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Packages of Chandrika


DAY 01 : AHMEDABAD

Arrival transfer from Airport to hotel, check in at hotel. Morning Visit Calico Museum with a prior permission from museum authority.
Calcico Museum: The museum and the Gallaries are open on all days of the week, except Wednesdays and public holidays. However, visits to the Museum and the Galleries shall be limited to the hours given below. Rights of admission to the Museum and the Galleries are reserved by the Management.
GUIDED MUSEUM TOUR - MORNING : 10:30 am TO 12:30 pm (NO ENTRY AFTER 11:00 am) Entry restricted to 20 visitors - 10 visitors on first come first basis and 10 by group booking. Tour Organiser-upto 10 members are requested to contact the administration to make & comfirm the arrangement in advance.
Location: CHAUK - CALICO TEXTILE MUSEUM: Kalamkari, Court Textiles, Trade Textiles, Shawl, Costumes, Embroideries, and Tie & Die etc.
Location: HAVELI - Textile Techniques an overview Embroidery, Wooden blocks for printing etc. Afternoon - visit Gandhi Ashram, Shreyas Folk & Art Museum, and Institute of Indology.
Gandhi Ashram: On a quiet peaceful stretch of the Sabarmati river, Mahatma Gandhi set up a simple retreat in 1915 A.D. 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 A.D, 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.
Shreyas Folk Museum is an educational museum exhibiting folk arts and crafts of Gujarat. It is located 2.5km west of Sabarmati in the suburbs of Ahmedabad district. As the name suggests, the exhibits at the museum include art, craft, textile and clothing, coins, weapons, toys, costumes, masks, puppets and musical instruments. One of the highlights at this museum is a complete elephant skeleton (3.19 m high). The museum is open from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm on all days except Mondays and public holidays. Photography is not allowed and visitors are charged a modest fee. Institute Of Indology: The Institute contains some of the best collections of Jainism, illustrated manuscripts and miniatures. The museum is open from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm on all days except Mondays and public holidays. Photography is not allowed.
Evening Market at Law Garden displays beautiful textile handicrafts of Gujarat. Vishalla is a restaurant with traditional Gujarati food in village surroundings. It has Vichar Utensil Museum worth visiting. The museum houses a unique collection of utensils. Overnight AHMEDABAD

DAY 02: AHMEDABAD - ADALAJ STEPWELL - MODHERA - PATAN - DASADA / BAJANA

Today morning drive to Dasada / Bajana 97 km enroute visiting Adalaj Stepwell, Modhera Sun Temple & Patan. Adalaj Step-well : Situated 17 km north of Ahmedabad, this step well at the village of Adalaj is another fine example of magnificent architectural form. ‘Adalaj Vav’ is richly carved. Every pillar and wall surface is covered with leaves, flowers, birds, fishes and friezes of ornamental designs.
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 Mahmud of Ghazni.
Patan: Home of the famous patola silk saris, Patan is a beautiful old town with Jain temples and carved wooden houses. Rani ki vav (step well) is an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat. The exclusively carved side walls, pillars, beams, series of steps & platforms lead to the elaborately carved water well. Every surface is adorned with finely chiselled sculptures of maidens & Hindu deities, religious motifs & geometrical patterns.
Drive to Dasada/Bajana for an overnight stay in a hotel.

DAY 03: DASADA / BAJANA - WADHWAN (ABOUT 52 KM) - DASADA / BAJANA

Today morning enjoy morning safari to Little Rann Of Kutch.
The Little Rann Of Kutch: The highlight of this sanctuary is the Asiatic Wild Ass or ‘Gudkhur’ that is endemic to the region & is one of the most endangered species in the world. Other mammals that could be seen are nilgai, black buck antelope, chinkara gazelle, Indian wolf, Indian desert foxes, jackals & lesser cats. Also is a paradise for bird watchers.The key dryland birds are Mcqueen's houbara bustard, chestnut bellied & spotted sandgrouse, Indian coursedr, 13 speices of larks & sparrow larks, 5 of quails (including buttonquails), thick-knee, desert warbler, desert & variable wheatear, aquila eagles, short toed snake eagle, six species of falcon & three harriers. Five species of vulture have been recorded. Apart from all these you can hope to see greater & lesser flamingo, three speices of pelican, spoonbill, demoiselle & common cranes, and a number of ducks in flocks of several thousand during winters.
Post lunch, an excursion to Wadhwan, the historic walled town is centre for bandhni tie & dye weaving and metal crafts.
Return to Dasada / Bajana for an overnight stay.

