Gujarat Classical Tour

Gujarat is certainly the place that can be compared to none. This beautiful state is an abode to vivacious ethnicity and hospitable locals. The ancient architectural intellect and precision takes the tourism of this state to another level. This 11 Nights and 12 Days tour to a classic & rich heritage destination of Gujarat is an ideal tour to explore the vibrant culture and heritage of the state. The major destinations covered in this tour are Ahmadabad, Dasada, Bhuj, Gondal, Diu, and Bhavnagar.
The major highlights of this Gujarat tour package are visiting and exploring Adalaj Stepwell, witnessing Sun temple of Modhera Rann of Kutch, which is the largest salt desert of the world, carrying out Bhuj's city tour, visiting Banni village, where the tourist will get accustomed to the genuine culture and folk of Gujarat, undertaking sharing safari in Rann of Kutch, enjoying the sights of alluring beaches of Diu. The tour makes the tourists lost in the affluent prosperity of the state.

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$3,673

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Duration

12 days

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  • What's included :
    • 11x Breakfast
    • 2x Dinner
    • 1x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 11 nights
    • Double / Twin room on sharing basis.
    • Daily Breakfast and full board in Dasada.
    • Transportation, as detailed in the itinerary using AC Vehicle.
    • English Speaking accompanying Guide service.
    • Monument entrance fee
    • Shared Jeep safari in Rann of Kutch
    • Currently applicable taxes.
    • Entry/Admission - jama Mosque Ahmedabad
    • Entry/Admission - Sidi Saiyyed Mosque
    • Entry/Admission - Sabarmati Ashram / Mahatma Gandhi's Home
    • Entry/Admission - Adalaj Step-well
    • Entry/Admission - Rani Ki vav
    • Entry/Admission - Little Rann of Kutch
    • Entry/Admission - Naulakha Palace
    • Entry/Admission - Diu Fort
    • Entry/Admission - Lothal
    What's excluded :
    • X Any airfares.
    • X Any airport taxes.
    • X Any expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, telephone charges etc.
    • X Any new tax imposed by the Govt.

  • Day 1: Arrive Ahmedabad

    Pass By: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
    Arrive Ahmedabad. On arrival, you will be greeted and assisted by our representative and transferred to the hotel.

    AHMEDABAD - The city of Ahmed Shah (Medieval ruler of Gujarat), it is widely known for its rich past and its association with the Mahatma (Great Soul), also known as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The city offers the traveler a unique style of architecture, which is a blend of Hindu and Islamic styles (Indo-Saracenic style of architecture). The monuments of Ahmedabad mainly date back to the 15th century. Ahmedabad has been known for its industry since medieval times. Presently it is famous for its textile mills and is often referred to as the 'Manchester of the East'.

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight at the hotel Lemon Tree Premier. (04 Star Hotel)

    Day 2: Ahmedabad

    Stop At: jama Mosque Ahmedabad, Makarba, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380051, India
    Prettily placed in the heart of the old city, Juma Masjid displays a perfect balancing of Hindu and Muslim style of architectural designs. This shrine is built in the year 1423, during the reign of Sultan Ahmed Shah. Built in by yellow sandstone, the masjid takes the attention of the beholder with its sheer beauty.

