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$ 2901

Treasures of Gujarat

Culture
Culture
min $ 2901
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Ahmedabad, Great Rann of Kutch, Kutch
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 2901
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  • Overview & dates
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  • What's included

Overview & dates

INTRO

Gujarat is a treasure trove of history and culture. Begin your journey in Ahmedabad, the hometown of India’s founding father Mahatma Gandhi. Visit ornate marble and jewel studded temples before setting foot on the expansive, bewitching salt marsh in the Rann of Kutch. Make your way to the Banni villages and appreciate the famous art and craftsmanship of its people. Take a game drive in Gir National Park, the last domain of the endangered Asiatic lion. Catch the boat to Diu Island, a former Portuguese colony, before heading back home.


GROUP DATES

  • 23 Sep 2018 to 06 Oct 2018 - £ 2,295 - AV
  • 03 Mar 2019 to 16 Mar 2019 - £ 2,295 - AV
  • 22 Sep 2019 to 05 Oct 2019 - £ 2,295 - AV

If these dates do not suit you but you are interested in this tour, please contact us for alternative dates.

AV - Available
GD - Guaranteed
LM - Limited places left
OR - On request (contact us for status)
CL - Closed for bookings


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HIGHLIGHTS

Visit Mahatma Gandhi's home in Ahmedabad

Trek the Rann of Kutch salt marsh

Kutch textiles and walled city of Bhuj

Spot endangered asiatic lions in Gir

Discover Portuguese fort on Diu Island


PLACES VISITED

Ahmedabad - Little Rann of Kutch - Bhuj - Palitana - Gir National Park - Diu - Mumbai Ahmedabad
Little Rann of Kutch
Bhuj
Palitana
Gir National Park
Diu
Mumbai

Itinerary

ITINERARY

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Choose departure date23 Sep 2018 -- 06 Oct 201803 Mar 2019 -- 16 Mar 201922 Sep 2019 -- 05 Oct 2019

Day 1 : Arrival

Arrive in Ahmedabad. Transfer to hotel. Evening free. Overnight in Ahmedabad.

Arrive in Ahmedabad, where you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative and transferred to your hotel. The evening is free to enjoy at your leisure. Overnight in Ahmedabad.

Meal plan : n/a


Day 2 : Ahmedabad

Full day sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad. Overnight in Ahmedabad.

Today you will be taken on a full day sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad, visiting sites such as Sabarmati Ashram, Hutheesing Jain Temples, Jama Mosque, Sarkez Roza and Dada Hari step well. Overnight in Ahmedabad.

Meal plan : Breakfast


The former capital of the state of Gujarat, Ahmedabad is one of the fastest growing cities of the last decade. It is located on the banks of the Sabarmati river and earned the nickname 'Manchester of the East' while under British rule for its developing textile industry. Ahmedabad is home to a fascinating mix of architecture, ranging from British colonial to early Indo-Saracenic.

Day 3 : Ahmedabad - Little Rann of Kutch

Drive to Little Rann of Kutch, stopping to visit Adalaj step well and Sun Temple en route. Overnight in Little Rann of Kutch.

In the morning you will drive to Little Rann of Kutch, stopping to visit Adalaj step well in village Adalaj, the UNESCO listed monument at Patan called Rani Ki Vav or the Queens step well, the Sun Temple at Modheraen route.  Overnight in Little Rann of Kutch.

Meal plan : Breakfast


The 11th-century Sun Temple at Modhera is easily one of the finest examples of devotion in Western India. Built by King Bhimdev with the aid of donations from the people, the temple features a beautiful domed central portion designed so that sun light falls on a bejewelled statue of the Hindu Sun-God Surya, to whom the temple is dedicated.

Day 4 : Little Rann of Kutch

Morning and evening jeep safari rides. Overnight in Little Rann of Kutch.

Today you will enjoy morning and evening jeep safari rides around Little Rann of Kutch's unique landscape. Overnight in Little Rann of Kutch.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Known as the last sanctuary for the Indian wild ass (Khur or Ghudkar), the Little Rann of Kutch is a salt marsh that was once part of the Arabian Sea. The only other two subspecies of wild asses live in the high arid plateaus of Tibet, making this the most accessible place to visit wild asses in their natural environment. More than a meter tall at the shoulder and two meters in length, wild asses are very agile and can run long distances at a speed of 50 km/h. This ability makes them more similar to wild horses and far more captivating than their domesticated cousins. The Little Rann spreads across nearly 5,000 km sq and plays an important part in the ecology of the Gujarat region. It is home to a variety of wildlife, such as the endangered Indian wolf, jackal, Indian fox, desert fox, chinkara and spiny-tailed lizard. 

Day 5 : Little Rann of Kutch - Bhuj

Proceed to Bhuj. Free day. Overnight in Bhuj.

Proceed to Bhuj. After checking in at your hotel, the rest of the day is free. Overnight in Bhuj.

