Gujarat Heritage Tour (6N-7D Tour)
DAY 1: AHMEDABAD Morning city tour visit of Calico museum of textile The Calico Museum of Textiles at Ahmedabad, India, is the premier textile museum of the country. Its outstanding collection of Indian fabrics exemplifies handicraft textiles spanning five centuries and attracts large numbers of visitors ,later drives to visit SEWA (Self Employed Women Association). SEWA’s main goals are to organize women workers for full employment & self-reliance. These women earn a living through their own labour or small businesses. The vision of STFC was to ensure that craftswomen in the informal sector have socio-economic security and full employment, Overnight stay Ahmedabad.
DAY 2: AHMEDABAD – PATAN – MODHERA - DASADA
Morning drives to Dasada (250 KMS / 10 Hours with Enroute Sightseeing) Via Patan, Modhera. Direct Ahmedabad – Dasada is 110 KMS / 2 Hours.
Visits of Patan - Patan Patola of Weaving Patan are famous for Patola weaving. The queen of textiles is the Patola woven by only few families of Patan. The technique used to weave the Patola is the rare double ikkat style which involves dyeing both the wrap threads in the pattern of the final fabrics before setting them on the loom. Patan is also one of the centers for Mushroo, fabrics woven as a combination of silk & cotton with the latter forming the backing. Also visit Modhera Sun Temple Modhera Sun Temple is finest example of Hindu architecture in Gujarat. The Sun Temple at Modhera dates back to early 11th century CE and was built by King Bhimdev I in 1026 CE. The sanctum was designed to allow the sunlight to illuminate the main statue, no longer in the temple.
Overnight stay Dasada.
Here Enroute we can also visits Patan step well
DAY 3: DASADA
Dasada (Little Rann of Kutch) The tours visit the rural Vadiara and Kharapat Rabaris of Dasada,known for their embroideries, the silk-weavers colony at Dasada, and Ambala village of the Bharward shepherds and goatherds. Later demonstration of Tanglia weaving, single ikkat Patola, Bead works. Also visit wild ass sanctuary.
Evening dinner & Overnight stay Dasada.
Day 4: DASADA - BHUJ
Morning drives to Bhuj (300 KMS / 6 Hours), Enroute visits of Dhamadka, well known for Ajrakh printing is also known as Block Printing, Ajrakh Printing is one of the popular traditional crafts of Kutch. The Khatri community has been engaged in this craft for many centuries. Mainly it’s used on bed spreads,lungis, sarees, dress materials, pillow covers and table cloths. Later drives to Bhuj, Check in to hotel .
Overnight stay Bhuj.
Day 5: BHUJ – BANNI VILLAGES TO SEE CRAFT & TEXTILES.
Full day visits to Banni villages, Banni and other areas (Khavda, Hodka, Ludiya, Bhirandiyana, Nirona) known for their rich array of handicrafts including embroideries of Rabaris, Bharwads, Jaths, Muthwas, Harijans etc, besides bandhani tieand-dye, block printing, woodcarving and pottery. Muthwas embroidery in Banni (Dhorodo village) is famous for Gotam stitch or Sindhi Kadai. Hodka village in Banni is famous for Meghwal embroidery and leather work. Ahir Embroidery - Their gathered skirts of heavy red, green, blue, orange or brown tie-dyed cotton are richly embroidered and their backless blouses are made of ornately embroidered red or black cotton, tie-dyed silk or Mashru. The Harijans are mostly involved in spinning and weaving. The woolen shawls are then embroidered by the women,often enhanced with mirrors embroidered on them. The art of quilting and patching various colourful pieces of cloth is a skill they have mastered to finesse. Rogan Painting at Nirona - Nirona to visit several artisans and admire their unique crafts: Rogan painting on cloth, copper bell making, lacquer work on wood. Pottery Work - Pottery work we can find at Khavda. If we want to experience the village life, head to Hodka village which is situated at the edge of the Banni grassland. Hodka represents the crafts, architecture and lifestyle of Banni.
Overnight stay Bhuj.
Day 6: EXCURSION TO BHUJODI – TUNDAWANDH – MANDVI VILLAGES
Morning visits to Bhuj City - Bandhani - Tie and Dye, popularly known as Bandhani, is a famous traditional handiwork of the Kutch district. It is treated as a symbol of married life. This art of dyeing dates back to 5000 years. The process of tie-dye is simple but laborious and time consuming. Bandhani is used on main products like sarees, Punjabi dresses, cloth, skirts and shawls. Bhujodi - Mashru Weaving - A cloth made from a mixture of cotton and silk is called ‘Mashru’ which is often used in a warp-faced weaving technique so that only the shiny silk shows on the outside. . Tundawandh - Rabaris Embroidery - it is a fundamental part of Rabaris’ life. They consider the ‘Choli’ or blouse their most important arts forms because of their heavily embroidered embellishment. Their embroidery combines of commercial interests, square, triangular, rectangular, diamond, conical and circular mirrors. This extraordinary cooperate with shaped mirrors is very exclusive to Rabaris’ embroidery. later drive to Mandvi – Vijay Vilas Palace, The palace is nestled in 450 acres of lush greenery, with 2 kilometers of private beach. This palace of His Highness Maharao Vijay Singh, who ruled over Kutch in the 1940s, is an eclectic blend of architectural styles. This palace has been used as the setting in many Hindi films and has now become a popular tourist destination. The sea is safe for swimming and the beach is ideal for walking making Mandvi a beach-holiday paradise. Camel and Horse rides on the dunes of the beach can be arranged.
