Best of Gujarat (15 Days / 14 Nights)

This western State of India is promoting tourism very effectively in order to showcase its rich history and culture as well as it Geological and topographical landscape.

With very developed infrastructure it is convenient to explore Gujarat in its length and breadth which encompasses beautiful Hill Station in Satpura Range and thick forest around it, Gir National Parl which is home for Asiatic Lions, Tribal Villages where tribal crafts and culture are still vibrant and live, the great Rann of Kutch in Thar Desert

Highlights

Detailed Overview

Day 01 - Arrive Delhi

Arriving Delhi, you will clear customs and immigration. Leaving the airport, you will be met by our representative, holding a play card with your name on it in the arrival lounge. Arrival transfer to hotel. Assistance for check-in will be provided. After check-in overnight at hotel.

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Day 02 - Delhi – Ahmedabad

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and transfer to airport to catch flight to Ahmedabad. Arrive Ahmedabad and you will be met by our representative, holding a play card with your name on it in the arrival lounge. Arrival transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 03 - Ahmedabad – Limbdi – Sayla

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Sayla. En-route visit Limbdi where mirrors are made for Gujarat's famous mirrorwork embroidery, and visit the Bharwad and Kathi villages where beadwork traditions thrive, the silk weavers who use the Ikat technique, and the town of Wadhwan where women work on Bandhani or tie-and-dye. Wadhwan's walled town has historic buildings and a living heritage of metalwork crafts. In the afternoon check-in into hotel. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 04 - Sayla – Wankaner – Bhuj

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Bhuj. En-route visit Wankaner Palace which is situated on the Gadhio hill, the palace has a collection of vintage cars and a herd of Kathiawadi horses, on which you can enjoy a ride. The private museum at the Wankaner Palace has a collection of royal artifacts and hunting trophies. Arrive Bhuj and check-in into hotel. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 05 - Bhuj

After breakfast rest of the days free to explore Bhuj, the major town of Kutch, is an old walled city. There are walls within walls, attractive gateways, old palaces with intricate carvings, and striking brightly colored Hindu temples. This is India before the tourist invasion.

Morning visit various fascinating tribal villages surrounding Bhuj. Each tribe can be identified by its traditional attire and specializes in a different form of handicraft. The Banni tribal dwellings are made of round mud huts called 'Bhungas'‚ with a single central support pole and a thatched or tiled roof, all surrounding a large community courtyard. You will also see a variety of handicrafts, including textiles, vegetable colour dye printing, Rogan art (wax printing), glass beadwork, woolen shawls, leather articles and more.

We then visit some local weaving families in Sumarsar village, famous for Scoof Embroidery, Nirona Village with its fabulous Rogan art (wax printing) & bell making and Ludiya (aka Gandhi Gram) village. (Optional) Traditional Thali dinner at your hotel. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 06 - Bhuj – Jamnagar

After an early breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Jamnagar. Arrive Jamnagar and check-in into hotel. Rest of the day free to explore Jamnagar. Car and driver will be at your disposal. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 07 - Jamnagar – Rajkot – Gondal

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Gondal. En-route visit Rajkot. Later on continue drive to Gondal, the capital of the former princely State of Gondal, was ruled by the Jadeja Rajput clan until the independence of India. It is a fortified town located on the river Gondal.

On arrival check-in into hotel. After check-in visit to Ayurvedic Pharmacy, Udyog Bharti - spinning & weaving of Khadi (cotton fabric & famously associated with Mahatma Gandhi), Swaminarayan Temple. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 08 - Gondal - Junagadh - Somnath - Gir

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Junagadh, was the capital of Junagadh state under the muslim rulers of Babi Nawabs. The Ashoka edicts (from 250 BC) near the town, testify to its great antiquity. Visit Uparkot Fort, built 319 BC, famous for its virtual inaccessibility- the walls are 60 feet high in places.

Later on continue to visit Somnathwhich is one of the 12 jyotirlingas of lord Shiva. In the Shiva Purana and Nandi Upapurana, Shiva said, `I am omnipresent but specially in 12 forms and places, the jyotirlingas`. Somnath is one of these 12 holy places. On arrival check-in into hotel.Dinner & overnight at hotel. (Breakfast/Dinner)

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Day 09 - Gir National Park

Morning and afternoon jeep safari in the Gir National Park

SASAN GIR NATIONAL PARK : The Gir lion sanctuary project was initiated in 1972 with one of its main objectives being to remove the local indigenous people (Maldharis) from the interior of the park. The reason for the displacement of this devoutly religious pastoral community was their ongoing conflict with the Gir Lions. Prior to and after Independence, conditions in Gir deteriorated rapidly to the detriment both of the Maldharis and the Lions. Sasan Gir Lion sanctuary is one of India's success stories. From a pitifully small number of around twenty lions at the turn of the century there are now approximately three hundred lions in the park.

