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Highlights of Gujarat

18 days from £3495 per person

India's westernmost state, Gujarat is a time-honoured desert land of historic cities and indigenous cultures with a fauna unique to the region. Starting in Ahmedabad, drive to Dasada, via the magnificent sun-temple of Modhera, then bird-watch in the Little Rann of Kutch. Travel on to Bhuj and visit the colourful tribal villages north of the city, explore Raj-era Gondal then continue to Sasan Gir, last remaining abode of the Asiatic lion. End your time in Gujarat at the extraordinary Jain temple complex at Palitana and in Vadodara at the fabulous archaeological remains at Champaner.

Route: Mumbai – Ahmedabad – Dasada – Bhuj – Hodka – Gondal – Sasan Gir – Palitana – Vadodara – Mumbai

Itinerary Highlights

On the banks of the Sabarmati River, Ahmedabad is the largest city in Gujarat and has many fine examples of ancient buildings as well as stunning contemporary architecture.

Next to the Pushpavati River, the Sun Temple at Modhera is dedicated to the Hindu Sun-God, Surya. The decorative design is unique and the site contains an impressive step-well.

Palitana is a major pilgrimage centre for Jains. Over 3000 exquisitely carved marble temples cover the hills and thousands of stone steps have been cut to help visit the complex.

Itinerary: Highlights of Gujarat

Today depart the UK on the British Airways flight to Mumbai. (N)
Arrive into Mumbai in the early hours and transfer to your accommodation. One of the world's great cities, later today explore the city with your guide. Close to the hotel is the Gateway of India built to commemorate the visit of King George V in 1911 and the excellent Prince of Wales Museum. From here stroll through the historic Colaba district to admire the impressive Gothic Victorian architecture before continuing to Malabar Hill for far-reaching views over the city. End the day at the colourful Dhobi ghats where traditional laundryman collect, wash and return the city's linen. (B)
Accommodation in Mumbai: Abode Mumbai (or similar)
Upgrade option: Vivanta by Taj - President Hotel
Alternative upgrade option: Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel
This morning fly from Mumbai to Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad is a city defined by its architecture and is home to wide range of different styles. From majestic 15th and 16th century mosques and mausoleum complexes, 11th century step-wells, fine havelis and historic Hindu and Jain temples to 18th and 19th century buildings with their European colonial influences, the city is also home to modern masterpieces designed by Charles Correa and Le Corbusier. (B)
Accommodation in Ahmedabad: The House of MG (or similar)
With your guide, today explore Ahmedabad. Places of interest include the excellent Calico Museum of Textiles with its wide range of exhibits and the Sabarmati Ashram which was founded, in his home city, by Mahatma Gandhi in 1917 and was the starting point of his famous 385km Salt March to Dandi in 1930. Also visit the monumental complex of Sarkhej with its 15th century mausoleum and explore the city's old quarter, with its beautiful havelis, on foot. (B)
Accommodation in Ahmedabad: The House of MG (or similar)
Leave Ahmedabad to visit the beautiful 15th century Adalaj step well, before continuing to the 11th century Surya ‘Sun’ Temple at Modhera. One of the finest Hindu temples in Gujarat, Modhera has a special atmosphere and is a unique site. Leaving Modhera, drive to Patan which was once the capital of Gujarat before the founding of Ahmedabad. Patan is also the home of the famous Patola silk weavers. Once in Dasada stay for two nights at the Rann Riders Camp located on the edge of the Little Rann of Kutch. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Dasada: Rann Riders Camp (or similar)
Today enter the Little Rann of Kutch. The number and variety of birds here, from plovers and chats to flamingos and storks, is astonishing with the best birding months between October and March. Also visit some of the settlements around Dasada including pastoral Vadiara and the goat-herders of Ambala. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Dasada: Rann Riders Camp (or similar)
After a final early morning visit to the Little Rann of Kutch leave Dasada and continue by road to Bhuj stopping en-route to visit the lakeside palace at Halvad. The atmospheric old walled city of Bhuj is the capital of the Kutch region and later wander among the narrow alleyways of the citadel. (B)
Accommodation in Bhuj: Bhuj House (or similar)
Today drive north from Bhuj to the small rural hamlet of Hodka. Handicrafts are a living tradition of Kutch region and over the next two days visit the neighbouring Banni villages. These settlements are home to the Hindu tribes of the Ahir and Rabari as well as the Muslim villages of the Muthwas and Jaths. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Hodka: Shaam-e-Sarhad Rural Resort (or similar)
