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Best of Gujarat

9 days fr £1,846pp

Bhuj • Banny Vilages • Gondal • Naulakha Palace • Sasan Gir • Jungle Safari • Somnath • Diu • Palitana Jain Temple • Bhavnagar • Ahmedabad

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TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Category A fr £1,846pp
Validity (selected dates between):
  • 01/10/2019 - 19/12/2019
  • 11/01/2020 - 31/03/2020
Also included:
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Entry Fee at the Monuments
  • Park Entrance at Sasan Gir
  • 2 Jungle safaris in Gir National Park
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary by private vehicle
  • Assistance at the airport
  • English speaking guide during sightseeing
  • Drivers allowances, toll taxes & Govt. Service Tax
Not included:
  • International Flights (unless otherwise stated)
  • Doli/lift chairs at Palitana
  • Camera / Video camera fees applicable at monuments
Overview
Packed with fascinating sights, tourism in India's sixth largest state Gujarat is all about natural wonders and heritage monuments. This is a region of vibrant traditions and culture and is sprawled out along the western coast of the country bordered by the Arabian Sea, Maharashtra in the south, colourful Rajasthan and Pakistan to the north. This is a state renowned for its pristine beaches, rare wildlife, ancient temples, opulent palaces, lively festivals and amazing fairs.
Day 1
Arrival in Bhuj
On arrival at the town of Bhuj you are met by one of our tour representatives and taken to your hotel. Bhuj is a beautiful little town in the Kutch district of Gujarat and after checking in you must call in at the DSP/Collector office to obtain your permit which is needed for some of the visits. The rest of the day and evening is free for you to go out and explore possibly trying some of the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants.
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Day 2
The Banny villages
Today after breakfast you begin a full day excursion to the Banny villages to see various typical homes and the traditional art and culture of Gujarat. The journey to Banny takes around four hours and along the way you will see lots of interesting sights. The villages are great places to shop for souvenirs and you will have plenty of time to explore them. After a memorable day begin the return journey to Bhuj for another night at your hotel there.
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Day 3
Bhuj – Gondal
After breakfast today you say farewell to Bhuj and begin the five hour drive to your next destination, Gondal. On arrival check-in to your hotel and relax after the journey. Then later you are taken to visit the Naulakha Palace, where you see an amazing collection of vintage cars. Then it's on to the fascinating Bhuvaneswary Ayurvedic Library before being driven back to your hotel in Gondal where you stay for one night.
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Day 4
Gondal - Sasan Gir
Leave Gondal after breakfast for the 100 mile drive to Sasan Gir, which takes around two and a half hours. On the way you stop to visit Junagadh to see the museum fort with its impressive Buddhist caves. Then continue to Sasan Gir passing villages and seeing workers in the fields. On arrival check-in to your hotel and the rest of the day and evening is free for you to explore this new area. Overnight in Sasan Gir.
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Day 5
Jungle Safari
One of the highlights of the trip today when you are taken on early morning and evening game drives in the Gir National Park. Gir is one of India’s oldest sanctuaries, and is synonymous with the majestic Asiatic lion. It's the only place in India to see this animal, and the park takes pride in saving this endangered species, which was on the threshold of extinction at the start of the 21st century, by providing it with a more secured habitat. Overnight in Sasan Gir.
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Day 6
Sasan Gir – Diu
After breakfast you begin the two hour drive to Diu stopping on the way to visit Somnath. Shree Somnath is first among the 12 Aadi Jyotirlings of India. It has a strategic location on the western coast of the country and the temple there is built right on the shore of the Arabian ocean at the western corner of the Indian subcontinent. On arrival at Diu check in to your new hotel then go out and explore the town and meet the friendly locals.
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Day 7
Diu – Bhavnagar.
A six hour drive of around 200 miles today after leaving Diu and heading to your next destination Bhavnagar, known as the place of several lakes and temples. On the way break the journey with a stop to visit the Palitana Jain Temple. On arrival at Bhavnager you check in at the Hotel Nilambagh Palace for your overnight stay. Splendid splashes from waves in the Gulf of Khambat, an ancient history, vibrant culture and colourful bazaars make this an enchanting place to visit.
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Day 8
Bhavnagar – Ahmedabad
After breakfast today you say farewell to Bhavnagar and begin the drive to Ahmedabad. On the way you break this journey with a stop to visit the Shatrunjaya Temple. On arrival at Ahmedabad check into your hotel and relax before enjoying a visit to the Jami Masjid (Friday Mosque), Hathi Singhji Temple, Calico Museum and the Sabarmati Ashram. Then possibly try one of the local restaurants for your final dinner of the tour. Overnight in Ahmedabad.
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Day 9
End of tour
Today your fascinating tour around the Indian state of Gujarat comes to an end. After breakfast, you may have time for some more sightseeing and souvenir shopping in Ahmedabad before you are picked up from your hotel and taken to the local airport to catch an onward flight or to begin your journey back home. This short tour of Gujarat is great for anyone who has already taken the more popular tourist trails around India.
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