    Most fascinating structure inside the shrine is its western chamber, which contains 260 pillars with fine carvings. These pillars are the supporting stems of 15 domes that situates in various levels.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, Bhadra Rd Opposite Electricity House, Gheekanta, Lal Darwaja, Ahmedabad 380001 India
    Most predominant shrine of the Muslim community, Sidi Sayed Mosque, proffers all the glittering facets of a classy structure. It is renowned for the acclaimed fabulous Jhali screen, locates in the ten semi-circular windows. Among these windows the two that are placed on the western walls are very impressive with magnificent carvings and designs. The mosque depicts the usual yellow colour, which is quite common about the shrine of that area, but elaborate floral and architectural works made it so different from that of the others. A perfect example for the Indo-Sarcenic style, this mosque shows how a simple stone can be changed in to filigree.
    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Sabarmati Ashram / Mahatma Gandhi's Home, Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Ahmedabad 380027 India
    A name synonymous with the historic freedom struggle of India, Sabarmati Ashram on the banks of Sabarmati River is a familiar term to each house hold in India. As the residence of Gandhiji, this Ashram had played a key role; he had sowed the seeds of non violence from this Ashram. The light and sound show in the ashram gives a clear and in depth knowledge about Gandhiji’s life. Its museum wing displays some of the original letters written by Gandiji and the photo archive depicts important moments and achievements in Gandhiji’s life. Visiting the museum is just like going through the historic era of India’s freedom struggle.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Adalaj Step-well, Adalaj District-Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad India
    The Adalaj Wav Step Well is located 18 kilometers north of Ahmedabad in the Gandhinagar district. It was built during the reign of Queen Rudabai, a Muslim ruler.
    Though now dry, the well once provided water to weary travellers and pilgrims along the roads outside of Ahmedabad. The four-level well is dug directly into the water table, exposing fresh water that rose and fell according the seasons and the amount of rainfall. Its deep interior provided cool relief from the harsh Indian sun.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at the hotel Lemon Tree Premier. (04 Star Hotel)

    Day 3: Ahmedabad / Dasada (by surface approx 5-6 hrs)

    Stop At: Rani Ki vav, Near the Patan Highway, 384265 India
    After breakfast proceed for excursion to Modhera and Patan.

    The main attraction of Patan is Rani Ki Vav.
    Rani (Queen) Udayamati commissioned this vav or stepwell, in 1063 in the memory of her husband King Bhimdev I of the Solanki dynasty. The vav was later flooded by the nearby Saraswati river and silted over until the late 1980s, when it was excavated by the Archeological Survey of India, with the carvings found in pristine condition. Rani Ka Vav is amongst the finest stepwells in India, and one of the most famous legacies of the ancient capital city.

    The steps begin at ground level, leading you down through the cool air through several pillared pavilions to reach the deep well below. There are more than 800 elaborate sculptures among seven galleries.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Sun Temple, On Becharaji Highway, Modhera 384212 India
    Late afternoon leave for Modhera, the Sun Temple one of the finest examples of Indian Architecture of its period. Built in 1026 A.D. Baucharaji (Goddess Bachuccharaji) the temple is dedicated to the Sun-God, Surya and stands on a plinth overlooking a deep stone-steeped tank.

    The brilliant architecture of the temple is one of its own class. The temple encompasses three different yet axially-aligned and integrated constituents. As per the Konark Temple, this shrine is designed in a manner, so that the first rays of the Sun cast on the image of the Lord Surya.

    After sightseeing drive To Dasada and transfer to the hotel.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at the hotel Rann Riders. (04 Star Hotel)

    Day 4: Dasada

    Stop At: Little Rann of Kutch, Thar Desert, Kutch India
    After breakfast, enjoy the shared jeep Safari to Little Rann of Kutch to see wild life, birds and salt flats with well-trained naturalist.

    Dinner and overnight in the Hotel.

    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at the hotel Rann Riders. (04 Star Hotel)

    Day 5: Dasada / Bhuj (by surface approx 5.5 hrs)

    Pass By: Bhuj, Bhuj, Kutch District, Gujarat
    Breakfast at hotel.

    Later, drive to Bhuj local ruler Maharao Hamir founded the city of Bhuj in 1510. In 1549 Rao Khengarji I, another local ruler, made Bhuj his capital. It remained an independent princely state during the rule of the British in India and became a part of India, when it gained independence in 1947.

