Gujarat, the jewel of west India
Nella lingua del Gujarat "Aavo Padharo" è il saluto di "benvenuto" che la sua gente accogliente riserva ai suoi ospiti. Questo itinerario consente di scoprire la cultura straordinaria di questa Terra, il suo paesaggio geologicamente unico e le ricche terstimonianze storiche ed archeologiche del passato. Uno spicchio d'India permeato di contrasti e spiritualità.
Day 01: Arrive in Ahmedabad
Upon arrival, meet with our staff and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon city tour of Ahmedabad and visit the Great Mosque. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Ahmedabad / Modhera / Patan / Dasada
After breakfast, visit the Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi where he lived for 12 years. Here he began the famous 'salt march' on March 12, 1930. Visit the Adalaj Vav Stepwell, the refined Hindu architecture, which dates back to 1502 and is richly adorned in honor of the gods to thank them for water. Leave to Dasada, enroute visiting the Sun Temple at Modhera, dedicated to Sun god's, one of the finest architecture of the century XI, built in 1026 A.D. by King Bhimdev of Solanki dynasty. Proceed for Patan, medieval era capital, visit the Rani-ki-Vav, one of the largest stepwell in Gujarat, built in 1050 and today included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Leave for Dasada. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Dasada / Bhuj
After breakfast, jeep safari in the desert of salt, an ecosystem protected and Sanctuary for wild donkeys and various species of migratory birds which make it interesting for birdwatching. Through the desert Little Rann Of Kutch, the largest salt desert in the world, arriving in Bhuj, in the province of Kutch, home to the main pastoral communities of Gujarat. The Kutch is also known for the craft (working of leather, wood, silver, pottery, textiles). Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Bhuj
Breakfast and full day excursion to the villages, to see the rural life ot local people devoted to the beautiful traditional crafts typical of Gujarat. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Bhuj / Gondal (Km.270 - approx 6 hrs)
Breakfast and transfer day in Gondal. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Gondal / Sasangir (Km.130 - approx 3 hrs)
Breakfast and leave for Sasangir National Park (closed from 16th June till 15th October every year), established in 1965 to save the last Asiatic lions. In the afternoon, Jeep safari in the park where you can spot the rare lions that live here in the wild. The park also host two other protected species, the leopard and the crocodile, apart from that there are also other animals like deers, wild boars, antelopes and various species of birds and peacock. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: Sasangir / Somnath / Diu (Km.97 - approx 2 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Somnath to visit a Hindu temple, an important place of pilgrimage for devotees of god Shiva, known as the "Eternal Sanctuary", having been destroyed several times by Muslim rulers. Continue to Diu. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Diu / Bhavnagarh (Km. 209 - approx 4 hrs)
Breakfast and visit the Island that untill 40 years ago was still a Portuguese colony and important port on the Arabian Sea. Visit the fish market of Vanakbara, a small village of fishermen. Visit of Diu fort built by Portugueses (which offers a magnificent view on the sea), the St. Paul and St. Thomas churches. Leave for Bhavnagarh. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 09: Bhavnagarh / Palitana (Km. 60 - approx 1 hrs) / Bhavnagarh
Breakfast and departure for Palitana, the "city of temples". Visit the one of the biggest complex of temples in Gujarat, one of the most holy places of Jain pilgrimage, built from XI century. There are about 900 magnificent marble temples built on Shatrunjaya hill and reached by a staircase that stretches for about two kilometers (about 2 hours to climb). The main temple dedicated to Shri Adiswara, is decorated with gold and diamonds. Return to Bhavnagar. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Bhavnagarh / Lothal / Ahmedabad (Km.172 - approx 3 hrs)
Breakfast and departure to Ahmedabad, enrooute visiting Lothal (Gujarati word which means "a bunch of dead"), one of the most important ancient cities in Indus Valley. Visit the archaeological evidence of the Harappan civilization site that settled there between 2400 and 1900 BC. Arrive at Ahmedabad and tranfer to airport.
Day 11: Departure from Ahmedabad
Boarding flight to return home.