Gujrat Heritage Tour

Departure Date

Monday

Duration

15 Days/14 Nights

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15 DAYS & 14 NIGHTS

MUMBAI I AHMEDABAD I DASADA I BHUJ I GONDAL I JUNAGARH I SASAN GIR I DIU I BHAVNAGAR I PALITANA

 

The Gujarat heritage tour takes you the land where azure seas meet sparkling sands and sunsets embrace rosy dawns. You will experience the rich culture and ethos of state along with the age-old palaces browned in the sun. Gujarat offers view of some of the architectural marvels including the world heritage sites, museums, temples, wildlife and mosques.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01Arrive/Mumbai by International flight

Arrive Mumbai International Airport

Assistance on arrivl (Check in time would be 1200hrs)

Transfer to your Hotel.

Briefing of the tour by the executive

Bombay, is the capital of the Indian State of Maharashtra. The city is the second most-populous in the world; with approximately 14 million inhabitants along with the neighbouring cities of Navi Mumbai and Thane it forms the world’s 4th largest urban agglomeration, with around 19 million people. Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour.

Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Overnight at Hotel
Day 02Mumbai

Breakfast in the Hotel.

Depart for sightseeing tour of Mumbai.

Excursion by motor launch to Elephanta Caves - 9 kms in the sea. These 7th century rock cut cave temples dedicated to Lord Shiva are situated on top of a hill on the island.

The Elephanta Caves are caves located on Elephanta Island in the Arabian Sea near Mumbai, contain Shaivistic high reliefs in stone of Hindu Deities important to worshipers of Shiva. The sculptures were created beginning in the late Gupta Empire, or sometime after, and at later dates. Elephanta Island was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 to preserve the artwork. The original name of this epitome of temple art is Agraharpuri, Agrahar. Agrahar is the necklace or most important neck ornament. The Agraharpuri slowly became Gharapuri; still retaining the original meaning as the focal point of Gharapuri Island, which was renamed Elephanta Island by the Portuguese and is located in Mumbai Harbour off the coast of Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay).

Gateway of India

Afternoon half day sightseeing tour of Mumbai
Gateway of India Mumbai's most famous monument, this is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city. It was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. Ironically, when the Raj ended in 1947, this colonial symbol also became a sort of epitaph: the last of the British ships that set sail for England left from the Gateway. Today this symbol of colonialism has got Indianised, drawing droves of local tourists and citizens.

Marine Drive

Drive past Marine Drive is a 3-kilometre-long boulevard in South Mumbai in the city of Mumbai. It is a 'C'-shaped six-lane concrete road along the coast, which is a natural bay. This is a windswept promenade, flanked by the sea and a row of art deco buildings. Looped between the concrete jungle of Nariman Point, Mumbai's Manhattan, and the leafy green slopes of Malabar hill, Marine Drive was once called the queen's Necklace,

Crawford Market

Crawford Market is one of the prominent markets of Mumbai. It is located in South Mumbai, to the north of Victoria railway station and opposite the Police headquarters. The market is called so, after the City's Municipal Commissioner Arthur Crawford. Though it is now officially known as the Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Market, it is still popular by its former name. The construction of the market building was completed in 1869. One of the main features of the building is the Clock Tower, which is adorned with beautiful Victorian carvings. 

Mani Bhavan

Mani Bhavan in Mumbai is a must visit for all those who are curious about knowing Mahatma Gandhi, the torchbearer of Ahimsa or Non-violence. The memorial is dedicated to this legendary freedom fighter of India & the Father of the Nation, who stayed here between 1917 and 1934 during India's freedom struggle.

Hanging Garden

Perched at the top of Malabar Hill, where the elite have built their plush modern palaces is Kamala Nehru Park, the hangout of the bourgeois middle class. It has little to offer by way of entertainment, apart from a "Old Woman's Shoe" relegated to a distant corner, but the view of the city is spectacular and should not be missed. For most Mumbaiites, Kamala Nehru Park is to Mumbai what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris -- a vantage point that casts a proud eye on the entire city.

