Historic Architecture of Gujarat

Historic Architecture of Gujarat

Tourism in India

Destination Covered:

Mumbai - Baroda - Champaner - Jambugoda - Chhota Udepuer - Ahemdabad - Lothal - Palitana - Diu - Palitana - Somnath - Gir - Junagarh - Gondal - Dasada - Modhera - Patan - Balaram - Taranga - Vadnagar - Ahmedabad - Mumbai

Duration:
11 Nights / 12 Days
Tour Category:
Day 01 - Arrive Mumbai
Arrive in Mumbai, the Commercial capital of India. After completing formalities with customs and immigration, you will be received by our representative with Traditional Indian Welcome (with garlands).

Mumbai is the capital of Maharastra State and the gateway to this beguiling subcontinent. Of the four great cities in India, Mumbai is the most cosmopolitan, spear heading India's move in to the 21st Century.

Afterwards transfer to your hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 02 - In Mumbai
After breakfast you embark on the sightseeing trip of World famous Elephanta Caves and Mumbai city.

Elephanta Caves: A must for any visitor to India. Mute testimony of the Golden Age in Indian history during the Gupta period and built to honour Lord Shiva. Elephanta is a 3 kms long elongated island, consisting of two hills separated by a valley. The caves with rock-cut figures and carvings are believed to be carved by the sculptors of Ajanta or Udayagiri. In the afternoon the guest enjoy the sightseeing tour of the Mumbai City-

Mumbai City: includes a visit the Gateway of India-erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911; Prince of Wales Museum, Jehangir Art Gallery, Marine Drive, Chowpatty beach, Hanging Gardens and the Crawford Market.

After completing the sightseeing return back to the Hotel for Overnight.
Day 03 - Mumbai – Vadaodra ( Flight )
Vadodara - Champaner - Jambugoda - Chotta Udepur By Road.

After breakfast transfer to domestic airport to connect the flight for Vadodara. On arrival at the airport received and embark on the sightseeing trip of the city visiting museums and art galleries. Later proceed to Champaner, a walled citadel with 16th century Indo-Saracenic monuments and is on the World Historical list of UNESCO. After which, head to the tribal areas of Panchmahals District and Chhota Udepur Taluka to see traditional houses and paintings of the tribal groups. Situated on the banks of Vishwamitri River, Baroda is located on the Southeast of Ahemdabad and is one of the major towns of Gujarat. Officially known as Vadodara, Baroda houses beautiful palaces, museums and monuments and is also a major tourist attraction of the Gujarat state.

Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Overnight will be in Chotta Udepur.
Day 04 - Chotta Udepur – Ahmedabad By Road ( Approx 215 Kms /04 Hours )
Breakfast at hotel. Day starts with a drive to Ahemedabad. On arrival go on a city tour of Ahmedabad and visit the 15th and 16th century mosques and mausoleum complexes that are excellent examples of the provincial Indo-Saracenic style of Gujarat, the works of Le Corbusier and Luis Kahn, the Gandhi Ashram and museums.

Located on the banks of Sabarmati River, Ahemdabad was once the capital of Gujarat and is the largest city in the state of Gujarat. Also known as Karnavati, Ahemdabad is also an important commercial center of India and is visited by large number of both leisure and business tourists. Overnight stay will be in Ahmedabad.
Day 05 - Ahmedabad – Lothal – Palitana By Road
Breakfast at hotel. This morning embark on the walking tour to see the havelis of Ahmedabad. Later travel to Lothal, where you can see the excavations of a Harappan site. One of the most important archaeological sites, Lothal is one of the most prominent cities of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization located in the Gujarat state of India.

Afterwards continue the Drive to Palitana. On arrival check in to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight stay will be in Palitana.
Day 06 - Palitana – Diu By Road
Breakfast at hotel. One of the major pilgrimage centers for Jains, Palitana was once a princely state and is located in the Bhavnagar district of Gujarat.

