Gujarat Tour Itinerary 7 Days

Gujarat Classical Tours 13 Days

Gujarat Architecture Tour 7 Days

Footprints of Mahatma Gandhi 5 Days

Gujarat Wild Life Tours 7 Days

Gujarat Arts & Crafts Tour 6 Days

Gujarat Tour Itinerary 7 Days

Day 01 :
Ahmedabad
Morning arrival at Ahmedabad. Meet to Greet and transfer to hotel. Later visit Akshardham Temple - Akshardham is situated in the capital city of Gandhinagar, which lies near Ahmedabad. The magnificent temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. It was constructed on the directions of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS Sanstha. The complex of this temple is the largest in Gujarat. Akshardham temple was inaugurated in the year 1992 and has become a major tourist attraction in India, during the last decade. It has a sprawling 23 acre area and is chiseled out in pink sandstone.
The Swetambara Temple Hatheesing temple was built outside delhi gate in 1850 by a rich jain merchant Sheth Hatheesing. This is the best known of Ahmedabad’s many ornate jain temples. It is dedicated to Dharamnath, the fifteenth Tirthankar whose status stand in the main sanctuary Built by pure marble profusely decirated with rich carving, Gandhi Ashram The beautiful ashram complex of Ahmedabad, with shady trees populated by thousand of paraketers, Beaters, sunbirds, squirrels, offers a refuge from the loud streets of the city and is one of the foremost tourist attraction of Ahmedabad. This ashram was Gandhi’s headqquartersduring the long struggle for Indian independence. His ashram was founded in 1915 and still makes handicrafts, handmade paper and spinning wheels. This ashram is open from 8.30 AM to 6.30 PM. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 :
Ahmedabad – Jamnagar - Dwarka
Proceed for Dwarka. Enroute visit Jamnagar, visit of Bala Hanuman Temple is a pilgrim place venerated by the devotees of Lord Ram. It is a world famous temple, known for the continuous chanting of Jai Ram, Shri Ram. The chanting is going on since 1964 and has found a place for it in the Guinness Book of World Records. People chant the name of the Lord in shifts, 24 hours a day. In the evening Aarti Darshan at Dwarkadhish Temple. Overnight stay at Dwarka.

Day 3 :
Dwarka
Attend early morning aarti at Dwarkadhish temple. Have breakfast & thereafter visit Bet Dwarka & Nageshwar Jyotirling. Bet Dwarka Also known as Bet Shankhoddar, Bet Dwarka is only 5 kms from Okha Junction in sea and Okha is 30 kms from Dwarka. It is said to be the place where Lord Krishna lived with his family when the ruled at Dwarka. It is also the place where Vishnu slew the demon Shankhasura. Visitors make it a point to visit the Krishna temple at this site which holds much of interest to be seen and experienced.
Nageswar Mahadev the Puranas mention 12 Jyotirlingas or columns of light representing Lord Shiva, who manifested himself in that form in different parts of India. This shiva shrine near Dwarka is one of these and is there- fore accorded great respect. Rukmanii Temple – Temple of Lord Krishna’s wife Rukmani. Overnight stay at Dwarka.

Day 4 :
Dwarka – Porbandar – Somnath
Morning proceed to Porabandar(130 Kms) visit of Kirti temple known as house & born place of Mahatma Gandhi. In back side house of Kasturba wife of Gandhi. Also visit of Gandhi museum, study room of Mahatma Gandhi in the Kirti temple. Later visit of Sudama temple & continue proceed to Somnath, In somnath visit somnath temple – A lord shiva temple known as Jyotirling built by Moon God. Evening Enjoy lighting and sounding Show. Overnight stay at Somnath.

Day 5 :
Somnath – Diu
Morning Visit Bhalka Tirth , Triveni Tirth. Later proceed for Diu. visit of Diu Fort & beach. The fort has canons, which reminds one of the struggles between bahadur Shah, Sultan of Gujarat, Mughal emperor & the Portuguese. Later visit Diu includes st.Paul Church which is founded by Jesuits, Diu Museum which is collection of wooden carving, idols, shadow clocks & so many other items. Evening Enjoy at Beaches. Overnight stay at Diu.

Day 6 :
Diu – Sasangir
Morning proceed for Sasan Gir. Evening safari to Gir National Park. Sasan Gir Lion sanctuary is home of some 300 Asiatic Lions. Sasan Gir is only place in world outside African continent where lion can be seen in its natural habitat. Overnight stay at Sasan Gir.

Day 7 :
Sasangir – Junagadh – Ahmedabad
Drive to Ahmedabad. Enroute visit Junagadh, visit of UPERKOT FORT, is an ancient fort built by Chandra Gupta. The fort as been rebuilt & extended many times. Later visit of Ashokan Edicts,Mahabat Maqbara. The Ashoka’s Rock edict is on way of Girnar hill temple. The rock engraved with the Buddhist edicts of Ashoka. The edicts impart moral instruction on dharma, harmony, tolerance and peace. Evening Transfer to Ahmedabad Airport / Railway Station.

Gandhi Charkha







Bala Hanuman Temple







diu city wall gate
Gujarat Classical Tours 13 Days

Day 01 :
AHMEDABAD
Arrival in Ahmedabad and transfer to hotel. Ahmedabad is Located on the banks of the river Sabarmati, the city was founded by Sultan Ahmad Shah in 1411. Today it is one of the fastest growing cities of India and is an immense repository of tradition, history & culture. Its famous walled area is one of the finest examples of community living & the city thrived as the textile capital & was nicknamed “Manchester of the East' in 1888. This multicultural city is home to some of the finest Indo-Saracenic mosques & Jain temples. The Sidi Sayed Ni Jaali with its delicately curved branches in a masterpiece carved in stone. The elaborate havelis of wealthy Guajarati Sethias are part of the city's living heritage. In the early 20th century Ahmedabed grew an important center for nationalist activities after Mahatma Gandhi established two ashrams in the city- the Kochrab Ashram in 1915 and Sabarmati Ashram in 1917.The thriving city has always been the financial capital of Gujarat and after independence; international architects like Louis Kahn and Le Corbusier were commissioned to build modern architectural marvels in the city. While the former built the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) building in brick, le Corbusier designed the Shodhan and Sarabhai Villas, the Sanskar Kendra and the Mill Owner's Association in stark concrete. Like any other mega-polis, Ahmedabad straddles the ancient and modern with equal poise.
The old city with its narrow, meandering streets is a conglomeration of 600 pols, divided according to caste and occupation. Each pol or family estate is decorated with large gates and sometimes even sub-gates to increase the bond amongst families. There are over 12000 havelies and 100 chabutras or bird feeding platforms and the stately Badshah No Haziro, the resting place of Sultan Ahmed Shah. The ornate jaalis amongst the pillared portico filter the afternoon sun to form remarkable shadows on the marble floor. Behind the mausoleum, is the Great Mosque or the Jami Masjid built in 1423 by the Sultan Ahmed Shah I. During the sight seeing tour one can visit The Calico Museum with a prior permission from museum authority. The museum conducts 02 hours guided tour everyday, except Wednesdays and public holidays at 10:30 Hrs. to 12:30 Hrs. Rights of admission to the Museum and the Galleries are reserved by the Management.(NO ENTRY AFTER 10:45 am) Afternoon - visit Gandhi Ashram, Shreyas Folk & Art Museum, and Institute of Indology.

