Trip Highlights :- Mumbai (Bombay) | Ahmedabad | Vadodara | Chhota Udepur | Bhavnagar - Palitana | Gir | Porbander | Dwarka | Rajkot | Bombay |
Tour duration : 12 Nights / 13 Days
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi trained as a lawyer in South Africa. Apartheid forced him to question the western concepts of justice and equality and their interpretation in the colonies. From there to a demand for self-rule was a short step, as was his belief in non- violence, for violence is rooted in a lack of moral standing.
Arrival in India (Mumbai) by international flight, traditional welcome by our representative at airport, transfer assistance to hotel. Check-in at hotel, before you proceed to your room, our representative will hand-over the travel documents and brief you about the tour programme. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and later proceed for the full day sightseeing of the city. In the morning take an excursion to Elephanta Island Caves, board the boat / ferry from Gateway of India. The rock cut architecture of the caves has been dated to between the 5th and 8th centuries, these caves were designated as World heritage site by UNESCO in 1987 No wonder this place resonates with the spiritual energy of India. The cave complex is a collection of shrines, courtyards, inner cells, grand halls and porticos arranged in the splendid symmetry of Indian rock-cut architecture and filled with exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. At the entrance to the caves is the famous Trimurti, the celebrated trinity of Elephanta: there's Lord Brahma the Creator, Lord Vishnu, the preserver and Lord Shiva the Destroyer.
Return and visit Gateway of India, It is one of the architectural marvel, located on the southern part of Mumbai on the shores of Arabian Sea. It is a combination of the "Indo-Sarcenic" architecture and was built in Yellow Basalt stone in 1924 to celebrate the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary. The design and the plan was given by George Wittet which was approved by the then Governor General of Mumbai, Sir George Sydenham Clarke. The construction began in 1911 and took thirteen years for the entire project to be completed. It was inaugurated by the Viceroy, the Earl of Reading on 4th Dec 1924. The Gateway of India became all the more symbolic when the last British Force left our country on 28th February 1948.
Afterwards proceed to Prince of Wales Museum, was set up in the early 20th century to commemorate the visit of the then Prince of Wales (King George V) to India. Designed by an eminent architect, George Wittet, the museum is an impressive heritage building of Mumbai. Built in 1905 to 1915, this museum served as a Children's Welfare Centre and a Military Hospital during the First World War. In 1922 however, it was transformed into Prince of Wales Museum. The architecture of the colonial building is worth observing. The museum can be categorized into three main sections namely, Art, Archaeology and Natural History. One of the standout collections is the rare and ancient exhibits on Indian history. Artifacts from the Indus Valley Civilization and relics from the Gupta and Maurya periods. The rare Sculptures, Miniature Paintings, Decorative Arts, Arms and Armours, Bronzes and Textile. Sections on Nepal / Tibet and Far Eastern Art lend the museum a larger perspective.
Visit Jehnagir Art Gallery located near Prince of Wales Museum in Kala Ghoda. Built in 1952, this mansion was founded by Sir Cowasji Jehangir on being constantly urged by K. K. Hebbarand and Dr. Homi Bhabha. This gallery is a great specimen of Indian Arts and sculpture and is a historic monument related with the renaissance of Indian arts. This gallery is a perfect place for all artists to exhibit their talent under common roof and for the art connoisseurs to take a look at their works. The gallery exhibits famous works by well-known Indian artists. There's plenty of art is displayed outside as well. It is full of artists offering their work for sale and also for commission assignments.
Visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, earlier known as Victoria Terminus is an UNESCO World Heritage building. An architectural splendor, it was built in year 1888, after nearly 10 years of construction, as the rail terminus based on the model of St Pancras Station in London and is designed by English architect Frederick William Stevens.
Later drive past the Flora Fountain - take a photo stop. Proceed to visit Dhobi Ghat - The traditional open air laundry of Mumbai, where 200 dhobi families work together and continue to maintain their hereditary occupation.
