Explore Gujarat: Extensive Tour of Gujarat
Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days
Places Covered: Ahmedabad – Ambaji – Kutch – Bhuj – Jamnagar- Diu- Somnath – Porbander- Dwarka – Rajkot – Gandhinagar – Sasangir
Day 1: Arrival at Ahmedabad
As soon as you enter Ahmedabad (biggest city in Gujarat) you will find the representative of Namaste India Trip ready to escort you from the railway station or airport. You will be transferred to a hotel of your choice where you can retire for dinner and rest.
Day 2: Ahmadabad to Gandhinagar
Post breakfast you can drive to Gandhinagar and visit Sabarmati Ashram. Gandhinagar is one of the most organised cities of India and it is situated right on the banks of Sabarmati River. There are many religious, cultural and historical landmarks in Gandhinagar and amongst them is the famed Akshardham Gandhinagar temple which has been constructed with 6000 tones of pink coloured sandstone. After arrival you can check in to the hotel and enjoy comfortable overnight stay.
Day 3: Ahmedabad to Bhuj (Travel time 6 hours)
Post breakfast you will be driven down to Bhuj where after arrival you will be free to explore the kaleidoscopic city. The day is yours to enjoy sumptuous snacks, shop for handicrafts etc.
Day 4: Bhuj
This day is dedicated to sightseeing in Bhuj. After arrival at the hotel you can freshen up and visit the famous sightseeing spots like Aina Mahal, Nutan Swaminarayan Mandir, Kutch Museum, Bhujodi Art and Craft Center, Prag Mahal Museum, Bharatiya Sanskriti Darsan Exhibition, Royal Family Cenotaph, overnight hotel stay.
Day 5: Trip to the Western Zone of Kutch
The first stop for the day is Mata no Madh which is one of the most famous temples of Ashapura Mata. The next stop is Lakhpat where you will visit the stunning Lakhpat fort, beautiful Gurudwara and the pristine tomb of Gosh Muhammad who was a famous saint. Narayan Sarovar (one of the most sacred lakes according to Hinduism) is also on the cards. Visiting Koteshwar Shiva temple is also on the agenda for the day. After all the sightseeing is done it is time for return and rest at the hotel.
Day 6: Bhuj to Kutch (Total travel time 3 hours)
After breakfast you will be driven to explore the famous Kutch area. On the way you will visit the famous Banni grasslands and the Pachcham region which is situated at the fringes of the Rann of Kutch. Next on the agenda are visits to hordo, Bhirandiyara and Kahvda villages which are centers of handicraft and local art. Kalo Dungar or the black hills and the Dattatray temple are the other spots on the agenda for the day. You can enjoy the splendid sunset over the Rann. A night’s rest will be arranged in the open air luxurious camp.
Day 7 Kutch to Mandvi to Bhuj (travel time 2 hours)
After breakfast you will be driven to the Southern part of Kurch. The first spot you will visit is the Bauter Jinnalay , India House, Ambe Dham (at Godhra), Vijay Villas Beach Palace, and Ship Making palace at Mandvi. You can then return to Bhuj for a traditional Gujarati diner and a good night’s rest.
Day 8: Bhuj to Jamnagar (travel time 5 hours)
In the morning you will be driven to Jamnagar and on the way you can visit the Bala Hanuman temple and the Bala Hanuman Lake where the constant auspicious chants of Jai Sri Ram are heard. This temple is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. If there is enough time you can also visit the Lakhota Museum before going back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 9: Jamnagar to Dwaka (5 hours travel time)
Next day you have to take breakfast early and leave for Dwarka; the town of Krishna. The whole day will be spent in seeing the magnificent temples of Dwarka and Bet Dwarka. The Drawrkadeesh temple visit and Rukmini temple visit are the highlights. Later after lunch you can take ferry to Shankhoddar Island which is also known as ple Mahadev that is one of the 12 jyotirlingas.
Day 10: Dwarka to Porbandar to Somnath (four hours travel time
The agenda is to drive to Somnath and do some sightseeing en route. The first stop is Kirti Mandir in Porbander which was the birthplace of Sudama. Later it is time to drive to Somnath hotel and rest for lunch. The next stop is Bhalka Tirth where Krishna was mistaken for a deer and pierced with arrow. The next spot on the agenda is Sun Temple and the Somnath temple (1 of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva). In the evening you can enjoy the marvelous light and sound show before checking in to Somnath hotel for rest.
Day 11: Somnath to Diu to Somnath
Post breakfast it is time to be driven to the beach city of Diu. There are many tourist attractions in Diu like Panikota, Diu Museum, St Paul Church, Diu Fort, Bunder Chow etc. The evening is for relaxation and beach fun. Arrangements will be made for stay at chosen hotel at Diu.
Day 12: Somnath to Sasangir to Bhavnagar
In the morning after taking breakfast you Sasan Gir Famous Lion Sanctuary that hosts more than 300 Asiatic Lions. Evening Bird watching session under guidance of trained guide will be arranged after which you can opt for Stay overnight at Sasan Gir.
Jungle Safari timing is between 6.00 A.M to 9.00 A.M or 9.00 A.M to 12.00 P.M
Later it is time to be driven to Rajkot to visit Watson Museum, Gandhi Ji’s ancestral home and Bhomeshvar Temple.
Day 13: Bhavnagar to Naisarovar to Ahmedabad (time for travel 5 hours)
Post breakfast it is time to be driven back to Ahmedabad. On the way you will see Nal Sarovar which is one of the finest bird sanctuaries of India containing more than 250 species of birds. The Nal Sarovar Sanctuary is a wetland and has a beautiful lake in the center. Continue driving to Ahmedabad and then visit the Calico Museum, Jami mosque and Utensil Museum etc. Finally time to rest t the hotel.
Day 14: Return from Ahmedabad
Post a delicious breakfast Namaste India Trip representative will escort you to the airport/ railway station for journey to home destination. You will leave Gujarat with lots of happy and priceless memories.