Rajasthan & Gujarat Tour
- Itinerary Detail
|1||Ahmedabad||Overnight at hotel|
|2||Ahmedabad||Calico Museum (textile and handloom hub), Gandhi Ashram (Gandhiji’s residence during freedom struggle), Shreyas Folk Museum (exhibiting folk crafts of rural Gujarat including clothes, toys), Institute Of Indology (preserves artifacts of Jains)|
|3||Dasada / Bajana||Adalaj Step-well (known for architecture), Modhera Sun Temple, Patan (a town which homes Jain temples with finest craftsmanship and majestic layout)|
|4||Bhuj||Aaina Mahal is a classic example of fusion of Indian and European art and architecture|
|5||Bhuj||Babbi village to explore rustic rural Gujarati livelihood|
|6||Mandvi||Vijay Vilas Palace in Mandvi refects Rajput craftsmanship. The palace has a huge complex which homes gardens, fountains, prisons, pavilions, courts, bastions and a picturesque beach. Visit the lighthouse and Aaina Mahal|
|7||Gondal||The riverside Palace and The Orchard Palace exhibit royal artifacts, things of daily use. A huge garage inside the premises displays rare vintage cars|
|8||Gondal-Junagarh en route visit Jetpur||Jetpur has textile workshops. Visit Mt. Girnar, where you have to climb over 9000 steps to reach Hindu and Jain temples|
|9||Gondal- Ahmedabad||Overnight at Ahmedabad|
|10||Ahmedabad-Udaipur||City Palace dotted with hanging gardens, temple of Goddess Ambika, pavilions, Sahelion-ki-bari, boating in Lake Pichola|
|11||Udaipur||City Palace dotted with hanging gardens, temple of Goddess Ambika, pavilions, Sahelion-ki-bari, boating in Lake Pichola|
|12||Udaipur-Jodhpur en route Ranakpur||Ranakpur is known for a famous Jain temple|
|13||Jodhpur||Mehrangarh Fort which exhibits royal artifacts, Jaswant Thada a marble structure to commemorate the death of Jaswant Singh II, Visit Osiya Mata Temple dedicated to Saanchi mata, Sam sand dunes and camel safari at Jaisalmer|
|14||Jaisalmer||Jaisalmer Fort palace dotted with smaller palaces, Jain temple, Gadsisar Lake|
|15||Jaisalmer-Delhi by train||Overnight on train|
|16||Delhi Railway Station/Airport||Departure|
Duration : 15 Nights / 16 Days
Destination : Ahmedabad - Dasada - Bhuj - Mandvi - Gondal - Ahmedabad - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Delhi
West Indian states of Rajasthan and Gujarat’s rustic fervor mixed with Indian history are appeasing. Buildings associated with Gandhiji’s life attract tourists to Gujarat, along with other architectural wonders in forms of temples, wells. Lakes and palaces of Udaipur are a relief from urban noise. Jodhpur’s towering forts and royal residences enlightens tourists with Rajput tradition and vigor.
Day 01 Arrival Ahmedabad
Our representative will welcome you on arrival at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Overnight in Ahmedabad.
Day 02 Ahmedabad
After breakfast, you will proceed for full day city tour - visit Calico Museum with a prior permission from museum authority.Calico Museum: The museum and the Galleries are open on all days of the week, except Wednesdays and public holidays. However, visits to the Museum and the Galleries shall be limited to the hours given below. Rights of admission to the Museum and the Galleries are reserved by the Management.GUIDED MUSEUM TOUR - MORNING : 10:30 am TO 12:30 pm (NO ENTRY AFTER 11:00 am)Entry restricted to 20 visitors - 10 visitors on first come first basis and 10 by group booking. Tour Organizer-upto 10 members are requested to contact the administration to make & confirm the arrangement in advance.Location: CHAUK - CALICO TEXTILE MUSEUM: Kalamkari, Court Textiles, Trade Textiles, Shawl, Costumes, Embroideries, and Tie & Die etc.Location: HAVELI - Textile Techniques an overview Embroidery, Wooden blocks for printing etc.
Afternoon - visit Gandhi Ashram, Shreyas Folk & Art Museum, and Institute of Indology.Gandhi Ashram: On a quiet peaceful stretch of the Sabarmati river, Mahatma Gandhi set up a simple retreat in 1915 A.D. 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 A.D, 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.Shreyas Folk Museum is an educational museum exhibiting folk arts and crafts of Gujarat. It is located 2.5km west of Sabarmati in the suburbs of Ahmedabad district. As the name suggests, the exhibits at the museum include art, craft, textile and clothing, coins, weapons, toys, costumes, masks, puppets and musical instruments. One of the highlights at this museum is a complete elephant skeleton (3.19 m high). The museum is open from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm on all days except Mondays and public holidays. Photography is not allowed and visitors are charged a modest fee.
Institute Of Indology: The Institute contains some of the best collections of Jainism, illustrated manuscripts and miniatures. The museum is open from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm on all days except Mondays and public holidays. Photography is not allowed.
