Day 1: Ahmedabad:
After arriving at the Ahmedabad airport or railway station our "CAB7TAXI" driver will pick you up from your arrival destination and will ride you to your hotel for check-in. After checking in at the hotel and getting fresh, the tour would start in the morning itself, with the first stop being the Calico Museum, where prior permission from the museum authority has already been taken for direct entry on the tour day. Rights of admission to the Museum and the Galeries is reserved by the Management. Calico Museum and the Galleries are open on all days of the week, except on Wednesdays and public holidays. However, the Museum and the Galeries are opened for limited hours of the day, which are given below:
GUIDED MUSEUM TOUR - Morning: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm (NO ENTRY AFTER 11 am). Entry restricted to 20 visitors during morning time, divided into 10 individual visitors on a first come first served basis and 10 visitors by group booking.
Tour Organiser is advised to take up to 10 persons booking at a time and contact the Museum's administrative department to book and confirm the arrangement in advance.
At the CHAUK Calico Textile Museum, you will see some best works of textile-like Kalamkari, Court Textiles, Trade Textiles, Shawl, Costumes, Embroideries, Tie & Die, etc.
At the HAVELI Calico Textile Museum, you will be given an overview of the Textile Techniques used in the industry, Embroidery Techniques used, Use of Wooden Blocks for Printing, etc.
Afternoon Tour: Visit Gandhi Ashram, Shreyas Folk & Art Museum, and Institute of Indology.
Gandhi Ashram: Built on the peaceful stretches of the Sabarmati river, this small shack kind of a home of Mahatma Gandhi was made by him in the year 1915. This house served as his Satyagraha Ashram, which then onwards became a nerve point in India's freedom movement. This ashram has witnessed several famous freedom movements like the 1930 Dandi March, which was led by Mahatma Gandhi against the salt tax imposed by the then British Government. Hriday Kunj, which is a simple cottage is a place where Mahatma Gandhi used to live, is now preserved as a national monument and a museum, for the people to see the remains from Mahatma Gandhi's life.
Shreyas Folk & Art Museum is an educational museum, exhibiting Gujarat's folk art & craft. Located 2.5 km. West of Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad, the museum comprises of old age artifacts, crafts, textile and clothing antiques, coins, weapons, traditional costumes, masks, puppets, and musical instruments. The highlight of this museum is a full elephant's skeleton, which is 3.9 meters in length. The museum is opened for visitors in two shifts. First is the morning shift from 10:30 am to 01:30 pm and an afternoon shift from 02:00 pm to 05:30 pm, on all days except on Mondays and public holidays. Entry to the museum is chargeable and photography is strictly prohibited.
The Institute of Indology is home to some of the best collections of manuscripts on Jainism and also to miniatures. The Institute opens for visitors every day except Mondays and public holidays. The timings are from 10:30 am to 01:30 pm, and from 02:00 pm to 05:30 pm. Photography is strictly prohibited.
Other nearby attractions include Evening Market at Law Garden, where Gujarat's beautiful textile handicrafts are displayed. Vishalla is a restaurant which serves traditional Gujarati food. Vechaar Utensils Museum is also worth visiting, which houses a unique collection of utensils.
Day 1 will end here with an overnight stay at your hotel in Ahmedabad.
Day 2: AHMEDABAD - ADALAJ STEPWELL - MODHERA - PATAN - DASADA /BAJANA:
Your day 02 will with a morning drive to Dasada/Bajana from your hotel, which is at a distance of 97 km from Ahmedabad. While on the drive, the car will be stopped at 3 separate destinations, which are Adalaj stepwell, Modhera Sun Temple and Patan.
Adalaj Stepwell is an example of magnificent architecture, with the most famous part of the architecture known as the "Adalaj Vav", which is full of cleaned and minute carvings. The whole Adalaj Stepwell is covered with ornamental designs and carvings of leaves, flowers, flower pots, birds, and friezes.
