Highlights of Gujarat
Experience the diversity of Gujarat on this captivating tour which includes a broad spectrum of sights and experiences to enjoy. In this journey, you’ll discover charming Ahmedabad and Gujarat’s rich textile heritage, visit ancient monuments and iconic temples as well as gloriously decorated palaces. You’ll also explore the vast open landscapes of the Ranns of Kutch, visit traditional villages famous for their culture, craftsmanship and elaborate dress and search for the last remaining lions in Asia on a jeep safari in the Gir National Park. There will also be time to explore lively bazaars, taste gorgeous locally produced specialties and enjoy the vibrancy and rich heritage of this amazing state.
- Walk the old lanes of Ahmedabad
- Spot the wild Asses in Dasada
- Explore the tribal villages in Kutch
- Enjoy Jeep safaris in Sasan Gir to see Asiatic lions
- See the magnificent Palitana Jain Temples
Day 01 - Arrive Mumbai
On arrival in Mumbai, you’ll be met by your Indus Bound Representative and transferred to your hotel, where you’ll be staying for two nights. Spend the remainder of the day recovering from your journey, and perhaps a stroll around the local neighborhood later.
Day 02 - Fly to Ahmedabad
Today morning, take a flight to Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad is a city defined by its architecture and is home to wide range of different styles. Spend your day at leisure to relax at the hotel or pursue independent activities.
Day 03 - In Ahmedabad
Start exploring Ahmedabad today with your guide including the old city and historic quarter. The Calico Museum of Textiles is considered the best textile museum in the world. It also has a large display of local sculpture and paintings.
Day 04 - Drive to Dasada
Leave Ahmedabad to visit the beautiful 15th century Adalaj step well, before continuing to the 11th century Surya ‘Sun’ Temple at Modhera. One of the finest Hindu temples in Gujarat, Modhera has a special atmosphere and is a unique site. Leaving Modhera, drive to Patan which was once the capital of Gujarat before the founding of Ahmedabad. Patan is also the home of the famous Patola silk weavers.
Day 05 - In Dasada
Today enter the Little Rann of Kutch. The number and variety of birds here, from plovers and chats to flamingos and storks, is astonishing with the best birding months between October and March. Also visit some of the settlements around Dasada including pastoral Vadiara and the goat-herders of Ambala.
Day 06 - Drive to Bhuj
After a final early morning visit to the Little Rann of Kutch leave Dasada and continue by road to Bhuj stopping en-route to visit the village of Dhaneti, which is noted for its Ahir embroidery, and Ajrakhpur which is renowned for its indigo block printing. The atmospheric old walled city of Bhuj is the capital of the Kutch region and later wander among the narrow alleyways of the citadel.
Day 07 - Drive to Banni Village
After breakfast, you will drive to Banni Village of Lodlya, Khavda, Bhirandiyara, Hodka & Dhorado) to see local tribes and their textiles. The next two nights offer you the experience of staying on one of the village-style huts (A co-operative of the villages have produced traditional style huts but with en-suite facilities. Basic but comfortable).
Day 08 - In Banni Village
After breakfast you will drive out to The Great Rann of Kutch is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat, India and the Sindh province of Pakistan. It is about 7,505.22 square kilometres (2,897.78 sq mi) in size and is reputed to be the largest salt desert in the world.
Day 09 - Drive to Bhuj
Today after breakfast, drive back to Bhuj. In the afternoon, Afternoon visit Aina Mahal Palace, Cenotaphs Complex and Kutch Museum
Day 10 - In Bhuj
Enjoy a day trip to Mandvi, a picturesque coastal town with many old buildings. It was an important seaport of the Jadeja Rajputs, who claim descent from Lord Krishna. They are said to move to Sindh when Krishna’s capital, Dwarka, was submerged by the sea.
Day 11 - Drive to Gondal
After breakfast, set for a drive to Gondal (06-07 Hrs) with an en-route visit to see Rajkot. Surrounded by wheat and cotton fields, Gondal is a fascinating town and was one of the most progressive and affluent states during the period of British rule.
Day 12 - Drive to Sasan Gir
After breakfast visit Junagadh. This is one of India’s most historic cities – ancient artefacts were found on the hilltop citadel and Emperor Ashoka’s edicts were inscribed on rock here during the 3rd century BC. Visit the Uparkot Citadel, Jama Masjid and 11th century Adi Chadi Vav step-well before continuing to Sasan Gir (04-05 Hrs) and the Gir Forest National Park.
Day 13 - In Sasan Gir
Enjoy morning and afternoon private game drives, keeping an eye out for the Asiatic lion. Sasan Gir is the last remaining national park that contains Asiatic Lion. The population is well protected and flourishing so there's a good chance to spotting one.
Day 14 - Drive to Palitana
Today drive to the extraordinary Jain temple complex at Palitana (05-06 Hrs) where you will stay for next couple of nights. Spend afternoon at leisure at your hotel.
Day 15 - In Palitana
Full Day visit to the Palitana Jain Temples. The hills of Palitana are known as the ‘Abode of the Gods’ and are covered with 863 Jain temples spanning a period of over 900 years. Their finely carved spires and towers glisten in the sunlight as pilgrims make the uphill journey on foot.
Day 16 - Drive to Vadodra
After breakfast, leave Palitana and drive to Vadodara (05-06 Hrs) calling in on the way to see the archaeological site of Lothal which is home to some of the most important Harappan archaeological remains of the subcontinent. After Lothal continue to Vadodara, once the capital of the affluent Baroda Princely State and home to some magnificent 19th century palaces and public buildings.
Day 17 - In Vadodara
Today visit the 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 return to Vadodara via the historic citadel of Dabhoi which has a majestic gateway built in the 12th century.
Day 18 - Fly to Mumbai
At time, take your flight to Mumbai. Spend your time at the hotel or pursue independent activities.
Day 19 - Departure Transfer
At time transferred to Mumbai Airport for your flight back home, or continue with your onward journey with us
Starting from USD 1550 Per Person
Price is based on double occupancy, and is subject to change based on hotels & dates of travel. Price includes daily breakfast, sightseeing, monument entrance fees, private guides, domestic flights, transfers, chauffeur driven air-conditioned SUV car & All Taxes.
When to Travel?
Gujarat is best visited between October and November or February and April, when temperatures are comfortable throughout the day, dipping slightly at night when a light jumper should suffice if you're outdoors.
These are some of the recommended hotels for your private tour. Let us know for more options you may need, we work with a wide range of hotels in India & Beyond.
Taj Mahal Palace
House of MG
MID RANGE, HERITAGE
Woods at Sasan
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