Best of Gujarat Tour

Best of Gujarat Tour - 07 Nights / 08 Days
Places Covered - Ahmedabad » Bhavnagar » Sasangir » Diu » Somnath » Dwarka » Rajkot (75)

Recommended Itinerary

Gujarat Itinerary for 8 days


  • Ahmedabad

    Arrival at Ahmedabad. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Proceed to visit famous attractions such as Gandhi Ashram, City Museum and Hathisingh Jain Temple. In evening proceed for Adalaj Stepwell and Akshardham temple. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

  • Bhavnagar

    Morning breakfast at the hotel. On the way, visit Lothal. Lothal is one of the ancient Hindu cities that belong to Indus valley civilization. Proceed for Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar. This National Park is a heaven for blackbuck, wolf and the lesser florican. Arrival at Bhavnagar. Next you will be visitng the Nishkalank Mahadev Temple in Koliyak, Bhavnagar. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

  • Sasangir

    Breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Sasangir. On the way, visit Palitana, located on the hill top, this religious site is home to over 900 temples in Bhavnagar district. Palitana is regarded as holiest pilgrimage site by Jain community in India. Later on arrive at Sasangir. Further visit Gir Interpretation Zone. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

  • Diu

    Morning breakfast at the hotel, later on proceed for Jeep Safari in Gir National Park. Later on, proceed to Diu, a glorious beach destination in Gujarat. Also visit other attractions in Diu such as St. Paul's Church, Diu Museum and Diu Fort. Evening free to relax and unwind on the beach. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

  • Somnath

    Morning Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to Somnath. On arrival, visit Bhalka Tirth, Triveni Sangam, Geeta Mandir and Somnath temple. In the evening, experience Aarti and other rituals. Latern on, go for light and sound show. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

  • Dwarka

    Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for Dwarka, sacred town of Lord Krishna. On the way, visit Porbandar. In Porbandar, visit Kirti Mandir, the ancient place where Mahatma Gandhi was born. Also visit Sudama Temple, dedicated to lord Sudama (old friend of Hind God krishna), later on visit Dwarka. Next, visit Dwarkadhish Temple. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

  • Rajkot

    Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for Bet Dwarka, is a remote island located 30 miles from Dwarka city. Also Dwarkadhish Temple, a renewed temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. Next, visit Nageshwar Temple - One of the 12th Jyotilingam of Shiva, Rukmini Temple and Gopi Talav. Evening, visit Bala Hanuman temple in Jamnagar, is a famous pilgrimage site in Gujarat. Later arrive at Rajkot city. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

  • Ahmedabad

    Breakfast in the morning, next proceed to Ahmedabad. Departure transfer available for airport/railway station.


Price

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Accommodation

Destination Deluxe Hotel
Ahmedabad Hotel Le Grande Residency
Bhavnagar Hotel The Basil Park
Sasangir Lions Paw Resort
Diu Radhika Beach Resort
Somnath Hotel Lords Inn
Dwarka Hotel Dwarkadhish Lords Eco Inn
Rajkot Hotel Sarovar Portico

Inclusions

What's Included

  • Pick up from Ahmedabad airport / railway station and drop to Ahmedabad airport / railway station by AC Indigo.
  • Intercity transfers from: Ahmedabad – Bhavnagar – Sasangir – Diu – Somnath – Dwarka – Rajkot – Ahmedabad.
  • Accommodation with breakfast for 01 night in Ahmedabad.
  • Accommodation with breakfast for 01 night in Bhavnagar.
  • Accommodation with breakfast for 01 night in Sasangir.
  • Accommodation with breakfast for 01 night in Diu.
  • Accommodation with breakfast for 01 night in Somnath.
  • Accommodation with breakfast for 01 night in Dwarka.
  • Accommodation with breakfast for 01 night in Rajkot.
  • Local sightseeing in all the destinations.
  • Toll tax, permits, parking and driver daily allowance.

What's Excluded

  • Air Fare / Train fare throughout the tour.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, tips, porter-age etc.
  • Safari cost at Gir.
  • Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance Fees, video camera permits during sightseeing.
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (strikes), etc (to be borne by the client directly).
  • Any increase in taxes or fuel price, leading to increase in cost on surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any other feature which is not mentioned in the "Cost includes "column.
  • Service tax @ 3.50% on total billing.

