Textile Tour of Gujarat
Trip Highlights :- Mumbai | Ahmedabad | Dasada – Bajana | Bhuj | Mandvi | Gondal | Rajkot | Mumbai |
Tour duration : 09 Nights / 10 Days
Mumbai : Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) is one of the most happening cities in India. Mumbai is known as much for its throbbing night life as it is famous for being the busiest and economically prosperous city of India. Mumbai is a busy metropolis, nevertheless, it is a tourist hot-spot because of its energy and vigour. It is a wonderful tourist destination. This erstwhile insignificant port city has now developed to become one of the foremost metropolis of the world. Other than the charms of being in a beautiful metropolis, Mumbai has monuments of historical importance. The Gateway of India is one such magnificent monument and prime tourist attraction in the city. The city also has wonderful beaches and these beaches have become wonderful leisure spots for people. As the capital city of the state of Maharashtra, Mumbai is politically one of the most important cities in western India. It also has its own culture and traditions, festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with full fervour. The people in this part of the country speak Marathi but like a true cosmopolitan city, Mumbai is a fine melting pot where you will find people from different parts of India living in harmony in spite of the difference in language, dress codes and food habits. The city also has a multi-million dollar film-making industry. Popularly referred to as Bollywood, Mumbai film industry is not only big but also very charismatic. Every year a number of Hindi pot-boilers are produced here. The actors and actresses enjoy a massive fan following throughout India as well as abroad.
Ahmedabad : Founded by Sultan Ahmad Shah in 1411 AD, Ahmedabad, in the state of Gujarat, has grown into one of the most important modern cities of India. Straddling the Sabarmati river, this prosperous city of six million is a delight for archeologists, anthropologists, architects, historians, sociologists, traders, bargain hunters, and plain tourists. Thos multicultural city is home to some of the finest Indo-Saracenic Mosques and Jain Temples. An exciting combination of traditions and modernism, Ahmedabad captures all visitors with its diversity of places, religious and ethnic communities. Its famous walled area is one of the finest examples of community living and the city thrived as the textile capital and was nicknamed 'Manchester of the East' in 1888. The Sidi Sayed Ni Jaali with its delicately curved branches in a masterpiece carved in stone. The elaborate Havelis of wealthy Gujarati Sethias are part the city's living heritage. It enjoys a thriving cultural tradition, being the centre of Gujarati cultural activities and diverse traditions of different ethnic and religious communities. Popular celebrations and observances include Uttarayan - an annual kite-flying day. The nine Nights of Navratri are celebrated with people performing Garba - the folk dance of Gujarat, at venues across the city.
Bhuj : Bhuj, a flourishing walled city is the most important town in the Kutch area. Bhuj was the capital of the former native state of Kutch and now it is the head quarters of the Kutch district. Bhuj was chosen by Rao Khengarji I as his capital in 1549. This city was greatly destroyed in the earthquake in the year 1819 and 2001. Bhuj derives its name from the Bhujiyo Dungar, a hill, overlooking the present day Bhuj town. The old walled of Bhuj presents a picture of contrasts with its narrow streets and ancient monuments in the vicinity of the planned township of Gandhidham and the modern port of Kandla. This place is a paradise of handicrafts and lifestyle lovers. There are some villages in Bhuj which are rich in craft and culture. The houses in these villages are decorated both from the outside and inside with linear reliefs made of mud and mirrors. Embroidery is the most important handicraft in this region. The region was also known for the enamel work done on gold and silver jewellery, lacquered wood, seashell toys and metal bells.
Mandvi : Mandvi is located on the banks of the Rukmavati River, barely a kilometer from the Arabian Sea at the Gulf of Kutch. The town has a very pleasant climate throughout the year and was a summer retreat of the Kutch Maharaos. The center 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 coloured glass, carved stone jalis, domed bastions at the corners, extended porch and other exquisitely stone carved elements, make the palace worth visiting. It owns a private beach, maintained in an eco-friendly manner to preserve its pristine beauty. For these reasons, this palace has been used as the setting in many Hindi films and has now become a popular tourist destination.
Gondal : It is fortified town and is located on the bank of river Gondali. Its history starts way before 17th century, in earlier Raj days Gondal was known as the Paris of Saurashtra. Gondal is a testimony to the great visionary ruler Bhagwat Sinhji Maharaj, who introduced lots of social reforms, planned the development of Gondal town and created it as a model state of Saurashtra in late 19th and early 20th century. Gondal was capital of the former princely State of Gondal, which was ruled by the Kings of Jadeja Rajputs, till the independence of India. Bhagwat Sinhji's was highly educated and made extensive tours to Europe to enhance his aesthetic taste, which can be seen in the architecture and planning of public buildings, parks, bazaars, palaces built during his time. Bhagwat Sinhji was known as king of common man. He took lot of interest to develop Gujarati Dictionary, which is Gujarati to Gujarati meaning and known as Bhagwadgomandal, which took 30 years to complete and still there with City library of Gondal. The Bhagwat Sinhji was only the king who renovated the Gondal city, he had planed so many things which you cannot find in today's developed cities, such as rain water gutters, light post fencing, town hall, library with general section and kids section. Two different bazaars - one for local purchase and bulk purchase and a general hospital too.