Gir is also home to one of the largest leopard populations in any park in India, and especially in the hotter season they can sometimes be seen at night close to the lodges. Other wildlife to look out for are the Four-Horned Antelope (which is the only four-horned ungulate in the world), Wild Boar, Wolf, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Chinkara, Blue Bull, Marsh Muggers as well as a wonderful variety of bird species. Dinner & overnight at hotel. (Breakfast/Dinner)

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Day 10 - Gir – Diu

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive 3 hours to Diu, a secluded island offering a sensuous blend of sun, sand and deep blue sea. Off the west coast of India, it is connected to the mainland of Gujarat by a causeway. It is one of the country's finest beaches and perhaps one of the most exotic destinations on India’s west coast. On arrival check-in into Resort. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 11 - Diu

After breakfast rest of the day free to relax at beach side area. Car and driver will be at your disposal. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 12 - Diu – Bhavnagar

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Bhavnagar (approx 2 hrs drive)and check into your pre-booked hotel on arrival. Visit the Takhteshwar Temple, built on a small hillock overlooking the city by the local royal family, dedicated to lord Shiva. It not only offers a great view of the city and the adjacent Gulf of Cambay, but is also an important pilgrim center.

Later visit the Water Lock Gate of Bhavnagar - the first of its kind in Gujarat. The water locks maintain the water level of the docks, thus helping ships to stay afloat at the time of low tide. On arrival check-in into hotel. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 13 - Bhavnagar – Palitana – Baroda (Vadodara)

After an early breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Baroda (Vaodadara). En-route visit PalitanaShatrunjaya Temple (doli-lift chairs are available at extra cost). Later on continue drive to Baroda.  On arrival Check-in into Hotel. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 14 - Baroda – Champaner – Baroda

After breakfast full day excursion to Champaner, a walled citadel with 16th century Indo-Saracenic monuments and is on the World Historical list of UNESCO. The sites include a hill fortress of an early Hindu capital from the 16th century in the state of Gujarat complete with palaces, temples, residential precincts, agricultural structures and water installations. These structures belong to the period ranging from 8th to 14th centuries. Overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast)

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Day 15 - Baroda – Delhi (Departure)

After an early breakfast check-out from the hotel and an excursion to Dabhoi which is an ancient town originally known as Darbhavati. It was established in the early 6th century AD. The fortification and its foundation is ascribed to the great King of Gujarat.

Later on transfer to Vadodara airport to catch flight to Delhi. On arrival and you will be met by our representative, holding a play card with your name on it in the arrival lounge. Car and driver will be at your disposal until transfer to International Airport to catch flight for onward journey. (Breakfast)

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All Trips Include:

  • Economy Class domestic flightair fare for Delhi – Ahmedabad sector.
  • Economy Class domestic flightair fare for Vadodara – Delhi sector.
  • 16 Nights hotel accommodation on twin share basis.
  • Double bedded roomwith private bath or shower & hotel taxes.
  • 2 dinners as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Daily breakfast in hotel as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Air-conditioned Private Large Car with an expert driver as per the itinerary.
  • All transfersand sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Fuel, Insurance, Toll Taxes, All State Taxes, All transport related Expensesand Driver Services.
  • Assistance by our representative at the International airport on arrival as per the itinerary.
  • Services of a local English speaking guide for city sightseeing in Ahmedabad, Bhuj, Junagarh, Somnath & Bhavnagar.
  • City sightseeing in as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrancesto the monuments & museums as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Full day excursion to Champaner Dabhoi as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Park entrance & Naturalist fee for Gir National Park.
  • Morning & afternoon Jeep safari to see Lion and other wildlife, Gir National Park.
  • Complimentary Mineralwater during the surface travel.
  • All other excursions as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All taxes and service charges.      
Note:

- International/domestic Airfare. - Meals and beverages not listed in itinerary. -Movie/video camera fee at monuments. - Tips and gratuities. -Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, portage etc. - Any other service that has not been included into "cost inclusions".

Also Available on request:

  • This tour is ex-Delhi. If you are arriving from a different destination, we can help you arrange the flight to and from Delhi.
  • Learn to Cook local Recipes from a well known Chef.
  • An Ayurvedic Massage.
  • Early morning Yoga lesson.

Testimonial

We did a two week Tour of Rajasthan, encompassing Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Udaipur with Pioneer Journeys Heritage Tours. Mr. Sharma arranged everything perfectly. The Drivers and Guides were competent and very obliging.

The Hotels selected, with some input from me, were all well up to our expectations. In general we were Very Happy with our Tour, and have no hesitation in recommending Mr. Sharma.

Mr. Hubert Reynolds & Friends
Toronto, Canada

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