Ahmedabad

Situated on the banks of the Sabarmati River, Ahmedabad was founded in 1411, by Sultan Ahmed Shah. Ahmedabad means different things to different people. For architects it is a remarkable repository in distinctive architectural styles. Historians will find that it has a rich history and craft lovers will discover that it's a treasure trove of handicrafts. For pacifists and leaders it is the home of Mahatma Gandhi. For businessmen, it is a thriving commercial centre and the premier textile city of India that is also referred to as the Manchester of the East.

Ahmedabad is Also known or its modern shopping malls, massive industrial estates, and above all, its numerous restaurants. The Ahmedabadis love to eat out in this food crazy city the eating – places are always packed. They also like to celebrate festivals in a big way and one of the most enjoyable is the kite flying festivals held on 14th January each year. Best of Gujarat Tour...

Little Rann of Kutch

The Little Rann of Kutch is a unique landform, which gets seasonally inundated by seawater. This extensive tract of saline desert wilderness has been declared a wildlife sanctuary and is home to the endangered Asiatic Onager or Wild Ass. These members of the wild horse family are tall and strong and fairly easy to spot in the Rann.

The other animals that reside in the Rann include the graceful Indian gazelle, chinkara, which is fleet of foot and small and shy. The Indian wolf is the prime predator, followed by the desert fox. The Rann also supports a decent population of nilgai or blue bull and in the winter months it becomes a paradise for birds attracting huge flocks of flamingoes, cranes, pelicans, bustards, and a variety of other beautiful birds. This extraordinary land is also the favourite hunting ground of raptors and it is possible to see several types of eagles, hawks, falcons, buzzards, vultures, kites. owls, etc. Best of Gujarat Tour...

Motoring enthusiasts will find the Rann especially attractive and inviting as they can experience the exhilaration of racing flat-out across salt flats, with mirages shimmering on the horizon. A drive to relish and remember.

There is a lot to sec in the Rann and there are a couple of resorts located on its edge. Rann Riders located in Dasada, is an appealing option and caters to most needs of tourists. Desert Coursers is based in Zainabad, 10 kms from Dasada, and has a good experience of looking after tourists. Best of Gujarat Tour...

Wankaner

The Ranjit Vilas, which is amongst the prettiest palaces in Gujarat and also ranks amongst the best architectural landmarks in the country, is situated in Wankaner. Placed halfway up a hill with a commanding view of the surrounding countryside, the foundation stone for the Ranjit Vilas Palace was laid in 1907, by Jam Sahib Ranjit Singhji, the ruler of Jamnagar and 'Prince of Cricket', better known as 'Ranji'.

The Wankaner family continues to reside in the grand Ranjit Vilas Palace and have converted two wings into hotels. Tourists staying here are welcome to visit the main palace, part of which is now a museum with a remarkable collection of weapons, thrones, animal trophies and other royal relics. A post World War I Rolls Royce Silver Ghost is parked in the royal garages, alongside some Buicks and Fords, and they stand testimony to Maharana Pratap Sinhji's love and passion for automobiles. He is a fountain of information and though he is now in his nineties, he meets guests and regales them with historic tales and experiences collected over a lifetime. A visit to Wankaner is worth it to just meet this most incredible and fascinating man. Best of Gujarat Tour...

Gondal

The Naulakha Palace- possibly the grandest building in Saurashtra, is situated in the historic city of Gondal. It was built in the 17th century and features magnificent facades, ornate window. and balconies, pillared courtyards, a grand durbar hall, and a museum with an impressive display of silver caskets and other ornaments. Best of Gujarat Tour...

The enterprising Maharani Kumud Kumari of Gondal, is very keen on tourism and has converted two of their palaces into enchanting heritage hotels that have won international awards. The Maharani has also restored two royal railway saloons and turned them into novel and romantic 'rooms on wheels'. These saloons are placed on railway tracks running next to the Orchard Palace and each comprises a comfortable suite, a dining room, and bathroom, all adorned with antique furniture and regal fittings. Best of Gujarat Tour...

The Gondal family is also known for their splendid collection of vintage and classic cars.

Sasan Gir National Park

The Gir National Park is spread over an area of 1412 sq. kms and is the last stronghold and refuge of the Asiatic Lion. Over three hundred of them now share their home with the Maldhan tribals and their cattle and the high-density means that you have a good chance of being rewarded with an audience with the 'King of the Jungle', as he rears his head from a bush or steps out from behind a teak tree. Best of Gujarat Tour...