Gandhi Ashram:
On a quiet peaceful stretch of the Sabarmati River, Mahatma Gandhi set up a simple retreat in 1915 A.D. This was his Satyagrah Ashram and for many years it was the nerve centre of India's freedom movement. It was from here, in 1930 A.D, that Mahatma began his historic Dandi March to the sea to protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the British. Hridaya Kunj, the simple cottage where he lived, is now a national monument and preserved as it was during the Mahatma's life-time. Shreyas Folk Museum is an educational museum exhibiting folk arts and crafts of Gujarat. The museum is open from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm on all days except Mondays and public holidays. Photography is not permitted and visitors are charged a modest fee.

Institute Of Indology:
The Institute contains some of the fine collections of Jainism, illustrated manuscripts and miniatures. The museum is open from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm on all days except Mondays and public holidays. Photography is not permitted. Evening Market at Law Garden displays beautiful textile handicrafts of Gujarat. Vishalla is a restaurant with traditional Gujarati food in village surroundings. It has Vichar Utensil Museum worth visiting. The museum houses a unique collection of utensils. Overnight stay at Ahmedabad.

DAY 02:
AHMEDABAD - BHUJ (450 Kms - 09 Hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Bhuj. Arrive at Bhuj and check in at the hotel.

BHUJ:
The historic city of Bhuj derives its name from the Bhujiyo Dungar, a hill, overlooking the present day Bhuj town. Bhuj is a typical example of a desert town located between two geographical features - Bujiyo Dungar on the east & Hamirsar lake on the west. Overnight stay at Bhuj.

DAY 03:
BHUJ - MANDVI (65 KMs)- BHUJ
After Breakfast a full day tour of Bhuj and Mandvi. At Bhuj Visit Aaina Mahal: It was constructed by Rao Lakhpatji (1707-61 A.D.) in 1750 A.D., who was a great patron of art, architecture, music & literature. Aaina Mahal is a unique example of an Indian palace built in the mid-eighteenth century with European influence.

Prag Mahal:
Rao Pragmalji II (1838-76 A.D.) undertook the construction of Prag Mahal and appointed the famous architect - Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins to design it. Constructed in the Italian Gothic style, it has a large Darbar Hall, big rooms, wide verandahs & a 45 meter high lofty bell tower. It was built using the various type of stones available in Kutch region. This is a fine example of Indian craftsmanship combined with European architectural design.

The Kutch Museum:
Formerly known as the Fergusson Museum, was founded by Maharao Khengarji III in 1877 AD. Its the oldest museum in Gujarat. Constructed in the Italian style, the museum is located in picturesque surroundings on the bank of Hamirsar Lake. The museum has been a center of attraction for scholars due to its large collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, curious archaeological objects, fine collection of arms & specimens of various crafts of Kutch region. Other places of interest at Bhuj are- Cenotaphs of Kutch rulers, Snake Temple at Bhujiyo Hill Fort, Swaminarayan temple, Vegetable market, Hatkeshwar temple & Alfred High School

After lunch drive to Mandvi. Mandvi is located on the banks of the Rukmavati River, barely one km from the Arabian Sea at the Gulf of Kutch. The town has a very pleasant climate throughout the year and it was a summer retreat of the Kutch Maharaos. The centre of attraction at Mandvi is the Vijay Vilas Palace, a royal abode set in the middle of well-laid gardens with water channels and marble fountains. The architect and craftsmen from Jaipur designed and constructed the palace in 1920 AD. The palace has all the elements of Rajput architecture and draws largely on the plan of palaces of Orchha and Datia. The central high dome on the pillars, the Bengal domes on sides, the windows with colored glass, carved stone Jaali, domed bastions at the corners, extended porch and other exquisitely stone carved elements, make the palace worth a visit. It owns a private beach, maintained in an eco-friendly manner to preserve its pristine beauty. It is an example of the traditional skill of craftsmanship of early 20th century.

Visit Ship building yard. On the banks of the Rukmavati River, just south of the bridge, you can visit the still-active shipbuilding yard. Craftsmen still assemble ships out of wood, for local or international guests, and you can feel free to watch them work. It is gives a opportunity its watch handmade ship being built which will make one truly appreciate craftsmanship. The process is long and elaborate and shoddy workmanship means risking sailors' lives. Boards painstakingly crafted, planed and fitted by hand, for a watertight fit along the long curves of the hull line will likely encounter legions of craftsmen working hard amidst giant piles of sawdust. Also, because of the shipbuilding industry, there is a heavy timber trade in Mandvi. Overnight stay at Bhuj.

DAY 04:
BHUJ – FULL DAY EXCURSION TO BANNI VILLAGES
After Breakfast proceed for full day excursion tour to Banni Region. Amidst the Desert land of infinite dimensions, are suspended, quaint little villages. These are the last villages on the India-Pakistan border. Here you will come across master craft people' exposing their traditional art, turning out master pieces every day. Their ornaments, clothes, utensils, everything they use - will make you feel as if you have stepped into lifestyle museum leaving you spellbound. Banni Embroidery of Kutch This needle work derived its name from the semi-desert areas called Banni in the Kutch district. It is a long tract of 2,144 Sq. Km. where 44 villages form hamlets (Vandhs) People in this area are engaged in tertiary occupations like embroidery, leather work, dairy and other cottage industries. Banni embroidery is locally known as "Kutch Bharat" Khambira, Kharek, Kodi, Kacho Bharat Fako, Bharat etc are main stitches used in this area. The work is known for minute designs Gorgeous colors embroidered articles are closely associated with their day to day needs. The grasslands of Banni are scattered with villages of pastoral groups. As the women of these groups do embroidery for their personal use and a supplementary income, this is one of the highest concentration areas of craftswomen in the world. Khavda (85 Km.) – a Small village, One can visit to Khatrivas to see artisans printing & selling Ajrakh. The town also has skilled Leather Craftsmen and there are some shops retailing local crafts, including Leather Slippers. Off the main road is a clinic run by Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan (KMVS), Federation of Kutchi Women's groups. Ludia Village is comprised of several hamlets belonging to the Meghwal & Samma Communities. The latter community, primarily herdsmen, is more conservative when it comes to tourists. Gandhi nu Gam, populated by the Meghwal community, features beautifully Painted Bhungas .The Kanjari (Blouses) of the women and the Bhunga decoration of this village are especially colorful.

