Perhaps one of the most vibrant yet unfairly overlooked state of India, Gujarat is home to beauty, charm, culture, tradition and modernity. Homeland of the Mahatma, a prominent religious and spiritual centre of the Jains and the Hindus, hub of artisans weaving some of the finest and most colorful fabrics in the world, home to the Indian Wild Asses and the last living prides of the Asiatic lions, Gujarat has something to offer to everyone who likes a taste of its legacy.
On arrival in Ahmedabad, check in to your hotel room. Later, visit the famous Gandhi Ashram situated in the peaceful grounds on the Sabarmati river’s west bank. The Ashram was Gandhi’s headquarters from 1917 to 1930, during the long struggle for Indian independence.
After visiting the Gandhi Ashram, return to your hotel and venture out again for a heritage night walk of the walled city of Ahmedabad. Walk through the streets and alleys dating back to more than five centuries and home to luxurious ’havelis’ as well as more modest dwellings called ‘khadki’.
On day 2 after breakfast, visit the Calico Museum, the primary textile museum of India, showcasing amazing artworks. This museum contains one of the world’s finest collections of antique and modern Indian textiles, all of which are handmade and up to 500 years old.
After this, proceed to visit the Swaminarayan Temple, the oldest temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, the Akshardham Temple and the Adalaj Stepwell – a ‘water building’ (a five storey well) dating back to the 15th century. Return to the hotel by late evening and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
After breakfast in the morning, leave for Dasada. En-route, stop in Modhera, famous for the ancient Sun Temple, dedicated to the Surya Dev or Sun God of the Hindus.
Upon your arrival, check into your hotel room. In the afternoon, depart for the Rann of Kutch in a jeep, a salt marsh located in the Thar Desert. This is the largest salt desert of the world. By late evening, return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.
On Day 4, after breakfast, drive to Bhuj. After reaching, visit the famous attractions like Pragmahal Palace, Aina Mahal, Bhujio Hill and Hamirsar Lake. In the evening, check back into the hotel and enjoy your overnight stay.
After a refreshing breakfast, visit the villages of Banny. Over the years, these villages have adapted the Gujarati culture as a significant part of themselves. Later, proceed to the Siyot Caves. These are one of the 80 monastic sites discovered and reported by Chinese travellers, situated at the mouth of Indus River, around the 7th century. By evening, return to the hotel and stay overnight for a good night’s sleep.
In the morning after breakfast, we will drive to Rajkot. En-route, halt in Morbi and Wankaner- both influenced and ornamented with European architecture and culture. By afternoon, you will reach Rajkot and check in to your hotel room.
After checking into the hotel room, you shall proceed for the sightseeing tour .
In the evening, return to your hotel room and sleep early for the next day.
Your next stop is Jamnagar. After breakfast, visit the Pirotan Islands by boats to see different types of fish. Then, visit the local market to buy some authentic tie and dye art called ‘Bandhni’. Spend your evening at leisure before returning to the hotel.
Proceed to Junagarh. Later in the morning, visit the Khambalida caves. Visit the three most prominent Khambalida caves, the central one being ‘Chaitya’ housing a worn out stupa. These caves date back to the 4thor 5th century AD and were scooped out from the local limestone rock. After that, visit the Laxmi Villas Palace, built by Indo-Sarasenic tradition, with an eclectic mix of Indian, Islamic and European elements. On the way, take a stop at Uparkot Fort, built by Chandra Gupt Maurya, in the 319 BC and Mahaprabhuji’s Baithak.
Thereafter, continue your journey to Sasangir. Check in at a hotel and enjoy your overnight stay.
After breakfast, take a tour of the Kamleshwar dam, home to a crocodile breeding farm. From there, leave for a wildlife Safari in the Sasangir National Park, spread over an area of 1412 square km, and the only home of the Asiatic Lions. Spend your evening at leisure.
After breakfast, head towards Diu and take a stop in in Somnath. This temple is the first one out of the ten Shiva’s Joyotirlings. Diu is amongst the least populated districts of India and as it is a historical part of Saurashtra region, this makes it a significant place to visit. Upon reaching Diu, check in at a hotel and have a good night’s sleep.
In the morning, after your breakfast, explore Diu and its famous beaches. After that, visit the villages of Vanakbara. Situated at the extreme west of the island, it is a fascinating little fishing village and one of the main highlights of Diu. Later, proceed to the Diu Fort. Built in 1535, the lighthouse at the fort is highest point on the island which you can climb. By late evening, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Early in the morning, enjoy alluring view of the sunrise at the beach. Thereafter, return to the hotel for breakfast and then leave for Bhavnagar. On reaching Bhavnagar, check in to your hotel for an overnight stay.
After an early morning breakfast, drive to Baroda. En-route, stop over at Palitana to visit the Shatrunjaya Temple, one of the holiest pilgrimage sites of Jains. Upon reaching Baroda, check in at your hotel and have a good night’s sleep.
In the morning after breakfast, get ready to proceed for the city tour of Baroda. After this proceed to visit the famous Laxmi Villas palace which is still the residence of Vadodara’s royal family. Later, drive to Champaner, a historical village embellished with ancient forts, minars, mosques and other monuments. The heart of this historic site is the Citadel, whose most impressive features are its 16th-century monumental mosques (no longer used for worship), with their beautiful blending of Islamic and Hindu architectures. After Champaner, visit Chotta Udaipur. By late evening, return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
On day 15, after breakfast, depart for Surat. Arrive and check in at your hotel and then proceed for a local sightseeing tour. Visit Dandi, Bardoli and Swaraj Ashram and learn about India’s history and Gandhi ji. In the evening, return to your hotel.
The day you bid farewell to the beautiful city. After breakfast, leave on time for your next destination – Mumbai.