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Exotic Gujarat & Rajasthan

Tour Duration: 22 Nights / 23 Days
Distinguished communities with unmatched skills, fortified cities, magnificent step-wells and forts is what is well encapsulated in this exotic tour across Gujarat and Rajasthan. The journey commences through exploration of 11 UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. The unique selling point of our tour is to jaunt through the land which gave the world-famous peacemaker- Mahatma Gandhi. The significant history made Ahmedabad a UNESCO site and walking across this historic city accounts for a spellbinding experience. We also witness the holy land of Somnath and Palitana with 863 Jain temples in compass. Rejuvenation too is well taken care of. Tourists from any genre would surely have a mesmerizing experience at the beaches of Diu, opening to the boundless Arabian Sea. Be astound by the terrific beauty of step wells well-preserved across Gujarat. Be charmed with a boat ride over Lake Pichola in Udaipur. Experience royalty as you sway back on an elephant to climb up hill to Amer Fort in Jaipur. Finally, endure the Mughal charm and architecture at Agra and in Delhi.

Tour Highlights

Gujarat is the unparalleled destination that has all the perfect ingredients that one looks for in a historical spot. This unique tour takes you to the home of the Mahatma Gandhi, who inspired the likes of Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela; renowned temples like the Modhera Sun Temple and the invincible Somnath Temple; the city of temples with 863 Jain temples in Palitana, the unique step – wells and forts, which are truly are a rare sight. With such a diverse array of splendid historical tourist spots, Gujarat is truly an ideal destination that has the best in store for all tourists, be it wildlife enthusiasts (for Asiatic Lion) in Gir, devotees, history lovers or cultural connoisseurs.
On the other hand, Rajasthan, the land of Maharajas (kings) and their Mahals (palaces) is India at its charismatic and royalty best. It is an exotic state which has been built on myths and Rajput clan’s belief of death before dishonor. This destination is like a legend that has come to life with an incredible array of mighty forts, elaborate palaces and fanciful cities.
Explore the peculiarity of both the states on this ‘Exotic Gujarat & Rajasthan Tour’ and unveil the unforgettable highlights throughout the journey.

 

World Heritage Sites

Tour Itinerary at Glance

Day 1: Arrive Mumbai
Day 2: Mumbai
Day 3: : Mumbai –Bhuj by Flight
Day 4: Bhuj
Day 5: Bhuj / Gondal (Drive: 270 Km/ 06 Hours)
Day 6: : Gondal / Junagarh / Sasan Gir (Drive: 130 Km/ 4 Hours)
Day 7: Sasan Gir / Somnath / Diu (Drive: 130 Km)
Day 8: : Diu / Bhavnagar (Drive: 200 Km/ 05 Hours)
Day 9: Bhavnagar / Palitana / Bhavnagar (140 Km round trip)
Day 10: Bhavnagar / Lothal / Dasada (Drive: - 250 Km/ 6 Hours)
Day 11: : Dasada / Patan / Balaram (180 Km/ 05 Hours)
Day 12: Balaram
Day 13: Balaram / Khumbariya / Adalaj / Ahmedabad (Drive: 230 KM/ 5 Hours)
Day 14: Ahmedabad
Day 15: : Ahmedabad / Udaipur (Drive: 250 KM/ 6 Hours)
Day 16: Udaipur
Day 17: Udaipur / Pushkar (Drive: - 280 Km/ 6 Hours)
Day 18: Pushkar / Jaipur (Drive: - 140 Km/ 3 Hours
Day 19: Jaipur
Day 20: Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra (Drive: 245 Km/ 6 Hours)
Day 21: Agra / Delhi (Drive: 220 Km/ 4 Hours)
Day 22: Delhi
Day 23: Delhi / Home-
  • - Breakfast
  • - Lunch
  • - Dinner

