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09 DAYS CLASSICAL GUJARAT

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09 DAYS CLASSICAL GUJARAT

One of the lesser-known but interesting regions of India is Gujarat. It lies between Mumbai and Rajasthan. It is one of the more prosperous parts of the country. There are a lot Jains and logically you will find many Jain temples. Gujarat, also known as the ‘Jewel of the West’. Over the ages, Gujarat has seen a succession of races-settlers, as well as conquerors-and, amalgamated their cultures into its own.

DAY 1

ARRIVAL AHMEDABAD

On arrival you are met and greeted followed by Transfer to Hotel. Ahmedabad is Located on the banks of the river Sabarmati; the city was founded by Sultan Ahmad Shah in 1411. Its famous walled area is one of the finest examples of community living & the city thrived as the textile capital & was nicknamed “Manchester of the East' in 1888. This multicultural city is home to some of the finest Indo-Sarcenic mosques & Jain temples. The old city of Ahmedabad is dotted with labyrinthine by lanes called 'polls'. The exquisite carved wooden mansions and havelis are in no manner less than their stone counterparts in Rajasthan. The city also offers a rich architectural legacy that blends Hindu and Muslim schools of architecture, stone and brick with arches, domes and vaults, carved pillars, trefoil designs besides the modern buildings designed by the famous French architect, Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn. Teen Darwaja: The triple-arched gateway was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah to serve as the royal entrance to the Maidan Shahi or the Royal Square. It is in an imposing monument of perfect proportions & highly ornate buttresses. Hutheesingh Jain Temple: Built outside the Delhi Gate in 1850 by a rich Jain merchant, the Hutheesingh Temple is the best known of Ahmedabad’s many ornate Jain temples. Overnight at hotel. Read more

Ahmedabad, 01 Night
DAY 2

AHMEDABAD – BAJANA

After breakfast drive to Bajana en-route visit Patan Modhera. Patan is famous for its Patola weaving Patola Weaving – India has a rich and ancient heritage in fine textiles. (Double Ikkat) Patola from the area of Patan in the North Gujarat region of western India glorifies this heritage. It has unique gem like qualities – gorgeous colours, designs and durability. Its appearance lures the connoisseur of fine textiles. It has no reverse side. Both the sides have equal intensity of color and design.Historically, the art of Double Ikkat Patola weaving dates back to centuries. Paintings in Ajanta caves resemble the tie-dye technique of Patola. Legend indicates that sometimes in the 12th century AC, King Kumarpal of Solanki dynasty, invited 700 families of Patola weavers from Jalna (South Maharashtra) to settle down in Patan in North Gujarat.Salvi family is one of them who continues this traditional art and has preserved it even today. This is our heritage art from four generations. Also visit Rani ki Vav – stepwell in Patan – The Rani ki Vav, a step well in Patan is an excellent example of subterranean architecture in Gujarat and has steps that lead down to the water level. The Rani ki Vav was built by Rani Udayamti of the Solanki dynasty. This Vav represents the finest of the Indian sculptures and architecture and forms the link between a kunda and the classical step-well. In addition to the straight staircase, it also has lateral staircases, along with very broad, stepped corridors. Modhera: The Sun temple of Modhera is one of the finest examples of Indian architecture of its period. Built in 1026 A.D. the temple is dedicated to the Sun-God, Surya and stands high on a plinth overlooking a deep stone-steeped tank. Every inch of the edifice, both inside and outside is magnificently carved with Gods and Goddesses, birds, beasts and flowers. 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. As with the temple of Somnath, this fine temple was ruined by Mohamed of Ghazni. Later drive to Bajana ; arrive and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Bajana Read more

Bajana, 02 Nights
DAY 3

BAJANA

After breakfast proceed for Village jeep safari , The Little Rann of Kutch: Visit the nearby villages to see the local tribes such as Rabari, Koli and Bajania still maintaining their rich heritage of lifestyle clothes, jewelry and dances. Their embroidery is exquisite. One can see the Negroid Sidhi tribes - people of Gir and Kutch. Evening proceed for the jeepsafari to Little Rann of Kutch. According to an estimate about 70,000-75,000 birds’ nests in an area spread over 250 acres. One of the most threatened birds, the great Indian bustard finds a refuge in certain pockets of protected areas. Birds like houbara bustard, francolin partridge, bustard quails, spotted & Indian sand grouse, desert wheatear, steppe eagle, short toed eagle, vulture, imperial eagle, laggard falcon, flamingos, ducks, cranes, pelicans and storks are found here. Overnight in Bajana Read more

Bajana, 02 Nights
DAY 4

BAJANA – BHAVNAGAR

After breakfast drive to Bhavnagar; arrive Bhavnagar check in to hotel. Bhavnagar was founded by Bhavsinhji Gohil in 1723 AD near the Gulf of Khambhat, on a carefully chosen strategic location having potential of maritime trade. Till independence, Bhavnagar State was ruled by the Gohil Rajput clan. Later visit Gaurishanker Lake: A beautiful picnic spot near the lake. There is also a well laid out park. Takhteshwar Temple: Situated on a hill, the site provides a panoramic view. Lock Gate: The first of its kind in Gujarat. The sea-water here is impounded by the lock gates to keep ships afloat during low tide, which could be seen with special permission. Also visit Sarangpur Hanuman Temple . Overnight in Bhavnagar Read more

