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Gujarat is a flourishing state with cultural diversity. It is vibrant with its true colors of rich heritage and cultural traditions. Dating back to history with the Harappan civilization, the state becomes a confluence of many religions – Hinduism, Islam, Jainism and Buddhism. The Gujarati culture blends in arts, beliefs, customs, traditions, institutions, inventions, language, technology and values. Gujarat is influenced with enculturation; a culture shared with members of the society and passed on from one generation to the next. Enculturation has unified people with common sense experience and influence that lead to knowledge and appreciation of cultural traditions and lifestyles. The aspect of joining hands to greet or bow down comes through age influences as offering reverence.Any kind of tips/entry fees/camera charges. Any kind of personal expenses which is not included in package.10-0631-03
Day 1 : Ahmedabad - Palitana
Depart After An Early Breakfast For Palitana, About Four Hours Drive From Ahmedabad. En Route Spend About An Hour At Lothal Seeing The Substantial Remains Of The Harappan Or Indus Valley Civilisation. The Site Museum And Excavations Reveal Much About The Sophisticated Town Planning Of The Period, Including An Excellent Drainage Network, The Scientific Engineering Of The Dockyard, And The Maturity Of Coppersmithing, Beadmaking And Pottery Industries Achieved By The Residents Between 2400-1600Bc. You Will Reach Palitana In Time For Lunch At Vijay Vilas, A 1906Ad Country House At Adpur, About Four Km From The Town. Visit The Jain Art Museum In Town Which Has Remarkable Ivory Paintings, Manuscripts, Etc. Dinner And Stay At Vijay Vilas.
Day 2 : Palitana
Ascend Shatrunjaya Hill Before It Gets Too Hot To Make The Climb And Tour The Splendid Cluster Of About 863 Temples On The Hilltop. The Temples Are Known For Their Exquisite Carvings. Descend For Lunch. In The Afternoon, You Can Go Around Adpur To Photograph The People And Paint The Village Scenes (You May Get To See Bharwad And Koli Embroidery, Beadwork And Other Crafts). Dinner And Stay At Vijay Vilas.
Day 3 : Palitana - Diu
This Is A Five Hour Drive. An Early Start Is Recommended As There Are No Lunch Places On The Way. Check-In At The Radhika Resort. Visit Vanakbara, Fudam And Other Villages To Photograph/Paint The Fishing Activities, People And Old Buildings. Enjoy The Beach In The Evening. Stay At Radhika Resort.
Day 4 : Diu
After Breakfast, Drive To The Old Town Of Diu. Visit The 16Th Century Portuguese Fort, The 17Th Century St Paul's Church, Sao Tome Church Which Is Now A Museum With Works Of Art Found At Christian, Jain And Hindu Sites Of Diu Island, And The Old Quarters Of Diu Where There Are Majestic Old Houses And Public Buildings. Enjoy The Harbour Views From The Seafront Roads. Stay At Radhika Resort.
Day 5 : Diu - Somnath - Gir
Drive From Diu To Gir Calling In On The Way To See The Historic Temples And Museums Of Somnath. The Veraval Docks Are Good For Photography/Painting Dhow-Building Activities And Fishing. Check-In At Gir Birding Lodge. In The Evening, Safari In The Gir Sanctuary In Search Of Asiatic Lion, Leopard, Spotted Deer, Sambar And Other Wildlife.
Day 6 : Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary
Safari In The Gir Wildlife Sanctuary And/Or Visit Villages Of The Sorathi Rabaris (A Colourful Pastoral Group), Siddis (African-Origin Group) And Maldharis (Hindu And Muslim Buffalo Herders) For Photography/Painting. Stay At Gir Birding Lodge.
Day 7 : Gir - Junagadh - Gondal
Start Early From Gir For Junagadh. One Of The Most Historically Important Cities Of Gujarat, Junagadh's Imposing Uparkot Fort On A Hilltop Has Seen Many Phases Of History From Bc To The 18Th Century And Its Walls Contain Interesting Water-Retaining Structures. The Walled City Of Junagadh Founded In The 18Th Century Is Also Interesting. The Durbar Hall Museum In An Erstwhile Palace Has Treasures Of The Nawab (Muslim Ruler) Who Left India After Partition Including Beautiful Silverwork On Chairs, Palanquins And Howdahs, Exquisite Carpets, Wardrobes, Portraits, Etc. The Maqbara And Bahauddin College Are Superb Works Of Indo-European Architecture. Continue To Gondal. The Printing Workshops Of Jetpur And The Khambalida Buddhist Caves Can Be Visited En Route.