Gir also has one of the largest populations of leopards and if you are in luck, you might just spot one. Gir also hosts the hyena, jackal, fox, jungle cat, sambar, cheetal(spotted deer),nilgai(blue bull),chousingha or four horned deer, and the chinkara. Marsh crocodiles can also be seen and ornithologists can take delight in the fact that over 200 species of birds are found here. You can go for a safari in your own vehicle or rent one locally, but you are required to be accompanied by a forest guard. The interpretation centre and semi-enclosed wildlife zone at Devaliya is worth a visit, as it offers an opportunity to see the lion and other inhabitants of Gir in a short safari. Best of Gujarat Tour...

A variety of accommodation to suit all budgets is available outside the park and Gir has all the ingredients to make your stay in this 'Land of the Lion' quite gratifying.

Diu

Diu, a tiny island on the western coast, is connected to the mainland of Gujarat by a causeway. It was once an important seaport and a Portuguese colony from the mid 16th century to 1961.

The Union Territory of Dim is now a pleasing getaway with golden beaches, dense palm-groves and some Portuguese flavour. Some of the must visit places include the horse-shoe shaped Nagoa Beach; the 16th century coastal fort with a lighthouse enclosed within its fortified walls; the St.Paul's Church built in 1610, which is considered to be the most elaborate of all the Portuguese Churches in India and the St.Thomas Church that is now a museum encapsulating the life and times of Diu is all about lazy days and hazy nights, induced by the freely available alcohol and abundant fresh seafood. Diu also has several fine hotels and resorts making it a picturesque and tranquil destination that is definitely worth a visit. Best of Gujarat Tour...

Palitana

Palitana can be best described as a 'Temple city on a mountain'. A steep path winds up the Shetrunjaya Hills, and after climbing some 3950 steps distributed over a length of about 4 kms, you reach the summit and suddenly discover that you are in the midst of divinity. Wrapped and spread before you in their own mystique, with the resonance of constantly tolling bells and the sonorous chanting of worshippers, are 863 amazing Jain Temples, the first of which was built in the 11th century and the rest over a span of 900 years!

Palitana is possibly India's most picturesque pilgrim centre with a hilltop dedicated entirely to the Gods. The hilltop also offers a splendid view of the sea to the west and hills on the east. All this makes the long and strenuous climb well worth it. And for those who cannot climb, 'Dolis' or palanquins can be hired to carry you up. Several Dharmshalas at the foot of the hill offer accommodation to pilgrims and the Vijay Vilas Place has also recently opened its doors as a heritage hotels. Best of Gujarat Tour...

Bhavnagar

Bhavnagar was founded around 1200 A.D. and it gradually developed into An important seaport, with its principal trade bring the export cotton. it was one of the richest princely sates of Saurashtra and Mahatma Gandhi also went to the university in Bhavanagar.

This pleasant city continues to be an important educational centre and also has some attractions for the traveller, The Barton Museum has an outstanding; collection of coins, arms, etc. The Gaurishankar Lake Draw lots of birds and is popular with bird watchers and picnickers. Bhavnagar also couple of fine period hotels. The stately Nilambagh Palace was built in 1859 and Dil Bahar as onstructed in 1937. Best of Gujarat Tour...

Velavadar National Park

The open grasslands of Velavadar were converted into a National Park to conserve the blackbuck, the second largest antelope. Velavadar comprises of dry scrubland and rich grasslands and has the largest density of blackbuck in India. It is also the largest harrier (long-winged birds of prey) roost in the world. As the sun sets over this natural paradise, hundreds of harriers, sometimes up to fifteen hundred, come down to the ground and settle in the tall grass for the night, presenting an awesome sight. Best of Gujarat Tour...

The wolf is the prime predator of Velavadar and the other wildlife here includes the fox, jackal, desert hare, nilgai and wild boar. As there is no place to stay here, its best to visit it from either Bhavnagar or Utelia.

Utelia

The small rustic village of Utelia does not figure on most maps. And it would also not feature in this book but for the fact that Yuvraj Bhagirath Sinh has opened the doors of his ancestral palace as a heritage hotel. Best of Gujarat Tour...

The Palace Utelia is about a century old, and the property has recently undergone major renovation. Grazing lands surround it and the sylvan flavors can be invigorating for city dwellers. The hotel also organizes visits to both Lothal and Velavadar. Lothal has some of the most substantial remains of the Harappan culture in India. The attraction of Lothal is not the architectural remains, but rather the remarkable town planning that existed even in those ancient times. Visitors expecting to see magnificent ruins may be disappointed, but those who pay attention to how truly advanced the town planners and architects were back then, will come away suitably impressed and with a better understanding about how some of our ancestors lived. Best of Gujarat Tour...

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