- Itinerary Detail
|1 - 2||Surat||At leisure|
|3||Surat-Ahmedabad||En route visit Champaner fort.|
|4||Ahmedabad-Dwarka||Attend evening Aarti at Dwarkadish temple. Dwarka is said to host Krishna Lila, according to mythology.|
|5||Dwarka-Porbandar||Enjoy a boat cruise to Bet Dwarka and visit Nageshwar Temple, a revered Hindu shrine, Rukmini temple and
Sudamapuri (going by folklore, the temple highlights Lord Krishna’s friendship with Sudama).
Visit Kirti Mandir in Porbandar, where Gandhiji was born.
|6||Porbandar-Gondal||Visit UPARKOT FORT with a mosque, Buddhist caves and wells in its premises.
Also checkout memorials of Muslim rulers at Junagadh.
On reaching Gondal, visit The riverside Palace and The Orchard Palace exhibit royal artifacts, things of daily use.
A huge garage inside the premises displays rare vintage cares
|7||Gondal-Ahmedabad||Visit Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad from where Dandi March originated during India’s freedom struggle.
See Teen Darwaza, an arched gateway and Hutheesingh Jain Temple. See Adalaj Step-well with exquisite carvings
Duration : 06 Nights / 07 Days
Destination : SURAT - CHAMPANER - AHMEDABAD - DWARKA - BET DWARKA - PORBANDAR - JUNAGADH - GONDAL - AHMEDABAD
Gujarat's places of interest circle around religious buildings, historic monuments and glorious journey of India's freedom struggle. A peek at Hindu mythology revolving around Lord Krishna's life and Mahatma Gandhi's pivotal role in Indian independence.
Day 1 Arrival at Surat in evening
On your arrival to the railway station ,our representative will welcome and guide you to the respective hotel.
Overnight in Surat.
Day 2 Surat
After breakfast, you are free for your independent activities. (vehicle for full day disposal: maximum 10hours of use).
Day 3 Surat-Champaner (251kms) & then drive to Ahmedabad (155kms)- 6hrs of drive approx.
After breakfast at hotel you will drive to to Ahmedabad en route visit Champaner.
Champaner is an old fort located at the foothills of Pavagadh.
The landscape is marked by remains of fort walls, ruined tombs, gardens, arches, pillars and wells. At Champaner, one can see three fortifications-the base (Champaner), the top (Pavagadh) and the area connecting both of them (Machi) ,Jami Masjid is one of the finest examples of Sultanate architecture of Gujarat. It is an imposing structure on a high plinth with two tall minarets of 30 meter height, 172 pillars and seven mihrabs. The central dome, the placement of balconies and carved entrance gates with fine stone jails and rich decoration make ithe visit a delightful aesthetic experience.
The ruins of Khapra Zaveri Palace are located on the way from the base to Machi. From its terrace, one can have a fabulous view of the origin of Vishwamitri river. Atak gate is one of the nice gates that leads to the hill top. It has two catapult stands for hurling stones at the enemies.
Upon arrival Ahmedabad you will check in at a hotel and relax; overnight in Ahmedabad.
Day 4 Ahmedabad-Dwarka (450kms/8hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast drive to Dwarka; upon arrival enjoy evening Aarti ceremony at famous temple of Dwarkadhish; thereafter you will check in at a hotel and relax.
Dwarka: An ancient city, housing one of the principal pilgrimages - ‘Dwarkadish temple’ of Hindus. Legend has it, Lord Krishna moved to this coastal town to set up a capital. Marine excavations of the Dwarka coast have revealed important evidences of ancient city, which probably include the ‘Dwarawati’ of the ‘Krishna Lila’. Today, it is not only a major pilgrimage site but also a spot for a beach holiday.
Another popular place in Dwarka, part of the Dwarkadish Temple is SabhaMandap. It is a 60-pillared hall, which houses almost 2500 years old scriptures. The hall has ‘jharokhas’, offering a nice view of the nearby flowing Gomti River.
Attend evening Aarti at Dwarkadish temple.
Overnight Stay at Dwarka.
Day 5 Dwarka-Bet Dwarka-Porbandar (100kms/2hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast you will proceed for a full day sightseeing of Bet Dwarka visiting the following places.
Bet Dwarka: Bet is situated at 30kms from Dwarka and is surrounded by sea from all sides. One can reach Bet from Dwarka through Okha by road. On reaching Okha port jetty, one can reach Bet through a little sea journey in a launch or in a small boat.
