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Gujarat is counted amongst the most colorful and culturally rich states of
India. Visit the wonderful historic monuments and colorful and vivid culture
of Ahmedabad, Sasangir and Palitana places during this unique Saurashtra
Day - 1 - Arrive - Mumbai - Ahmedabad (Flt: 9W-323 / 1850 - 1950 Hrs.)
You arrive in Mumbai by international flight. After a traditional 'Swagat'
(Welcome) our representative would assist you at the airport and to our
hotel for short stay near the airport.
Post breakfast we check out from the hotel and will leave for a half day
sightseeing tour of Mumbai starting with the Gateway of India, the entrance
to the port of Mumbai. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George
V in 1911. Historically the Gateway holds greater significance as the last
of the British troops, which left independent India by sea, marched through
its portals. It is followed by the Elephanta Caves boat cruise from Gateway
of India. The caves are at the top of a gentle stairway, which begins almost
immediately where the ferry wharf hits dry land.
Later in the evening transfer to airport to board the flight for Ahmedabad.
Upon arrival assistance and check-in hotel for overnight stay. (B)
Day - 2 - Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad emanates a paradoxical notion in one's mind when one sees the
conquests on this fortified city by the Mughals, Marathas, and British,
being related to Mahatma Gandhi, the ambassador of Non-violence to the
Post breakfast our guide will take you for a half day city tour, covering
Indo-Saracenic archetypal Mosques, Jama Masjid and Sidi Syed Mosque,
followed by the painted Swaminarayan Temple.
Evening at leisure and overnight stay at hotel. (B)
Day - 3 - Ahmedabad / Jamnagar (300 km / 6 hrs)
After breakfast we drive to Jamnagar, a stopover between Ahmedabad and
Dwarka, which sports the biggest oil refinery in India. Overnight stay. (B)
Day - 4 - Jamnagar / Dwarka / Jamnagar (85 km / 2 hrs, one way) Morning
post breakfast we will leave for a full day excursion to Dwarka.
Dwarka, on the west coast of Gujarat on the shore of the Arabian Sea,
features most of the legends surrounding of Lord Krishna. It is from here
that the grown Lord Krishna is supposed to have ruled his kingdom. Dwarka is
a significant pilgrimage site for the Hindus. It is sanctified as the place
where Lord Vishnu slew the demon Shankhasura. The Puranas mention the 12
Jyotirlingas or columns of light representing Lord Shiva which manifested in
different parts of the country. One of these is located in Dwarka and is
known as the Nageshwar Mahadev. The Jagat Mandir or Nij Mandir forms the
sanctum of the Dwarkadish temple and dates back to 2500 years. Jagat Mandir
has its own hall of audience and a conical spire. The roof of the hall is
supported by 60 columns and the main temple rises five storeys high. The
spire rises to a height of 157 feet and is richly carved. The main
attraction at Dwarkadheesh Temple is spectacular evening prayers (Aarti).
Another popular temple in Dwarka is temple of Rukmini, Krishna's wife,
considered an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and
beauty. The Sharad Peetha, one of the four Matths established by Jagatguru
Shankaracharya, is also situated here. This legendary capital city of Lord
Krishna's Dwarka that got engulfed by the advancing sea has been discovered
under the sea off the coast of present day Dwarka. In the evening we drive
back to Jamnagar for overnight stay at our hotel. (B)
Day - 5 - Jamnagar - Junagarh (225 km / 5 hrs)
Morning post breakfast we drive to Junagarh. The city takes its name from
the Fort which enclorsed the old city. This town is situated at the base of
the temple studded Girnar Hill and is also the departure point for visits to
the Gir Forest, known for the only surviving population of Asiatic Lions.
Upon arrival assistance and check-in hotel. Later in the afternoon our
guide will take you for a half day city tour including Uparkot, It is said
that this Fort was once besieged, unsuccessfully, for a full 12 years. In
all, it was besieged 16 times. It is also said that the fort was abandoned
from 10th to 12th centuries and when rediscovered it was completely
overgrown by forest. Inside the fort is Jama Masjid, the tomb of Nuri Shah
and two fine step-wells known as Adi Chadi and the Naughan. Next we will
visit Ashok Edicts These 14 edicts were inscribed by Emperor Ashoka around
250 BC and testify the great antiquity of this place. Evening at leisure and
overnight stay at hotel. (B)
Day - 6 - Junagarh - Sasangir ( 65 km / 2 hrs.)
