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Discover the Highlights of Gujarat Tour

Duration:
12 days / 11 nights
Destinations:
Ahmedabad, Patan, Modhera, Bajana, Bhuj (Rann of Kutch), Junagahd, Gondal, Gir National Park, Palitana, Bhavnagar, Mumbai
Price Guide:

Price guide for this 12 day Highlights of Gujarat Tour is £2150 based on two people travelling.

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Overview

Experience the diversity of Gujarat on this captivating tour which includes a board spectrum of sights and experiences to enjoy. During this 12 day tour you’ll discover charming Ahmedabad, visit ancient monuments and iconic temples as well as gloriously decorated palaces.

You’ll also explore the vast open landscapes of the Ranns of Kutch, visit traditional villages famous for their culture, craftmanship and elaborate dress and search for the last remaining lions in Asia on a jeep safari in the Gir National Park. There will also be time to explore lively bazaars, taste gorgeous locally produced specialities and enjoy the vibrancy and rich heritage of this amazing state.

Highlights of Gujarat Tour Include:

  • Heritage walking tour through the cultural quarter of Ahmedabad and a visit to the Sabarmati Ashram
  • Tours of the Rani Ki Vav and Adalaj Stepwells
  • Jeep safaris in Little Rann of Kutch and Wild Ass Sanctuary
  • Tour of Kutch and the Banni Villages
  • The chance to explore glorious palaces
  • Jeep safari in the Gir National Park to search for the endangered Asiatic Lion
  • Visits to iconic temples and historic monuments
  • Specially selected heritage and traditional accommodation which embraces the local environment
  • Airport meet and greet service. Chauffeur driven air-conditioned car throughout the tour

Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and this Highlights of Gujarat Tour is just an example to help inspire you.

This tour can be combined with a range of options such as additional destinations a stay in Mumbai, a tour of South India or a beach extension in Goa.

 

Highlights of Gujarat Tour - 12 Days / 11 Nights

Experience the diversity of Gujarat on this highly varied tour which includes a board spectrum of sights and experiences to enjoy. During this 12 day tour you’ll discover charming Ahmedabad, visit ancient monuments and iconic temples, as well as, gloriously old fashioned palaces.

You will also explore the vast open landscapes of the Ranns of Kutch, visit traditional villages famous for their culture, craftsmanship and elaborate dress, and search for the last remaining lions in Asia on a jeep safari in the Gir National Park. 

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Day 1: Arrive Ahmedabad

You will be met on arrival at Ahmedabad Airport by your Authentic India Travel representative and taken to your hotel by a private chauffeur driven car.

Declared as India's first UNESCO World Heritage City, Ahmedabad or Amdavad is steeped in history and tradition. It is a cosmopolitan city cut into 2 distinct sections by the Sabarmati River. On the eastern bank of the river stands the quaint old quarter, which is marked by winding lanes throbbing with tradition and culture, and on the other side, is the sprawling new town with world class urban planning

Ahmedabad is known for its industry, dating back to medieval times. It is famous for its textile mills and is often referred to as the 'Manchester of the East'. Look out for some locally produced mementos in the many shops and market stalls.

Accommodation: The House of MG
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 2: Ahmedabad

Your full day tour starts by exploring the rich cultural history of the city with a delightful heritage walk through the old quarter where you will see the main sights such as the Mangaldas ni Haveli, Jami Masjid, Bhadra Fort, Manek Chowk Vegetable Market, Chandla Ol, Sidi Saiyad Jali, Khetrapal Jain Shrine and the Teen Darwaja Market.

Later you will visit the Sabarmati Ashram, that was home to Mahatma Gandhi from 1915 to 1933. Though disbanded for many years, the Ashram has been brought back to life as a tribute to the great man and his teachings. The Museum houses a large number of photos, letters and documents of Mahatma Gandhi’s life.

In the evening, there is a visit to the Adalaj Stepwell situated just north of Ahmedabad. Built in 1499 A.D. by Queen Rudabai, the stepwell or 'Vav', as it is called in Gujarati, is intricately carved and is several stories in depth.

Accommodation: The House of MG
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 3: Ahmedabad - Bajana

It’s an early start this morning for the journey to Bajana (Little Ran of Kutch) via Patan & Modhera.

Patan has over 100 beautifully carved Jain temples & many attractive traditional carved wooden houses. Rani Ki Vav, the oldest and the grandest stepwell in the state of Gujarat is situated at Patan and is believed to have been built during 1022 to 1063 AD. This town is also the centre for fine textiles particularly silk patola sarees produced by the characteristic 'ikat' technique.

Next it’s on to The Sun Temple of Modhera which is one of the finest example of Indian temple 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.