DAY 04: DASADA / BAJANA - BHUJ (222 KM)

After breakfast, drive to Bhuj.
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).
Evening visit the Bazar and Aiana Mahal Museum.
A aina Mahal: It was constucted by Rao Lakhpatji (1707-61 A.D.) in 1750 A.D., who was a great patron of art, architecture, music & literature. Aaina Mahal is a unique example of an Indian palace built in the mid-eighteenth century with European influence.
Overnight at Bhuj.

DAY 05: BHUJ

Full day excursion to Banni Villages (you are suggested to carry Packed lunch).
Amidst the Desert land of infinite dimensions, are suspended, quaint little villages. These are the last villages on the India-Pakistan border. Here you will come across master craft people' exposing their traditional art, turning our master pieces every day. Their ornaments, clothes, utensils, everything they use - will make you feel as if you have stepped into lifestyle museum leaving you spellbound.
Excursion includes: Anjar (old architecture), Banni ('Bhunga' mud houses, kutchi handicrafts), Kera (11th century Shiva Temple)
Return to Bhuj for an overnight stay.

DAY 06: BHUJ - MANDVI (164 KM)

Today, after breakfast, drive to Mandvi.
Mandvi is located on the banks of the Rukmavati River, barely a km from the Arabian Sea at the Gulf of Kutch. The town has a very pleasant climate throughout the year and was a summer retreat of the Kutch Maharaos.
The center of attraction at Mandvi is the Vijay Vilas Palace, a royal abode set in the middle of well-laid gardens with water channels and marble fountains. The architect and craftsmen from Jaipur designed and constructed the palace in 1920 AD. The palace has all the elements of Rajput architecture and draws largely on the plan of palaces of Orchha and Datia. The central high dome on the pillars, the Bengal domes on sides, the windows with coloured glass, carved stone jails, domed bastions at the corners, extended porch and other exquisitely stone carved elements, make the palace worth visiting. It owns a private beach, maintained in an eco-friendly manner to preserve its pristine beauty. For these reasons, this palace has been used as the setting in many Hindi films and has now become a popular tourist destination.
Mandvi has some very beautiful houses belonging to rich merchants. Their architectural style reflects the fusion of Indian & European styles of architecture. The Swaminarayan temple is also one such example with it’s brightly painted exterior and elaborate plaster decorations.
Other interesting buildings are a girls’ high school (a former palace) built by Rao Lakhpat (1741-60 AD) and a light house. This old palace is a replica of the Aaina Mahal of Bhuj, with intricate stone carvings. There is a wind farm on a picturesque beach nearby.
Overnight at MANDVI.

DAY 07: MANDVI - GONDAL (165 KM)

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Gondal: The Riverside palace at Gondal, a govt. of India classified heritage hotel, and the Orchard Palace in the same town, are two mansion guest houses opened as heritage hotels. The interiors of these properties are appointed with period furniture, antiques and artifacts remniscent of the days of the Raj. The highlight of staying at these properties is that guests can see the Royal Garages, housing vintage & classic cars, and the Naulakha Palace, which is a festival of stone carvings & houses royal memorabilia including toys of the late 19th & early 20th century, silver caskets that carried messages & gifts for the Maharajah, elephant howdahs & royal portaits. It has a royal saloon suite, which has its own drawing, dining, bedroom & bathroom in a converted railway carriage.
Overnight Gondal.

DAY 08: GONDAL - JUNAGADH (70 KM) - GONDAL

After breakfast drive to Junagadh enroute visiting Jetpur (31 km) known for its screen & block printing workshops, and yarn-dyeing centre.
Junagadh is situated in the Saurashtra region at the foot of the temple-studded Mount Girnar, on the northern fringes of the Gir forest. The city takes its name from the fort that enclosed the medieval town.
Return to Gondal for an overnight stay.