Evening Market at Law Garden displays beautiful textile handicrafts of Gujarat.
Overnight in Ahmedabad
Day 03 Ahmedabad- Adalaj Stepwell- Modhera- Patan- Dasada/Bajana (96kms/2hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast you will drive to Dasada / Bajana (97 kms) en route visiting Adalaj Stepwell, Modhera Sun Temple & Patan.
Adalaj Step-well: Situated 17 km north of Ahmedabad, this step well at the village of Adalaj is another fine example of magnificent architectural form. ‘Adalaj Vav’ is richly carved. Every pillar and wall surface is covered with leaves, flowers, birds, fishes and friezes of ornamental designs.
Modhera: The Sun temple of Modhera is one of the finest examples of Indian architecture of its period. Built in 1026 A.D. the temple is dedicated to the Sun-God, Surya and stands high on a plinth overlooking a deep stone-steeped tank. Every inch of the edifice, both inside and outside is magnificently carved with Gods and Goddesses, birds, beasts and flowers. Sun Temple of Modhera was built by King Bhimdev I (1026-27) and bears some resemblance to the later and far better known, Sun Temple of Konark in the state of Orissa, which it predates by some 200 years. Like that temple, it was designed so that the dawn sun shone on the image of Surya, the sun God, at the time of the equinoxes. The main hall and shrine are reached through a pillared porch and the temple exterior is intricately and delicately carved. As with the temple of Somnath, this fine temple was ruined by Mahmud of Ghazni.
Patan: Home of the famous patola silk saris, Patan is a beautiful old town with Jain temples and carved wooden houses. Rani ki vav (step well) is an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat. The exclusively carved side walls, pillars, beams, series of steps & platforms lead to the elaborately carved water well. Every surface is adorned with finely chiseled sculptures of maidens & Hindu deities, religious motifs & geometrical patterns.
Overnight in Dasada/Bajana.
Day 04 Dasada / Bajana- Bhuj (222kms/5hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast drive to Bhuj. On arrival check in at hotel and then proceed DSP office for permit to visit the Banni. (Interior visit of Kutch, which falls under the border and the permit, is necessary for the local tribal village).
Evening visit the Bazar and Aiana Mahal Museum.
Aaina Mahal: It was constructed by Rao Lakhpatji (1707-61 A.D.)., who was a great patron of art, architecture, music & literature. Aaina Mahal is a unique example of an Indian palace built in the mid-eighteenth century with European influence.
Overnight at Bhuj.
Day 05 BhujAfter breakfast proceed for full day excursion to Banni Villages (you are suggested to carry Packed lunch).
Amidst the Desert land of infinite dimensions, are suspended, quaint little villages. These are the last villages on the India-Pakistan border. Here you will come across master craft people' exposing their traditional art, turning our master pieces every day. Their ornaments, clothes, utensils, everything they use - will make you feel as if you have stepped into lifestyle museum leaving you spellbound.
Excursion includes: Anjar (old architecture), Banni ('Bhunga' mud houses, kutchi handicrafts), Kera (11th century Shiva Temple)Return to Bhuj for an overnight stay.
Day 06 Bhuj- Mandavi (60kms/1hr drive approx.) Today,after breakfast you will drive to Mandvi.
Mandvi is located on the banks of the Rukmavati River, barely a km from the Arabian Sea at the Gulf of Kutch. The town has a very pleasant climate throughout the year and was a summer retreat of the Kutch Maharajas.
The center of attraction at Mandvi is the Vijay Vilas Palace, a royal abode set in the middle of well-laid gardens with water channels and marble fountains.The palace has all the elements of Rajput architecture and draws largely on the plan of palaces of Orchha and Datia. The central high dome on the pillars, the Bengal domes on sides, the windows with colored glass, carved stone jails, domed bastions at the corners, extended porch and other exquisitely stone carved elements, make the palace worth visiting. It owns a private beach, maintained in an eco-friendly manner to preserve its pristine beauty. For these reasons, this palace has been used as the setting in many Hindi films and has now become a popular tourist destination.
Mandvi has some very beautiful houses belonging to rich merchants. Their architectural style reflects the fusion of Indian & European styles of architecture. The Swaminarayan temple is also one such example with it’s brightly painted exterior and elaborate plaster decorations.Other interesting buildings are a girls’ high school (a former palace) built by Rao Lakhpat (1741-60 AD) and a light house. This old palace is a replica of the Aaina Mahal of Bhuj, with intricate stone carvings. There is a wind farm on a picturesque beach nearby.
Overnight at Mandvi.
Day 07 Mandvi- Gondal (165kms)Today after breakfast you will drive to Gondal.
Gondal: The Riverside palace at Gondal, heritage hotel now, 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 a royal saloon suite, which has its own drawing, dining, bedroom & bathroom in a converted railway carriage.Overnight Gondal.