Approximate travel time and distance: 1 hour 45 mins, 95 kms

Accommodation: Royal Safari Camp
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 4: Bajana (Little Rann of Kutch)

Today it’s a total change of scene with a jeep safari in the vast Little Rann of Kutch which is famous for Wild asses and many varieties of birds.

The Wild Ass Sanctuary of the Little Rann of Kutch, spreads across nearly 5000 square kilometres of the Little Rann, and is the only place on earth where the endangered Indian wild ass (Equus hemionus khur), known locally as the Ghudkhur, still lives. The only other two sub species of Wild asses live in the high arid plateaus of Tibet, making this the most accessible place to visit Wild asses in their natural environs.

In the evening there is a visit to a local village to discover more about everyday life and the handicrafts produced in the area.

Accommodation: Royal Safari Camp
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 5: Bajana - Bhuj

This morning there is another jeep safari to further explore the Little Rann of Kutch and the people and wildlife that inhabit this vast stretch of flat, salt cracked barren desert.

Later the drive to the expansive city of Bhuj which is the capital of the Kutch area will take about 4 – 5 hours. Known for its art, craft and food, Bhuj is steeped in history and offers an eclectic mix of language, culture and religion. This evening a sightseeing tour of the town includes visits to the Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal Palace the Kutch Museum.

Approximate travel time and distance: 4 hours 30 mins, 245 kms

Accommodation: Kutch Wilderness Kamp
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 6: Bhuj

Today is a full day to discover Kutch and the 40 Banni villages with their diverse communities and fascinating traditions. You will see the people dressed up in their colourful traditional attire and possibly the nomadic and semi nomadic groups roaming from place to place along with their cattle.

The Kutch people are known for their artistry and craftsmanship, and you will be able witness their expertise first hand. The local Mutwa embroidery, which includes a chain of stitches inset with mirrors, is particularly impressive and a popular item for people to buy.

Accommodation: Kutch Wilderness Kamp
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 7: Bhuj - Gondal

After breakfast, the drive to Gondal takes a little under 6 hours.

Formally a princely state, Gondal is famous for its Riverside Palace which occupies a privileged position on the banks of the River Gondali and houses internal décor that exudes colonial charm. There are many pretty places to sit on the terrace, from where you can enjoy spectacular views of the river and gardens.

Other places of interest in Gondal include the Royal Garages which exhibits a wonderful collection of classic cars from the 20s, 30s and 40s, as well as the Naulakha Palace, the Huzoor Palace and Akshar Mandir.

Approximate travel time and distance: 5 hour 30 mins, 270 kms

Accommodation: Orchard Palace
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 8: Gondal - Junagadh - Sasan Gir

After breakfast the drive to the fortified city of Junagadh, which is situated at the foot of Mount Girnar, takes about 90 minutes. Your tour of the city will give you a chance to explore the glorious architecture with visits to the Uparkot Fort, Ashok Rock Edict, Mahabat Maqbara and Junagadh Museum.

If time permits you may also be able to enjoy the lively bazaars and indulge in the acclaimed street food

Later we proceed to Sasan Gir home of the Gir National Park, and the only place in the world where you can still encounter Asiatic lions in the wild.

Approximate travel time and distance: 2 hour 30 mins, 115 kms

Accommodation: The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 9: Sasan Gir - Somnath - Sasan Gir

This morning your adventures takes you by jeep safari into the Gir National Park in search of the endangered Asiatic Lion. The small forest reserve (also known as Sasan Gir) is the sole home of the pure Asiatic Lions. Apart from lions the park is home to leopards and other mammals, over 200 varieties of birds and snakes including the King Cobra.

Later in the day your tour takes you to the coast and the Somnath Temple. From the legendary shore temple skirted by the Arabian Sea, there is a spectacular view of the Saurashtra Peninsula. The Somnath Temple is one of the twelve most sacred shrines dedicated to the Lord Shiva.

Approximate travel time and distance: 2 hours, 80 kms

Accommodation: The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 10: Sasan Gir - Bhavnagar

After a leisurely breakfast and some time to relax, your tour continue with a drive to Bhavnagar, which is located at the southern tip of Peninsula Gujarat.

The rest of the day is free for you to relax and maybe use the hotel facilities or explore the bustling city of Bhavnagar from your centrally located hotel. Alternatively take a stroll through the expansive Victoria Park, which was designed in 1888 and is one of the oldest man made forests in the country, displaying rare species of flora and fauna.

Approximate travel time and distance: 5 hours, 200 kms

Accommodation: Nilambag Palace Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 11: Bhavnagar - Palitana

Today we recommend having a substantial breakfast for the day excursion to Palitana. The city is famed for a large cluster of Jain Temples and is a hallowed city for followers of the Jain religion. To reach Shatrunjaya Hill and this extraordinary temple complex, with its 863 marble temples, you will need to overcome an uphill climb of almost 4,000 steps over 3.5 km.

