Vibrant Gujarat

Gujarat, West India

Package Includes:

Duration: 20 Nights / 21 Days
Destinations Covered: Ahmedabad, Champaner, Bhavnagar, Palitana, Gir, Somnath, Porbandar, Dwarka, Rajkot.

Attractions:

Akshardham Temple Sabarmati Ashram
Hathee Singh Temple ISKCON Temple
Sidi Sayad Mosque Pavagadh Fort
Shatrunjaya Hill Gir National Park
Somnath Temple Dwarkadeesh Temple
Rukshamanee Temple Gomti Ghat
Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple Porbandar

Note*

Package Price: Starting from $754 USD plus tax as applicable

Above mentioned price would be the starting price based on two persons traveling together. It will vary according to hotel category chosen and number of persons.

  • All confirmations are subject to availability
  • Rates are valid till 31st March'15
  • Surcharge applicable for any Festival period or Long weekends

Vibrant Gujarat

Day 1: Ahmedabad

Arrive Ahmedabad and Meet to Greet and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Ahmedabad

Early morning after breakfast visit Calico Museum it's simply finest collection of textiles, clothes, furniture, crafts in the country. The calico museum of Textile one of the world's finest collection of antique and modern Indian textile. Highlight of the Morning Tour (include a number of exquisite pieces made for the British & Patroguese, while India's royal households there's an embroidered tent and robe of Shah Jahan. Look out too for the Patola saris, woven in patan. Other galleries to dedicated to embroideries, bandhani tie-and-dye, textiles made for overseas trade and woolen shawls from Kashmir and Chamba. In addition to exhibits from other Indian regions, tribal crafts such as kutchi silk-and-cotton mashru weaving are displayed in spectacular wooden havelis from Patan and siddhpur in northern Gujarat. Adalaj Vav Gujarat's most spectacular step-wells which built by Queen Rudabai entrances leading to a huge platform that rest on 16 pillars. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3

In the morning visit Sidi Saiyed Mosque the solid fortified citadel, Bhadra, built of deep red stone in 1411 as Ahmedabad's first Muslim structure. Sidi Saiyad Mosque, built by a general of Abysinian origin in the 1570 is best known for it's intricate perforated stone work, The Sidi Saiyad Mosque is famous for its ten semi - circular delicately carved stone windows; one of them shows the intricately entwined branches of a tree, depicting the 'Tree of life'. The Swetambara Temple Hatheesing temple was built outside Delhi Gate in 1850 by a rich Jain merchant Sheth Hatheesing. This is the best known of Ahmedabad's many ornate Jain temples. It is dedicated to Dharamnath, the fifteenth Tirthankar whose status stand in the main sanctuary Built by pure marble profusely decirated with rich carving, Gandhi Ashram The beautiful ashram complex of Ahmedabad, with shady trees populated by thousand of paraketers, Beaters, sunbirds, squirells, offers a refuge from the loud streets of the city and is one of the foremost tourist attraction of Ahmedabad. This ashram was Gandhi's headquarters during the long struggle for Indian independence. His ashram was founded in 1915 and still makes handicrafts, handmade paper and spinning wheels. This ashram is open from 8.30 AM to 6.30 PM. overnight at hotel.

Day 4

Early morning Drive to Dasada, Enroute visit Rani ki Vav (Step well). It was built by the Queen Udaymati the wife of Bhimdev during 11-12th Century. It is the most magnificent and spectacular step-well and the best example of such architecture for water wells. The Vav measuring about 64 mts. The step-well has long stepped corridor descending down to the underground tank, it is having four pillars. The Pillars which support the roof have square base decorated with Ghat Pallavas. It was one of the largest and the most sumptuous structure of its type. Later 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. The special technique of the handmade silk Patola uses the same special technique for weaving from raw silk to the completion of the Patola fabric. The weaver makes the special Patola loom and coloring from indigenous natural materials. Patola from the area of Patan in the north Gujarat region of western India glorifies this heritage with its unique gem like qualities, gorgeous colors, designing & durability. Different color and pattern matched exactly on horizontal and vertical threads in weaving. The Patola was traditionally woven in a sari length of 5 to 9 yards by 45" to 54" width. The range now extends to include tablecloth borders scarves handkerchief. Later drive to Modhera Sun Temple, 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 magnificent and the finest example of the Hindus architecture in Gujarat. One of the most striking features of the Modhera Sun Temple that the first ray of the sun falls on the deity at the time of the equinoxes. In front of the temple is a colossal tank, which was once known as Surya Kund or Rama Kund. The tank has a series of the carved steps leading to the bottom.Later Continue to Dasada drive. Check in to hotel, evening dinner, o/n at Dasada.

