21 Nights - 22 Days Package Tour
DAY 1: International – Mumbai: Arrive Mumbai Interntional Airport. Meet and assistance in transfer to Hotel. Overnight Mumbai.
DAY 2: Mumbai: Morning visit Elephanta Caves & Afternoon Mumbai city tour. Overnight Mumbai.
Day 3: MUMBAI – AHMEDABAD (Indigo flight: 7.40 – 8.55) : Arrival at Ahemedabad. Tribal Tour of Gujarat begins with a sightseeing tour of the city . Visit the Calico Textile Museum, Swaminarayan Temple, Hateesing Jain temple, Jama Masjid, Rani Rupmati Masjid and the Siddhi Saiyed Masjid. Later, visit Gandhi Ashram/Museum and Sarkhej. Visit the Adalaj Vav in the evening and return to hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 4: AHMEDABAD-VIJAYNAGAR: Morning proceed to Vijay nagar enroute visit
Shamlaji Fair - A large number of devotees arrive to the Shamlaji fair on foot or
on camel carts, singing devotional songs, some even dancing and carrying banners
bearing sacred symbols. They go to worship the deity and bathe in the sacred waters
of the Meshwo river. Among the Adivasis, the Bhil community has incredible faith
in the powers of Shamlaji who they lovingly refer to as Kaliyo Dev (Dark Divinity).
The fair is an important trade destination for people to buy silver ornaments, metalware,
cloth and garments, along with many other annual household items.
The temple of Shamlaji stands on the banks of the river Meshwo, in veneration of Lord Vishnu. The river Meshwo meanders over its rocky bed in the valley immediately below, and the waters of a splendid natural lake, of great beauty sparkle amid the well-wooded hills.
It is believed that this shrine has existed for at least 500 years. Built of white sandstone and bricks, it has two storeys supported on rows of pillars. It is profusely carved and episodes from sacred epics of the Ramayana and Mahabharata are engraved on the outer walls o/n stay at Vijay Vilas Palace.
Day 5:VIJAYNAGAR Full day vist Shamlaji fair . o/n stay at Vijay Vilas Palace.
DAY 6: VIJAYNAGAR-DASADA : After breakfast proceeds to Dasada, enrout visit
Rani ki Vav (Step well). It was built by the Queen Udaymati the wife of Bhimdev
during 11-12th Century. It is the most magnificient and spectacular stepwell and
the best example of such architecture for water wells. The Vav measuring about 64
mts. The stepwell has long stepped corridor descending down to the underground tank,
it is having four pillars. The Pillars which support the roof have squre base decorated
with Ghat Pallavas. It was one of the largest and the most sumptuous structure of
its type. Later visit Patan Patola of weaving, patan is Famous for patola weaving,Salvi
family is one of them who has continued this traditional art and has preserved it
even today. Patola silk is often termed as the queen of all silk. The special technique
of the handmade silk patola uses the same special technique for weaving from raw
silk to the completion of the patola fabric.
The weaver makes the special patola loom and colouring from indigenous natural materials. Patola from the area of patan in the north Gujarat region of western India glorifies this heritage with its unique gem like qualities, gorgeous colours, designing & durability.Different colour and pattern matched exactly on horizontal and vertical threads in weaving. The patola was traditionally woven in a sari length of 5 to 9 yards by 45” to 54” width.
The range now extends to include tablecloth borders scarves handkerchief. Later drive to Modhera Sun Temple, Modhera Sun Temple dates bake to early 11th centuary CE and was built by King Bhimdev I in 1026 CE. The temple at modhera is the most important of all sun temples buil in the whole Gujarat. The temple is dedicated to the Sun God. The temple is magnificient and the finest example of the hindus architecture in Gujarat. One of the moststriking features of the Modhera Sun Temple that the first ray of the sun falls on the deity at the time of the equinoxes. In front of the temple is a colossal tank, which was once known as Surya Kund or Rama Kund. The tank has a series of the carved steps leading to the bottom. O/n stay at Dasada.
