Villager herding cows
Villager herding cows
Villager herding cows

Glories of Gujarat Tailor-made

India

Glories of Gujarat Tailor-made

Bordered by the beautiful coastline of the Arabian Sea, Gujarat is the home state of Mahatma Gandhi. History and culture abound: from ancient temples and architectural wonders, to archaeological sites and world-class museums and natural wonders.

12 days from £3,689.00 per person
London - Ahmedabad - Vadodrara - Village of Dared - Mumbai - London

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Day 1 : To Ahmedabad

Departure from London Heathrow to board the flight for Ahmedabad via Mumbai or Delhi or Middle East. Options to depart from UK regional Airports are also possible - please ask for options.

Kite flying india

Day 2 : Ahmedabad

Arrival at Ahmedabad transfer to Hotel, rest and relax.

Later afternoon sightseeing including Kite Museum (closed on Mondays) is an informative museum developed within the Sanskar Kendra, a building designed by prominent architect Le Corbusier. Kite Flying is favourite passtime in Northern India, (it even has its own festival). The thought of setting up a museum exclusively for displaying a range of kites emerged when Mr. Bhanubhai Shah gave away his kite collection to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.

Explore the evening Market in Ahmedabad comes to life only after sundown. The area surrounding Law Garden, located right in the heart of the city, turns into a lively shopping hub with numerous make-shift stalls. The place buzzes with vendors selling local garments, artificial jewelry, décor items, handicrafts, and street food.

Overnight stay at Hotel. B

Adalaj Stepwell

Day 3 : Ahmedabad - Heritage walk

After breakfast local sightseeing.
Early morning: After breakfast, the Heritage Walk through the Old City starts at 7.30am
and is a great way to understand the breadth of Ahmedabad’s architecture and its local charms, from the walled city’s fine Indo-Islamic architecture and its tranquil Jain Temples to its colorful bird feeders and fascinating ‘pols’. The tour starts at Swaminarayan Temple and ends at Jama Masjid at 10.30am, and visits Rani Rupmati Masjid mosque was established by Sultan Mehmud Beghara, graced with impressive domes, carved galleries and tall minarets. Named after Rani Rupmati, the wife of Sultan, the mosque was constructed during 1430-1440 AD.
Later visit Sidi Saiyed Masjid, with its lovely, free-form ‘Tree of Life’ motif.

Sabarmati Ashram also known as Gandhi Ashram, Harijan Ashram, or
Satyagraha Ashram, is in the Ahmedabad suburb of Sabarmati adjoining to famous Ashram Road, at the bank of River Sabarmati.

Hathee Singh temple a very famous Jain temple, named after its founder Seth Hathee Singh, a prosperous Jain merchant. Hathee Singh Jain temple of Ahmedabad was built in the dedication of the 15th Jain Trithanakara named Dharmnath. The temple is known for its fabulous architectural styling and designing that consists of intricate carvings.

Continue to the Riverfront with its two-level promenade, providing an uninterrupted walkway for pedestrians that is a whopping 11.4 km long. The lower level of the promenade, which is accessible to the public at present, is close to the water level and is constructed in a way that serves cyclists and pedestrians alike, at the same time providing adequate access to water.

And finally the Adalaj Stepwell, built in 1499 A.D. by Queen Rudabai. The step well or Vav, as
it is called in Gujarati, is intricately carved and is several stories in depth. The designs on its
walls and pillars include, leaves, flowers, birds, fish and other breathtaking ornamental designs.

Return to the hotel for the night. B

Patan Patola in stone

Day 4 : Day Tour to Modhera & Patan

After breakfast depart for visit to Modhera & Patan.

Vist the Sun Temple of Modera, one of the finest examples of Indian temple architecture of its period.  Built in 1026 A.D. the temple is dedicated to the Sun Goa, Surya and stands high on a plinth overlooking a deep stone- steeped tank. Every inch of the edifice, both inside and outside is magnificently carved with Gods and Goddesses, birds, beasts and flowers. The first view of the sun temple is breathtaking, with the pillared portico of the sabhamandap reflected in the massive tank. The weathered golden brown stone of the edifice has an overpowering grandeur. There is no worship offered here now. There is no shikhara either. The temple has a sanctum, a pradakshina patha and a sabha mandap in front. The exterior of the sanctum has many carved images of the Sun God. The mandapa in front of the sanctum has beautifully carved pillars with exquisite toranas adorning the entrance.

