Introduction: Gujarat was home to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the father of our nation. This tour touches places made famous by Gandhiji and some culturally rich centers of Gujarat. The forts near Baroda are very interesting. You visit the ancient temple at Dwarka, parts of which were reclaimed from sea. It is said that the old structure is still under water.
Jewels of Information :
Mahatma Gandhi – Influenced by Jainism popular in the state, Gandhi believed in ahimsa or non-violence. His role in freedom movement was instrumental. Gram Udyog, self-reliance and uplifting the “outcastes” were causes dear to his heart.
Day 01 Arrive Mumbai
Meeting assistance at arrival in Mumbai and transfer to your hotel.
Day 02 Mumbai
Morning is at leisure. Afternoon visit the city sights including the Gateway of India, Prince Charles museum and the Crawford market.
Day 02 Mumbai – Ahmedabad
Fly to Mumbai this morning and visit the sights after checking in your hotel.
Ahmedabad is famous for its textile museum and the intricately carved mosques.
Day 03 Ahmedabad- Vadodara
Drive to Vadodara in the morning. Visit the Laxmi Vilas Palace, Maharajah Fateh Singh Museum, Lalbagh Palace and the Shiv Mahal Palace. The museum has a huge collection of Raja Ravi Varma’s 19th century paintings. Also visit the Kirti mandir, which has 19th century murals by Nandlal Boase; Nyaya Mandir, the high court in gothic style.
Day 04 Vadodara
Full day excursion to the Fort at Champaner and the tribal villages of Chhota Udepur.
Day 05 Vadodara- Lothal - Bhavnagar
Drive to Bhavnagar via Lothal. You are free to explore the city in the afternoon.
Day 06 Bhavnagar
Full day excursion to Palitana, the Jain temple complex atop Shatrunjaya hill.
Day 07 Bhavnagar-Sasangir
Drive to Sasangir National Park. Afternoon game viewing in the park.
Day 08 Gir
Full day of jungle activity and also visit the crocodile breeding farm.
Day 09 Gir – Junagarh - Porbander
Drive to Mahatama Gandhi’s birthplace today visiting the historical city of Junagarh en route. Visit Gandhiji’s museum, Kirti Mandir and other buildings of interest.
Day 10 Porbander – Dwarka
Drive along the coast to reach Dwarka this morning visiting the temple of Khimeshwar enroute. Visit the 16th century Dwarkadisha temple and Rukmini temple.
Day 11 Dwarka – Rajkot – Mumbai
Drive to Rajkot to connect for your flight to Mumbai.
The evening is at leisure. You could visit a sea food speciality restaurant for dinner.
Day 12 Leave Bombay
In time transfer to the airport for onward journey.
Day 1 Bombay – Ahmedabad
Afternoon transfer to airport to connect the flight for Ahmedabad. It is paradoxical that the fortified city of Ahmedabad, which witnessed by the Mughals, Marathas and British is associated with Mahatma Gandhi who propagated non-violence to the rest of the world. Today the city is famous for Textile Industry, weavers working in the alleys and block-printed fabrics and sarees drying on the banks of the Sabarmati River..On arrival Ahmedabad transfer to hotel. On arrival check-in at Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2 Ahmedabad
Morning full day city tour of Ahmedabad visit Siddi Saiyed Mosque - 1572 A.D., introduction of many architecture of Indo-sarcenic style of architecture. Jamma masjid - 1423 A.D, the most beautiful mosque in east, architecture style combines the best of Muslim & Hindu Tradition. Swaminarayan Temple :- A religious cult followed by Swami-Narayan followers. It is one of the sects of Hinduism & the devotee’s worship Lord Krishna by the name of Swaminarayan. This temple is built by Swaminarayan followers. It stands as a good example of exquisite wood carving. Calico Textile museum - the world finest museum on textile. Thereafter you will visit some of the interesting monuments Rani Sipri’s Masjid, Haibat Khan Mosque, Ahmed Shah’s Tomb, Bibi Ki Masjid and Rani Rupmati’s Mosque. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3 Ahmedabad – Lothal – Baroda(Vadodara)