DAY 09: GONDAL - RAJKOT / AHMEDABAD

DRIVE TO RAJKOT (39 KMS) TO CATCH FLIGHT TO MUMBAI OR DRIVE TO AHMEDABAD AIRPORT FOR ONWARD DESTINATION.

DAY 01 : AHMEDABAD

Gujarat is one of the most diverse states in India. Although, this state is visited by only some of the travelers, it still holds an important place in India. Some of the famous businessmen, industrialists and leaders belong to this famous state. Best of Gujarat tour will take us to some of the famous cities of Gujarat like Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Dwarka, Porbandar, Somnath temple and Diu.

DAY 01 AHMEDABAD
In the morning, arrive Ahmedabad.
Ahmedabad is the second largest cosmopolitan city of Gujarat. This city nurtures in its fold pages of history, a breath of harmony and a show-case of exquisite architecture. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in Ahmedabad.

In the afternoon we visit the Gandhi ashram. Gandhi ashram is situated in Sabarmati which is about 6 kms from the Ahmedabad. This ashram is one of the beautiful ashram and the important tourist attraction in Ahmedabad. This ashram was the Mahatma Gandhi's headquarters during their struggle for India's independence and now houses some of the records of the major events in his life, a memorial centre and a library.

After visiting the Gandhi Ashram we visit the Gandhinagar's famous temple, the Akshardham temple. Gandhinagar is the second planned and architecturally integrated city in India after Chandigarh. The Akshardham temple is the most famous temple of the Swaminarayan Sect, one of the richest religious sects in the world. This temple houses the 7 feet gold-leafed idol of Lord Swaminarayan and is a unique cultural complex. Akshardham is an intricately carved, majestic monument of 6000 tons of pink sandstone and is surrounded by lush green gardens and beautiful fountains.
OVER NIGHT AT HOTEL.

DAY 02: AHMEDABAD

car rental company in ahmedabad, Agent for can rental in Vadaj, NaranpuraIn the morning we visit the Hathee Singh Jain Temple. Built outside the Delhi Gate in 1850 by a rich Jain merchant, the temple is dedicated to Dharamanath, the 15th Jina or Jain apposite. This temple is one of the best ornated Jain temples in Ahmedabad and is built of pure white marble and decorated with rich carvings.
Later we visit the Jama Masjid. Jama Masjid was built in 1423 AD by Ahmad Shah and described by some as the most beautiful mosque in India. This mosque is believed to have been constructed from the items salvaged from the demolished Hindu and Jain temples.
After visiting the mosque we visit the Calico Museum of Textiles. This museum is widely regarded as one of the finest textiles museums in the world, started in Calico Textile Mill. This museum of textiles has excellent exhibits of antique and modern textiles including rare tapestries, wall hangings, costumes and old weaving machines.
OVER NIGHT AT HOTEL.

DAY 03: AHMEDABAD - RAJKOT (225 km)

In the morning we drive to Rajkot.

Rajkot is a very pleasant provincial town. Mahatma Gandhi spent a few years of his life in this town. His father was the Dewan (Chief Minister) of Rajkot, once a small princely State.

In the evening arrive in Rajkot and visit Kaba Gandhi No Delo. Mahatma Gandhi spent the early days of his life here. You can see the exhibition of Gandhi's items here.
This will be followed by a visit to Rajkumar College. Mahatma Gandhi completed his secondary education from this school.
OVER NIGHT AT HOTEL.

DAY 04: RAJKOT - DWARAKA (235 km)

In the morning after having breakfast we drive to Dwaraka.
Dwaraka is situated on the Saurashtra coast, where the River Gomti meets the Arabian Sea. According to the legends, Dwarka was once the capital of the Lord Krishna's empire. It is also believed that the original Dwarka, which was an island, was submerged in the sea. Dwaraka is also one of the four holy places of the Hindus. Dwaraka is known all over the world for the temple of Dwarkadhish, the 'Lord of Dwarka', also known as the Jagat Mandir or temple of the world. In the evening arrive in Dwarka and drive to the hotel.

