Vadodara to Ahmedabad, Vibrant Gujarat Tour
Package price per person sharing twin
Product Code : AGORA544
The tour will begin with pick up from Vadodara airport. Itinerary include visit to almost all places of tourist interest in each cities you will visit. Highlight of attraction in each cities include world tallest Statue of Unity, archaeological remains at Pavagadh-Champaner, Lakshmi Vilas Palace at Vadodara, archaeological remains of a Harappa Port-Town at Lothal, Jain Temples at Palitana, ancient fortified city Junagarh, Lion safari in Sasan Gir National Park, Beach & Fort at Diu, Magnificent temples at Somnath & Dwarka and the regal cities Rajkot & Ahmedabad.
Day 1: Vadodara - Statue of Unity (90kms/ 2hrs approx)
On arrival at Surat airport assistance and drive to Sardar Sarovar Dam, Kevadia, check in at Tent City or hotel near Statue of Unity.
Later visit Sardar Sarovar Dam, Selfie Point and Valley of Flowers. Evening Laser Show - A Light and Sound show using laser technology projected on the Statue of Unity takes place every evening except Monday. The colourful laser lighting system is accompanied by an excellent narration of the history and life of Sardar Patel, his contribution to the Independence Movement and the unification of India as one nation. Dinner at the Dining Area along with Live Music. Overnight in Tent/ Hotel.
Day 2: Statue of Unity - Pavagadh - Champaner - Vadodara (150kms/ 3hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Statue of Unity world’s tallest statue with a height of 182 metres. A huge exhibition hall covering an area of 4,647 square metres has been set up in the pedestal of the Statue of Unity. The hall showcases the life of Sardar Patel, his contributions to the Freedom Movement against British rule and his role in the merger of princely states. The high-speed elevators will take you to a height of about 400 feet through the core of the statue where you can get panoramic view of the surroundings.
After sightseeing drive to Vadodara via visiting Pavagadh - Champaner archaeological zone, which was Gujarat’s first UNESCO, approved World Heritage Site. The site encompasses forts, temples, mosques, mausoleum complexes, pavilions, wells and tanks and Champaner’s Jami Masjid, built around 1523, is considered the high water mark of 16th century Indo-Saracenic architecture. Later proceed to Sardar Sarovar Dam, Kevadia via visiting the historic citadel of Dabhoi, which has a majestic gateway, built in the 12th century.
Arrive Badodara check in at hotel. Rest time free and easy to relax. Overnigtht at hotel.
Day 3: Vadodara - Archaeological Site Lothal - Bhavnagar (200kms/ 4hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel, visit Lakshmi Vilas Palace. It is reputed to have been the largest private dwelling built till date and four times the size of Buckingham Palace. At the time of construction, it boasted the most modern amenities such as elevators and the interior is reminiscent of a large European country house. It remains the residence of the royal family, who continue to be held in high esteem by the residents of Baroda. The Palace compound is of over 500 acres and houses a number of buildings, particularly the LVP Banquets & Conventions, Moti Bagh Palace and the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum building.
Later drive to Bhavnagar via visiting archaeological remains of a Harappa Port-Town at Lothal. Roam the ruins with your heart open to the ancient, and with the help of the local museum here, allow yourself to be transported to an era 4,500 years ago, and see in your mind’s eye the palace on high, and the artisans and crafts below, and the bustling dockyard that once reached out to the rest of the world. After sightseeing Continue drive to Bhavnagar check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel
Day 4: Bhavnagar – Palitana - Junagarh (215kms/ 4hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel drive to Junagadh enroute visit Palitana Temples located 51 km south west of Bhavnagar. Known for being the largest cluster of Jain temples. There are in total 863 temples from base to the peak of the Shatrunjaya hill, where the Palitana temples are located. The path is climbed through 3950 steps spanning 3.5 km up the Shatrunjaya Hills. The construction of temples of Palitana spanned over a period of 900 years and was structured in two phases.
Continue drive to Junagadh check in at hotel. Rest time fre and easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Junagarh - Sasan Gir (70kms/ 1.3hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel, visit Junagarh an ancient fortified city rich in myth and legend, Junagadh lies at the foot of the temple-studded Girnar Hill. It derives its name from the 'old fort', which circles the medieval town.