Meal plan : Breakfast


The walled city of Bhuj is the headquarters of the Kutch district and is named after the Bhujia Fortress, which overlooks the city from a nearby hill. Bhuj is known for its wide variety of handicrafts, like Kutchi embroidery with mirror work and hand printed textiles. The region is littered with many sites associated with the Indus Valley Civilisation. 

Day 6 : Bhuj

Full day excursion to Banni villages and Dhordo. Overnight in Bhuj.

After breakfast, enjoy a full day excursion to the Banni villages and Dhordo. Return to Bhuj for overnight stay.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Day 7 : Bhuj - Gondal

Leave for Gondal. Afternoon sightseeing. Overnight in Gondal.

Depart from Bhuj to Gondal, arrive Gondal Check in and lunch. After Lunch proceed to visit the Khadi Plaza, Vintage car collection of the Maharaja of Gondal, also see the Royal salon of the maharaja of Gondal, visit Navlakha Palace which is converted in Museum, also visit the Ayurvedic pharmacy in Gondal, if time permits visit the Stud farm near Gondal. Overnight in Gondal. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


Day 8 : Gondal – Palitana

Arrive in Palitana via Velavadar. Rest of the day free. Overnight in Palitana.

Continue on to Palitana  and check in at your hotel on arrival.  Rest of the afternoon is at  leisure. Overnight in Palitana. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


Palitana is the most sacred pilgrimage centre for Jains, with more than 1300 temples carved in marble. No one is allowed to sleep there overnight, including the priest, because the temple city has been built as an abode for the Gods.

Day 9 : Palitana

Morning excursion to Jain Hotel. Rest of the day free. Overnight in Palitana.

Early Morning leave the hotel to visit the Jain Temples on top of the Mount total 856 jain temples. Return to hotel and relax. Later, you may like to explore the area on your own. Overnight in Palitana. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


Day 10 : Palitana - Gir National Park

Depart for Gir National Park. Stop at Velavadar National Park en route. Overnight in Gir.

Depart for Gir National Park, check in at your hotel on arrival. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure or you can book an optional afternoon safari at Gir National Park (advance booking is recommended). Overnight in Gir National Park.

Meal plan : Breakfast & dinner


Day 11 : Gir National Park

Morning and evening safari rides through Gir National Park. Overnight in Gir National Park.

Today you will enjoy morning and evening jeep safari rides around Gir National Park and the lion sanctuary. Overnight in Gir National Park.

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


Home to the rare Asiatic lion, Gir National Park is comprised of 1412 square kilometres of deciduous forest interspersed with semi-evergreen and evergreen flora, acacia, scrub jungle, grasslands and rocky hills.  Outside of Africa, Gir National Park in Gujarat is the only place in the world where you can spot lions roaming free in the wild.  While there were approximately only 20 lions in the park during 1913, the 2015 census indicates there are now 523 of these magnificent creatures.  Gir Forest also provides homes to the chousingha – the world’s only 4-horned antelope, jackal, striped hyena and India fox.  The park, home to 200 species such as white-backed and long-billed vultures, has also been declared an important area by the Indian Bird Conservation Network.  Keep an eye out for more than 40 species of reptiles and amphibians near Kamleshwar, a large reservoir where you may spot a Marsh crocodile or snakes. 

Day 12 : Gir - Diu

Depart for Diu. Sightseeing in afternoon. Evening free. Overnight in Diu.

Optional morning safari at Gir National Park (advance booking is recommended). After breakfast, depart Gir National Park for the beach town of Diu. After check-in and lunch visit  St. Paul's Church, Diu Fort and Diu Museum. the rest of the day is free. Overnight the rest of the day is free. Overnight in Diu.

Meal plan : Breakfast


The tenth least populated district in India, it was the location of the Battle of Diu in 1509 between Portugal and the combined forces of Turkey, Egypt, Venice and the Sultan of Gujarat. Diu was once a city of great commercial activity and was given to the Portuguese as a reward for the military aid they gave the Sultan of Gujarat in 1535. It was in the possession of Portugal until 1961 and the country’s influence can be seen in its architecture with its fort and Baroque churches.

Day 13 : Diu

Morning visit to Wanakbara. Afternoon free at your leisure. Overnight in Diu.

Morning.  Visit the Fishing village at Wanakbara and see the fish being off loaded from the fishing boats and also see the market where fish is being auctioned. Return back to hotel where the rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure. If you wish to you can proceed to the sun set point in the evening to see the sun set. Overnight in Diu.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Day 14 : Departure

Fly to Mumbai and connect with onward flight.

You will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Mumbai. In Mumbai, connect with your onward flight.

Meal plan : Breakfast


What's included

INCLUDED Airport pick-up and drop-off Accommodation Ground transport Drivers and guides Sightseeing & relevant entrance fees Some meals (refer to itinerary)
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Travel The Unknown
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