Gujarat Historic Architecture Tour
Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days
Places Covered: Baroda-Champaner-Ahmedabad-Lothal-Palitana-Diu-Somnath-Gir-Junagadh-Gondal-Dasada
Gujarat may not have a Taj Mahal or a fort like Chittorgarh but it does have cross cultural influences so clearly depicted in its architecture. From the North and West of Gujarat to South, Gujarat has been visited by people from all over the world, people who have left their mark on this state and left behind a rich legacy in the form of architectural splendors. Even the great modern architect Le Corbusier was fascinated by Gujarat and one can see his creations in Ahmedabad. Join Namasteindiatrip 9 days 8 nights exploration of the wonderful architecture ranging from the marble carvings at Delwara to the Indo-saracenic style of architecture in the once royal seat of Champaner and other attractions
A typical itinerary would go like this:
Day 1: Baroda, Champaner, Jambughoda, Chota Udepur
Welcome to Baroda, once the seat of power of the Gaekwads where our Namaste India trip representative escorts you to the waiting AC coach that will take you to Champaner, a World Heritage Site. Admire the fortress, the battlements and the remnants of what was once a glorious city. From here we proceed to Chota Udepur in the heart of the tribal Panchmahal District, replete with paintings and traditions of local tribals. Jambughoda is a unique and as yet unspoilt nature reserve at a distance from Champaner. Stay the night in Chota Udepur.
Day 2: Chota Udepur, Ahmedabad
A Gujarati breakfast leaves you energized for the drive to Ahmedabad, a distance of 215 km that takes about 4 hours. Ahmedabad is a mix of ancient and modern, with its inimitable Sarkhej Roza, the Sidi Saiyed Jali, Kalupur Swaminarayan temple with its wooden carvings, the Hathisingh Jain temples with its exquisite marble carvings and the modern monuments created by Le Corbusier and Luis Kahn. Visit these as well as the old city with its pols and heritage haveli now restored for visitors.
Day 3: Ahmedabad, Lothal, Palitana
The morning is reserved for a walking tour to the old city to view the havelis with intricately carved pillars. In the afternoon, after lunch, you board the coach for the drive to Lothal to view excavations of this site dating back to 2400 BC. From here we move on to Palitana the jain temple city. Jain devotees climb hundreds of steps to reach temples on Shetrunjaya hill and pray at the temples here. From the top the view of Palitana with its spread of temples is simply magnificent. Stay for the night in Palitana.
Day 5: Palitana, Somnath, Gir
Set out early in the morning and reach Somnath via Palitana, a distance of 102 km. The Shiv temple here is one of the 12 jyotirlingas and one of the four major char dhams, a pilgrimage place for devotees of Lord Shiva. From here we proceed to Gir National Park for a view of the magnificent lions in their natural habitat.
Day 6: Gir, Junagadh, Gondal
You set out on a safari drive in the Gir Lion Sanctuary and if you are lucky you will see the king of the jungle reclining in the shade or crossing the road. After this visit the group moves on to Junagadh for a visit to the historic Fort and the nearby Buddhist caves, the museum and mausoleum. We go on to Gondal, another princely city where you view the Naulakha Palace built around 1748 AD and other reminders of a bygone era of Maharajas. Retire for the night in your comfortable room.
Day 7: Gondal, Dasada
Breakfast and then set out on the four hour ride to Dasada in Kutchch, a drastic change of scenery with sand all around. However, the desert is alive with life with wild asses in focus as you will find when you explore it. Stay at the camp resort.
Day 8: Dasada, Danta
From Dasada we drive the next morning to Danta, a distance of 200 km. On the way we stop at interesting spots to view architectural relics dating back to the Chalukyan period. One of the finest examples is the Sun Temple at Modhera dating back to the 11th Century and the step well at Patan. Then it is a brief stop at Vadnagar to view the 12th Century Jain temples of Taranga. You reach Danta in the evening and stay in a heritage hotel.
Day 9: Danta, Ahmedabad, Mount Abu, Udaipur, Dugarpur