Explore the vivid colours, architecture and landscapes of little known Gujarat. From ancient Bhuj and Lothal to the tribal villages of the Kutch, rich in the traditions of needlework and textile arts, this journey encompasses fortified cities, magnificent Jain temples, impressive stepwells and the stunning sun temple at Modhera.
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Arrive in Mumbai and transfer to Shaam-e- Sarhad Village Resort for 3 nights. (D)
Visit the walled city of Bhuj where highlights include a visit to the Aina Mahal Palace (the Palace of Mirrors). The tower, which featured in the Bollywood film 'Lagaan' can be seen from the outside but cannot be climbed as the building was damaged in a 2001 earthquake. (B, L, D)
Take a tour of the Banni villages and the salt flats to gain an insight into the daily life of the artisans whose work is integral to the culture of the region. Traditions such as needlework and textile arts are preserved by almost every community in the region. (B, L, D)
Drive to the small royal town of Gondal, located on the banks of the River Gondali in Gujarat. Stay at the Orchard Palace hotel for 2 nights. (B, L, D)
Take a full-day tour of the magnificent Junagadh fort which lies at the foot of the Girnar Hill. The main feature is the Uparkot fort (upper fort), a sombre fortress that rises from a hill with old palaces, Buddhist caves, stepwells, moats and huge battlemented walls. (B, L, D)
Travel to Sasan Gir National Park and spend 2 nights at the Lion Safari Camp.)The Park is made up of mostly forest area with rocky hills and deep valleys with numerous rivers and streams. It is also Asia's last natural home of the Asiatic lion (panthera leo lersica). (B, L, D)
Explore Sasan Gir National Park on morning and afternoon 4x4 wildlife safaris. The chances of spotting the Asiatic Lion are very good and the park is also home to a large Leopard population. Spotted gazelles, wild boar, wolves, hyenas and an array of birdlife also reside here. (B, L, D)
Drive to Bhavnagar which is still an important trading post for cotton goods manufactured in Gujaratand. Stay at the large heritage Nilambagh Palace hotel for 2 nights (B, L, D)
Visit to the Jain temple complex of Palitana, set among the Shatrunjaya hills, which consists of 863 intricately carved marble shrines. Palitana is widely considered to be one of the most sacred sights for Jains and was once the capital of the princely state of the Gohil Rajput clan. (B, L, D)
Drive to Ahmedabad and stay 2 nights at the House of MG. In the evening walk around the historic city founded by the then King of Gujarat. It is still possible to see the gates and walls of the original fortifications, and some striking examples of Indian Islamic architecture. (B)
Visit the sun temple at Modhera where the exterior is intricately carved and the building designed so that the sun's rays illuminate the sanctum at dawn during the time of the equinoxes. In front of the temple is a colossal tank, which was once known as Surya Kund or Rama Kund. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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Lion Safari Camp is a jungle safari camp at Sasan Gir National Park. It is located in the natural setting of a private mango orchard overlooking the Hiran River. Accommodation consists of 21 tents each of which has a large bedroom and a well-appointed en-suite bathroom with bathtub, shower and hot/cold running water. The public area of camp consists of an open-air, river-facing...
Set among 40,000 feet of luxuriant lawn, groves and gardens, the Nilambagh Palace was built in 1895/6 by William Emerson, whose other popular works in India are Bhavnagar's Takht Singh ji Hospital, Allahabad's All Saints' Cathedral, Muir College, Mumbai's (Bombay) Crawford Market and Kolkata's (Calcutta) Victoria Memorial. The entrance is a pillared porch with Gothic arches and an austere period piece reception counter that opens onto a lobby of sofas, exotically coloured carpets, life-size portraits, antique furniture, stuffed leopards and mounted trophies. The 26 double bedrooms are furnished with period furniture. The dining hall is on a grand scale with heavy Burma teak banquet tables, carved chairs, Belgian mirrors, antique furniture and crystal chandeliers. In summer it is more pleasant to dine on the lawns where there are wrought iron lawn tables, garden chairs and...
The Orchard Palace is located in the centre of Gondal and is owned by Mr HH Sinhji, the great grandson of Maharaja Bhagwat Sinhji. Set in well maintained grounds, a complex of fruit orchards, lawns and gardens, the Orchard Palace is a wing of the Huzoor Palace which is the present royal residence. The 7 double rooms are furnished with period pieces and have modern tiled bathrooms with western toilet fixtures. The 'room of miniatures' is a splendid sitting room with a collection of miniature paintings, brass and antique...
Shaam-E-Sarhad Village Resort is a simple, charming, rustic retreat set in the village of Hodka in Bhuj. Inspired by the local style, the tents and traditional bhungas (mud huts) are simply furnished, tastefully decorated with mirror work and local crafts, and have attached western-style toilet and shower. Facilities include a dining area that serves local and continental vegetarian food. While, this simple eco-friendly retreat owned and managed by the Village Tourism Committee of the indigenous people has fewer facilities than modern hotels in the town of Bhuj, in our opinion, this is more than made up for by the ambience of this traditional property which is a highlight of the tour for many...
The House of M.G. is a 20th century mansion that has been carefully converted into a boutique hotel. It is conveniently located with easy access to the old walled city and the markets. Every inch of the hotel is different and the architecture is a confluence of different styles influenced in part by traditional Gujarati design. The rooms are striking and the personalised touches in each of the rooms make them unique. The Agashiye Restaurant is very popular for fine Gujarati dining. Other facilities include an indoor swimming pool, health club and a coffee...
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GUJ2017: 11 Nights
The former state capital of Gujarat, known as one of India’s most historic cities, was...
The city of Bhuj is set within the heart of the province of Kutch, an arid landscape...
Founded as a port in 1743, Bhavnagar is still an important trading post for the cotton...
Sasan Gir National Park is made up of mostly forest area with rocky hills and deep...