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Lead Price
From £3820pp
Duration
13 days & 11 nights
Itinerary Type
Tailor Made
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

Colours of Gujarat

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.

Itinerary

YEAR:
DAY 1: Fly to Bhuj via Mumbai (Bombay)
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Fly to Bhuj via Mumbai (Bombay)

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Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 2: Bhuj
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Bhuj

Arrive and transfer to Hotel Prince for 3 nights. (D)

DAY 3: Bhuj
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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
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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: Rajkot
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Rajkot

Drive to the town of Rajkot, where Mahatma Gandhi pursued his early education. Stay at the Sayaji Rajkot for one night. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: Sasan Gir National Park
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Sasan Gir National Park

Drive to Sasan Gir National Park via Junagadh Fort. 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. Continue to Sasan Gir National Park where you will spend three nights at Lion Safari Camp. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: Sasan Gir National Park
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Sasan Gir National Park

Enjoy game drives in Sasan Gir National Park. 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
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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
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Bhavnagar

Drive to Bhavnagar which is still an important trading post for cotton goods manufactured in Gujaratand. Stay at the Efcee Sarovar Portico hotel for two nights. (B, L, D)

DAY 10: Shatrunjaya temple complex
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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
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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
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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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Fly home via Mumbai

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Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Visit the Banni villages and salt flats of Bhuj
  • Tour impressive Junagadh fort
  • Seek out asiatic lions in Sasan Gir National Park
  • See the exquisite Jain temples at Shatrunjaya
  • Gaze at the sun temple at Modhera
Low Season
From £3,820 per person
High Season
From £4,580 per person

What's included

  • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
  • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
  • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
  • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

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Superior tour
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Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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