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Historical Sights, Regal Cities & Wildlife Sanctuaries of Gujarat

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Historical Sights and Regal Cities and Wildlife Sanctuaries of Gujarat Tour will begin with pick up from Ahmedabad. Explore Ahmedabad monuments & museums then proceed to Dholavira via visiting magnificent Hindu & Jain Temple & step well at Patan. Explore Dholavira best-kept archaeological sites dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization. Enjoy safari in Little Rann of Kutch a unique place on earth of its kind in the entire world. Then drive to Rajkot a regal city of colonial time. Visit the ancient fortified city Junagadh and enjoy lion safari in Sasan Gir National Park. Continue to Diu a port town once ruled by Portuguese. Accompanied tour guide and transport will remain on disposal at your service.

Day 1: Arrive Ahmedabad

On arrival at Ahmedabad airport assistance & transfer to hotel check in. Rest time free to relax. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 2: Ahmedabad (B)

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. VECHAAR Utensils Museum it house an elaborate collection of utensils ranging from hundreds of years back to the current times. 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 - Dholavira (385kms) (B)

Drive to Dholavira 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 Dholavira check in & overnight at hotel.

 

Day 4: Dholavira - Dasada (255kms) (B)

Explore Dholavira archaeological & historical sites dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization 4500 years ago. It is full of historic treasures, including seals with animal figures, funerary structures, letters of the Indus script, stone sculptures, pottery with painted motifs, terracotta ornaments, sign boards, and several other structures and objects. The ancient water reservoirs are certainly a highlight and excite visitors with their well-preserved state. 
Later drive to Dasada, check in & overnight at hotel.

 

Day 5: Dasada - Rajkot (160kms) (B)

Early morning 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. 
After safari drive to Rajkot check in at hotel. Later 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 houses a varied collection of old artefact`s from the ancient city of Mohenjodaro. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 6: Rajkot - Sasan Gir National Park (160kms) (B, L, D) 

Drive to Sasangir via visiting Navlakha Palace at Gondal. And Junagadh an ancient fortified city rich in myth and legend, at the foot of the temple-studded Girnar Hill. The Girnar Hills are a holy sanctuary to the Jains. Ashoka inscribed 14 edicts on a huge boulder at Mt. Girnar peak. Also visit Uperkot fort an inaccessible fortress at Junagadh. 
Continue drive to Sasangir check in & overnight at hotel.

 

Day 7: Sasan Gir National Park - Diu (100kms) (B)

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. Overnight at hotel. 
Later drive to Diu check in & overnight at hotel.

 

Day 8: Diu (B)

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

 

Day 9: Diu - Departure (B)

As per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.

Assistance on arrival at airport.

8 Nights accommodation in selected price category hotels.

Meal as per day plan (B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)

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.

Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.

1-Time shared Gypsy safari in Little Rann of Kutch with forest department naturalist.

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 8 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

Dholavira x 1 night
3*, 4* & 5* - Rann Resort Dholavira/ Dholavira Tourism Resort

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

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

Sasan Gir x 1 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 2 night
3* - Krishna Beach Resorts/ Kostamar Beach Resort
4* & 5* - Radhika Beach Resort/ Azzaro Resorts & Ganga Spa

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.