Luckily, if this is too arduous a task, help is at hand and many elderly visitors especially chose to be carried in a Dholi, a seat on poles held by four bearers.

Approximate travel time and distance: 2 hour 40 mins, 110 kms

Accommodation: Nilambag Palace
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 12: Bhavnagar - Mumbai

In plenty of time you will be transferred to Bhavnagar Airport to board your short flight to Mumbai.

From Mumbai Airport you can connect to your return flight to UK or if you have time you could spend a couple of days to explore Mumbai or enjoy a beach extension in relaxing Goa.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation

The House of MG, Ahmedabad

The House of MG is a premier boutique heritage hotel nestled in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Ahmedabad. Inside one of the oldest buildings in the city, you'll find luxurious lodgings furnished with colonial heritage architecture, along with a grand but homely atmosphere.

The in-house dining options include delicious freshly made Gujarati thalis (small samples of many dishes) in the terrace restaurant or traditional Indian and International options in the courtyard open kitchen. The salon and spa offer you the opportunity for a spot of pampering and there are gorgeous local souvenirs to purchase in the hotel's gift shop.

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Royal Safari Camp, Bajana

The calm and peaceful atmosphere of the Royal Safari Camp makes it the perfect place to unwind and relax after the excitement of the nearby Wild Ass Sanctuary in the Little Rann of Kutch. This special retreat has been designed in a heritage style with its red stone and crafted cottages, each featuring rustic décor combined with modern facilities. Dine on delicious dishes from the multi-cuisine restaurant, play a gentle game of billiards or sit by the resort lake and watch the sun go down, all in tranquil harmony.

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Kutch Wilderness Kamp, Bhuj

The lovely rustic and boutique Kutch Wilderness Kamp lies on the shores of the scenic Rudramata Lake and is perfectly located for exploring the Rann of Kutch and the palaces of Bhuj. This authentic nature resort has spacious and well-furnished rooms with gorgeous views, built in a traditional style. The hillside swimming pool is perfect for a dip with a view, or dine on delectable dishes in the restaurant as the sun sets over the lake.

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Orchard Palace, Gondal

This fabulous heritage hotel was once the extravagant accommodation for guests of the Maharaja of Gondal. Now lovely restored to wonderful accommodation that echoes back to past glories with its art deco interiors and arched façade. Spend a tranquil evening watching the sun go down on the terrace or on a promenade through the manicured gardens filled with beautiful blooms. Enjoy an alfresco picnic, or sample the delights from the authentically decorated restaurant, serving up a range of national and international cuisine.

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The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest, Sasan Gir

Located opposite the Hiran River, the wonderful Gateway Hotel offers a tranquil stay on the edge of the dense Gir Forest. Relax and enjoy the serenity from the gorgeous grounds or the refreshing outdoor pool, or head indoors to pass the time in the games room or relaxing under the skilled hands of the in-house masseuse. The dining room serves up healthy options and local delicacies to tickle your tastebuds, and the rooms are spacious and equipped with everything you need for a blissful stay.

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Nilambag Palace, Bhavnagar

The former home of the Bhavnagar royal family, the Nilambag Palace Bhavnagar is a regal residence that was converted into a heritage hotel in 1984. This majestic venue will make you feel like royalty as you dine on delicious North Indian dishes under the twinkle of fairy lights in the moonlight. Curl up on a comfy sofa in the coffee shop with some classic literature from the shelves, take a spin round the skating rink, or just enjoy the opulent surroundings that are fit for a king.

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Destinations

Ahmedabad, Gujarat

There is so much to see and do in busy Ahmedabad, one of Gujarat’s major cities. Wander the streets and you’ll see fantastic unique Indo-Saracenic architecture, a blend of Hindu and Islamic styles, and monuments dating back to the 15th century.

This fascinating destination was India's first Unesco Urban World Heritage Site due to its rich past and association with Mahatma Gandhi, whose former residence Sabarmati Ashram is well worth a visit to learn about his life and to see his frugal quarters. Head to the octagonal Adalaj Stepwell, spend time in the old quarter on a heritage walk, or sample some of Ahmedabad’s sumptuous street food.

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Bajana, Gujarat

Bajana is home to a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Wild Ass Sanctuary at the Little Rann of Kutch. The Sanctuary is the only place in the world where Asiatic Wild Ass (Equus hemionus khur) live, roaming happily over almost 5,000 square kilometres of land. The terrain of the Rann is unique, with its salt-crusted dehydrated dark silt surface miraculously transforming into an amazing coastal wetland after the rains. This chameleon-like landscape is home to a variety of endangered birds and a whole host of flora and fauna.

