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Across The Temples, Historical Sites & Wildlife of Gujarat

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Across The Temples, Historical Sites and Wildlife of Gujarat tour will begin with pick up from Ahmedabad airport. Visit the heritage city Ahmedabad monuments & museum, then proceed to Little Rann Of Kutch-Wild Ass Sanctuary via visiting the UNESCO WHS at Patan & Modhera. Next drive to Rajkot the princely region of Gurarat. Continue to Dwaraka & Somnath to visit magnificent temples and pilgrimage centre of Hindus. Next enjoy lion safari in Sasan Gir National Park & make an excursion to ancient fortified city Junagadh. Continue to Diu a port town once ruled by Portuguese with historic fort & churches. Visit once of the largest temple complex at Palitana & archaeological remains of a Harappa Port-Town at Lothal. 

 

Day 1: Arrive Ahmedabad

On arrival at Ahmedabad airport assistance & transfer to hotel (hotel check in/ out time 12pm). Rest time free. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 2: Ahmedabad

Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Ahmedabad. Visit Hatheesing Jain Temple established in 1850 by Seth Hatheesing a rich Jain merchant, the temple is dedicated to 15th Jain Tirthankar Dharamnath. Bhadra Fort a beautiful monument that is famous for its intricate carvings, pattern works and beautiful frescos suits. Located in the middle of lush greenery the huge 44 acre Fort got its name from the Bhadrakali Temple that it houses. Sabarmati Ashram once the residence of Mahatma Gandhi located on the tranquil and serene stretch of Sabarmati River. The museum is one of the most interesting sections of the ashram as it has on display some of Gandhi`s personal letters and photographs. Shaking Minarets one of the most intriguing architectural wonders & an unsolvable mystery that the world has ever seen. Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kalupur the first Temple of the Swaminarayan Sampraday, a Hindu sect. Kite Museum in the premises of Sanskar Kendra the museum had an elaborate display of about 125 uniquely carved kites including mirror embroidered kites, block print kites and Japanese kites such as Rokuku. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 3: Ahmedabad - Dasada (260kms)

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Dasada via visiting Modhera Sun Temple a Hindu temple dedicated to the solar deity Surya built wetbeen 1026-27 CE during the reign of Bhima I of the Chaulukya dynasty. The temple complex has three components: Gudhamandapa, the shrine hall; Sabhamandapa, the assembly hall and Kunda, the reservoir. The halls have intricately carved exterior and pillars. The reservoir has steps to reach the bottom and numerous small shrines.Rani ki Vav 11th century Solanki era step well built by the Queen Udayamati & Karna in memory of her husband Bhima I. The stepwell is designed as an inverted temple highlighting the sanctity of water, divided into seven levels of stairs with sculptural panels, more than 500 principal sculptures and over a thousand minor ones combine religious, mythological and secular imagery. And Panchasara Jain Temples, more than 100 Jain temples with exquisite domes & sacred carvings on the walls built by king Vanraj Chavada around 746 CE.

Continue drive to Dasada check in at hotel. Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel.

 

Day 4: Dasada - Rajkot (160kms)

Breakfast at hotel. Safari in Little Rann of Kutch a unique landscapes of its kind in the entire world with an unending possibility of exploration. The present saline desert of the Little Rann of Kutch is believed to have been shallow sea. Little Rann of Kutch is the only haven on earth for endemic Asiatic Wild Ass. Known for its speed, the wild ass lives in herds led by stallions and survived by migrating between the grassy bets through the season, in search of food. Sanctuary is also home to 32 other species of mammals such as chinkara, two types of desert fox, jackals, caracals, nilgais, Indian wolves, blackbucks, and striped hyenas along with 350 different species of birds, including the common crane, pelican and the lesser flamingo. Interestingly, the Little Rann gets a fair number of winged visitors in the winter months. Among these, the ceraneous vulture comes from Egypt, the common and demoiselle cranes arrive from Siberia, the blue-tailed bee-eater visits from Europe, and the houbara bustard of Iran and Iraq are the most commonly sighted birds here. Also, the sanctuary is home to a sizeable population of Rabari and Bharwad tribes.

Drive to Rajkot check in at hotel. Later After breakfas visit Jubilee Garden a large open park area featuring many monuments of colonial time. The Garden include the historic Mohandas Gandhi High School, Kaba Gandhi No Delo, Rashtriya Shala, Watson Museum, Lang Library, and Rotary Midtown Library. The museum also houses a varied collection of old artefact`s from the ancient city of Mohenjodaro. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 5: Rajkot - Dwarka (225kms)

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Dwarka check in at hotel.