To curb exploitation & experiment with community marketing, the hamlet has set up an “Otlo” or a roofed platform next to the Temple, where each household brings out their embroidered goods for selling. Drive to Hodka. Take typical Kutchi Lunch at Shaame-e-Sarhad Village Resort. Hodka – a cultural village is located in the Banni Grassland, right on the edge of the great Salt Desert – the Rann. The name Hodka is derived from the Gujarati word “Hodi” meaning Boat, as the shape of the Jheel is believed to be in the shape of a Boat. It is believed to have been set up by the Halepotra clan. 'Halepotra' literally means the 'Son or the descendant of Halaji', who is believed to have immigrated from Sindh. The village is now a part of National project. The village is famous for its craft like Decorative Mirrors, Lamps, Hand Fans, Letter Boxes, Wall Hanging, Lather, Clay, Wood, Metal, Mud Work and especially the exquisite Silver Jewellery. The artisans sell their goods directly from their artistic Huts. Visit the Bhirandiyara – is a favorite Tea stop for locals and visitors alike on the road to Khavda. The village boasts of a delicious sweet – fresh Maavo. This milk-based sweet is best when eaten hot. Most of the roadside stalls sell Maavo. The local Meghwal Community has exquisite embroideries and skillfully decorated, colorful Mud Bhungas. Mud-Mirror work - Lippan kam is a decorative art done by common people mainly women. Lippan kam is done inside bhungas / mud huts in villages of Kutch; sometimes you can find it on outer walls too. Generally women make birds, trees, animals, and peacock, human figures etc in lippan kam.It is done with a mixture of clay and camel dung. Then gum is used to stick mirrors. Originality of lippan kam lies in adding no color or only whites. Small round, diamond-shaped or triangle mirror pieces are essential to lippan kam.

NOTE : This is to bring your kind notice that all the tourists visiting Bhuj / Kutch area are required to Obtain the permit from the Police Office for the interior Kutch visit the villages north of Kutch, including Khavda, Bhirandiara and Dumaro, Overnight stay at Bhuj .

DAY 05:
BHUJ- RAJKOT (250 KMs) - GONDAL (40 Kms)
In the morning, after breakfast drive to Rajkot. Rajkot is a very pleasant provincial town. Mahatma Gandhi spent a few years of his life in this town. His father was the Dewan (Chief Minister) of Rajkot, once a small princely State. In the evening arrive Rajkot and visit Kaba Gandhi No Delo (literally "Kaba Gandhi's house"). Mahatma Gandhi spent the early days of his life here. You can see the exhibition of Gandhi's items here. This will be followed by a visit to Rajkumar College. Mahatma Gandhi completed his secondary education from this school. After lunch drive to Gondal. Gondal: The Riverside palace at Gondal, a Govt. of India classified heritage hotel, and the Orchard Palace in the same town, are two mansion guest houses opened as heritage hotels. The interiors of these properties are equipped with period furniture, antiques and artifacts reminiscent of the days of the Raj. The highlight of staying at these properties is that guests can see the Royal Garages, housing vintage & classic cars, and the Naulakha Palace, which is a festival of stone carvings & houses royal memorabilia including toys of the late 19th & early 20th century, silver caskets that carried messages & gifts for the Maharaja, elephant howdahs & royal portaits. It has a royal saloon suite, which has its own drawing, dining, bedroom & bathroom in a converted railway carriage. Overnight stay at Gondal.

DAY 06:
GONDAL - JUNAGADH (70 KMs) - SASAN GIR (60 KMs)
After breakfast drive to Junagadh. Junagadh is situated in the Saurashtra region at the foot of the temple-studded Mount Girnar, on the northern fringes of the Gir forest. The city takes its name from the fort that enclosed the medieval town. Visit Forts, Ashoka Rock Edicts and Maqbara. Continue Drive to Sasan Gir. Sasan Gir, Popularly known as Gir, the most famous loin sanctuary in India. And the one place in the subcontinent where Asiatic Loins can be found in the wild. Sasan Gir on the southwestern border of Surasthtra peninsula in Gujarat and is home to nearly 400 Asiatic loins. The Sanctuary was created in 1913 to provide protections to the largest surviving groups of the Asiatic loins and was given the status of the sanctuary in 1965; the numbers of loins has been steadily on the rise since 1980.This is the only place in the World outside the African continent where the loin can be seen in its natural habitat. The loin safaris are popular among tourist & jeep are freely available for touring the forest. Though the most famous inhabitants of the park are Asiatic loins .It is also provides natural habitat to a lot of other species like chital, chinkara (Gazelle) four horned antelope. Leopard, nilgai, spotted deer, wild boar, wild ass, monkeys, parrots and peacocks, many others birds etc. 1430hrs: Evening Game Drive Evening game drive in exclusive Gypsy into the Park where your naturalist will talk to you about the wildlife found in this Park. And if you are lucky you will spot the Loin 1800 hrs: Return to the Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel.

DAY 07:
SASAN GIR
0630 hrs: Early morning game drive.
Early morning Game Drive in exclusive Gypsy into the Park where your naturalist will talk to you about the wildlife found in this Park.
1000 hrs: Return to the Hotel.
1030 hrs; after the adventurous drive enjoy the sumptuous breakfast
1430hrs: Evening Game Drive
Evening game drive in exclusive Gypsy into the Park where your naturalist will talk to you about the wildlife found in this Park. And if you are lucky you will spot the Lion
1800 hrs: Return to the Hotel
Overnight stay at Hotel.

DAY 08:
SASAN GIR - SOMNATH (40 KMs) - DIU (90 KMs)
After breakfast drive to visit the Somnath temple (50km). This temple is one of the twelve most sacred shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and a Jyotirlinga. According to the legend, Somnath temple was built originally in gold by Somraj, the moon god. This Somnath temple was rebuilt and destroyed seven times till 1706 A.D when it was destroyed by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. After that it was finally rebuilt in 1950 with the support of Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel. After visiting the Somnath temple we drive to Diu. Diu is a tiny island in the Arabian Sea which is situated near the port of Veraval in Gujarat and is separated from the southern extremity of the Saurashtra peninsula by a narrow channel running through the swamp. Diu is a sensuous blend of sun, sand and deep blue sea. Day free for leisure at Nagoa beach. The beach is exceptionally beautiful & quiet and is in the shape of a horse-shoe (semi circular). Overnight stay at Hotel.