Overnight stay Bhuj.
Day 7: BHUJ LOCAL CITY TOUR & TRANSFER TO MUMBAI
Morning visit of Bhuj Local City Tour includes Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal, and Kutch Museum. Aina Mahal – Bhuj, Aina Mahal means a mirror palace. Prag Mahal – Bhuj . Prag Mahal is a splendid palace made of Italian marble and sandstone. It took 10 Yrs to build the monument, at an astounding cost of Rupees 10 Lac. The palace serves as a fine example of Italian Gothic style, combined with some European style elements. Kutch Museum has a fine collection of Kutch silver, golden and enameling work, textiles wood work, Coins, cold utensils, arms & other archeological objects and a section on the communications of the district.
Afternoon departures transfer to connect a flight to Bhuj – Bombay (Mumbai). Tour Enquiry >>
Tour Walkway : Ahmedabad - Patna - Modhera - Dasada - Bhuj - Bani Village - Bhujodi - Tundawandh - Mandvi - Mumbai
Day 01: Arrive Bombay by International Flight. Meet on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Hotel check in time is 12 noon.
Day 02: This morning you will take an excursion to the Elephanta Island by motor launch. Afternoon city sightseeing tour of Bombay.
Day 03: Transfer from hotel to airport in time for Jet Airways flight to Ahmedabad. Meet and transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour.
Day 04: After breakfast you will leave by road to Patan home of the famous patola silk saris. Patan is a beautiful old town with Jain temples and carved wooden houses. Continue your drive to Modhera the Sun Temple of Modhera is one of the finest examples of Indian temple architecture of its period. Built in 1026 AD the temple is dedicated to the Sun-God, Surya and stands high on a plinth overlooking a deep stone stepped tank. Still continue your drive to the Little Runn of Kachchh. Arrive and check in at Rann Riders Camp.
Day 05: This morning you will visit the Little Rann of Kachchh which is the breeding ground of Flamingo, Pelican & Avocet and the home of the rare Indian Wild Ass which is now a protected species.
Day 06: Today you will drive from Dasada to Bhuj the old walled city of Bhuj is the most important town in the area. The oldest museum in Gujarat is located in Bhuj. After the earthquake most of the old parts are down. Arrive Bhuj and check in at Hotel Prince. In the afternoon visit the Museum, Ayanamahal and Cenetops.
Day 07: Today you will spend full day visiting the various villages to see for yourself the living style of the Bani Tribe. You will be able to have a look at their special style of embroidery called Bharat. Return to your hotel in Bhuj for overnight stay.
Day 08: Today you will drive from Bhuj to Gondal enroute visiting Rajkot, which was once the capital of the princely state of Saurashtra. Today it is best known as the town where Mahatma Gandhi spent the early years of his life when his father was a Diwan or Prime Minister of the king of Saurashtra. Visit Watson Museum. Continue your drive to Gondal and check in at Orchard Palace/ River Side Palace. Later in the afternoon visit the Naulakha Palace and the Swami Narayan Temple.
Day 09: This morning you will drive from Gondal to Junagarh an ancient fortified city rich in myth and legend. The antiquities of Junagarh go back to the times of the Emperor Ashoka. Visit the Fort and then you will drive to Sasangir. Arrive and check in at The Gir Forest Lodge.
Day 10: Arise early morning to have jeep drive to the Sasan Gir Sanctuary which provides refuge to that rare species- The Asiatic Lion. The sanctuary covers an area of 500 square miles of dry, open scrubland where the lions roam freely. Other wild life includes bear, antelope, hyena, fox, the nilgai or black buck. Drive Sasangir to Diu. Arrive and check in at : Radhika Beach Resort.
Day 11: This morning you will visit the places of interest in Diu mainly the Fort, the Church, the Museum all giving a touch of Portuguese influence. Rest of the day is to relax on the beach.
Day 12: Day free to relax on the beach.
Day 13: After breakfast, leave Diu for Bhavnagar once the princely state which was founded in 1743 and is now a flourishing port on the Gulf of Khambhat. This is the most convenient base to visit Palitana. Arrive and check in at: Hotel Nilambagh Palace.
Day 14: Today you will visit Palitana a 56 Kms drive from Bhavnagar, Palitana lies at the foot of the Shatrunjaya Hill, with the Shatrunjaya river flowing to its south. The sacred hill rises in a crescendo of magnificent temples 863 in all. The 600 metre climb to Shatrunjaya is usually made on foot. However, Dolis or lift chairs are also available at extra cost. Return to Bhavnagar for overnight stay.
Day 15: Transfer from hotel to airport in time for your Jet Airways flight to Bombay. Arrive and transfer to hotel.
Day 16: Transfer from hotel to airport in time for your flight to the next destination. Tour Enquiry >>
Tour Walkway : Mumbai - Ahmedabad - Modhera - Kachchh - Bhuj - Rajkot - Gondal - Junagarh - Sasangir - Bhavnagar - Palitana - Mumbai.