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Gujarat- Unknown Treasures Fascinating Culture, Architecture and Tribes of Gujarat

Gujarat, the state that house the regions of Indus Valley and Harappan civilization. This makes it an important territory that reveals the history of India. Gujarat is less frequented destination by westerns and is a mixture of tradition and modernity. Its fortress , temples , Mausoleum and magnificent mosques attract the lovers of art and archaeologists. Its Hindu and jain pilgrimage centres are home of devotees, mixture of local Gujarati and the foreign Portuguese culture of Diu and beaches of Arabian shore, sanctuary of wild Ass ( donkey) of little ran of Katchh and its marshy land is home of migratory birds, Gujarat house colourful tribes of Banni / Khavda of Bhuj region and in rest of the rural maintain their rich heritage of lifestyle, It has a rich heritage of handicraft , textile and local art. Its 11th century Step well and Modhera sun temples are its architecture heritage.

Wealthy architecture of gujarat, its extremely traditional villages inhabited by various hospitable tribal peoples, Its colourful Bazar, culture diversities and historical monuments make this travel unforgettable


Day 1: Arrival Ahmedabad
Day 2: Ahmedabad (flight)
Day 3: Ahemedabad to Badodra-120 kms
Day 4 : Badodra to Bhavnaggar — 126 kms.
Day 5: Bhavnaggar to Palitana- Bhavnaggar , 50 km.
Day 6: Bhavnaggar to Dieu (300 km)
Day 7: Diu :
Day 8: Diu to Gondal via Juna garh -Veraval and Somath . 230 kms..
Day 9: Gondal to Wankaner via Rajkot . 93 kms.
Day 10: Wankaner to Bhuj 190 kms . 6 hours.
Day 11: Bhuj to Banni / Khavda/Bhuj. 160km
Day 12: Bhuj- Mandavi-Angar- Bhuj -120kms
Day 13: Bhuj to Dasda-Zainabad -280 kms. (The Little Rann of Kutch)
Day 14: Dasda-Zainabad
Day 15: Dasda-Zainabad to Ahmedabad Via Patan and Madhera – Delhi 95 kms.
Day 16: Visit Ahmedabad and departure


Day 1: Arrival Ahmedabad in evening/morning

Transfer to hotel , night in hotel.

Day 2: Visit te city of Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, The ancient largest city of Gujarat is rich in culture, founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1411. The city is known for treasure of ancient heritage of splendid monuments , old wooden sculptured houses and colorful Bazaar.

Morning heritage walk following the alleys of old town to explore architectural heritage and ends by Visit the Jama Masjid, one of the finest mosques in India with 260 pillars supporting 15 domes at different elevations.

After breakfast visit to Rani Rupmati’s mosque is a fine example of the blend of the Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture. Sidi Saiyad’s Mosque historically important for its twin windows which have beautiful carved stone.

Stepwell of Adalaj boast the Indo-Islamic architecture, Earlier villagers se to fetch the water and was relaxing point of pilgrims.

Ending the day at Sabarmati Ashram of Mahatama Gandhi, from where he led the Dandi Salt marche also popularly known as the Salt Satyagraha. back to hotel.

Day 3: Ahmedabad to Badodara , 120 kms. 3h

Drive to Vadodara known for its academic institutions of excellence. Visit Laxmi Vilas palace (closed on Monday), built in the late nineteenth century, is extravagant building of Anglo-Indian style,

Visit Baroda Museum (closed Thursday) known for its miniature paintings , sculptures and bronzes gallery.

Leave to visit to the ancient capital of Champaner of the fifteenth century (World Heritage of Unesco), plundered by the Mughal Humayun in 1536, it was abandoned in favor of Ahmedabad. Visit of the fortified city which extends at the foot of the Pavagadh hill, its temples and its splendid mosques, undoubtedly the most beautiful of Gujarat. Back to Vadodara. night in hotel.
After lunch orientation and evening introduction with Yoga master, Night in hotel.

Day 4 : Badodara to Bhavnaggar via Lothal ,126kms, 3h30h.

Leave early in the morning to Bhavnaggar the capital of Saraushtra.