Day 8 : Gondal - Bhuj
Start Early To See The Darbargadh Which Is A Festival Of Stone Carvings And Has Interesting Pieces Of Custom Made Furniture, Antique Textiles, Hand-Painted Wooden Toys And Silverware, And Local Handicrafts. Depart For Bhuj (Time Permitting Visit Rajkot's Watson Museum On The Way). Check-In At Hotel Prince/Equivalent. Visit The Museums Of Bhuj And Tour The Town. You May Also Need To Sign For Permits To Visit Villages To The North.
Day 9 : Banni Villages
Drive North From Bhuj To Sumrasar Shaikh Where An Ngo, Kala Raksha, Has A Fascinating Heirloom Collection Of Embroidery Pieces. Continue To Other Villages Known For Their Distinctive Embroidery Styles - Muthwas, Meghwals, Sodha Rajputs, Jaths, Each Community Has Its Own Style. Stay At Shaam-E-Sarad, A Village Resort Run By The Local Artisans In Hodka. There Are Many Opportunities For Photography And Painting At Hodka And Nearby Villages.
Day 10 : Tera
Drive From Hodka To The Heritage Village Of Tera Via Nirona Where The Dying Art Of Rogan-Painting Is Practised. Stay At Kutch Ecological Research Centre's Guesthouse At Tera And Tour The Interesting Old Buildings In The Villages.
Day 11 : Tera - Mandvi
Drive To Mandvi And Stay At Luxury Tented Resort On The Beach. Visit The Design School At Tunda Vandh Working To Teach Artisans Skilled In Tie-And-Dye, Block-Printing, Embroidery And Other Handiwork How To Value-Add To Their Expertise By Designing Finished Products. A Kutchi Rabari Embroidery Demonstration Can Be Arranged. Enjoy The Beach In The Evening And Walk Around Historic Mandvi Town Centre.
Day 12 : Mandvi - Bhuj
Return To Bhuj. In The Afternoon, Visit Bhujodi Known For Its Weaving And The Shrujan Handicraft Retail Outlet, Paddhar For Rabari Embroidery, Dhaneti For Ahir Embroidery, Dhamadka For Block-Printing And Anjar For Metalwork. Stay At Hotel Prince/Equivalent
Day 13 : Bhuj - Dasada
Drive To Dasada Passing Historic Places Like Morvi, Halwad And Dhrangadhra, All Three Known For Their Architecture. Check-In At Rann Riders, A Resort Imaginatively Designed Using Local Materials And Artisan Skills. Jeep Tour Of Villages Like Dasada, Ambala And Bajana For Photography/Portraiture And To Watch Women At Work On Embroidery, Weaving, Etc. Meals And Stay At Rann Riders
Day 14 : Dasada - Danta
Morning Cross-Country Safari In The Little Rann Of Kutch For Desert Wildlife Viewing And Watching Birds. Depart From Dasada For Danta Via The 11Th Century Sun Temple Of Modhera Which Is One Of India's Finest Architectural Works, Patan Which Has The Superb 11Th Century Rani-Ki-Vav Stepwell, And The Exquisitely Carved Taranga Jain Temples. Stay At Bhavani Villa, Country House Of The Danta Rulers, Which Lets Out Four Rooms.
Day 15 : Danta - Ahmedabad
Return To Arts Reverie Via Vadnagar, Which Has Impressive Works Of Architecture.
Day 16 : Ahmedabad - Champaner - Jambugodha/Chhota Udaipur
The Unesco-Listed World Heritage Site Of Champaner Has Hindu Temples And Stepwells At Neighbouring Pavagadh And The Regional Capital City Built By Sultan Muhammad Bhegada In The 16Th Century With Mosques That Are Considered Perfect Examples Of The Gujarat Sultanate'S Indo-Saracenic Architecture. The Mosque Within The Fortified City Is Called Shahr Ki Masjid. It Is Noted For Its Slender Minarets With Intricately Carved Bases. The Jami Masjid Has Intricate Latticework Screens And A Magnificent Pavilion At The Entrance To The Spacious Courtyard Which Is Enclosed By Domed Galleries. The Central Dome Is Three-Storey With An Opening That Allows Light Into The Prayer Hall. The Similar Nagina Masjid Has Exquisite Sculptures On The Pillars And Along The Mihrab. Pavagadh Hill Is The Site For The Kalika Temple, A Magnet For Pilgrims, And The Laukalish Temple Which Is An Architectural Masterpiece.
Day 17 : Vadodara
Drive To Vadodara To See The Museums And Art Galleries, Fine Arts College, Etc. Fly Back From Vadodara Or From Ahmedabad.
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