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  1. Day 1 Arrive Mumbai
    Namaste! We are warmly welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together. After immigration and custom formalities, we are transferred to our Hotel. 
  2. Day 2 Mumbai
    gateway-of-india-mumbai Our experience of Bombay or Mumbai starts with - Gateway of India- Mumbai's most famous monument; this is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city. We also visit Hanging gardens, the bustling Crawford Market, Haji Ali - Across a rocky path that meanders into the sea from Mahalaxmi Temple, you can see a cluster of ethereal white domes floating on the water. This is Haji Ali Dargah, the tomb of a wealthy Muslim merchant, who renounced all his worldly belongings before embarking on a pilgrimage to Mecca. Next, we visit Flora Fountain and the Dhobi Ghats - a vast outdoor laundry & the Prince of Wales Museum & Victoria Terminus* which is recently added to the world heritage site. Evening is free for shopping and personal activities.
    Meals Included
  3. Day 3 : Mumbai –Bhuj by Flight
    Today we are transferred to airport for our flight to Bhuj. On arrival in Bhuj, we are transferred to our Hotel. We first visit DSP office to obtain permission to visit Banni villages. The permit is required for visit north side Banni villages. If time permits, then visit local sightseeing in Bhuj to visit Aina Mahal & Kutch museum. 
    Please Note: Kutch Museum is closed on Wednesday for visitors. Aina Mahal remains closed on Thursday.
    Meals Included
  4. Day 4 Bhuj
    Today we take a full day excursion. Sumraser village - to see scoof embroidery done by Harijan & soda community. Nirona (north side) to see bell making by Khatri Muslim community, to see rogan art by khatri muslim community, to see lacer work by Vandh community. Dhordo (north side) to see Jatt community working on Muthwa embroidery & visit village.  Ludiya (north side) to see wood carving & painted houses of harijan community. Khavda (north side): to see Ajarak print & painted pottery work done by Muslim Khatri community. (Please note it’s full day excursion. So, we must carry packed lunch). 
    Meals Included
  5. Day 5 Bhuj / Gondal (Drive: 270 Km/ 06 Hours)
    In the morning we drive to Gondal via Bhujodi to see showel weaving. The town created a model state of Saurashtra in late 19th and early century. We visit the oldest and most beautiful Gondal palace, the navlakha palace complex (17th century is situated on a river bank, the grand darbar hall, with a series of huge windows opening onto a long balcony supported by intricately carved brackets. Other two royal palaces - the river side palace and orchard are converted in to heritage hotels. The rulers of Gondal’s where great lovers of automobiles and one can see several vintage and classic cars in the royal garage. Two royal rail saloons of the Gondel state were renovated, keeping the original decor and available for accommodation. Other interesting places to visit are Swaminarayan temple, Bhubaneshwar temple and Ayurvedic pharmacy. 
    Meals Included
  6. Day 6 : Gondal / Junagarh / Sasan Gir (Drive: 130 Km/ 4 Hours)
    In the morning drive to Sasan Gir with enroute visit Junagadh: an ancient fortified city rich in myth and legend, Junagarh lies at the foot of girnar hills and takes its name from old fort which circles the medieval town, the antiquities of Junagarh go back to the times of emperor Ashoka (250 B.C.) whose fourteen rock edicts can be seen cut into a great rock outside the city.  Junagarh to visit 9th century uparkot fortress,3rd –5th century Buddhist caves and 250 B.C. Ashoka rock edicts. And Mohhabat ka Maqbara then drive to Sasan Gir for pm safari. (Safari in Sasan Gir which starts at 02:30 pm)
    Meals Included
  7. Day 7 Sasan Gir / Somnath / Diu (Drive: 130 Km)
    Morning safari in Sasan Gir, later we drive to Diu enroute visiting the temple at Somnath which is one of the 12 scared Jyotirlingas. Further we drive to Diu. 
    Meals Included
  8. Day 8 : Diu / Bhavnagar (Drive: 200 Km/ 05 Hours)
    In the morning we tour Diu. We visit Diu fort, St. Paul church. Afternoon we drive to Bhavnagar. On arrival, we check in our Hotel. 
    Meals Included
  9. Day 9 Bhavnagar / Palitana / Bhavnagar (140 Km round trip)
    Today we take an excursion to Palitana. A Jain pilgrim centre located at the foot of the 600 mt Shetrunjaya hills. It has 863 Jain temples built over 900 years. The artistically made temples attract Jain pilgrims and tourists. A Muslim shrine is located next to one of the major temples. Also, to see the Palitana Jain temples one as to climb approx 4000 stone steps
     