DAY 05: DWARAKA - PORBANDAR (122 km)

In the morning we visit the Dwarkadhish temple. This temple was constructed over 1400 years ago and houses the image of Lord Krishna. This temple attracts pilgrims from all over the world. Besides the Dwarkadhish temple there are various other temples in Dwarka like the Rukmani temple. This temple belongs to the wife of Lord Krishna.

DAY 06: PORBANDAR - SOMNATH - DIU (122 km)

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After visiting the Somnath temple we drive to Junagadh (115 km).
Junagadh is situated in the Saurashtra region at the foot of the temple-studded Mount Girnar, on the northern fringes of the Gir forest. The city takes its name from the fort that enclosed the medieval town. Visit Forts, Ashoka Rock Edicts and Maqbara.
In the evening arrive in Diu
OVER NIGHT AT HOTEL AT DIU.

DAY 07: DIU

After breakfast, a full day tour to monuments and beaches of Diu.
St.Paul's church: The Church adorned with curiously treated volutes & shell-like motifs and the magnificent wood carving is considered to be the most elaborate of all the Portuguese churches in India.
St.Thomas Church Museum: A huge edifice in gothic architecture was built in 1598 A.D. A part of it has been converted into a museum, an Archeological treasure house.
Diu Fort: This majestic structure stands on the coast of Diu sentinel. Once inside, you are overwhelmed by the gaunt majesty of the ancient stone work which transports you to a bygone era of gallant, where time stands still. The fort offers a kaleidoscopic view of Diu town.
Nagoa beach: The Nagoa beach is exceptionally beautiful & secluded. The horse-shoe (semicircular) shaped, palm-fringed beach, is twenty minutes invigorating drive from Diu.
OVER NIGHT AT HOTEL.

DAY 08: DIU - MUMBAI

AFTER BREAKFAST TRANSFER TO AIRPORT TO CATCH FLIGHT FOR MUMBAI.

DAY 01 : AHMEDABAD

Arrival in Ahmedabad and transfer to hotel.
Morning proceed for local sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad.
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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.

Sidi Sayed Mosque :
A part of the wall in the old citadel of the mosque built by Sidi Sayed, a slave of Ahmed Shah in 1572-73, is renowned the world over for its exquisite stone window tracery – a superb & peerless example of delicate carving that transforms stone into filigree.

Jumma Masjid :
Built in yellow sandstone, this Friday Mosque, is a best combination of Muslim & Hindu architectural style. It stands on 260 pillars that support 15 domes at varying elevations.

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.

Adalaj Step-well :
Situated 17kms north of Ahmedabad, this step well at the village of Adalaj is another fine example of magnificent architectural form. ‘Adalaj Vav’ is richly carved. Every pillar and wall surface is covered with leaves, flowers, birds, fishes and friezes of ornamental designs.
Overnight Ahmedabad.

DAY 02: AHMEDABAD - DASADA / BAJANA (110 km)

After breakfast drive to Dasada / Bajana, and proceed for full day jeep safari into the Little Rann Of Kutch. The Little Rann Of Kutch: The highlight of this sanctuary is the Asiatic Wild Ass or ‘Gudkhur’ that is endemic to the region & is one of the most endangered species in the world. Other mammals that could be seen are nilgai, black buck antelope, chinkara gazelle, Indian wolf, Indian desert foxes, jackals & lesser cats. Also is a paradise for bird watchers.The key dryland birds are Mcqueen's houbara bustard, chestnut bellied & spotted sandgrouse, Indian coursedr, 13 speices of larks & sparrow larks, 5 of quails (including buttonquails), thick- knee, desert warbler, desert & variable wheatear, aquila eagles, short toed snake eagle, six species of falcon & three harriers. Five species of vulture have been recorded.
Apart from all these you can hope to see greater & lesser flamingo, three speices of pelican, spoonbill, demossille & common cranes, and a number of ducks in flocks of several thousand during winters. Overnight at Dasada / Bajana.

