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Gujarat Explorer

Get a taste of rich culture & heritage, exotic wildlife, the White Desert & exquisite craft heritage

Gujarat Explorer

$1240 per person

Gujarat Explorer is where you arrive for best of heritage sites, craft heritage, cultural heritage and wildlife. You visit four UNESCO heritage sites, experience the forests of Sasan Gir, interact with nomadic tribes and explore exquisite craft heritage areas of Gujarat. The journey takes you through some pristine countryside, offbeat areas through some authentic real India experiences. You end the trip on a high with a visit to the “Statue of Unity”, the world’s highest statue.

Gujarat Explorer Highlights

  • Rural safari to interact with nomadic tribes of Gujarat
  • Undertake jeep safaris to explore Sasan Gir National Park for a chance to sight Asiatic Lions
  • Experience the 1748 AD Naulakha Palace at Gondal which houses the erstwhile ruling family’s private collection
  • Experience White Desert and get a glimpse of the Rann Utsav, a prime cultural festival of Gujarat
  • Explore craft villages around Bhuj for distinctive styles of embroidery and other handiwork like weaving, block-printing, Rogan-painting, etc.
  • Enjoy idyllic beaches of Mandvi and the Arabia Sea experience
  • Explore desert areas of Little Rann of Kutch for raptors and Wild Ass
  • Visit the stunning Modhera Sun Temple and Rani Ki Vav stepwell (UNESCO heritage site)
  • Visit Calico Museum of Textiles, one of India’s leading specialized textile museums
  • Walk through the old city of Ahmedabad, one of the UNESCO heritage sites
  • Be amazed at the Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue at 182 meters
  • Visit Baroda Museum (dated 1894), built on the lines of Victoria & Albert Museum

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in a double / twin room with Breakfast (Except in Dasada and Kevadiya)
  • Car with Experienced driver on disposal for 12 days – AC Toyota Innova
  • Packaged water in car
  • Monument Entry Fees
  • 1 Safari in Little Rann of Kutch, Utelia, Bhuj
  • All currently applicable taxes

Exclusions

  • Any air fare or train fare
  • Any meals other than those specified in ‘Cost Includes’
  • Expenses of personal nature such as gratuities, telephone calls, laundry, liquor, etc.
  • India visa charges
  • Travel insurance

Expert Travel Opinion

House of MG in the Old City area of Ahmedabad is renowned for its two ethnic cuisine restaurants. “Green House” serves local Gujarati snacks and Ice Creams and “Agashiye”, an iconic restaurant serving wholesome Gujarati set meal (popularly known as a “Thali”). Both these restaurants are very popular with travellers.

Vishala, a village themed ethnic cuisine restaurant is a popular outdoor dining option in Ahmedabad for travellers for winter evenings. The Utensil museum is situated within the Vishala premises and therefore, it is popular for travellers to combine evenings at Vishala with a visit to the Utensil Museum.

Ahmedabad Old City has a popular ethnic cuisine restaurant “Pol Kholi”, which is a popular breakfast option after a morning heritage walk.

Rajkot is one of the hubs for Kathiawari Cuisine, the ethnic cuisine of the Saurashtra region. At Rajkot, you may opt for the renowned Vegetarian Thali Lunch at Hotel Grand Thakar for an authentic taste of ethnic cuisine of the region.

Kutch region around Bhuj has its own unique ethnic cuisine. At Bhuj, you may opt for the renowned Vegetarian Kutchi Thali Lunch at Hotel Prince for an authentic taste of ethnic cuisine of the region.

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Tour Plan

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Day 01 - Ahmedabad

Arrive at Ahmedabad. Evening Safari to interact with Nomadic tribes

Arrive at Ahmedabad, the capital of the state of Gujarat and a popular heritage destination. Here, you will be met and briefed by our representative before proceeding to Utelia (80 kms - 1.5 hours). You arrive to an erstwhile royal family home set around Lothal (an archaeological site) and tribal settlements. After some rest in the late afternoon you proceed to visit Lothal (a prehistoric site dating back to Harappan civilisation) and to nearby tribal settlements to interact and take photos with nomadic tribes of Gujarat.

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Day 02 - Sasan Gir

Proceed to Sasan Gir

Today, you depart for Sasan Gir (300 kms - 6 hours), the only abode of Asiatic Lions in the world and a prime wildlife destination in Western India. You arrive by the afternoon. Spend the rest of the day in leisure.

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Day 03 - Sasan Gir

Morning and Evening Game Drives

Today, you depart early at 5:30 AM for the 6 AM game drive in the Sasan Gir National Park for a chance to sight Asiatic Lions, Leopards and wide ranging flora and fauna. You return by 9 AM in time for breakfast. After some rest and lunch, you return to the park for another game drive in the afternoon at 2:30 PM for the 3 PM drive.

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Day 04 - Gondal

Travel to Goldal via Junagadh and Jetpur. Explore Craft heritage of the area.

Today, you take a drive to Gondal (115 kms - 2.5 hours), a princely town in the heart of the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. Enroute, you visit the heritage town of Junagadh and the craft centre of Jetpur. Junagadh is renowned for its old fort and you see gem-encrusted carpets, wardrobes and tapestery. Jetpur is renowned for its screen and block printing workshops, and a yarn-dyeing centre. You arrive at Gondal for lunch. In the afternoon, you visit the 1748 AD Naulakha Palace which houses the erstwhile Royal family’s private collection of beadwork, textiles, brassware, hand-painted toys and silver crafts. In the evening, you visit Khadi Plaza, one of Gujarat’s major handloom weaving units. You stay at Riverside Palace/Orchard Palace, both of which are decorated with textiles from the former royal family collections.

