Gujarat Tour | Individual Gujarat Travel | Pyala Travel - Travel Program
Explore some of the best festivals, tribals, temples and national parks in India on this Gujarat Tour with Pyala Travel.
India Gujarat Tour
Visit the tribes, festivals, national parks and monuments of unknown Gujarat
One of the lesser known but interesting regions of India is Gujarat.You will find many colorful tribes in Gujarat, as well as the only place in Asia to see lions. On top of that, great Jain temples and wonderful festivals. Gujarat is waiting for you.
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Day 1 Arrival AhmedabadOn arrival at airport, meet and greet by our Representative, Transfer to your pre booked hotel in Ahmadabad. Check in at hotel and unwind. (Optional) Afternoon proceed to visit Adalaj Step-well, the step-well at the village of Adalaj is another fine example of this magnificent architectural form. Adalaj Vav is richly carved, every pillar and wall surface covered with leaves and flowers, birds and fishes and friezes of ornamental design. Overnight in Ahmadabad
Day 2 AhmedabadMorning proceed for Heritage walk to explore SidiSayed Mosque: One part of the wall in the old citadel of the mosque built by Ahmed Shah’s slave, SidiSayed, is celebrated the world over for its exquisite stone window tracery – a superb & peer less example of delicate carving that transforms stone intofiligree. Jumma Masjid: The Friday mosque was built by the city founder, Sultan Ahmed Shah, in 1423. Built of yellow sand stone in an architectural style that combines the best of Muslim& Hindu traditions. It stands on 260 pillarsthat support 15 domesatvaryingelevations. Ahmed Shah Mosque was a sultan of Gujarat's ruling Muzaffarid Dynasty. He ruledfrom 1411 untilhisdeathin 1442 and founded the city of Ahmedabad and established it as his capital. Bhadra Fort is a striking monument thatbears the hallmark of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Located near eastern banks of Sabarmati River, the impressive fort wasbuiltafter the establishment of Muzaffarid dynasty. Built in red stone, the fort is set in the walled city area of Ahmedabad. Overnight stay in Ahmedabad
Please Note: Akshardham temple at Gandhinagar & Kankariya Lake at Ahmedabad remains closed on Monday.
Day 3 Ahmedabad - VadodaraToday after breakfast drive to Vadodara, Gujarat's third largest city, is considered the state's cultural capital. Pavagadh Hill, graced with a combination of Hindu and Jain shrines, towers over Champaner, the 15th c. pre-Mughal Islamic fort. Together they represent the diversity of religious influences that have pervaded Gujarat. Vadodara is situated on the Vishwamitri River and is the administrative headquarters of Vadodara District. The city is mixture of many eras and its reputation as "Cultural Capital" dates largely from the late 19th c, when it was the capital of the pricely state of Baroda. Afternoon visit Champaner - Champaner are a UNESCO World Heritage site, Gujarat's former capital. Champaner was established as the Chauhan Rajput capital in the 8th century. It is an ancient fort located at the foothills of Pavagadh. The walls at the base of the hill were once 6 kms long and surround military, civic and religious buildings and complex water harvesting systems. The town derives its name from the Champa tree or from Champaraja, founder of the town, a contemporary of King Vanraj Chavda of Anhilwada. The entire landscape is scattered around with remains of fort walls, ruined tombs, gardens, arches, pillars and wells. In the old city, the remains of many fine mosques and palaces show a blend of Islamic and Hindu decoration styles, a unique style encouraged by Champaner’ s relative isolation and return back to Vadodara. Overnight in Vadodara.
Day 4 VADODARA (DAY EXCURSION TO CHOTA UDEPUR & JAMBHUGHODAAfter breakfast proceeds for full day excursion to visit the nearby tribal regions of Chota Udepur and Jambhughoda - Chota Udepur, Chota Udepur is in proximity to various hamlets of Bhils, Rathwas, Bhilalas and other tribes. The tribal folks can be spotted in sporting colorful attires and chunky jewelry. A tour of the tribal village and hamlets offer an insight of traditional architecture, lifestyle & handicrafts of each aboriginal community. The tribal market called 'hatt' (Based on availability) occurs at different villages. Pithora paintings are the main attractions. Later visit Jambhughoda and return back to vadodara. Overnight in Vadodara.
Day 5 VADODARA – BHAVANAGAR Via LOTHALAfter breakfast drive to Bhavanagar. Bhavnagar was founded by BhavsinhjiGohilin 1723 AD near the Gulf of Khambhat, on a carefully chosen strategic location having potential of maritime trade. Till independence, Bhavnagar State was ruled by the Gohil Rajput clan. En-route visit Lothal Back in 2400 BC, Lothal was an important port city of the Harappan civilization. Lothal features a tidal dockyard, a boundary wall, well-planned settlements with neatly-laid roads, and an efficient sewage system. A number of Harappan weights, seals, and painted pottery were also found here. These findings, in extricably, linked Lothal to other planned cities of the Harappan civilization, namely Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa. Continue to check in and relax. Overnight stay at Bhavanagar.