DAY 09:
DIU
After breakfast, a full day tour to monuments and beaches of Diu.
St.Paul's church:
The Church adorned with curiously treated volutes & shell-like motifs and the magnificent wood carving is considered to be the most elaborate of all the Portuguese churches in India.

St.Thomas Church Museum:
A huge edifice in gothic architecture was built in 1598 A.D. A part of it has been converted into a museum, an Archeological treasure house.

Diu Fort:
This majestic structure stands on the coast of Diu sentinel. Once inside, you are overwhelmed by the gaunt majesty of the ancient stone work which transports you to a bygone era of gallant, where time stands still. The fort offers a kaleidoscopic view of Diu town.

Nagoa beach:
The Nagoa beach is exceptionally beautiful & secluded. The horse-shoe (semicircular) shaped, palm-fringed beach is twenty minutes invigorating drive from Diu.

DAY 10:
DIU – PALITANA (200 KMs) – BHAVNAGAR (60 KMs)
Today we will drive to Palitana. Palitana is the gateway to the Shatrunjaya hill and one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for Jains. There are about 863 temples on the top of the hill, exquisitely carved in marble and built over a span of 900 years. After reaching the top of the hill we will visit the Jain temple. The temple which is dedicated to Shri Adishwara, the first Jain Tirthankara (apostle) is one of the most magnificent temples and the most sacred temple on Shatrunjaya hill. After visiting the temple we will visit the Chaumukha or the four faced temple. It has an image of Adinath facing out in the four cardinal directions.
Evening drive to Bhavnagar. Bhavnagar lies in the southeast corner of the Kathiawar peninsula in the Saurashtra plains. Once the capital of a princely state, Bhavnagar is home to several lakes and temples. Visit the Takhteshwar Temple and Gandhi Smriti Museum.Takhteshwar temple is located on a small hillock and provide good views over the city and out into the Gulf of Cambay. Gandhi Smriti Museum is located northeast, by the clock tower and has a good collection of Gandhi memorabilia. In the evening we visit the bazaar in Bhavnagar. Overnight stay at Bhavnagar.

DAY 11:
BHAVNAGAR - LOTHAL (140 KMs) - AHMEDABAD (90 KMs)
Today, after breakfast do an excursion to Lothal & Sarkhej Roza.

Lothal:
A perfect place to get an insight of the Indus Valley civilization. The most dominating site at Lothal is the massive dockyard spanning an area of 37 meters by 22 meters perhaps the greatest work of Maritime Architecture. Lothal was also famous for its arterial streets, microbes of gold, ivory and coppersmiths' workshops, potteries and underground sanitary drainage. It is located at a distance of 78 kms from Ahmedabad. (Closed on Fridays).

Sarkhej Roza:
Is about 8 kilometres away from the city, Sarkhej Roza comprises one of the most elegant architectural complexes of Ahmedabad. Grouped around a great stepped tank is the tomb of the saint, Ahmed Khattu Ganj Baksh (1445), the mosque (1451), the tombs of Muhammad Shah Begada and his queen, the palace and pavilions. Overnight stay at Ahmedabad

DAY 12:
AHMEDABAD – MODHERA (110 KMs) - PATAN (40 KMs) - ADALAJ STEPWELL (110 KMs) - AHMEDABAD (20 Kms)
Today morning, drive for an excursion visit to architectural beauty of Sun temple at Modhera(102 km from Ahmedabad), Rani-ki-vav at Patan(127km from Ahmedabad) & a beautiful stepwell at Adalaj.

Modhera:
The Sun temple of Modhera is one of the finest examples of Indian architecture of its period. Built in 1026 A.D. the temple is dedicated to the Sun-God, 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. Sun Temple of Modhera was built by King Bhimdev I (1026-27) and bears some resemblance to the later and far better known, Sun Temple of Konark in the state of Orissa, which it predates by some 200 years. Like that temple, it was designed so that the dawn sun shone on the image of Surya, the sun God, at the time of the equinoxes. The main hall and shrine are reached through a pillared porch and the temple exterior is intricately and delicately carved. As with the temple of Somnath, this fine temple was ruined by Mahumad of Ghazni.

Patan:
Home of the famous patola silk saris, Patan is a beautiful old town with Jain temples and carved wooden houses. Rani ki vav (step well) is an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat. The exclusively carved side walls, pillars, beams, series of steps & platforms lead to the elaborately carved water well. Every surface is adorned with finelly chiseled sculptures of maidens & Hindu deities, religious motifs & geometrical patterns. Rani ki Vav represents the finest of the Indian sculptures and architecture.

Adalaj Step-well:
Situated 17 km north of Ahmedabad, this step well at the village of Adalaj is another fine example of magnificent architectural form. 'Adalaj Vav' is richly carved. Every pillar and wall surface is covered with leaves, flowers, birds, fishes and friezes of ornamental designs. Overnight stay at Ahmedabad.

DAY 13:
AHMEDABAD
After breakfast drive to Airport to board flight for your next destination.





















































































Gujarat Architecture Tour 7 Days

Day 01 :
AHMEDABAD
Arrive Ahmedabad transfer to hotel.

Morning visit Swaminarayan Temple:
A religious cult followed by Swami-Narayan followers. It is one of the sects of Hinduism & the devotee's worship Lord Krishna by the name of Swaminarayan. This temple is built by Swaminarayan followers. It stands as a good example of exquisite wood carving. Followed by a walk through 'Pols' in old city (typical Gujarati adjoining houses colonies). A Pol is a small residential unit consisting of a single street with a group of houses, which is usually protected by a massive gate at the entrance. When the gate is closed, the entire street becomes one big house often inhabited by people of the same trade or even by relatives. A compact housing cluster with dead-end streets forms a distinctive residential pattern within a Pol. In earlier days, the Pols were self-sustaining for a certain period of time since each house had its own underground storage for water, and food grains were stored in the safest part of the house. At times, two different Pols opened for ventilation at the same point and they also had a common service bay for drainage, water supply and garbage collection. These Pols formed a kind of micro-neighborhood, which developed further as the population density increased in the city.

