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Splendid Gujarat

Mumbai / Bhuj / Gondal / Sasangir / Diu / Bhavnagar / Utelia / Zainabad / Baroda / Ahmedabad / Mumbai

Day 01
Arrive Mumbai By Flight
Arrive Mumbai Assistance on arrival at the airport followed by transfer to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02
In Mumbai
Morning breckfast after that full day explore Mumbai City. First we will visit The Gateway of India. The Gateway of India is a monuments of Mumbai. It’s design is a combination of both Hindu and Muslim architectural styles, the arch is in Muslim style while the decorations are in Hindu style. The Gateway is built from yellow basalt and reinforced concrete. The stone was locally obtained, and the perforated screens were brought from Gwalior. The central dome is 15 metres (49 ft) in diameter and is 26 metres (85 ft) above ground at its highest point. The whole harbour front was realigned in order to come in line with a planned esplanade which would sweep down to the centre of the town. The cost of the construction was Rs. 21 lakhs(2,100,000), borne mainly by the Government of India. Then we will visit to Prince of Wales Museum thereon we will proceed to Jain Temple. This is arguably the prettiest temple in Mumbai (indeed, Jain temples are generally the prettiest in India). Officially called Babu Amichand Panalal Adishwarji Jain Temple, this beautifully decorated and adorned temple has an entrance flanked by two stone elephants. The downstairs area houses an array of deities and saints, including an image of Ganesh that recalls historical links between Jainism and Hinduism. Therefore will proceed to Hanging Gardens. The Hanging Gardens, Mumbai, in Mumbai, India, also known as Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens, are terraced gardens perched at the top of Malabar Hill, on its western side, just opposite the Kamala Nehru Park. They provide sunset views over the Arabian Sea and feature numerous hedges carved into the shapes of animals. The park was laid out in 1881 over Bombay's main reservoir, some say to cover the water from the potentially contaminating activity of the nearby Towers of Silence then we will proceed to Mani Bhawan and Dhobi Ghat. After the excursion we will proceed to the Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03
Mumbai / Bhuj By Flight
Morning breakfast from hotel transfer to the Mumbai Airport for flight to Bhuj – gateway to Kutch region of Gujarat. On arrival visit Collector’s office for permit. Afternoon City tour covering Kutch Museum. The oldest Museum of Gujarat. The Kutch Museum at Bhuj initially part of the school of Atr established by Maharao Khengarji on 1st July, 1877. At the time of Maharao Khengarji’s marriage in Feb – 1884, an exhibition of Kutch Art and Crafts was exhibited.  After Independence the museum came to be Known as the Kutch Museum and thereon visit to Palace of Rao Pragmalji. This chhatri of Rao Lakhpatji was constructed in the 18th century. It is situated in the west of the lake Hamirsar. It was built in a polygonal shape. It has two galleries and two entrances. Its roof is stylistically covered with sustaining pillars at every corner. There is a stone image of Maharao Shri Lakhpatji (1710-1761) on horse back and memorial of fifteen wives around it in the chhatri. It survived the earthquake of 1819, but it was damaged in the earthquake of 26th January, 2001 but it was not completely destroyed by the earthquake. It was the oldest, largest and most complex monument of the memorials of the Maharajas of Kutch. There is a small tomb of Rao Desalji which is an impressive and quadrangular shaped monument. The memorial of Rao Pragmalji is a fine example of modern statue. After the excursion transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04
In Bhuj
Morning Breakfast proceed for an excursion to Bunny Village  to view the famous art and craftsmanship / famous for its handicrafts, paintings, embroidery, wooden arts (Ludiya, Bhirandiyara, Hodko, Sumrasaar) after excursion return back to the hotel.  Overnight at hotel.