Day 6 Bhavnagar / excursion PalitanaToday you will proceed excursion to Palitana is the gateway to the Shatrunjaya hill and one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for Jains. There are about 863 temples on the top of the hill, exquisitely carved in marble and built over a span of 900 years. After reaching the top of the hill we will visit the Jain temple. The temple which is dedicated to Shri Adishwara, the first Jain Tirthankara (apostle) is one of the most magnificent temples and the most sacred temple on Shatrunjaya hill. After visiting the temple we will visit the Chaumukha or the four faced temple. It has an image of Adinath facing out in the four cardinal directions. Evening return to Bhavnagar. Overnight stay in Bhavnagar
Please note: If you climb steps, you can be carried up on the hill by a 'DOLI' (ROPE CHAIR) cost can be paid on direct.
Day 7 Bhavnagar - Diu (via Talaja)After breakfast you will drive to visit Talaja Buddhist Caves on the top of small hill and later drive to Diu, is a tiny island in the Arabian Sea which is situated near the port of Veraval in Gujarat and is separated from the southern extremity of the Saurashtra peninsula by a narrow channel running through the swamp. Diu is a sensuous blend of sun, sand and deep blue sea. Overnight stay in Diu.
Day 8 DiuAfter breakfast proceed for city tour of Diu. Visit St. Paul's church adorned with curiously treated volutes &shell-like motifiess and the magnificent wood carving is considered to be the mostelaborate of all the Portuguese churches in India. St. Thomas Church Museum- A hugeedifice in gothic architecture was built in 1598 A.D. A part of it has been converted into a museum, an Archaeological treasure house. Diu Fort- This majestic structure stands on the coast of Diu sentinel. Nagoabeach: The Nagoa beach is exceptionally beautiful & secluded. The horse-shoe (semicircular) shaped, palm-fringed beach is twenty minutes invigorating drive from Diu. Diu Museum- Earlier there was no building in Diu to house the antique statues and various stone inscriptions, so the old St. Thomas Church was converted into Diu museum. Diu Museum houses wooden carvings, statues, idols, shadowclocks and other important artifacts collected from various sites and later visit Gangeshwar Temple and Naida Caves - the caves have an intricate network of tunnels and hugestep- like structures that make the caves a must- visit. Overnight stay in Diu.
Day 9 Diu - Sasangir via SomnathMorning proceed for a sightseeing around Somnath; consist of a few streets leading away from its phoenix like temple. The rugged sea below gives it a lonely, wistful charm. The pilgrim trade is constant, but merchants are relaxed, perhaps in deference to the shadows cast by the awe-inspiring temple. Somnath is mainly known for the legendary shore temple of Somnath, which is dedicated to the Lord Shiva. The legendary shore temple of Somnath is one of the twelve most sacred shrines dedicated to the Lord Shiva. The temple contains the Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. According to the legends, the Somnath temple is very old and was originally built in gold by the Somraj, the Moon God. Later, it was rebuilt by Ravana, in silver; then by Krishna in wood and BhimDev in stone. Mahmud of Ghazni, upon hearing the description of the richness of the Somnath temple by Al Biruni, an Arab traveller, visited this temple in 1024 AD. Later drive to Sasangir, SasanGir popularly known as Gir, the most famous loin sanctuary in India. And the one place in the subcontinent where Asiatic Loins can be found in the wild. SasanGir on the south-western border of Saurashtra peninsula in Gujarat and is home to nearly 400 Asiatic loins. The Sanctuary was created in 1913 to provide protections to the largest surviving groups of the Asiatic loins and was given the status of the sanctuary in 1965; the numbers of loins has been steadily on the rise since 1980.This is the only place in the World outside the African continent where the loin can be seen in its natural habitat, Overnight stay in Sasangir.
Day 10 Sasangir - Gondal (via Junagadh)Morning lead to Gir Jungle Trail (Timing 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM): The lion safaris are popular among tourist & jeep are available for touring the forest, though the most famous inhabitants of the park are Asiatic loins. It is also providing natural habitat to species like chital, Chinkara (Gazelle) four horned antelope. Leopard, Nilgai, spotted deer, wild boar, wild ass, monkeys, parrots and peacocks.