DAY 7: DASADA – VAUTHA – DASADA : Full day excursion to Vautha Donkey Fair-Tens
of thousands of donkeys, as well as hundreds of camels, adorned in an array of colors
and bright embellishments are brought here for the largest animal fair in Gujarat,
where they are traded on the fair grounds at the sangam tirtha. People generally
arrive here on tractors, buses, chhakdas, camels, jeeps and other varied means of
transport. For some this place is as divine as the sangam in Allahbad, and many
communities even consider this fair more important than Diwali.
Seven holy rivers mix waters here: the Vatrak merges with the Meshwo, Hathmati, Shedhi, Majum and Khari before it then meets the Sabarmati, so the locals call it saptasangam (meeting of seven).
For many years, the tradition has been to camp at the fairgrounds in tents- about 25,000 people stay in 2000 tents on the river bank, spread across three square miles of fairgrounds. Hundreds of families from even nearby villages lock up their homes and move into tents to enjoy the fair for five days.
They cook different sweets for each day, often ending with laddoos on the last day of festivity. However, the favorite foods here are the khichu and kachariyu.
DAY 8: DASADA : Enjoy morning safari at Little Rann Of Kutch viewing rarest
wild asses in the region followed by village safari in the evening.
Wild ass sanctuary : The sanctuary is well known for its group of the stale joke brown Asiatic (Wild ass), which does not live elsewhere in Indian lowlands. We can see with Little Rann of Kutch blackbuck (Indian antelope), nilgai or blue bull (India’s largest antelope) and the graceful chinkara (Indian gazelle) are other mammals. The main carnivores of the Little Rann of Kutch are the endangered Indian wolf, desert fox, Indian fox, jackals, desert and jungle cats, and a few hyenas; also we can see during the visits flamingoes, pelicans, ducks, cranes and storks.
Village safari :
We can do excursion safari tours of pastoral settlements and villages along the Rann of Kutch. The tours visit the rural Vadiara and Kharapat Rabaris of Dasada, known for their embroideries, the silk-weavers colony at Dasada, and Ambala village of the Bharward shepherds and goatherds. The weaving cooperative at Bajana and other artisans’ workshops can also be included in the tours. Other societies near Dasada are Padhars (primarily fishing people), the Siddis and the semi-nomadic Mirs, Jaths (Muslim herders), Bajanias.
Overnight stay at Dasada.
DAY 9: DASADA-HODKA : After breakfast proceeds to Bhuj, enrout visit Dhamadka
- to see the block printing by the Khatri tribe, Dhaneti to observe the embroidery
by the Ahir tribe and Bhujodi to view the weavers from the Vankar tribe. Later visit
Ajarakhpur . enroute take permit from bhrindyara check post.
O/n stay at Bhuj.
DAY 10: HODKA : Later proceed to Banni Village to see various people like
Jat, Harijan, Meghawal and Mutva etc in various villages like Hodka, Ludiya and
Dhordo. Banni means “a cluster of village”. In Banni area of Kutch the Meghwal-Harijans
who migrated from Rajasthan use Khambira, Kharek, Kudi Stiches in their embroidery.
Also outline and satin stitch embroidery of the area and very minute mirror designs
similar to the famous Mutwa embroidery of the area. They make wall hangings, waistcoats
and pouches in Kharek Stich and do 'Moti Bharat' or beadwork on handheld fans, bracelets,
toys and belts.
After visit HODKA village – Hodka derives from the Gujarati word ‘Hodi’which means ‘boat’. Since, the villages here are called jheels, where potable water is available. Hodka is famous for its beautiful embroidery and mud work as much as Leather craft. Both men and women are actively involved in developing the art and craft tradition of the region. Visit LUDIYA village- Harijans and Muslims are main communities in this village. The main occupations are: monsoon farming, cattle rearing, intricate wood carving, intricate embroidery work, mud-work and wall painting for decorating homes.
Harijan men are involved with wood carving, the women take up embroidery and wall-decoration. o/n stay at Hodko
DAY 11: HODKA : Nirona village – A Koli tribal woman in Nirona Village, north
of Gujarat. In her part of this highly productive craft producing area they made
lacquered wooden goods. Also visit several artisans and admire their unique crafts
like Roghan painting clothes, copper bell making, lacquer work on wood and wollen
shawl weaving. Arrival at Mandvi, check into hotel.