The Girnar Hills that landscape Junagadh are a holy sanctuary to the Jains. The history of Mount Girnar dates back to the awesome empire of Ashoka, one of India's greatest emperors. Ashoka inscribed 14 edicts on a huge boulder en-route to Mt. Girnar peak. Junagadh's main feature is the Uperkot fort (upper fort), a somber and inaccessible fortress.
Afternoon drive to Sasan Gir National Park check in at hotel. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Sasan Gir - Diu (100kms/ 2hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel followed by safari in Gir Wildlife Sanctuary. Sprawling in an area of 1424 sq. kms, Gir with its dry deciduous forest is a luxuriantly rich ecosystem endowed with floral and faunal plentitude. Thirty species of mammals, twenty species of reptiles, several species of insects and birds are found here. The forest is the only place in the world, outside Africa, where the lion can be seen in its natural habitat. The forest also harbors a number of smaller birds and animals. Other predators are the panther and the hyena. The largest Indian deer, Sambhar, Chital (spotted deer), Nilgai (blue bull), Chinkara and the unique Chowsingha (four horned antelope) are found here along with the bear and the long tailed langur.
Gir is also one of the finest bird sanctuaries in India. Some of the typical birds of Gir are the crested serpent eagle, crested hawk eagle, brown fish owl, king vulture, jungle quail, paradise flycatcher, pygmy woodpecker, hard headed oriole etc. Adholia, Valadera, Ratanghuna and Pilipat are rewarding places for bird watching. Another attraction is a crocodile farm developed in the forest.
Late afternoon drive to Diu check in at hotel. Rest time to relax and walk on the beach. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Diu
Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Diu. Visit Diu Fort a very large and imposing structure, situated on the coast of the island. This fort was constructed between 1535 and 1541 AD after the treaty signed between the Sultan of Gujarat and the Portuguese. The fort is surrounded by the sea on the three sides and a canal on the fourth side. The fort offers a magnificent view of sea. On the fort stands a giant structure which now houses a Light House and the Diu jail. The beam from the lighthouse reaches to about 32 kms. Several canons are still located on the top of the fort and peep out of the holes on the walls of this gigantic structure. Fortress of Panikota is a magnificent stone structure in the sea, built right at the mouth of the creek. This fortress can be reached only by a canoe or a motor launch. This fortress has a light house and small chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Sea. The fortress offers a very beautiful view whether seen from the jetty, from the Fort, from the village of Ghoghla or from Diu proper. Old Town has a few old mansions belonging to rich Portuguese and Indian merchants. The colorful three-story Nagar Sheth Haveli has porticoes, carved balconies, stone-made lions and intricate arches in European and Indian styles.
Rest time free and easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Diu - Somnath - Porbandar - Dwarka (330kms/ 7hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel drive to Dwarka, enroute visit Somnath & Porbandar.
In Somnath visit Somnath Temple (Jyotirlinga) - The principal temple of Somnath is believed to have been built in gold by the moon god Soma, in silver by the sun god Ravi, in wood by Krishna and in stone by the Solanki Rajputs in the 11th century. The present temple, built in 1951, is the seventh reconstruction on the original site. Tales of its riches attracted a series of invasions, but each time the temple was invaded, it was restored to its original glory by devout Hindu worshipers. Paanch Pandav Caves - situated in the Lalghati near the Temple City of Somnath is typically a cave temple revered by the followers of Hinduism. The Late Baba Narayandas discovered this cave temple in the year of 1949, which is dedicated to the famous five Pandavas Yudhisthira, Arjuna, Mahabali Bheema, Nakul and Sahdev. Pandav spent time in this temple during the term of their exile. The Panch Pandav Gufa also has shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Ram, Lord Laxman, Devi Sita, Goddess Durga and Lord Hanuman. Suraj Mandir - located North of the sangam (where three rivers meet). The architecture features many animal figurines like lions, and huge elephant trunks. In the front of the temple, above the entrance doorway, is an image of Surya with his seven horses below him and his two wives. Around the shrine, in the circumambulatory passage, are three image niches, one on each of the north, south and west sides. They contain iconography of Vishnu and Lakshmi, Brahma with Saraswati, and Shiva with Parvati, this place is one of the best for an surreal Somnath sightseeing experience.