After the tour return to hotel for overnight stay.
Breakfast and check-out and transfer to airport, take flight to Ahmedabad. Transfer to hotel.
In the afternoon, proceed for the city tour. Visit Ahmed Shah's Mosque - constructed in year 1414 A.D. by Sultan Ahmed Shah, the founder of Ahmedabad, Teen Darwaza - it is truly an epitome of the fine Islamic architecture, consisting of gorgeous arched gates, it is one of the longest as well as the oldest gateways, later visit Bhadra Fort - spread over an area of 44 acres, this fort includes a garden along with a grand pavilion. Known for its architecture, this fort features carved arches and balconies and windows with aesthetic Jali works, Siddi Sayyad's Mosque - This Mosque is world renowned for its intricate stone carvings, especially for its ten unique and splendid semi-circular tracery windows. The tracery resembles the famous silver filigree work, depicting the intricate intertwining of the branches of a tree. Constructed in 1573 by Siddi Sayyad, a slave of Ahmed Shah, the mosque presents a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture,
Visit the Daria Khan's Ghumat, Swami Narayan Temple - It is the first and foremost temple Swaminarayan sect, being the most prominent temple, it is always thronged by people to seek the blessings of the deity. Temple boasts of its exquisite wooden carvings.
Hathisingh Jain Temple - this Temple was established in 1850 by Seth Hathisingh, who was a rich Jain merchant. This temple is dedicated to the 15th 'Jain Tirthankar', known as Dharamnath.
Visit ruins of Jhulta Minar (Swinging Minarets) is a part of Sidi Bashir Mosque, it is renowned for its unique construction, its minarets vibrate on shaking and stall almost as surprisingly within a few seconds. The vibration is set off by a slight exertion of force at the arch of the upper gallery, Jama Masjid, Rani Sipri's Mosque & Tomb, Rani Roopmati Mosque and Sabarmati Ashram.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast and check-out, drive to Vadodara in the morning. Arrive and check-in at hotel.
PM city tour in Baroda, visit Fateh Singh Museum, Sayajibaug and the Baroda Museum and Art Gallery.
Baroda museum and picture gallery - The Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery located at Sayajibaug was founded in 1887 by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad. Created for the welfare and education his subjects, his foresight and taste were responsible for the museum's unique and varied collection. He procured the priceless items himself or specially entrusted the work to various scholars and art connoisseurs. Thanks to his dedication the Baroda museum today possesses some very rare exhibits and enjoys an international reputation for being one of the best in the East.
Darbar Hall - The Darbar Hall in Laxmi Vilas Palace, once the court room of the Gaekwads with musicians performing that entertained the royal family. The beautiful jharokhas, chandeliers and the intricate work on the glass windows adds to the beauty of the hall. Classical music concerts are now held here.
EME Temple - Unique in conception and design, the EME Temple is a geodesic structure wrapped with aluminum sheets. Run by the army authorities, this temple attracts for both tourist and devotees.
Nazarbaug Palace - Situated in the old walled city near the Mandvi Clock Tower, it is the oldest palace built in old classic style by Malhar Rao Gaekwad in the late 19th century
Laxmi Vilas Palace - It is designed in Indo-Saracenic style and was built by Maharaja Sayajirao III. Started in 1878 and completed in 1890, it is the residence of the royal family. The palace contains a collection of old armour as well as bronze and marble sculptures. Fatehsinh Rao Museum, located on the palace grounds, houses the royal collection of paintings, sculptures and other objects of arts.
Maqbara - Built around 1586, the tomb of Qutbuddin (Akbar's army general) is one of the oldest Moghul monuments of the city, It has beautiful windows carved in stone. There is an ancient step-well in the large grounds surrounding it.
