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Gujarat Heritage Safari: From Ancient Cities to Wildlife Sanctuaries

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Duration

8 Nights / 9 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through Gujarat with our “Gujarat Heritage Safari: From Ancient Cities to Wildlife Sanctuaries” tour. Begin in Ahmedabad, where you’ll delve into the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi at Sabarmati Ashram and marvel at architectural wonders like Adalaj Stepwell and Sidi Saiyyed Mosque. Explore the ancient Harappan city of Dholavira, uncovering millennia-old ruins and fossil parks that unveil Gujarat’s ancient past. Encounter endangered wildlife in the Little Rann of Kutch and Sasan Gir National Park, home to the majestic Asiatic lion. Conclude your adventure in the coastal charm of Diu, where historic forts and serene beaches await, offering a perfect blend of culture, history, and natural beauty in Gujarat.

Highlights

  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
3 Discount on 4-person groupq 4 4 %
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Ahmedabad

Arrive in Ahmedabad and transfer to your hotel, where you can unwind after your journey or explore nearby attractions at your leisure.

Day 2: Ahmedabad

Begin your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel before embarking on your sightseeing journey. Visit the Sabarmati Ashram, Mahatma Gandhi's former residence, where you can reflect on his life and principles of non-violence amidst peaceful surroundings. Explore the simple living quarters and the spinning wheel that Gandhi used. Marvel at the intricate carvings and architectural brilliance of the Adalaj Stepwell, a five-story stepwell built in 1499 AD, known for its Indo-Islamic architecture that allows cool breezes to flow through its depths, creating a cool retreat even on the hottest days. Discover the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, an architectural gem known for its intricate stone lattice work (jalis) that include the famous "Tree of Life" motif, showcasing the fusion of Hindu and Islamic styles. Wander through the bustling lanes of the old city, making a stop at Manek Chowk, a vibrant market area known for its jewelry, textiles, and traditional Gujarati snacks like fafda, jalebi, and dhokla

Day 3: Ahmedabad - Dholavira (385kms)

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, depart from Ahmedabad for Dholavira, an ancient Harappan city located in the desolate landscape of the Rann of Kutch. Explore the archaeological marvels of Dholavira, a site dating back to the 3rd millennium BCE, known for its well-planned streets, reservoirs, and fortified citadel. Walk through the ruins of the city and marvel at the sophisticated water conservation systems of the Harappan civilization. Visit the nearby Fossil Park, where you can observe fossilized remains of extinct mammals and plants that once thrived in this prehistoric ecosystem, providing insights into the geological history of the region.

Day 4: Dholavira - Dasada (255kms)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in Dholavira before departing for Dasada, located on the fringes of the Little Rann of Kutch. Embark on a thrilling safari in the Little Rann of Kutch, a unique landscape dominated by salt flats and thorny scrub, home to the endangered Indian Wild Ass. Spot these graceful creatures as well as other wildlife such as chinkara gazelles, desert foxes, and various bird species. Explore the traditional villages surrounding Dasada, where you can interact with local artisans practicing age-old crafts such as weaving and pottery. Gain insights into their lifestyles and cultural practices that have sustained them in this harsh desert environment.

Day 5: Dasada - Rajkot (160kms)

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before setting off for Rajkot, a city known for its cultural heritage and historical significance. Visit the Watson Museum, an architectural gem that houses an impressive collection of artifacts ranging from archaeological finds to exhibits on the region's history, including textiles, weaponry, and sculptures. Explore Kaba Gandhi No Delo, the house where Mahatma Gandhi spent his formative years. Now converted into a museum, it showcases personal belongings, photographs, and letters that provide intimate glimpses into Gandhi's life and philosophies. Spend relaxing moments at Jubilee Garden, a well-maintained public park featuring lush green lawns, colorful flower beds, and historic monuments, offering a serene retreat in the heart of Rajkot.

Day 6: Rajkot - Sasan Gir National Park (160kms) (B, L, D)

After breakfast, depart for Sasan Gir National Park, the last refuge of the Asiatic lion and a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Enjoy morning and afternoon jeep safaris in Sasan Gir, venturing deep into its deciduous forests and open grasslands in search of the majestic Asiatic lion, elusive leopards, and a variety of deer species. Indulge in a traditional lunch at your lodge, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the national park. Spend the evening at leisure, enjoying nature walks or birdwatching amidst the serene ambiance.

Day 7: Sasan Gir National Park - Diu (100kms)

After breakfast, depart for Diu, a picturesque coastal town known for its sandy beaches, historic forts, and Portuguese architecture. Explore Diu Fort, a magnificent structure overlooking the Arabian Sea, built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. Wander through its well-preserved ramparts and visit the lighthouse for panoramic views of the coastline. Discover the ancient Naida Caves, natural rock formations that showcase intricate carvings and provide a cool retreat from the coastal heat. Relax and unwind at Nagoa Beach, a popular spot for swimming and water sports, offering serene views of the Arabian Sea and opportunities for beachcombing along its sandy shores.

Day 8: Diu

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel in Diu before continuing your exploration of this tranquil coastal town. Visit St. Paul’s Church, a beautiful Baroque-style church known for its intricate wood carvings, serene ambiance, and historical significance as one of the oldest churches in India. Explore Diu Museum, housed in a Portuguese-era governor's palace, featuring artifacts and exhibits that trace the region's maritime history, including ship models, navigational instruments, and ancient sculptures. Discover the unique Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple, where five Shiva lingams are washed by the waves of the Arabian Sea during high tide, creating a mystical and serene atmosphere. Spend leisure time at Ghoghla Beach, soaking in the sun or engaging in water sports activities, making the most of your final day in this idyllic coastal paradise.

Day 9: Diu - Departure

Enjoy a final breakfast at your hotel in Diu before departing, concluding your Gujarat Historical Regal Sights & Wildlife Safari Extension Tour with cherished memories of cultural discoveries, wildlife encounters, and coastal delights.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 8 Night's accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plane.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 1-Time shared Gypsy safari in Little Rann of Kutch with forest department naturalist.
  • 1-Time shared Gypsy safari in Gir National Park with forest department naturalist.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Any flight tickets.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

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