Gujarat is known for the Stepped Wells, Jain Temples, Asiatic Lion and business oriented people. Ahmedabad is the sixth largest city in India. It is the commercial hub of the state of Gujarat, though it is not the state capital, which is its twin city Gandhinagar, 30 km to the north.
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Day 01 : Arrival At Ahmedabad
Arrival at Ahmedabad transfer from Airport to hotel, check in at hotel. Ahmedabad, named after a Sultan who founded it in 1411 and known for its Indo-Saracenic architecture is graced with splendid monuments associated with Mahatma Gandhi, the apostle of peace and non violence whose simple ashram on the banks of the river Sabarmati is now a site of national pilgrimage. Renowned as a great textile and commercial centre and as the Manchester of India, Ahmedabad is today the second largest prosperous and thriving city in Western India. Afternoon city tour of Ahmedabad. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 : Ahmedabad Sightseeing
After breakfast drive to Jambhughoda, on way visit of Champaner (World Heritage Site). Drive to Champaner 80 km away from Ahmedabad city. Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park: The place is a UNESCO designated, World Heritage Site (2004). It is an assemblage of over 100 small and large monuments largely unexcavated and bearing archaeological, historic and living cultural heritage properties. Later drive to Jambhughoda (100 Kms). Overnight at hotel.
Travel from Ahmedabad to Jambhughoda
Day 03: Full Day Visit Of Chhota Udaipur
Full day Excursion (with Packed Lunch) to Chhota Udaipur (Recommend to take Jeep for the interior visit - Optional). Chhota Udaipur is in proximity to various hamlets of Bhils, Rathwas, Bhilalas and other tribes. The tribal folks can be spotted in sporting colorful attires and chunky jewellry. A tour of the tribal village and hamlets offer an insight of traditional architecture, lifestyle and handicrafts of each aboriginal community. The tribal market called 'hatt' occurs at different villages. Pithora painting, pottery, terracotta figures, Langoti wearing and bamboo basket weaving are main attractions. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 : Jambhugodha To Modhera – Patan – Poshina
Breakfast at hotel, check out and departure for Poshina (ca. 290 km, approx. 5 h.) enroute visiting Modhera Sun Temple and Patan.
Modhera. This small town has an ancient temple that is no partially in ruins : Temple of the Sun this dates back to 1027 and was built to commemorate a victory against a coalition Hindu Muslim Sultan who raided the area. The temple is characterized by rich decorations and panels carved with bas-reliefs. The shrines of Ganesh, Vishnu and Shiva's incarnation surround an artificial lake on three sides, while the main temple and complete the rectangle shows 52 columns in elaborately carved. It is architecturally similar to the "Sun Temple" of Konark in Orissa.Patan was the capital of an ancient Hindu kingdom before being sacked by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1024. Despite retains few traces of past splendour, has more than 100 Jain temples and is famous for its silk saris "Patola". One of the attractions is a well Pricilla stepped restored boast some of the most beautiful sculptures of Gujarat. Built in 1050, this well is the oldest of Gujarat and is very well preserved, thanks to restoration work completed in 80 years to remove sediment. Overnight at hotel.
The Sun Temple, Modhera, at Modhera in Gujarat, is a temple dedicated to the Hindu Sun-God, Surya. It was built in 1026 AD by King Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty. This temple ...