Day 05
Bhuj
Morning breakfast full day excursion to village and Mandvi. Mandvi Located at a distance of about 56 kilometers away from Bhuj and 298 kilometers from Ahmedabad, Mandvi offers one of the spectacular beaches in western India. Mandvi is basically a sea-side location which has the Ahmedpur-Mandvi Beach as the chief attractions after the excursion return back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06
Bhuj / Gondal By Car (approx 270 Kms)
Morning Breakfast drive to visit Gondal place with a royal Past. Gondal was capital of the former princely State of Gondal, which was ruled by the kings of Jadeja Rajputs, till the independence of India. Sir Bhagwatsinhji's was highly educated and made extensive tours to Europe to enhance his aesthetic taste, which can be seen in the architecture and planning of public buildings, parks, bazaars, palaces built during his time. Maharajas of Gondal were great lover of cars; you can have a look of vintage cars which can be seen very rarely. Some snapshots: 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 two-door convertible, 1941 and 1947 Cadillac, 1955 Cadillac limousine, sports cars from the 1950s and 1960s like the Mercedes 300 SL, Jaguar XK 150 and Chevrolet Camaro, numerous imposing American cars of the 1940s and 1950s, a fleet of four-wheel drive vehicles from the World War II and post-war period, and some contemporary sports cars. After that we will en-route via Dhamadka and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07
Gondal / Sasangir By Car (approx 130 Kms)
Morning Breakfast drive to Sansagir, here only remaining population of fewer than 300 Asiatic lions or the Panthera leo survives in the Gir Hills in the south of the Kathiawar Peninsula. Sasangir National Park or Gir National Park is a dry, rugged area of thorn forest or scrub with scattered patches of dry deciduous woodland. The forest and grassland area is over 545 sq miles of which 116 sq miles of core area has been declared a National Park in 1975. Sasan, with a forest guesthouse is the headquarters of the sanctuary. Close to being an extinct species, the number of Asiatic lions has been steadily rising since 1980 in this safe haven.On arrival in Sasangir check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 08
In Sasangir
After Breakfast morning and evening jeep safari at the Gir National Park. Sasangir National Park or Gir National Park also has a large population of panthers and they are more visible here than in other Indian forests. Chital, sambar, nilgai, wild boar, four-horned antilope and chinkara are some of the deer species seen in this wildlife sanctuary. Among the other carnivores are the wild cat, the jackal and the hyena.The lions are mainly found in the western part of the Sasangir National Park, between Sasan Gir and Chhodavadi, where there is more woodland, dominated by teak, than in the east. The Asiatic lion is slightly smaller than its African cousin and its mane is smaller too. But a large male lion of the Gir is indeed a sight to behold. They measure 2.75 meters in length and have a bigger tail tassel, bushier elbow tufts and more belly folds. The Gir is an excellent area for seeing marsh crocodiles in its rivers.The Sasangir National Park also has some reservoirs like the Nalsarovar Lake that provide the much needed moisture to the flora and drinking water to the native animals. The sanctuary and park can be explored through vehicle, taking the route from Sasan Gir through Kankai and Chhodavadi to Tulsishyam and exploring the side roads. Jeep safari is very popular among tourists here. For tourists to have a closer look of the lions, watchtowers and hides have been raised near waterholes in Sasangir National Park. After the excursion return back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09
Sasangir / Diu By Car (approx  130 Kms)
Morning breakfast drive to Diu. Diu is a city in Diu district in the union territory of Daman and Diu, India. It was the location of the pivotal Battle of Diu in 1509 between  Portugal  and a combined force of Turkey, Egypt, Venice, the Republic of Ragusa (now known as Dubrovnik) and the then Sultan of Gujarat, Mahmud Begada. Diu District is an island lying off the south coast ofGujarat's Kathiawar peninsula, separated from the mainland by a tidal creek. It has an area of 40 km², and a population of 44,110 (2001 census). The town of Diu lies at the eastern end of the island, and is known for its fortress and old Portuguese Cathedral. It is also a fishing town. The village of Ghoghla, which lies on the mainland opposite the eastern end of the island, is also part of the union territory. Thereon en-route visit Somnath. 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 and a jyotirlinga. this temple had about 300 musicians, 500 dancing girls and 300 barbers to shave off the heads of pilgrims. After a 2 days battle, Mahmud destroyed the temple and carried away jewels and gold to his homeland. Hence, a tradition got started, the Muslims destroy the temples and the Hindus rebuilt them. The Somnath Temple was raided again in 1927, 1934 and 1706. In 1706, this temple was raided by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. In all, the Somnath temple was rebuilt and destroyed seven times. This temple was finally rebuilt in 1950 with the support of Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel. Thereon drive to the hotel check-in hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10