Sayajibaug - Sayaji Baug (the famous park) on the banks of river Vishwamitri was built by Sayajirao III in 1879. Spread over 113 acres, it houses an excellent zoo, the Museum of Health and Hygiene, the Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery and the Sardar Patel Planetarium. The 3.5 kms joy ride on a toy train through the park on the toy train is hugely popular among kids.
Sayaji Sarovar - The Sayaji Sarovar or Ajwa lake, 22 kms from the city, is an important source of water for the city. Formed by damming of the Surya river and Vaghali Nala that started in 1885 has gardens patterned after the famous Brindavan Gardens of Mysore. The lighting of fountains is a major attraction for tourists.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast and check-out, drive to Chhota Udepur en-route visit Champaner. Champaner Pavagadh Archeological 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 Chhota Udaipur, arrive and check-in for overnight stay.
After breakfast, proceed for a full day excursion (with Packed Lunch) of 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 colourful attires and chunky jewelry. A tour of the tribal village and hamlets offer an insight of traditional architecture, lifestyle & 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 in Chhota Udaipur.
Early breakfast and check-out. Visit the excavation of the ancient port city of Lothal in the morning on the way to Bhavnagar. Arrive and check-in at hotel.
Later during the day, visit the Barton Library and Museum - a 19th century library, one of the oldest libraries of the city. It is located in the central part of Bhavnagar it is a hub of historical and cultural significance. The library houses a number of books and manuscripts in different languages. Barton Museum was also established in the 19th century. The museum houses a private collection of Colonel Barton, a prime British representative of Saurashtra. It showcases weapons, coins, agricultural implements, wood carvings and fossils.
Visit Gandhi Smriti Museum, with a collection of Gandhi memorabilia and religious statues and Takhteshwar Temple - This temple is located at the center of Bhavnagar city. The temple is observed as a tribute to Lord Shiva. In fact, it is one of the popular Shiva temples located in the state of Gujarat. The temple was constructed in year 1893.
Afterwards visit The Lock Gate - Bhavnagar Lock Gate is a popular tourist spot. It enables the ships to remain afloat when the tide is low. The Lock Gate is the only its kind in the city and the first one to be built in the state of Gujarat.
Later visit Gauri Shankar Lake - locally known as Bor Talav is a tourist location. The lake bordered by a garden, popularly called Pil Garden, is also a major picnic spot.
Evening, visit the bazaar area with overhanging wooden balconies. In the evening return to hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, full-day excursion to Palitana, the Jain temple complex atop Shatrunjaya hill. Palitana is little more than a gateway to Mount Shatrunjaya, strewn with 863 temples. The temples were built over a period of 900 years on a hilltop dedicated entirely to God. Almost all are Jain temples, and this hill demonstrates their belief that merit is derived from constructing temples. The most notable of the temple is dedicated to Shri Adishwara, the first Jain Tirthankar. There is a Muslim shrine of Angar Pir. Women who want children make offerings of miniature cradles at this shrine. Return to Bhavnagar for an overnight stay.
Early breakfast and check-out, In the morning drive to Sasan Gir arrive and check-in at hotel hotel or lodge. National Park at Gir – is a paradise for the connoisseurs of wildlife. Afternoon Jeep Safari at the Sanctuary. Explore the sanctuary in search of Asiatic Lions. The lions, a smaller more compact version of their African cousins are best viewed at dawn or dusk when they are on the move. Gir also has Leopards and numerous Chital, Nilgai, Chinkara, the four horned Antelope and Wild boar. Marsh crocodiles are often seen at Kamleshwar dam & farm developed in the forest. Overnight stay in hotel.
NOTE: Sasan Gir Sanctuary remains closed from 15th June till 15th Oct. every year.
After breakfast, full day to explore the only surviving habitat of the Asiatic lion. Overnight stay in hotel.
Breakfast and check-out. Drive to Mahatama Gandhi's birthplace, en- route visit the historical city of Junagarh.
