Splendours of Gujarat

Splendours of Gujarat

Splendours of Gujarat Tour offers an in-depth insight into an ancient land that was once at the heart of the Indus Valley Civilisation and is noted for its colourful tribal villages, spectacular landscapes and cultural diversity. Perfect for a second time visitor and India enthusiast, this off-the-beaten-track private tour is accompanied by a full time guide and will reveal the stunning colourful tribal art and textiles of Kutch as well as the historic walled cities.

Splendours of Gujarat

This tour offers you an opportunity to explore this marvelous state, meet its people and get to know their folklore, along with its magnificent temples.

Tour Highlights

  1. Visit of world’s best textile museums in Ahmedabad.
  2. Meet the artisans of Gujarat.
  3. Tribals of Gujarat.
  4. Visit of beautiful temples of Palitana.
  5. Birthplace of Mahatma Gandh.
  6. Safari in Sasangir National Park

Itinerary

Ahmedabad – Chhota Udepur – Bhavnagar – Diu – Porbandar – Sasangir – Junagadh – Gondal – Bhuj – Dasada – Ahemdabad

Day 01: Arrive at Ahmedabad
Airport welcome and transfer to your Hotel.
Day 02: Ahemdabad
Afternoon tour of old Ahmedabad, a maze of temples, mosques, bazaars and underground stepwells. Highlights include Siddi Saiyad’s Mosque, the Teen Darwaza, Jami Masjid, Rani Rupmati’s Mosque and the Swaminarayan Temple. Many of these beautiful structures were built between the 13th and 16th centuries. Pre-dinner visit to the Hussain-Doshi Gufa, an underground art gallery designed by renown Indian architect B. V. Doshi, a resident of Ahmedabad.
Day 03: Ahmedabad
Morning visit to The Calico Museum, which houses an outstanding collection of rare textiles and cloth paintings. This will be followed by a visit to two innovative buildings designed by Le Corbusier, the Mill Owner’s Association and Sarabhai House (entry permitting). Afternoon excursion to Adalaj Vav, the finest stepwell in Gujarat. Built in 1499, this elaborately carved well was constructed to store water and to provide a pleasant space for social gatherings. A series of stone platforms, pavilions and galleries are built into the sides of the well, winding their way down to the very bottom.
Day 04: Ahmedabad – Chhota Udepur (220 kms – 04 hrs)
After breakfast travel to Chhota Udepur, upon arrival visit the tribal museum, and Chalti Haat Bazaar, local market where you meet tribes of different ethnic groups in the area. In the afternoon you will visit some tribal villages.
Day 05: Chhota Udepur – Bhavnagar (310 kms – 06 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Bhavnagar. Upon arrival check in the hotel and relax for a while and visiting  Nilambag Palace is know converted into the heritage hotel.  This palace was built in 1859. This was designed by German architecture called Mr.Sims. The Gangahaja is one the major site of tourist. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. This temple is entire built with white marbles and was constructed in 1893.  The Gandhi Smriti is located in the central part of Bhavnagar. You can find the collection of Mahatma Gandhi related things. The white marble temple built on the hill is known as Takhteshwar temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.  Another place is the Water Lock Gate. The reason for building this lake is to maintain the sea water level in the docks. In the evening you can visit the beautiful lake Gaurishankar lake. This lake is in between the small hills. This lake is beautiful and peaceful place for picnic.
Day 06: Bhavnagar – Excursion to Palitana Jain Temples
Full day excursion to Palitana Jain temples. Palitana is situated at a distance of 51 km from Bhavnagar and serves as an important Jain pilgrimage of Gujarat. The Shatrunjay Hill located nearby the place hosts approximately 900 big and small Jain Temples. These temples are dedicated to the 24 Jain Tirthankarars. Apart from this, the significance of the place dates back to the Mahabharata era of India. It is said that three Pandavas, Yudhishthir, Bheem & Arjun got Nirvana here. Therefore, it is known as Siddhakshetra, where one attains Moksha, amongst Jain devotees. One of the most important temples in Palitana is the Digamber Jain Temple. It is an ancient temple that encompasses 9 shrines with the idols of all the Tirthankaras. By the end of the day return to Bhavnagar.
Day 07: Bhavnagar – Diu (210 kms – 04 hrs)
After breakfast a drive to the Diu. On the way to the Diu stop in the midway to visit the Somnath temple. This is the one of the oldest temples. You will find the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva in this temple.  Proceed towards  Diu.  Upon arrive at Diu complete the check-in formalities and relax for a while.  You can visit the sightseeing of Diu.  The main tourist attractions of Diu are  the Nagoa Beach, Diu fort, Sunset point, St Paul church.
Day 08: Diu
After breakfast, you will proceed for the sightseeing of Diu. The Gangeshwar temple is located 3 km from Diu.  This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the main attraction is the five Shivalingas. One more main attraction is the Diu Museum, The old church was built in 1598 and converted into a museum.  You can see good collections of antique statues, wood carvings, idols, stone inscriptions of ancient rules. St Paul church is one of the famous church in Diu ,which is only dedicated to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception.  It took a decade to construct this church.  The popular picnic spot is Nagoa Beach.  You can enjoy the activities like water sports, pony riding, swimming.  The old Portuguese landmark is the Diu Fort.  This port is also known as Portuguese fort.  It would be wonderful watching sunset at the Sunset point in Diu.
