14 Days |Gujarat culture and lifestyle tours

14 Days |

Gujarat culture and lifestyle tours

Gujarat culture and lifestyle tours
AHMEDABAD

RAJKOT

BHUJ

AHMEDABAD

Tour Overview

Tour overviews: 13 Nights / 14 days Gujrat tour is mainly dedicated to numbers of historic sites and tombs, magnificent step-wells, museum, and a white salt desert in Rann of kutch. You also will be amazed by local art and crafts nearby of famous village of Bhuj.


Tour highlights

  • Gandhi Asharm, swami Narayan Temple and step-well in Ahmedabad.

  • Watson and Rotary dolls Museum in Rajkot.

  • Ranjit Vilas palace in wakaner ( 1 st Heritage hotel in Gujrat)

  • Lakhota Lake and musem in Jamnagar

  • The Royal Garages and The Naulakha Palace in Gondal.

  • Uparkot fort and Mahabat Maqbara Palace in Junagarh.

  • Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal museum and local cultural village in Bhuj.


Itinerary

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Day 01  : Arrive Ahmedabad by Flight
Arrival from Ahmedabad airport and you will meet and greet by our airport representation and later transfer to your hotel.

Highlights:

Rest of the day free at hotel.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 : Ahmedabad – Full day city tour

After breakfast you will follow the full day city tour covering the following palaces.
Sabarmati Ashram – it is situated at the bank of river Sabarmati and Mahatama Ghandi is stayed at this Ashram from 1915 to 1933 during the independence movement.

Hathee Singh’s Jain Temple was built in 1850 in white marble by a rich merchant Seth Huthising Kesarising. The temple known for its intricate carvings and architectural designs is dedicated to 15th Jain Tirthankara Dharmnath. Siddi Saiyed Mosque- It was built in 15th century by Siddi Saiyed and it is fusion of Hindu and Islamic architecture. Kankaria Lake – it is the 2nd largest lake in city and Lake Front is developed around it, it has many public attraction such as zoon kids city, toy train balloon ride, water ride and other entrainment facilities. Monday closed

Later in the evening you will be visiting Law garden Market. This market is packed with different kinds of stall of Gujrat region especially from Kutch and Saurashtra. You can buy tradition Gurjrati dress (Sari Blouses) and jewellery and eat local food.

Highlights: Overnight at hotel

Day 03 : Ahmedabad / Rajkot by Road (225kms/4.5hrs)

After breakfast you will be driven by to Rajkot. On arrival you will check-in your hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure.

Highlights: Overnight at hotel.

Day 04 : Rajkot city tour

After breakfast you will be visiting Rajkot City.
Watson Museum (Wednesday & bank holiday) (Timing 10.00 to 05.00pm)
Waston Museum owes its name of Coronel John Watson, who was Saurashtra’s political agent from year1886-89. The entrance of the Watson Museum and Library in Rajkot is well decorated and attractive. This museum takes you back in time and really helps you appreciate the long history of Gujarat.
Kaba Gandhi No Delo is the palace where Mahatama Gandhi stayed during his childhood. His father's name was Karamchand Gandhi was known as Kaba Gandhi.
Rotary dolls Museum – It is an important tourist attraction and has a collection of over 1000 dolls of various countries.
Rajkumar College - The Rajkumar College was built in 1870 by Colonel Keatinge and it is one of the oldest colleges in India.

Highlights: Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 : Rajkot – Wanakner – Rajkot (53kms/01hrs-one way)

After breakfast you will be full day excursion trip of Wankaner.
The Royal Oasis was the first Heritage hotel in Gujrat which was started in 1970 by Maharana Digvijay Singh. Now it is called Ranjit Vilas Palace. It was built in 1920 with stunning interiors, fashionable arts with spacious room and mirrored bathroom. The art-deco is an indoor swimming pool that is fully functional and resorted to. The most unique part of this property has a 03 storied step-well (vav) with stone carving and fine marble fountain. This palace is occupied by the present royal family, one of the sections has been converted into a museum showcasing of a huge collection of armaments, portraits, and painting and stuff animals. You will also see royal silverware and exotic furniture.
Later you can visit Swami Narayan Temple- This is a newly built temple in Wakaner.
Evening return back to Rajkot.