DAY 03: DASADA / BAJANA - SASANGIR (280 KM)

After breakfast drive to Sasan Gir. Arrivals at Sasan Gir, check in at Hotel.
Enjoy evening jungle safari of Sasan Gir Sanctuary - the last home of the Asiatic Lion. GIR - Is the only place in the world outside Africa, where the lion can be seen in his natural habitat. Gir's bio-diversity rivals any National Park in India. The forest harbors a variety of smaller animals & birds. Other predators are Panther & the Hyena. The Indian Deer, Sambar, Spotted deer, Blue bull, Chinkara & the Chowsingha (four horned antelope) are found here, along with the bear & the long tailed langur. NOTE: Sasan Gir Sanctuary remains closed from 15th June to 15th Oct. every year.
Overnight Sasangir.

DAY 04: SASANGIR - SOMNATH (60 KM) - SASANGIR

Today enjoy morning jungle safari. Thereafter we will do an excursion to the famous Somnath temple.
Somnath: One of the most revered & an important center of culture & nationalism. The legendary temple contains a ‘jyotirlinga’. Looted & destroyed, built & rebuilt several times, it represents the eternal beauty & strength of the Indian society. The present splendid structure was rebuilt about five decades ago, at the exact spot where the original shrine was located. The iron man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was instrumental in the construction of the present temple.
Over Night at Sasangir

DAY 05: SASANGIR - JUNAGADH - DIU (150 KM)

Today morning we will drive to Diu 150 km enroute visiting Junagadh (21 km from Sasan Gir).
Junagadh: An ancient fortified city rich in myth and legend, Junagadh lies at the foot of Girnar Hill and takes its name from the ‘Old Fort’ which circles the medieval town. The Girnar Hills stands from 2500 years BC having a legend of its own. The antiquities of Junagadh go back to the times of the Emperor Ashoka (250 B.C.) whose fourteen Rock Edicts can be seen cut into a great rock outside the city.
Uparkot Fort: Famous in bygone times for its virtual inaccessibility, the Upar Kot or Upper Fort is girdled by a wall that is, in some places, over 20m high. An ornate entrance gateway leads to the ruins. A mosque still stand in a state of preservation. A Nilamtope (canon) was acquired by the Nawab of Junagadh from a Turkish Sultan. There are also two step-wells, Jami Masjid and Buddhist caves in the fort premises. Ashoka Rock Edicts: On the way to Girnar, fourteen Rock Edicts of the Emperor Ashoka can be seen inscribed on a great boulder. The inscriptions carry Brahmi script in Pali language and dates back to 250 B.C. Maqbara: The mausoleum of the Nawabs, the traditional rulers of Junagadh.
Continue to Diu for an overnight stay.

DAY 06: DIU

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Morning, after breakfast do sightseeing of Diu. There after day at leisure.
Visit monuments and beaches of Diu.
St.Paul's church: The Church adorned with curiously treated volutes & shell-like motifs and the magnificent wood carving is considered to be the most elaborate of all the Portuguese churches in India.
St.Thomas Church Museum: A huge edifice in gothic architecture was built in 1598A.D. A part of it has been converted into a museum, an Archeological treasure house.
Diu Fort: This majestic structure stands on the coast of Diu sentinel. Once inside, you are overwhelmed by the gaunt majesty of the ancient stone work which transports you to a bygone era of gallant, where time stands still. The fort offers a kaleidoscopic view of Diu town.
Nagoa beach: The Nagoa beach is exceptionally beautiful & secluded. The horse-shoe (semicircular) shaped, palm-fringed beach is twenty minutes invigorating drive from Diu.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight stay at Diu.

DAY 07: DIU - BHAVNAGAR (225 KM)

After early breakfast drive to Bhavnagar.
On arrival, check in at hotel & later in afternoon drive to Velavadar Black Buck Sanctuary.
Velavadar National Park: The best national park for black buck viewing in India is the 36sq km, which comprises a tapestry of grasslands & scrubby plains reminiscent of the African Savanah. The national park also provides suitable habitat for the endangered Indian wolf, the jackal, the Indian fox, the jungle cat, blue bull antelope & hare to proliferate successfully & attracts a large number of birds.
NOTE: Sanctuary remains closed from 15th June till 15th Oct. every year.
Overnight Bhavnagar.