Rajkot : Rajkot is a city in Gujarat state, India. Rajkot, now a major industrial town, was once the capital of Gujarat. It owes the legacy of ancient civilization and freedom struggle. Gandhi has rightly appellated the city as a priceless laboratory for the freedom struggle with a foundation of non-violence. Rajkot is also the storehouse of Gujarati handlooms and handicrafts, famous all over India for their international standard quality. Rajkot is famous for its Jewellery market, handicrafts & bandhani cloths. The tourists arriving here can participate in the International Kite Festival. Or the Dandiya dance during Navratri. City offers you an insight into the life of the Mahatma who almost single-handedly led a great nation and shaped India's destiny. All you need is to go through the Kaba Gandhi No Delo and Rashtriya Shala where exhibits of Gandhi and his philosophy are practically carried on. The Watson Museum offers a good insight into the past. Rajkot also gives an opportunity to buy Gujarati handlooms and handicrafts, which are famous all over India. The Gujarati dishes, which are known for their sweet and sour tinge, are not to be missed.
Junagadh : Junagadh is an ancient and famous tourism city of Gujarat, with various interesting and attractive places. The ancient city has many eye catching monuments which reminds its great history. These monuments are there since era of rulers and are now famous attractions of tourists. Millions of tourists from across the world come to Junagadh every year in various seasons and occasions. Junagadh is a place of pilgrimage and has produced a number of saints in its long history. The most famous being the Gujarati saint-poet, Narsinha Mehta.
Arrival at Mumbai International Airport, meeting assistance by our representative who will welcome you and will provide transfer to the hotel. Upon reaching your hotel, you will be handed over the travel documents with a complete briefing of your tour by the representative. Check-in and proceed to your room. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Early breakfast at hotel. Checkout and in-time transfer to airport to board flight for Ahmedabad. Arrival transfer from Airport to hotel, check in at hotel. Morning Visit Calico Museum with a prior permission from museum authority.
Calico Museum: The museum and the Galleries are open on all days of the week, (except Wednesdays and public holidays). However, visits to the Museum and the Galleries shall be limited to the hours given below. Rights of admission to the Museum and the Galleries are reserved by the Management.
Guided Museum Tour - MORNING: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm (NO ENTRY AFTER 11:00 am)
Entry restricted to 20 visitors - 10 visitors on first come first basis and 10 by group booking. Tour Organiser-upto 10 members are requested to contact the administration to make & confirm the arrangement in advance.
Location: CHAUK - CALICO TEXTILE MUSEUM: Kalamkari, Court Textiles, Trade Textiles, Shawl, Costumes, Embroideries, and Tie & Dye etc. Location: HAVELI - Textile Techniques an overview Embroidery, Wooden blocks for printing etc.
Afternoon - visit Gandhi Ashram, Shreyas Folk & Art Museum, and Institute of Indology.
Gandhi Ashram: 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.
Shreyas Folk Museum is an educational museum exhibiting folk arts and crafts of Gujarat. It is located 2.5 kms west of Sabarmati in the suburbs of Ahmedabad district. As the name suggests, the exhibits at the museum include art, craft, textile and clothing, coins, weapons, toys, costumes, masks, puppets and musical instruments. One of the highlights at this museum is a complete elephant skeleton (3.19 m high). The museum is open from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm on all days except Mondays and public holidays. (Photography is not allowed)
Institute of Indology: The Institute contains some of the best collections of Jainism, illustrated manuscripts and miniatures. The museum is open from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm on all days except Mondays and public holidays. (Photography is not allowed)
Evening Market at Law Garden displays beautiful textile handicrafts of Gujarat. Vishalla is a restaurant with traditional Gujarati food in village surroundings. It has Vichar Utensil Museum worth visiting. The museum houses a unique collection of utensils.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, this morning drive to Dasada / Bajana 97 Kms en-route visit Adalaj Stepwell, Modhera Sun Temple & Patan.
Adalaj Step-well: Situated 17 km north of Ahmedabad, this step well at the village of Adalaj is another fine example of magnificent architectural form. 'Adalaj Vav' is richly carved. Every pillar and wall surface is covered with leaves, flowers, birds, fishes and friezes of ornamental designs.
Modhera: The Sun temple of Modhera is one of the finest examples of Indian 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. Every inch of the edifice, both inside and outside is magnificently carved with Gods and Goddesses, birds, beasts and flowers. This temple was built by King Bhimdev I (1026-27) and bears some resemblance to the later and far better known, Sun Temple of Konark in the state of Orissa, which it predates by some 200 years. Like that temple, it was designed so that the dawn Sun shone on the image of Surya, the Sun God, at the time of the equinoxes. The main hall and shrine are reached through a pillared porch and the temple exterior is intricately and delicately carved. As with the temple of Somnath, this fine temple was ruined by Mahmud of Ghazni.