Day 09: Diu – Porbandar ( 210 kms – 04 hrs)
After breakfast a drive 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 10: Porbandar – Sasangir (140 kms – 03 hrs)
Today, morning proceed to the Umbalida grasslands around Gondal. This is a very good site for quails, larks, pipits and prinias. Proceed to Sasangir on arrival check in to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Gir Interpretation Zone at Devaliya. In the evening, watch movie on the lions at Shih Sadan.
Day 11: Sasangir
Today, enjoy the morning and evening game drives in Gir National Park. A tapestry of dry deciduous forests, acacia scrub and grassland, fed by rivers and reservoirs, Gir is the last abode of the Asiatic lion.
Day 12: Sasangir – Gondal (120 kms – 02 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Gondal. On the way visit Dhamadka. Dhamadka is famous for its Ajrakh hand block printing. Later proceed to Gondal. The main attractions of Gondal are Orchard Palace, Royal Garages, Riverside Palace and Naulakha Palace. Naulakha Palace was built in the 17th century. This is the one of the most beautiful palace and also the oldest palace in Gondal.  At Royal Garages you can find the wide collections of classic and vintage cars, since 1910 to 1955. The Riverside Palace was built by Maharaja Bhagwat Sinhji in 1875 AD. This palace is beside the river Gondal. The Orchard Palace is situated in a huge complex of lawns, gardens and fruit orchards. In the evening a visit to the Veri Lake.  This is the perfect place for bird watching at the nearby the lake. Birds such as black glossy, white ibis, spoonbill, crane, pelican and flamingo.
Day 13: Gondal – Bhuj (280 kms – 06 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Bhuj. In the evening visit the oldest museum of Gujarat that is Kutch Museum and it was founded in 1877 by Maharao Khengarji. You will find the largest collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions. Visit Rao Pragmaliji’s Palace. This palace was designed by Col. Wilkins, he was Italian.
Day 14 : Bhuj
After breakfast, you will proceed to visit the Bhuj city for sightseeing. The famous palaces, Hindu temples and wooden pavilions. One of the main tourist attractions in the Bhuj city is Prag Mahal. This Mahal was built in 1879. This was constructed by Rao Pragmalji II.  It was designed by Colonel Henry SaInt Wilkins  Visit the Aina Mahal. This was built in the 18th century and the walls are made up of white marble. You can see the hall of mirrors also.  Shri Swaminarayan Mandir was constructed in 1824.  This temple is dedicated to Nar Narayana and Swaminarayan.  This temple was reconstructed after the 2001 earthquake. Visit the Bharatiya Sanskriti Darshan, this museum was built by a scholar, Ramsinhji K Rathod.  You will find collections of books related to art and culture.  You can enjoy watching the famous craftsmanship, wooden art, embroidery, paintings, art in the  Bunny village.
Day 15 : Bhuj
Morning after breakfast a drive to Mandvi. Enjoy the full day excursion in Mandvi. Enjoy at the most important beach in Gujarat i.e Mandvi Beach.  One of the main attractions of Mandvi is the Vijay Vilas Palace. This palace was constructed by Rao Vijayrajji  and this was the summer retreat.  Visit the Bandhni Bazar.  It is famous for its production in Bandhani(tie-dye).  The Topansar lake is the main source water of the city.
Day 16 : Bhuj – Dasada (280 kms – 06 hrs)
After breakfast a drive to Dasada, a small village inhabited by artisans, farmers and cattle herders.  Today, you are going to the well-known Queen’s step well- built in 1050 A.D. and then the silk weavers in Patan- popular for Patola and Ikkat weaving. Later, you cover the Sun Temple of Modhera, erected in 1026 A.D. you will have a night stay at Rann Riders, a popular eco-friendly safari resort.
Day 17 : Dasada
Dasada Taluka occupied by the pastoral communities such as the Bharwads and Vadiara Rabaris along with nomadic or semi-nomadic groups such as the Mirs and Bajanias.  The afternoon is fixed for a safari into the Little Rann of Kutch. Spot the amazing desert wildlife and bird species around the lake.  Also witness the life of the Koli tribes. Later you will proceed to visit Bird Sanctuary. Such as pied woodpecker, black headed cuckoo shrike, Bonelli’s eagle.
Day 18 : Dasada – Patan – Modhera - Ahemdabad (220 kms – 05½ hrs)
An early start for Ahmedabad today, where you’ll spend three nights, visiting the towns of Modhera and Patan en route. Modhera is the site of a famous medieval temple dedicated to the Sun God. Nearly a thousand years old, its richly carved interior, adorned with sculptures of voluptuous maidens and mythical creatures and capped by an intricately carved ceiling, features statues of twelve adityas, representing the different months and solar phases of the year. Immediately outside the temple is a beautiful 11th century step well, though it’s nowhere near as spectacular as the Rani-ki-Vav at Patan, your second stop of the day.
Day 19 : Ahemdabad departure
Fly in the morning to Mumbai to catch your onward flight back.
  • Best Season:  From 01 September –  30 April
map of Nawabs of Lucknow

