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Great Gujrat Tour (08Nights/09Days)

Places covered : Delhi - Ahmadabad - Dasada - Bhuj - Delhi

Day 01 Arrive Delhi.

Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.

DELHI: one of India's fastest growing cities has spread far beyond the "seven cities" created between the 13th and the 17th centuries. It has sprawled over the west bank of the Yamuna and now straddles the river. Remnants of the past survive cheek -by-jowl with skyscrapers, residential colonies and bustling commercial complexes. Delhi has some of the finest museums in the country. Its boutiques and shopping arcades offer access to a wealth of traditional and contemporary crafts from all over the country. It has speciality restaurants to please the gourmet, open parks and gardens ablaze with flowers, and in the winter months particularly, a variety of cultural events. Its many-layered existence is tantalizing and can entice the curious traveler into a fascinating journey of discovery.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 In Delhi

Full day city tour of Delhi visiting imposing modern Lakshminarayan temple, Raj Ghat (memorial to Mahatma Gandhi), Drive past the India Gate (war memorial dedicated to the lives of laid down by the Indian soldiers), the president's residence - formerly the Viceroy's Palace, parliament House and the Secretariat buildings, - an interesting blend of the Victorian and 20th century architecture. Visit the 12th century Qutab Minar, gracefully hand-carved for its entire height of 234ft, and the iron pillar, which has withstood the ravages of time and not rusted even after 1500 years. Visit the mausoleum of emperor Humayun - a forerunner of the Mughal style of architecture.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 Delhi – Ahmedabad

Morning In time pick up from hotel and transfer to Airport to connect flight for Ahemdabad.

On arrival meet and greet at Airport and transfer to hotel.

AHMEDABAD: Often referred to as the ‘Manchester of the East’, Ahmedabad is situated along the Sabarmati River in the western state of Gujarat. The city contributes about 25 per cent of India’s total textile production. Founded in AD 1411, the city of Ahmedabad was named after its founder Sultan Ahmed Shah. The city became an important business centre after it was annexed by Mughal Emperor Akbar in AD 1572. In 1818, the city was taken over by the British who set up a number of textile mills here. Ahmedabad was the capital of Gujarat from 1960 to 1970.

Later start the tour visiting Sidi Sayid’s Mosque -The mosque was built by Sidi Sayid, Ahmad Shah’s slave, in AD 1573. The mosque is famous for its stone tracery and the motifs of the banyan tree on its windows. Afternoon visit Seven kilometres to the north of the city on a quiet stretch of the river Sabarmati lies the ashram set up by Mahatma Gandhi in 1915. The Sabarmati Ashram, as it is popularly called, was the first Satyagraha Ashram set up by Gandhi. The ashram still makes handicrafts, handmade paper and spinning wheels. Hridaya Kunj, the cottage where Mahatma Gandhi lived, is preserved as it was during his lifetime. Later Vishala/Veechar (Utensils Museum). Located In the compound of the Vishala restaurant is located the Utensils Museum. The museum has a unique collection of nutcrackers, locks and utensils. Vishala serves traditional Gujarati food in village surroundings.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 04 In Ahemdabad

Morning tour start with The Jama Masjid of Ahmedabad is one of the most beautiful mosques in the country - the mosque was built in AD 1423 by Ahmad Shah. Built in the Indo-Saracenic style, the mosque has 260 columns supporting the roof. The dome is illuminated by the natural light which is reflected into it by the external roofs. One of the major attractions of the mosque is the beautiful stonework of the Muluk-Khana or the Royal Gallery, which is a platform standing on pillars. Shaking Minarets- An interesting thing about the minarets is that if one of the minarets is shaken, the other begins to vibrate on its own. Folllowed by Calico Textile Museum - Started in 1949, the Calico museum of fabric, yarn and textiles today houses designs, print and blocks from all over the world. Some the exhibits that attract the attention of a visitor are the paintings on cloth called kalamkari (‘pen work’), and designs from Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, and the North Eastern states of India. The museum also has a collection of marble, sandstone and bronze icons and busts split in two thematic sections—galleries for religious textiles and historical textiles. (Closed on Wednesdays).

Overnight at hotel.

Day 05 Ahemdabad – Dasada (230 kms 04 and half hrs).

Morning drive to Dasada.

DASADA: Home Of Asiatic Wild Ass Know As " Little Rann Of Kutch" en route visiting Sun Temple at Modhera and city of Patan . Modhera The beautiful and partially ruined sun temple of Modhera was built by King Bhimdev I (1026-27) and bears some resemblance to the later, far better known, Sun Temple of Konark, Orissa. It was designed so that the dawn sun shone on the image of Surya, the sun God at the time of the equinoxes. Patan: Patan was an ancient Hind capital before Mahmud of Ghazni sacked it in 1024. Now a pale shadow of its former self, it still has more than 100 Jain temples and is famous for its beautifully designed patola silk saris. There is also the renovated Rani-ki-Vav, a step well which boasts of some of Gujarat’s finest carvings

Afternoon arrive Dasada, “Little Rann Of kutch” Little Rann of Kutch and the local tribes and the ruins of the Solanki rulers. The Rann is a stunning experience. It is a vast expanse of flat sea bed. The drive through the vast Rann offers many visual delights like the wild ass, blue bull, chinkara, jungle and desert cats and a large variety of birds including cranes. Flamingoes & The Houbara Bustard. Also view the salt making process in the Rann. Sunsets are absolutely spectacular due to the flat uninterrupted landscape Little Rann of Kutch

Evening Enjoy a Jeep safari through the rann of Kutch to see the rare species of the “Indian Wild Ass”. Later visit the nearby villages to see the local tribes such as Rabari, Koli and Banania.

Overnight at hotel (Huts)

Day 06 Dasada- Bhuj ( 280 kms)

Morning drive to Bhuj.

BHUJ: Bhuj is situated in the Kutch district of Gujarat. It is the administrative city of Kutch and therefore occupies an important place. If you are traveling to Bhuj by road then it is around 396 km from Ahmedabad. Bhuj is an interesting place due to the fact that it was once the capital of the Princely state of Kutch. This makes Bhuj one of the popular places in India, from travel and tourism point of view. It is dotted by a number of affluent princely buildings of the yore which are truly a feast for the eyes. Afternoon on arrival at Bhuj proceed to DSP/COLLECTOR office for Interior village later visit Aina Mahal which now serves as a museum, was built during the rule of Rao Lakhpatji. It now stands as a repository of the culture and history of Kachchh. Also visit Pragmal Palace which is opposite to Aina Mahal. Also visit Kachchh Museum, the oldest Museum in Gujarat established in 1877. Visit Ethnology Museum which is having unique collection of books and paintings

Overnight at hotel.

Day 07 In Bhuj

Full day dedicated to explore the tribal villages, specializing in different forms of handicraft including ahir embroidery, block printing and tie and dye. Colour and eye for design is the keynote of Gujarat handicrafts, and is an expression of their rich traditional heritage and personal artistic talent. Visits continue today to villages to see first-hand the production of these treasures. Tie and dye using wool and silk is especially popular.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 08 Bhuj –Mumbai – Delhi

In time pick up from hotel to connect flight for Delhi. On arrival connect flight for onward destination.

 


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