In Diu
Morning Breakfast Day free to relax at Diu Beach. Diu beach is situated off the Saurashtra coast and is connected to the state of Gujarat via a causeway. Diu is a secluded island and does not have much population. This makes it the place ideal for a serene vacation, away from the worries of daily life. Diu Beach is a perfect blend of sun, sand and sea. Diu Beach round the year, the best time to explore it is during the months of October to April. The average temperature of Diu Island during the summer months varies from 30 Deg C to 34 Deg C. It mostly experiences a humid climate, but the cool wind blowing over the sea brings respite. You can enjoy a host of activities on Diu beach. It is ideal place for sun bathing, swimming, surfing and other marine activities. After relaxation go to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11
Diu / Bhavnagar By Car (approx 200 Kms)
Morning drive to Bhavnagar. Bhāvnagar is a city in the Indian state of Gujarat. It was founded in 1723 AD by Bhavsinhji Gohil (1703-64 AD) and was named after its founder and ruler. It was capital of Bhavnagar State which was the first princely state to merge with the democratic Indian Union in 1948. The current royal    family of bhavnagar resides in the Nilambagh Palace and comprises the Maharaja Vijayraj Singh Gohil, Maharani Samyukta Kumari, Prince Jaiveerraj Singh Gohil and Princess Brijeshwari Kumari.  Bhavnagar is situated 228 km from state capitalGandhinagar and to the west of Gulf of Khambhat. It is currently the administrative headquarters of theBhavnagar District. It is the fifth-largest city of Gujarat, and the second-largest city in the Saurashtra region. Bhavnagar is also known as thecultural capital of Saurashtra. On arrival check-in at hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12
Bhavnagar / Uteliya By Car (approx 220 Kms)
Morning Breakfast Drive to Uteliya via Palintana - Palitana is a religious Jain city, Bhavnagar district in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is located 50 km South-West of Bhavnagar city and is a major pilgrimagecentre for Jains. Palitana is the place where millions and millions of Jain sadhu and muni got salvation. Places to visit in Palitana are Shatrunjaya Hill, Chaumukh temple, Adishwar temple and Angar Pir, Lothal and Valabhipur which are places around palitana. On arrival check-in at hotel. Afternoon city tour of Uteliya. Uteliya will take you to a wonderful journey to the Uteliya village of picturesque simplicity, located a few hours away from Ahmedabad, in the state of Gujarat. A superb past hidden in the imposing monuments or spectacular landscape does not exist in Uteliya. Relatively the unremarkable rustic nature of the little village itself is most significant of the tourist attractions in Uteliya. Traditional houses, diamond polishing, temples, hot springs and the typical ambiance of an Indian village will make your Uteliya tour fascinating. Agricultural countryside (cotton and wheat fields) and Bharwad hamlets around Utelia are worth visiting. Uteliya. Uteliya was founded in 1786 AD by Bhav Singhji, a member of the Vaghela Rajput clan that once ruled much of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Malwa & Rewa. Neknamdar Thakore Saheb Sur Sinhji built the Palace Utelia around the turn-of-the- century to replace a wooden palace.After the excirsion return back the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13
Uteliya / Zainabad By Car (approx 130 Kms)
Morning Breakfast in hotel drive to Zainabad en-route visiting Lothal. Lothal Situated 80 km away from  Ahmedabad, Lothal is one of the most significant archaeological sites in India. In the language of the local people, Lothal means 'the mound of the dead'. This archaeological site was revealed in the year 1957, followed by excavations done by the Archaeological Survey of India. As a result of this excavations, fact came out that the ruins of the settlement belonged to the Harappan Era, dating back to the 2nd millennium BC. It is an wonderful example of Harrappan town planning.