Overnight at Hotel

Day 03Mumbai/Ahmedabad by flight 9W 5733 at 1045/1155hrs

Breakfast in the hotel

Transfer to Mumbai domestic airport in time to connect flight to Ahmedabad

Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to hotel

Ahmedabad was founded in 1411 by Sultan Ahmed Shah to serve as the capital of the Gujarat Sultanate. The city is named after its founder. Under British rule, a military cantonment was established and the city infrastructure was modernised and expanded. Although incorporated into the Bombay Presidency during the British rule in India, Ahmedabad remained the most important city in the Gujarat region. The city established itself as the home of a booming textile industry, which earned it the nickname "the Manchester of the East."[4][5] The city was at the forefront of the Indian independence movement in the first half of the 20th century.[6] It was the centre of many campaigns of civil disobedience to promote workers' rights, civil rightsand political independence.

Jama Masjid

Afternoon you will be taken on a sightseeing tour of Jama Masjid, built in 1423 by Ahmed Shah, is beside Mahatma Gandhi Rd, to the east of the Teen Darwaja. Although 260 columns support the roof, the two 'shaking' minarets lost half their height in the great earthquake of 1819, and another tremor in 1957 completed their demolition. Much of this early Ahmedabad mosque was built using items salvaged from the demolished Hindu and Jain temples. It is said that a large black slab by the main arch is actually the base of a Jain idol, buried upside down for the Muslim faithful to tread on.

Sabarmati Ashram - this This ashram was Gandhi's headquarters during the long struggle for Indian independence. His ashram was founded in 1915 and still makes handicraft, handmade paper and spinning wheels. Gandhi's spartan living quarter are preserved as a small museum and there is a pictorial record of the major events in his life. The ashram is open from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm (7 pm between April and September). Admission is free. There is a sound-and-light show for a small charge at 6:30 pm (in Gujarati) and 8:30 pm (in English on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday and in Hindi on the other nights. The beautiful ashram complex of Ahmedabad, with it's shady trees populated by thousands of parakeets, beeeaters, sunbirds and squirells, offers a refuge from the loud streets of the city, and is one the foremost tourist attractions of Ahmedabad. & other places of Interest.

Overnight at Hotel
Day 04Ahmedabad – Patan – Modhera – Dasada (208kms/6hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Dasada en route visiting Patan and Modhera

Patan is famous for its hand woven sarees and is a must-visit destination for all the people visiting Gujarat, especially women. Apart from this, it is also a sought after tourist destination, as the Solanki architecture can be seen at its best here. The sightseeing tours of Patan reveal the majesty of these monuments to the visitors. Some of the foreign tourists come here especially to view the enthralling architecture of the temples of Patan. The Jain temples, with their intricate carvings, are the main attraction of the city. The place interests,people of diverse religion, as there are both temples and mosques here

Madhora

Modhera is known for the 11th century Sun temple. The 11th century Sun temple is situated on a knoll in Modhera. The Sun Temple was built by King Bhimdev I in 1026-27 AD, two centuries before the Sun Temple at Konark. This temple is one of the finest Hindu temples in Gujarat, built by the great Solanki dynasty. This temple and the Konark Sun temple in Orissa are very similar. This similarity is that this temple was also designed in such a way so as to let the dawn sun shine on the image of Surya, at the time of equinoxes

Continue your drive to Dasada & check in at Camp.

Overnight in the camp
Day 05Dasada

Breakfast in the hotel

Morning safari into 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. The Little Rann of Kutch is also a paradise for bird watchers.  