Morning full day excursion to Lothal. Lothal, one of the southernmost outposts of the Indus valley civilization, is an interesting example of Harappan town planning. The dockyard is an example of maritime architecture, connected to Sabarmati river before it flows into the Arabian Sea in the Gulf of Cambay. The citadel is separated into an acropolis, with paved baths and a lower town with more humble residential quarters, coppersmith workshops, pottery sheds and bead factories. The complex exhibits an excellent system of sanitary drainage. A museum is stocked with archeological finds that offer an insight into the Indus valley period. Later Proceed to Vadodara(Baroda) It is known as the city of Palaces and Gardens. It has some interesting Museum and Art Galaries. On arrival check-in at Hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 4 Baroda (Vadodara)
Full day city tour of Vadodra. You will visit Fateh Singh Museum. This royal art collection includes copies of European works by Raphael, Titan and Murillo and examples of Greco-Roman, Chinese and Japanese art as well as Indian exhibits. Sayaji Bagh, is a popular spot for an evening stroll. Within the park are several attractions. The most important is the Baroda Museum and Art Galary. The Museum has some good Indian statues and carving. The Gallary has Mughal miniatures and a mediocre collection of European masters. Laxmi Vilas Palace, has a large collection of armor and sculptures. The Naulakhi Well, a fine baoli, is 50m north of the palace. About 5km north of the town centre is the unusual EME Temple, a Hindu temple with aluminum domed roof. Evening back to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 5 Baroda (Vadodara) Excursion Chotta Udaipur
Fullday Excursion (With Pack Lunch) to Chotta Udaipur. Chotta Udepur is it proximity to various hamlets of bhils, rathwas, Bhilalas and other tribes. A tour of the tribal village and hamlets offer An insight into traditional architecture, lifestyle & handicrafts of each Aboriginal community in the tirbal market called " hatt " occur at Different villages. Rathwas who can be seen & sporting colourful attires And chunky jewellery, pithora painting, pottery, terracotta figures, Langoti wearing and bamboo basket weaving and important handicrafts. Evening back to Baroda and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 6 Baroda– Bhavnagar
Morning transfer by road to Bhavnagar. It is important trading post for cotton goods manufactured in Gujarat. Afternoon You will visit Takhteshwar Temple sits on a small hillock, which is neverthless high enough to provide good views over the city and out into the Gulf of Cambay. The Temple itself is of minor interest. Gandhi Smriti Museum, with a moderate collection of Gandhi memorabilia and religious statues. Evening visit to some of the interesting bazzar area with overhanging wooden balconies.. Evening back to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 7 Bhavnagar – Palitana - Bhavnagar
Morning full day excursion to Palitana which is 56km fromBhavnagar by road. It is little more than a gateway to Shatrunjaya, strew with 863 temples. The temples were built over a period of 900 years on a hilltop dedicated entirely to God. Almost all the temples are jain, and this hill demonstrate their belief that merit is derived from constructing temples. The most notable of the temple is dedicated to Shri Adishwara, the first Jain Tirthankar. There is a Muslim shrine of Angar Pir. Women who want children make offerings of miniature cradles at this shrine. Evening back to Bhavnagar. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08 Bhavnagar – Diu
Morning Drive to Diu / Ahmedpur Mandvi. Affter noon Enjoy the Beach Activity & Lesiure to Close by the sea. Over Night at Hotel.
Day 9 Diu
Morning Half Day City Tour of Diu & Ahmedpur Mandvi, It has carvings of lions, angels and a priest and has a chapel inside with an inscription dating back to 1702. The artificial Zampa waterfall is also attractive. St. Paul's Church is the only active church till date. Nearby is the old St. Thomas's Church that has now been taken over by the authorities and converted into the Diu Museum. The Church of St. Francis of Assisi has been converted to a hospital. The Marwar memorial commemorates the victory over the Portuguese. The massive fort built in 1541 is an added attraction. & Later day Enjoy the day lazing on the Beach, Swimming or enjoying water sport facilities.