Visits to DHORDO to see beautiful traditional mud houses (Bhungas) with mirror work and its fine Mutwa embroidery with tiny mirrors.
O/n stay at Hodko.
DAY 12: HODAKA – JAMNAGAR : After breakfast proceeds to Jamnagar, Visit Bala
Hanuman Temple - Bala Hanuman Temple is a pilgrim place venerated by the devotees
of Lord Ram. It is a world famous temple, known for the continuous chanting of Jai
Ram, Shri Ram. The chanting is going on since 1964 and has found a place for it
in the Guinness Book of World Records.
People chant the name of the Lord in shifts, 24 hours a day.
O/n stay at Jamnagar.
DAY 13: JAMNAGAR – DWARKA : After breakfast proceeds to Dwarka, Visit Bet
Dwarka & Nageshwar Jyotirling.
Bet DwarkaAlso known as Bet Shankhoddar, Bet Dwarka is only 5 kms from Okha Junction in sea and Okha is 30 kms from Dwarka. It is said to be the place where Lord Krishna lived with his family when the ruled atDwarka.
It is also the place where Vishnu slew the demon Shankhasura. Visitors make it a point to visit the Krishna temple at this site which holds much of interest to be seen and experienced. Nageswar Mahadev. The Puranas mention 12 Jyotirlingas or columns of light representing Lord Shiva, who manifested himself in that form in different parts of India. This shiva shrine near Dwarka is one of these and is there- fore accorded great respect. Rukmani Temple – Temple of Lord Krihsna’s wife.
Attend Evening Aarti Darshan at Dwarkadhish Temple – Temple of Lord Krishna. O/n stay at Dwarka.
DAY 14: DWARKA – PORBANDER – JUNAGARH : Morning proceeds to Porabandar, visit
of Kirti temple known as house & born place of Mahatma Gandhi. In back side house
of Kasturba wife of Gandhi.
Also visit of Gandhi museum, study room of Mahatma Gandhi in the Kirti temple. Later visit of Sudama temple & continue proceed Junagarh - Visit UPERKOT FORT, is an ancient fort built by Chandr Gupta. The fort as been rebuilt & extended many times. Later visit of Ashokan Edicts,Mahabat Maqbara. The Ashoka’s Rock edict is on way of Girnar hill temple. The rock engraved with the Buddhist edicts of Ashoka. The edicts impart moral instruction on dharma, harmony,tolerance and peace.
O/n stay at Junagadh.
DAY 15: JUNAGARH : Climb to Girnar hill.
Girnar has five principal peaks Ambaji, Gorakhnath, Guru Dattatraya, Oghad Ansuya and Kalka. Out of these five Gorakhnath is the highest and is 3666 ft. above sea level and the lowest peak is 648 ft. above sea level. The area of Girnar hills is 70 miles. . To climb the hill, a step way is built up of wide and convenient steps and on the either side of the way there are waiting spots, water places and devasthans (prayer place). The Jain temples are very old and ancient, the foundations and the plans are unchanged.
Ambaji : The famous temple of Goddess Ambaji. It is believed that this temple temple was built during the Gupta era.
Gorakhnath :This is the highest peak of Girnar Hill on which is the Dhuna of Gorkhnathji, the famous and renowned saint of Nath seet.
Oghad Ansuya: The Oghad and Ansuya peaks are difficult to approach yet worth visiting.
Kamandalkund : The step way switch from between Gorakhnath and Dattatray and winds its way descending to a lovely and beautiful place called Kamandalkund.
Dattatraya : Coming up again and resuming the step way southward the vertical peak of Dattatraya is reached. On the top of the peak there is a small temple on the Padukas of Guru Dattatrays.
Kalika : The most difficult to approach is the peak of Kalika which is not joined by the step way but is not far away from Dattatrya though sufficiently detached. Top of the hills Temple of Guru Dattatrey which is on 10000 steps hight.