Highlights: Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06 : Rajkot – Jamnagar – Rajkot (100kms/02hrs-one way)

After breakfast, today you will have a full day excursion tour of Jamnagar which is 100kms west from Rajkot.
Bala Hanuman Temple: This temple is built in 1964and it is even listed in Guinness book record for the continuous chanting the mantra Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram.
Lakhota Lake and Museum: it is located in the center of Jamnagar city and in the middle of this lake there is a museum called the house of mini-museum. It’s also famous for bird watching and around 75 species birds have been observed during the year. You can also enjoy boating in this lake.
Evening return back to Rajkot.

Highlights: Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 07 : Rajkot – Gondal – Rajkot (35kms/45mnt-one way)

After breakfast you will have full day excursion tour of Gondal, which is 35kms south from Rajkot.

The Royal Garages: Gondal is known for wide collections of classic and vintage cars, these cars belong to the period between 1910 - 1960. These collection includes Delage and Daimler, Mercedes, Packard two-door convertible, 1941 Cadillac, limousine, sports cars Mercedes 300 SL, Jaguar XK 150 and Chevrolet Camaro, numerous imposing American cars of the 1940s and 1950s, a fleet of four-wheel-drive vehicles from the World War II and post-war period.

The Riverside palace built by Maharaj Bhagwat Singhji in 1875 and this palace is located in the garden near to Gondali river, which gives a spectacular view over garden and river.

The Naulakha Palace is the old palace in the Gondal region and built-in 17th century by Bhakumbhaj, which was the founder of Gondal. It has a magnificent architecture that will leave you spellbound and the antique furniture, chandelier-lit courtyard, and spiral stairways take you ancient royal period. This palace is a private museum which has the collection of silver caskets which carried messages and gifts for Maharajah Bhagwat Singh Ji on his silver jubilee as a ruler of Gondal. You can also visit the Orchard palace and Huzoor palace.

Bhuvaneshwari Ayurvedic Pharmacy- This ancient pharmacy still makes traditional herbal medicines according to ancient principle and you can get the knowledge about ancient medicine

Evening return back to the hotel in Rajkot.

Highlights: Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 08 : Rajkot – Junagarh – Rajkot (100kms/02hrs-one way)

After breakfast you will have full day excursion tour of Junagarh which is 100kms south from Rajkot city.

Uparkot fort is an ancient citadel located on the higher level of the town Junagarh. It is said that this fort was built by Chandragupta Maurya. You will find budhist caves, stepwell and tomb inside the fort premises. The Buddhist caves are fine examples of rock cut architecture with ornamented pillars, carved entrances, water cisterns, charity hall, and monastic cells for meditation and chaitya windows.

Girnar Hills are located in highest points of Gujrat region and it has 05 highest peak, where you will find numbers of Hindu and Jain temple. This palace is also play host the annual festival during the November and December every year. Mahabat Maqbara Palace, also Mausoleum of Bahaduddinbhai Hasainbhai, is a mausoleum, that once it was the home of the Muslim rulers, the Nawabs of Junagadh. It was built by Nawab Mahabat Khan II of Junagadh.

Evening return back to Rajkot.

Highlights: Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 09 : Rajkot – Bhuj by Road (235kms/5hrs)

After breakfast drive by road to Bhuj. On arrival you will check-in your hotel and later follow the city tour if time permits.

Aina Mahal (remains closed on Thursday / Public Holiday) – The Aina Mahal was built under Rao Lakhpatji and currently, it is a museum. In other words, you can say this palace is a storehouse of the culture and history of the Kutch region. In the exhibition, you will see chandeliers, silver objects, clocks, jeweled swords, and local craft which include ivory doors, painting, and souvenirs.