Day 5

Morning after breakfast visit of Wild ass sanctuary at Dasada.

Dasada is famous for Asiatic wild asses 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 are other mammals as well as you can see Indian wolf, desert Fox, Indian Fox, Jackals, desert and Jungle Cats and a few hyenas; also we can see different type of birds like Flamingoes, pelicans, ducks, cranes and storks. Overnight at Dasada.

Day 6

Morning drives to Bhuj, Check-in to Hotel, Evening Visits market area of Nhuj as well as Foreign Registration office to take a permit to visit Banni Tribal area.

Day 7

Excursions visit of Banni villages to see the various people like Jat, Harijan, and Meghawal, Mutwa etc. in various villages like Hodka , Ludiya and Dhordo. Normally Jats are not allowed their photography. To carry packed Lunch and enough water is must required in these remote area except tea nothing is available. Overnight Bhuj.

Day 8

Excursion visit to Bhjodi Village than drive to Mandvi to visit Rabari Village after Tunda Wandh near Mandvi. Also visit of Beaches & palace at Mandvi. We can eat at Gujarat Tourism restaurant on the beach of Mandvi or near Vijay Vilas palace. Overnight stay Bhuj.

Day 9

Morning visit of Bhuj Local city Tour includes Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal, Kutch Museum. Aina Mahal - Aina Mahal means Mirror Palace. It was constructed by the artists Ramsinh and Gaidhar Devshi rule of Rao Lakhpatji in the 18 centuary. Ramsingh is specialized in Kutchi architecture, enamel work, jewellary, tile work and interior decoration. The great master piece of Ramsingh is the Hall of the Mirrors and this is the real attraction in the Aina Mahal. The walls are white marble covered with mirrors which are separated by gilded ornaments. The hall is lit by elaborate pendant candelabra with shades of Venetian glass. The hall of the mirrors is on the second floor of the Aina Mahal but Ramsingh devised ingenious pumps and Siphons to raise up water to fill the pleasure pool and to operate fountain which cast spray in an intricate variety of patterns charming the eye and cooling the air. The small state apartment carpeted with exquisite Kutchi silk embroidery. The hall is filled with a miscellaneous collection of objects, a Dutch Clock, English and French celestial globes, some antique pictures, mechanical toys, glass and china. On the wall s of the corridor are a variety of pictures some European and many Indian. The Prag Mahal is also one of the most interesting palaces the famous monuments in Gujarat. The Prag Mahal in Bhuj is an example of magnificent architecture. The decor of ornate Italian marble and golden sandstone give the palace a unique look and leaves one spellbound. Kutch Museum - The Kutch museum was established in 1877 by British Governor of Mumbai known as Sir James Fergusson. The Kutch Museum was initially recognized as Fergusson Museum. It has a fabulous collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, various archaeological objects, weapons, musical instruments and specimens of various crafts of the Kutch region. Kutch museum has also a very fine collection of Kutchi silver and golden work, enamelings, textiles, wood work, coins, old utensils, arms and other archeological objects. The museum is situated on the bank of lake 'Hamirsar' and in front of the garden 'Nazar Baugh'.

The Kutch Museum closed only on Wednesday and on 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month and other days open from 9.00 to 11.00 and 15.00 to 17.30. Continue drives to Jamnagar, Check-in to hotel & O/n stay Hotel Vishal International.

Day 10

Early morning drives to Dwarka, visit of Dwarka City Tour includes visit of Gomti River, Dwarkadish Temple - temple of Lord Krishna & in the noon driver to Okha port in between visit of Lord Shiva Jyotirling known as Nageshwar, Gopi Pond, Rukhmani Temple and proceed for bet Dwarka temple by Boat. O/n stay Dwarka Residency.