The villages around Hodka have a rich artistic tradition and are renowned for their embroidery, block painting, pottery, leather and silver work. Over the years little has changed in the lives of these semi-nomadic people with trade in sheep, goats, camels, buffaloes and other livestock constituting their other main source of income. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Hodka: Shaam-e-Sarhad Rural Resort (or similar)
This morning leave Hodka and continue to Gondal where you will stay for two nights at the Gondal Orchard Palace Hotel which is the guesthouse of the Huzoor Palace where the owners—scions of the former rulers—still reside. Surrounded by wheat and cotton fields, Gondal is a fascinating town and was one of the most progressive and affluent states during the period of British rule. (B/D)
Accommodation in Gondal: Gondal Orchard Palace Hotel (or similar)
Today explore Gondal. The Naulakha Palace with its stone carvings and museum of princely memorabilia is particularly interesting whilst for those interested in Ayurveda, Gondal's Bhuvaneshwari Pharmacy has been making fine traditional herbal medicines for decades. The current ruling family in Gondal also keeps its collection of vintage and classic cars in the Huzoor Palace estate and it is possible to see around thirty of these vehicles which form arguably one of the finest collections in India. (B/D)
Accommodation in Gondal: Gondal Orchard Palace Hotel (or similar)
After breakfast visit Junagadh. This is one of India’s most historic cities – ancient artefacts were found on the hilltop citadel and Emperor Ashoka’s edicts were inscribed on rock here during the 3rd century BC. Visit the Uparkot Citadel, Jama Masjid and 11th century Adi Chadi Vav step-well before continuing to Sasan Gir and the Gir Forest National Park, the last remaining home of the Asiatic lion. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Sasan Gir: Asiatic Lion Lodge
Upgrade option: Woods at Sasan
An attractive sanctuary, Gir Forest National Park is not only home to the rare Asiatic lion but also has good populations of nilgai, sambar and chital. It is also a very popular reserve for birding and has a rich variety of birdlife. Today explore the unique Sasan Gir with an early morning and evening jeep safaris. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Sasan Gir: Lion Safari Camp (or similar)
Upgrade option: Woods at Sasan
Today drive to the extraordinary Jain temple complex at Palitana where you will stay overnight. The hills of Palitana are known as the ‘Abode of the Gods’ and are covered with 863 Jain temples spanning a period of over 900 years. Their finely carved spires and towers glisten in the sunlight as pilgrims make the uphill journey on foot. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Palitana: Vijay Vilas Palace (or similar)
Early this morning you may wish to join the pilgrims and climb the 4,000 steps to the Palitana temples. Later leave Palitana and drive to Vadodara calling in on the way to see the archaeological site of Lothal which is home to some of the most important Harappan archaeological remains of the subcontinent. After Lothal continue to Vadodara, once the capital of the affluent Baroda Princely State and home to some magnificent 19th century palaces and public buildings. (B)
Accommodation in Vadodara: Gateway Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Champaner Palace Resort
Today visit the Pavagadh–Champaner archaeological zone which was Gujarat's first UNESCO approved World Heritage Site. The site encompasses forts, temples, mosques, mausoleum complexes, pavilions, wells and tanks and Champaner's Jami Masjid, built around 1523, is considered the high water mark of 16th century Indo-Saracenic architecture. Later return to Vadodara via the historic citadel of Dabhoi which has a majestic gateway built in the 12th century. (B)
Accommodation in Vadodara: Gateway Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Champaner Palace Resort
This morning transfer to Vadodara Airport in good time to catch the flight to Mumbai where you will stay overnight. (B)
Accommodation in Mumbai: Hilton Airport Hotel (or similar)
Today transfer back to Mumbai Airport to catch the British Airways flight non-stop to the UK. (B)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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  • International flights from the UK
  • Domestic flights
  • Private car with English speaking driver
  • Sightseeing with an accompanying English speaking guide
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

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