Rajasthan is the Queen of Thar and Gujarat is the Land of Kutch. Both states are known for their diverse topography and a fabulous assortment of culture and heritage. The “Close Cousins” takes you through a splendid journey of culture, monuments and tourists destinations of the two states.
Duration : 20 Nights / 21 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi ➜ Jaipur ➜ Jambughoda ➜ Bhavnagar ➜ Adpur ➜ Gondal ➜ Ahmedabad ➜ Dasada ➜ Bhuj ➜ Hodka
Tour Highlights :
The tour is flagged off on arrival at the New Delhi International Airport. The moment you arrive at the Delhi airport, our tour executive will escort you to the hotel. Check in and relax for the rest of the day. In the evening, take a breezy walk across the local markets. Overnight stay is booked at the hotel.
Delhi is blessed with rich cultural influence of Hindu, Sikh and Mughal art. After breakfast, visit the majestic Jama Masjid. Take a cycle rickshaw ride to the old city market of Chandani Chowk. Chandani Chowk carries the essence of Rajputana element and Mughalai taste. Perfect place for handicraft shopping, Chandani Chowk is divided into bigger shops and smaller shops. Gadodia Market and Naya Bazaar offer eye catching artefacts in Handloom, ivory, wooden crafts and spices. Relishing food in the roadside stalls is also a colourful experience. Offer homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat before proceeding to the urban Connaught Place. After dinner, enjoy sweet desserts in food outlets at Connaught Place.
After Old Delhi, it is time to visit the new quartet. Humayun Tomb is one of the most beautiful monuments built within the city perimeters still intact in its original skin. The Baha’ai Temple or the Lotus temple is an awe-inspiring structure that is dedicated to Universal brotherhood. Make a quick drive to the 11th century monument which is a symbol of the rise of Islam in India – Qutub Minar, built by the Muslim rulers as a symbol of victory. Later visit the war memorial India Gate which will leave you spell bound. Walk the promenades along the road leading to the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
After hearty breakfast, leave for Jaipur. It takes 5 hours to reach the Pink City from Delhi. Check into your hotel for a relaxed afternoon. Feel the pinch of the beautiful landscape over which the city of Jaipur is built. The walls of the old city are dotted with pretty lamps and electrical bulbs that line up like galaxy of stars.
Begin your day with a visit to Amer Fort. It boasts of the grand architecture of Persian and Indian magnificence. It was built by Raja Man Singh. Visit Sheesh Mahal, and various other chambers of the fort.
Just few kilometres away, is yet another fort of Jaigarh which will impress you with its artillery and superior engineering. This place boasts of world’s biggest cannon.
Return back to the city for lunch followed by visit to local market. Roadside markets are heavenly places for shopping. Try your bargaining luck at popular markets famous for handcrafted artefacts, saris and blankets. Our guide will take you to shops that keep elegant Bandhej work and the Jaipur Sandals. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast visit the exquisite City Palace followed by Jantar Mantar observatory. It is a circadian system. The Palace is also the home of The Royal Family of Jaipur. Later visit Hawa Mahal and Albert Hall museum. In the evening you may have an optional visit to the rustic village resort of Chokhi Dhani for dinner. Overnight Stay at hotel.
After checking out of hotel, you can board the flight for Ahmedabad. Our representative will receive you and take you to Jambughoda via road. Your stay is booked at the hotel for night.
Jambughoda boasts of world heritage sites- Champaner and Pava Garh.
Explore the exquisite tribal culture through their world famous Pithora paintings. Their pathways are attractively inviting and take you straight to the weekly shopping bazaar called the Haat. After relaxing at the hotel, visit the Jambughoda Sanctuary. Overnight Stay at hotel.
Bhavnagar is an approximate 5 hours drive from Jambughoda. Leave for Bhavnagar in morning. Check into hotel by afternoon. Here you will be treated to a relishing Gujarati traditional Thali. Roam around and snap the old town with your camera. Stay is booked at the hotel for the night.
Leave for Palitana, which is 1-hour road journey. Palitana is one of the oldest Pilgrimage of Jainism. It boasts of over 850 temples built within the perimeters of the Shatrunjaya Hill. Take the 3500 steps to reach the top of the hill temple. You are advised against wearing any black clothes or leather items. Belts, watches, shoes and wallets made of leather are prohibited in the area. Don’t carry any non-vegetarian food items. Water and fruit juices will save you from dehydration and exhaustion. Wear sunscreen and hats with sunglasses to avoid harsh sunlight.