Late morning drive to Junagadh, Junagadh' literally means ancient fort was once the capital of the Junagadh state, under the Muslim rulers of BabiNawabs. The Junagadh town is located at the foothills of the sacred hill of Girnar and occupies a special place in the history of Gujarat. Later drive to Gondal, The Riverside palace at Gondal, a government of India classified heritage hotel, and the Orchard Palace in the same town, are two mansion guest houses opened as heritage hotels. The interiors of these properties are appointed with period furniture, antiques and artifacts reminiscent of the days of the Raj. The highlight of staying at these properties is that guests can see the Royal Garages, housing vintage and classic cars, and the Naulakha Palace, which is a festival of stone carvings and houses royal memorabilia including toys of the late 19th and early 20th century, silver caskets that carried messages and gifts for the Maharajah, elephant howdahs and royal portraits. It has a royal saloon suite, which has its own drawing, dining, bedroom and bathroom in a converted railway carriage. Overnight stay in Gondal.
Day 11 Gondal - BhujDepart early to take drive to Bhuj. Proceed for sightseeing places such as AinaMahal (Closed on Thursday) - The Aina Mahal palace or “Hall of Mirrors” was built during the flamboyant rule of Lakhpatji in the middle of the 18th century. Master craftsman Ramsinh Malam, who trained as an artisan for 17 years in Europe, felt unappreciated by lesser rulers in the area, so he went to the royal court at Bhuj and appealed to the king for work, who commissioned this palace, Malam designed it in a mixed Indo-European style and set about creating the materials for the palace locally. (If time permit) later visit Prag Mahal (Closed on Thursday) - This is a palace commissioned by King Pragmalji in the 1860s, designed by Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins in the Italian Gothic style and built in the middle of Bhuj next to the Aina Mahal. While little about it may seem Indian, there are elements; see if you can find them. In the courtyard behind the palace, there is a small Hindu temple with very nicely carved stonework. Overnight stay at Bhuj.
- Aina Mahal at Bhuj remains closed on Thursday / Public Holiday
- Prag Mahal at Bhuj remains closed on Public Holiday
- Kutch Museum at Bhuj remains closed on Wednesday / 2nd & 4th Saturday / Public Holiday
Day 12 Bhuj (Excursion to Banni Village)Today after breakfast proceed for Day excursion to Banni Villages. Amidst the Desert land of infinite dimensions, are suspended, quaint little villages. These are the last villages on the India-Pakistan border. Here you will come across master craft people' exposing their traditional art, turning our master pieces every day. Their ornaments, clothes, utensils, everything they use - will make you feel as if you have stepped into lifestyle museum leaving you spellbound.
Visit Jura and Nirona to meet master craftsmen elias Lohar or Haji Vali Mohammad to learn about the skill-intensive process of tuning the famous copper bells of Jura. Nirona, about 6 km from Jura, is home to about half a dozen distinct craft forms. Visit AbdukGafar Khatri, who belongs to the last remaining family of Rogan artisans, and watch him use a metal stick and some castor-oil based colors to create vivid compositions. Observe Sugar saya or mala Khamisa in Vadavas as they transform wood with bright lacquer colors. Visit the Bhirandiyara – is a favorite Tea stop for locals and visitors alike on the road to Khavda. The village boasts of a delicious sweet – fresh Maavo. This milk-based sweet is best when eaten hot. Most of the roadside stalls sell Maavo. The local Meghwal Community has exquisite embroideries and skillfully decorated, colorful Mud Bhungas Khavda village is famous for pottery while the men do all the throwing in terracotta, the women handles all the surface decoration, Overnight stay in Bhuj.
Note: Permit for north side Banni Village is issued from the Bhirandariya Village which is 50 KMS from Bhuj. Whenever guests for full day excursion to Banni area they can obtain the permit from the check post of Bhirandariya village
Day 13 Bhuj - DasadaAfter breakfast, drive to Bajana located on the edge of little Rann of Kutch, which is an extension of the Rann of Kutch onto Saurashtra. Bajana is a major bird watching destination, it is known for bird watching and only place in India where wild ass can be found. There are several bird watching sites around the area. Lesser Flamingos are found here in winter in large numbers. Besides bird watching tribal heritage of the area, craft villages and rural character is an attraction for guests looking for an authentic rural India experience, Overnight in Bajana.
Day 14 DASADA - PATAN - MODHERA – AHMEDABADAfter breakfast check out from hotel and depart to Ahmedabad. En-route visit Patan - Rani kaVav is a stepwell, developed during the period of the Solanki dynasty and visit Patola Weaving Center. Patola is a double Ikat weave, which has no reverse side that is it can be worn from both the sides. Due to this feature, the colour of Patola doesn’t fade even after a 100 years of usage, although the fabric might wear out. Continue your drive towards Modhera Sun Temple. The Sun Temple at Modhera in the Indian state of Gujarat is dedicated to the Hindu God Surya (Sun). The Temple is located on the bank of the Pushpavati River and was built by King Bhimdev of Solanki dynasty in the year 1026. Later drive to Ahmedabad, check in at hotel and relax. Overnight stay at Ahmedabad
Day 15 depart AhmedabadAfter breakfast depart from hotel and drive to airport to catch flight and fly back home.
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