Travel from Jambhughoda to Poshina
Day 05 : Visit To The Tribal Villages (Poshina)
Days entirely dedicated to the visit of tribal villages around Poshina. You will have the opportunity to discover the customs of ethnic groups and Garacia Bhil and visit the temple of Ambaji, dedicated to the mother goddess Amba.Garasia - Contrary to other ethnic groups, living in the Garasia Poshina, at the confluence of the rivers and Aakar Sabarmati, in north Gujarat, bordering Rajasthan. Among Garasia is generally widespread monogamy marriages are contracted between persons of the same clan, but not among members of the same village and among people with family ties. Can be combined or occur as a result of a leak. It’s customary for couples to escape for a trial period, in which case the bride's father is given as compensation a sum of money, if the union fails, the wife comes home with another sum to be delivered to its parent. Garasia I believe in Bhagwan, the figure of the supreme God, which is never personified. Their traditional offerings are small horses in red clay, which are usually placed under trees or near sacred rocks or water sources, elements that are associated with the strength of spirits. Little is known about these sanctuaries, religious observances and rituals related to the terracotta horses are given in case of need and help maintain peace in the life of the village. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, depart for Dasada. Rabari - Myths and legends haunt the history and origins of the Rabari in Gujarat, as mysterious as any other tribe, whose lifestyle has intrigued many researchers. Related to Shiva, which according to legend, descended through their ancestor Sambal, are one of the last nomadic peoples of the world. Even today, ancient routes traverse through the arid plains of the Thar Desert, in northwest India in search of pasture for their flocks. Ethnicity from Afghanistan is the largest pastoral community of Kutch. The men, tall, thin, often with long moustaches, their heads wrapped in turbans predominantly light in color, wearing white pants tight at the ankles and a jacket, also white, tight and pleated chest. Ear, as a distinctive sign, a gold earring filigree (tolyia).While men lead their flocks to pasture, the women always treated with great respect within the family, dealing dell'allestimento of huts and children wearing colorful damask coats and baggy trousers. The women, who wear beautiful clothes elaborate, are very skilled in embroidery fabrics and blankets and even leather, while the men inlay work on wood and silver and copper crafts is a very rich, whose techniques were passed down generation to generation, making the famous Kutch. Each village has its specialties: Hodka to the Harijan work the leather in the KoliNerona produce beautiful works of lacquer and dye the fabric with the technique of "Rogan".
Characteristic of Rabari are colorful, embellished with embroidered waistcoats, men and women wearing jewels of gold and silver finely crafted, rings, bracelets and earrings of various forms. Often men who are less vain women, than women in the ornaments themselves. These, however, beat them for their beauty and poise delicate and elegant. Overnight at hotel.
Travel from Poshina to Dasada
Day 07 : Dasada To Bhuj
Today morning safari into Little Rann Of Kutch, we will drive to Bhuj.The Little Rann Kutch is a depression that during the rainy season is first invaded by salt water and then the Indian Ocean and fresh water of the rains, becoming a pescosissima area of brackish water. With the end of the rains the waters recede, creating arid areas and wetlands, and the latter are to winter thousands of migratory birds including flamingos and cranes until the arrival of summer. These characteristics make it a unique ecosystem. The Little Rann and 'the last place where a few surviving specimens (three thousand) dell'onagro, the Indian wild ass (EquushemionusKhur), an ancient animal that the Sumerians used to pull carts. In the Little Rann has focused Agaryas ethnicity, dedicated to the extraction of salt from the desert during the period that goes from the end of the monsoon in early summer, then from October to April. After their takeover of the fishermen, that during the rains, tweak their own networks and surf the brackish waters, especially shrimp fishing. Continue drive to Bhuj. On Arrival, check in at Hotel. Evening visit the Bazaar and Aiana Mahal Museum
Aiana 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. Aiana Mahal is a unique example of an Indian palace built in the mid-eighteenth century with European influence. Overnight at hotel.
Aina Mahal is an 18th-century palace in Bhuj Gujarat India . It is located next to the Prag Mahal . It was built by Rao Lakhpatji in 1761. The chief architect and designer...
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Travel from Dasada to Bhuj
Day 08 : Bhuj Sightseeing
Full day excursion to Banni Villages (North Bhuj) (you are suggested to carry packed lunch). 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 at hotel.
Day 09 : Bhuj Full Day
Full day Excursion to Banni village (East and South Bhuj) (Packed lunch recommended). Excursion includes: Anjar (old architecture), Banni ('Bhunga' mud houses, kutchi handicrafts) and Kera (11th century Shiva Temple). Overnight at hotel
Day 10 : Bhuj To Mandvi – Bhuj
Today after breakfast proceed for a day excursion 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’s an opportunity to see 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 at hotel
Day 11 : Bhuj Departure
Today after breakfast proceed to Bhuj Airport to catch the flight for your onwards journey.