This morning ascend to see the Jain temple complex atop Shatrunjaya Hill over Palitana. The complex has about 860 temples on a summit sacred to Jains.

Afterwards travel to Diu and visit the 16th century Portuguese Fort and 17th century churches. Overnight stay will be in Diu.
Day 07 - Palitana – Somnath – Gir By Road ( Approx 102 Kms/03 Hours )
Breakfast at Hotel. Begin your day with a drive to Somnath to see the temples.

Ideally located on the western coast of Gujarat, Somnath is a beautiful temple and one of the twelve Jyotirlingas and is a major tourist attraction of the state. Later on drive towards Gir.

The Gir National Park, was established on 18th September, 1965, as a Forest Reserve, primarily to conserve the Asiatic lion. The total area under national park status is about 2,450 hectares. It is located in the Junagadh District of Gujarat, about 65 km south-east of Junagadh city, and 90 km east of Keshod Airport, in the Kathiawar (Saurashtra) Peninsula. Sasan, with a forest rest-house, is the headquarters of the sanctuary.The Gir is a mixed deciduous type of forest with teak, ber, flame of the forest, jamun, a variety of acacia, particularly babul. It is a hilly tract with plenty of rivers, and offers the visitor long pleasant drives, through the thick forest cover. Overnight stay will be in Gir.
Day 08 - Gir – Junagadh - Gondal By Road ( Approx 125 Kms/ 03 Hours )
Breakfast at hotel. Visit the Gir Lion Sanctuary and the National Park in the morning for a Safari.

Gir in Gujarat is a deciduous forest and is the last abode of the Asiatic lion. Besides, the forest also has a thriving panther (leopard) population. It also has home to large population of chital or spotted deer, sambar, blue bull antelope, chinkara gazelle, chousingha (the world's only four-horned antelope), wild boar and other wildlife. Besides, you will also see a large number of avian population on the game-drive trail.

Afterwards travel to Junagadh to see its historic fort, Buddhist caves, palace museum and royal mausoleum complexes. After finishing the sightseeing continue to Gondal and on reaching check in to the Hotel. Afterwards visit the 1748 AD Naulakha Palace and other interesting buildings of the Maharajas of Gondal. Return to the hotel after the sightseeing. Overnight stay will be in Gondal.
Day 09 - Gondal – Dasada By Road ( Approx 200 Kms/ 04 Hours )
Breakfast at Hotel. Afterwards drive to Dasada. On arrival check in to the hotel.

Afternoon visit the artisans in the village and take an evening trip to the Little Rann of Kutch for desert wildlife viewing through the gates of the fortified village of Jhijhwada, dating to the 11th - 13th century Chalukyan period. Overnight stay will be in Dasada.
Day 10 - Dasada – Modhera – Patan – Balaram ( Approx 200 Kms/ 04 Hours )
Breakfast in hotel. Drive to the 11th century Sun Temple of Modhera, one of the finest examples of Hindu temple architecture in western India. After seeing the temple, continue to Patan to see the magnificently carved 11th century stepwell. Later proceed to Balaram via Sidhapur known for its mansions.
On arrival check in to the Hotel. Stay at Balaram Palace Resort.
Day 11 - Balaram – Taranga – Vadnagar – Ahmedabad By Road
( Approx 250 Kms/ 05 Hours ) Breakfast at hotel. Afterwards drive to see the 12th century Taranga Jain Temples and continue the drive to the historic Vadnagar where you can see the historical buildings and there architecture would attract you.

Afterwards continue the drive to Ahmedabad.

On arrival check in to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight will be in Ahmedabad.
Day 12 - Ahmedabad – Delhi ( Flight )
Delhi – Overseas ( Flight ) - Breakfast at Hotel. After breakfast you are assisted in your transfer to the airport to connect the flight for Delhi. On arrival in Delhi you are received at the domestic airport and are assisted and escorted to the International Airport to connect your flight back home.
 
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