Explore the colours, architecture and wildlife of Gujarat, so distinct from other areas of India.
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Fly to Bhuj, via Mumbai (Bombay), with Jet Airways. (N)
Arrive in Bhuj, gateway to the tribal people of the Kutch, a region of colourful costume and distinctive folk art. Transfer to Shaam-e-Sarhad Village Resort for 3 nights. (D)
Visit the medieval walled city of Bhuj. Your tour takes you on foot into the old part of the city and includes a visit to the Aina Mahal Palace (the Palace of Mirrors). (B, L, D)
Full-day excursion to the Banni villages. A full day's safari, exploring some of the Kutchi village communities, offers an insight into the traditions and the daily life of the artisans whose work is integral to the culture of the region. (B, L, D)
Drive to the small royal town of Gondal. Stay at the Orchard Palace hotel for 2 nights. (B, L, D)
Full-day tour to the ancient fortified city of Junagadh. Continue to the impressive mausoleum built over the grave of Nawab Mahabat Khan II. The striking mausoleum combines Moorish, Hindu and European architectural styles with exquisite stone carvings. (B, L, D)
Drive to Bhavnagar and stay at Nilambagh Palace hotel for 2 nights. This royal abode was built in 1895 by William Emerson, whose other popular works include Mumbai's Crawford Market and Kolkata's Victoria Memorial (B, L, D)
Visit to the Jain temple city of Palitana , set among the Shatrunjaya hills and consisting of 863 intricately carved marble shrines. A climb of 3,500 steps rewards visitors with breathtaking views (B, L, D)
Drive to Ahmedabad, visiting the ruins of a 4,500-year-old city at Lothal en route. The major attractions in Lothal are the vast ruins of the ancient city, the sites of the ancient dockyard, the acropolis, the lower town, the bead factory, the warehouses, and the drainage system. Stay 2 nights at the boutique hotel - The House of MG. (B)
Visit the magnificent sun temple at Modhera, built in the 11th century. Your tour continues to Patan you where you see the weaving centre and the Rani Ki Vav Stepwell, which is one of the largest and best preserved of its kind. (B)
Fly to London, via Mumbai, with Jet Airways. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Typically based in 3- and 4-star accommodation throughout.
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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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