Day 08 Gondal- day excursion trip to Junagadh (70kms)
After breakfast proceed for day excursion trip to Junagadh en route visiting Jetpur (31kms) known for its screen & block printing workshops, and yarn-dyeing centre.
Junagadh is situated in the Saurashtra region at the foot of the temple-studded Mount Girnar, on the northern fringes of the Gir forest. The city takes its name from the fort that enclosed the medieval town. Return to Gondal for an overnight stay.
Day 09 Gondal- Ahmedabad (257kms/6hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast drive to Ahmedabad; check in at a hotel and relax. Overnight in Ahmedabad
Day 10 Ahmedabad-Udaipur (by overnight train)
After breakfast you are at leisure (no vehicle); later at night transfer to railway station to board night train to Udaipur.
Overnight in train
Day 11 Udaipur
Today, enjoy a full-day tour of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace, standing on the east bank of Lake Pichola. The complex is a massive series of palaces built at different times from 1559. The balconies of the palace provide panoramic views of the Lake Palace Hotel and Jag Mandir on one side, and the city of Udaipur on the other. The paintings, mosaics, intricately carved 'chhatris' and the architecturally brilliant facade all contribute to making your visit to the City Palace a truly memorable experience. Thereafter, visit a picturesque garden, Sahelion ki Bari. You will visit also visit Jagat Temple, which is dedicated to Goddess Ambika- a form of Goddess Durga. Built in 961 A.D, this temple is renowned for its intricate carvings in the exteriors. In the evening, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola, which is an artificial fresh water lake.
Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 12 Udaipur-Jodhpur (268kms; 6hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast you are at leisure; at noon you will check out from the hotel and drive to Jodhpur en route visiting famous Jain temple in Ranakpur. check in at a hotel in Jodhpur and relax. Overnight in Jodhpur.
Day 13 Jodhpur-Jaisalmer (285kms; 6-7hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast you will enjoy half day city tour of Jodhpur, which is the second largest city in Rajasthan and also called the ‘Sun City’. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort. This spectacular fort made from red sandstone stands on a perpendicular cliff above the skyline of Jodhpur. The foundations of this fort were laid in 1459; today it houses a museum with a fine collection of arms, costumes, paintings and even a collection of palanquins. Also visit Jaswant Thada, a marble cenotaph built to commemorate Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The monument, in its entirety, is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These stones are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when the sun's rays dance across their surface. Later, drive past the Mandore garden, which showcases cenotaphs of Jodhpur's former rulers; instead of the usual umbrella-shaped cenotaphs these are built along the lines of a Hindu temple.
Later drive to Jaisalmer; en route visit famous Osiyan Mata Temple. Upon arrival Jaisalmer you will check in to hotel and relax. Later in evening enjoy sunset at city's sunset view point; also opportunity to explore the busy local market while enjoying an evening walk. Also an unique experience will be – enjoying dinner at a local open/roof top restaurant (payment on your own; not included in package price). Overnight in Jaisalmer.
Day 14 Jaisalmer
Today, enjoy a half-day tour of Jaisalmer, which lies in the heart of the Thar Desert…a city seeped in color and rich tradition; it was once a major centre on the trading route between India and the west. Visit Jaisalmer Fort, which is the only living fort of India and houses the entire township within its ramparts. There are three beautifully sculpted Jain temples from the 12th-15th century A.D., and five interconnected palaces which you can explore during your visit. At the center of the fort is Raj-Mahal, now known as Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum & Heritage Centre. Visit Salim Singh ki Haveli and Patwon-ki-Haveli, which is the largest and most elaborate mansion of its kind in Jaisalmer, followed by a visit to Nathmal Ji ki Haveli. Later, visit Gadsisar Lake, surrounded by numerous beautiful shrines. Rare migratory birds stop for a drink at the lustrous lake. In the evening, visit the Vyas Chhatri; this is the cenotaph of the sage Vyas, the author of the Mahabharat. The Vyas Chhatri is also known as sunset point as it allows fantastic views of Jaisalmer, particularly at dusk.
Later in evening visit Sam Sand Dunes, around 42 kms from Jaisalmer, are the closest place from where you can lose yourself in 'the Great Thar Desert'. Sam has a truly magnificent stretch of sweeping dunes, with sparse or no vegetation. The best way to get here, of course, is on camelback. The dunes are 3km long, 1km wide and almost half a kilometer high. Fascinatingly, the dunes keep shifting on a permanent basis and are truly a visual treat. Enjoy the romance of solitude as your camel safari takes you deep in the heart of the Thar Desert.
Overnight in Jaisalmer
Day 15 Jaisalmer-New Delhi (by overnight train)
After breakfast you are at leisure (no vehicle); later in evening you will be given transfer to railway station to board night train to New Delhi.
Overnight in train
Day 16 Arrival Delhi @1110hrs and then departure
Arrival Delhi railway station in morning and then you will be given transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination; henceforth your journey ends with sweet memories.