Footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi

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Footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi

Trip Highlights :-: Mumbai | Porbandar | Rajkot | Ahmedabad | Baroda | Dandi | Surat | New Delhi |

Tour duration : 13 Nights | 14 Days

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Day 1: Arrival in Mumbai

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.

Day 2: In Mumbai

Breakfast. Enjoy excursion to Elephanta caves island before embarking on a city tour, highlights include the Prince of Wales museum, 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. Later visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, earlier known as Victoria Terminus, is an UNESCO World Heritage building. An architectural splendor, it was built in year 1888.

Drive past Marine Drive, it is one of the most scenic stretches amid the concrete jungle of Mumbai. Six lane roads alongside the Arabian Coast, this C shaped natural bay connects the leafy green slopes of Malabar hills and Nariman Point - Mumbai’s Manhattan. Marine Drive's well-maintained pathways, is used by the public as a place to relax in the evenings, take a walk with or just sit down & soak in the beauty of its surroundings. Marine Drive is termed as Queen’s necklace, strung with glittering street lights like an enormous strand of imperious jewels.

Visit Mani Bhavan, a veritable memoir of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, located at Laburnum road. Also known as Gandhi Museum, Mani Bhavan served as the residence of the great freedom fighter of India between 1917 and 1934. Infact, Mahatma Gandhi started various struggle movements like Non-Cooperation, Satyagraha, Swadeshi, Khadi and Khilafat while residing here. This mansion came under the stewardship of the Gandhi Smarak Nidhi in 1955 and since then it has become a veritable memorial to Gandhi capturing all the facets of Gandhi leading to India’s freedom movement. It now houses a reference library with over 2000 books, a photo exhibition of the Mahatma’s life, and well preserved memorabilia, including an old charkha or spinning wheel that Gandhiji used to use. This house belonged to Shri Revashankar Jhaveri, Gandhi’s friend and host in Mumbai.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3: Mumbai / Porbandar

Breakfast and check-out. In-time transfer to airport to board flight to Porbandar, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, born in 1869.

Visit Darbargadh, the fortified palace was built by the Rana Sartanji. This palace has a huge carved stone entrance gate flanked by high turrets and massive wooden doors.

Kirti Mandir, was the house of the Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba, his wife. This place is situated near the place where the Mahatma Gandhi was born. This place is now a small museum and also has a Gandhian library and a prayer hall.

Sartanji Choro, Rana Sartanji built Sartanji Choro, the three storey summer pavilion. This palace was built in the Rajput style as a retreat in the middle of the garden. Each side of the garden represent a different reason. The pillars with images of musicians, profusely carved foliated arches and a single dome at the top gives an idea of bygone days, when Rana Sartanji used to compose poems in Braj language, sitting under this pavilion.

Huzoor Palace, Huzoor Palace is located at the end of Marine Drive, in a huge campus. This sprawling palace is built in the European style with sloping roofs, several wings and big windows, overlooking the sea.

Bharat Mandir Hall, is situated in a pleasant irrigated garden. This hall has a large relief map of India on the floor and bas reliefs of heroes from Hindu legends on the pillars.
Overnight stay in Porbandar.

Day 5: Porbandar / Rajkot [181 Kms approx]

Breakfast and check-out. In the morning drive to Rajkot. Travelling North-east, we arrive at Rajkot. Mahatma Gandhi moved to Rajkot in 1881, he attended school here and was popularly known as Mahatma (Sanskrit for ‘great soul’). Check-in at hotel.
Remaining day at leisure for independent activities.
Overnight stay in Rajkot.

Day 6: In Rajkot

After breakfast, visit the old city and ‘Kaba Gandhi No Delo’, the house where Gandhi grew up, which now holds a small exhibition of Gandhi artifacts and photographs. Rajkot is also famous for its Bandhani saris, mirror-work, patchwork, beadwork, and silk embroidery. Watson Museum & library located in the pleasant Jubilee garden, Lal Pari Lake & Randerda – a picturesque picnic spot. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 7: Rajkot / Ahmedabad [215 Kms]

Breakfast and check-out. In the morning drive from Rajkot to Ahmedabad. Arrive and check-in at hotel. Remaining day at leisure for independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8: In Ahmedabad

After breakfast, proceed for the city tour. Ahmedabad is a mix of medieval and modern, along with the coexistence of Hindu, Muslim and Jain communities, a compelling place to explore. Our city tour leads us to the old city, to view the finest blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural style known as Indo-Saracenic.

Visit Gandhi Ashram : located on a quiet peaceful stretch of the Sabarmati river, Mahatma Gandhi set up a simple retreat in 1915 A.D. This was his Satyagrah Ashram and for many years it was the nerve centre of India's freedom movement. It was from here, in 1930 A.D, that Mahatma began his famous Dandi March to the sea to protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the British. Hridaya Kunj, the simple cottage where he lived, is now a national monument and preserved as it was during the Mahatma's life-time.

Visit Ahmed Shah's Mosque - constructed in year 1414 A.D, Teen Darwaza, Siddi Sayyad's Mosque, 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.

