Gujarat Holiday Tour

Gujarat Holiday Tour

Day 01 : Mumbai:
Arrive Mumbai. Meeting & Greeting at Airport and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02 : Mumbai - Ahmedabad
After breakfast transfer to airport to connect flight to Ahmedabad. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit the walled city of Ahmedabad. Which includes the exquisitely carved Jain and Hindu Temples, ornate wooden havelis where you will be introduced to the traditional lifestyle of the dwellers of the old quarters including the bird - feeders. Also visit the 15th century Jumma Mosque and the mausoleum complexes of the Sultans and Begums of medieval Ahmedabad. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03 : Ahmedabad - Little Rann of Kutch
After breakfast drive to the Little Rann of Kutch (approx 175kms/03hrs drive). On arrival Check into the comfortable hut type accommodation Rann Riders. Later in the afternoon enjoy jeep safari. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 : Little Rann of Kutch
After breakfast drive to the bets, elevated patches in the Rann covered with scrub and grass. In winter, this is a likely area for Mackqueen's bustard. Long legged, common and 'White-eyed buzzard, booted eagle and Bonneli's eagle are often seen during the drive. Evening visit to Nawa Talao, a lake where demmossile and common cranes gather in large flocks during the winter months. Greater and lesser flamingo are seen in large numbers, as are great white pelican with spot billed and dalmatian. Back to our hut to relax and overnight.

Day 05 : Little Rann of Kutch
An early morning jeep safari before visiting some of the local villages and pastoral tribal settlements. Kachch is a cultural melting pot of Sindhi, Gujarati, Muslim and Rajasthani cultures. Meet Bharwad shepherds, the Rabari camel and cattle herders, Maldhars who keep buffaloes, and Samra and Sindi Muslim cameleers. Overnight in simple hut.

Day 06 : Little Rann of Kutch - Gondal
Morning jeep' safari before driving to Gondal (approx 185kms/04hrs. drive), a beautiful and fortified town and capital of the princely State of Gondal. On arrival transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07 : Gondal - Sasan Gir
After breakfast drive to Sasan Gir (approx 115kms./ 3 hrs. drive). Sasan Gir - the textile town of Jetpur along the way well known for its screen-printing, block printing and yarn dyeing workshops. Continue to the Gir National Park and overnight at Jungle Lodge.
Day 08 : Sasan Gir
Full day excursions by jeep into the Park with a visit to the interpretation centre during the day. Overnight Jungle Lodge.

Day 09 : Sasan Gir
Full day excursions by jeep into the park. Bird watching and nature walks and visits to local Maldharis community villages. Overnight Jungle Lodge.
Day 10 : Sasan Gir - Bhavnagar
After breakfast drive to Bhavnagar (approx 260kms / 6 hrs. drive), en-route visiting the shaking minarets at Dhalwara. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11 : Bhavnagar - Velvadar National Park
Early morning excursion to Velvedar Sanctuary with a packed breakfast in the jeep. Full day visit the park. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Bhavnagar - Utelia
After a short jungle drive continue to Utelia (approx 120kms. / 03hrs. drive). On arrival transfer to hotel. In the evening visit Lothal, the earliest known urban archaeological ruins in India dating from 2400 BC with its citadel, dockyard, acropolis, bead factory and a site museum. If time permits take a walk into the village of Utelia. Overnight at hotel.

Gujarat Holiday Tour

Day 13 : Utelia - Ahmedabad - Mumbai
After breakfast two hours drive to the Nal Sarover Bird Sanctuary, well known for its winter migrants and sarus cranes, (a picnic lunch will be provided). Later in the afternoon drive to Ahmedabad airport to connect flight to Mumbai. On arrival transfer to the hotel for wash, change and dinner. After dinner transfer to the International airport for your onward destination.

Goa & Deccan Delights Tour

Day 01: Arrive Hyderabad
Arrive Hyderabad and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the Day at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Hyderabad - Golconda - Hyderabad
After breakfast, visit the imposing Golconda Fortress City, founded originally by the 13th C Kakatiyas, and expanded by the Qutub Shahi Kings into a massive structure. The fort has incredible acoustics a handclap at a certain point beneath the dome can be heard almost a km away.
Afternoon sightseeing of Hyderabad, including the Charminar, a masterpiece of the Qutub Shahis, Salar Jung Museum and the Laad Bazaar where just about anything can be purchased.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Hyderabad - Bidar
After breakfast, drive to Bidar. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. Afternoon enjoy the sightseeing of Bidar which includes Bidar Fort with its imposing bastions and the Rangin Mahal a royal residence with elaborately carved wooden pillars.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Bidar - Gulbarga
After breakfast, drive to Gulbarga. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. In the afternoon sightseeing of Gulbarga which includes Massive guns one 25 foot long defended Gulbarga Fort. Inside see the Jumma Masjid, the tomb of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Syed Mohammed Gaus and the Durgah Library.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Gulbarga - Bijapur
After breakfast. drive to Bijapur. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy the sightseeing of this historic city. Visits include the Gol Gumbaz (meaning round dome) the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah, its central dome only surpassed in size by St Peters Basilica in Rome. The acoustics are phenomenal.
Overnight at the hotel
Day 06: Bijapur - Hospet
After breakfast, drive to Hospet. Upon arrival, check in at hotel. Rest of Day at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Hospet - Hampi - Hospet
After breakfast, drive for a full Day excursion to Hampi. The Deccan, a wonderful mysterious almost magical land, strewn with monolithic granite boulders, is a worthy backdrop to the great ruined city, now fittingly a World Heritage site. Two full Days sightseeing brings to life the golden age at its height in the reign of Krishnadevaraya 1509-1529.
Drive back to Hospet. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Hospet - Hampi - Hospet
After breakfast, drive to Hampi to enjoy the visits. Visits include the Vittala Temple, its sculpture probably the defining moment of Vijayanagar art. Stop at Hampi Bazaar, now thriving and compare it with the Suke Bazaar, deserted, silent. Also visit the Royal centre with the Lotus Mahal and Elephant Stables.
Later drive back to Hospet. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Hospet - Badami
After breakfast, drive to Badami enroute visiting Pattadakal, a World Heritage site, where temple development started in the early 3rd C. The main temple, the Virupaksha has wonderful, breathtakingly lifelike sculpture taken from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. At Aihole some of the earliest Hindu temple architecture is found and seen developing in intricacy. Later, continue drive to Badami. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the Day at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Badami
After the breakfast, enjoy the sightseeing of Badami. Famed for its cave complex, Badami was once the capital of the Chalukyan empire. In cave one, dating back to 578AD there is a superb representation of the 18-armed Nataraja striking 81 dancing poses. Cave two, dedicated to Lord Vishnu sees him depicted in dwarf form, as a boar and as Lord Krishna. Cave three is the highlight a tour into the art and culture of the 6th C.
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