Day 1 Arrive Delhi
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel
In the afternoon enjoy sightseeing of Old Delhi
Old Delhi – It represents the old world charm….
long forgotten… Drive past the majestic Red Fort built
of Red sandstone from 1639 – 1648 AD by Emperor Shah Jehan and then visit Jama
Masjid – the biggest mosque of Asia built in 1650 AD by Shah
Jehan. After the visit walk through busy streets of Chandni Chowk (the silver
market of the bygone era). This will be followed by a visit to Rajghat – memorial
site of Mahatma Gandhi.
Overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 2 Ahmedabad ( By Air)
Morning after breakfast in time transfer to airport to board flight for Ahmeadbad.
Arrival at Ahmedabad, meet to greet and transfer to hotel. After fresh-up visit Ahmedabad,
founded in the year 1411 AD is located on the banks of river Sabarmati and has
been named after Sultan Ahmed Shah, who was primarily responsible for building
it. Today, this city is known as the ‘Manchester of the East’,
one of the highly industrialized cities in India and is also India’s
Textile City. Though the capital of Gujarat was shifted from Ahmedabad
to Gandhinagar, it is still the second largest industrial city in western India. The
old city of Ahmedabad is dotted with labyrinthine by lanes called ‘polls’.
The exquisite carved wooden mansions and havelis are in no manner less
than their stone counterparts in Rajasthan.
Sidi Saiyad Mosque,
built by a general of Abysinian origin in the 1570 is best known for its
intricate perforated stone work, The Sidi Saiyad Mosque is famous
for its ten semis – circular delicately carved stone windows; one of
them shows the intricately entwined branches of a tree, depicting the ‘Tree
The Swetambara Temple Hathesingh temple was built outside
Delhi gate in 1850 by a rich jain merchant Sheth Hatheesing. This
is the best known of Ahmadabad’s many ornate jain temples.
It is dedicated to Dharamnath, the fifteenth Tirthankar whose status stand
in the main sanctuary Built by pure marble profusely decirated with rich carving, Gandhi
Ashram The beautiful ashram complex of Ahmedabad, with shady
trees populated by thousand of paraketers, Beaters, sunbirds, squirells, offers
a refuge from the loud streets of the city and is one of the foremost
tourist attraction of Ahmedabad. This ashram was Gandhi’s headqquartersduring
the long struggle for Indian independence. His ashram was founded in 1915 and
still makes handicrafts, handmade paper and spinning wheels. Sarkhej
Roza, The Sarkhej Roza is an graceful architectural creation
amazing for the use of pierced stone trellises and complete absence of arches.
Sarkhej Roza, the tombs of Saint Ahmed Khattu Baksh and that of Emperor Mehmud
Shah Beguda and his queen. The diplomatic atmosphere makes it an ideal retreat.
Sarkhej (about 10 kms. southwest of Ahmedabad) is noted for its stylish group
of buildings, including the Mausoleum of Azam and Mu’assam, who were
responsible for Sarkhel’s architecture.
Overnight stay in Ahmedabad
Day 3 Ahmedabad – Ambaji (185 Kms / 4 Hrs Approx) – Poshina (40 Kms / 1 Hrs Approx)
Morning after breakfast drive to Poshina, en-route visit Ambaji Temple. Ambaji Temple - This is the principal shrine of a goddess who has been worshiped
since the pre-Vedic period. She is often referred to as Arasuri Amba, named
for the location of the temple in the Arasur hills, near the source of the
Saraswati River at the south-western end of the Aravali mountain range.The
red flag above the small temple dances welcomingly inthe wind. Made of white
marble with gold cones, the temple was originally built by Nagar Brahmins.
There is a main entrance in the front and only a small side-door, because it
is believed that Mataji (another name for Ambaji) has forbidden the addition
of any other door. The temple is surrounded by an open square called chachar
chowk where ceremonial sacrifices called havans are performed.