Rest of the day is free to relax

Overnight at hotel

Day 06Dasada/Bhuj by road (309kms/7hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Drive to Bhuj and check in at hotel

Overnight at hotel
Day 07Bhuj

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for sightseeing tour of Bhuj visiting Kutch Museum

The Kutch Museum, formerly known as the Fergusson Museum, was founded by Maharao Khengarji III in 1877 AD. This museum was built by the state engineer Sir Ferguson, and thus named after him. This museum remained a private exhibit for the Maharaos till independence and was renamed as the Kutch Museum. The Kutch museum is the oldest museum in Gujarat. This museum is built in the Italian style and located in picturesque surroundings on the banks of the Hamirsar Lake. The museum has a large collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, various archaeological objects, arms and specimens of various crafts of the Kutch region.

Aina Mahal Palace

Aina Mahal Palace was built by Rao Lakhpatji in 1750 AD. Aina Mahal is a part of a large palace complex. It is a two storey building with Darbar Hall, hall of mirrors, and suites for royal family. In the 18th century, the Rao Lakhpatji sent a local craftsman Ramsingh Malam to Europe to perfect his skills in glassmaking, enamelling, tile making and iron founding. After he returned back, he constructed the Aina Mahal with the hall of mirrors of Venetian glass. The Hall of mirror has white marble walls which are covered with mirrors and gilded ornaments and the floor is lined with tiles.

Also visit a nearby village to have a look at their special style of Embroidery called “Bharat”

Overnight at hotel
Day 08Bhuj –Rajkot- Gondal by road (270kms/5-6hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Drive to Gondal en route visitng Rajkot - the place where Mahatma Gandhi spent the early years of his life.

Continue your drive to Gondal and check in at hotel

In the late afternoon you will be taken to visit

Navlakha Palace

The tourist attractions in Gondal are the forts and palaces. The oldest and most beautiful palace in Gondal is the Navlakha Palace. Built in the 17 th century, this palace is an architectural marvel with stone carvings and exquisite balconies. The place also has a marvelous collection of antiques, gifts and relics of the princely times. The most unique display item being the weighing scales on which he was measured against gold and silver on his anniversaries.

Also visit the Swami Narayan Temple

Overnight at hotel
Day 09Gondal – Junagarh – Sasan Gir by road (150kms/4hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Sasan Gir en route visiting Junagarh – an ancient fortified city rich in myth and legend visiting the remarkable Upperkot Fort (Upper Fort). Over the centuries, enemies had tried to capture this fort but couldn't do so. The walls of the fort are as high as 70 feet. Some Buddhist caves are also situated in Junagadh which show that there might have been a monastery here before its regal history began.

Continue your drive to Sasan Gir and check in at hotel

Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary comprises 1412 sq km of deciduous forest interspersed with semi-evergreen and evergreen flora, acacia, scrub jungle, grasslands and rocky hills. Fed by perennial and seasonal rivers and streams, the sanctuary has large water bodies like the Kamleshwar Dam that are good for crocodiles and birds.

Overnight at hotel
Day 10Sasan Gir – Diu (80kms/2hrs)

Arise early morning to have a Jeep drive to the Sasan Gir sanctuary – home of the Asiatic Lion.

This beautiful forest is considered as one of the most protected areas in Asia, as it is a home to numbers of rare species. The amazing ecosystem of Gir and its vast Flora and Fauna is considered as a huge support for the state forest department. To see its diverse Flora and Fauna, large number of nature lovers, adventure and wildlife lovers come to this place just to explore its exquisite beauty. There are numerous attractive places to visit in Sasan Gir, which has more than 400 plant species around 2,375 distinct fauna, which include 38 species of mammals, about 300 species of birds, 37 species of reptiles and more than 2,000 species of insects. There are numerous attractive destinations, which include Gir Interpretation Zone, Devalia, Kamleshwar Dam (Crocodile Breeding Farm)

Afternoon drive to Diu and check in at hotel

Overnight at hotel

Day 11Diu

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for sightseeing tour of Diu visiting

Diu Fort – Among the Portuguese structures, Diu Fort is the main attraction of Diu. It was built by the Portuguese Governor Nuno De Cunha between 1535 and 1541 AD It is an expansive and imposing structure, situated on the coast of the island. The fort is skirted by the Sea on the three sides. On the fort stands a giant Light House. Several canons still stare menacingly from top. The main front wall is having five huge windows with stone galleries. The Fort has been creatively lit, which creates a breath taking views at night.