Modhera, which is famous for its Sun Temple, is famous for some of the finest Indian architecture of its period. Built by King Bhimdev (1026-1027) during the period 1026 A.D., The Sun Temple is dedicated to the Sun-God Surya Dev, which stands tall on a plinth overlooking a deep stone-steeped tank. Every inch of this Edifice is beautifully carved with images of Gods and Goddesses, birds, flowers and beasts. The Sun Temple of Konark, Orissa, closely resembles Modhera's Sun Temple, former being constructed 200 years after. Modhera's Sun Temple was designed such that the sun shines son the idol of Surya, the Sun-God, at the of equinoxes. The passage to the main hall and the shrine is through a pillared porch, with the temple's exterior and interiors intricately and delicately carved out. Like the Somnath Temple, the Modhera's Sun Temple was destroyed by the Mahummad of Ghazni.
Patan is an old town in Gujarat which has some of the famous Jain temples and beautifully carved wooden houses. This town is famous for its patola silk sarees. The "Rani Ki Vav" (stepwell) is an excellent example of a subterranean architecture of Gujarat. The exclusively carved side walls, pillars, beams, a series of steps and platforms lead to an elaborately carved water well. Every inch of the surface is adorned with finely chiseled sculptures of maiden and Hindu deities, religious motifs and geometrical patterns.
Day 02 will end at Dasada/Bajana, where you would do an overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 3: DASADA / BAJANA - WADHWAN (About 52 km. From Dasada/Bajana):
You will stay your Day 3 with a morning safari ride to the White Desert of Gujarat called as the Rann of Kutch.
The highlight of the Rann of Kutch is the "Asiatic Wild Ass" or "Gudkhur" that is endemic to the region and one of the most endangered species in the world. Other animals that we could find traces of are Nilgai, Black Buck Antelope, Chinkara Gazella, Indian Wolf, Indian Desert Foxes, Jackals, and lesser cats. Kutch is also a paradise of birds, with key dryland birds like Mc Queen's Houbara Bustard, Chestnut Bellied and Spotted SandGrouse, 13 species of Larks & Sparrow Larks, 5 Species of Quails (including Button Quails), Desert Warbler, Desert & Variable Wheatear, Aquila Eagles, Short-Toed Snake Eagle, 6 Species of Falcon & Three Harrier. Apart from these, you can also catch 5 species of vulture, greater and lesser Flamingo, 3 species of pelican, Spoonbill, Demoiselle, Common Cranes and a number of Ducks in flocks of several thousand during winters.
After having lunch at Dasada, you will be taken on a short trip to Wadhwan, which is a historic walled town, famous for its Bandhani tie and dye weaving and metal crafts.
Day 03 will end with a ride back to Dasada / Bajana, where you will do an overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 4: DASADA / BAJANA - BHUJ (222 KMS.):
Your Day 04 will start with a morning breakfast at Dasada / Bajana, after which you will be taken on a long drive for your next destination which is Bhuj. On arriving at Bhuj, your stop will be at a hotel where you will check-in and freshen up to proceed soon to the DSP office for permission to visit Banni, which is an interior part of Kutch. Though Banni falls within Gujarat's Border, the permission is necessary due to the presence of the local tribal village people in the area, which does like anyone
to trespass their village.
Your evening visit will be to the nearby a Bazaar and the Aaina Mahal. Aaina Mahal is a monument constructed by Rao Lakhpati Ji (1707-1761 A.D.) in 1750 A.D., who was a great patron of art, architecture, music, and literature. Aaina Mahal is a unique example of an Indian palace built in the mid 18th century under European influence.
Day 04 will come to an end with a drive back to your hotel where you will be spending your night.
Day 5: Bhuj:
Your Day 05 will be an excursion to the Banni village, amidst its people, tradition, and culture (It is advisable to carry a packed lunch to the village). Amidst the desert land of infinite dimensions are suspended, quaint small villages, which are believed to be the last village on the India-Pakistan border. At Banni you will discover people who have done mastery in art and craft. You will be exposed to their traditional art and culture, which is a normal thing for them, which they do every day. Their ornaments, clothes, utensils, and everything which they use every day will make you leave spellbound as if you are dreaming of a dreamland which such fascinating lifestyle.
