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Temples Of Gujarat
07 NIGHTS / 08 DAYS

From- 20,900 / per person on twin sharing onward

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Visiting : Mount Abu (2 Nights) - Ahmedabad (1 Night) - Veraval (1 Night) - Dwarka (2 Nights) - Ahmedabad (1 Night)

Itinerary

Arrival Ahmedabad (Morning). Drive to Mount Abu.
Mount Abu: In the Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan has a range of natural and cultural bounties which makes it an excellent destination. The biggest draw of this charming hill town is the famous Dilwara Temples, worth a visit for their outstanding architecture, intricate white marble carvings and elegant sculptures. This ancient temple complex captures the cultural heritage of the region in all its glory.
Visit Dilwara Temples: This temple complex built in the Solanki style of architecture dates back to the 11th and 13th centuries AD. Carved out of white marble, these temples are dedicated to Jain Tirthankaras (enlightened souls). The oldest temple, the Vimal Vasahi temple, was built in 1031 AD and is dedicated to the first of the Jain Tirthankaras. The temples are very famous for the intricate carvings, especially on the pillars. But the most striking feature of this Jain temple is the marble pendant in the dome of the porch. It hangs from the ceiling like an enchanting cluster of half-open lotuses with cups so finely carved that they appear to be transparent.
In the evening have a walk at the focal point of the town, Nakki Lake and enjoy the sunset.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Right in the heart of Mt. Abu, surrounded by rugged hills and granite rocks, is the famous Nakki Lake, which is the foremost tourism attraction. Several royal palaces and colonial bungalows surround the beautiful lake adding to the charm of the surroundings. Raghunath Temple is a famous shrine in the town, while the rock formations such as Toad Rock, Nun Rock and Camel Rock are worth seeing.
There are several view points, the most popular ones being Sunset Point and Honeymoon Point. Baylay's Walk is a pleasant 5 Km route from Nakki Lake to the Sunset Point. Guru Shikhar, the highest point in Mount Abu offers more panoramic views of the hills and can be reached by a concrete road.
Overnight Mount Abu.
Drive to Ahmedabad, enroute visiting Ambaji.
Ambaji: 94 kms from Ahmedabad is one of the major Shakti-piths of India, situated in the Arasur hills. The Ambaji Temple contains no idol, but an inscribed Yantra in the niche. Ambaji is essentially a temple town-with a temple dedicated to Goddess Ambaji at the center. The Ambaji Temple and the front court ‘Chachar no Chowk’ are aligned in the same axis of the cave at Gabbar hill-the original abode of Goddess Ambaji. The present temple was constructed a few years ago, maintaining the original architectural style. Millions of piligrims visit the temple every year-especially during Navratri to seek the blessing of Goddess Ambaji. Overnight Ahmedabad.
Today, after breakfast, drive to Somnath.
Somnath: One of the most revered & an important center of culture & nationalism. The legendary temple contains a ‘jyotirlinga’. Looted & destroyed, built & rebuilt several times, it represents the eternal beauty & strength of the Indian society. The present splendid structure was rebuilt about five decades ago, at the exact spot where the original shrine was located. The iron man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was instrumental in the construction of the present temple.
Overnight at Safari Hotel and Resort located at walking distance from Somnath temple near Veraval.
Today morning after having the pleasure to attend the morning aarti at Somnath temple, drive to Dwarka.
Dwarka: An ancient city, housing one of the principal pilgrimages - ‘Dwarkadhish temple’ of Hindus. According to the legend, Lord Krishna moved to this coastal town to set up a capital. Marine excavations of the Dwarka coast have revealed important evidences of ancient city, which probably include the ‘Dwarawati’ of the ‘Krishna Lila’. Today, it is not only a major pilgrimage site but a pleasant spot for a beach holiday.
Another popular place in Dwarka, part of the Dwarkadhish Temple is Sabha Mandap. It is a 60-pillared hall, which houses almost 2500 years old scriptures. The hall has ‘jharokhas’, offering a nice view of the nearby flowing Gomti River. Attend evening aarti at Dwarkadhish temple.
Overnight stay at Dwarka.
Today morning attend morning aarti at Dwarkadhish temple and visit Bet island 30 kms from Dwarka.