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,
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 9: In Ahmedabad

After breakfast, Calico Museum of Textiles with its excellent collection of antique and modern textiles. Of course, no visit to Ahmedabad would be complete without a textile purchase. Patola silk saris and Ahmedabad block-prints are prized. It is renowned as one of the finest museums of textile in the world, it also displays old weaving machines (closed on Wednesdays).

Late visit Jama Masjid, Rani Sipri's Mosque & Tomb, Rani Roopmati Mosque, Sabarmati Ashram and 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.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10: Ahmedabad / Baroda [110 Kms]

Breakfast and check-out. Drive to Baroda, 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.

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.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11: Baroda / Dandi / Surat [163 Kms]

Breakfast and check-out from hotel. In Dandi where we arrive at the most famous scene of Mahatma Gandhi’s Salt Satyagraha (Salt March). Mahatma Gandhi, along with several thousand of his followers walked from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi on the Gujarati coast. Today we follow this same path down to the shore. Afterwards drive to Surat, check-in at hotel for overnight stay.

Day 12: Surat / New Delhi [By Flight]

Breakfast and check-out. In-time transfer to airport to board flight to New Delhi. Arrive and get transferred to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 13: In New Delhi

Breakfast at hotel, this morning explore India’s capital city by touring its magnificent monuments, start your tour by visiting - Old Delhi: An ancient walled city earlier known as Shahjahanabad. Take a photo stop at Red Fort: the most opulent red sandstone fort and palace of the Moghul Empire (1639-1648 built by Shah Jahan the 5th Mughal Emperor of India and the builder of the Taj Mahal in Agra), visit Jama Masjid, Largest mosque in India, the foundation of the historic Jama Masjid was laid on a hillock in Shahjahanabad by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1650 AD, this mosque was the result of the efforts of over 6,000 workers, over a period of six years (1650-1656 AD). The cost of the construction in those times was 1 million rupees. This Mosque has three great gates, four towers and two 40 m-high minarets constructed of strips of Red sandstone and white marble. About 20,000 people can pray here at a time. The mosque has a vast paved rectangular courtyard, which is nearly 75 m by 66 m. The whole of the western chamber is a big hall standing on 260 pillars.

Visit the Raj Ghat, the memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi - Father of Nation.

Later visit New Delhi designed and built by the British in the 1920's it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. First drive past Connaught Place, the heart and main shopping district of the capital, then drive to Rajpath (King’s Way), India Gate - the 42mt high stone ‘Arch of Triumph’, erected in the memory of Indian soldiers who died in First World War. Drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan (President Palace) and Parliament House.

Visit Gandhi Smriti, housed in the Old Birla House on 5, Tees January Marg, is the sacred place where Mahatma Gandhi's epic life ended on 30 January 1948. Mahatma Gandhi had lived in this house from 9 September 1947 to 30 January 1948. Thus, the hallowed house treasures many memories of the last 144 days of his life. The Old Birla House was acquired by the Government of India in 1971 and was converted into a National Memorial of the Father of the Nation and was opened to the public on August 15, 1973.

The preserves include the room where Mahatma Gandhi lived and the prayer ground where he held a mass congregation every evening. It was here where assassin’s bullets felled Gandhiji. The building and the landscape have been preserved as they were in those days. On display in the Museum are photographs, sculptures, paintings, frescos, inscriptions on rocks and relics pertaining to the years Mahatma Gandhi spent here. A larger than life statue of Mahatma Gandhi, with a boy and a girl holding a dove in their hands standing on either side, emerging out of the globe, symbolising his universal concern for the poor and the deprived, welcomes the visitor at the main entrance of the Gandhi Smriti. It is the work of the renowned sculptor Sri Ram Sutar. The legend at the base of the sculpture says, "My Life is My Message". A Martyr's Column stands at the spot where the Father of the Nation was assassinated, commemorating the Martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi as the embodiment of all the sufferings and sacrifices that characterised the long struggle for India's Freedom.

Visit the exquisite Humayun’s Tomb, built in 1570 is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent, the structure was built inspired by Persian Architecture, it’s architect was Mirak Mirza Ghiyath. This memorial of Emperor Humayun, second Mughal ruler of India was built by his widow, Hajji Begum 14 years after his death.

Later visit Qutab Minar 12th century minaret built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty - this building complex dates back to the onset of Muslim rule in India and is fine example of Afghan architecture which is graceful and well sculptured and stands 75 mt.

After the tour farewell dinner at a restaurant, afterwards transfer to international airport to board flight for return journey.

Day 14: Departure from New Delhi

Leave by an early morning flight.


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NOTE:

All distances in KMS mentioned are based approximately.

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS: -

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 in Guajarat, except for the city tours in Mumbai and New Delhi.

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.

8. Air ticket/s for sector MUMBAI / PORBANDAR & SURAT / NEW DELHI in economy class.

9. 01 bottle packaged drinking water per person per day.

10. All presently applicable interstate & toll taxes.

PACKAGE EXCLUSIONS: -

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".

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