Vibrant Culture and Rich Heritage

Welcome To Gujrat

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Gujarat is home to the various Archaeological sites, architectural marvels and witness of its glorious history and pilgrim centres. Gujarat – the home state of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of Nation. Gujarat offers a wide range of the most spectacular attractions- such as breathtaking location, wildlife sanctuaries, historic, Beaches and scenic landscapes.

Gujarat is also famous for its handicrafts, arts and Sculpture.

Highlights of Gujrat

Places Covered : Ahmedabad – Bajana – Bhuj - Dwarka –Somnath –Sasangir

Day 01 : Arrival at Ahmedabad transfer to Hotel O/n  at Ahmedabad Welcome to Ahmedabad one of the largest city in the state of Gujarat , located on the banks of the River Sabarmati the city is the administrative centre of Ahmedabad district. Meeting assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 02 : Full day local sightseeing in Ahmedabad After breakfast local sightseeing including :-

  1. Gandhi Ashram: Sabarmati Ashram also known as Gandhi Ashram, Harijan Ashram, or Satyagraha Ashram) is located in the Ahmedabad suburb of Sabarmati adjoining to famous Ashram Road, at the bank of River Sabarmati.
  2. Hathee Singh temple is a very famous Jain temple. It has been named after its founder Seth Hathee Singh, a prosperous Jain merchant. Hathee Singh Jain temple of Ahmedabad was built in the dedication of the 15th Jain Trithanakara named Dharmnath. The temple is known for its fabulous architectural styling and designing that consists of intricate carvings.
  3. Akshardham temple a specimen of fine craftsmanship, the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar is one of the largest and most prominent temples in the entire state of Gujarat. Gandhinagar, It measures 240 feet in length, 131 feet in width and 108 feet in height. This intricately carved imperial structure stands regally amid the green garden. Within the complex of Akshardham, lies a beautiful garden known as Sahajanand Van.

Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 03  : Ahmedabad to Bajana via Modhera & Patan (240kms/6hrs) After breakfast proceed to Bajana on way visit:

  1. Modhera: Sun Temple The sun Temple of Modera is one of the finest example of Indian temple architecture of its period.  Built in 1026 A.D. the temple is dedicated to the Sun Goa, 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 flower, the sun temple at Modhera is magnificent. The first view of the sun temple is breathtaking, with the pillared portico of the sabhamandap reflected in the massive tank. The weathered golden brown stone of the edifice has an overpowering grandeur. There is no worship offered here now. There is no shikhara either. The temple has a sanctum, a pradakshina patha and a sabha mandap in front. The exterior of the sanctum has many carved images of the Sun God, portrayed as wearing a belt and long shoes. The mandapa in front of the sanctum has beautifully carved pillars with exquisite toranas adorning the entrance.
  2. Patan Rani Ki Vav: Patan has over 100 beautifully carved Jain temples & many attractive traditional carved wooden houses. Rani Ki Vav is the oldest and the grandest stepwell in the state of Gujarat. It is situated at Patan and is believed to have been built during 1022 to 1063 AD. The construction was completed by the widowed queen Udayamati. It is the centre for fine textiles particularly silk patola sarees produced by the characteristic 'ikat' technique. Later proceed to Bajana Upon arrival check in

Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 04 : In Bajana: Enjoy morning Safaris in the Little Rann of Kutch. The Wild Ass Sanctuary of the Little Rann of Kutch, spreading across nearly 5000 square kilometers of the Little Rann, is the only place on earth where the endangered Indian Wild Ass (Equushemionuskhur),  known locally as the ghudkhar, still lives. The only other two subspecies of wild asses live in the high arid plateaus of Tibet, making this the most accessible place to visit wild asses in their natural environs. Standing more than a meter tall at the shoulder and two meters in length, wild asses are very agile and can run long distances at a speed of 50 km/h, making them more like wild horses, and far more captivating than their domesticated cousins.

Enjoy evening Safaris at near bajana villages Bharvad embroidery is similar to that of the Rabaris of the region.  The main, exclusive Bharvad piece is a densely embroidered galmendi (veil).  Worked on a rough woollen bandhani veil, the embroidery covered the ends with bold floral and sometimes bird motifs. Some use elaborately wrapped tassel finishing. Since the late 1990s Bharvad women have stopped embroidering, preferring to purchase machine worked textiles.

