01 DAY: ARRIVAL AHMEDABAD.
Meeting and assistance on arrival at the Ahmedabad International Airport, our representative welcome and escort you by a private car and transfer to the hotel, whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would hand over the documents and brief the tour programme to you. Later take a sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad visiting the magnificent Mosque of Siddi Saiyad with its exquisite stone carvings, the beautiful Jama Masjid, white marbled Hathee Singh's Temple, Dada Hari Baoli, Shaking Minarets, Calico Textile Museum and Sabarmati Ashram started by Mahatma Gandhi, Kankaria Lake- The circular lake having an island garden in the middle. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Ahmedabad, founded in the year 1411 AD is located on the banks of river Sabarmati. Ahmedabad has been named after Sultan Ahmed Shah, who was primarily responsible for building it. Today, this city is known as the 'Manchester of the East'. One of the highly industrialized cities in India, Ahmedabad is also India's Textile City. The old city of Ahmedabad is dotted with labyrinthine bylanes called 'pols'. The exquisite carved wooden mansions and havelis are in no manner less than their stone counterparts in Rajasthan. The city is full of architectural delights. Though the capital of Gujarat was shifted from Ahmedabad to Gandhinagar, it is still the second largest industrial city in western India.
Ahmedabad, is a main hub of the contemporary and traditional textiles. Few crafts flourish at Ahmedabad as block-printing and the narrative cloth paintings of Mata-Ni-Pachedi.
02 DAY: AHMEDABAD.
Today morning after breakfast, take a tour of the leading specialized textile museum of India Calico Museum. Calico Museum has the rich collection of textile swatches of Indian origins which are found at famous sites of archaeological in Egypt, Sarees of silk from the throughout India, the silk sarongs of double-ikat prepared at Patan especially for the markets of Indonesian, curtains & chintz completed during the Dutch, Portuguese & British colonial reign at Gujarat, Punjab's floral embroidery, famous Kashmiri shawls, tie-and-dye work of 18th of century, opulently embroidered tent of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan that palace is located very close, Rajasthan's royal attires, manuscripts & paintings on the cloths, spiritual description in the paintings of cloths known as Kalamkari & Pichwai. Later if you wish you can visit the few other museums of Ahmedabad based on folk art collection. Overnight at the hotel.
03 DAY: AHMEDABAD - GONDAL (250 KMS: 4 HOURS)
Today morning after breakfast, take a tour of the leading specialized textile museum of India. Calico Museum. Calico Museum has the rich collection of textile swatches of Indian origins which are found at famous sites of archaeological in Egypt, Sarees of silk from the throughout India, the silk sarongs of double-ikat prepared at Patan especially for the markets of Indonesian, curtains & chintz completed during the Dutch, Portuguese & British colonial reign at Gujarat, Punjab's floral embroidery, famous Kashmiri shawls, tie-and-dye work of 18th of century, opulently embroidered tent of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan that palace is located very close, Rajasthan's royal attires, manuscripts & paintings on the cloths, spiritual description in the paintings of cloths known as Kalamkari & Pichwai. Later if you wish you can visit the few other museums of Ahmedabad based on folk art collection. Overnight at the hotel.
Gondal, a city state mere 35 km away from Rajkot ruled by a family of car enthusiasts whose royal passion resulted in a fine collection of automobiles which are now part of a museum in the palace premises. Such was the royal passion that Gondal had the best planned and well designed road system in preindependent Gujarat. Gondal like its neighbors has some visually exciting palaces and living spaces; some like the Riverside Palace commissioned in 1875 by Bhagwatsinghji is now a Heritage Hotel. The palace grounds form a private forest reserve with frolicking deers and a variety of birds adding to the tranquil beauty of the place.
04 DAY: GONDAL - JETPUR - JUNAGADH - GONDAL (150 KMS: 3 HOURS)
After breakfast, take an excursion to Jetpur famous for the workshops of block and screen printings and a centre of yarn-dyeing. Proceed further to Junagadh to visit the carpets of gem-encrusted, the Nawab's tapestry in the museum and wardrobes. Historical Junagadh is known for its 03rd of century (BC) Buddhist ruins, medieval palace, complexes of tomb and the forts. After visit, return back to Gondal for overnight stay.