Later visit the Dwarkadhish temple dedicated to the god Krishna. The main shrine of the five storied building, supported by 72 pillars, is known as Jagat Mandir. Archaeological findings suggest it to be 2000 - 2200 years old. The original temple believed to have been built by Krishna`s grandson, Vajranabha, over the hari-griha, was enlarged in the 15th- 16th century. Swami Narayan Temple, located very close to the beautiful seashore and the Dwarkadish temple a relatively new structure, with intricate architecture expressed through sculptures and embossed wall work. Nageshwar Temple, located on the route between Dwarka city and Beyt Dwarka Island, it enshrined one of the 12 Jyothirlingas in an underground sanctum. Rukhmini Devi Temple, a 12th-century remnant having some evident architectural marvels of the time through its mural carvings and other structures.

Rest time free to relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 6: Dwarka - Somnath (230kms)

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Somnath, enroute visit Porbandar the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi. 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 Somnath and check in at hotel. Later visit Somnath Temple 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 where Pandav spent time during the term of their exile. Suraj Mandir the architecture features many animal figurines like lions, and huge elephant trunks. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 7: Somnath - Sasan Gir (45kms)

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Sasan Gir National Park and check in at resort. Gypsy safari in Gir Wildlife Sanctuary sprawling in an area of 1424 sq kms. Gir forest is the only place in the world, outside Africa, where the lion can be seen in its natural habitat. Other predators are panther & hyena. Sambhar, Chital, Blue Bull, Chinkara and four horned antelope are found here along with the bear and the long tailed langur. Gir is also one of the finest bird sanctuaries. 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. Another attraction is a crocodile farm developed in the forest. Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel.

 

Day 8: Sasan Gir 

Breakfast at hotel. Morning Jeep safari in National Park.

Later excursion to visit Junagadh an ancient fortified city at the foot of the temple-studded Girnar Hill where Ashoka inscribed 14 edicts on a huge boulder.

Drive back to Sasan Gir. Lunch, dinner & Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 9: Sasan Gir - Diu (100kms) 

Breakfast at hotel, drive to Diu check in at hotel.

Later 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. On the fort stands a giant structure which now houses a Light House and the Diu jail. Several canons are still located on the top of the fort and peep out of the holes on the walls of this gigantic structure. 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. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 10: Diu - Bhavnagar (225kms)

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Bhavnagar via visiting Palitana Temples, known for being the largest cluster of Jain temples on Shatrunjaya hills. These hills have similarities to other hills where Jain temples have been built in Bihar, Gwalior, Mount Abu and Girnar. The Jain`s sacred hill of Shatrunjaya have 863 temples atop itself. 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.

Arrive Bhavnagar check in at hotel. Visit Gandhi Smriti, Barton Library & Museum. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 11: Bhavnagar - Ahmedabad (175kms)

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Ahmedabad enroute visit archaeological remains of Harappa Port-Town at Lothal of Indus Valley Civilization. Unlike many other doorways into Harappan culture, Lothal passed through all the phases of the society, from earliest development to most mature. 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. 

Continue drive to Ahmedabad and drop off at airport.

Assistance on arrival at airport.

10 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.

Daily breakfast at hotels. Any other meal (lunch/ dinner) if clearly mentioned in the itinerary).

Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.

English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.

Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.

1-Time shared Gypsy safari in Gir National Park with forest department naturalist.

Bottled drinking water in car.

Government taxes.

 

Hotels used or similar for 10 nights accommodation

Ahmedabad x 2 night
3* - WelcomHeritage Mani Mansion/ Parker Lords Eco Inn
4* - Ramada Hotel/ Lemon Tree Premier 
5* - The House of MG/ Le Meridien

Dasada/ Bajana (Little Rann of Kutch) x 1 night
3*, 4* & 5* - Royal Safari Camp, Bajana/ Rann Riders, Dasada 

Rajkot x 1 nights
3* - The Fern Residency/ Marasa Sarovar Portico
4* & 5* - Fortune Park JPS Grand/ Regency Lagoon Resort

Dwarka x 1 night
3* - Dwarkadhish Lords Eco Inn/ VITS Devbhumi
4* & 5* - The Fern Sattva Resort

Somnath x 1 night
3*, 4* & 5* - The Fern Residency/ Lords Inn Somnath

Sasan Gir x 2 night
3* - The Fern Gir Forest Resort/ Lion Safari Camp
4* - The Fern Gir Forest Resort/ Lion Safari Camp
5* - Woods at Sasan/ The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest

Diu x 1 night
3* - Krishna Beach Resorts/ Kostamar Beach Resort
4* & 5* - Radhika Beach Resort/ Azzaro Resorts & Ganga Spa

Bhavnagar x 1 night
3* - Efcee Sarovar Portico/ The Fern Bhavnagar
4* &  - Nilambag Palace Hotel/ The Fern Bhavnagar

Note; There are no 4 & 5 star hotels in few cities.

Any flight tickets.

Camera charges at monuments.

Meals other than mentioned in day plan.

Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc. 

Gratuities & optional activities.

Anything not mentioned in inclusions.