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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.
(N)Day 2: Bhuj
Arrive and transfer to Hotel Prince for 3 nights. (D)Day 3: Bhuj
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)Day 4: Banni villages
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)Day 5: Gondal
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)Day 6: Junagadh
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)Day 7: Sasan Gir National Park
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)Day 8: Sasan Gir National Park
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)Day 9: Bhavnagar
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)Day 10: Shatrunjaya temple complex
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)Day 11: Ahmedabad
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)Day 12: Modhera
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)Day 13: Fly home via Mumbai
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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 bar.
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 swings. The Nilambagh Palace does not serve alcohol.
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