DAY 08: BHAVNAGAR - LOTHAL - AHMEDABAD (187 KM)

Today we will drive to Ahmedabad 187 km enroute visiting Lothal.
Lothal: A perfect place to get an insight of the Indus Valley civilization. The most dominating site at Lothal is the massive dockyard spanning an area of 37 meters by 22 meters perhaps the greatest work of Maritime Architecture. Lothal was also famous for its arterial streets, microbes of gold, ivory and coppersmiths’ workshops, potteries and underground sanitary drainage. It is located at a distance of 78 kms from Ahmedabad. (Closed on Fridays).
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DAY 01 : AHMEDABAD

Arrival transfer from Airport to hotel, check in at hotel.
Ahmedabad, named after a Sultan who founded it in 1411 and known for its Indo-Sarcenic architecture is graced with splendid monuments associated with Mahatama Gandhi, the apostle of peace and non violence whose simple ashram on the banks of the river Sabarmati is now a site of national pilgrimage. Renowned as a great textile and commercial centre and as the Manchester of India, Ahmedbad is today the second largest prosperous and thriving city in western India.
Afternoon city tour of Ahmedabad. Overnight at Ahmedabad.

DAY 02: AHMEDABAD - POSHINA (180KM)

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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 Mahumad of Ghazni.
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.
Later reach Poshina - The tribal land of Aravalis.
Explore the Bhil & Gharasia tribal culture of North Gujarat & Southern Rajasthan.
Overnight at Poshina.

DAY 03: POSHINA

Full day time to visit the Tribal village of Poshina.
Its home to a number of artisans the tribal arrow crafters, silversmiths, potters, blacksmiths and the bazaar is famous for silver tribal jewelry, ORNATE sheathed daggers and terra cotta horses. Around poshina are hamlets of the bhil and garasia tribal communities, know for their colorful attires and artistic ornaments. The Jain temple, the intricately carved Med review shiva temple and the royal ‘Chhatteries’ (cenotaphs) of the rulers Of poshina are sure to leave you mesmerized.
Overnight at Poshina.

DAY 04: POSHINA - DASADA / BAJANA (200 KM)

After breakfast drive to Dasada / Bajana.
A jeep safari will take you to the Little 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 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.
Overnight at Dasada / Bajana.

DAY 05: DASADA / BAJANA - CHHOTA UDAIPUR / JAMBHUGODHA (ABOUT 240 KM)

After breakfast drive to Chhota Udaipur/Jambhugodha, on way visit of Baroda and Champaner (World Heritage Site).
At Baroda, visit Fateh Singh Museum, Sayaji Bagh and the Baroda Museum and Art Galary.
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.
Baroda Museum and Art Galary: The Museum has some good Indian statues and carving.
Drive to Champaner 45 km away from Vadodara city.
Champaner Pavagadh Archeological Park: The place is a UNESCO designated, World Heritage Site (2004). It is an assemblage of over 100 small and large monuments largely unexcavated and bearing archaeological, historic and living cultural heritage properties.
Later drive to Jambhugodha/Chhota Udaipur (80 Kms/100 Kms).
Overnight at Jambughoda/Chhota Udaipur.

DAY 06: FULL DAY VISIT OF CHHOTA UDAIPUR

Full day Excursion (with Packed Lunch) to Chhota Udaipur (Recommend to take Jeep for the interior visit - Optional).
Chhota Udaipur is in proximity to various hamlets of Bhils, Rathwas, Bhilalas and other tribes. The tribal folks can be spotted in sporting colourful 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.
Overnight at Jambughoda /Chhota Udaipur.

DAY 07: CHHOTA UDAIPUR / JAMBHUGODH - BHAVNAGAR. (300 KMS)

Early morning transfer by road to Bhavnagar.
Bhavnagar is an important trading post for cotton goods manufactured in Gujarat.
Visit Takhteshwar Temple. The Temple itself is of minor interest but, as it sits on a small hillock, it is neverthless high enough to provide good views over the city and out into the Gulf of Cambay.
Visit Gandhi Smriti Museum, with a moderate collection of Gandhi memorabilia and religious statues.
Evening, visit to some of the interesting bazar area with overhanging wooden balconies.
Overnight at Bhavnager.

DAY 08: BHAVNAGAR – PALITANA (56 KM) - BHAVNAGAR

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Palitana: It is little more than a gateway to Mount Shatrunjaya, strewed 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 demonstrates 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.
Afternoon lunch at a local restuarant (optional).
Return to Bhavnagar for an overnight stay.

