Situated in the western most part of India, Gujarat is a state that offers travellers with an excellent opportunity to dig out history that's as many as 4,000 years old. Harappa, which is the site of the Indus Valley civilization, is located close to Kutch, the largest district of Gujarat. Some of the most popular tourist attractions of Gujarat include stepped wells, a host of Jain temples and the Asiatic Lion. The natives of the state are well-known for their business acumen and entrepreneurship skills. Geographically, the state is quite diverse and is home to a diverse population too. Majority of the people in Gujarat are Hindus.
Start your Essence of Gujarat Tour with sightseeing in Mumbai. Then, catch a flight to Rajkot, a popular city in Gujarat. You'll love exploring this city because this is where Mahatama Gandhi, Father of the Nation, spent his life from the age of six. The city is home to a number of Gandhiji's belongings that will remind you of the life and work of the great man and a freedom fighter. Later, drive to Sasangir, which is famous for the Asiatic Lion. Visit the historic town of Junagarh en route. Enjoy an exciting jungle safari into the dense forests of Gir to spot a wide range of wild animals – apart from the famed Asiatic Lion. Also, make visits to places like Diu, Palitana and Bhavnagar to feast your eyes on the beauty of Jain temples. Lothal is your next halt. This is one of the cities that constituted the the great Indus Valley Civilization.
Finally, drive to Ahmedabad, the capital city of Gujarat. Being the capital city, Ahmedabad offers a wonderful mix of both worlds – the old and the new. The Sabarmati Ashram, founded by Mahatama Gandhi, is located here. Soak up the beauty of the city through a full-day guided tour. Catch your flight back home.
After meet and greet at the International airport in Mumbai you will be driven to your pre booked hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning after breakfast our guide will meet you and take you for full day city sightseeing of Mumbai, starting from an excursion to Elephanta. Visit Gateway of India to embark the boat for Elephanta caves to see the rock cut temples dedicated to lord Shiva. Later visit Prince of Wales museum which have varieties of collection of the Hindu and Buddhist sculpture, terracotta figurines from the Indus Valley. Also visit Dhobi ghat, where you see how Indian washer man washes clothes, it’s an open laundry. Other places of interest are Mani Bhavan,
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flight for Rajkot. Our representative will meet you at Rajkot, who will escort you to your hotel. Rajkot is the fourth largest city of Gujarat. Visit Kaba Gandhi No Delo, house of the great freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi who lived here from the age of six, it has a good collection of his belongings. The Watson museum and library which dates back to 1888 AD contains the artifacts from Mohenjodaro. Night stay at hotel.
Morning breakfast at hotel and later drive to Sasangir abode of the Asiatic Lion en route visiting the historic town of Junagarh. There are two step wells, one of which has a long staircase. The other was built in 11th century and has an imposing circular staircase .There are many important Hindu temples here. Upon arrival in Sasangir, check into your hotel.
Today full day enjoy the jungle safari. The shrub land of Gir is ideal for the lion. The total habitat area covers 1412 Square kilometer. You can also spot other animals like the leopard, wild boar, fox, wildcat, chinkara, nilgai and chowsinghai, hyenas, foxes, parrots, peacocks. Also visit crocodile breeding centre. From mid June to mid October the park is closed. Overnight stay at lodge.
Today after breakfast leave for Diu which was once the colony of Portuguese later in 1961 it was taken over by India. En route visit Somnath temple dedicated to lord Shiva. Somnath Temple was plundered and destroyed by many Muslim rulers. It was first attacked by Mahmud of Ghazini in 1025 AD when the whole temple was ransacked and golds were looted, however it was rebuilt by King Bhima of Gujarat and Malwa King, Bhoja. Again it was attacked by Allauddin Khilji in 1300 AD, at that time the temple was restored by King Mahipala. All the time it was destroyed and was restored. After visiting Somnath drive to Diu, check in your resort on the beach. Overnight stay at your resort
Today visit the massive Portuguese fort built in the year 1541 AD. And rest of the day is to enjoy by the beach. Night stay at your resort
Morning drive to Bhavnagar en route visiting Palitana surrounded amidst Shatrunjaya hills. On top of the hill have some 863 Jain shrines; the most remarkable among them is that of Sri Adishwara the first apostle of the Jains. After visiting the Jain temples continue your journey to Bhavnagar founded in 1713 A.D, is now a flourishing port in the south-eastern coast of Saurashtra. On arrival, check in hotel. Night stay at your hotel
After having breakfast, leave for sightseeing of Bhavnagar. Visit Gandhi Memorial which has a small library containing books on Gandhian thoughts and small picture gallery which has some rare photographs of Mahatama Gandhi. Not forget to see Water Lock Gate; the sea water is impounded by the lock Gate to keep ships afloat during lower tide. Also visit the Barton library which is one of the oldest libraries of Gujarat. Later drive to Ahmedabad en route visiting Lothal which was one of the most prominent cities of the Indus Valley Civilization which is almost 5000 Years ago still you can see some of the remains. After finishing the sightseeing of Lothal drive to Ahmedabad Overnight stay at hotel
Today morning after breakfast go for guided city tour. Ahmedabad was founded in 1411 A.D, by Ahmed Shah after whom the city was named. Ahmedabad is also referred as “Manchester of India” due to textile industries. The places of interests are Ahmed Shah’s mosque which is a brilliant example of Indo Saracenic architecture; the pillars supporting the domes have Hindu symbols. Drive past Teen Darwaza or Three Gateways located in the heart of busy market. Later see Shaking Minarets, these minarets are a part of Siddi Bashir, mosque which can be swayed by applying little force to the top most arch. Sabarmati ashram, whose foundation was laid by Mahatama Gandhi in 1915 AD to carry his freedom struggle from here, it contains the items related to Mahatama Gandhi. Calico Museum of Textiles, which has a display of rare textiles dating back to 17th Century. Other places of interests are Rani Rupmati Mosque, Dada Hari Vav and Kankaria Lake. Overnight stay at hotel
Today in the meantime you will be escorted to airport to board your flight for Mumbai from where you can take your onward flight back to home.
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