After prayers, you can sit in the temple premises and observe the city landscape from the hill top. The trip will take anywhere between 4-5 hours.
Drive to Adpur from there. The staff of the hotel will welcome you in their traditional courtesy. Adpur is one of the oldest fully planned Indian village. Explore the life of the villagers and enjoy some of the best home-made Gujarati food.
You can simply languish throughout the day in the surroundings of the Adpur village. Try your luck at milking the cows, taking care of the stables. Don’t forget to take bath in the community well area.
Leave for Gondal in the morning via road. It takes 3 hours to reach. Check into the hotel. Relax for the rest of the day.
Begin your day by visiting the elegant Car Museum. Naulakha Museum is a top attraction in Gondal. After breakfast, take a long excursion to the Junagarh. It is a medieval town that boasts of a rich blend of Islam and Hindu culture. Junagarh was one of the last territories to be included into the Republic of India. Junagarh Fort still echoes of the Nawabi style of living. Overnight Stay at hotel.
The Gondal-Ahmedabad road stretch is one of the most picturesque driving experiences in the country. It takes around 4 hours to reach Ahmedabad. Have breakfast at the roadside Dhaba that serve hot Elaichi and Masala tea. It will refresh your day and keep you agile. Check-in at your hotel upon arrival. After relaxing take a ‘Night Heritage Walk’ arranged in the evening. The twilight is the best time to explore the city of tombs, mausoleums, street markets and mosques. Manak Chowk is the top destination for street food. It remains open till 2 in the morning. Naqqar Gate is the iconic place that houses the family of drummers, who have been in the house for over six centuries. They sign off the day to close the city Pols by beating drum at 11 pm.
Begin your day by visiting to the temple of Goddess Kali and feed the elephants on your way. The town roads are lined by elephants that wait to be fed with bananas and fodder. After lunch in traditional Abdavadi Gujarati manner, visit the pristine textile museum of Calico Textile Art Museum that houses some of the finest fabrics and charming patterns. Your evening is reserved for a visit to the Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram. Overnight Stay at hotel.
Dasada is a destination of the famous Rann Riders. It is a 2 hour drive from Ahmedabad. Visit Patan Stepwell and the magnificent Sun Temple at Modhera. Since they are located on the way to Dasada, enjoy the local countryside breakfast of the Bajra bread and spinach curry. Your hotel is booked at Rann Riders for the rest of the day.
Dasada is blessed with some of the most beautiful landscape. Dry and arid, Dasada has breezy morning and shadowy afternoon. Go for the spectacular safari and village visits.
Begin early in the morning for Bhuj. It is a remarkable 5 hours drive leading to the Rann of Kutch. You will make a stopover at the Dhamadka and Dhaneti for snacks. They are famous for the Rabari Embroidery works. Later in the afternoon, break your journey at Akrakhpur which boasts of the Indigo Block Printing by Khatri Tribes. By late afternoon you will reach Bhuj. Stay at hotel booked for the rest of the day.
Leave for Sumerasar to get accustomed to the living of the Khatri tribes. From there, drive to the Jura region which is inhabited by the Sodha Rajputs and the Maru Meghwar tribes.
Nirona is your next destination. Nirona is an ancient bell making site that also boasts of the art of Rogan paintings. Visit Lohar tribe and the Vadhas tribe who are known for their furniture framing using lacquer varnishes. From there, you can proceed to Hodka where your stay is booked. After lunch, visit the local community centres belonging to the Meghwar /Harijan Community and Muslim Halepotra. Overnight Stay at hotel.
After breakfast, you can drive straight to the Bhirandhiaro village. It has some of the most picturesque houses. They belong to the Meghwar tribe and the Raisipotra Muslim people.
Visit Ludia village after lunch. Continue to Khavda where you can see a blend of Meghawar heritage and the Samma community.
The international border between Indian and Pakistan is very close. Go to Kala Dungar to witness the setting sun across the horizon on the International border. See the vast span of barren sea salt desert, it is an exasperating experience. Enjoy the Kutchi dinner at the resort when you return back to Hodka.
Bhuj is one place that marks the indulgence into beauty of imagination. Don’t miss the chance to see the rising Sun in the morning. After breakfast, visit Bhuj Fort followed by the Darbargarh and Prag Mahal Palace. Proceed to the Royal Cenotaph and Aina Mahal Museum. Take a connecting flight for Delhi via Mumbai. The executive of Enticing Tour will transfer you to Delhi International Airport to board flight to your next hometown. The Tour Ends.