Tour of Gujarat
Departure from Italy with flight Emirates for Ahmedabad; transit in Dubai. Meals on board.
Day 2 AHMEDABAD
Early morning arrival in Ahmedabad: transfer in the hotel and morning rest followed by the sightseen of the city with the Sarkhej Roza, an endless Acropolis famous to be a mosque and a tomb complex dedicated to sufi saints. Then visit to the Big Mosque inside the ancient Islamic bazaar (Jama Masjid).
Dinner in the hotel and overnight stay.
Day 3 AHMEDABAD/SIDHPUR/PATAN/MODHERA/DASADA
The morning will start with the visit to the famous Sabarmati Ashram, known also as Gandhi Ashram, from where the “father of India” starts the Salt March. After that the visit to the marvelous step well of Adalaj Vav, built in 1499 A.D. as a palace, is considered the most beautiful stepwell of Gujarat.
In tha afternoon departure to Patan, on the way a fast stopver in Sodhpur, known for the typical ancient residences of muslim merchants.
Visit oh the great stepwell-palace in Patan and the exlusive temple in Modhera, a refinedly carved temple built in 1026 and dedicated to the Hindu Sun God, Surya. The project is was made in such a way that the sun rays can go through the gates and surround all the building. Then departure for Dasada.
Day 4 DASADA/BHUJ
Morning visit by jeep to the fantastic salty desert, where you can appreciate the natural life of the last wild donkeys and in some moments of the years also enjoy the flight of some unique migratory birds. In the afternoon transfer to Bhuj.
Day 5 BHUJ
In the morning after getting the permit for the desertic areas, visit of the last tribal village in which you can see the antic life style and the old techniques to carve metals, to decorate textiles and to work the wood. In the meanwhile you appreciate the deep magic of the “white desert” on the Pakistan border.
Packed lunch. Coming back to Bhuj you can have a sweet walk through the brilliant colours of the typical bazaar followed by the tradictional Gujarati dinner.
Day 6 BHUJ/RAJKOT
Breakfast and transfer to Rajkot, stopover for the visit typical webbing center with the tradictional textile and spinning wheels.
Today you will have the opportunity to have a typical lunch in a very old Palace. In the afternoon visit to Gondal with the splendid oldest extant Palace, Nawlaka Palace and the marvelous Swaminarayan Temple.
Day 7 RAJKOT/JUNAGADH
Breakfast and departure for Junagadh and visit to the massive Fort in which you can appreciate the ancient wells carved in the stones of Naughan and Adi Chadi, powerful and charming buddhist caves.
In the afternoon you can admire the traditional ceremonies in the temple Bhavanath Mahadev dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Day 8 JUNAGADH/SASAN GIR
Breakfast and moving to Sasangir. Caratteristic of this land is the presence of a typical tribe anciently from Africa inside the Saddhi village, and you are giving the chance to visit the singular breeding.
Day 9 SASAN GIR/SOMNATH/DIU
Morning excursion to the Gir National Park famous to be the landscape of the last species of Asian lion. In the afternoon departure for Somnath visiting the famous hindu temple center of the itinerary of devotes of Lord Shiva. After departure for Diu. Dinner based on fish dishes.
Day 10 DIU/BHAVNAGARH
Breakfast and visit to the suggestive island, ex Portugese colony and central trade center in the Arabic Sea, the typical fish market of Vanakbara, a massive Fort built in the typical Portugese style, the Curches of Saint Paul and of Saint Thomas, and the peculiar collection of European statues. In the afternoon transfer to Bhavnagarh.
Day 11 BHAVNAGARH/PALITANA/BHAVNAGARH
In this day you will have the opportunity to admire one of the most peculiar temples of Jainism religion. The entire day will be committed to the visit to Palitana, marvelous touristic destination known for the beautiful 863 Jainist temples, located on an holy hill called Satrunjaya, reachable through 3500 steps (2 hours walk), and is suggested to leave the hotel in the first light of the morning in order to avoid the hit of the day time. Provided are the facilities to be helped by a porter, for a fee. Lunch in the aristocratic Palace, Vijay Vilas.
We gently inform you the taking pictures in Palitana is not allowed.
Day 12 BHAVNAGARH/LOTHAL/AHMEDABAD
Breakfast and departure for Ahmedabad with a stopover for the visit of Lothal, a very ancient archeological site of the Harappa and Moherjo Dario civilizations.
At the arrival in Ahmaedabad , transfer in the hotel.
In the afternoon you will be given the time for a free shopping and carefree walk in the city.
Day 13 AHMEDABAD/ITALY
During the first lights of the morning transfer at the international airport and departure for Italy through Emirates flight via Dubai, arrival in the early morning.