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Wildlife, Tribes and Temples of Gujarat | Landscape Hospitality | LHIPL |
Often overlooked, India’s north-west state is a land of walled cities, small villages and exquisite temples. It is also home to Sasan Gir National Park, the only place on the planet where Asiatic lions still roam in the wild. This trip takes you from India’s most beautiful city, Udaipur, through the diverse landscapes, stunning temples, tribal villages and wildlife of Gujarat before reaching journey’s end in cosmopolitan Mumbai (Bombay).
Velavadar Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar, Bhavnagar
Uparkot Fort, Junagadh
Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Kutch
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19 Nights Hotel Accomodation
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Day 1Arrival Ahmedabad
Arrive at Ahmedabad Airport. On arrival after meet and Greet will transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2Ahmedabad –Lothal - Bhavnagar
After breakfast drive towards Bhavnagar en-route visit 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 78kms from Ahmedabad.
On arrival Bhavnagae check in at hotel. Late afternoon visit The Barton Library is a beautiful two storeyed building, appropriately designed for a road junction. It has two wings and a central tower, constructed in ashlar stone masonry, with Gothic arch windows and a sloping roof with Mangalore tiles. It is one of the oldest libraries of Gujarat and also houses a museum.Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 3Bhavnagar -Palitana (Jain temple)
After breakfast drive towards Palitana , day explore the Palitana
Palitana is a city in Bhavnagar district, Gujarat, India. It is located 50 km southwest of Bhavnagar city and is a major pilgrimage centre for Jains.Palitana is associated with Jain legends and history. Ādinātha, the first of the Jain tirthankaras, is said to have meditated on the Shatrunjaya hill, where the Palitana temples were later constructed.
Overnight stay at hotel
Day 4Palitana –Dwarka
After early breakfast drive towards Dwarka. On arrival proceeds to visit Dwarkadish Temple Bet Dwarka : Bet is situated at 30kms from Dwarka and is surrounded by sea from all sides. One can reach Bet from Dwarka through Okha by road. On reaching Okha port jetty, one can reach Bet through a little sea journey in a launch or in a small boat.
Nageshwar Temple or Nagnath Temple:- is located on the route between Gomati Dwarka and the Bait Dwarka Island on the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat. The Jyotirlinga enshrined in the Temple of Nagnath is known as Nageshwar Mahadev and attracts thousands of pilgrims all round the year. This powerful Jyotirlinga symbolizes protection from all poisons.
The Rukmini temple : Dating from 12 to 13 Century, was built in honor of Rani Rukmani, princess of Vidharba, which was to be married to Sishupala, but fled with Lord Krishna. This small temple, 1.5 km north of the city, is an architectural masterpiece. The temple walls are decorated with beautiful paintings and sculptures
Day 5Dwarka - Jungagadh (Jain temple)
After breakfast proceeds towards Junagadh. On arrival proceeds to visit Girnar, also known as Girinagar (‘city-on-the-hill’) or Revatak Parvata, is a group of mountains in the Junagadh District of Gujarat, India, situated near Junagadh. Older than the Himalayas, Girnar, the mountain and its range are considered sacred. It is an important pilgrimage site for both Jains and Hindus, who gather here during the Girnar Parikrama festival. Girnar is one of the five major tirthas attributed to the panch kalyanakas of various Jain tirthankaras. Girnar is also significant among Shiva devotees for the mystic space-time of the mountain range with the known presence and turnover of different sects of Sadhu Babas, Nath sect and others its typical flora and fauna, and the Maha Shivratri fair. Different Jain Tirthankaras and monks visited and practiced severe penance at the peaks of Girnar. It hosts number of temples and some historical spots across its range. Amidst the lush green Gir Forest, the mountain range serves as the hub of religious activity.
Overnight stay at hotel
Day 6Junagadh – Sasangir
Morning visit the Junagarh city where you will find the Old Palace and various Step wells and Ashokan Rock Edit. Later drive to Gir Forest. On arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon proceed for the game drive at the Gir National Park to view Wild life.
Overnight at hotel.
Morning and evening visit the Gr National Park to view Wild Life.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 8Sasangir – Rajkot - Gondl
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast drive to Rajkot on arrival to see Visit Waston Museum (Wednesday & public Holiday closed) opened to the public in the year 1888 and commemorates Colonel James Watson, who was Saurashtra’s political agent from year1886-89. Kaba Ghandhi No Delo the place where the Great Indian Leader, Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his stay in Rajkot in the early years of his life.
Later proceed to Gondal Upon arrival check in Hotel. Evening visit Gondal Visit the Naulakha Palace built of 17 th cent. By Bhakumbhaj i the founder of Gondal. Naulakha Palace. Vintage classic cars collection of the Maharaja of Gondal.
Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 9Gondl - Mandvi
After Breakfast proceeds to Mandvi. On arrival free at leisure to explore the beauty of Mandvi. Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 10At Mandvi
After breakfast explore the Mandvi. Most things in Mandvi revolve around the water. A visit to the beach, exploring the shipbuilding area, a walk along the river; all these are indispensable. But the town is also easily explored on foot, and it is well worth wandering the narrow streets to check out the mix of old architecture. Many wealthy barons during the city’s heyday had flamboyant houses built, with lots of European influence; it is not uncommon to see carved angels, or stained-glass windows. The many bazaars, where all kinds of goods can be found, from bandhani textiles to tasty fresh produce, should not be missed.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11Mandvi – Bhuj
After breakfast drive towards Bhuj. On arrival check in at hotel. Bhuj is the main town of Kutch, another example of a fortified town characterized by narrow streets and labyrinthine alleyways, walls within walls and imposing gates towers, old buildings from the wards and fanciful carved Hindu temples.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. AainaMahal is a unique example of an Indian palace built in the mid-eighteenth century with European influence.
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. Museum remains closed on Wednesdays, Public holidays and on 02nd & 04th Saturdays
Overnight at Bhuj.
Day 12Bhuj and villages - stay in village
Full day excursion to Banni Villages. 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 13Bhuj and villages - stay in village
Full day excursion to nearby Villages.. Return to Bhuj for an overnight stay.
Day 14Bhuj - Dasada & Rann of Kutch
After Breakfast drive towrads Dasada. En route, visit Ajrakhpur & Bhujodi.
Ajarakhpur : Ajrakhpur is a new village established by the traditional Muslim Khatri hand block printers after the earth quake that struck in 2001. This is a craft village where you will find artisans practicing traditional hand block printing in the resist technique on cotton/silk fabrics using the age old Ajrakh prints as well as new design motifs. Visit Ismail Khatri, a master artisan who has been awarded an honorary ph.D. Degree by De Montfort University for his knowledge of natural dye practices. You can also visit a number of block printing units like that of Abdul Rahim, Abdul Gani Hasam, Abdul Raheman Buddha, and Adam.
On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 15At Dasada
Morning desert safari across the Little Rann of Kutch, a salt marsh, looking for wild ass and water birds. Afternoon tour of settlements and villages along the Rann of Kutch, renowned for their embroideries.
LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH: In the region of North Gujarat, especially in the region of Kutch one of the most interesting ethnic communities is Rabaris. Once a nomadic people, Rabaris follow an interesting lifestyle and customs. Today, most of the Rabaris are settled, though some still continue to be semi-nomadic, raising cattle, camels and goats in the arid deserts of Kutch and western India.
The Sanctuary: The sanctuary is well known for its group of the stale joke brown Asiatic (Wild ass), 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 (Indian gazelle) are other mammals.
Overnight at Little Rann Of Kutch
Day 16Dasada –Modhera-Patan - Poshina
After Breakfast Proceeds towards Poshina en-route visit 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: India has the rich & ancient heritage in fine textiles. (Double Ikat ) Patola from the area of Patan with its unique gem like qualities , gorgeous colours, designs & durability. Its very appearance lures the connoisseur of fine textiles. It has no reverse side. Both the sides have equal intensity of colour and design.
The peculiar quality has its origins in a very intricate and difficult technique of Tie dyeing or Knot dyeing known as Bandhani Process on the wrap & weft separately before weaving.
Overnight stay at Poshina.
Day 17At Poshina
After breakfast. Full day entirely dedicated to the visit of tribal villages around Poshina. You will have the opportunity to discover the customs of ethnic groups and Garacia Bhil and visit the temple of Ambaji, dedicated to the mother goddess Amba.
Day 18At Poshina
After breakfast we will Visit Ambaji is a census town in Banaskantha district in the state of Gujarat, India. It is known for its historical and mythological connections with sites of cultural heritage.
Afternoon visit nearby villages.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 19Poshina – Ahmedabad
After Breakfast drive towards Ahmedabad. On arrival visit.
Akshardham Temple :- Swaminarayan Akshardham in Gandhinagar, Gujarat is a large Hindu temple complex inspired by Pramukh Swami, the former spiritual head of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.
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.
Adalaj Step-well: It is situated 17kms north of Ahmedabad. Adalaj Vav is richly carved, every pillar and wall surface covered with leaves and flowers, birds and fishes and friezes of ornamental designs.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 20Ahmedabad – Delhi and Fly back
Morning in time transfer to airport to connect flight for Delhi. On arrival take connecting flight for onward destination.