Ahmedabad-Taranga-Vijaynagar-Zainabad-Bhuj-Jamnagar-Dwarka– Junagadh-Bhavnagar (15 Days / 14 Nights)
Assistance on arrival at airport in Ahmedabad and transfer to the Hotel. Founded in 1411 and known as the Manchester of the ‘East’, Ahmedabad is situated on the banks of the river Sabarmati. Overnight at hotel.
Ahmedabad is full of architectural delights with exquisite carved wooden mansions, havelis and labyrinthine lanes. Sightseeing includes visit to Calico museum(with Prior permission – Wednesday closed), Jama Masjid and Sdi mosque, Gandhi Ashram, Adalaj Step Well and Evening Market. Overnight at Ahmedabad Hotel.
After breakfast drive to Vijaynagar visiting en-route visiting Taranga & Idar and afternoon arrival at Vijaynagar. Later visit the villages to explore the tribal belts on the borders of Gujarat and Rajasthan and visit,
JAIN TEMPLES OF TARANGA : One of the finest clusters of jain temples in India. It is 85 kms from Balaram Palace Resort located on hill top with pristine views on all sides. The massive Ajitnath temple of Taranga which was erected under Taranga patronage of the Solanki Rajput King Kumarapala boasts of the beautiful carvings on the pillars domes and brackets.
IDAR : Visit to the historical places and natural beauty. The fort of Idar often features in the history of Gujarat. Idar also has fine natural rock formations and temples
After breakfast Fullday visit around Vijaynagar Situated On The Foothills Of The Aravali Hills And Is Surrounded By Dense Forest Which Has Many Wild Animals Like Panthers, Sloth Bears, Hynas Etc. And Also Has More Then 200 Varieties Of Birds. It Is A Great Experience For Nature And Wild Life Lovers. Vijaynagar Has More Than 20 Ancient Jain& Shiv Temples Dating Back To The 15th Century, Which Is A Treat For The People Who Are Fond Of Old Art And Architecture. It Is Also A Paradise For Painters. Overnight at the Palace.
Morning leave for Zainabad/ Dasada en route Visit the Sun temple at Modhera and the city of Patan to explore Patola Silk weaving and famous step well. Evening arrival at the Little Rann of Kutch (Zainabad/ Dasada) and visit the Villages and Salt farm around (if time permit). Overnight at the Huts.
Enjoy a game drive in the little Rann of Kutch to see the Asiatic wild Ass (depends on the Monsoon, If its heavy rain then the visit is no recommended – in such cased visit the villages around the Little Rann of Kutch) Overnight at the Huts
Morning leave for Bhuj, an old walled city with maze like streets and crenellated gateways. Afternoon tour visiting the Ferguson Museum,Rao Pragmalji’s Palace made of marble and sandstone. Overnight at the Hotel.
** NOTE: Permit is must for the interior villages with personal presence, Will assist for the procedure. Timing of DSP/ Collector Office Monday to Saturday – 10.30 to 1700 hrs except second Saturday/Sunday & Public Holidays
Explore the tribal villages, specializing in different forms of handicraft including ahir embroidery, block printing and tie and dye.
Drive to Jamnagar, Afternoon visit the princely states of Saurashtra and is often called Chotta Kashi or Benares, for it’s innumerable Hindu and Jain temples. It also has a Muslim dargah. It is known for its tie-&-dye work on fabrics, silken & gold embroidery. Overnight at the Hotel.
