Our tour representative will pick you up from Mumbai airport or railway station and will escort you to hotel which you have chosen as a part of the travel package. We will drive down Marine Drive which is beach front curved promenade and if you wish to visit any religious places we can visit the famous Sidhivinayak Temple.
- In the morning you must reach the airport on time as you have to catch a flight for Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad popularly known as "Manchester of the East" is a wonderful city located on banks of Sabarmati River. On reaching Ahmedabad check into your chosen hotel Visit the Sabarmati Ashram which was built by Mahatma Gandhi in 1917. This place was the hub of nationalist movement during pre-Independence era. You get lovely Gujarati food in Ahmedabad. At night you musts dine at any of the popular eating places in the city in order to have real feel of Gujarat. Overnight stay is in the hotel.
In the morning after having your breakfast you will leave for sight-seeing tour of the city. You can start with Siddi Saiyad Mosque and Jama Masjid. Visit the Calico Museum of Textiles which is an ancient museum Indian textile. Also visit Adalaj Stepwell which is an ancient step well with intricate carvings. Then there is Swaminarayan Temple which contains green and yellow sculptures of various Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Ahmedabad is also famous for shopping. The textile industry here is extremely popular. In the evening you can visit Kankaria Lake where you will find food stalls, games etc. Overnight is in Ahmedabad.
In the morning the tour representative will transfer you in a pre-paid taxi to Vadodra which is located at a distance of just 114 kms. The journey is not long and on reaching you will quickly check-into your chosen hotel. Vadodra is basically an industrial town. People from far and wide come here for business reasons. You can start your sightseeing with visit to Lukshmi Villas Palace which is a huge palace complex. Also visit EME Temple which is a Hindu Temple built in way of geodesic dome. In the evening take stroll across Sayaji Gardens which are dedicated to Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad 3. Overnight stay is in the hotel.
In the morning again the tour representative will take you out for sight-seeing of the city. Some of the key places of interest in Vadodra are Hazira Maqbara, Dakshinamurty Temple, Maharaja Fateh Sigh Museum, Nazarbaug Palace (this place is in ruins now) and Lakshmi Vilas Palace. Hazira Maqbara is basically the grave of Qutb-ud-din Muhammad Khan. The best time to visit Vadodra is during Navratri festival. During these 9 days the city dons an air of festivity. Garba is played in every nook and corner of the city. This is one reason why Vadodra is regarded as cultural capital of Gujarat. Overnight stay is in the hotel.
In the morning you will commence on a road trip from Vadodara city to Bhavnagar. Basically you cover a distance of 226 kms in a day, taking brief stops at Lothal and Velavadar. Lothal is a very important city which date backs to period of Indus Valley civilization which is one of the oldest known civilizations in the world .You will see various artifacts such as bronze statues, ceramic pots wells, copper objects dating back to the ancient times here. A next stop is Velavadar where you will visit The Blackbuck National Park. Here you will see various animals such as wild pigs, hyenas, foxes, jackals, cats etc. Overnight is at the hotel in Bhavnagar.
In the morning you will leave for a full day excursion to Palitana which is located at a distance of just 112 kms from Bhavnagar. The journey is comfortable and on reaching Palitana, you will proceed to visit the very famous Palitana Jain Temples. These temples are located right on top of Mount Shatrunjaya. Every Jain wishes to visit these temples once in their lifetime in order to attain salvation. The prime Jain temple is dedicated Rishabha who is the first Tirthankara. There are 863 temples here which were made during a span of 900 years. All these temples are made out of marble and signify purity. Some of the main temples here are Kumarpal, Adinath, Ashtapada, Sahasrakuta and Chaumukh. Overnight stay is in hotel in Bhavnagar.
In the morning you will leave for Wankaner which is located at a distance of 209kms in a prepaid taxi. The journey takes around 5 hrs and once you reach Wankaner you will check into hotel of your choice. Wankaner is popular for ceramic industry. You will find decorative doors, chairs, mirrors etc here. Some of the popular tourist places in Wankaner are Hajrat Shah bava Dargah Sharif, Nagabava Temple, Wankaner Palace, Ranjit Vilas Palace, Machhu Dam etc. For products made of clay such as cookers, water filter etc visit Mitticool. Overnight stay is in the hotel in Wankaner
In the morning you must leave for Bhuj which is almost 203 kms away. Enroute you will take a halt at Bhujodi which is a well known textile center. There are 1200 residents in the town and all seem to be involved in handicraft and textile industry. The place is known for producing colorful blankets and carpets out of goat hair, camel wool and cotton. There are several block printers, weavers and tie-dye artists here. Visit Ashapura Crafts Park which is basically a non-profit organization which has been assisting artisans to display as well as sell their products. After this proceed towards Dhamdka which is a prime center for ajrakh block printing technique. Overnight stay is in a hotel in Bhuj.
In the morning you will leave for Collector’s office in order to get permission to visit restricted Banni Villages. Collectors office is closed on Saturdays and Sundays and even on public holidays. Bhuj is an ancient town which was made by Rao Hamirji and Rao Khengarji. Visit Aina Mahal also known as Hall of Mirrors. It is an 18th century palace now turned into a museum. Also visit Mandvi Beach which is tranquility personified. At the western end of Bhuj is located Hamirsar Lake. People come here for picnic with friends and family. Overnight stay is in the hotel in Bhujhu
In the morning right after you breakfast you will leave for excursion to Banni Villages. People here are into handicrafts. They make beautiful embroidered garments with attractive fabrics.For Muthwas embroidery you must visit Dhorodo. This kind of embroidery encompasses small mirrors, chain stitches, leather work etc. for Ahir and Soof embroidery visit Sumrasar. For Meghwal embroidery and leatherwork visit Hodka. Ludia is popular for wood crafts. At Zura you will get leather crafts, footwear and copper bells. For tie and dye fabric you must o to Nakhtarana. Nirona is popular for wood crafts, embroidery, rogan painting and carving. Overnight stay is in hotel in Bhuj.
In the morning you will leave for Tundh Vandh. Your next halt will be Mundra and then Mandvi. Tunda Vandh is basically a Rabari village. It has beautiful Kachchi huts which have been designed with utmost grace. Mundra is a unique town of Gujarat where you will see Kutchi culture in full form. The place is known for block print textiles and tie-dye fabric. There is this Lal bungalow here which is a heritage site. It has 55 rooms and 5 floors. Then there is Vijay Vilas Palace which has beautiful water channels and well-laid gardens. Overnight stay is in the hotel in Bhuj.
This marks the conclusion of your Gujarat Travel Tour which takes you thorough different cities in Gujarat. It is a wonderful where you get to see experience so much culture, art and industry. The tour operator will arrange for your return flight to Mumbai. Once you reach Mumbai you will proceed for your onward destination. No accommodation will be provided in Mumbai and this marks the end of your 13 day Gujarat tour.
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