Continue drive to Poshina. Overnight stay at Poshina
Day 4 Poshina
After breakfast. Visit Dungri Garacia tribales – The Garasias are bisected in two neighbouring states, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Dungri Garasia is generic term, covering half a dozen endogamous hierarchical sub-tribes calling themselves Garasia or Dungri Garasia. Garasia is very close to Bhil. Due to paucity of good agriculture land there are a few chances of substainable agriculture and animal husbandry. Overnight stay Poshina
Day 5 Poshina – Patan (150 Kms / 3 Hrs Approx) – Modhera (40 Kms / 1 Hrs Approx) – Bajana (80 Kms / 2 Hrs Approx)
Morning after breakfast drive to Bajana, en-route visit Patan Patola of weaving, patan is Famous for patola weaving, Salvi family is one of them who has continued this traditional art and has preserved it even today. Patola silk is often termed as the queen of all silk. The special technique of the handmade silk patola uses the same special technique for weaving from raw silk to the completion of the patola fabric. The weaver makes the special patola loom and colouring from indigenous natural materials. Patola from the area of patan in the north Gujarat region of western India glorifies this heritage with its unique gem like qualities, gorgeous colours, designing & durability.Different colour and pattern matched exactly on horizontal and vertical threads in weaving. The patola was traditionally woven in a sari length of 5 to 9 yards by 45” to 54” width. The range now extends to include tablecloth borders scarves handkerchief. Rani ki Vav (Step well). It was built by the Queen Udaymati the wife of Bhimdev during 11-12th Century. It is the most magnificent and spectacular step well and the best example of such architecture for water wells. The Vav measuring about 64 mts. The stepwell has long stepped corridor descending down to the underground tank, it is having four pillars. The Pillars which support the roof have squire base decorated with Ghat Pallavas. It was one of the largest and the most sumptuous structure of its type. Modhera Sun Temple, Modhera Sun Temple dates bake to early 11th centuary CE and was built by King Bhimdev I in 1026 CE. The temple at modhera is the most important of all sun temples buil in the whole Gujarat. The temple is dedicated to the Sun God. The temple is magnificient and the finest example of the hindus architecture in Gujarat. One of the moststriking features of the Modhera Sun Temple that the first ray of the sun falls on the deity at the time of the equinoxes. In front of the temple is a colossal tank, which was once known as Surya Kund or Rama Kund.The tank has a series of the carved steps leading to the bottom.
Continue drive to Bajana. Overnight stay at Bajana.
Day 6 Bajana
Enjoy morning safari at Little Rann Of Kutch viewing rarest wild asses in the
region followed by village safari in the evening.
Wild ass sanctuary
The sanctuary is well known for its group of the stale joke brown Asiatic (Wild
ass), which does not live elsewhere in Indian lowlands. We can see with Little
Rann of Kutch blackbuck (Indian antelope), nilgai or blue bull (India’s
largest antelope) and the graceful chinkara (Indian gazelle) are other mammals.
The main carnivores of the Little Rann of Kutch are the endangered Indian wolf,
desert fox, Indian fox, jackals, desert and jungle cats, and a few hyenas; also
we can see during the visits flamingoes, pelicans, ducks, cranes and storks.
Day 7 Bajana – Dhamkada – Dhaneti – Bhuj (300 Kms / 6 Hrs Approx)
Morning after breakfast proceeds to Bhuj, en-route visit Dhamadka - to see the
block printing by tribe, Dhaneti to observe the embroidery by the Ahir tribe
and Bhujodi to view the weavers from the Vankar tribe. Later visit Ajrakhpur
and Dhamarka – These block printing villages are home to the famousAjrakh
craftsmen of the region. The latter is far from Bhuj and was largely destroyed
by the earthquake, but there are still some great craftsmen and their workshops
to visit there. In Ajrakhpur, not so far from KHAMIR, the famous Dr. Ismail
Katri (for most of the practitioners are Katris), and his sons are friendly
and make incredibly beautiful prints. But walking around and meeting the other
craftmen is a must – there is great diversity in the craft.
