Gujarat Architectural Gems & Archaeological Sites

Day 01: Mumbai

Welcome to the commercial capital of India and on arrival at Mumbai, you will be acknowledged and shifted to your hotel for overnight stay. Overnight haul in Mumbai.

Day 2 – 3: Mumbai

Mumbai or Bombay, as it was previously known as India’s land of dreams. We take pleasure in a entire day city tour covering the Gateway of India monument, the Prince of Wales museum, Marine Drive, Mani Bhawan Jain temple and the Elephanta Caves. On day 3, early in the morning we go for a guided Heritage Walk prior to visit the Afghani Church and divine Banganga Temple and water-tank in the noon. At night take pleasure on a picturesque horse and buggy ride besides Marine drive towards Chowpatty Beach. Overnight stay in Mumbai.

Day 04: Ahmadabad

Early in the morning board your flight to Ahmadabad. At noon, visit the Sarkhej mausoleum complex and the Vishala Village compound with its outstanding utensils museum. Stay in the house of Mangaldas Girdhardas, a heritage hotel possessed by an ex- textile industrialist family unit. Visit the nearby mosques.

Day 05: Ahmadabad

Watch out the Calico Museum of Textiles, India’s leading specialized museums. In the afternoon visit to the elegantly engraved 15th century Adalaj step well.

Day 06: Ahmadabad – Palitana

In morning, go for a heritage walk in Ahmadabad. This walking tour provides an opportunity to look the old quarters of Ahmedabad lined with the wonderfully carved wooden front elevations of havelis. Continue to Lothal to observe the site museum and archaeological site presenting an insight into the town planning of the Indus Valley Civlisation. Move to Palitana/Bhavnagar. Reside either at Vijay Vilas heritage hotel at Adpur village of Palitana or at Nilambag Palace Hotel in Bhavnagar.

Day 07: Palitana – Gondal

Climb the Shatrunjaya Hill near Palitana town to watch out the massive compound of about 863 temples crowning two points of the apex. Come down and proceed to Gondal. Observe the outstanding carvings and collections of the 1740s Naulakha Palace at Gondal. Reside at the Riverside Palace/Orchard Palace heritage hotel.

Day 8: Gondal – Junagadh – Gondal

VA full-day outing to Junagadh to look at the prehistoric Uparkot Fort, impressive Gothic palaces of the Nawabs and the flashy 19th century mausoleum compound. Back to Gondal, calling in en route to observe the 4th century Buddhist caves of Khambalida.

Day 09: Gondal – Dasada

Proceed from Gondal to Dasada via the museum at Rajkot. Reside at Rann Riders resort in Dasada.

Day 10: Dasada – Modhera – Patan – Balaram

Proceed to the 11th century Sun Temple of Modhera, one of the supreme examples of Hindu temple architecture in western part of India. Subsequent to seeing the temple, prolong to Patan to watch the brilliantly carved 11th century step-well. Drive to Balaram via Sidhapur famous for its mansions and princely Palanpur. Reside at Balaram Palace Resort.

Day 11: Balaram – Taranga – Vadnagar – Ahmadabad

Travel to see the 12th century Taranga Jain Temples and to historic Vadnagar with many remarkable buildings. Remain in Ahmadabad and stay overnight.

Day 12: Ahmadabad – Champaner

Journey from Ahmadabad to Champaner – Pavagadh archaeological park, which has outstanding works of Indo-Saracenic architecture. On the way look-out the palaces of Vadodara. Reside at the heritage home in Jambugodha.

Day 13: Champaner/Jambugodha – Ahmadabad – Mumbai

Back to Ahmadabad airport to board your flight back to Mumbai. On arrival at Mumbai, catch your connecting flight back home.

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