Jumma Masjid :
Jumma Masjid 1423 A.D, the most beautiful mosque in east. Built in yellow sandstone, this Friday Mosque, is a best combination of Muslim & Hindu architectural style. It stands on 260 pillars that support 15 domes at varying elevations.

Siddi Saiyed Mosque :
1572 A.D. A part of the wall in the old citadel of the mosque, is renowned the world over for its exquisite stone window tracery – a superb & peerless example of delicate carving that transforms stone into filigree.

ATMA House (LE CORBUISER):
The present office building of ATMA is a modern monument and a landmark in architectural history. The building is symbolic of the patronage and modernistic aspirations of the Ahmedabad textile community as well as a refined example of the work of its Swiss-French architect - Charles Eduoard Jeanneret (1887-1965), better known as Le Corbusier.

In 1951, Jawaharlal Nehru invited Corbusier to India to plan and design the city of Chandigarh. During this visit, Corbusier was invited to Ahmedabad by Chinubhai Chimanbhai, the erstwhile mayor of Ahmedabad. Surottam Hatheesing, the then president of AMOA, commissioned Corbusier to build the Association's new headquarters. Corbusier was commissioned a total of five buildings in Ahmedabad, two institutions and three residences, of which one was not built.

The Mill Owners' Association Building, as it is known, was the first commission to be completed in 1954. The building is located on Ashram Road, in the western part of the city, overlooking the river Sabarmati. A ceremonial ramp makes for a grand approach into a triple height entrance hall, open to the wind. Arrival is on the first floor, where (as per the original design) the executives' offices and boardroom are located. The ground floor houses the work-spaces of the clerks and a separate, single-story canteen at the rear. On the third floor is a high, top-lit auditorium with a roof canopy and a curved, enclosing wall, in addition to a generous lobby. The east and west facades are in the form of sun breakers or brise-soleil, one of Corbusier's many formal inventions, which, while avoiding harsh sun, permit visual connection and air movement. While the brise-soleil acts as free facades made of rough shuttered concrete, the north and south sides, built in rough brickwork, are almost unbroken.

Indian Institute of Management (LOUIS KAHN):
In 1962, Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi invited Louis Kahn, one of the most influential architects of 20th century, to design the building for the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Ahmedabad. It was to comprise a main building with teaching areas, a library and faculty offices around the main courtyard, separate dormitory units for the students that were to be interconnected with a series of arched passages, and houses for the faculty and staff. Kahn's presence in the 1960s signals a turning point in contemporary architecture in post-independent India. Whole designing the school, Kahn put into question how and where people learn. Learning was not happening strictly in classrooms, but in the corridors and the spaces in between as well. Through his massive yet austere brick forms, Kahn offered architects a spiritual experience that made them believe they could effectively build the new nation and achieve a balance between modernity and tradition. Built between 1962 and 1964, the IIMA complex now sits on a 60-acre campus.

Sanskar Kendra - Ahmedabad City Museum (LE CORBUISER, 1951-59):
The museum is a prism that rises from ground level on Pilotis level of an array of 7 x 7 meters, forming walkers fourteen feet wide spiral circulations generated within the building. It currently has ground floor to four floor levels, a roof (the deck is a concrete slab is covered with a layer of lightweight concrete, then a waterproof layer, then cover it for different layers of earth and gravel to fill all "vessels" with water) and a Hormgión (floors are concrete and the woodwork and doors are steel extrusions and riveted laminated steel). Overnight stay at Ahmedabad.

DAY 02:
AHMEDABAD - LOTHAL - AHMEDABAD (180 Kms)
Today, after breakfast do an excursion to Lothal & Sarkhej Roza.

Lothal:
A perfect place to get an insight of the Indus Valley civilization. The most dominating site at Lothal is the massive dockyard spanning an area of 37 meters by 22 meters perhaps the greatest work of Maritime Architecture. Lothal was also famous for its arterial streets, microbes of gold, ivory and coppersmiths' workshops, potteries and underground sanitary drainage. It is located at a distance of 78 kms from Ahmedabad. (Closed on Fridays).

Sarkhej Roza:
Is about 8 kilometres away from the city, Sarkhej Roza comprises one of the most elegant architectural complexes of Ahmedabad. Grouped around a great stepped tank is the tomb of the saint, Ahmed Khattu Ganj Baksh (1445), the mosque (1451), the tombs of Muhammad Shah Begada and his queen, the palace and pavilions. Overnight stay at Ahmedabad.

DAY 03:
AHMEDABAD – MODHERA (140 KMs) - PATAN (40 KMs) - ADALAJ STEPWELL (110 KMs) - AHMEDABAD (20 KMs)
Today morning, drive for an excursion visit to architectural beauty of Sun temple at Modhera(102 km from Ahmedabad), Rani-ki-vav at Patan(127km from Ahmedabad) and a beautiful stepwell at Adalaj.

Modhera:
The Sun temple of Modhera is one of the finest examples of Indian architecture of its period. Built in 1026 A.D. the temple is dedicated to the Sun-God, 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. Sun Temple of Modhera was built by King Bhimdev I (1026-27) and bears some resemblance to the later and far better known, Sun Temple of Konark in the state of Orissa, which it predates by some 200 years. Like that temple, it was designed so that the dawn sun shone on the image of Surya, the sun God, at the time of the equinoxes. The main hall and shrine are reached through a pillared porch and the temple exterior is intricately and delicately carved. As with the temple of Somnath, this fine temple was ruined by Mahumad of Ghazni.

Patan:
Home of the famous patola silk saris, Patan is a beautiful old town with Jain temples and carved wooden houses. Rani ki vav (step well) is an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat. The exclusively carved side walls, pillars, beams, series of steps & platforms lead to the elaborately carved water well. Every surface is adorned with finelly chiseled sculptures of maidens & Hindu deities, religious motifs & geometrical patterns. Rani ki Vav represents the finest of the Indian sculptures and architecture.

Adalaj Step-well:
Situated 17 km north of Ahmedabad, this step well at the village of Adalaj is another fine example of magnificent architectural form. 'Adalaj Vav' is richly carved. Every pillar and wall surface is covered with leaves, flowers, birds, fishes and friezes of ornamental designs. Overnight stay at Ahmedabad.

DAY 04:
AHMEDABAD - BHUJ ( 450 KMs)
After breakfast, drive to Bhuj.

BHUJ:
The historic city of Bhuj derives its name from the Bhujiyo Dungar, a hill, overlooking the present day Bhuj town. Bhuj is a typical example of a desert town located between two geographical features - Bujiyo Dungar on the East and Hamirsar lake on the West. Visit Aaina Mahal: It was constructed by Rao Lakhpatji (1707-61 A.D.) in 1750 A.D., who was a great patron of art, architecture, music and literature. Aaina Mahal is a unique example of an Indian palace built in the mid-eighteenth century with European influence.

