Footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi

FootSteps of mahatma gandhi

Salute the Footsteps of the “Father of Nation”! Start the action in the “alpha city” – Mumbai and exploring the “Jewel of the west” – Gujarat to with the historic regions of Indian independence. The homeland of Mahatma Gandhi will give you the true knowledge about the “Father of the Nation”. Explore and enjoy the Gandhi legacy tour across the western part of the Indian subcontinent.

Footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi

This itinerary is a perfect option for someone who want to spend time learning about Mahatma Gandhi.

Tour Highlights

  1. Meeting with a professor to learn Gandhian Philosophy
  2. Savour Gujarati Thali in Ahemdabad
  3. Dandi – Scene of famour Salt March
  4. Porbandar – Birthplace of Gandhi
  5. Rajkot – Gandhi’s hom

Itinerary

Mumbai – Porbandar – Rajkot – Ahemdabad – Surat – Dandi – Mumbai

Day 01 : Mumbai arrival
Airport welcome and transfer to hotel in Colaba Area. According to flight timing day free to explore city own your own.
Day 02: Mumbai
After breakfast transfer to the jetty next to The Gateway of India. There you can have a 1-hour journey to Elephanta Island by boat. After exploring the cave temples, you can return by boat and enjoy the city tour which includes a colonial-era monument that dates to 1924 and the Gateway of India. Afternoon, have lunch and explore other landmarks in Mumbai which includes Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai, etc. Snap out views of South Mumbai from Hanging Gardens on Malabar Hill to Mani Bhawan (Gandhi Museum) and visit the Prince of Wales Museum. During evening we enjoy a scenic horse and buggy ride along Marine drive toward Chowpatty Beach.
Day 03: Mumbai
Today you will have two walking tours to give you extreme contrast of the city: Morning you will have Dharavi walking tour, known to many as ‘one of the largest slums in Asia’, we prefer to think of Dharavi as Mumbai’s beating heart. It houses about one million of Mumbai’s inhabitants and its industries have an annual turnover of approximately US$ 665 million. Through our educational walking tours, visitors experience a wide range of these business activities: recycling, pottery-making, embroidery, bakery, soap factory, leather tanning, poppadom-making and many more. Return to hotel for some rest. In the evening walking tour around The Colaba area is home to many historical buildings—the best way to visit is by walking and enjoying the breathtaking array of architecture all along the streets. We will walk along the main sights of this area, starting at Regal Cinema, followed by Gateway of India, passing by a local market. We will meander through the quiet lanes of Kala Ghoda and Fort, taking time to interact with locals and enjoy traditional snacks.
Day 04: Mumbai – Porbandar (flight)
Transfer to Mumbai airport and onboard flight to Porbandar, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, born in 1869. Afternoon city tour to Kirti Mandir, the memorial erected to Gandhi and his wife, in the 1950s and Gandhi’s birthplace, a 3-story 300-year-old house, with time to stop at the Chowpatty seafront and shop in the local bazaar.
Day 05: Porbandar – Rajkot (180 kms – 03½ hrs)
After breakfast drive to Rajkot. Mahatma Gandhi moved to Rajkot in 1881, he attended school here and was popularly known as Mahatma (Sanskrit for ‘great soul’). Upon arrival we visit the old city and ‘Kaba Gandhi No Delo’, the house where Gandhi grew up, which now holds a small exhibition of Gandhi artifacts and photographs.  Watson Museum: This museum houses antiques from the princely state of Rajkot, founded by Jadeja Rajputs. This is considered as one of the best museums in Saurashtra. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir: Dedicated to Swaminarayan this temple has beautiful architecture and grand looks. Rajkot is also famous for its Bandhani saris, mirrorwork, patchwork, beadwork, and silk embroidery.
Day 06: Rajkot - Ahmedabad (250 kms – 05 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Ahemdabad. On the ancient site of Ashaval and Karnavati, Ahmedabad was found on 1411. The City of Ahmedabad has some of the finest India, Islamic monuments and exquisite Hindu and Jain temples. Its carved wooden houses are another unique architectural tradition. In the evening walking tour of Ahemdabad, A special feature of Ahmedabad is the plan of the old city comprising numerous pols, self-contained neighborhoods, sheltering large numbers of peoples. Some of these virtually small villages, traversed by narrow streets, usually terminating in square with community wells and chabutaras for feeding birds, gates, Cul-de-sacs, and secret passages. To experience the glory of Ahmedabad, it is necessary to walk through an old quarter and truly observe the nature of its architecture, its art, religious places, its culture and traditions.
Day 07: Ahmedabad
Morning visit of Calico Museum – plain woven textile made of unbleached, not fully processed cotton, were first seen in Egypt in the 15th Century, and the word ‘calico’ in the 17th Century was synonymous across Europe with muslin cloth. Visit the Calico Museum in Ahmedabad, with a collection of rare textiles is second from ancient brocades to Kashmiri shawls and religious cloth paintings and is a veritable treasure trove of inspiration for textile designers. The Museum also houses a fabulous collection of antique motor cars – for the vintage automobile lovers. In the afternoon visit of Sabarmati Ashram, situated in the north of Ahmedabad center, Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat was once home to Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba. The ashram is located in the stretch of Sabarmati River and surrounded by peace and tranquility. This is also the place where from where Gandhi began his Dandi March. Located between a prison and a cemetery, Gandhi believed that a Satyagrahi is likely to end his life either in prison or in a cemetery and this was the reason he chose this place to stay.
Day 08: Ahmedabad – Surat (270 kms – 05½hrs)
After leisurely breakfast drive to Surat on the banks of the River Tapti and visit to the Sultan of Gujarat castle built in 1546.
Day 09: Surat – Excursion to Dandi
It’s a short drive to Dandi where we arrive at the most famous scene of Mahatma Gandhi’s Salt Satyagraha (Salt March). Mahatma Gandhi, along with several thousand of his followers walked from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi on the Gujarati coast. Today we follow this same path down to the water’s edge.
Day 10: Surat – Mumbai
Transfer to Surat airport and onboard flight to Mumbai. Some free time before onboard return flight.
  • Best Season:  From 01 September –  30 April
map of Nawabs of Lucknow