En route visit city of the ancient Indus valley civilization, Lothal had the world’s earliest known dock, was a vital and thriving trade centre in ancient times, with its trade of beads, gems and valuable ornaments reaching the far corners of West Asia and Africa

On arrival check in the hotel, afternoon visit the temple of Takheteshwar Situated on a hill top in Bhavnagarh. is one of the oldest temples of the Gujarat state. View around is breath taking. Including the entire cityscape and seacoast of the Gulf of Cambay. Evening stroll on the Bazzar, night in hotel.

Day 5 : Bhavnaggar -Palitana- Bhavnaggar, 50 kms.

Leave to Paliana ,a small city is the most famous for Jain pilgrimage canter, housing 863 jain temples on the single Shatrunjaya (600 m) hill are built in 11th centaury and are dedicated to Jain Tirthankars.

To reach at the top of the hill one needs to climb up about 3500 steps. it take about 2 hours for the average walkers. One can hire Chariot carried by porters and pay on the spot directly.

Evening back to Bhavnaggar and stroll in the town, night in hotel .

Day 6 : Bhavnaggar to Dieu (300 km).

After early breakfast, drive to Diu an important port of 14 to 16th centaury afternoon on arrival check in hotel.

Diu is one of India’s last undiscovered Gem, located at west coast of India on the Arabian Sea. It has been one of India’s best sea ports between 14th to 16th century . Today, it is a serenely beautiful getaway with golden beaches, dense palm-groves and historical monuments. Evening at leisure to stroll in beach, night in hotel.

Day 7 :Dieu:

Morning visit the fish market. Later visit Diu fort located along the coastal side of the island. It is built about between 1535 and 1541 AD.

Further to St. Paul’s Church was built in1691, It is among the most elaborate of all the Portugese churches in India .

St. Thomas Church has been transformed into Museum by the local authorities. which contains wood carvings statues, idols and other significant relic gathered from many sites.

Way back pass by Gangeshwar temple dedicated to Shiva. The temple is famous for its five lingas, as per the Legend these lingas were set up by the famous Pandavas. Night in hotel.

Day 8: Diu to Gondal via Veraval, Somath and Junagadh. 230 kms.

Leave to Gondal, On the way visit Veraval, one of the largest fishing port in India with vast cluster of fishing boats parked are great attraction. Here traditional skills passed down from father to son can be witnessed when Seafaring dhows and wooden fishing boats are still being built by the fishermen without the use of any modern technology.

Further to Somnath a famous Hindu temple. Once was one of the Richest shrines in the country. It has been attacked several times by the Muslims invaders in the 10th and 11th century AD.

Visit Juna garh, Junagadh is one of the oldest towns of India. Visit the fort is believed to be built by Chandragupta in AD 319, It houses Jami Masjid, Tomb of Nuri Shah and Mahabat Maqbara is the mausoleum of one of the nawabs of Junagarh. The structure is resplendent with silver doors and intricate architecture, Buddhist caves, which are believed to be 1,500 years old can be seen from town in Shatrunjay hill.

By evening reached at Gondal a fortified town lies on the bank of river Gondali, Once the capital of a princely state was ruled by the Jadeja Rajput clan till the independence of India., night in hotel .

Day 9: Gondal to Wankaner via Rajkot. 93 kms.

Before leaving Visit of Gondal palaces (Navlakha palace ) built in 17th century one of the oldest and most beautiful palace. Leave to Rajkot, childhood life of Gandhi’s is attached to this city due to his father who was an officer or Diwan of one of the province of Saurashtran Nawab. The home where he stayed is converted into a museum preserving and displaying the articles and photographs of Gandhi.

Further to Wankaner, was a princely state ruled by the Jhala Rajput clan. Hajrat Shahbava Dargah and Nagabava Mandir can be visited in the city. night in hotel.

Day 10 : Wankaner to Bhuj 190 kms . 6 hours.

Wankaner to Bhuj 190 kms . 6 hours.

Day 11 : Bhuj to Banni / Hudka. 160kms.

Today you will explore the villages where ancient techniques of art are followed from generation to generation.

Leave to Banni , the last village of the border on desert land , , known for its rich traditional art, on the way you will across craft person’s exposing their traditional art. You will have opportunity explore the different tribes lives as Meghawal, Harijans, Jat, and Mutva , among them Ahir are known for their brodary work. The villages visited here are Hodhka, Khavda, Bhirandya ,Nirona, jurah, Sumrasar. En route if times allows one can have stop to take glimpse on flamingo rose.( Autumn is good season ) .