Prag Mahal:
Rao Pragmalji II (1838-76 A.D.) undertook the constuction of Prag Mahal and appointed the famous architect - Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins to design it. Constructed in the Italian Gothic style, it has a large Darbar Hall, big rooms, wide verandahs & a 45 meter high lofty bell tower. It was built using the various type of stones available in Kutch region. This is a fine example of Indian craftsmanship combined with European architectural design.

The Kutch Museum:
Formerly known as the Fergusson Musuem, It was founded by Maharao Khengarji III in 1877 AD and is the oldest museum in Gujarat. Constructed in the Italian style, the museum is located in picturesque surroundings on the bank of Hamirsar Lake. The museum has been a center of attraction for scholars due to its large collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, curious archaeoligical objects, fine collection of arms & specimens of various crafts of Kutch region. Other places of interest at Bhuj are- Cenotaphs of Kutch rulers, Snake Temple at Bhujiyo Hill Fort, Swaminarayan temple, Vegetable market, Hatkeshwar temple & Alfred High School. Overnight stay at Bhuj.

DAY 05:
BHUJ - DHOLAVIRA (280 Kms) - BHUJ
Early morning excursion to Dholavira.

Dholavira:
Dholavira is the larger of the two most remarkable excavations of the Indus Valley Civilization or Harappan culture, dating back to 4500 years ago. While the other site, Lothal, is more exhaustively educated and easier to reach, a visit to Lothal only complements, rather than replaces, a visit to Dholavira. It is being surrounded by the Great Rann of Kutch, is a unique insight into the pioneering Harappan mind, with one of the world's earliest and best planned water conservation systems and what might be the world's first signboards, written in ancient Indus script. Overnight stay at Bhuj.

DAY 06:
BHUJ - MANDVI - BHUJ (130 Kms)
Morning drive to Mandvi.

Mandvi:
Is located on the banks of the Rukmavati River, barely one km from the Arabian Sea at the Gulf of Kutch. The town has a very pleasant climate throughout the year and it was a summer retreat of the Kutch Maharaos. The centre of attraction at Mandvi is the Vijay Vilas Palace, a royal abode set in the middle of well-laid gardens with water channels and marble fountains. The architect and craftsmen from Jaipur designed and constructed the palace in 1920 AD. The palace has all the elements of Rajput architecture and draws largely on the plan of palaces of Orchha and Datia. The central high dome on the pillars, the Bengal domes on sides, the windows with colored glass, carved stone jaalis, domed bastions at the corners, extended porch and other exquisitely stone carved elements, make the palace worth visiting. It owns a private beach, maintained in an eco-friendly manner to preserve its pristine beauty. It is an example of the traditional skill of craftsmen of early 20th century.

Visit Ship building yard. On the banks of the Rukmavati River, just south of the bridge, you can visit the still-active shipbuilding yard. Craftsmen still assemble ships out of wood, for local or international guests, and you can feel free to watch them work. It is gives a opportunity its watch handmade ship being built which will make one truly appreciate craftsmanship. The process is long and elaborate and shoddy workmanship means risking sailors' lives.

DAY 07:
BHUJ
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Footprints of Mahatma Gandhi 5 Days

Day 01 :
ARRIVAL AT PORBANDAR
Arrive at Porbandar and transfer to hotel. In the evening, sightseeing of Kirti Mandir. It was the house and the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi and now a museum. There are 17 rooms and three storey’s are there in this house. Visit the local bazaar. Overnight stay at Porbandar.

DAY 02:
PORBANDAR – RAJKOT (180 KMs)
After breakfast drive to Rajkot, arrive at Rajkot and check in at hotel. In the evening, you will visit Kaba Gandhi No Delo. Mahatma Gandhi spent the early days of his life here. You can see the exhibition of Gandhi's items here. This will be followed by a visit to Rajkumar College. Mahatma Gandhi completed his secondary education from this school. Overnight stay at Rajkot.

DAY 03:
RAJKOT – BHAVNAGAR (200KMs)
After breakfast drive to Bhavnagar. First and foremost, you will visit Gandhi Smriti, an institution built in memory of Mahatma Gandhi. It contains a library, a museum & galleries of photograph depicting Gandhiji's life. This will be followed by a visit to Takhteshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, in the evening. Overnight stay at Bhavnagar.

DAY 04:
BHAVNAGAR – AHMEDABAD (220 KMs)
After breakfast drive to Ahmedabad. After noon Visit the Gandhi Ashram - On a quiet peaceful stretch of the Sabarmati River, Mahatma Gandhi set up a simple retreat in 1915. Founded by Mahatma Gandhi, this was his Satyagrah Ashram and for many years it was the nerve centre of India's freedom movement. The ashram now contains a memorial center and a library display. It was from here, in 1930, that Mahatma began his famous Dandi March to the sea to protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the British. Hridaya Kunj, the simple cottage where he lived, is now a national monument and preserved as it was during the Mahatma's life-time. Overnight stay at Ahmedabad.

DAY 05:
AHMEDABAD SIGHTSEEING
After breakfast check out from hotel. Morning visit the Hathee Singh Jain Temple founded by Hathee Singh, Jami Mosque, Sidi Saiyed Mosque, and Shreyas Folk & Art Museum & Adalaj Step-well and evening departure to Airport.
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Gujarat Wild Life Tours 7 Days

Day 01 :
AHMEDABAD - DASADA / BAJANA (110 Kms)
After breakfast drive to Dasada / Bajana, and proceed for full day jeep safari into the Little Rann Of Kutch.
The Little Rann Of Kutch: The highlight of this sanctuary is the Asiatic Wild Ass or 'Gudkhur' that is endemic to the region and is one of the most endangered species in the world. Other mammals that could be seen are nilgai, black buck antelope, chinkara gazelle, Indian wolf, Indian desert foxes, jackals and lesser cats. Also is a paradise for bird watchers. The key dry land birds are Mcqueen's houbara bustard, chestnut bellied and spotted sandgrouse, Indian coursedr, 13 species of larks and sparrow larks, 5 of quails (including buttonquails), thick-knee, desert warbler, desert and variable wheatear, aquila eagles, short toed snake eagle, six species of falcon and three harriers. Five species of vulture have been recorded. Apart from all these you can hope to see greater and lesser flamingo, three species of pelican, spoonbill, demossille and common cranes, and a number of ducks in flocks of several thousand during winters. Overnight stay at Dasada / Bajana.