05 DAY: GONDAL - JAMNAGAR (10 KMS: 15MINS) - GONDAL
Morning after breakfast, visit the Vanzas of Jamnagar who are known for their bandhani tie-and-dye sarees. Jamnagar is famous for its pearl fisheries, tie-and-dye fabrics, and bandhini textile work. Later also take a sightseeing tour of Jamnagar visiting Lakhota fort located in the center of the Lakhota Lake. It was initially a palace, which was converted into a museum in 1946, and Kotha Bastion is an old well, the water of which can be drawn by blowing into a small hole in the floor. After visit return back to Gondal for overnight stay.
Jamnagar, historically called Nawanagar or the new city, was one of the most important princely states of Saurashtra. According to Pauranik literature, Lord Krishna established his kingdom at Dwarka, now in Jamnagar district, after his migration from Mathura and it is to this great Yadava race that the Jams of Nawanagar trace their descent.
06 DAY: GONDAL - RAJKOT - BHUJ (275 KMS: 4 - 5 HOURS)
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Bhuj. Enroute visit Watson Museum at Rajkot to see the skills of the craftsmanship in Gujarat and Rashtriya Shala. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Bhuj was founded in 1548 AD by Rao Khengarji I, starting a dynasty of Jadeja rulers that ruled over Kachchh for 400 years. And so, the old walled city of Bhuj is the most important town in the area. The place lies at the heart of Kutch and is linked by many roads to the rest of the peninsula.
07 DAY: BHUJ
Morning after breakfast, take an excursion to the villages located near to Bhuj which are famous for its characteristic embroidery methods and see the handiwork of the villagers like weaving and the printing forms as block & Rogan. Stay overnight at Bhuj.
Note: Optionally you can visit Kanch museum is the oldest in Gujrat. It has the largest collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, and diplays textiles, armoury, gold and silver ornaments and other exhibits belonging to the region.
08 DAY: BHUJ - MANDVI (60 KMS: 1 HOUR)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Mandvi, which is a tie-and-dye centre, and stay in a/c tented comfort of the royal resort by the private beach in the palace estate. After lunch, Visit the dhow-building yard to see ocean-worthy vessels being hand-built. Overnight at the resort.
Mandvi: Located on the banks of the Rukmavati River, about a kilometer away from the Arabian Sea at the Gulf of Kutch, Mandvi was summer retreat of the Kutch Maharajas and was an important port town from early times. Mandvi was originally a fortified town having a huge fort wall and is said to have been settled around the 16th century. Mandvi is also known as a 400 year old shipbuilding centre and one can see the small boats being constructed in the traditional techniques by master carpenters even today. In fact it played a crucial role in the development of trade during the sea faring times, earning great revenues. It was known as a town of merchants and seamen, both mutually benefiting from each other.
09 DAY: MANDVI
After breakfast visit the Rabari villages around Mandvi, famous for the charming houses known as Rabari and Bhungas embroidery, including some of the most picturesque in Gujarat, and a Samma village at Pragsar. The main attraction at Mandvi is the Vijay Vilas Palace, with beautiful gardens, water channels and marble fountains. It was constructed in the 1920?s and has all the elements of Rajput architecture with intricate carving on stone decorating the façade. This palace is often used as a setting for film shoots. Mandvi has some very beautiful houses belonging to rich merchants with stone carving and plaster decorations. Their unique architectural style reflects the fusion of Indian and European styles of architecture. Overnight at the resort.
10 DAY: MANDVI - WADHWAN (350 KMS: 6 HOURS)
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and depart from Mandvi for Wadhwan. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Wadhwan is a famous place for tie and dye work of Bandhani, metal crafts & weaving and is also a historical town surrounded by walls. Overnight at the hotel.<
Wadhawan, the centre of an Indian Princely state of the same name. It was formerly known as Wardhmanpuri, the name given after jain tirthankar bhagwan Vardhman (i.e. Lord Mahavir) It was ruled by the Jhala Rajputs, who also ruled neighboring princely states of Limbdi, Lakhtar, Sayla, Chuda, and Wankaner. There is a large community of Khatris [a community of people involved in coloring clothes] in the city these days. The business of bandhani [a type of colouring and designing clothes] is one of the major businesses in the city.