DAY 16:JUNAGARH – SOMNATH – DIU : Morning proceed to Diu enrout visit Somnath
Temple. Somnath Temple - A lord Shiva temple known as Jyotirling built by Moon God.
Later drive to Diu. Visit Diu Fort & beach. The fort has canons, which reminds one
of the struggles between bahadur Shah, Sultan of Gujarat, Mughal emperor & the Portuguese.
Later visit Diu includes st.Paul Church which is founded by Jesuits, Diu Museum
which is collection of wooden carving, idols, shadow clocks & so many other items.
O/n stay at Diu.
DAY 17: DIU Full day leisure at Beach . o/n stay at Diu.
DAY 18: DIU – BHAVNAGAR : Morning proceeds to Bhavnagar, Visit Gandhi Smriti
Museum house in A moderate collection of Gandhi’s memorabilia And The Takhteshwar
Temple, located on a small Hillock provides a good view over the city and intoThe
Gulf of Cambay.Evening take a stroll of the interesting Bazaar.
O/n stay at Bhavnagar.
DAY 19: BHAVNAGAR – PALITANA- LOTHAL – VADODARA : Early morning climb Shetrunjaya
hills. The peak is a 3½km climb of over 3500 steps from the town.The cluster of
over 800 temples are divided into tuks.The largest and highest tuk is the Khartavasi
tuk, with the 16th century Adinatha temple with images of the tirthankars, the 19th
century Vallabhi temple with it’s finely clustered spires and the massive 1836 AD
Motisah temple. Other important temples are the 16th century Adiswara temple in
the Vimlavasi tuk, the Ramaji Gadhariya temple and the 18th century Bhulavani. Other
important temples can be seen in the Sakara Premchand Tuk, Ujambi Hemabhai tuk,
Sheth Hemabhai Vakatachand tuk and other enclosures. Throughout the cluster you
can see detailed carvings, beautiful idols and images, jeweled statues and intricate
toranas. Sunrise behind the temples is a great sight. You can enjoy views from the
summit of the hills and the river Shetrunjaya. On a clear day, the Gulf of Cambay
sea coast can be seen. The summit can be visited from 7-19 hrs.
Enroute visit Lothal. Lothal, literally “Mound of the Dead”, is the most extensively excavated site of Harappan culture in India, and therefore allows the most insight into the story of the Indus Valley Civilization, its exuberant flight, and its tragic decay. ( Museum remains closed on Friday) O/n stay at Vadodara.
DAY 20:VADODARA – CHHOTA UDEPUR : Morning after breakfast Drive to Chhota
Udepur visit Rathwa and Dhanka tribes in and around the region. There’s a town called
Alirajpur of Rathore Rajput rulers and from Rathore came the region RATH and from
Rath the tribals are calledRathwa. The traditional dress of the Rathawa men is a
loin cloth (Langoti) and headgear(phenta). Chhota Udepur was the princely state
of Chauhan Rajput who ruled much of this tribal Area for many years. It is considered
one of most primitive tribal belt of Gujarat. The Rathawa and Dhnaka – The Dhanaka
is one of small tribal groups of Gujarat. This tribes migrates from central India,
worked as agricultural laborers. After Lunch visit tribal villages like Kol, Kharakwada,
Timla, Devhat etc.
O/n stay at Chhota Udepur.
DAY 21: CHOTA UDEPUR – CHAMPANER – VADODARA – MUMBAI (JET 15.55/16.55): After
breakfast proceeds to Ahmedabad enroute visit Champaner is an ancient fortified
city. There are two stories about the origin of the name of this town. Some believe
that is named after Champaraj who was the founder of the city, while others believe
that the town was named after the champa tree that is found here. Visit Champaner
Fort is an ancient fort located at the foothills of Pavagdh. Mohammed Begada (The
famous Muslim King of Gujarat) captured the fort in 15thCentuary after a long siege
against the Khichi Chauhan Rajputs.
Afternoon flight to Mumbai. Arrive at Mumbai & Transfer to Hotel.
DAY 22: Mumbai – International.