Gujarat- With its colourful festivals, rich heritage, and scrumptious cuisine,the enchanting scenic beauty, historical monuments, remnants of ancient civilizations, and picturesque beaches cast a spell that is hard to break. It is also one of the only places to have a glimpse of Asiatic lions, free from captivity and in their natural habitat, at Gir National Park. Apart from that travellers visiting Gujarat also get to enjoy the unique folk dances and absolutely lip-smacking dishes of the state, famed the world all over. There are several great places to visit in Gujarat, all of which are steeped in a certain charm and history.
Explore Vibrant Gujarat
On Arrival our representative will be there to welcome you, then our journey to explore the city starts. Our first stop is at Akshardham Temple (Monday Closed), situated in the capital city of Gandhinagar, near Ahmedabad. The magnificent temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. Akshardham temple was inaugurated in the year 1992 and has become a major tourist attraction in India, during the last decade. It has a sprawling 23 acre area and is chiseled out in pink sandstone. Then we proceed towards Sidi Saiyyed mosque, one of the most famous mosques of Ahmedabad built in 1573. The mosque has ten screen windows (jails) on the side and rear arches the Swetambara Temple and Hutheesing temple which 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. Gandhi Ashram a beautiful ashram complex of Ahmedabad, with shady trees populated by thousands of sunbirds, squirrels, offers a refuge from the loud sound of the city. This was Gandhi’s headquarters during the long struggle for Indian independence. This 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. Have your lunch by your own choice. Later drive to Adalaj, an architectural wonder built by Queen Rudabai and is certainly one of the finest monuments of Gujarat. The ‘Vav’ or stepped wells of Gujarat were used as meeting and resting-places during summer since their cool interiors offered unbelievable respite from the scorching sun outside. It is a seven-storied structure in the form of a well with chambers one behind the other. Check into Hotel to have dinner & overnight stay at Ahmedabad.
Post breakfast checkout of the hotel & proceed towards to Bhuj. After arrival at Bhuj City, check-in to the hotel take rest, as it is a long journey. On your way stop for lunch (by your own). Have your dinner at hotel & overnight stay at Bhuj hotel.
Morning after breakfast proceed to visit Banni Village en-route take permit (Please note all client to need to obtain the permit) to see various people like Jat, Harijan, Meghawal and Mutva etc in various villages like Hodka, Ludiya and Dhordo. In Banni area of Kutch the Meghwal-Harijans who migrated from Rajasthan use Khambira, Kharek, and Kudi Stiches in their embroidery. Also outline and satin stitch embroidery of the area and very minute mirror designs similar to the famous Mutwa embroidery of the area. They make wall hangings, waistcoats and pouches in Kharek Stich and do 'Moti Bharat' or beadwork on handheld fans, bracelets, toys and belts. After visit HODKA village which is famous for its beautiful embroidery and mud work as much as Leather craft. On your way stop for lunch (by your own). Then stop next at Ludiya village- Harijans and Muslims are main communities in this village. Harijan men are involved with wood carving, the women take up embroidery and wall-decoration. Have your dinner & overnight stay at Bhuj hotel.
Post breakfast checkout of the hotel & drive to Dhordo and enjoy Rann Utsav Festival (which happens from 1st November till February end). People celebrate throughout the evenings of Rann Utsav Desert Festival Kutch with crafts, music concert, folk dance, and lots of hastkala and handicrafts items over there. Have your lunch (by your own). Nearly 32 cultural troupes from various districts of Gujarat participate in the Dance and Musical Carnival of Rann Utsav. The various locals within Kutch take one around the natural grandiose while introducing the visitor to the indigenous cultural and ethnical flavour of the people. Get back to hotel for dinner & overnight stay at at Dhordo.
Morning after breakfast checkout of the hotel & transfer to Jamnagar. After Check-in visit to Bala Hanuman Temple - Bala Hanuman Temple is a pilgrim place venerated by the devotees of Lord Ram. It is a world famous temple, known for the continuous chanting of Jai Ram, Shri Ram. Have your lunch (by your own). Get back to hotel for dinner and Overnight stay at Jamnagar.