    Meals Included
  10. Day 10 Bhavnagar / Lothal / Dasada (Drive: - 250 Km/ 6 Hours)
    In the morning we drive to Dasada via Lothal. Lothal excavated some years back is a settlement of the Harappan era  Dating as far back as the 2nd millennium B.C, excavations have revealed the remains of well-planned brick-built city with underground drainage system and well-defined living area within houses. From here we drive to Dasada. Evening safari in Dasada where we can see nearby villages and back to the hotel. 
     
    Meals Included
  11. Day 11 : Dasada / Patan / Balaram (180 Km/ 05 Hours)
    In the morning we enjoy safari in the little Rann of Kutch to see wild ass and different species of migratory birds then we drive to Modera to see ancient sun temples which is famous for stone carving.  After visiting sun temple, we drive to Patan to visit salvi family house to see the patola saree weaving, salvi family is national award winner. We also visit Rani ki vav (step well). 
    Meals Included
  12. Day 12 Balaram
    Today we take a full day excursion to surrounding villages to see the Grasia & Bhil tribes villages.
    Meals Included
  13. Day 13 Balaram / Khumbariya / Adalaj / Ahmedabad (Drive: 230 KM/ 5 Hours)
    modhera-sun-temple In the morning after breakfast we drive to Khumbariya. We visit the beautiful Jain temples of Solanki dynasty build in 11th century then we drive to Ahmedabad on the way visiting Adalaj step well of 15th century. 
    Meals Included
  14. Day 14 Ahmedabad
    hathee-singh-temple-ahmedabad Today we take city tour of Ahmedabad. We visit Jumma masque built in 1423 by the founder of Ahmedabad. This mosque is built in yellow sand stones and it stands on the 260 pillars which support 15 domes a staggered elevation. Next, we visit Saiyad mosque- enclosed by the pleasant garden in the centre of the city this small mosque is know for its delicate and exquisite trellises and stone window tracery. Wooden models of these are exhibited in New York and Kensington museum. Dadahari Ni vav this step well consists of a domed entrance which is a series of the steps and pillared stones platform lead down to the reservoir. The walls and pillars are richly carved in stone. We also visit Gandhi ashram - this quite and peaceful retreat was setup by Gandhi Ji in 1915 as a Satyagraha ashram on the bank the river of Sabarmati.
    Meals Included
  15. Day 15 : Ahmedabad / Udaipur (Drive: 250 KM/ 6 Hours)
    city-palace-udaipur In the morning after breakfast we drive to Udaipur. No city in Rajasthan is quite as romantic as Udaipur. Misty ochre-shadowed hills and pale, intricate buildings encircle the mirror glass of Lake Pichola. If Jaipur is a study in pink, then Udaipur is a vision in white. The City of Dawn, surrounded by the ancient Aravali Mountains and set on the edge of three lakes, is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples. On arrival in Udaipur we check in our hotel. 
    Meals Included
  16. Day 16 Udaipur
    lake-palace-udaipur We start our experience of Udaipur by visiting the City Palace. The palace has several architectural and artistic highlights such as the Mor Chowk, known for its stunning peacock mosaics and the Bhim Vilas Palace with its series of lovely wall paintings. From the City Palace we can see the Lake Place, shimmering like a jewel in Lake Pichola. Later we visit the Jagdish Temple, Fateh Sagar Lake and Saheliyon Ki Bari, the Garden of Maids. We end our tour of Udaipur with a boat ride at Lake Pichola and visit Jag Mandir, a palace built on an island in 1551. The royal family used the palace as a summer resort and pleasure palace for holding parties. 
    Meals Included
  17. Day 17 Udaipur / Pushkar (Drive: - 280 Km/ 6 Hours)
    ghat-pushkar In the morning after breakfast we drive to Pushkar. Pushkar is bewitching but touristy little town, like a beautiful mirage on the edge of the desert, with temples, bathing ghats, onion domes and chalk coloured buildings clustering around its holy lake, which is said to have appeared when Brahma dropped a lotus flower. It's an important pilgrimage centre and you'll see plenty of Sadhus (Spiritual men), as well as countless chilled-out travellers experimenting variously with spirituality, Bhang and the facial hair. Pushkar boasts temples, though few are as ancient as you might expect at such an important pilgrimage site, since many were deserted by Aurangzeb and subsequently rebuilt. We visit the most famous temple of Lord Brahma Temple, said to be one of the few temples in the world dedicated to this deity. It's marked by red spire, and over the entrance gateway is the Hans, or goose symbol, of Brahma, who is said to have personally chosen Pushkar as its site. 
    Meals Included
  18. Day 18 Pushkar / Jaipur (Drive: - 140 Km/ 3 Hours
    amber-fort-jaipur In the morning after breakfast we drive to Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur, we are transferred to our Hotel. Rest of the day is free. 
    Meals Included
  19. Day 19 Jaipur
    hawa-mahal-jaipur A royal experience awaits us as we take a Jeep ride uphill to the intriguing Amber Palace, a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. After the tour and enjoying a panoramic view, we return to Jaipur to visit the old astronomical observatory built by the founder of the city, Jai Singh. We also visit the majestic Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art, and the colourful bazaar. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting. Most of the buildings in the old city are made of pink sandstone and one of the most beautiful is Hawa Mahal, Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. Evening is free to enjoy both shopping and a cultural experience in the bazaars of Jaipur. 
    Meals Included
  20. Day 20 Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra (Drive: 245 Km/ 6 Hours)
    buland-darwaza In the morning after breakfast we drive to Agra. En-route we visit Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful capital built in 1640 by the Mughal King, Akbar the Great. The city was later abandoned for lack of water. A superb example of Mughal architecture, it stands perfectly preserved in the desert. We also visit the artistically designed mausoleum of Salim Chisty who is reputed to have prayed for a son for Akbar leading to the birth of Salim Jehangir. From here we continue a countryside drive to Agra. On arrival we check in our Hotel. 
    Meals Included
  21. Day 21 Agra / Delhi (Drive: 220 Km/ 4 Hours)
    taj-mahal-agra In the morning we visit to one of the most well-known wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. Built by Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is built of white marble, beautifully carved and inlaid with semi-precious stones. Next, we visit Agra Fort, where Shah Jehan, in the later years of his life, was imprisoned by his son to prevent him from spending the family fortunes on a black echo of the Taj Mahal.
    In the afternoon we drive to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, we check in our Hotel.
    Please note: Taj Mahal is closed on Friday.
     
