Vibrant Gujarat Tour
Trip Highlights :- Mumbai | Rajkot - Junagadh - Sasangir | Diu | Bhavnagar | Ahmedabad | Dungarpur | Udaipur | Mumbai |
Tour duration : 14 Nights / 15 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.
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 was the capital of the Junagadh state under the Muslim rulers of Babi Nawabs. In Gujarati, "Junagadh" means an ancient fort. The word "Junagadh" is made up of two words, Juna and Garh where Juna means old and Garh means a fort. The town of Junagadh takes its name from the fort that enclosed the medieval town. Junagadh is situated in the Saurashtra region at the foothills of Mount Girnar and occupies a special place in the history of Gujarat. It is a flourishing tourism destination in India, owing to the fact that it was ruled by many dynasties, which have enriched its cultural and historical heritage immensely. The profound influence of varied kingdoms is even visible in the architectural style of its monuments. The town of Junagadh is beautiful with very wide streets, arches, shopping arcades and cool gardens. The 14 rock edicts 257-56 BC of the great Emperor Ashoka are proof of importance of Junagadh from the ancient times. This city was home to one of the great poets of India, Narsinh Mehta. Various ancient temples, museums, palaces and caves rich in myth and legends are the major interesting monuments located in Junagadh.
Sasangir : The Gir Forest National Park is located in the Indian state of Gujarat. Spread across an area of 1412 square km, this sanctuary was established in 1965 to protect the dwindling population of Lions. Today, it is the only place where Asiatic Lions can be found, and that makes it one of Asia's most important protected areas. The Gir National Park experiences a tropical monsoon climate with extreme hot and humid conditions during the summer months of May to August. The sanctuary remains closed to visitors during the summer months. It is estimated that this reserve in Gujarat has more than 38 species of mammals, approximately 300 species of birds and 2000 insect species. Of the mammals, the Asiatic Lion was counted at 411 a few years back. Various efforts have been undertaken by the government and nature enthusiasts to preserve the rare species of Lion. One of these efforts has been setting up of the Lion breeding programme. Under this program, breeding centres for the Asiatic lion have been set up in various parts of the state to increase their population. The centre also studies the behaviour of the Asiatic Lion and carries out advanced studies on this lion species.
Diu : Diu has a very long and glorious history that stretches back into legends and mythology. It was believed that Pandava brothers of the Mahabharata spent a part of their 14 years exile in Diu. According to the legends, Diu was the first settlement in India of the Parsis fleeing from Persia in the 7th century. Diu was also ruled by the Mauryans during 322-320 BC and was the main trade center on the Saurashtra Coast. When the Mughal emperor Humayun attacked the Sultan of Gujarat, the Gujarat Sultan entered into a treaty with the Portuguese in 1535 for their help against him. Diu was also rewarded to the Portuguese governor Nuno De Cunha, who constructed a fort in Diu and raised his arsenal. Governor Joao de Castro finally seized Diu in 1546 and it remained a Portuguese enclave till its liberation in 1961 along with Daman and Goa. Diu was also an opium exporting centre and still is an important centre for smuggling goods into India or out of it.
Bhavnagar : Founded as a port in 1743, Bhavnagar is still an important trading post for the cotton goods manufactured in Gujarat. The Bhavnagar lock gate keeps ships a float in the city's port at low tide.Bhavnagar was founded by Bhavsinhji Gohil (1703-64 AD) in 1723 AD near the Gulf of Khambhat, on a carefully chosen strategic location having potential of maritime trade. Till independence, Bhavnagar State was ruled by the Gohil Rajput clan.The Gohil Rajputs came to Gujarat from Marwar in 1260 AD and had 3 capitals- Sejakpur, Umrala and Sihor; before finally establishing Bhavnagar as their capital. The old town of Bhavnagar was a fortified town with gates leading to other important towns of the region. The Darbargadh (royal residence) was located at the center of the town. The rulers of Bhavnagar subsequently shifted to Motibag and Nilambag Palace. It remained a major port, for almost two centuries, trading commodities with Africa, Mozambique, Zanzibar, Singapore and the Persian Gulf. This flourishing maritime trade resulted in the high rate of urbanization surplus wealth and cosmopolitan culture of the town
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. An exciting combination of traditions and modernism, Ahmedabad captures all visitors with its diversity of places, religious and ethnic communities. It is interesting to see how Indian atmosphere mix with the colonial British influence, how Hinduism, the world's oldest existing religion develops in the globalising world. City 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 on 14 January. The nine Nights of Navratri are celebrated with people performing Garba — the folk dance of Gujarat — at venues across the city.
Dungarpur : Dungarpur District is a district of the state of Rajasthan in western India. The town of Dungarpur is the district headquarters. Rawal Bir Singh founded the town of Dungarpur, the state capital, towards the end of the 14th century. He named it after Dungaria, an independent Bhil chieftain, whose death he caused. Dungarpur is famously known as the 'town of hillocks'. Bhils are the ancient and main tribes of the district and they ruled the place in earlier times. King Veer Singh acquired Dungarpur from the chief of the Bhil community.