DAY 09: BHAVNAGAR - DIU (210 KM)

After breakfast drive to Diu.
Visit the St. Paul's Church, 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 - an Archeological treasure house. The Church of St. Francis of Assisi has been converted to a hospital. The massive Diu Fort built in 1541 is an added attraction. The fort offers a kaleidoscopic view of Diu town.
Later, enjoy the day lazing on the Beach.
Overnight at Diu.

DAY 10: DIU - SASAN GIR (150 KM)

Morning Drive to Sasan Gir - A National Park - 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 also has 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. Overnight at Sasan Gir.
NOTE : Sasan Gir Sanctuary remains closed from 15th June till 15th Oct. every year.
Overnight at Diu.

DAY 11: SASAN GIR - JUNAGADH – GONDAL (65 KMS + 65 KMS)

Early Morning Drive to Junagadh (65 kms).
‘Junagadh’ literally means ancient fort was once the capital of the Junagadh state, under the Muslim rulers of Babi Nawabs. 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 Ashok Rock Edict, Junagadh Museum, Uparkot, etc.
Drive to Gondal, a picturesque town with plenty of gracious architecture, wide tree lined roads and European lampposts.
Evening, visit Royal Family Vintage car collection of Gondal. 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 Gondal.

DAY 12: GONDAL - BHUJ (280 KM)

After an early breakfast drive to Bhuj.
On Arrival, check in at Hotel. Evening visit the Bazar and Aiana Mahal Museum.
Aaina Mahal: It was constucted by Rao Lakhpatji (1707-61 A.D.) in 1750 A.D., who was a great patron of art, architecture, music & literature. Aaina Mahal is a unique example of an Indian palace built in the mid-eighteenth century with European influence.

DAY 13: BHUJ

Full day excursion to Banni Villages (North Bhuj) (you are suggested to carry Packed lunch).
Amidst the Desert land of infinite dimensions, are suspended, quaint little villages. These are the last villages on the India-Pakistan border. Here you will come across master craft people' exposing their traditional art, turning our master pieces every day. Their ornaments, clothes, utensils, everything they use - will make you feel as if you have stepped into lifestyle museum leaving you spellbound. Return to Bhuj for an overnight stay.

DAY 14 : BHUJ

Full day Excursion to Banny village (East & South Bhuj) (Packed lunch recommended).
Excursion includes: Anjar (old architecture), Banni ('Bhunga' mud houses, kutchi handicrafts), Kera (11th century Shiva Temple) Overnight at Bhuj.

DAY 15 : BHUJ FLY TO MUMBAI

IN TIME TRANSFER BHUJ AIRPORT TO CONNECT FLIGHT TO MUMBAI.

DAY 01: AHMEDABAD – MOUNT ABU (230 KM)

Arrival Ahmedabad (Morning). Drive to Mount Abu.

Mount Abu: In the Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan has a range of natural and cultural bounties which makes it an excellent destination. The biggest draw of this charming hill town is the famous Dilwara Temples, worth a visit for their outstanding architecture, intricate white marble carvings and elegant sculptures. This ancient temple complex captures the cultural heritage of the region in all its glory.
Visit Dilwara Temples: This temple complex built in the Solanki style of architecture dates back to the 11th and 13th centuries AD. Carved out of white marble, these temples are dedicated to Jain Tirthankaras (enlightened souls). The oldest temple, the Vimal Vasahi temple, was built in 1031 AD and is dedicated to the first of the Jain Tirthankaras. The temples are very famous for the intricate carvings, especially on the pillars. But the most striking feature of this Jain temple is the marble pendant in the dome of the porch. It hangs from the ceiling like an enchanting cluster of half-open lotuses with cups so finely carved that they appear to be transparent.
In the evening have a walk at the focal point of the town, Nakki Lake and enjoy the sunset.