    On arrival, transfer to hotel.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at the hotel Kutch Safari Lodge. (04 Star Hotel)

    Day 6: Bhuj

    Stop At: Bhuj, Bhuj, Kutch District, Gujarat
    Today after breakfast we will proceed to visit the Banni villages around Bhuj.
    Mud is the essence of life in the villages of India, and more particularly in the villages of Banni grassland, a large spread over in the arid deserts of Kutch. Mud as a material has been creatively integrated in the socio-cultural life of Banni for centuries. One of the most distinctive uses of mud in Banni is found in the built form – the circular mud huts called bhungas. The bhungas demonstrate the ecological, social and the aesthetic aspects of the region. According to architects, the circular design and the steely mesh of mud plaster and twigs make them resist wind pressure and quake. The bhungas are further known for their elaborate design and artistic elegance, and have a light dome shaped bamboo and thatched roof and a circular wall plastered with mud, twigs and dung. Their thick walls keep the interior cool when the temperature rises to 46 degree Celsius in summer and drops to 2 degree in winter.

    Bhungas are wonders in art. Their outer walls are painted beautifully by the women folk every diwali depicting colourful geometrical and floral patterns and the inner walls are inlaid with tiny mirrors.

    Twenty years back when Banni was lush grassland the thatched roof of the bhungas were made from bamboos and grasses. Today there are more modern versions of bhungas in which the thatched roof is replaced by clay baked tile roof and twigs are replaced by stones.
    Some of the villages are famous for weaving, embroidery, block printing, tie & die printing and traditional nut crackers. This will be the highlight of the tour especially if you are interested in handicrafts, textiles and their tribal cultures.
    Due to the increasing salinity of the ground, receding of rivers, and loss of grasslands, the people of the region have shifted their main livelihood from cattle breeding (as well as ghee and butter products) to handicrafts. For such women, belonging to a cooperative where they can retain a higher percentage from their embroidery work becomes even more important.
    After visiting the interesting Villages, drive back to Bhuj.
    Overnight in the Hotel
    IMPORTANT - On arrival in Bhuj visit the Foreign Registration office to take a permit to visit Banni Tribal area. Clients have to keep a photocopy of their passport and visa with them and clients have to go personally to DSP office.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at the hotel Kutch Safari Lodge. (04 Star Hotel)

    Day 7: Bhuj / Gondal (by surface: approx 280 kms / 7 hrs)

    Pass By: Gondal, Gondal, Rajkot District, Gujarat
    After breakfast, drive to Gondal.

    Gondal - Once the capital of a princely state, it was run by the Jadeja Rajputs, later overtaken by the Mughals and again recovered by the original rulers. It is a fortified town located on the river Gondali after which it was named. It was known as a model state of Saurashtra in late 19th and early 20th century. Specifically designed by Sir Bhagwatsinhiji, the ruler himself planned the development of the town which is reflected in the architecture, parks and buildings

    On arrival in Gondal, check in at the hotel.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at the hotel Orchard / Riverside Palace. (04 Star Hotel).

    Day 8: Gondal

    Stop At: Naulakha Palace, Ol Fort Darbargarh, Gondal India
    Breakfast at hotel.

    Later, visit Naulakha Palace.
    The most attractive tourist spot in Gondal is the 17th century, Navlakha Palace complex, which is one of the oldest and most beautiful of Gondal’s monuments. The Navlakha palace complex (17th century), is situated on a river bank, on a grand masonry base, rising to the monumental scale of at least 30 m above the river bed.

    The palace is approached by the high gateway with the clock tower from the town side. The entrance leads to a huge open space with administrative blocks and a grand staircase with balustrade on the extreme left corner leading to the intricately carved pavilions on the open terrace. The grand Darbar Hall, with a series of huge windows opening onto a long balcony supported by intricately carved brackets, overlooks the river. The Darbar Hall has large chandeliers, stuffed panthers, gilt wooden furniture and antique Belgian mirrors.

    The private palace museum displays artefacts, gifts and messages received by Sir Bhagwatsinhji, on his 50th birthday.

    Gondal is like an ecstasy for the car lovers as the place highlights the Royal Garage that is pompous of gargantuan collection of vintage and classic cars which date back to the time of World War II on top of the post-war eon.

