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Heritage Tour

Destinations:Ahmadabad–Lothal-Bhavnagar-Palitana-Sasangir-Junagarh-Gondal-Bhuj-Mandvi-Dasada-Modhera-Patan-Balaram-Siddpur-Ahmedabad
Duration: 09 Nights / 10 Days

Day 01

Morning Arrive Ahmedabad, Ahmedabad was founded by Sultan Ahemad Shah in the year 1411 A.d at the site of an old town of Ashawal and Karnavati. Ahmedabad grew in wealth and splendour for a hundred years and became the centre of Skilled craftsmen and merchants. This city nurtures in its fold pages of history, a breath of harmony and a show-case of exquisite architecture, upon arrival transfer to Hotel House of M.G,Check into hotel, Later City tour of Ahmedabad Including Gandhi Ashram, Hathi Singh Jain temple, Adalaj stepwell, Jumma mosque, Siddi sayad mosque, overnight stay at House of M.G.

Day 02

Morning drive to Bhavnagar enroute visit Lothal, Situated at a distance of 80 kms from Ahmedabad, Lothal city is one of the well known cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization. The origin and history of Lothal can be dated back to 2400 BC. Lothal in Gujarat is one of the primary sites of archaeology. Though, it was discovered in the year 1954, The museum was setup in 1976 in order to display the artifacts recovered from the excavation conducted from 1952 to 1961. The Archaeological Museum of Lothal has three galleries. In the front gallery depicts an artist’s conjectural idea of Harappan town of Lothal. There are also introductory write-ups and maps about the site. The gallery at left side has showcases with beads, terracotta ornaments, replicas of seal and sealings, shell and ivory objects, copper and bronze objects, tools and potteries yielded from excavations. The gallery at right has game objects animal and human figurines, weights, painted potteries, objects recovered from burials and ritual objects, miniature potteries, bricks besides a replica of a joint burial and a scaled model of Lothal site. Out of the 5089 objects unearthed during the excavation, 800 objects are on display in the museum. On arrival check into hotel Nilambagh Palace, Later afternoon tour of Bhavnagar, Including Takhteshwar Temple,Baston Museum,Gandhi smriti and local Market, overnight stay at Nilambagh palace.

Day 03

Early morning drive to Palitana, At Shatrunjaya Hill on the outskirts of the town of Palitana is crowned by a complex of about 863 temples that present a magnificent spectacle standing on two ridges of the summit away from any habitation. The site is sacred to Jains who believe Lord Adinath visited it and his disciple attained nirvana here. The temples were built in different periods but most of them follow a similar architectural style of shikhara or towers on the rooftop and shrines open on four sides. Noteworthy temples are the Adishvara which is said to have been built in the 12th century but renovated twice since with a tall shikhara made up of many small towers. The three storeys Vimala Sah Temple built in the 14tn century has a statue towering over all three floors. The Motisah Temple of the 19th century is also a beautiful temple worth visiting. After tour of Palitana lunch at Vijay Vilas Palace Adpur, later drive back to Bhavnagar, Overnight at Nilambagh palace.

Day 04

After Early breakfast drive to Sasangir, Sasangir is situated in the paisley-shaped peninsula of Kathiawar in Gujarat on the south-western fringes of the Saurashtra peninsula. Sasangir also known as the Gir National Park is the natural habitat for some 300 odd Asiatic lions in the lion sanctuary. The Sasangir National Park was established in 1913 but was given the status of a sanctuary in 1965. Though easily reachable from the major towns and cities, the terrain is rugged with steep hillsides and a few springs. Sasangir is also the natural habitat of a considerable number of rare species of plants and animals, On arrival check into Hotel Lion Safari camps,later in the evening safari at Gir National park, overnight stay at Lion safari camps.

Day 05

Morning Safari at Gir national park,later drive to Junagadh, Junagadh is the most historic cities of Gujarat, Junagadh has the 3rd Century BC rock inscriptions of Emperor Asoka.The city and Its surrounding hills have Buddhist and Jain caves,most of them dating to the 2nd century AD with interesting methods of retaining water. The Uparkot fort has existed at this site from more than two millennia through most of its walls and monuments are relatively more recent. within the fort are 11th and 12th century step wells and tanks, canons and structures. In the city around the fort, the Nawabs who rose power in the 18th century built many palaces and public buildings. The most elaborate work of this period is the Maqbara,a mausoleum complex with 19th century tombs created by fusing Indian, Islamic and Venetian Gothic styles. after sightseeing of Junagadh drive to Gondal, overnight at Orchard Palace/Riverside Palace Gondal.

Day 06

After breakfast at hotel, Drive to Bhuj, Bhuj was founded in 1548 AD by Rao Khengarji- I, starting a dynasty of Jadeja rulers that ruled over Kachchh for 400 years. And so, the old walled city of Bhuj is the most important town in the area. The place lies at the heart of Kutch and is linked by many roads to the rest of the peninsula. Arrive Bhuj, visit Aaina Mahal, Parag Mahal,Kutch Museum, Swami Narayan Temple, After tour of Bhuj Drive to Mandvi, on arrival check into Mandvi beach resort, Overnight stay at Mandv beach resort.

Day 07

After early breakfast drive to Dasada enroute visit Wankaner, the main attraction of Wankaner is the Ranjit Vilas Palace which is the most beautiful palace and offers a scintillating and breath taking view of the surrounding. You can get a lot of information on the royal family from the museum located here, and Halvad, A former capital of Dhrangadhra State and was ruled by Jhala Rajputs. It is an ancient fortified town at the southern edge of the little Rann of Kachchh. The yellow earth of this semi-arid area and buildings of local yellow sandstone makes the whole townscape glow with a vibrant golden yellow at sunset and sunrise, Halvad is famous for gourmet Brahmins and heroic warriors, who fought against past invaders to protect their hometown. Today, one can see several cenotaphs and hero-stones built of sandstone, at the edge of town, On arrival check into Hotel, overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 08

After breakfast at hotel drive to Balaram, enroute visit Modhera Sun temple and Patan to see Rani-ke-vav stepwell and Patola sari weaving, drive to Bawaram, On arrival check into hotel Balaram Palace, Overnight stay at Balaram Palace.

Day 09

Morning Drive to Ahmedabad, enroute visit Siddhpur, It is an ancient sacred town on the bank of the saraswati river. Siddhpur derives its name from the great ruler of Gujarat, Siddhraj Jaisingh, who constructed a magnificent Shiva Temple in 12th century a.d, Rudra Mahalay, at this town. For all the hindus this is the place to perform the Matru Shraddh (the ritual ceremony for maternal spirits). Rudra Mahalaya as a magnificent shiva temple with a three storied shikhara, 1600 pillars, 12 Entrance doors, central mnadapa and porches on east, north and south and Sanctum in west. Around the temple there were 11 shrines of rudra. The Eastern door gate was adorned with beautifully carved torana, with a flight Of steps. Siddhpur is a major centre of the bohra muslims from few Centuries. About a century ago, they built very beautiful mansions in a typical architectural style, from the wealth earned abroad. The well laid out Paved streets, service a common architectural vocabulary is a direct outcome of the collective vision of guilds of bohra merchants. Drive to Ahmedabad ,on arrival check into hotel House of M.G, overnight at Hotel House of M.G Ahmedabad.

Day 10

Morning Departure Transfer to Airport to catch flight to Mumbai or Delhi.

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