Pragmal Palace (remains closed on Public Holiday) – There is small wall between Aina Mahal and Pragmahal. Here you can see clock tower, courtyard and durbar hall and there is a hindu temple inside the Prag Mahal.

Kachchh Museum (remains closed on Wednesday / 2nd & 4th Saturday / Public Holiday) The Kutch Museum is the oldest museum in Gujrat and it was established in 1877. It has the largest collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions. Here you will see ancient artefacts, fort arts, crafts. You will get the information about tribal cultures and their people. This museum also contains textiles, weapons, musical instruments, a shipping section, an anthropological section, an archaeological section, and even stuffed animals.

Highlights: Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10 : Bhuj – Visit of nearby villages

After breakfast you will you will full day city tour of nearby places and here you will meet with local people and will get the knowledge about their cultures and lifestyles.

(Please 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, Bhirandiyara etc etc)

Nirona – Nirona village is known about six different types of crafts. Here you will meet with the local artists. Here you will get the knowledge about the Rogan arts, Castor-oil painting, copper -bell arts, lacquer arts, and embroidery work.

Hodka is a cultural village located in the Banni Grassland, near to the edge of the Great salt desert – The Rann of Kutch. This village is very famous for its different types of crafts likes Hand Fans, Letter Boxes, Wall Hanging, Lather, Clay, Wood, Metal, decorative mirrors mud work on silver jewelry. You can buy their product directly from the huts and work palaces.

Bhirandiyara – it is a famous tea stop for locals and visitors during their visit to local villages. This village has specialties of local delicious sweet called fresh Maavo and it is milk-based sweet and has to eat hot. You can fresh Maavo from roadside shops. Meghawal local community is known for its embroideries works and they are very skillful in embroidery, colorful mud Bhungas ( Traditional mud hut), and leatherwork.
Evening return back to the hotel.

Day 11 : Bhuj / Rajkot by Road (235kms/5hrs)

After breakfast, drive back to Rajkot & check in Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Highlights: Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 12 : Rajkot / Ahmedabad by Road (225kms/4.5hrs)

After breakfast check-out from your hotel and visit Chotila Mata Temple which is located 50kms away on the way to Ahmedabad. It is located on the hills and one should climbs 700 steps to darshan /visit and you have another option of ropeway. Later continue drive to Ahmedabad. On arrival you will check-in your hotel.

Highlights: Overnight at hotel.

Day 13 : Ahmedabad city tour

After breakfast you will follow the visit of following palaces in Ahmedabad.

Adalaj Step-well – This step-well was built in 1499 by queen Rudabai. Its main proposes was to hold the water for a long-time so that local people, refugees, and travellers can get the water. The entire step-well and building covered with carvings sculptures, and ornamentation, combining Indo-Islamic architectural elements and designs. Here you will see Hindu and Jain gods decorate on the walls.

Dada hari ki vav : Here you will find another step-well which is located 15kms north from Ahmedabad city. This step-well is just behind the Dada Tomb and its step-well wall bears inscriptions in two languages Arabic in the north wall and Sanskrit in the south wall. It’s also designed to store the water and resting palaces for travellers as similar to other step-well in Gujrat. Swami Narayan Temple – ( Closed on Monday) – Akhshardham Temple was built in honour of Swaminarayan by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha and inspired by the fourth successor of Swaminarayan, Yogiji Maharaj. It is the most prominent temples of Gujrat with measures 240feet in length and 131 feet wide and 108 feet high. Here you can see Mandpanas, exhibition halls, and evening light sound shows.

Highlights: Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 14 : Departure Ahmedabad by Flight

After breakfast check-out from your hotel and you will be transfers to Ahemdabad airport in time for your flight to onwards destination.




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