Best of Gujarat Tour
Gujarat is certainly a place like no other when it comes to history, culture, and architectural brilliance. This 6 Days itinerary is a perfect tour for savoring the best of Gujarat’s tourist destinations. The major highlights of this trip are Ahmedabad Akshardham Temple, Jain temples at Palitana on the Shatrunjaya hills, a safari in Sasan Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Junagadh ancient fortified city rich in myth and legend & Gondal the former princely state.
Day 1: Arrive in Ahmedabad
On arrival at Ahmedabad airport assistance & transfer to hotel (hotel check-in/ out time 12pm). Later visit Hatheesing Jain Temple established in 1850 by Seth Hatheesing a rich Jain merchant, the temple is dedicated to 15th Jain Tirthankar Dharamnath. Bhadra Fort a beautiful monument that is famous for its intricate carvings, pattern works, and beautiful frescos suits. Located in the middle of lush greenery the huge 44 acres Fort got its name from the Bhadrakali Temple that it houses. Sabarmati Ashram once the residence of Mahatma Gandhi located on the tranquil and serene stretch of the Sabarmati River. The museum is one of the most interesting sections of the ashram as it has on display some of Gandhi’s personal letters and photographs. Shaking Minarets one of the most intriguing architectural wonders & an unsolvable mystery that the world has ever seen. VECHAAR Utensils Museum it house an elaborate collection of utensils ranging from hundreds of years back to the current times. Kite Museum in the premises of Sanskar Kendra the museum had an elaborate display of about 125 uniquely carved kites including mirror embroidered kites, block print kites, and Japanese kites such as Rokuku. & Adalaj Stepwell a magnificent structure built in 1498 to provide access to groundwater in this arid region. Walk in to witness astonishing beauty captured in stone and feel the soothing drop in temperature. The tale of its creation is full of love and war, devotion and betrayal. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Ahmedabad – Bhavnagar (175kms) (B)
Drive to Bhavnagar via visiting archaeological remains of Harappa Port-Town at Lothal of Indus Valley Civilization. Unlike many other doorways into Harappan culture, Lothal passed through all the phases of the society, from earliest development to most mature. Roam the ruins with your heart open to the ancient, and with the help of the local museum here, allow yourself to be transported to an era 4,500 years ago. Arrive Bhavnagar check-in at the hotel. Later visit Gandhi Smriti, Barton Library & Museum. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Bhavnagar – Sasan Gir NP (225kms) (B, L, D)
Drive to Sasan Gir via visiting Palitana Temples are known for being the largest cluster of Jain temples on Shatrunjaya hills. These hills have similarities to other hills where Jain temples have been built in Bihar, Gwalior, Mount Abu, and Girnar. The Jain`s sacred hill of Shatrunjaya has 863 temples atop itself. The path is climbed through 3950 steps spanning 3.5 km up the Shatrunjaya Hills. The construction of temples of Palitana spanned over a period of 900 years and was structured in two phases. Arrive Sasan Gir check-in & overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Sasan Gir (B, L, D)
Gypsy safari in Gir Wildlife Sanctuary sprawling in an area of 1424 sq kms. Gir forest is the only place in the world, outside Africa, where the lion can be seen in its natural habitat. Other predators are panther & hyena. Sambhar, Chital, Blue Bull, Chinkara, and four-horned antelope are found here along with the bear and the long-tailed langur. Gir is also one of the finest bird sanctuaries. Some of the typical birds of Gir are the crested serpent eagle, crested hawk-eagle, brown fish owl, king vulture, jungle quail, paradise flycatcher, pygmy woodpecker, hard-headed oriole, etc. Another attraction is a crocodile farm developed in the forest. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Sasan Gir – Rajkot (160kms) (B)
Drive to Rajkot via visiting Junagadh an ancient fortified city rich in myth and legend, at the foot of the temple-studded Girnar Hill. The Girnar Hills are a holy sanctuary to the Jains. Ashoka inscribed 14 edicts on a huge boulder at Mt. Girnar peak. Also, visit Uperkot fort an inaccessible fortress at Junagadh. And Gondal the former princely state ruled by the Jadeja Rajput clan. Visit Navlakha Palace one of the oldest and most beautiful palaces situated on the riverbank. Continue drive to Rajkot check-in & overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Rajkot – Ahmedabad (225kms) (B)
Visit Jubilee Garden a large open park area featuring many monuments of the colonial time. The Garden includes the historic Mohandas Gandhi High School, Kaba Gandhi No Delo, Rashtriya Shala, Watson Museum, Lang Library, and Rotary Midtown Library. The museum houses a varied collection of the old artifact’s from the ancient city of Mohenjodaro. Later drop off to either Rajkot or Ahmedabad airport.
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