Contiune on to Patan which has over 100 beautifully carved Jain temples & many attractive traditional carved wooden houses. Visit Rani Ki Vav,the oldest and the grandest stepwell in the state of Gujarat. It is believed to have been built during 1022 to 1063 AD. The construction was completed by the widowed queen Udayamati. It is the centre for fine textiles particularly silk patola sarees produced by a double ikat weave technique.

Return to Ahmedabad for overnight stay. B

Laxmi Vilas Palace Vadodara

Day 5 : To Vadodara

After breakfast drive to Vadodara (also known as Baroda). Upon arrival check in hotel, Laxmi Vilas Palace - one of the architectural wonders of Vadodara. A private dwelling that is four times bigger than the Buckingham Palace. The palace remains an abode of the royal family of Vadodara. Built in the Indo-Saracenic architectural style, the palace was completed in the year 1980. B

Gujarat Women

Day 6 : Vadodara

After breakfast visit The Fateh Singh Museum. The building was constructed in 1875 AD as Motibaug School for Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III. This beautiful building is the perfect reflection of the Indo-Saracenic architecture style that still houses personal belongings of the Gaekwad family. The building was converted into a museum in 1961 and houses a large number of artworks of art belonging to the Royal Family.

Continue to Sayaji Baug - a beautiful garden dedicated to the citizens of Vadodara by Maharaja Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III in 1879. The garden is popularly known as Kamati Baug and is one of the largest gardens in Western India.

Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the hotels facilites.

Overnight at Hotel. B

Lothal Gujarat

Day 7 : To Dared - visiting Lothal en-route

After breakfast depart for Lothal- one of the well-known cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization. The origin and history of Lothal can be dated back to 2200 BCE. Archaeological Survey of India, the official Indian government agency for preservation of ancient monuments, discovered Lothal in 1954. Excavation work in Lothal commenced on 13 February 1955 and continued till 19 May 1960.

Later proceed to Dared & check-in to hotel on arrival. B

Tree of Life Dared

Day 8 : Dared Village

Day at leisure.Take up an short cooking lesson at the resort, accompany the staff to the nearby school where you can interact with the students or visit the Royal hunting ground of erstwhile Maharaja of Bhavnagar - home to herds of wild Blackbuck.

Unwind and relax in the surroundings. Tour the village in the evening, witness skilled artisans polishing diamonds, a 7-minute stroll will take you to visit the Maldhari houses. Continue to the Mahadev temple, a memorial of the Royal Family of Gohil Clan, stroll through the local village market, and attend an evening Aarti (prayer ceremony) at the Shreenathji Temple.

Enjoy High Tea at the estate. B

Sundowner by the River Ghela

Day 9 : Dared Village

Day to enjoy your surroundings end the day with sundowners by the Ghela River. B

view of Mumbai from Taj Mahal Palace

Day 10 : To Mumbai

Today leave for Bhavnagar Airport and board the afternoon flight for Mumbai.
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel in Mumbai.

Evening at leisure. B

colonial building

Day 11 : Mumbai

Morning sightseeing includes major sites of Mumbai City including the Prince of Wales Museum, Dhobi Talao and Crawford Market. Also see the busy Mumbai VT Railway Station (now renamed Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus), a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Afternoon at leisure. B

Soaring above the clouds a view from the airplane window

Day 12 : Depart Mumbai

Transfer to Mumbai airport in time to board your home-bound flight, or extend your tour in India. Request options. B

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Prices

Price per person
(Double/Twin share)
Single room supplement
£3,689.00 £929.00
Cost includes:
  • International flights in economy class.
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary in sharing double /twin room (Check-in is 1400 hrs. and checkout 12 noon. Early check-in and late checkout are subject to availability).
  • Meals: Daily Breakfast throughout.
  • Services of our English-speaking representative for all arrival and departure transfers to assist you at the airports.
  • Internal airfare for the sector Bhavnagar to Mumbai in economy class.
  • All transfers and sightseeing by a chauffeur driven vehicle
  • Services of English-speaking guide during sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to all monuments during sightseeing as specified in your itinerary.
  • Complimentary mineral water whilst driving.
  • 100% protection of your payment by our ATOL & ABTA Licenses.
Cost does not include:
  • India Visa Fee
  • Any expenses of a personal nature like laundry, telephone calls and beverages.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Camera fees at monuments and other places of interest.
  • Travel Insurance

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