Patan: Home of the famous patola silk saris, Patan is a beautiful old town with Jain temples and carved wooden houses. Rani ki vav (step well) is an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat. The exclusively carved side walls, pillars, beams, series of steps & platforms lead to the elaborately carved water well. Every surface is adorned with finely chiseled sculptures of maidens & Hindu deities, religious motifs & geometrical patterns.
Drive to Dasada/Bajana for an overnight stay in a hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, this morning enjoy a safari to Little Rann of Kutch. The Little Rann Of Kutch: The highlight of this sanctuary is the Asiatic Wild Ass or 'Gudkhur' that is endemic to the region & is one of the most endangered species in the world. Other mammals that could be seen are nilgai, black buck antelope, chinkara gazelle, Indian wolf, Indian desert foxes, jackals & lesser cats. Also is a paradise for bird watchers. The key dryland birds are Mcqueen's houbara bustard, chestnut bellied & spotted sandgrouse, Indian coursedr, 13 speices of larks & sparrow larks, 5 of quails (including buttonquails), thick-knee, desert warbler, desert & variable wheatear, aquila eagles, short toed snake eagle, six species of falcon & three harriers. Five species of vulture have been recorded. Apart from all these you can hope to see greater & lesser flamingo, three speices of pelican, spoonbill, demoiselle & common cranes, and a number of ducks in flocks of several thousand during winters.
Post lunch, an excursion to Wadhwan, the historic walled town is centre for bandhni tie & dye weaving and metal crafts.
Return to Dasada / Bajana for overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Bhuj. On Arrival, check in at Hotel and then Proceed DSP office for permit to visit the Banni. (Interior visit of Kutch, which falls under the border and the permit, is necessary for the local tribal village). Evening visit the Bazar and Aiana Mahal Museum. Aaina Mahal: It was constucted by Rao Lakhpatji (1707-61 A.D.) in 1750 A.D., who was a great patron of art, architecture, music & literature. Aaina Mahal is a unique example of an Indian palace built in the mid-eighteenth century with European influence. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast, take a full day excursion to Banni Villages (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, crafting 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. Excursion includes: Anjar (old architecture), Banni ('Bhunga' mud houses, Kutchi handicrafts), Kerath (11th century Shiva Temple).
Return to Bhuj for an overnight stay.
Today, after breakfast, drive to Mandvi, located on the banks of the Rukmavati River, barely a kilometer from the Arabian Sea at the Gulf of Kutch.
Mandvi has some very beautiful houses belonging to rich merchants. Their architectural style reflects the fusion of Indian & European styles of architecture. The Swaminarayan temple is also one such example with its brightly painted exterior and elaborate plaster decorations. Other interesting buildings are a girls' high school (a former palace) built by Rao Lakhpat (in 1741) and a light house. This old palace is a replica of the Aaina Mahal of Bhuj, with intricate stone carvings. There is a wind farm on a picturesque beach nearby.
Overnight at Mandvi.
Breakfast and check-out and drive to Gondal. Arrive and check-in at hotel.
Gondal: The Riverside palace at Gondal, a govt. of India classified heritage hotel, and the Orchard Palace in the same town, are two mansion guest houses opened as heritage hotels. The interiors of these properties are appointed with period furniture, antiques and artifacts reminiscent of the days of the Raj. The highlight of staying at these properties is that guests can see the Royal Garages, housing vintage & classic cars.
You will have the opportunity to see the Maharaja of Gondal's private vintage car collection in Royal Garages. These garages are known for a wide collection of Classic and Vintage cars, belonging to the period extending between 1910-1955. This collection includes cars used during World War II and the post-war period, along with American cars dating between 1940-1950. The garages also have different types of limousines and sports cars manufactured between 1950 and 1960. Majority of the cars have the original state number plates.
Naulakha Palace, which is a festival of stone carvings & houses royal memorabilia including toys of the late 19 & early 20 century, silver caskets that carried messages & gifts for the Maharajah, elephant howdahs & royal portaits. It has a royal saloon suite, which has its own drawing, dining, bedroom & bathroom in a converted railway carriage. Overnight stay at hotel in Gondal.
After breakfast drive to Junagadh enroute visiting Jetpur (31 km) known for its screen & block printing workshops, and yarndyeing centre. Junagadh is situated in the Saurashtra region at the foot of the temple-studded Mount Girnar, on the northern fringes of the Gir forest. The city takes its name from the fort that enclosed the medieval town. Return to Gondal for overnight stay.
Breakfast and check-out. Drive to Rajkot (39 Kms) to catch flight for Mumbai or drive to Ahmedabad airport to board flight for Mumbai. Take connecting flight from international terminal in Mumbai for return journey.
End of our services
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 and Excursion to Banni villages (Bhuj) by Jeep.
8. Air ticket/s for sector MUMBAI / AHMEDABAD / 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".