Day 10 Diu – Sasangir
Morning Driver to Sasangir, Asiatic Lion, Gir National Park is a paradise for the connoisseurs of wildlife.
Afternoon Jeep Safari at the Sanctuary. Explore the sanctuary in search of Asiatic Lions. The lions, a smaller more compact version of their African cousins are best viewed at dawn or dusk when they are on the move. Gir has also leopards and numerous chital, nilgai, chinkara, the four horned antelope and wild boar. Marsh crocodiles are often seen at kamleshwar dam & farm developed in the forest.
Return hotel & overnight.
Day 11 – Sasangir.
Fullday Visit Game Drive.
Day 12 – Sasangir – Girnar (Junagadh) – Gondal
Early Morning Drive to Junagadh, Once the capital of the Junagadh state, under the muslim rulers of Babi Nawabs. In Gujarati " Junagadh " literally means ancient fort. The Junagadh town is located at the foothills of the sacred hill of Girnar and occupies a special place in the history of Gujarat. Visit the Girnar Temple - Rising up on the outskirts of Junagadh is Mt Girnar, whose 3660 foot high summit is crowned by some of the finest and religiously most important temples. The climb is a steep one and best undertaken in the very early hours of the morning. The main entrance to the hill is in front of the Uparkot. On the hill top there are Jain and Hindu temples standing in a quadrangular courtyard. The main temple, which is surrounded by pillared cloisters containing 70 cells is dedicated to the 22nd Jain Thirthankara (God) Neminath. Further up from Neminath Temple, the Amba Temple is where newly married Hindu prays for a happy marriage.
After the visit Drive to Gondal, gondal is a picturesque town with plenty of gracious architecture, wide tree lined roads and european lamp-posts. Check in at the Royal Palace for overnight.
Day 13 – Gondal.
Full day local visit of Gondal & leisure. Visit Naulakha palace
The oldest extand palace in gondal, the 17th century Naulakha palace is a festival of stone carvings with exquisite jarokha Balconies, a fabulous pillared courtyard, delicately carved arches and a Unique spiral staircase.
Afternoon Visit the Royal Family Vintage car collection, The royal garages, have an extensive collection of Vintage and classic cars including a 1910 new engine, a delage and a Daimler from the 1920s, a 1935 mercedes, 1935 packard 2 door convertible, 1941 & 1947 cadillac, 1955 cadillac limousine, jaguar xk 150, chevrolet Etc. Most of these cars are restored and some bear the original gondal State number plates
Overnight at the palace.
Day 14 –Gondal – Rajkot – Wankaner
Mornding Drive to Rajkot with onway visit, Once the capital of the princely state of Saurashtra. It was also reputed as a former British government headquarters where Mahatma Gandhi spent early years of his life. Onway visit Watson Museum and Library, Rajkumar College. Suggest Onway Lunch at Local resturant at Rajkot.
Evening Arrival At Wankaner, Check in at the Royal Oasis (palace) later visit the Palace. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15 – Wankaner – Bhuj
Morning Drive to Bhuj, the old walled city of Bhuj is the most important town in the area. The place lies at the heart of Kutch.
On arrival check in at Hotel and then Proceed DSP office for permit to visit the Banni. (Interior visit of Kutch, which falls under the border and the permit, is necessary for the local tribal village). Back to Hotel for Overnight.
Day 16 – Bhuj
Full day excursion to Banni Villages (Suggest with pack lunch). The last village on the border is a Desertland of infinite dimensions, and in its midst, quaint little villages suspended in Time. Here you will come across master craft people' expositioning their traditional art, turning our master pieces everyday. Their ornaments, clothes, utensils, everything they use - will make you feel as if you have stepped into lifestyle museum leaving you spellbound. The Flamingo colony can be approached from Khavda by road and thereafter on camel back. Evening Back to the Hotel for overnight at Bhuj.
