The Jewel of Western India-Gujarat is a land of diverse topography, vibrant culture, multifarious cuisines and steady state economy. This historically significant Western state of India is famous for education, tourism, tradition and its people. Along with local people, Gujarat also houses various tribal communities along the length and breadth of the state.
Gujarat is the home for five million tribal communities who reside by the slopes of Aravalli’s, Vindhya’s western flank of Satpura and northern flanks of Sahyadri, encompassing parts of Vadodara, Surat, Sabarkantha, Broch, Banaskantha and Panchmahals. The major tribes of the region are Siddhi, Rabari, Bhils, Ahirs and Bharwads. Every sect has distinct origin, habits, habitats and cultural ethos.
Welcome to The GUJARAT On arrival at the Ahmedabad airport or Ahmedabad railway station (on your own), you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you will proceed on a half day city tour of Ahmedabad visiting Gandhi Ashram, Calico Museum, Utensils Museum, the Jami Mosque and finally Akshardham which is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan.
This morning proceed on an excursion to the Sun Temple at Modhera that dates back to the early 11th century. This temple has been designed in such a way that the Sun’s rays illuminate the sanctum at dawn, during the time of the equinoxes. En route visit Patan that has over 100 Jain temples; the most important being the Mahavir Swami Derasar in Dhandherwad with an exquisitely carved wooden dome and the other being the Rani ki Vav, an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat.
Today morning proceed to visit Statue Of Unity (World Tallest Statue). Visit Sardar Sarovar Dam, Sardar Vallabbh Bhai Patel Statue, Viewing Gallery, Butterfly Garden, Cactus Garden, Jungle Safari, in the evening Light and Sound show. Overnight stay at tent City Kevadiya.
This morning, you will drive to Bhavnagar via Lothal (87 Kms + 145 Kms) visiting the Lothal Harappan archeological site. On arrival in Bhavnagar, you will check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the local Bazaar.
This morning you will visit the temples of Palitana located a top Shatrunjaya and crowned with over 900 temples, each rivaling the other for its beauty and magnificence and presenting an awe-inspiring spectacle to devotees and visitors. The peak is a 3 Ã‚Â½ km climb of over 3500 steps from the town, while on each temple one can see detailed carvings, beautiful idols and images, jeweled statues and intricate toranas. The sunrise from behind the temples is a great sight. Over Night Stay at Sasan gir.
Today, you will visit the Gir sanctuary – 11,412 sq km, a hilly tract of mixed dry deciduous and teak forests interspersed with grasslands and home to the Asiatic Lion. One can also spot leopards and other animals like the Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Nhausingha, Grey Langu Hyena and birds like the painted Sand grouse, peacocks and paradise fly catchers. The Kamleshwar dam reservoir is habitat to the crocodiles. (The park is closed between 15th June – 15th October). Proceed to Diu. The day is at leisure to laze and relax on the beach.
Over Night Stay at Diu
The morning is at leisure to enjoy the Nagova beach located in the Nagova hamlet. The horseshoe beach is exceptionally beautiful and quiet and a wide variety of water sports facilities are available here (water sport activities on direct payment). Later, you will proceed on a city tour visiting St. Paul’s Church, Diu Museum and the Diu Fort. Afternoon Proceed to Somnath . Attend evening Aarti and Watch Light & Sound Show. Overnigjht Stay at hotel.
Somnath visit Bhalka Tirth, Triveni Ghat & Somnath Temple. depart to Porbandar (75km/1.5hrs) at Porbandar visit Kirti Mandir – the place where Gandhiji was born. Later proceed to Dwarka . Overnight stay at the hotel.
Today, Morning after breakfast visit Dwarkadeesh Temple. Take a holy dip in Gomti river, later leave to visit NageshwarJyotirling, Gopi Talav, Bet Dwarka, and on way back do visit Rukmani Temple, evening visit other temples on coastal area, attend evening aarti at Dwarkadish temple. Overnight stay at the hotel.
10 Depart From Dwarka / Rajkot / Ahmedabad