Bhavanagar, 02 Nights
DAY 5

BHAVNAGAR

After breakfast visit Palitana. Palitana: A 56kms. Drive from Bhavnagar. Palitana lies at the foot of the Shetrunjaya hill, with the Shetrunjaya River flowing to its south. The sacred hill rises in a crescendo of magnificent temples – 863 in all – that soar in marble splendor to the top of the hill. The temples were built over an impressive span of 900 years with each generation of pilgrims making its contribution to the shrines of Shetrunjaya. The 600-metre climb to Shetrunjaya is usually made on foot. Dolis or lift-chairs are also available for the ascent. Later drive back to Bhavnagar. Overnight in Bhavnagar Read more

Bhavnagar, 02 Nights
DAY 6

BHAVNAGAR - JAMBUGHODA

Today after breakfast drive to Jambughoda; arrive Jambughdoa and transfer to hotel; En-route visit Champaner, Champaner situated about 47 kms. north east of Vadodara, stands on an 882 m high in the Girnar Hills. Champaner is a UNESCO World Heritage site, Gujarat's former capital. Champaner was established as the Chauhan Rajput capital in the 8th century. It is an ancient fort located at the foothills of Pavagadh. The walls at the base of the hill were once 6 kms. long and surround military, civic and religious buildings and complex water harvesting systems. The town derives its name from the Champa tree or from Champaraja, founder of the town, a contemporary of King Vanraj Chavda of Anhilwada. The entire landscape is scattered around with remains of fort walls, ruined tombs, gardens, arches,pillars and wells. In the old city, the remains of many fine mosques and palaces show a blend of Islamic and Hindu decoration styles, a unique style encouraged by Champaner’ s relative isolation. At Champaner, one can see three fortifications - the base (Champaner), the top (Pavagadh) and the area connecting both of them (Machi). The major mosques in Champaner are Shehar ki Masjid, Jami Masjid, Kewada Masjid and Nagina Masjid. Overnight stay in Jambughdoa Read more

Jambughoda, 02 Nights
DAY 7

JAMBUGHODA

After breakfast full day excursion to visit the nearby Tribal regions of Chota Udepur and Jambhughoda. Later drive to Chota Udepur; arrive and transfer to your hotel. Chota Udaipur is in proximity to various hamlets of Bhils, Rathwas, Bhilalas and other tribes. The tribal folks can be spotted in sporting colorful attires and chunky jewelry. A tour of the tribal village and hamlets offer an insight of traditional architecture, lifestyle & handicrafts of each aboriginal community. The tribal market called 'hatt' occurs at different villages. Pithora painting, pottery, terracotta figures, Langoti wearing and bamboo basket weaving are main attractions. Read more

Jambughoda, 02 Nights
DAY 8

JAMBUGHODA – AHMEDABAD

After breakfast drive to Ahmedabad transfer to hotel. Evening visit Akshardham Temple: Lord Swaminarayan, born in Chapaya in Uttar Pradesh, took a seven-year pilgrimage in Gujarat to preach his religion. He built six temples, the first being at Kalupur in Ahmedabad. Akshardham, the Swaminarayan temple of Gandhinagar, is a modern complex, built in traditional Indian architectural style from 6,000 metric tons of pink Rajasthan sandstone, carved by expert artisans from Bansipahadpur. The temple is set in a multi-acre garden called Sahajanand Van, with intricate sculptures of Hindu Gods. There is a gold leaf copper sculpture of Lord Swaminarayan that faces similar sculptures of Gunatinand Swami. The interiors have beautiful columns in rosewood that rise up to a high dome. Akshardham remains closed on Mondays Gandhi Ashram: On a quiet peaceful stretch of the Sabarmati River, Mahatma Gandhi set up a simple retreat in 1915. This was his Satyagrah Ashram and for many years it was the nerve centre of India’s freedom movement. It was from here, in 1930, that Mahatma began his famous Dandi March to the sea to protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the British. Hridaya Kunj, the simple cottage where he lived, is now a national monument and preserved as it was during the Mahatma’s life-time. Overnight in Ahmedabad Read more

Ahmedabad, 01 Night
DAY 9

AHMEDABAD AIRPORT TRANSFER

Depart from hotel and Drive to Airport to connect your onward flight to fly back home.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Ahmedabad
Day 2
Location Bajana
Day 4
Location Bhavnagar
Day 6
Location Jambughoda
Day 8
Location Ahmedabad

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation on Twin share
  • Lunch and Dinner at Royal Desert camp
  • Jeep safari to Wild Ass Sanctuary
  • Local guides
  • Information services

Package excludes

  • Any special meal other than those specified in the itinerary and has been quoted as “OPTIONAL”
  • Any alcoholic/non alcoholic drinks including mineral water during meals
  • Entrances fees, Camera fees, Porter-age, Tips, Gratuities etc
  • Things of personal nature like laundry, telephone, spa, drinks, room service etc.
  • Any kind of Insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Any Domestic/International flight charges
  • Any other supplement or item which is not listed in above inclusions

REVIEWS

3 Reviews

CAYLA, Canada

I'm now back in canada after a more than 3 weeks of a much enjoyable trip in south india. I wanted to thank you very sincerely for your very good and truly efficient organization which has definitely contributed to the perfect smoothness of this trip. Everything was perfect: a very efficiently planned schedule, an itinerary perfectly adapted to what I wanted to see... Read more

MORS MARIA, Poland

We would like to thank you and everyone involved for organising our recent tour to India. Our driver Saravanan was marvellous. His driving skills were meticulous and he was interesting companionship. We found the tour to be a perfect pace for us and the upgrade to the Innova the right choice. The guides all provided very comprehensive and interesting commentaries together with some humour thrown in.. Read more

Gertie Rutten, Belgium

Thank you so much for introducing me to India. It has been a wonderful experience in so many ways – the countryside, the temples, the food, the company of like-minded travellers. Your care and spirituality allowed me to open up to it all.

Passionate about India & travel!!

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