Day 17 Bhuj
Fullday Banny village visit North zone. Evening Back to Hotel
Day 18 Bhuj – Dasada( Little Rann of Kutch)
Morning Drive to Dasada, the Rann of Kutch to see the rare species of the ‘Indian Wild Ass’.Visit the nearby villages to see the local tribes such as Rabari, Koli and Bajania still maintain their rich heritage of lifestyle clothes, jewelry and dances. Their embroidery is exquisite
Afternoon proceed Visit villages where one can see the Negroid Sidhi tribes-people of Gir and Kutch. Overnight at the Camp ( Huts cuba kind accommodation)
Day 19 – Dasada.
LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH/ ZINZUWADA/ DASADA
Early morning: Visit the lakes along the Rann of Kutch. The lakes are usually rich in bird life during the winters. Some birds can still be found during this time of the year.
Visit the Visadpura blackbuck area. Arive Zinzuwada and drive to Dasada. Arrive Dasada and check-in at the camp. Lunch at the camp. PM : Visit the neighbouring villages to see the local tribes. Overnight in Dasada
Day 20 – Dasada
Fullday Excursion to Modhera & Patan
Modher : Your excursion includes visit of the beautiful and partially ruined Sun Temple of Modhera was built by King Bhimdev I (1026-27) and bears some resemblance to the later, and far better known, Sun Temple of Konark in the state of Orissa, which it predates by some 200 years. Like that temple, it was designed so that the dawn sun shone on the image of Surya, the sun God, at the time of the equinoxes. The main hall and shrine are reached through a pillared porch and the temple exterior is intricately and delicately carved.
Patan : Patan was an ancient Hindu Capital before it was sacked by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1024. Now a pale shadow of its former self, it still has more than 100 Jain Temples and is famous for its beautifully designed Patola silk saris. Return to the Camp for Overnight.
Day 21 : Dasada – Poshina
Morning Drive to Poshina. The tribal land of Aarravalis. Explore the Bheil & Gharasia tribal culture of North Gujarat & Southern Rajasthan. The village of Poshina is home to a number of artisans the tribal arrow crafters, silver, Potters, blacksimiths and the bazaar is famous for silver tribal jewerly, ORNATE sheathed daggers and terra cotta horses. Around poshina are hamlets Of the bhil and garasia tribal communities, know for their colourful Attires and artistic ornaments. The jain temple, the intricately carved Medireview shiva temple and the royal chattries ( cenotaphs ) of the rulers Of poshina are sure to leave you mesmerized
Afternoon a Jeep safari to the village excorted by a tribal expert. Evening Overnight the Darbargadh Castle.
Day 22 Poshina – Balaram.
Morning Visit the Poshina village by walk escorted by the local expert.
Afterlunch Drive to Balaram Balaram is a holy place with considerable importance as a Hindu pilgrimage. Situated in scenic forest areas. Rest of the day at leisure. Over night at the Palace, Balaram Palace & Resort.
Day 23 Balaram
Morning leisure and enjoy the nature from the palace.
Afternoon visit, Explore the famous Jessor bear sanctuary and Balaram Ambaji wildlife and spot sloth bear in natural habitat. Visit the finest clusters of Jain Temples of Taranga and the holy temple of Ambaji. The architectural excellence of the Sun Temple at Modhera is sur to leave you spellbound.
Day 24 Balaram – Ahmedabad.
Morning Lesiure at the Palace.
Afternoon drive to Ahmedabad, Evening suggest to visit Vishall Village ( Typical Gujarat restaurant) Suggest to taste the Gujarati food. Back and Overnight at Hotel.
Day 25 Ahmedabad – Mumbai/Delhi
Connect your next destination.
END OF THE TOUR.