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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 and transfer to Hotel Prince 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 full-day 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 in the morning and afternoon. 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.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Available on request.
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GUJ2020: 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...