DAY 02:
DASADA / BAJANA
Enjoy morning and evening safari in the Little Rann Of Kutch.
Overnight stay at Dasada / Bajana.

DAY 03:
DASADA / BAJANA - SASANGIR (340 KMs)
After breakfast drive to Sasan Gir. Arrivals at Sasan Gir check in at Hotel.
Enjoy evening jungle safari of Sasan Gir Sanctuary - the last home of the Asiatic Lion.

GIR :
Is the only place in the world outside Africa, where the lion can be seen in his natural habitat. Gir's bio-diversity rivals any National Park in India. The forest harbors a variety of smaller animals and birds. Other predators are Panther and the Hyena. The Indian Deer, Sambar, Spotted deer, Blue bull, Chinkara and the Chowsingha (four horned antelope) are found here, along with the bear and the long tailed langur.

NOTE:
Sasan Gir Sanctuary remains closed from 15th June to 15th Oct. every year.
Overnight stay at Sasan Gir.

DAY 04:
SASANGIR - SOMNATH - SASANGIR (100 KMs)
Today morning Enjoy Jungle safari. Followed by an excursion to the famous Somnath Temple.

Somnath:
One of the most revered and an important center of culture and nationalism. The legendary temple contains a 'Jyotirlinga'. This temple destroyed, built & rebuilt several times, it represents the eternal beauty & strength of the Indian society. The present splendid structure was rebuilt about five decades ago, at the exact spot where the original shrine was located. The iron man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was instrumental in the construction of the present temple. Overnight stay at Sasan Gir.

DAY 05:
SASANGIR - VELAVADAR (260 KMs)
After early breakfast drive to Bhavnagar.
On arrival, check in at hotel and later in the afternoon drive to Velavadar Black Buck Sanctuary.

Velavadar National Park:
The best national park for black buck viewing in India is the 36sq km, which comprises a tapestry of grasslands and scrubby plains reminiscent of the African Savanah. The national park also provides suitable habitat for the endangered Indian wolf, the jackal, the Indian fox, the jungle cat, blue bull antelope and hare to proliferate successfully and attracts a large number of birds.

NOTE:
Sanctuary remains closed from 15th June till 15th Oct. every year.
Overnight stat at Bhavnagar.

DAY 06:
VELAVADAR
Today enjoy morning and evening safari at Velavadar National Park.
Overnight stay at Velavadar.

DAY 07:
VELAVADAR - LOTHAL - AHMEDABAD (200 KMs) Today we will drive to Ahmedabad 187 km enroute visiting Lothal.
Lothal:
A perfect place to get an insight of the Indus Valley civilization. The most dominating site at Lothal is the massive dockyard spanning an area of 37 meters by 22 meters perhaps the greatest work of Maritime Architecture. Lothal was also famous for its arterial streets, microbes of gold, ivory and coppersmiths' workshops, potteries and underground sanitary drainage. It is located at a distance of 78 kms from Ahmedabad. (Closed on Fridays).
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Gujarat Arts & Crafts Tour 6 Days

Day 01 :
AHMEDABAD
Morning arrive Ahmedabad, check inn at hotel & we visit the world famous Calico Museum of Textiles. Post lunch, we visit a couple of the city’s popular crafts museums – the Kite museum, City museum, Museum of Miniature paintings & the Museum of Indology.

KITE MUSEUM:
One of the most unique Museums in Ahmedabad is the Kite Museum. The Kite Museum, Ahmedabad is located in Sanskar Kendra. This museum in Ahmedabad houses an extraordinary collection of rare kites built over 50 years by a man called Bhanubhai Shah. From kites that have been crafted from 400 pieces of paper to the different kites of unique colors, the Kite Museum, Ahmedabad is one of the major tourist attractions of Ahmedabad. Indianholiday.com offers online information on Kite Museum, Ahmedabad and other tourist attractions of Gujarat and other parts of India. The Kite Museum, Ahmedabad is the brainchild of Bhanubhai Shah. For 50 years Bhanubhai Shah has carefully treasured these uniquely crafted kites. From colorful to large sizes, these kites not only were meant to adorn the blue sky but stands out as an example of rare collectibles. In the Kite Museum, Ahmedabad one can get a glimpse of huge kites which are 22 by 16 feet to some of the smallest kites as well.

Post lunch, visit a couple of the city's popular crafts museums - the Kite museum, City museum, Museum for miniature paintings and Museum of Indology.

CITY MUSEUM :
The Sanskar Kendra building, designed by eminent French architect LE CORBUSIER, is situated near Sardar Bridge. It includes the City Museum, which highlights Ahmedabad from various angels including history, craft, architecture, religion and fine arts. Look out for the world’s longest incense stick at 4.5 m. The KITE MUSEUM downstairs has an interesting timeline on the history of kites, but the presentation is lacking. Open 1000-1800, Tues-Sun Closed Mon. Entry free.

