Historical Gujarat Tour - Itinerary
Day 01 :
Arrive at Ahmedabad. Visit the Calico Museum of Textiles, the historic Gandhi Ashram and the Sardar Patel memorial at Shahibagh Palace.
Authentic Gujarati thali dinner and o/n halt at the House of Mangaldas.
Day 02 :
AHMEDABAD – PALITANA 239 km (Appx four hours drive)
In the morning, take the Heritage Walk in walled city of Ahmedabad. This organized walking tour is a great way to see the historic Swaminarayan Temple, exquisitely carved Jain and Hindu temples, ornate wooden havelis and the traditional lifestyle of the dwellers of the old quarters, bird-feeders, the 15th century Jama Mosque and the mausoleum complexes of the Sultans and Begums of medieval Ahmedabad. Depart for Palitana calling in on the way at the 2400 – 1600 BC Indus site of Lothal for an insight into the Harappan civilization. If time permits, visit the Jain museum of Palitana and the local bazaar.
Enjoy the home-cooked non-veg and veg dinner and overnight at the six-room Vijay Vilas Palace, the 1906 AD country house of the late Prince of Palitana now run by his grand-daughter as a heritage hotel.
Day 03 :
PALITANA – GONDAL 160 km (Appx three hours)
Early morning depart to the 863-temple covered summit of Shatrunjaya Hill. This is one of the most awe-inspiring sights of Gujarat and is one of the major Jain pilgrimage sites with an aura of devotion that is mind-blowing. Depart after lunch at the Vijay Vilas for Gondal. See the 1748 AD Naulakha Palace, the Vintage and Classic Car museum, the Bhuvaneshwari Ayurvedic Pharmacy and the Swaminarayan Temple.
Stay at the Riverside Palace/Orchard Palace of Gondal, both of them are heritage hotels owned and managed by their owners with 11 and seven rooms respectively and the latter also has a converted rail saloon suite.
Day 04 :
GONDAL – JUNAGADH – GONDAL 123 km round trip
Drive to Junagadh to see the Uparkot Fort&Buddhist cave-sites, Ashoka's rock inscriptions (3rd century BC), palace museum, 18th&19th century royal mausoleum complexes, Nawabi buildings and museums.
Return to Riverside Palace/Orchard Palace of Gondal for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 05 :
GONDAL – DASADA 220 km (Appx four hours)
On arrival at Dasada, depart for a jeep safari in the Little Rann of Kutch in search of endangered desert wildlife like the Asiatic wild ass and witness the sunset at a lake that attracts flamingos, pelicans, cranes and other attractive birds in large numbers.
Stay at Rann Riders, an imaginatively designed safari resort.
Day 06 :
DASADA – DANTA 180 km (Five hours driving and sightseeing)
Early morning walk in Dasada village, known for its Rabari and Bharwad embroidery, weaving and other handiwork. Depart for the 11th century Sun Temple at Modhera, one of the finest examples of Chalukya architecture, and Patan known for its 11th century stepwell and Patola Silk Weaving. Arrive Danta for dinner and overnight halt at the Bhavani Villa, a four-room heritage hotel run by the owners.
Extension to Rajasthan
Day 07 :
DANTA – MT ABU/
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Destinations Covered: Ahmedabad - Palitana - Junagadh - Dasada
Tour Duration: 06 Nights 07 Days