Tourist can see here the most interesting site - the dockyard. The evidence of dockyard reveals the fact that Lothal was once one of the most important ports in the region. Apart from this, there is the fortress that is divided into two parts, an acropolis and the lower town. The most charming facet of this site is the excellent sanitary drainage system of the town. Lothal was a central trade destination till 1900 BC in India. After the excursion assistance on arrival in Zainabad and transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14
Zainabad / Vadodara By Car (approx 175 Kms)
After breakfast in hotel half day excursion of Zainabad. Zainabad are innumerable and the beauty and charm of Zainabad promises great enjoyment for all kinds of tourists. The chestnut brown and white Wild Asses are one of the main tourist attractions in Zainabad. These asses are found nowhere else in the world but only in Little Run of Kutch, which is one of the largest sanctuaries in India. Many other wild lives like: Nilgai (Blue Bull), Chinkara, Black Buck, Jungle and Desert Cats can also be found. Different kinds of migratory birds are definitely bird watchers' delight. After the excursion dirve to Vadodara. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 15
Vadodara / Ahmedabad  By Car (approx 113 Kms)
Morning breakfast half day city tour of Vadodara. Vadodara is one of the most significant towns of Gujarat that has witnessed a lot of adversities during the rules of various kings. The history, culture and heritage of Vadodara are some of the most impressive ones that beckon a large number of tourists from the different parts of India every year. Vadodara excursions is the town of Champaner and Pavagadh which is located at a distance of 47 km to the northeastern part of Vadodara. This place is quite famous for the Jama Masjid, which proudly stands as one of the best mosques in Gujarat. Thereon after the excursion drive to Ahmedabad and check in at hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16
In Ahmedabad
Breakfast in the morning at hotel full day excursion to Modhera and Patan. Modhera - One of the famous Sun temples is in Modhera a few kilometers away from Ahmedabad. On your tour to Gujarat you can plan an excursion from Ahmedabad and arrange a Tours to Modhera, Gujarat. Indianholiday.com offers online information on Tours to Modhera, One of the famous historical monuments, the Sun Temple Modhera was constructed by the Solanki ruler, Bhimdev I. The temple complex of Modhera consists of Sabha Mandap, Prasad and a Kund. The image of the presiding deity is however missing. You can also get a glimpse of an underground cell in the temple during your Tours to Modhera.In the temple there are 12 images of the Sun God which have been carved in the Iranian style. The Sun Temple in Modhera is divided into 3 compartments. There is a rectangular shaped tank called Surya Kund which is believed to have been filled up with holy water before. There are a number of small miniature shrines which are 108 in number. There are shrines which are dedicated to Vishnu, Ganesha, Shiva and Sitala Mata. During your Tours to Modhera, Gujarat you can also get a glimpse of the beautiful Sabha Mandap. This place was meant for the gatherings and conferences. The walls of the Modhera Sun Temple are adorned with sequences from Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Krishna Leela. Your Tours to Modhera, Gujarat will reveal that the Solanki rulers were great patrons of art and architecture.Thereon we will visit Patan. Patan - Ancient Patan is separated from Nepalese capital by Bagmati River, which was esteemed as sacred by the local Hindu. It is possible to take a bus in Kathmandu and in a quarter of hour you will be in Patan. Until XVII-th century, the Nepal capital was called Kantipur, and Patan until today is know with its second name – Lalitpur, which means city of beauty. The bus does not enter into the city as there will be too narrow for it. It makes a circle at the city gate, which is decorated by sculptures of Ganesha (the second son Shiva) and Krishna. These are Hindu deities. And the Buddha’s eyes on the same gate present another religion. Density of temple buildings also amazes tourists in Patan: the visitor does the first steps on city street, and nearby there is a Hindu two-story temple and a Buddhist mortar. Move further, without hurrying up and take a look at numerous court yards. Some from them conceal a surprise: from narrow and low passage, you can enter on a spacious area where both Hindu and Buddhist temples and mortars rise. After the excursion return back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 17
Ahmedabad / Mumbai By Flight
Morning Breakfast after transfer to airport for flight to Mumbai. Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel for wash and change (Lobby use). Later transfer to international airport to board flight for your return journey.

 

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