A culturally rich destination which attracted million to witness the beauty of historical, cultural and architectural treasures, Gujarat is a must visit for art and culture lovers. From scenic beauty to adventurous sports, this place offers a wide range of options to every keen traveller. It is also a spiritual centre and has significant structures belonging to different religions. Hutheesing Jain and Gangeshwar Temples are fine examples of the same. The Gir National Park – home to more than 300 Asiatic lions – is located in the Junagadh city of Gujarat that must be visited during the tour. Gujarat is India’s 6th largest state and home of the Father of the Nation – Mahatma Gandhi. Stretched along the Arabian Sea, Gujarat also has a vast desert land which is famous for its white sands. Beaches, temple towns, wildlife sanctuaries, hill resorts, historical monuments, and festivals, make it renowned. The magnificent state is also famous for producing some of the best handicrafts and handloom in India.
On arrival at the Surat International airport, our representative will meet and greet you and will assist in your transfer to the hotel. On reaching, check-in at the hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, check out from hotel and drive to Champaner. Champaner is an old fort located at the foothills of Pavagadh. The landscape is marked by remains of fort walls, ruined tombs, gardens, arches, pillars and wells. At Champaner, one can see three fortifications - the base (Champaner), the top (Pavagadh) and the area connecting both of them (Machi).
Next you will visit the Jami Masjid which is one of the finest examples of Sultanate architecture of Gujarat. It is an imposing structure on a high plinth with two tall minarets of 30-meter height each, 172 pillars and 7 mihrabs. The central dome, the placement of balconies, carved entrance gates with fine stone jails and rich decoration make the visit a delightful aesthetic experience. The ruins of Khapra Zaveri Palace are located on the way from the base to Machi.
From its terrace, one can have a fabulous view of the origin of Vishwamitri river. Atak gate is one of the impressive gates that leads to the hill top. It has two catapult stands for hurling stones at the enemies.
Settle in for a comfortable overnight stay in Champaner.
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Ahmedabad. On arrival, check in to hotel. Later explore the attractions of Ahmedabad. First, you will visit the Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram, where the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi stayed for most part of his life. It was founded in 1917 on the banks of the Sabarmati river and played a notable part in the freedom struggle of the country. In 1930, Gandhi Ji began his Dandi March to the sea to protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the British. The Gandhi Ashram has a memorial center, library and a sound-and-light spectacle to offer to its visitors. Later, proceed to the Sidi Sayyid Mosque. The mosque is famous for its 10 unique semi-circular tracery windows. The tracery resembles the famous silver filigree work for which Gujarat is famous. Lastly, visit the Sabarmati Riverfront situated on the banks of Narmada river, built as a park and walkway, where locals gather during the sunset.
In the morning, check out from hotel and drive to Junagadh. On arrival, check- in to hotel and take rest.
After breakfast, check out from hotel and visit the attractions of Junagadh city. This day you will first visit the Mohabbat Maqbara. It is a mausoleum known for its unique architecture. Next you will visit the Uperkot Fort. Over 2300 years old, with walls up to 20-metre-high in some places, there used to be a 300 ft. deep moat inside the walls which reportedly used to be inhabited by crocodiles for the fort's protection. Darbar Hall Museum - Built in a beautiful old palace of Junagadh, the Darbar Hall Museum is amongst the finest museums in Gujarat as it preserves the treasures of the Junagarh rulers. Post sightseeing, drive to Dwarka; en-route visit Sudamapuri Temple, Kirti Mandir and Bharat Mandir in Porbandar. Later, drive to Dwarka. Lord Krishna founded this ancient city as his capital after leaving Mathura. Excavations have revealed five earlier cities at the site, all submerged. The present town of Dwarka dates back to the 19th century. On arrival, check in to hotel. In the evening, enjoy Aarti ceremony at Dwarkadheesh Temple.
After breakfast, visit Dwarkadheesh Temple and Rukmini Temple. Later, proceed for a full day sightseeing of Bet Dwarka. Bet is situated at 30kms from Dwarka and is surrounded by sea from all sides. One can reach Bet from Dwarka through Okha by road. On reaching Okha port jetty, one can reach Bet through a little sea journey in a launch or in a small boat. Nageshwar Temple or Nagnath Temple is located on the route between Gomati Dwarka and the Bet Dwarka Island on the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat. The Jyotirlinga enshrined in the Temple of Nagnath is known as Nageshwar Mahadev and attracts thousands of pilgrims all-round the year. This powerful Jyotirlinga symbolizes protection from all poisons. It is said that those who pray to the Nageshwar Linga become free of poison.
After breakfast, drive to Gondal. The Riverside palace at Gondal, a govt. of India classified heritage hotel, and the Orchard Palace in the same town, are two mansion guest houses opened as heritage hotels. The interiors of these properties are appointed with period furniture, antiques and artifacts reminiscent of the days of the Raj.,The highlight of staying at these properties is that guests can see the royal garages, housing vintage & classic cars, and the Naulakha Palace,which is a festival of stone carvings & houses royal memorabilia including toys of the late 19th & early 20th century, silver caskets that carried messages & gifts for the Maharajah, elephant howdahs & royal portraits. It has an royal saloon suite, which has its own drawing, dining, bedroom & bathroom in a converted railway carriage.
After breakfast, drive to Ahmedabad. On arrival visit the attractions of Ahmedabad. Your first stop will be the Adalaj Step Well. It has intricately carved designs with village scenes and dancing deities. Next, visit the prominent Jain temple, Hutheesing Temple. Built outside the Delhi Gate in 1850 by a rich Jain merchant, the Hutheesing Temple is the best known of Ahmedabad’s many ornate Jain temples. Explore the Teen Darwaja, the triple-arched gateway built by Sultan Ahmed Shah to serve as the royal entrance to the Maidan Shahi or the Royal Square. It is in an imposing monument of perfect proportions & highly ornate buttresses.
After breakfast, check out from hotel and drive to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport for your flight to onward destination with sweet memories of your trip.
|Duration||:||8 Nights / 9 Days|
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|Route||:||Surat - Champaner - Ahmedabad - Junagadh - Porbandar - Dwarka - Bet Dwarka - Gondal - Ahmedabad|