Early morning we will visit Girnar Hill, 600m high. Girnar Hill is having
the famous Jain temples. One has to climb 10,000 stone steps to make it to
the summit. The sacred tank of Damodar Kund marks the start of the climb for
the temples. Five of them are Jain temples including the largest and the
oldest 12th century Temple of Neminath, the 22nd Jain Tirthankar. There is a
large black image of Neminath in the central shrine and smaller images
around the temple. (OPTIONAL)
Next we will depart for Sasangir. The Sasangir National Park is in the
Kathiwad peninsula of Gujarat and is spread over 1412 sq km. It has the
distinction of being the only refuge to the last surviving majestic Asiatic
Lions (Panthera leo). It is home of about 300 lions and were on the verge of
extinctions. The Park is a popular tourist destination, with some sixty
thousand wide-eyed tourists visiting the Park in the hope of catching a
glimpse of the proud and rare lion in 1999-2000. Apart from the Asiatic
Lions, the Park is also home to large number of Panthers, Hyenas, Deer, the
world's only 4-horned Antelope, Blue Bull, Wild Boar and the dangerous Marsh
Jeep safaris and wildlife photography are the favourite tourist activities
here. Several machaans (watch towers) and hideaways have been raised near
waterholes to allow visitors a closer look at the lions. On arrival we
assist you to check in at our Hotel for overnight stay. (B,D)
Day - 7 - Sasangir (Two Jungle Safaris)
Before breakfast early morning (0530 hrs) jeep safari to the National Park.
Another such safari is also scheduled in the afternoon (1500 hrs). Overnight
stay at hotel. (B,L,D)
Day - 8 - Sasangir - Somnath ( 90 km/ 2 hrs)
Morning post breakfast we drive to Somnath. The historic shore temple at
Somnath is one of the 12 important Jyotirlingas of Shiva in India. A museum
nearby has exhibits from the original temple before it was destroyed by
invaders. Evening free to visit temples and Aarti. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day - 9 - Somnath - Diu (75 km/ 2 hrs)
After breakfast we drive to Diu, erstwhile Portuguese colony off the
Saurastra coast of Gujarat. Golden beaches, palm groves, old churches and
monuments, etc are highlights here. On arrival we assist you to check in at
our hotel for a leisurely evening and overnight stay. (B)
Day - 10 - Diu
Today we leave for a half day sightseeing of Diu and we visit the
battlement of Diu Fort, the wood panelled St.Paul's and St.Thomas' Churches.
Evening at leisure. Overnight stay. (B)
Day - 11 - Diu - Palitana - Bhavnagar (225 km / 5 hrs)
Early morning post breakfast we drive to Palitana. It is worth an effort to
climb this 610m high hill and visit the famous Shatrunjaya Jain Temple
Complex, which has 863 Temples with arches, carved pillars, and bejeweled
idols ranging from 11th to 20th century. Later we drive to Bhavnagar,
another rich princely city, and on arrival we assist you to check in at our
Hotel. Overnight stay. (B)
Day - 12 - Bhavnagar - Mumbai (9W-3412 / 0915-1025 hrs)
After early breakfast on time transfer to airport to catch the flight to
Mumbai. Upon arrival assistance and check-in hotel. Rest of the day at
leisure and overnight stay at hotel. (B)
Day - 13 - Depart Mumbai
Tour concludes. We thanks you for your patronage and ensures a punctual
transfer to the Airport / Railway Station for onward travel.
Tour Cost (Using Budget Hotels)
|Based on minimum 02 pax
||US$ 1225 per person on twin sharing basis
|Based on minimum 04 pax
||US$ 965 per person on twin sharing basis
|Based on minimum 08 pax
||US$ 850 per person on twin sharing basis
|Based on minimum 12 pax
||US$ 805 per person on twin sharing basis
|Single room supplement
Above Cost Includes :
- Rates are not valid from 20 December to 10 January
- Supplement cost of Local speaking escort : US$ 525
Cost Does Not Include :
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis with short stay in Mumbai.
- Buffet Breakfast
- All meals in Gondal(Near Junagarh) and Sasangir.
- A/C transportation as per the itinerary (No transportation on leisure
- Local English speaking guide as per the itinerary.
- In Mumbai transfers by hotel car / coach.
- 02 Jeep safaris in Sasangir.
- Elephanta boat cruise in Mumbai.
- All presently applicable taxes.
- Any airfare or airport tax.
- Expenses of personal nature.
- Monument charges.
- Any other expenses not mentioned in the cost includes.