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Day 05 - Bhuj

Travel to Bhuj enroute visit Watson Museum and Rashtriya Shala

Today, you travel to Bhuj (272 kms - 5.5 hours) via Rajkot (40 kms). At Rajkot, you visit Watson Museum which has good examples of Gujarat’s craftsmanship skills. Thereafter, you visit Rashtriya Shala, an organisation promoting indigenous crafts and the erstwhile home of Mahatma Gandhi, where you can try your hand at hand-weaving. Reach Bhuj by the evening. The rest of the evening is for you to explore Bhuj on your own.

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Day 06 - Bhuj

Visit Craft villages around Bhuj. Evening Visit to White Desert and Rann Utsav

Today morning, you depart early to explore the countryside, bird watching and craft heritage areas around Bhuj. You carry breakfast along and return around 11 AM. After some rest and lunch, you proceed to Dhorodo (80 kms north) for the White Desert (salt precipitation making the desert look white) and festivities of Rann Utsav (Mid Nov to Mid Feb). You return after sunset to your hotel in Bhuj.

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Day 07 - Bhuj

Explore Mandvi - Visit Vijay Vilas Palace, 400 year old Shipyard and exquisite Jain Temples

Today, you drive to Mandvi (60 kms), an idyllic beachfront overlooking Arabian Sea. You first visit villages near Mandvi, known for its idyllic beaches. During the day you visit Vijay Vilas Palace, a well maintained royal residence and 400 year old shipyard where traditional boats (dhow) are hand-built. You may also visit 72 Jinalaya, a renowned Jain Temple with intricately carved 72 Temples within one temple complex, an example of ancient temple architecture and craftsmanship. Return to Bhuj by the evening. The rest of the evening is for you to explore Bhuj on your own.

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Day 08 - Dasada

Travel to Dasada (Little Rann of Kutch). Visit Craft Villages around Dasada

Drive to Dasada (290 kms - 6 hours), a desert area part of Little Rann of Kutch area and a prime bird watching site. Dasada is home to many nomadic communities and villages where you visit to watch Rabari women at work on their distinct embroideries. After arriving at the hotel, take the evening safari to lakes around Dasada for birds (300+ species) and wildlife (only habitat of Wild Ass in India). Return to your hotel by the evening. The rest of the evening is for you to relax and enjoy jungle lodge character of the hotel.

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Day 09 - Ahmedabad

Travel to Patan and return to Ahmedabad by evening

Travel (40 kms - 1 hour) to the 11th century Modhera’s Sun Temple complex. From there, you proceed to Patan (40 kms - 1 hour), home to 11th century stepwells that are a UNESCO World heritage site. Patan is also known for its textile craft popularly known as the "Patola". After spending some time at the monuments and at craft centres around Patan, you travel to Ahmedabad (125 kms - 2.5 hours) for an overnight stay. The rest of the evening is for you to explore Ahmedabad on your own.

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Day 10 - Ahmedabad

Visit the Calico Museum of Textiles and Utensil Museum

Today, you visit Calico Museum of Textiles, one of India’s leading specialised textile museums. There are several galleries here that extensively demonstrate craft heritage of Gujarat and other parts of India. The items here date back to as much as 300 years. The galleries here include Textiles for the Mughal and Regional Courts, Export Textiles, Indian Costumes, Regional Embroideries, Techniques of Weaving and Dyeing, Tie-Dyed Fabrics, Embroidery Techniques and Technique of Blocks Making and Printing.

In the afternoon (after lunch), you visit Sarkhej Roza (Mughal era Mosque) and Adalaj Vav (stepwell) in Ahmedabad Outskirts. The rest of the evening is for you to explore Ahmedabad on your own.

Expert Tip: Law Garden area in Ahmedabad is renowned for its night market where street vendors sell textile craft items. The market is vibrant and excellent for local interactions. You may visit the Law Garden area in the evening, time permitting.

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Day 11 - Kevadiya

Heritage walk of Ahmedabad Old City before proceeding to Kevadiya

Today morning, you undertake a heritage walk of the Ahmedabad Old City which has been recently recognised by UNESCO as a heritage site. A 2 hour morning heritage walk explores unique cultural and architectural elements of the area. You pass by old temples and heritage bylanes, interact with communities that co-existed for over 600 years and experience the bustle of the narrow streets and local markets. After breakfast, you depart for Champaner (150 kms - 3 hours). The mosque here is an architectural masterpiece and is a UNESCO heritage site. From here you travel to Kevadiya (92 kms - 2 hours), home to the Statue of Unity, the world's highest statue.

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Day 12 - Ahmedabad

Morning visit to Statue of Unity and then proceed to Ahmedabad via Vadodara

Today morning, you visit the Statue of Unity, the world's highest statue (182 meters), of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first deputy prime minister of India and one who united all the princely states into a united India. Thereafter, you proceed to Vadodara (100 kms - 2 hours) to visit Baroda Museum (dated 1894), a museum built on the lines of Victoria & Albert Museum and the Science Museum of London. Thereafter, you may take a flight from Vadodara or Ahmedabad for your onward departure.

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