Dhaneti- The village holds a special place in annals of Kutch Gurjar Kshatriyas
group of Rajput warriors from Rajasthan first entered Saurashtra inGujrat in
early 7th Century AD fighting and repelling attack from North-West. Then a
major group entered Kutch and fought a battle on the land of the Dhaneti village
in late 12th Century around 1177–78 A.D. (V.S. 1234) and got themselves
established and settled at this village. They named the village Dhaneti for
the war that was fought on that land. Dhanetu in Gujarati language means "sudden,
spontaneous war". At present, majority of people who live in this village
are sorathia, Ahirs and Rabari. Dhaneti today is famous for special Ahir & Rabari
embroidery done by women of this community, and has developed as major centre
for this art and tourist attraction. Overnight stay at Bhuj.
Day 8 Bhuj
Morning after breakfast proceeds to Banni village en-route take a permit to visit Banni Tribal area at Bhrindyara check post. (Please all clients to need to obtain the permit)Later proceed to Banni Village to see various people like Jat, Harijan, Meghawal and Mutva etc in various villages like Hodka, Ludiya and Dhordo. Banni means “a cluster of village”. In Banni area of Kutch the Meghwal-Harijans who migrated from Rajasthan use Khambira, Kharek, Kudi Stiches in their embroidery. Also outline and satin stitch embroidery of the area and very minute mirror designs similar to the famous Mutwa embroidery of the area. They make wall hangings, waistcoats and pouches in Kharek Stich and do Moti Bharat or beadwork on handheld fans, bracelets, toys and belts. After visit HODKA village – Hodka derives from the Gujarati word ‘Hodi’ which means ‘boat’. Since, the villages here are called jheels, where potable water is available. Hodka is famous for its beautiful embroidery and mud work as much as Leather craft. Both men and women are actively involved in developing the art and craft tradition of the region. Visit LUDIYA village- Harijans and Muslims are main communities in this village. The main occupations are: monsoon farming, cattle rearing, intricate wood carving, intricate embroidery work, mud-work and wall painting for decorating homes. Harijan men are involved with wood carving, the women take up embroidery and wall-decoration. Visits to DHORDO to see beautiful traditional mud houses (Bhungas) with mirror work and its fine Mutwa embroidery with tiny mirrors. Overnight stay at Bhuj.
Day 9 Bhuj- Gondal (285 Kms / 6 Hrs Approx)
Morning After B/F drive to Gondal , evening visit Navlakha palace, it is a festival of stone carvings with balconies. It gift for Maharaja Bhagwat Sinh ji on his silver jubilee as ruler of Gondal. Visit of vintage car collection, have a collection of several vintage andclassical cars including a1910 new engine with so many imposing American cars of the 1940s. Later visit of Swaminarayan Temple, Bhuvneshwary Ayurvedic Library, which makes the herbal medicines according to ancient principal. Overnight stay at Gondal.
Day 10 Gondal – Bhavnagar (175 Kms / 4 Hrs Approx)
Morning after breakfast drive to Bhavnagar: Diversity of faith, language, customs,
beliefs, architecture, art and a variety of visual and performing culture build
a certain context of cityscape. The personality and character of a city is
the result of centuries of growth in the course of which new elements are constantly
juxtaposed with the older ones. The processes of urbanization tend to marginalize
the inner city areas that embody the heritage aspects not only of the buildings
but also of a certain lived experience.
The urban living makes the city too familiar to notice anything extraordinary
about it. People pass by the beautiful heritage buildings everyday in a hurry
to reach their offices or schools without noticing them. Heritage walk is a
tool to explore the unexplored and neglected richness of the city. It plays
an important role for the development of history and character of the city
through generating interests and involvement of the local community in the
urban conservationactivity. In Ahmedabad, a heritage walk has been going on
from Swaminarayan Kalupur Mandir to Jumma Mosque for more last ten years. Every
time during Heritage Festival, this walk introduces some additions to it. In
2008, a special walk for deaf and dumb students was organized.
Bhavnagar is fifth largest city of Gujarat and second largest city of Saurastra.
Bhavnagar is known as the cultural capital of Saurastra. Bhavnagar is a coastal
city, located in the eastern coast of Saurashtra, known as Kathiawar. Bhavnagar
is city of education and culture, known as culture capital of Saurastra
Major tourist attractions in Bhavnagar are Takhteshwar Temple, Gandhi Smriti
Museum, Clock Tower and Gaurishankar Lake. Overnight stay at Bhavnagar.