Morning after breakfast checkout of the hotel & travel to Dwarka. After Check-in proceed towards Lords Dwarkadhish Temple, Bet Dwarka, and Nageshwar Jyotirling & Rukmani Temple. Bet Dwarka – is said to be the place where Lord Krishna lived with his family when the ruled at Dwarka. Visitors make it a point to visit the Krishna temple at this site which holds much of interest to be seen and experienced. Stop for having your lunch (by your own). Nageswar Mahadev – The Puranas mention 12 Jyotirlingas or columns of light representing Lord Shiva, who manifested himself in that form in different parts of India. Rukmani Temple – Temple of Lord Krihsna’s wife. Attend evening Aarti Darshan at Dwarkadhish. Get back to hotel & have your dinner at hotel & overnight stay at Dwarka.
Morning after breakfast, checkout of the hotel & travel to Porbandar. Visit the Kirti temple, Sudama known as house & born place of Mahatma Gandhi while reaching to Somnath. Also visit the house of Kasturba wife of Gandhiji in the rear side. A Stopover at the Gandhi museum, study room of Mahatma Gandhi in the Kirti temple before stopping for lunch (by your own). Later proceed to evening aarti Darshan at Somnath Temple. Enjoy lighting and sound Show. Get back to hotel for dinner & overnight stay at Somnath.
Morning after breakfast, checkout of the hotel & proceed towards Diu. After Check-in proceed towards visit St. Paul’s church, Diu Fort & markets. This church - is dedicated to our Lady of Immaculate Conception. The main facade of the church is perhaps the most elaborate of all Portuguese churches in India. The façade has been illuminated by flood lights. The church adorned with curiously treated volutes and shell - like motifs and the magnificent wood carving is considered to be the most elaborate of all the Portuguese churches in India. Stop for having your lunch (by your own). The wood - panelling of the church is rated one of the best in church craftsmanship. Now moving to Diu Fort - an expansive and imposing structure, situated on the coast of the island. The fort commands a magnificent view of sea. The main front wall is having five huge windows with stone galleries. The majestic structure stands on the coast of Diu as a sentinel. Once inside, you are overwhelmed by the gaunt majesty of the ancient stone work which transports you to a bygone era of gallant soldiers where time stands still. Get back to hotel to have dinner and overnight stay at Diu.
Morning after breakfast, checkout of the hotel & proceeds to Sasangir. After Check-in visit Gir National Park which has been the only habitat of the Asiatic lion. During the British Raj, lions were hunted mercilessly by the British officers assisted by the obliging Maharajas and Nawabs. Have your lunch (by your own) at the Gir Forest. The Government of India banned the hunting of lion in the mid-1960 and now this park is open only for the photo safaris. The Gir National Park later became a major tourist attraction in India. In the evening have your Jungle safari at Gir Forest. Get back to your hotel to dinner and overnight stay at Sasangir.
Morning after breakfast, checkout of the hotel & proceeds towards Junagadh, visit Uperkot Fort an ancient fort built by Chandra Gupta. 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. On way to Gondal, visit Navlakha Palace, a festival of stone carvings with balconies. Have your lunch by your own. Visit to vintage car collection, which has several vintage and classical cars and many imposing American cars of the 1940s. Later visit of Swaminarayan Temple, Bhuvneshwary Ayurvedic medicine factory, which makes the herbal medicines according to ancient principal. Continue drive to Rajkot. Check-in to Rajkot for dinner and overnight stay
Morning after breakfast, checkout of the hotel & proceed towards Gandhi Museum or Kaba Gandhi no delo. Continue drive to Vadodara. Overnight stay at Vadodara.
Post breakfast drive to The Statue of Unity: The Statue of Unity is a colossal statue of Indian statesman and independence activist Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (1875–1950) who was the first deputy prime minister of India and the chief adherent of Mahatma Gandhi during the non-violent Indian Independence movement. It is the world's tallest statue with a height of 182 metres (597 ft.). It is located on a river island facing the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the river Narmada in Kevadiya colony, 100 kilometres (62 mi) southeast of the city of Vadodara. Afterwards travel to Airport or station for onward journeys.
Akshardham Temple | Gandhi Ashram | Adalaj | Banni Village | Ludiya Village | Rann Utsav | Lords Dwarkadhish Temple | Nageshwar Jyotirling | Rukmani Temple | Bet Dwarka | Nageswar Mahadev | Rukmani Temple | Kirti Temple | Sudama temple | St. Paul Church | Sasan Gir National Park | Navlakha Palace | Swaminarayan Temple | Gandhi Museum | The Statue of Unity
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