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Bhuj, (Gateway to the Rann of Kutch), Gujarat

Deep in the heart of Kutch lies the walled town of Bhuj, with narrow streets and bustling bazaars. Although damaged by a terrible earthquake in 2001, the city has been lovingly restored and holds many tourist delights including the European-style Aina Mahal (‘Palace of Mirrors’) and the Prag Mahal with its gold statues and taxidermy collection. There is also a good selection of museums showcasing a wide variety of artefacts.

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Gondal, Gujarat

Tranquil and leafy Gondal is one of Gujarat’s smaller cities, a princely destination with a gentle river and fascinating history. Gondal has an impressive collection of palaces, including the famous Riverside Palace, now a heritage hotel, and the 17th century Naulakha Palace with its unique architecture and intricate carvings.

The Royal Garage is a must for any classic car enthusiasts, with 32 vehicles that have transported royalty, including flashy sports cars driven by the current maharaja.

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Gir National Park, Sasan Gir, Gujarat

Take an early morning jeep safari at Gir National Park to spot its rare inhabitants, Asiatic lions. Also known as Sasan Gir, the Park was declared a sanctuary in 195 and is the only place in the world where you can still see Asiatic lions in the wild.

It’s an amazing haven for wildlife due to its deciduous and dry terrain and is also home to over 300 species of resident and migrant birds, a variety of mammals including sambar deer and Indian Foxes, and a slippery and scaly selection of reptiles.

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Bhavnagar, Gujarat

Once a former princely state, modern Bhavnagar is a busy and diverse city in Gujarat that is home to an important trade hub, a variety of wildlife in an urban forest, and a white marble Hindu temple.

The old city is the perfect place for an evening promenade past small shops and bustling bazaars sheltered by ornate wooden houses. If you’re a fan of snacks, don’t miss the chance to try the local Ganitha, delicious small chickpea flour sticks.

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Palitana, Gujarat

A small town with a big attraction, Palitana is an unmissable destination thanks to its famous Shatrunjaya hill, the world’s largest temple complex and the only single mountain with over 900 temples. Jain pilgrims aim to reach this sacred hilltop site at least once in their life, and pilgrims and tourists alike have the interesting challenge of traversing the 3,300 steps to the top either on foot or carried by dholi, a seat on poles.

The town was one of the first in the world to be legally vegetarian, and thousands of visitors flock to Palitana for the Kartik Purnima Festival during monsoon season.  

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Mumbai

As the wealthiest city in India and home of Bollywood, cosmopolitan Mumbai is a hive of finance, commerce and traffic! There’s also plenty of culture nestled in amongst the fast-paced way of life, including the impressive Gateway of India, and the Elephanta Caves and Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Pricing and Inclusions

The Price guide for this 12 day Highlights of Gujarat Tour is £2150 based on two people travelling.

The prices do not include flights.

Authentic India Tours is a member of ABTA and ATOL. All the holidays on this website are ABTA protected. If you would like us to arrange your holiday including flights we will be happy to provide a quote and your holiday will also be ATOL protected.

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements. Prices will vary depending on the number of people, length of tour, accommodation & season. Reductions are normally available for groups of three or more. Some hotels operate an additional peak pricing rate during busy times which is normally from mid December to mid January. 

Please get in touch with your dates and we will be pleased to provide you with your personal itinerary and accurate quote.

Included with this tour are the following:

  • Meet and greet assistance on all arrivals and departures.
  • All internal road travel by a private chauffeur driven air-conditioned large car.
  • All scheduled sightseeing expenses including English speaking guides and entrance fees at monuments.
  • Economy class flight tickets for Bhavnagar - Mumbai travel (Please note the luggage allowance on all domestic flights is only 15 kg per person. You have the option to by extra 5 kg or 10 kg as required).
  • Accommodation for 11 nights on double/twin sharing basis. 
  • Meal Plan: Bajana & Sasan Gir on Full Board; Bed & Breakfast elsewhere.
  • Mineral water on all days of travel

Price does not include:

  • International flight tickets
  • Travel insurance and visa
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, tips, beverages etc
  • Meals other than mentioned in the above meal plan
  • Camera and video fees at national parks, museums & monuments

The prices given above are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room. All prices were valid at the time of publication but they may be subject to change, based on your date of travel and local market fluctuations. You will be informed of any price differences prior to booking.

For further information or a quote based on your exact dates of travel, any alternative accommodation or a change to the itinerary, please call Authentic India Tours on 01792 315499 or email us at info@aitholidays.com