Day 11

Morning proceed to Porabandar (130 Kms) visit of Kirti temple known as house & born place of Mahatma Gandhi. In back side house of Kasturba wife of Gandhi. Also visit of Gandhi museum, study room of Mahatma Gandhi in the Kirti temple. Later visit of Sudama temple & continue proceed to Somnath, in Somnath visit Somnath temple - A lord Shiva temple known as Jyotirling built by Moon God. Later continue drives to Diu, O/n in Diu.

Day 12

After b/f visit of Diu. In the morning visit of 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 Diu includes St. Paul Church which is founded by Jesuits, Diu Museum which is collection of wooden carving, idols, shadow clocks and so many other items. In the evening visit of Beaches. O/N Diu.

Day 13

Morning Drives to Sasan Gir, Evening safari to Gir National Park. Sasan Gir Lion sanctuary is home of some 300 Asiatic Lions. Sasan Gir is only place in world outside African continent where lion can be seen in its natural habitat. O/n Sasan Gir.

Day 14

Morning again optional Safri to Gir National Park, Noon drives to Junagadh, Check-in hotel, visit of UPERKOT FORT, is an ancient fort built by Chandra Gupta. The fort as been rebuilt and 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. O/n stay Junagadh.

Day 15

Excursion visit of Girnar Hill - The height of the hill is 1100m. it has 10,000 steps to reach on the stop. The steps were built in 1899 and 1908. start the Journey early in morning before 7 AM is fine. From top peak view are superb. This is a major pilgrimage center for both Hindu and Jain. A Sadhu (Priest) gathers in time of Kartika Purnima festival. O/N Junagadh.

Day 16

Morning drives to Gondal, visits of Naulakha palace, it is a festival of stone carvings with balconies. It gift for Maharaja Bhagwat Singh Ji on his silver jubilee as ruler of Gondal. 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 principals. In the noon drives to Veerpur-Jalaram Bapa Temple. O/n stay Gondal.

Day 17

Morning drives to Rajkot. Check-in hotel rest of the day for own activities O/n Rajkot.

Day 18

Morning drive to Bhavnagar, check in hotel. In the evening visit of Takhteshwar temple of Lord Shiva, temple was named of Maharaja Takht Singh Ji, Temple was located on hill and made of marbles. Gandhi Smriti, an institute, library, museum and gallery of photographs represent the life of Gandhi. Barton library and museum is a collection of colonel Barton, An important British representative in Saurashtra. Coin collection is the attraction of this museum. O/n stay Bhavangar.

Day 19

Early morning after B/F drive to Palitana (56 Kms). visit of Palitana Jain temple. Palitana is one of the India's most pilgrim centers. The 600 meter climb to Shantrunjaya is usually on foot. Lift chairs (Dolly's) are also available. Mount Shatrunjaya hardly a kilometer away from the town, which on both sides by minor temples, include museums. The mountain is associated with Rishabhdev, temple first Tirthankara, also known as Adinath. O/n Bhavnagar.

Day 20

Morning drives to Pavagadh via Lothal, visit of Lothal it's an example of Harappa Ancient civilization, darshan of Godess Maha Kali, continue drives to Baroda, visits of City Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, Sayaji Bagh. Check-in hotel. O/n stay Vadodara.

Day 21

Transfer to Vadodara Airprot / Railway Station.

Hotel Overview:

Suggested Hotels:

Destination NAME OF HOTEL
Ahmadabad: Le Grand
Bhavnagar: Lords Plaza
Gir: Gir Safari Resort
Dwarka: Dwarka Residency
Rajkot: Kavery

List of Included items for your package:

  • Assistance on Arrival/Departure
  • 10 night's accommodation in 3 Star hotels on double sharing
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Lunch & Dinner at GIR
  • English Speaking Guide Service
  • Air Conditioned private car for airport-hotel transfers
  • Air Conditioned private car for city tours & intercity transfers

List of Not Included items for your package:

  • Monument entrance fee
  • Expenses of personal nature like telephone, laundry, beverages etc.
  • Air Fare.