Day 05 : Bajana to Bhuj (280kms/06hrs) After Breakfast proceed to Bhuj, check in Hotel. Afternoon Visit The Aina Mahal, currently a museum, was built under Rao Lakhpatji. It now stands as a storehouse of the culture and history of Kachchh. Pragmal Palace - The palace, on the other side of Aina Mahal, was built in 1797. the building displays a strong British influence through the floral patterns on its tower and Corinthian pillars. Kachchh Museum - Established in 1877, the Kachchh Museeum is the oldest in Gujrat. It has the largest collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, and diplays textiles, armoury, gold and silver ornaments and other exhibits belonging to the region.

Overnight stay Bhuj.

Day 06 : Local sightseeing in Bhuj After breakfast proceed for banny villages, Hodka – a cultural village is located in the Banni Grassland, right on the edge of the great Salt Desert – the Rann. The name Hodka is derived from the Gujarati word “Hodi” meaning Boat, as the shape of the Jheel is believed to be in the shape of a Boat. It is believed to have been set up by the Halepotra clan. ‘Halepotra’ literally means the ‘Son or the descendant of Halaji’, who is believed to have immigrated from Sindh. The village is famous for its craft like Decorative Mirrors, Lamps, Hand Fans, Letter Boxes, Wall Hanging, Lather, Clay, Wood, Metal and Mud Work especially the exquisite Silver Jewellery. The artisans sell their goods directly from their artistic Huts. Bhirandiyara – is a favourite Tea stop for locals and visitors alike on the road to Khavda. The village boasts a delicious sweet – fresh Maavo. This milk-based sweet is best when eaten hot. Most of the roadside stalls sell Maavo. Evening visit Great rann of kutch,

Overnight at Bhuj

Day 07 : Bhuj to Dwarka (404kms/8hrs) After breakfast proceed to Dwarka upon arrival check in Hotel Attend evening Aarti at Dwarkadeesh temple upon arrival check in Hotel

Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 08 : Local sightseeing in Dwarka Attend early morning Aarti at Dwarkadhish temple. Have breakfast & thereafter visit Bet Dwarka & Nageshwar Jyotirling.

  1. Bet Dwarka Also known as Bet Shankhoddar, Bet Dwarka is only 5 kms from Okha Junction in sea and Okha is 30 kms from Dwarka. It is said to be the place where Lord Krishna lived with his family when the ruled at Dwarka. It is also the place where Vishnu slew the demon Shankhasura. Visitors make it a point to visit the Krishna temple at this site which holds much of interest to be seen and experienced.
  2. 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. This shiva shrine near Dwarka is one of these and is there- fore accorded great respect. Rukmani Temple – Temple of Lord Krihsna’s wife.

Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 09 : Dwarka to Somnath (235kms/05hrs) After breakfast drive to Somnath upon arrival check in hotel:

  1. Somnath Temple The legendary shore temple of Somnath is located near Veraval and is about 80 kms from Junagadh. The Somnath temple is one of the twelve most sacred shrines dedicated to the Lord Shiva. The temple contains the jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. This temple has a very long history. According to the legends, the Somnath temple is very old and was originally built in gold by the Somraj, the Moon God. Later, it was rebuilt by Ravana, in silver; then by Krishna in wood and Bhimdev in stone. Mahmud of Ghazni, upon hearing the description of the richness of the Somnath temple by Al Biruni, an Arab traveler.
  2. Rudresvara Temple Rudreshvara Temple is a ruined temple located near the Somnath temple. This temple dates from the same time as the Somnath Temple and was laid out in a similar fashion. The sculptures on the walls and doorways give an indication of what the Somnath Temple was like.

Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 10 : Somnath to Sasangir (45kms/01hrs) After breakfast drive to Sasangir:

  1. Upon arrival check in hotel

Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 11 : In Sasangir Morning (Optional) excursion by Jeep safari into the Gir Forest National Park . Discover the lair of the extremely endangered Asiatic lion in Gir, the small forest reserve that remains his last sanctuary. The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as Sasan-Gir) is the sole home of the pure Asiatic Lions. The Hindi name Gir stands for forest. . The forest also harbours a variety of smaller animals and birds. Other predators are the Panther and the Hyena. The Indian Deer, Sambar, Chital (spotted deer), Nilgai (blue bull), Chinkara and the Chowsingha (four horned antelope) are found here, alongwith the bear and the long tailed langur.

Overnight stay at hotel

Day 12 : Leave Sasagir Today leave for Rajkot Airport (165kms/04hrs) for next onward destination with sweet memory.

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