meghawal and Mutva etc. in various villages like Hodka, Ludiya and Dhordo. Banni means “a cluster of village”. In Banni area of Kutch the Meghwal-Harijans who migrated from Rajasthan use Khambira, Kharek, Kudi Stiches in their embroidery. Thereafter visit HODKA village followed by Ludiya village. Finally visit to Dhordo to see beautiful traditional mud houses (Bhungas) with mirror work and its fine Mutwa embroidery with tiny mirrors.
Day 08: Bhuj – Gondal (05 hrs by road)
- Morning after breakfast you will be driven to Gondal (approx. 270 kms / 5 hours). On arrival proceed for check-in at your hotel.
- After quick wash and change enjoy the visit to Naulakha palace, it is a festival of stone carvings with balconies. It’s a gift for Maharaja Bhagwat Sinh ji on his silver jubilee as ruler of Gondal. Also visit of vintage car collection, have a collection of several vintage and classical cars including a 1910 new engine with so many imposing American cars of the 1940s. Later visit of Swaminarayan Temple, Bhuvneshwary Ayurvedic Library, which makes the herbal medicines according to ancient principal.
Day 09: Gondal – Junagarh – Somnath (04 hrs by road)
- Morning after breakfast drive further south of Gujarat to Somnath (approx.160 kms / 4 hours) enroute visiting Uperkot Fort in Junagarh, is an ancient fort built by Chandr Gupta. The fort has been rebuilt & extended many times. Later visit of Ashokan Edicts, Mahabat Maqbara. The Ashoka’s Rock edict is on way of Girnar hill temple. The rock engraved with the Buddhist edicts of Ashoka. The edicts impart moral instruction on dharma, harmony, tolerance and peace.
- Continue your drive to Somnath. On arrival proceed for check-in at your hotel. Later visit Somnath Temple – A lord shiva temple known as Jyotirling built by Moon God. Also visit Bhaluka Tirth & Triveni Ghat.
Day 10: Somnath – Diu (02hrs by road)
- Morning after breakfast drive to Diu (approx. 90 kms / 2 hours). On arrival proceed for check-in at your hotel.
- Later visit Diu Fort & beach, the fort has canons, which reminds one of the struggles between bahadur Shah, Sultan of Gujarat, Mughal emperor & the Portuguese. Later visit ST. Paul Church which is founded by Jesuits, Diu Museum which is collection of wooden carving, idols, shadow clocks & so many other items. Evening will be at leisure on beach.
Day 11: Diu – Sasan Gir (02 hrs by road)
- Enjoy the breakfast at your hotel and rest of the morning will be at leisure for independent activities.
- Later today you will be driven to Sasan Gir “The land of Lions” (approx.. 90 kms / 3 hours).
- On arrival proceed for check-in at your tented accommodation / hotel.
- The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as Sasan-Gir) is a sole home of the Asiatic Lions and is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia due to its supported species.
- The wildlife sanctuary is home to Asiatic lions, Indian Leopards, Sloth bears, Indian Cobras, Jungle cats, Striped Hyenas, Golden Jackals, Indian Mongoose and Indian Palm Civets.
Day 12: Sasan Gir
- Enjoy the game drives to wildlife sanctuary
Day 13: Sasan Gir – Bhavnagar (04 hrs by road)
- Morning after breakfast goodbye the lions and continue your drive towards Bhavnagar (approx.. 210 kms / 4 hours).
- On arrival proceed for check-in at your hotel.
- Today you will enjoy the visit to Gandhi Smriti Museum house in A moderate collection of Gandhi’s memorabilia and The Takhteshwar Temple, located on a small Hillock provides a good view over the city and into The Gulf of Cambay. Evening take a stroll of the interesting Bazaar (local market)
Day 14: Bhavnagar – Palitana – Bhavnagar (01 ½ hrs each way)
- Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will enjoy full day excursion to Palitana (1 ½ hours each way). Climb Shetrunjaya hills. The peak is a 3 ½ km climb of over 3500 steps from the The clusters of over 800 temples are divided into tuks. The largest and highest tuk is the Khartavasi tuk, with the 16th century Adinatha temple with images of the tirthankars, the 19th century Vallabhi temple with its finely clustered spires and the massive 1836 AD Motisah temple. Other important temples are the 16th century Adiswara temple in the Vimlavasi tuk, the Ramaji Gadhariya temple and the 18th century Bhulavani. Other important temples can be seen in the Sakara Premchand Tuk, Ujambi Hemabhai tuk, Sheth Hemabhai Vakatachand tuk and other enclosures.
- hroughout the cluster you can see detailed carvings, beautiful idols and images, jeweled statues and intricate Sunrise behind the temples is a great sight. You can enjoy views from the summit of the hills and the river Shetrunjaya.
- Return back to your hotel in Bhavnagar in the late afternoon.
Day 15: Bhavnagar – Lothal – Vadodara (04 hrs by road)
- Morning after breakfast proceeds to Vadodara (approx.. 215 kms / 04 hours), enroute visit Lothal, literally means “Mound of the Dead”, is the most extensively excavated site of Harappan culture in India, and therefore allows the most insight into the story of the Indus Valley Civilization, its exuberant flight, and it’s tragic decay.Continue drive to Vadodara and on arrival proceed for check-in at your hotel.
- Later proceed for brief visit of Vadodara city.
Day 16: Vadodara – Mumbai (By Domestic Flight)
- Morning after breakfast you will be transferred to airport to board the flight for Mumbai.
- On arrival meet at airport and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay before flying back
- Day will be at leisure to explore the fashion city of India “Mumbai” on your own.
Day 17: Departure Mumbai (By International flight)
- Today after breakfast you will be transferred to airport to board the flight back home.