11 DAY: WADHWAN - DASADA (75 KMS: 1½ - 2 HOURS)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Dasada ? a home of endangered Asiatic wild ass. On arrival, check in to the hotel. Later visit a place to see the women of Rabari working on distinctive embroideries. Here you will use locally prepared materials and handicrafts which make you, feel like a village. Overnight stay at the hotel.
12 DAY: DASADA
Today opt for a morning safari in the Little Rann of Kutch, a sanctuary for the endangered Asiatic Wild Ass. The wild ass is the distinctive variety found duly in Gujarat and nowhere else in the world. Enjoy a safari & watch these animals & migratory birds in their natural habitat. Later visit the pastoral 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. During this tour, guests can shop for embroidery directly from the Bharwad women of Ambala and the Rabari women of Dasada. The weaving cooperative at Bajana and other artisans? workshops can also be included in the tours. Other communities near Dasada are Padhars (primarily fishing people), the semi-nomadic Bajanias and Mirs, Jaths (Muslim herders), and the Siddis. Overnight at the resort.
Little Rann of Kutch The mammals of the Rann other than the wild ass, there are chances of seeing nilgai, chinkara gazelle, white-footed desert and Indian foxes, the wolf, jungle cat (occasionally also desert cat), pale and long-eared hedgehogs and hare. Crested and Sykes larks, Oriental skylark, bimaculated lark, greater short-toed lark, singing and Indian bushlarks, ashy-crowned and black-crowned sparrow-larks, are likely sightings and greater hoopoe lark is possible. Desert and variable wheatears, southern grey, long-tailed, rufous-tailed and bay-back shrike, common woodshrike are also likely sightings and the desert warbler is among the many winter visiting warblers. We will also look for chestnut-bellied and spotted sandgrouse, Indian courser (cream-coloured visits occasionally), quails, yellow-legged and barred buttonquails, grey francolin, wryneck, brown-rock chat, pied bushchat, rufous-tailed scrub robin, blue-headed rock thrush, black redstart and buntings in the scrubby areas. At sunset, it is possible to watch marsh, Montagu and pallid harriers, aquila eagles, falcons and buzzards heading for their roosting sites.
13 DAY: DASADA - PATAN - MODHERA - DASADA (150 KMS: 3 HOURS)
Morning after breakfast, take an excursion to Patan to see the working Salvis on Patola. Patola is considered as one of the finest silk textiles. Also watch the woven with the use of technique double-ikat. Take a tour of 11th of century's Sun Temple at Modhera. Modhera Sun Temple is one of the most excellent examples of Hindu's temple architecture at western India. This temple has been designed in such a way that the Sun's rays illuminate the sanctum at dawn, during the time of the equinoxes. Later return to Dasada. Overnight at the hotel.
Patan is famous for its hand woven sarees and is a must-visit destination for all the people visiting Gujarat, especially women. Apart from this, it is also a sought after tourist destination, as the Solanki architecture can be seen at its best here. The sightseeing tours of Patan reveal the majesty of these monuments to the visitors. Some of the foreign tourists come here especially to view the enthralling architecture of the temples of Patan. The Jain temples, with their intricate carvings, are the main attraction of the city. The place interests, people of diverse religion, as there are both temples and mosques here.
Modhera, the 11th century Sun temple of Modhera is easily one of the finest examples of devotional in western India. Built by the Solanki Rajput kings, the aid of donations from the people, the temple features carved torana arches mounted on kirti stambhas (pillars of victory) as the entrances, a large rectangular stepped with 108 smaller shrines, an exquisite 52 pillared portico, beautiful domed central portion and a sanctum sanctoruim designed so that the sun light fell on the bejewelled statue of the God, specially at sunrise during the equinox. The exterior of temple is carved with traditional erotic scenes, rivalling at Konark and Khajuraho, and depictions of various Gods and, while inside are friezes of the Mahabharata and portrayed on the pillars. The temple is framed by a well garden, and sits on the banks of river Pushpawati.
14 DAY: DASADA - AHMEDABAD - HOME TOWN (90 KMS: 2 HOURS)
At appropriate time transfer to the Ahmedabad airport to embark the flight for hometown. On departure tour concludes with happy memories.