The highlights of the excursion are Anjar (old architecture), Banni ("Bhunga" mud houses and "Kutchi" handicrafts) and Kera (11th Century Shiva Temple).
Day 05 will get over at Banni village and you will be driven back to your hotel for a night stay.
Day 6: BHUJ - MANDVI (164 KMS.):
Day 06 will start with a breakfast at Bhuj and then a morning drive to Mandvi, located on the banks of the river Rukmavati, which is hardly a km away distance from the Arabian Sea till the Gulf of Kutch. Known as the summer retreat of the Kutch Maharaos', Mandvi has a very pleasant climate throughout the year. The center of creativity at Mandvi is the Vijay Vilas Palace, which is a royal abode set in the middle of well-laid gardens with water channels and marble fountains. The architects and craftsmen from Jaipur were specially called to design and construct this marvelous palace in 1920. That's why the palace has all the elements of Rajput architecture which have been largely drawn on the basis of the blueprints of the palaces of Orchha and Datia.
The main central high rise dome, the Bengal domes on the sides, the pillars, the windows with colored glass, carved stone jails, domed bastions at the corners, extended porch and other exquisitely carved stone elements, make the palace worth visiting. The palace also has a private beach, maintained in an eco-friendly manner to preserve its pristine beauty. Such marvelous designs and handwork and the beauty maintained around it have brought the palace in demand for use in movies.
Mandvi also has some beautiful homes which belong to the local rich merchants. Their architectural style is a reflection of the fusion of Indian and European styles of architecture. One example of such an architecture is the Swaminarayan temple, which is painted brightly from outside and has an elaborate plaster decoration. Other interesting buildings include a girls' school which was formerly a palace and was built by Rao Lakhpati Ji. This school is a replica of Aaina Mahal of Bhuj, with intricate stone carvings. There is also a picturesque beach nearby, which consists of a wind farm.
Day 6 will end with a drive back to your hotel at Mandvi for a night stay.
Day 07- MANDVI - GONDAL (165 KMS.):
Day 07 will start with a drive to Gondal from your hotel at Mandvi.
Gondal is famous for two palatial properties. First being The Riverside Palace, which has been classified as a Heritage Hotel by the Government of India. And, secondly, The Orchard Palace. These two were the mansion guest houses, now opened as Heritage Hotels. The interiors and furniture belonging to the periodic times and the antiques and artifacts reminiscence of the Ruler's time decorating the place, The palace is all set to give you a true royal feeling. The advantages of staying in these palatial hotels are that the guests are allowed to see the Royal Garages, Vintage and Classic Cars, The Naulakha Palace- which is special part with valuable stone carvings and houses royal memorabilia including toys of the late 19th and early 20th Century. The palace still has the silver caskets which were used to send messages and gifts to the Maharaja, elephant howdahs and royal portraits. The palace also has a royal salon suite, which has an attached and personal drawing room, dining room, bedroom, and bathroom in converted railway carriage shape.
Day 07 will end at a hotel in Gondal.
Day 08- GONDAL - JUNAGADH (70KMS.) - GONDAL:
Day 08 will start with a breakfast at Gondal, after which you will be driven to Junagadh, with a halt at Jetpur (31 km.), which is famous for its screen and block printing and yarn-dyeing center.
Junagadh is situated in the Saurashtra region at the foot of the temple Mount Girnar, which is on the northern fringes of the Gir forest. The city has derived its name from the fort that enclosed the medieval town in the yesteryears.
Day 08 will end with a ride back to your hotel at Gondal for a night stay.
Day 09- GONDAL - RAJKOT / AHMEDABAD:
Your tour will end with the advent of Day 09, where you will be either driven to Rajkot (39 km.) Airport or railway station or Ahmedabad Airport or railway station for your onward journey, which depends on your tickets.
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