Morning leave for Dwarka, the temple of Dwarkadheesh, also known as Jagat Mandir, is built on the north bank of the Gomti Creek. The temple dates back to 2,500 years. Architecturally the temple is constructed on the same plan and system as most of the Hindu sacred edifices of antiquity. Sixty columns support the roof of the audience hall of the Jagat Mandir. The main temple is five-story high with the lavishly carved conical spire rising to a height of 157 feet. There is the one-meter tall, fourhanded black idol of Ranchhodrai, the ruler of Dwaraka. Amongst the large number of temples belonging to different periods in the history of Dwaraka, the most popular with pilgrims is the temple of Rukmini, Lord Krishna’s wife, who is considered an incarnation of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and beauty. In addition to its temples and legends, Dwaraka is also sanctified as the seat of Adi Shankaracharya, who established four seats (maths) in four different directions in the country. Research work in Sanskrit is carried on at the Shankaracharya’s seat known as Sharad Peetha. Also Suggest to visit the Bet Dwaka in the afternoon. Overnight at the Hotel
After breakfast drive to Junagadh on way visit of Porbander – It is the city where the Father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi was born and spent his childhood. The place is authentically preserved and added an in the KIRTI MANDIR depicting the philosophy of Gandhi in every facet. The monument is built beside the ancestral home of Mahatma Gandhi. Later proceed to Junagad. Junagadh was the capital of the Junagadh State under the Muslim rulers of Babi Nawabs. in Gujarati `Junagadh’ literally means an ancient fort, The junagadh town is located at the foothills the sacred hill of Girnar and occupies a special place in the history of Gujarat. There are two fortifications: the fort walls surrounding the town and Uparkot in the west. Uparkot, an ancient citadel located on the higher level of the town, was a stronghold of Mauryans and Gupta Empire and is said tp have survived 16 sieges in the last 1000 years due to its strategic location and difficult access. The entrance of Uparkot has a fine specimen of Hindu Toran, leading to flat land dotted with archological sites. The major sites are Buddhist caves, Baba Pyara caves (2nd century), Adi-Kadi Vav, and Jami Masjid. Evening visit (if time permit) and overnight at hotel.
After Breakfast Visit the Junagadh Sightseeing ( if girnar Temples to be visited then the visit cover over 10000 steps covering 4-5 Hours, Lift chairs are available at an optional cost) Later Proceed to Bhavnagar – The Gohil rajputs came to Gujarat from Marwar in 1260 A.D. Founded by Bhavsinhji Gohil, the rulers of Sihor in 1723 A.D. decided to shift his capital from Sihor to Bhavnagar with the twin objectives of taking advantage of the sea as a defensive measure and for maritime trade. Bhavnagar is located on the scenic Gulf of Kambhat (Cambay), on the South Eastern coast of Saurashtra and is an intermediate port with a natural harbour and is surrounded by picturesque beauty, world famous temples and monumental edifices, reflecting the rich heritage of a bygone era.
Upon arrival check in and Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, full day visit Palitana: Palitana is one of India’s most picturesque pilgrim centres. Lying at the foot of Shatrunjaya Hill, it has 863 exquisitely carved temples built in marble over an impressive span of nine hundred years. The architectural appeal of Palitana transcends religious boundaries and attracts tourists of all faiths. Patlitana is also a living sacred symbol of Jainism. Palitana is a `must visit’ destination for the Jains and all those who would like to witness what the subtle combination of human enterprise, architectural skills, philanthropy and canalized religious fervour can achieve. The mount Shatrunjaya lies hardly a kilometer away from the town, the way, which is now thronged on both the sides by sarais and minor temples, including Kala Bhandars (museums). The mountain is associated with Rishabhdev, the first tirthankar, also known as Adinath. It is believed that all the tirthankars, except Neminath, attained nirvan here. The multitude of temples, half palaces, half fortresses and made of splendid marble.(This visit is also covering 3500 steps / 4-5 hours Visit – lift chairs are available at an extra cost) Later return to Bhavnagar & enjoy a city tour of Bhavnagar includes visit to Gaurishankar Lake – a beautiful picnic spot, Takhteshwar temple & The Lock Gate. for Overnight
After breakfast proceed to Ahmedabad on way visit of Lothal way Visit Lothal, one of the southernmost outposts of the Indus valley civilization, is an interesting example of Harappan town planning. The dockyard is an example of maritime architecture, connected to Sabarmati river before it flows into the Arabian Sea in the Gulf of Cambay. The citadel is separated into an acropolis, with paved baths and a lower town with more humble residential quarters, coppersmith workshops, pottery sheds and bead factories. The complex exhibits an excellent system of sanitary drainage. A museum is stocked with archeological finds that offer an insight into the Indus valley period.
Evening arrival at Ahmedabad & Day at leisure and lastminue shopping. Overnight at Hotel
In time transfer to Airport for onward destination
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