Junagadh - An ancient fortified city rich in Myth & Legend. Visit Uparkot Fort - The fort was built in 319 BC during the reign of Chandragupta Maurya, it is a historical monument of the medieval era which came to existence during the Nawabi rule of Muslim Mohammad Beghda and Hindu Chudasama rulers. The architectural grandeur of the Fort is the reminiscence of the past heritage. The Fort is passed through stages of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Islamic invasions, British colonization and the Nawabi grandeur. The Fort has ruins of the mosque, a Jama Masjid, Buddhist caves dating back to 2nd century A.D. It also has an ornate entrance gateway leading to the fort. Visit Jami Masjid - An old mosque whose high roof is supported by 140 pillars many of which were taken from the Chudasana Palace. There are group of mausoleums built for the Muslim rulers of 19th century. The most opulent of the lot is the tomb of Mahabat Khan I built in 1892. The mausoleum stands out with its imposing carved silver doors, its minarets, and its winding staircases. Visit the Durbar Hall Museum having collection of memorabilia from the royal courts, silver chains, thrones, crystal chandeliers, palanquins and elephant howdahs. Visit Ashoka's Rock edicts - the fourteen rock edicts of the Emperor Ashoka dating back to 250 BC. These are written in the Brahmi script of the Pali language and encourage people to follow the tenets of Buddhism and later visit Damodar Kund - A sacred water tank, this Kund is believed to have been built in 500 AD, by Lord Krishna's great-grand son Vajranabha.
Later continue drive to Porbander, check in at hotel,
In the evening, you will be taken on a visit to Kirti Mandir. It was the house and the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi and now, houses a museum. Seventeen rooms and three storeys are there in this house.
Overnight stay at hotel.
In the morning after breakfast drive to Dwaraka, Arrive and check-in at hotel. Dwarka is situated on the Saurashtra coast, according to the legends, Dwarka was once the capital of the Lord Krishna's empire. It is also believed that the original Dwarka, which was an island, was submerged in the sea. Dwaraka is also one of the four holy places of the Hindus. Dwarka is known all over the world for the temple of Dwarkadhish, the 'Lord of Dwarka', also known as the Jagat Mandir or temple of the world. Overnight at hotel.
In the morning visit the Dwarkadhish temple. This temple was constructed over 1400 years ago and houses the image of Lord Krishna. This temple attracts pilgrims from all over the world. Besides the Dwarkadhish temple there are various other temples in Dwarka like the Rukmani temple. This temple belongs to the wife of Lord Krishna. Afterwards drive to Rajkot (221 Kms) to connect for your flight to Mumbai. Rooms for wash and change at a hotel near airport. Transfre to international airport to board flight for home.
Departure by early morning flight.
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1. Accommodation in Double room in 05 Star or 04 Star category hotels on CP Basis (Room + Breakfast Basis) inclusive of all presently applicable taxes.
2. Welcome Garlanding upon arrival in India at Mumbai airport.
3. All Arrival / Departure transfers from hotel to airport and vice-versa.
4. Monument entrance fees to places of visit as per the itinerary.
5. Accompanying English speaking Guide.
6. All Transfers, City sightseeing/excursions and long drives as per itinerary using chauffeur driven air-conditioned Car / Mini Van / Coach.
7. Boat cruise from Gateway of India to Elephanta caves and vice-versa in Mumbai, Champaner Pavagadh Archeological Park, Excursion to villages by Jeep in Chhota Udepur and Gir National Park.
8. Air ticket/s for sector MUMBAI / AHMEDABAD and RAJKOT / MUMBAI in economy class.
9. 01 bottle packaged drinking water per person per day.
10. All presently applicable interstate & toll taxes.
1. Return international air tickets from the city of origin.
2. Travel Insurance and Indian Visa.
3. Personal expenses such as: Any Meals other than specified above / Drinks / Laundry bill & Telephone calls at hotel. Tips for Guides & Driver / Camera Fees at the monuments or any other expenses not included in the clause "inclusions".