The highlights of this trip

Architectural & Archaeological

Apart from the palaces, forts and castles, Gujarat is blessed with the presence of much spiritual architectures as well. The temples, mosque and mausoleums architectures of Gujarat are of the great contributions of the culture. Some of the finest temples of Gujarat were found during the Solanki dynasty. In this tour, explore architectural and archaeological beauty of Gujarat. 

Tribes & Pastoral Groups

The rise of a sophisticated and affluent urban population in Gujarat has done nothing to dull the charm of its diverse rural communities, historic cities and traditional arts and crafts.In spite of being one of India’s most modern and affluent states, Gujarat’s rural areas are is known for the colorful attires of its people from the pastoral groups that roam the desert and semi-desert region of Kutch in the northwest to the tribal groups of the hills along its eastern boundary.

Birding & Wildlife

Rich variety of flora and fauna makes Gujarat home to 40 species of mammals and 425 species of birds, a treat for nature lovers. The unique climatic conditions and geographic location has made the state suitable as the habitat of rare wildlife species. Asiatic Lion, Wild Ass, Black Buck, Four-horned Antelope and the Great Indian Bustard are some of the rare species preserved by the various wildlife sanctuaries in Gujarat. Wildlife in Gujarat is not restricted to National Parks and Sanctuaries as resident and migratory birds’ frequent ponds, lakes and riversides in Gujarat cities. Peacocks, jackals, saras cranes, woodland birds and many more flock gardens, parks and across places. 

Cradle of Crafts Skills

Gujarat is the center for some of India’s most exquisite handwork. Kutch is known for its fabulous embroideries done in a variety of techniques developed by different communities including Hindu and Muslim pastoral groups whose women do embroidery for their trousseau or a second income as well as migrants from Sindh.  Bandhani tie-and-dye is almost synonymous with Gujarat, which also produces fine handloom woven textiles and block-printed fabrics.  Rare crafts that make their last stand in Gujarat include the double-ikat, Patola weaving of Patan and the Rogan painting on fabric done in Nirona village.

  • Wildlife 75% 75%
  • Monuments 90% 90%
  • Local Experiences 90% 90%
  • Landscapes 90% 90%

It was a fantabulous trip in Gujarat!

“It was a fantabulous trip in Gujarat. The state boasts endless incredible wonders to explore but we were left with some due to time constraint and going to cover those places on my next trip. It was the festive season of Navratri when I visited the state, so this added more fun to my trip.”

Jessica & Thierry- Chamonix, France

My great experience with ITP!!

“I Just to brief my great experience with ITP and would love to recommend. The beauty of Gujarat is incredible. Thanks to the team to make my journey memorable and I appreciate staff’s efforts.“

Family Christina – Avignon, France.

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