St. Paul's Church

St. Paul's Church is dedicated to the Lady of Immaculate Conception. This church was built during the 17th century and the most elaborate of all Portuguese churches in India. St. Paul's Church was founded by Jesuits in 1600 and then rebuilt in 1807. Inside it is a great barn, filled with heavy dark wood, with a small cloister, next door. The main entrance of the church is adorned with volutes and shell-like motifs.

Church of St. Francis of Assisi

The Church of St. Francis of Assisi has been converted into a hospital, but is also sometimes used for services. The Portuguese descended population mostly live in this area, still called the foreigner's quarter.

St.ThomasChurch

St. Thomas Church is a lovely simple building housing the Diu Museum. There is a spooky, evocative collection of worn Catholic statues. Once a year, on 1 November, this is used for a packed out mass. There are also some remains of the Jain temple. There is a guest house upstairs and you can also climb the roof for amazing views.

Nagoa Beach 

Nagoa Beach is located in the Nagoa hamlet of the Bucharwada village. This beach stretches about 2 km from one end to the other. This long, palm-fringed beach is very beautiful and quiet and is in the horse-shoe shape. This beach is very safe for swimming.

Overnight at hotel

Day 12Diu – Bhavnagar by road (210kms/5hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Bhavnagar- once the princely state which was founded in 1742 and is now flourishing port on the Gulf of Khambhat Bhavnagar is the base of Palitana.

Overnight at hotel
Day 13Bhavnagar

Breakfast in the hotel

Today you will be taken on a full day excursion to Palitana – scared city of Jains. It was the capital of a small princely state founded by Shahji, a Gohel Rajput who belonged to the same clan as the Maharaja of Bhavnagar. Palitana is situated at an altitude of 182 metres and covers an area of 13 square km. Palitana is one of Jainism's holiest pilgrimage sites and gateway to the Shatrunjaya hill. Besides being a pilgrimage centre, Paliatana is also knowm for the horse-breeding

Shatrunjaya Hill, Palitana

The Shatrunjaya Hill is located at a height of 591 metres. The Shatrunjaya Temple is the most sacred temple of the Jains and one of the largest of its kind in India. One has to climb up the hill for about 4 kms (600 meters) on a stepped path to Shatrunjaya (place of victory over worldliness). You can reach this place either in Doli or lift chairs or by walking. There are about 863 white marble Jain temples, built over 900 years on the hilltop, each with its own enclosure.

Overnight at hotel

Day 14Bhavnagar/Mumbai by 9W 4508 at 1015/1135hrs

Breakfast in the hotel

Transfer to Bhavnagar airport in time to connect flight to Mumbai

Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to hotel

Rest of the day is free to relax

Overnight at hotel
Day 15Depart/Mumbai by Int’l flight

Today transfer to Mumbai International airport in time to connect your onward to next destination.
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  Tour Includes

 

   Share twin accommodation with breakfast
   Transfers & sightseeing by Air Conditioned vehicle
   Services of accompanied English speaking guide in Gujrat
  Services of English speaking local guides in Mumbai
   Jeep Safari in Dasada & Sasan Gir on sharing basis with accompanied naturalist
   Lunch & Dinner during stay at Dasada & Sasan Gir
   Bhuj permit fees
   Present Applicable taxes as on 15th Oct 2017

  Tour Excludes

 

   Entrance tickets to Monuments/National Park
   International Airfare
   Domestic Airfare
   Visa fee & Insurance
   Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone, camera fee, drinks & tips etc

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