The highlights of this trip

Life of Gandhi

Immerse yourself in a our engaging Gandhi experience that unveils important national stories about Gandhi and his personality. Visit an iconic statue which pays tribute to the generations of Indians who struggled for freedom and indulge a specially curated museum tour at National Gandhi Museum that stands as a landmark for the preservation of Gandhian legacy.

The significance of Gandhi Jayanti celebration transcends beyond commemorating Mahatma Gandhi’s birth and his life as followers renounce violence and entirely devote themselves to Gandhi’s philosophy and principles of Ahimsa i.e living a life by following non-violence.

Contrast of life in Mumbai

India is often described as a “country of contrasts” and nowhere is this more visible than in Mumbai. The city hosts the world’s most expensive house (the Antilla Building, shown below), as well as the world’s largest slum, made up of hand-built homes made of little more than cardboard boxes. The city is inhabited by artists, crooks, exotic birds, and thousands of stray dogs. If Mumbai can be described in one word, it would be “contrasts.” But it is just as synonymous with Bollywood, the biggest film industry in the world.

Old Alleys of Ahemdabad

Into The Alleys of Ahmedabad – Ramblings on the Heritage Walk through the old city

Lost in the labyrinthine lanes of Ahmedabad, with the stunning two to three storied – sometimes even more – wooden buildings as company. The buildings are coloured in vibrant hues that screamed out loud Gujarat’s rich cultural heritage and vibrancy from every nook and corner. There stand-alone buildings, the traditional pols (cluster of houses comprising of numerous families of one particular group), temples, gaushalas (cow sheds) stables (albeit no horses now!), Jain temples, and so many things – all of these had different tales to share, tales of love, lust, pride, romance, war, and peace. 

Gadhi’s Salt March

The place Gandhiji selected as the site for his symbolic breaking of the provisions of the hated Salt Tax, was Dandi, a seaside village in Gujarat. He decided to march the full distance of 390 kms, from his ashram at Ahmedabad, with a select band of co-workers. The appointed date: March 12, 1930.

  • Cultural 80% 80%
  • Gandhian Philosophy 90% 90%
  • Local Experience 80% 80%
  • Walking tours 70% 70%

A moving experience !!

“Like the title says, I was truly surprised at how much I enjoyed and took away from my visit here. While I have the general background on Gandhi this provided additional insight and education.” 

Petter & Gisele, Melbourne, Australia

Humble Place for a Leader

“Visited Mohatma Ghandi’s Smriti and words can not express how we felt. My wife and I were was very humble to see and walk where this great man spent his last days.
Seeing his simple possessions in the simple surroundings showed us what we have all become, materialistic!”

Jerôme- Lyon, France.

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