    Meals Included
  22. Day 22 Delhi
    jantar-mantar-new-delhi The capital of India is a true reflection of the old and new of India. We start our morning tour with New Delhi and visit Birla House – The Former Residence of Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi spend his later years at Birla House before he was assassinated by Nathu Ram Godse on January 30, 1948. Later we visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place, Humayun's Tomb and the Qutb Minar - a perfect minaret towering 102 meters / 112 yards into the sky. New Delhi is a blend of Mughal India, Hindu India, British India and certainly of modern independent India.
    Our afternoon concentrates on Old Delhi, starting with the famous Red Fort. Built by Shah Jehan, this was once the most opulent fort of the Mughal Empire. Next, we visit another Mughal majesty, the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. We end our tour with the visit to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Please note: Red Fort and Birla House are closed on Monday & Chandni Chowk is closed on Sunday. 
     
    Meals Included
  23. Day 23 Delhi / Home-
    After what would have been an incredible journey, we bid farewell to India as we are transferred to airport for our flight to onward destination. 
    Meals Included
  • - Breakfast
  • - Lunch
  • - Dinner

* DENOTES UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES INCLUDED

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Our experience was outstanding. The logistics of meeting and greeting us with local guides at every location was flawless. The hotels recommended were as represented, well located , with character, and good food. Our driver for the entire 13 day journey punctual,thoughtful and very personable.
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