Arrive Ahmedabad and meet the representative at the arrival hall and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Later visit the Gandhi Ashram, located on a quiet peaceful stretch of the Sabarmati River, Mahatma Gandhi set up a simple retreat in 1915. This was his Satyagrah Ashram and for many years it was the nerve centre of India’s freedom movement. It was from here in 1930, that Mahatma began his famous Dandi March to the sea for protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the British. Hridaya Kunj, the simple cottage where he lived is now a national monument and preserved as it was during the Mahatma’s life-time. Overnight at the hotel.
Today after breakfast, drive to Poshina (approx. 180Kms / 05 hours). Upon arrival check-in at the hotel and later explore the villages of Poshina to meet with the Garasia tribal. The village of Poshina is home to a number of artisans the tribal arrow crafters, potters, blacksmiths and the bazaar is famous for silver tribal jewellery, ornate sheathed daggers and terra cotta horses. Around Poshina are hamlets of the Bhil and Garasia tribal communities known for their colorful attires and artistic ornaments. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, we will visit Danta village and meet with the Dungri Garasia tribes. The Garasias are bisected in two neighbouring states, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Dungri Garasia is generic term, covering half a dozen endogamous hierarchical sub-tribes calling themselves Garasia or Dungri Garasia. Garasia is very close to Bhil. Due to paucity of good agriculture land, there are a few chances of sustainable agriculture and animal husbandry. Evening return to Poshina for overnight stay.
Today after breakfast, drive to Dasada (approx. 225Kms / 05 hours) en-route visit Patan and Modhera. Upon arrival at Patan, visit the village which is famous for its Patola weaving by Salvi community. Here, we will see how they work on weaving and let of Patna fabric come out. Watch the Mushroom fabrics woven as a combination of silk & cotton with the latter forming the backing, dying and design. Further, we will visit the Rani Ki Vav, Patan Step Well built by the queen Udaymati, the wife of Bhimdev. These are some of the best example of such architecture for water wells that is peculiar to Gujarat. There are wonderful carved images in the niches of the walls of this multi storied step well. It was one of the largest and the most sumptuous structures of its type. Among its ruins, one pillar still stands which is the proof not only of the elegance of its design, but also excellent example of this period. Later, drive to visit Modhera Sun temple-dedicated to god Sun. The Sun temple of Modhera was built in 1026 AD during the reign of the Solanki king Bhima, Modhera Sun temple marks the peak of revolution in Indo-Aryan Hindu temple form Typology. It is positioned in such a manner that the rising sun rays illuminate the deity in the innermost sanctum sanctorum through the main entrance at the time of equinox only.Continue your drive to Dasda. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel and relax amidst the comforts of your room. Overnight at the hotel.
Today, after breakfast we will enjoy our jeep safari to the Little Rann of Kutch to see the famous wild Ass. Apart from wild Ass, we will be able to sight Black buck (Indian antelope), Nilgai or Blue Bull, the graceful chinkara, Indian Wolf, Desert Fox and few species of snakes & many species of birds. Afternoon, visit Rabari and Banjara are the two important tribes of the region. While the Rabari, the most nomadic of Gujarat’s tribes, constantly migrate in search for better grazing ground for their camels and sheep, the Banjara and other tribes have settled here. We will visit the rural Vadiara and Kharapat Rabaris of Dasada, known for their embroideries, the silk-weavers colony at Dasada and Ambala village of the Bharwad shepherds and goatherds. The weaving cooperative at Bajana and other artisan’s workshops can also be included in the tours. Other societies near Dasada are Padhars (primarily fishing people), the Siddis and the semi-nomadic Mirs, Jaths (Muslim herders), Bajanias. Overnight at the hotel.
Today after breakfast, drive to Bhuj (approx. 275Kms / 06 hours). Upon arrival check-in at the hotel and later go to the Collector's office to obtain the permit for next 02 days to explore the tribal. After that one can go for a visit to the nearby tribal market. Overnight at the hotel.
Today after breakfast, we will go to Banni group of villages. Here, we will be visiting the villages of Hodka, Ludiya and Dhordo to meets its native, which are Jat, Harijan, Meghwal and Mutva. Banni: In Banni area of Kutch the Meghwal-Harijans who migrated from Rajasthan use Kambira, Kharek, Kudi Stitches in their embroidery. Also outline and satin stitch embroidery of the area and very minute mirror designs similar to the famous Mutwa embroidery of the area. They make wall hangings, waistcoats and pouches in Kharek Stitch and do 'Moti Bharat' or beadwork on handheld fans, bracelets, toys and belts. Hodka: The Hodka derives from the Gujarati word ‘Hodi’ which means ‘boat’. Since, the villages here are called jheels, where potable water is available. Hodka is famous for its beautiful embroidery and mud work as much as leather craft. Both men and women are actively involved in developing the art and craft tradition of the region. Ludiya village: Harijans and Muslims are main communities in this village. The main occupations of the local here are monsoon farming, cattle rearing, intricate wood carving, intricate embroidery work, mud-work and wall painting for decorating homes. Harijan men are involved with wood carving, the women take up embroidery and wall-decoration. Dhordo: The place is best to see beautiful traditional mud houses (Bhungas) with mirror work and its fine Mutwa embroidery with tiny mirrors. In evening return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Today, we will visit the village of Bhujodi. Here, we will see their artisans in weaving thick shawls and blankets. The ancient tradition of weaving shawls and blankets from coarse sheep hair came into existence generations ago essentially as a form of barter between the "Rabari" community or the nomadic grazing community and the vankars (weavers). Later drive to Tundav and to explore the village of Rabaris, around 200 Rabari families live here in around houses. The women are dressed in black woollen clothes. Further, visit to Nirona village to have a glimpse of the highly productive craft producing area they made lacquered wooden goods. Also, visit several artisans and admire their unique crafts like Roghan painting clothes, copper bell making, lacquer work on wood and woollen shawl weaving. In evening return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Today after early breakfast, drive to Gondal (approx. 280Kms / 05 hours) en-route visit Rajkot to see the Watson Museum which has some excellent examples of Gujarati craftsmanship and at Rashtriya Shala, a co-operative where local people are working to revive hand-weaving styles indigenous to this area. Continue your drive to Gondal. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and later visit the weaving centre & historic buildings of Gondal and visit Bharwad and Rabari villages around Gondal. Overnight at the hotel.
Today after breakfast, visit Navlakha Palace built in the mid-18th century and which houses the erstwhile ruling family’s private collection of bead work, textiles, brass ware, hand-painted toys and silver crafts. Later drive to Ahmedabad (approx. 255Kms / 05 hours). Upon arrival check-in at the hotel and later visit Jama Masjid, the Sidi Sayyad's Mosque - which is world renowned for its intricate lattice-work of rich and elaborate design and Calico Textile Museum. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast transfer to the airport to board flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel and rest of the day is free to explore local market or enjoy you time at The Gateway of India or at Chowpatty Beach. Overnight at the hotel.
Today morning after breakfast visit Prince of Wales Museum, Mani Bhawan, Dhobi Ghat and The Gateway of India. Later drive through the Crawford Market, Flora Fountain and panoramic view of Marine Drive & Chowpatty Beach. Evening is free for relaxation and individual activities. In night transfer to the airport for your departure flight for onward destination.
Mr Malagar Singh
East Vinod Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi, India - 110091
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