Day 1. To Mumbai
Fly in the evening from Heathrow on Jet Airways direct flight to Mumbai.
Day 2. To Ahmedabad
Arrive Mumbai in the morning. Connect to Ahmedabad flight. Two nights at House of MG.
Day 3. Ahmedabad
Full day sightseeing of Ahmedabad, once known as ‘The Manchester of the East’ due to its importance as a textile town. Highlights of the visit include the Calico textile museum, Gandhi Ashram, Hatthising Jain Temple, Jama and Siddi Sayyed Mosques. Evening dinner at traditional Vishala village restaurant, and see their unique utensils museum.
Day 4. To Dasada via Patan and Modhera
Morning drive to Dasada via Patan and Modhera. Patan is still famous for its clay toys, superb textile work and numerous Temples. At Modhera visit the Sun Temple designed so the first rays of the sun fell, at each equinox, on the image of Surya the Sun God. Two nights at Rann Riders.
Day 5. Visit Little Rann of Kutch
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris to visit this amazing eco system. The area is a birdwatchers paradise. The marshes in the Rann and nearby lakes attract huge flocks including - flamingos, pelicans, cranes and storks. Eagles and harriers soar overhead looking for prey. Also look out for brown Asiatic wild ass living in the sanctuary.
Day 6. To Palitana via Lothal
Morning drive to Palitana via Lothal- the most prominent cities of the ancient Indus Experiences valley civilization. Explore the remains of the civilization with its township, dock and marketplace. Discover more at the Archaeological museum. Two nights at Vijay Vilas.
Day 7. Palitana
Palitana is one of the most important Jain pilgrimage sites. The exquisite marble Temples are adorned with delicate carved pillars, bejewelled statues and amazing frieze. A rope chair or 3500 steps leads up to the Shetrunjaya Hill with 863 Temples built over a 900 year period.
Day 8. Sasan Gir
Morning drive to Sasan Gir. Afternoon at leisure. Two nights at The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest.
Day 9. Sasan Gir
Morning and late afternoon jeep drives at Sasan Gir, the last bastion of the endangered Asiatic lion. Gir is also home to one of the largest leopard populations in India. Other wildlife to look out for are the four-horned antelope, wolf, hyena, jungle cat, chinkara, blue bull and marsh muggers. There’s also a wonderful variety of bird species.
Day 10. To Gondal via Junagadh
Morning drive to Gondal en route visit the imposing Fort at Junagadh. Overnight at the Orchard Palace.
Day 11. To Bhuj via Wankaner
After breakfast drive to Bhuj stopping to visit Wankaner Palace. Two nights at the Hotel I Lark.
Day 12. Full day Village excursion
Full day excursion to nearby villages. The local Banni tribes excel at intricate mirror work techniques and throughout the area fine Kutchi embroidery is made.
Day 13. To Mandvi
Morning drive to Mandvi for private beach stay. Afternoon at leisure. Two nights Mandvi Beach Camp.
Day 14. Mandvi
The beach is a beautiful stretch of white sand fringed by blue waters. Camel and horse rides on the dunes of the beach can be arranged.
Day 15. To Mumbai
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to Bhuj airport for flight to Mumbai.
Day 16. To Heathrow
Connect to early morning Jet Airways flight to Heathrow.
Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis £2,200.00
International & internal flights in economy class.
Accommodation with en-suite facilities.
Daily breakfast throughout. Dasada, Palitana, Sasan Gir, Gondal & Mandavi on Full Board.
Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing
Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles.
Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.
Full ATOL Bonding.
Any optional Excursions.
Any expenses of a personal nature.
The Gir Forest National Park in Gujarat is the sole home of the pure Asiatic Lions and considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia. The forest area of Gir and its lions were declared ‘protected’ in the early 1900s by the Nawab of Junagadh. This initiative assisted in the conservation of the lions whose population had plummeted to only 15 through slaughter for trophy hunting. Today the population is estimated at around 400.