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Sacred Temples and Wildlife Wonders of Gujarat

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Duration

9 Nights / 10 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through Gujarat with the “Sacred Temples and Wildlife Wonders of Gujarat” tour. Start in Ahmedabad, exploring historic sites and vibrant heritage landmarks. Discover the architectural marvels of Modhera Sun Temple and Rani Ki Vav in Patan before experiencing the unique ecosystem of Little Rann of Kutch. Continue to the spiritual city of Dwarka, visiting revered temples and sacred sites. Journey through the vibrant cities of Rajkot and Bhavnagar, and finally, venture into the heart of Sasan Gir National Park for an exhilarating wildlife safari, home to the majestic Asiatic lions. This tour seamlessly blends cultural heritage and natural wonders, offering an unforgettable experience of Gujarat’s rich legacy.

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 group 4 4 %
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
6 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
7 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
8 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Ahmedabad

Arrive in Ahmedabad and check in to your hotel. Explore the Sabarmati Ashram, the residence of Mahatma Gandhi, offering a serene environment and deep insights into India's freedom struggle through various exhibits and artifacts. Visit the Bhadra Fort, a historic fort built in 1411, known for its beautiful architecture, including the Bhadrakali Temple and lush gardens. Discover the shaking minarets at the Sidi Bashir Mosque, known for their unique architectural feature where one minaret shakes when the other is vibrated, a mystery yet to be solved. Visit the Hathi Singh Jain Temple, a stunning white marble temple built in 1848, dedicated to Dharmanatha, the 15th Jain Tirthankar, adorned with intricate carvings. Walk through the old city to see various heritage landmarks, including pol houses with intricately carved wooden facades and narrow lanes rich in history. Explore the Sarkhej Roza, an architectural complex of mosques, tombs, and palaces, known as the "Acropolis of Ahmedabad," reflecting Indo-Islamic architecture.

Day 2: Ahmedabad - Dasada (180kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Modhera Sun Temple, built in 1026 by the Solanki dynasty, dedicated to the sun god Surya, featuring intricate carvings and an impressive stepwell. Explore the Rani Ki Vav stepwell in Patan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its detailed sculptures and intricate design, built in the 11th century. Departure to Dasada. Arrive in Dasada, check-in at the hotel or resort, and relax, enjoying the tranquil surroundings and preparing for the next day's adventure.

Day 3: Dasada - Rajkot (165kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning safari in the Little Rann of Kutch, a unique salt marsh, home to the endangered Asiatic wild ass and various bird species, including flamingos and pelicans. Visit the local villages to experience the lifestyle and crafts of the Rabari and other indigenous communities, witnessing traditional embroidery and beadwork. Departure to Rajkot. Arrive in Rajkot, check-in at the hotel, and enjoy leisure time to explore the city or relax at the hotel.

Day 4: Rajkot - Dwarka (225kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Watson Museum in Rajkot, showcasing historical artifacts, including sculptures, coins, textiles, and portraits of colonial leaders, offering a glimpse into the region's past. Stop by the Rotary Dolls Museum, displaying a diverse collection of dolls from around the world, representing different cultures and traditions. Departure to Dwarka. Arrive in Dwarka, check-in at the hotel, and relax, preparing for a day of spiritual exploration.

Day 5: Dwarka

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Dwarkadhish Temple, one of the Char Dham pilgrimage sites, dedicated to Lord Krishna, known for its majestic five-story structure supported by 72 pillars. Explore the Rukmini Devi Temple, located 2 km from Dwarka, known for its beautiful carvings and legends associated with Rukmini, the consort of Lord Krishna. Visit the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva, believed to protect devotees from all poisons and known for its large Shiva statue. Take a trip to Bet Dwarka, an island believed to be the original residence of Lord Krishna, accessible by boat, and explore its ancient temples and serene beaches.

Day 6: Dwarka - Sasan Gir National Park (290kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Somnath Temple, an important pilgrimage site and one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva, known for its magnificent architecture and sea-facing location. Departure to Sasan Gir. Arrive in Sasan Gir, check-in at the hotel or resort, and enjoy leisure time, perhaps exploring the local surroundings or relaxing in the resort's amenities.

Day 7: Sasan Gir

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning safari in Sasan Gir National Park, the only place in the world where Asiatic lions can be seen in their natural habitat, along with leopards, deer, and a variety of bird species. Visit the Gir Interpretation Zone at Devaliya, an enclosed area offering a closer look at the region's flora and fauna, ideal for understanding the park's ecosystem. Afternoon safari in the national park, enhancing the chances of spotting wildlife and enjoying the natural beauty of the forest. Enjoy leisure time at the hotel or resort with all meals included, perhaps indulging in local cuisine or relaxing by the pool.

Day 8: Sasan Gir NP - Bhavnagar (225kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Palitana Temples, one of the most significant Jain pilgrimage sites with over 900 temples on Shatrunjaya hill, offering breathtaking views and spiritual peace. Departure to Bhavnagar. Arrive in Bhavnagar, check-in at the hotel, and relax, enjoying the historic city's ambiance and preparing for the next day's exploration.

Day 9: Bhavnagar - Ahmedabad (200kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Takhteshwar Temple, located on a hill, offering panoramic views of the city and the Gulf of Khambhat, and dedicated to Lord Shiva. Explore the Barton Library and Museum, housing a collection of historic books, manuscripts, and artifacts, reflecting Bhavnagar's rich cultural heritage. Departure to Ahmedabad. Arrive in Ahmedabad, check-in at the hotel, and enjoy leisure time, perhaps shopping for souvenirs or visiting local eateries.

Day 10: Ahmedabad - Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Calico Museum of Textiles, showcasing an impressive collection of Indian fabrics and textiles, from ancient times to contemporary designs. Explore the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, famous for its intricate stone latticework windows, including the iconic 'Tree of Life' jali. Transfer to the airport for your departure, concluding your tour, and taking with you unforgettable memories of Gujarat's grand temples, royal cities, and wildlife adventures.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 9 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • 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.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 1-Time shared Gypsy safari in Little Rann of Kutchh with forest department naturalist.
  • 1-Time shared Gypsy safari in Gir National Parks 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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