    The collection includes a pre-1910 New Engine that belonged to Maharaja Bhagwat Sinhji which is a a real beauty with its superbly crafted gas-operated lamp, curved glass windscreen and woodwork interiors of the coach. The Delage D8, Daimler, and the grand 1935 Mercedes seven-seat saloon are examples of supercharged European cars of the 1920s and '30s known for their superbly crafted bodywork and high performance. Stylish American cars in the collection include a 1935 Packard two-door convertible coupe, the 1930s Buick convertible and the 1935 Ford convertible. Imposing American cars of the 1940s and '50s include a 1941 Cadillac saloon, a 1947 Cadillac convertible, a 1947 Buick convertible, a 1947 Oldsmobile, the 1940s Studebaker convertible, the 1947 Lincoln V12, and the 1950s Cadillac Eldorado limousine.

    The high-performance European cars of the late-1950s include the 1958 Mercedes 300SL two seat roadster, the 1959 Jaguar XK150 and other cars that Maharaja Jyotendra Sinhji and Maharajkumar Ghanadityasinhji raced to wins at many circuits. Also in the collection are muscle cars like the 1960s Chevolet Camaro and Surtees Formula 5000. Recent additions to the collection include the 1992 Corvette ZR1, the 1997 Chevrolet Camaro, the 1997 Buick Riviera, and a Dodge.
    Duration: 3 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at the hotel Orchard / Riverside Palace. (04 Star Hotel).

    Day 9: Gondal / Diu (by surface: approx 186 kms / 4-5 hrs)

    Stop At: Diu, Diu, Diu Island, Diu District, Daman and Diu
    After breakfast, drive to Diu en route visit Junagadh and Somnath Temple.

    On arrival in Diu, transfer to hotel.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Diu Fort, Diu Coast, Diu, Diu Island India
    Later visit, Fort Diu.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at the hotel Radhika Beach Resort. (04 Star Hotel)

    Day 10: Diu / Bhavnagar (by surface: approx 199 kms / 5.5 hrs)

    Pass By: Bhavnagar, Bhavnagar, Bhavnagar District, Gujarat
    After breakfast, drive to Bhavnagar.

    BHAVNAGAR- Named after its founder and ruler, Bhavsinhji Gohil, Bhavnagar was founded in 1723. The place of several lakes and temples, Bhavnagar lies in the southeast corner of the peninsular region of Gujarat known as Kathiawad or Saurashtra. The Gulf of Cambay and the Arabian Sea wet its shores. Bhavnagar has a rich history of traditions, trade and culture. It was a major port from 1743, and its commercial importance led to close interactions with countries like Africa, Mozambique, Zanzibar and Persia. It was ruled by the Gohil Rajput clan and was the capital of Bhavnagar State, the first princely state to join independent India in 1948.

    On arrival, transfer to hotel.


    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel Nilambag Palace Hotel. (04 Star Hotel)

    Day 11: Bhavnagar

    Stop At: Palitana, Palitana, Bhavnagar District, Gujarat
    After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Palitana.

    It is one of the most important pilgrimage centers for believers of Jainism in the country. Jains believe that many of their spiritual leaders attained salvation at this place. There are many temples that are located in the place in a hill called the Shatrunjaya. In total there are around 1300 temples and many are made from marble with exquisite carvings and sculptors. The temples on the hill have been built over a period of 900 years by various generations of Jains and construction was first started in the 11th century. One has to climb a total of 3800 steps that have been cut out of the rock to reach the temples.

    Return back to hotel.

    Overnight at hotel.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel Nilambag Palace Hotel. (04 Star Hotel)

    Day 12: Bhavnagar / Ahmedabad (By surface approx 4 hours) Departure

    Stop At: Lothal, Saragwala Village, Dholka Taluka, Ahmedabad 382230 India
    After breakfast, drive to Ahmedabad en route visiting Lothal city, it is one of the famous cities of the ancient Indus Valley civilization. The origin and history of Lothal may belong to 2400 BC.

    Later continue, drive to Ahmedabad.

    On time, transfer to the airport to board your flight back home / onward destination.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Arrive Ahmedabad. On arrival, you will be greeted and assisted by our representative and transferred to the hotel.Airports
    • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Hansol, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380003, India
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

4

Organised by India Holiday Mall

Activity ID: V-65662P38

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