Day 1: Delhi / Ahmedabad:
Arrive in Ahmedabad. You will be met by our representative who will escort you to your hotel. Later our guide will escort you on a half-day tour around the city. Take in the sights and sounds of the city as you visit Manek Chowk Bazaar
– a notable city square of old part of Ahmedabad city, surrounded by various historical structures. Continue the tour with a visit to Juma Masjid
, one of India’s most beautiful mosques built by Ahmed Shah in 1423 and Hussain Doshi Ki Gufa
, an underground art gallery designed by the architect Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi that exhibits works of the Indian artist Maqbool Fida Husain. After dinner, you may visit the Law Garden night markets
, an evening market packed with stalls selling glittering wares from different parts of Gujarat.
Day 2: Ahmedabad:
This morning’s tour takes you to Calico Museum of Textiles
; a museum that contains one of the world’s finest collections of handmade antique and modern Indian textiles and Gandhi Ashram
also known as Sabarmati Ashram
, home to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi from 1917 until 1930 and one of the main centres of the Indian freedom struggle. In the evening, you will visit Vechaar Utensil Museum
, only museum of its kind in the world, displaying utensils from thousand years old to present times that have evolved over different periods of history as a result of our changing needs and environment. Later, enjoy a traditional Gujarati meal with local dances and a music performance
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- Calico Museum currently allows only 20 pax in morning and entry is strictly based on prior confirmation taken from the museum. It remains closed on Wednesdays & Public Holidays. No handbags/baggage, cameras or mobile phones are allowed in the premises. Photography/videography is not permitted in the premises.
Vechaar Utensil Museum remains closed on Mondays and can be visited only in the evening from 19.00 hours. Timing subject to change.
Traditional Guajarati meal will be all vegetarian and no alcoholic drinks will be served
Day 3: Ahmedabad / Modhera / Patan / Dasada:
Today’s drive takes you to Dasada en-route visiting Modhera and Patan. The most significant monument in Modhera is the Modhera Sun Temple
, a beautiful temple built by King Bhimdev I which bears slight resemblance to the better known Sun Temple at Orissa. From here, you will proceed to Patan to visit a stepwell, Rani-ki-Vav
(a UNESCO World Heritage Site). You will also visit the weavers of Patola Silk Sarees, Panchasara Parshvanath Jain Derasar
, one of the largest of more than 100 Jain temples in Patan and Kapur Mahetano Pado
, the stone temple with a wooden interior. On arrival in Dasada, check-in to your hotel.
Day 4: Dasada:
After a scrumptious breakfast you will take a Jeep safari into Little Rann of Kutch
, which is also a paradise for birdwatchers. In the afternoon, you will be taken on a Village Safari to see the works of embroidery and weaving by the villagers.
Day 5: Dasada / Vadodara:
Today’s drive takes you to Vadodara en-route visiting the historical city of Champaner
, a UNESCO World heritage site that is remarkably well-preserved with Hindu and Jain temples that are over a thousand years old and mosques from the time of the Gujarat Sultanate.
Day 6: Vadodara / Bhavnagar:
This morning’s drive takes you to Bhavnagar. En route you will visit Lothal
- one of the most famous sites of the Indus Valley (Harappan) Civilization.
Day 7: Bhavnagar / Diu:
Today’s countryside drive takes you to Diu. En route you will stop at Palitana
to visit Shatrunjaya
, one of the most sacred places of Jainism.
Day 8: Diu:
Diu, a quiet town with some wonderfully faded examples of Portuguese architecture and fascinating narrow colorful streets. You have the day at leisure to relax on the beach.
Day 9: Diu / Sasan Gir:
Today’s drive takes you to Sasan Gir
, the hunting reserve of the Nawabs of Junagadh. Late in the afternoon, you will be taken on a “Game drive” inside Gir National Park
in a shared jeep, along with a naturalist.
Day 10: Sasan Gir:
Enjoy early morning and late afternoon “game drives” inside Gir National Park
along with a naturalist. Set out in search for the Asiatic Lion and spot a host of herbivores like Chital, Nilgai - Blue Bull and rare four horned antelopes. The evening is at leisure.
Day 11: Sasan Gir / Gondal:
Explore the national park this morning, whilst being taken for a “Game drive” inside Gir National Park
with a naturalist. Drive to Gondal after breakfast, en-route visiting Junagadh. Vist the Uparkor Fort
, the majestic Jama Masjid
inside the fort and Adi Ki Vav
, a stepwell named after two slave girls who used to fetch water from it.
Day 12: Gondal / Bhuj:
A countryside drive takes you to Bhuj, a city that connects you to a range of civilizations and important events in South Asian history. In the afternoon, you will visit the old walled city of Bhuj.
Day 13: Bhuj:
Today you will make a full-day visit of the surrounding tribal villages, followed by a visit to the White Desert (Rann of Kutch)
Day 14: Bhuj / Goa:
You will depart for the airport to take a flight to Goa
via Mumbai. You are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Day 15: Goa:
In the morning, you will visit Panjim
. You will walk in Fontainhas
, Goa’s Latin Quarter, strolling through the fruit and vegetable market and finally ending the walk at the Mahalaxmi temple
You may like to take an excursion to Ponda
to visit the famous Hindu temples – Shri Manguesh, Shrinagesh and Shri Shantadurga
Afterwards, you will visit Old Goa
Around the square are churches and cathedrals, the most prominent being the Basilica of Bom Jesus
, which houses the remains of St Francis Xavier. Nearby, on “Holy Hill”, is the Convent of St Cajetan
, dedicated to St Catherine, on whose feast-day Goa was liberated by India from the Portuguese.
Next, you will proceed to Chandor
to visit Menezes Braganza Mansion
and the Palácio do Deão
. The final stop for the day will be at Goa Chitra
where Goan craftsmen worked their own signatures into Christian idolatry.
Day 16: Goa:
The day will be at leisure for independent activities.
Day 17: Goa / Mumbai:
Drive to Goa Airport
in the afternoon to board your flight to Mumbai
. On arrival, you will be met and escorted to your hotel, where room(s) will be reserved for ‘wash-and-change’. Later, you will be escorted to the airport to board your international flight to your Onward Destination