Udaipur : Capital of the legendary Sisodias of Mewar, who fought the fiercest battles against the foreign intruders, Udaipur was built on the shores of Lake Pichola by Udai Singh II in 1559, when his former capital, Chittorgarh was sacked by the Mughal emperor Akbar. The 5 lakes that dot Udaipur have earned for it the sobriquet of 'The City of Lakes'. The history savants throng the city to explore its palaces, havelis and museums while its fabled lakes and beautiful surroundings make it a hot spot for the honeymooners. The picturesque city has lured many Hollywood and Bollywood big shots to shoot here some of the legendry movies here.
On arrival, you will be met by our representative & transferred to hotel where we will be holding the rooms on ready occupancy basis. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, AM: proceed to take a cruise in the Arabian Sea to see the famous Elephanta Caves - Hewn out of solid rock, these caves date back to 600 AD, 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 represented in many reincarnations.
In the afternoon city tour of Mumbai visit: Gateway of India - the imposing stone archway in Indo-Saracenic architecture built in 1911, Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Gardens, the Aquarium and Marine Drive, also known as "Queens Necklace".
Overnight stay in hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and checkout, Morning transfer to Airport for flight to Rajkot. On arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel. Afternoon city tour covering Kaba Gandhi No Delo - Gandhiji's ancestral home, Watson Museum & library located in the pleasant Jubilee garden, Lal Pari Lake & Randerda – a picturesque picnic spot. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel & check-out from hotel, Morning drive to Sasangir en-route visiting 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 Sasangir, upon arrival in Sasangir, check in into hotel for overnight stay.
Breakfast at hotel, the day to visit the world of wild fauna. The Gir - the largest compact tract of dry deciduous forests in the semi-arid western part of India is the last abode of the big and regal predator Asiatic Lion (Panthera Leo Persica), an endangered species. The sanctuary is internationally acclaimed for successfully saving this precious species from the brink of extinction. It was declared as a sanctuary in 1965. It has a topography made up of succession of rugged ridges, isolated hills, plateaus and valleys. Besides, being the last abode of Asiatic lions, other animal inhabitants of the Gir national park are Sambar Deer, Chital Spotted Deer, Nilgai Antelope, Chowsingha Four-Horned Antelope, Chinkara Gazelle, Wild Boar, Langur Monkey, Jackal, and Hyena and numerous birds like Paradise Flycatcher, Bonneli's Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Woodpeckers Flamingo etc.
The overwhelming presence of the omnipotent big cat diverts the attention of the common man from the remarkable bird population that the sanctuary has. People mostly link Gir with "Maldharis" who have survived through the ages by having symbiotic relationship with the lion. They are religious pastoral communities living in Gir. Their settlements are called "nesses".
During the last century in British rule, lion population touched an all time low of 20 in 1913. The serious conservation efforts by the then Nawab of Junagadh saved the species from the brink of extinction.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, Morning proceed to Somnath enroute visiting Veraval - one of the India's major fishing ports. Visit Bhalkeshwar temple and Bhid Bhanjan Mandir. In Somnath visit the seat of the twelve most sacred "Jyotirlingas' of Lord Shiva, continue the drive to Diu, on arrival check in into hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, Morning visit to the town sandwiched between the massive fort to the east and a huge city wall to the west. In the afternoon relax at Nagoa beach. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and check-out, later in morning drive to Bhavnagar. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Remaining day at leisure for independent activities. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, Morning visit Gauri Shankar Lake a beautiful picnic spot, Takhteshwar temple and The Lock Gate. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel & later checkout, Morning drive to Ahmedabad en-route visiting Lothal Archaeological museum. On arrival check in into hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, Morning sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad covering Ahmed Shah's Mosque, Balvatika, Teen Darwaza and Bhadra Fort, Daria Khan's Ghumat, Siddi Sayyad's Mosque, Gita Mandir, Swami Narayan Temple, Hathisingh Jain Temple, ruins of Jhulta Minar (Swinging Minarets), Jama Masjid , Kankaria Lake, Rani Sipri's Mosque and Tomb, Rani Roopmati Mosque & Sabarmati Ashram. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and checkout from hotel, Morning drive to Dungarpur. On arrival check in at Palace Hotel, picturesquely sited between a lake teeming with birds and a jungle. Day free to explore the surroundings. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and checkout. This morning drive to Udaipur. On arrival, check in into hotel. Evening excursion to Nagda Ruins & Eklingji Temples on the lake Bagel, drive back to Udaipur. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel - AM sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting The City Palace and Museum is considered as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan comprising of Jagdish Temple which was built in 1651 AD, Crystal Gallery & Durbar Hall all in the vicinity of City Palace Complex. Later visit Maharana Pratap Memorial it has the bronze statue of Maharana Pratap, the legendary warrior king of Udaipur. Saheliyon Ki Bari is a small ornamental garden built in the honour of royal ladies. Late afternoon enjoy a two hour boat-ride on Lake Pichola visiting many Ghats (banks) of washing, bathing etc and enjoy excellent views of the Lake Palace and City Palace. Evening free to relax, Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and later check-out. In-time transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai. Arrival in Mumbai, transfer assistance from domestic to international airport terminal, board flight 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, visit to National Park in Gir and evening boat ride in Udaipur's Lake Pichola.
8. Air ticket/s for sector MUMBAI / RAJKOT and UDAIPUR / 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".