Nageshwar Temple or Nagnath Temple is located on the route between Gomati Dwarka and the Bait Dwarka Island on the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat. The Jyotirlinga enshrined in the Temple of Nagnath is known as Nageshwar Mahadev and attracts thousands of pilgrims all round the year. This powerful Jyotirlinga symbolizes protection from all poisons. It is said that those who pray to the Nageshwar Linga become free of poison. The RudraSamhitasloka refers to Nageshwar with the phrase 'DaarukaavaneNaagesham'
Rukmani Temple: The visit of Dwarka is not complete without a visit to Bet Dwarka, an island at a distance of 30 Kms.
Off the coast of Okha port, At Bet, there are temples of Vishnu (in the form of 'matsya'), Radha, Lakshmi, Satyabhama, Jambuvanti and Devaki. A ferry ride from Dwarka to the island of Bet near Okha makes a pleasant outing.
Later at noon you will drive to Porbandar. Upon arrival you will check in at a hotel and relax.
Thereafter you will visit the Sudamapuri Temple - associated with a popular tale of Krishna and his dear friend Sudama, KirtiMandir the three storey house where Gandhiji was born in 1869. Also visit Bharat Mandir.
Overnight stay at Porbandar.
Day 6 Porbandar-Junagadh (115kms)-Gondal (64kms)- 3hrs drive approx.
After breakfast you will drive to Gondal en rout visit Junagadh.
JUNAGADH:An ancient fortified city rich in myth and legend, Junagadh lies at the foot of Girnar Hill and takes its name from the ‘Old Fort’ which circles the medieval town. The Girnar Hills stands from 2500 years BC having a legend of it’s own. The antiquities of Junagadh go back to the times of the Emperor Ashoka (250 B.C.) whose fourteen Rock Edicts can be seen cut into a great rock outside the city.
UPARKOT FORT: Famous in bygone times for its virtual inaccessibility, the Upar Kot or Upper Fort is girdled by a wall that is, in some places, over 20m. high. An ornate entrance gateway leads to the ruins. A mosque still stand in a state of preservation. A Nilamtope (canon) was acquired by the Nawab of Junagadh from a Turkish Sultan. There are also two step-wells,Jami Masjid and Buddhist caves in the fort premises.ASHOKA ROCK EDICTS: On the way to Girnar, fourteen Rock Edicts of the Emperor Ashoka can be seen inscribed on a great boulder. The inscriptions carry Brahmi script in Pali language and dates back to 250BC. On the same rock are inscriptions in Sanskrit.
Upon arrival Gondal you will check in at a hotel and relax. Later visit Gondal as follows:
GONDAL : The Riverside palace at Gondal, a govt. of India classified heritage hotel, and the Orchard Palace in the same town, are two mansion guest houses opened as heritage hotels. The interiors of these properties are appointed with period furniture, antiques and artifacts reminiscent of the days of the Raj.,The highlight of staying at these properties is that guests can see the royal garages, housing vintage & classic cars, and the Naulakha Palace,which is a festival of stone carvings & houses royal memorabilia including toys of the late 19th & early 20th century,silver caskets that carried messages & gifts for the Maharajah, elephant howdahs & royal portraits. It has an royal saloon suite, which has its own drawing, dining, bedroom & bathroom in a converted railway carriage.
Overnight stay at Gondal.
Day 7 Gondal-Ahmedabad (250kms) & departure
After breakfast you will drive to Ahmedabad and visit Gandhi Ashram- on a quiet peaceful stretch of the Sabarmati river, Mahatma Gandhi set up a simple retreat in 1915. This was his Satyagrah Ashram and for many years it was the nerve centre of India’s freedom movement. It was from here, in 1930, that Mahatma began his famous Dandi March to the sea to protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the British. Hridaya Kunj, the simple cottage where he lived, is now a national monument and preserved as it was during the Mahatma’s life-time.
Also visit Teen Darwaja- the triple-arched gateway was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah to serve as the royal entrance to the Maidan Shahi or the Royal Square. It is in an imposing monument of perfect proportions & highly ornate buttresses.
Hutheesingh Jain Temple : Built outside the Delhi Gate in 1850 by a rich Jain merchant, the Hutheesing Temple is the best known of Ahmedabad’s many ornate Jain temples.
Adalaj Step-well: It is situated 17kms north of Ahmedabad. The step well at the village of Adalaj is another fine example of this magnificent architectural form. Adalaj Vav is richly carved, every pillar and wall surface covered with leaves and flowers, birds and fishes and friezes of ornamental designs.
Thereafter you will be given departure transfer to Airport/ Railway Station for your onward Journey.