DAY 02: MOUNT ABU

Full day at Mount Abu sightseeing.
Right in the heart of Mt. Abu, surrounded by rugged hills and granite rocks, is the famous Nakki Lake, which is the foremost tourism attraction. Several royal palaces and colonial bungalows surround the beautiful lake adding to the charm of the surroundings. Raghunath Temple is a famous shrine in the town, while the rock formations such as Toad Rock, Nun Rock and Camel Rock are worth seeing.
There are several view points, the most popular ones being Sunset Point and Honeymoon Point. Baylay's Walk is a pleasant 5 Km route from Nakki Lake to the Sunset Point. Guru Shikhar, the highest point in Mount Abu offers more panoramic views of the hills and can be reached by a concrete road.
Overnight Mount Abu.

DAY 03: MOUNT ABU - AHMEDABAD (230 KM)

Drive to Ahmedabad, enroute visiting Ambaji.

Ambaji: 94 kms from Ahmedabad is one of the major Shakti-piths of India, situated in the Arasur hills. The Ambaji Temple contains no idol, but an inscribed Yantra in the niche. Ambaji is essentially a temple town-with a temple dedicated to Goddess Ambaji at the center. The Ambaji Temple and the front court ‘Chachar no Chowk’ are aligned in the same axis of the cave at Gabbar hill-the original abode of Goddess Ambaji. The present temple was constructed a few years ago, maintaining the original architectural style. Millions of piligrims visit the temple every year-especially during Navratri to seek the blessing of Goddess Ambaji.
Overnight Ahmedabad.

DAY 04: AHMEDABAD – SOMNATH (406 KM)

Today, after breakfast, drive to Somnath.
Somnath: One of the most revered & an important center of culture & nationalism. The legendary temple contains a ‘jyotirlinga’. Looted & destroyed, built & rebuilt several times, it represents the eternal beauty & strength of the Indian society. The present splendid structure was rebuilt about five decades ago, at the exact spot where the original shrine was located. The iron man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was instrumental in the construction of the present temple.

Overnight at Safari Hotel and Resort located at walking distance from Somnath temple near Veraval.

DAY 05: SOMNATH – DWARKA (230 KM)

Today morning after having the pleasure to attend the morning aarti at Somnath temple, drive to Dwarka.

Dwarka: An ancient city, housing one of the principal pilgrimages - ‘Dwarkadhish temple’ of Hindus. According to the legend, Lord Krishna moved to this coastal town to set up a capital. Marine excavations of the Dwarka coast have revealed important evidences of ancient city, which probably include the ‘Dwarawati’ of the ‘Krishna Lila’. Today, it is not only a major pilgrimage site but a pleasant spot for a beach holiday.
Another popular place in Dwarka, part of the Dwarkadhish Temple is Sabha Mandap. It is a 60- pillared hall, which houses almost 2500 years old scriptures. The hall has ‘jharokhas’, offering a nice view of the nearby flowing Gomti River.
Attend evening aarti at Dwarkadhish temple.

Overnight stay at Dwarka.

DAY 06: DIU

Today morning attend morning aarti at Dwarkadhish temple and visit Bet island 30 kms from Dwarka. One can reach Bet from Dwarka through Okha by road. From Okha port jetty, a little sea journey in a ferry or a small boat takes you to Bet. Dolphins, porpoise, sea turtles, octopus, starfish, sea urchins are the common species that are the permanent inhabitants of the islands. A flock of migratory birds are also known to visit the place every year. Return to hotel at Dwarka for an overnight stay.

DAY 07: DWARKA - AHMEDABAD (457KM)

Today, after breakfast, drive to Ahmedabad.
Overnight Ahmedabad.

DAY 08: AHMEDABAD - DAKOR (94 KM) - AHMEDABAD

Today do an excursion to Dakor temple.
Dakor, in its earlier phases as pilgrimage centre in Gujarat, was famous for the Danknath temple, a place of shiva worship. In the later phases it developed into a Vaishnavite centre with the growing fame of Ranchhodrai ji temple, which was built in 1772 A.D. Krishna is called ‘Ranchhodrai’ - one who ran away from the battle. Today this place is known not only as a pilgrimage centre but also a trading centre where one can get the articles related to puja, and other rituals.
On every Sharad Purnlma a big fair is held at Dakor. Gujaratis venerate Krishna and Dakor provides an important link in this.
LATER IN EVENING FLY OUT FROM AHMEDABAD AIRPORT.

Ahmedabad Sightseeing