In Porbandar - visit The Haveli where Gandhi was born on Oct 2, 1869. The room where he was born has been preserved as it is, and has a stark look. A part of the house has now been converted into a museum and called the Kirti Mandir. Open from 9am to 12pm and again from 3pm to 6pm.
Continue drive to Dwarka check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Dwarka - Rajkot (225kms/ 5hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel excursion to visit Marine National Park by ferry. The 458 sq km of Marine Wildlife Sanctuary, is an archipelago of 42 tropical islands along the northern coast of Jamnagar district. As the sanctuary lies in the inter-tidal zone, it is convenient to observe the marine habitat, including saline grasslands, mudflats, coral reefs, and mangroves. Some of the commonly seen marine animals here are giant sea anemone, sponges, starfish sea cucumber, octopus, puffer fish, sea urchins, etc. Pirotan and a few other islands are known for their coral reefs. The mangroves shelter a variety of birds too.
Return to hotel and visit Nageshwar temple (Jyotirlinga). Dwarka is an ancient city known as a Hindu pilgrimage site. The ancient Dwarkadhish Temple has an elaborately tiered main shrine, a carved entrance and a black-marble idol of Lord Krishna. Dwarka Beach and nearby Dwarka Lighthouse offer views of the Arabian Sea. Southeast, Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary protects migratory birds and endangered species like the Indian wolf.
Afternoon drive to Rajkot check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Rajkot - Ahmedabad (215kms/ 5hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Jubilee Garden a large and open park area in Rajkot. It features many monuments of colonial time. The centre of the city garden is the Connaught Hall and other notable places of interest near the Garden include the historic Mohandas Gandhi High School, Kaba Gandhi No Delo, Rashtriya Shala, Watson Museum, Lang Library, and Rotary Midtown Library. Watson Museum has a great collection of precious objects of colonial period and is considered to be one the finest in Gujarat. It was made to commemorate the works of the then administrator Colonel James Watson in 1888. The museum also houses a varied collection of old artefacts from the ancient city of Mohenjodaro.
Afternoon drive to Ahmedabad check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Ahmedabad
Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Ahmedabad. Visit Hatheesing Jain Temple established in 1850 by Seth Hatheesing, who was a rich Jain merchant. This temple is dedicated to the 15th 'Jain Tirthankar', known as Dharamnath. Bhadra fort a beautiful monument that is famous for its intricate carvings, pattern works and beautiful frescos suits. Arches at the entry gate, has some inscriptions that represents the history of the fort. Jama Mosque there are different entrances to the mosque. Near the eastern entrance, stands the tomb of the Sultan Ahmed Shah, which houses the graveyard of three great rulers, namely Ahmed Shah, his son, Mohammed Shah and his grandson, Qutub-Ud-Din Ahmed Shah. Kite Museum the city of Ahmedabad is popular for the Kite Festival so it doesn’t come as a surprise if you find an entire museum dedicated to kites. The popular Kite Museum that houses some of the rarest kites in the world is a first of its kind in India and second in the world. Sabarmati Ashram on his return from South Africa, Gandhi’s first Ashram in India was established in the Kochrab area of Ahmedabad on 25 May 1915. The Ashram was then shifted on 17 June 1917 to a piece of open land on the banks of the river Sabarmati. Reasons for this shift included: he wanted to do some experiments in living eg farming, animal husbandry, cow breeding, Khadi and related constructive activities. Shaking Minarets one of the most unique monuments in Ahmedabad, located in Siddi Bashir's Mosque near the Sarangpur gate. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Ahmedabad - Departure (flight)
Breakfast at hotel, as per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.
11 Nights accommodation in offered hotels or similar (standard room)
Daily Breakfast at hotel
Deluxe Air-conditioned private vehicle with English speaking chauffeur as per tour program
English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city).
Bottled drinking water in car
Monument entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary.
Private jeep safari in Sasan Gir National park with naturalist
Applicable GST (government taxes).
Any flight ticket
Main Meals, Lunch or dinner unless mentioned
Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
Or anything not mentioned above.