Day 11 Bhavnagar – Palitana (60 Kms / 1 Hrs Approx) – Vadodara (240 Kms / 5 Hrs Approx)
After an early breakfast Dep. to Palitana Early morning Climb Shetrunjaya hills.
The peak is a 3 ½ km climb of over 3500 steps from the town.
The cluster of over 800 temples are divided into tuks.The largest and highest tuk is the
Khartavasi tuk, with the 16th century Adinatha temple with images of the tirthankars,
the 19th century Vallabhi temple with it’s finely clustered spires and the massive 1836
AD Motisah temple. Other important templesare the
16th century Adiswara temple in the Vimlavasi tuk, the
Ramaji Gadhariya temple and the 18th century Bhulavani.
Other important temples can be seen in the
Sakara Premchand Tuk, Ujambi Hemabhai tuk, Sheth Hemabhai
Vakatachand tuk and other enclosures. Throughout the cluster you can see detailed carvings, beautiful idols and images, jeweled statues and intricate toranas.
Sunrise behind the temples is a great sight.
You can enjoy views from the summit of the hills and the river
Shetrunjaya. On a clear day, the Gulf of Cambay sea coast can be seen.
The summit can be visited from 7-19 hrs. The
temple covered Shetrunjaya hill, 2000 ft over Palitana town, believed to span
863 shrines in all has some really exquisite marble temples of great religious
and artistic importance, containing arches, carved pillars and bejeweled idols.
The temples date from 11th to the 20th century. The summit is the most revered
of Jain temple complexes, surpassing those of Mt Abu, Gwalior, Girnar and Bihar.
Palitana town is a good place to shop for textile related handicrafts and has
a Jain kala sansta.
Day 12 Vadodara- Champaner (60 Kms / 1 Hrs Approx)
Morning after breakfast visit Sayaji Bagh Vadodara is one of the most eminent
monumental structures built by Sayajirao III. The entire complex of Sayaji
Bagh consists of art gallery, a zoo, museums, toy trains and rides. This tourist
attraction is well known for Kamati Baug. The well-maintained gardens and lawns
are also worth admiring. Laxmi Vilas Palace is one of the most magnificent
buildings located within the city. The palace has been built by Maharaja Sayaji
Rao III in an Indo-Sarcenic style. The palace floor is made out of pristine
white marble. The palace is exquisitely furnished and is replete with various
artifacts and relics.
Later drive to Champaner. Overnight stay at Champaner.
Day 13 Champaner
Morning after breakfast visit Champaner is an ancient fortified city. There are
two stories about the origin of the name of this town. Some believe that is
named after Champaraj who was the founder of the city, while others believe
that the town was named after the champa tree that is found here. Visit Champaner
Fort is an ancient fort located at the foothills of Pavagdh. Mohammed Begada
(The famous Muslim King of Gujarat) captured the fort in 15thCentuary after
a long siege against the Khichi Chauhan Rajputs.
Continue drive to Pavagadh is temple of mother goddess Mahakali Maa. Pavagadh
gets its name from the fact that is a solitary hill standing out alone, blessed
with a blowing gentle breeze from all around. Legend has it that the valley
surrounding Pavagadh was filled up by the power of sage Vishwamitra. Overnight
stay at Champaner.
Day 14 Champaner/ Ahmedabad (150 Kms / 3 Hrs Approx) / Ahmedabad - Delhi (By Air)
Morning after breakfast drive to Ahmedabad & Transfer to airport to connect flight for Delhi. Meet and assist on arrival
and then proceed to the hotel of your stay.
Later in the afternoon enjoy city tour of New Delhi.
New Delhi – It represents the new world extravaganza….
We will visit the Humayun’s Tomb – the mausoleum
of Emperor Humayun, Qutab Minar built by Qutab-ud-din Aibek.
Drive past the secretarial offices and the Parliament house.
Visit the India Gate – war memorial and Connaught
Place, the city center of New Delhi.
Stay overnight in Delhi.
Day 15 Flight
In time transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.