N.C.MEHTA MUSEUM OF MINIATURES :
The Gujarat Museum Society was formed as a Public Charitable Trust way back in 1960 to aesthetically exhibit the renowned N. C. Mehta Collection of miniature paintings. For this purpose the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation was kind enough to allot a portion of the first floor of the famous Sanskar Kendra building at Paldi, designed by Le Corbusier. Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, inaugurated the exhibition in the year 1963.
The Gujarat Museum Society was formed as a Public Charitable Trust way back in 1960 to aesthetically exhibit the renowned N. C. Mehta Collection of miniature paintings. For this purpose the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation was kind enough to allot a portion of the first floor of the famous Sanskar Kendra building at Paldi, designed by Le Corbusier. Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, inaugurated the exhibition in the year 1963. After his demise in May, 1958 his collection was generously donated to the Gujarat Museum Society, Ahmedabad, by his wife late Smt. Shanta Mehta. The main objective of the society is to inculate art appreciation in society and to promote study and research in art with a view to preserve this glorious national heritage.
The exhibition was housed at the Sanskar Kendra from 1960 till 1991. However, it was found that some of the paintings have started showing signs deterioration perhaps due to the surrounding environment. The Board of trustees, therefore, after a careful consideration, decided to shift the exhibits to an area away from the Industrial zone. Fortunately, the Governing Board of the Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Institute of Indology came forward to put up a suitable building to house this precious collection in their premises situated near Gujarat University. A new wing to the museum has been designed by Padmashree Dr. B. V. Doshi, a renowned architect. He has endeavoured to meet all the requirements needed to house and display the precious collection aesthetically. The new building was inaugurated by the late scholar an eminent historian Shri Karl J. Khandalavala in October 1993.
Paintings in the Gallery have been arranged chronologically. In the beginning we see early examples of miniature paintings of the Western India and Sultanate Schools. The folios of the Jain Kalpasutra are the earliest examples of the Indian Schools. The Pre-Mughal style is exhibited through the folios of the Hamza-Nama and the Sikander Nama, the two Persian epics. Then comes the piece de resistance of the N. C. Mehta Gallery, the Chaurapanchasika series, (the fifty love lyrics of a thief) composed by the KAshmiri poet Vilhana in the 11th century. The story goes that vilhana, the poet, falls in love with Champavati. The fact comes to the knowledge of Cjampavati's father, the king, who orders the poet to be sent to the gallows. On the last day, in order to fulfill his final wish, the king allows Vilhana to recite fifty verses. So pleased is the king with the copositions that he gives his daughter in marriage to Vilhana.
Among other popular themes of Indian miniatures are the love poems of the Gita Govinda by the poet Jaydeva, the Rasikpriya of keshvadasa, the Sursagar of the blind poet Surdas, the Barahmasa, depiction of seasons and the Ragamala the musical modes. Epics the Bhagavata Purana and the Ramayana are also displayed in this gallery. The Gita-Govinda (c. 1590) is a long series of 159 paintings. It represents a landmark of transition in style from the Western India or Gujarati to the early Rajasthani painting. It is a document of the shared culture and tradition of Gujarat Rajasthan.
The Basement houses a large collection of Mughal, Rajasthani and Pahari paintings. These include some of the masterpieces of Basohli, Nurpur, Kangra, Guler, Kulu-Mandi and other Schools. The bright glowing colours and staring eye of the Basholi Gita stand in striking contrast to the soft, mellow, rhythmic and lyrical paintings of the Kangra Gita Govinda. Also displayed are various Rajasthani paintings belonging to the schools of Mewar, Bundi, Kota, Bikaner, Malwa and central India. Samples of Kangra drawings of epics like the Ramayana and other subjects in black ink paper are also exhibited.
The table showcases have miscellaneous material which includes folios of Jain manuscripts, painted pothis, painted book covers, Qurans etc. The collection includes over 1000 paintings. Of these 250 miniatures are always on display.

L.D.INSTITUTE OF INDOLOGY :
The Lalbhai Dalpathbhai Institute of Indology, Ahmedabad was started in 1956, to preserve a repository of rare art, manuscripts and archaelogical objects of India. In 1984, a museum was opened to cover topics ranging from Buddhism, Jainism and its darshans(expressions), grammar, tantra and poetry, Vedas and other different branches of Indian philosophy. The museum houses about 76,000 hand written Jain manuscripts with 500 illustrated versions and 45,000 printed books, making it the largest collection of Jain scripts. It has precious old books written in languages such as Sanskrit, Pali, Old Gujarati, Apabhramsa, Hindi and Rajasthani. It also showcases Indian sculptures, terracottas, miniature paintings, cloth paintings, painted scrolls, bronzes, woodwork, Indian coins, textiles and decorative art, paintings of Rabindranath Tagore and art of Nepal and Tibet. Open 10:30-17:30. Closed Mon and public holidays. Entry free.

DAY 02 :
AHMEDABAD-MODHERA-PATAN-DASADA/BAJANA
Today we drive to Little Rann Of Kutch enroute visiting the Sun Temple in Modhera & later drive down to Patan to meet the friendly Salvi family who have been engaged in the art of Patola weaving (double Ikkat work) for generations.

MODHERA :
The Sun temple of Modhera is one of the finest examples of Indian architecture of its period. Built in 1026 A.D. the temple is dedicated to the Sun-God, 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. Sun Temple of Modhera was built by King Bhimdev I (1026-27) and bears some resemblance to the later, and far better known, Sun Temple of Konark in the state of Orissa, which it predates by some 200 years. Like that temple, it was designed so that the dawn sun shone on the image of Surya, the sun God, at the time of the equinoxes. The main hall and shrine are reached through a pillared porch and the temple exterior is intricately and delicately carved. As with the temple of Somnath, this fine temple was ruined by Mahumad of Ghazni.

PATOLA WEAVING:
India has a rich and ancient heritage in fine textiles. (Double Ikat) Patola from the area of Patan in the North Gujarat region of western India glorifies this heritage. With its unique gem like qualities-gorgeous colours, designs and durability. Its very appearance lures the connoisseur of fine textiles. It has no reverse side. Both thte sides have equal intensity of color and design. The peculiar quality has its origins in a very intricate and difficult technique of Tie dyeing or Knot dyeing known as “Bandhani Process” on the wrap & weft separately before weaving.Before World War II, Indonesia was major buyer of patolas. Historically, the art of Double Ikat patola weaving dates back to centuries. Paintings in Ajanta caves resemble the tie-dye technique of patola. Legend indicates that sometimes in the 12th century AC, King Kumarpal of Solanki dynasty, invited 700 families of patola weavers from Jalna (South Maharashtra) to settle down in Patan in North Gujarat. Salvi family is one of them who has continues this traditional art and has preserved it even today. This is our heritage art from four generations. Overnight at Little Rann Of Kutch.

DAY 03 :
BAJANA-WADHWAN-BHUJ
Today morning drive to Wadhwan, the historic walled town is centre for bandhani tie & dye weaving and metal crafts. Overnight stay at Bhuj.

DAY 04 :
BHUJ
Full day excursion to Banni villages (North Bhuj) Amidst the Desert land of infinite dimensions, are suspended, quaint little villages. These are the last villages on the India-Pakistan border. Here you will come across master craft people' exposing their traditional art, turning our master pieces every day. Their ornaments, clothes, utensils, everything they use - will make you feel as if you have stepped into lifestyle museum leaving you spellbound. Overnight stay at Bhuj.

DAY 05:
BHUJ
Full day Excursion to Banny village (East & South Bhuj) (Packed lunch recommended). Excursion includes: Anjar (old architecture), Banni ('Bhunga' mud houses, kutchi handicrafts), Kera (11th century Shiva Temple) Overnight stay at Bhuj.

DAY 06:
BHUJ - MUMBAI
Today we take a flight from Bhuj airport to Mumbai.




































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1st Floor, Baker Junction

Kottayam
Kerala State
Pin Code: 686001
India
Tel: +91-481-3262233 / 9387222988
Fax: +91-481-2562028
Mr.Pramod
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Mobile: 09349383028
Email: ktmsales@creativeholidaysindia.com

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