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STATELY HOMES & PALACES OF SAURASHTRA
 

BOMBAY-(Via RAJKOT) GONDAL –(via Junagarh) GIR- (Palitana) BHAVNAGAR -UTELIA-(Lothal) AHMEDABAD

 
Introduction
This tour covers Mumbai and the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. Saurashtra is the home of a large section of the business community of Gujarat and a lot of historic Persian influenced architecture. The beautiful Sidi Syed’s mosque is in Ahmedabad, as welll as the shaking minarets and the Jami Masjid.  The Calico textile museum, set up by the famous Sarabhai family, offers a fascinating view into India’s textile heritage while on the banks of the Sabarmati River lies the modest but soul stirring ashram in memory of Mahatma Gandhi. Stepwells or vavs are a highlight of the architecture of this region. Junagarh has a treasure house of intricately carved buildings. Added attractions are the Fort, the pre- Harrapan Girnar hill temples and  Ashokan edicts from 250 BC. Away from architecture and the past, the tour includes the wildlife reserve in Gir and two bird sanctuaries. Gir is the only home of the Asiatic lion in India now. The climax of the tour is Palitana, a breathtaking sweep of Jain temples built atop a hill. To reach them you can walk or experience the ancient mode of conveyance on a palki. This huge medieval complex is a revered pilgrimage site for Jains and people of other religions too.

The region is covered with heritage palaces which have been converted to hotels. One of these, in Utelia, lies in the middle of a quiet, sleepy village. It offers the unique experience of seeing rural India on the ground, while it takes you back in time to living the life that princes and aristocrats enjoyed in their luxurious estates – the contrast is significant – it may not be a very opulent outing but you will have a rare opportunity to see the real India, as it was, and is today.


The ‘Dabbas’ of Mumbai
No other system like this exists in the world. Every day, office goers are provided with hot lunch from their homes by set of persons who collect, personally deliver and return the empty dabba (tiffin boxes) to their homes – with no mix-ups!

DAY 01 Arrive Mumbai
Reception and welcome followed by transfer to your hotel.
 
Day 02 Mumbai
Morning free.  In the afternoon you can do some sightseeing, including the Prince of Wales Museum and Crawford Market.

 Day 03 Bombay ¬– Rajkot – Gondal
Fly to Rajkot and drive on to Gondal. See the royal family’s private collection of vintage cars and enjoy the countryside.

 Day 04 Gondal – Junagarh – Gir
Drive to Gir in the morning visiting the architectural delights in Junagarh en route.

 Day 05 Gir
Visit the game park in the morning to see the Asiatic lions. Also visit the crocodile farm.

 Day 06 Gir – Palitana – Bhavnagar
Visit the Jain temple complex at Palitana atop a hill, and drive on to Bhavnagar.

 Day 07 Bhavnagar
A leisurely day in Bhavnagar exploring the palace and museum.

 
Day 08 Bhavnagar – Utelia
Drive to Utelia via the Valavadar black buck sanctuary.

 Day 09 Utelia ¬– Lothal – Ahmedabad
Drive to birdwatch the flamingoes at Nalsarovar sanctuary. Als see Lothal, the ancient Harappan port city (2000 BC).  Carry on to Ahmedabad.

 
Day 10 Ahmedabad
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Ahmedabad city. Dinner at the ethnic Gujarati restaurant/museum Vishala.

 Day 11 Mumbai/Departure
Fly to Mumbai in the morning. Day rooms have been booked at a hotel near the airport. Transfer to the airport in time for your onward journey.

 

 

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