One can reach Bet from Dwarka through Okha by road. From Okha port jetty, a little sea journey in a ferry or a small boat takes you to Bet. Dolphins, porpoise, sea turtles, octopus, starfish, sea urchins are the common species that are the permanent inhabitants of the islands. A flock of migratory birds are also known to visit the place every year.
Return to hotel at Dwarka for an overnight stay.
Today, after breakfast, drive to Ahmedabad.
Overnight Ahmedabad.
Today do an excursion to Dakor temple.
Dakor, in its earlier phases as pilgrimage centre in Gujarat, was famous for the Danknath temple, a place of shiva worship. In the later phases it developed into a Vaishnavite centre with the growing fame of Ranchhodrai ji temple, which was built in 1772 A.D. Krishna is called ‘Ranchhodrai’ - one who ran away from the battle. Today this place is known not only as a pilgrimage centre but also a trading centre where one can get the articles related to puja, and other rituals.
On every Sharad Purnlma a big fair is held at Dakor. Gujaratis venerate Krishna and Dakor provides an important link in this.
Later in evening fly out from Ahmedabad airport.
After breakfast drive to Diu.
Visit the St. Paul's Church, the only active church till date. Nearby is the old St. Thomas's Church that has now been taken over by the authorities and converted into the Diu Museum - an Archeological treasure house. The Church of St. Francis of Assisi has been converted to a hospital. The massive Diu Fort built in 1541 is an added attraction. The fort offers a kaleidoscopic view of Diu town.
Later, enjoy the day lazing on the Beach.
Overnight at Diu.
Morning Drive to Sasan Gir - A National Park - paradise for the connoisseurs of wildlife.
Afternoon Jeep Safari at the Sanctuary. Explore the sanctuary in search of Asiatic Lions. The lions, a smaller more compact version of their African cousins are best viewed at dawn or dusk when they are on the move. Gir also has leopards and numerous chital, nilgai, chinkara, the four horned antelope and wild boar. Marsh crocodiles are often seen at kamleshwar dam & farm developed in the forest.
Overnight at Sasan Gir.
NOTE : Sasan Gir Sanctuary remains closed from 15th June till 15th Oct. every year.
Early Morning Drive to Junagadh (65 kms).
‘Junagadh’ literally means ancient fort was once the capital of the Junagadh state, under the Muslim rulers of Babi Nawabs. The Junagadh town is located at the foothills of the sacred hill of Girnar and occupies a special place in the history of Gujarat. Visit Ashok Rock Edict, Junagadh Museum, Uparkot, etc.
Drive to Gondal, a picturesque town with plenty of gracious architecture, wide tree lined roads and European lampposts.
Evening, visit Royal Family Vintage car collection of Gondal. The royal garages, have an extensive collection of Vintage and classic cars including a 1910 new engine, a delage and a Daimler from the 1920s, a 1935 mercedes, 1935 packard 2 door convertible, 1941 & 1947 cadillac, 1955 cadillac limousine, jaguar xk 150, Chevrolet Etc. Most of these cars are restored and some bear the original Gondal State number plates.
Overnight at Gondal.
After an early breakfast drive to Bhuj.
On Arrival, check in at Hotel. Evening visit the Bazar and Aiana Mahal Museum.
Aaina Mahal: It was constucted by Rao Lakhpatji (1707-61 A.D.) in 1750 A.D., who was a great patron of art, architecture, music & literature. Aaina Mahal is a unique example of an Indian palace built in the mid-eighteenth century with European influence. Overnight at Bhuj.
Full day excursion to Banni Villages (North Bhuj) (you are suggested to carry Packed lunch).
Amidst the Desert land of infinite dimensions, are suspended, quaint little villages. These are the last villages on the India-Pakistan border. Here you will come across master craft people' exposing their traditional art, turning our master pieces every day. Their ornaments, clothes, utensils, everything they use - will make you feel as if you have stepped into lifestyle museum leaving you spellbound. Return to Bhuj for an overnight stay.
Full day Excursion to Banny village (East & South Bhuj) (Packed lunch recommended).
Excursion includes: Anjar (old architecture), Banni ('Bhunga' mud houses, kutchi handicrafts), Kera (11th century Shiva Temple)
Overnight at Bhuj.
Transfer to Bhuj airport to connect flight to Mumbai / Back Home.


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  • Hotel Accommodation on Bed & Breakfast basis.
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