Day 12 : Bhuj –Mandavi-Anjar 12kms.

Leave to Anjar is the know for its weekly market except Sunday where one an find local in their traditional attire.

One can visit blacksmith workshop who are specializing in the production of swords and agricultural tools. Anjar is famous for its block printing works, nutcrackers, scissors and penknives.

Further to the coastal town of Mandavi, visit Shipyard is a great attraction for passionate of history, port was established in the late 16th century and had trade to different destinations till Africa.

Summer Palace of Maharaja of Bhuj, it’s a blend of Rajasthani, Saurashtra and Kutchi accents with its centre dome, latticed windows, marble fountains and murals.

Back to Bhuj, night in hotel.

Day 13 : Bhuj to Dasada Or Jainabad -280 kms . (The Little Rann of Kutch)

Enjoy Jeep safari through the Rann of Kutch to see the rare species of the “Indian Wild Ass” and visit nearby villages to meet the local tribes such as Rabari, Koli and Banania who still maintain their rich heritage of lifestyle, clothes, Jewelry and dances. Their embroidery is exquisite. Overnight stay will be at fixe camp.

Day 14 : Dasada Or Jainabad

Enjoy Jeep safari through the Rann of Kutch to see the rare species of the “Indian Wild Ass” and visit nearby villages to meet the local tribes such as Rabari, Koli and Banania who still maintain their rich heritage of lifestyle, clothes, Jewelry and dances. Their embroidery is exquisite. Overnight stay will be at fixe camp.

Day 15 : Dasada Or Jainabad to Ahmedabad Via Patan and Madhera 95 kms

Leave to Patan. , famous for patola (an intricate form of double ikkat weaving) sarees. Visit one of the three families of patola , The fact that to complete the sari can take six months of time . later close by visit 11th century Rani-ki-Vav (step well ) ) is reliable source of water throughout the year was built in 1499 by royal families .The Modhera Sun Temple , The Temple is said to resembling the famous Konark temple of Orissa. , it was built during the reign of King Bhimdev of solanki dynasty in 1026 AD . Afternoon reach at Ahmedabad. Evening at leisure, night in hotel.

Day 16 : Ahmedabad and evening departure

Leave to the village of Makraba, where you will visit Sarkhej Roza which is an elegant architectural structure comprising various buildings grouped around a stepped tank. These include a mosque and a mausoleum. Once the prominent centre of Sufi culture and where the Sufi saint, Ganj Bakshi lived.

Further to 500 years old Dada Hari Ni Vav is a seven-storey step well. Its beautiful structure, floral sculptures, intricately carved walls and sunlight filtering through them makes it even more spectacular. Evening transfer to Airport, flight to onward destination.


Price per person : Based on Minimum 4 persons.

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Cost for less than 4 persons

Cost Per Person- €2875 for 2 person Group

Cost Per Person- €2485 for 3 person Group

Formed group : If you are a group of more than 8 persons, please contact us to get the special deal.

Cost Include

  • Ground transport as per itinerary
  • Airport transfer (domestic and international)
  • Twin sharing room with breakfast only
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals in Dasada

Cost Exclude

  • Any air fare
  • Meals except Dasada for two nights
  • Monument fees
  • Airport tax
  • Insurance
  • Beverages
  • Personal Expenses
  • Medical evacuation
  • Still and video camera fee
  • Single supplement
  • Tipping


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All the cancellation must be in written and signed by the person who signed the booking form and will be effective from the date of the reception by the company.

1: 60 days or more before departure:
The agency will refund the entire paid amount to his client deducting the registration fee (€ 40 per persons or equivalent in other currency), bank charges subject to the bank policies, when booking domestic flights, the Cancellation fee subject to airline policies at present or if the tickets are non- refundable in that case the full amount of the ticket will be retained. The hotels are reserved and must be paid in advance; the company will apply the cancellation policies of hotels. Cancelation charge for train tickets and other ground transport and related services if needed to be booked in advance. Hence the remaining amount will be refunded after deducting all above cancelation policies applied for different services.

2: 40 Days before departure:
The agency will refund the 50% of paid amount to his client deducting the registration fee (€ 40 per persons or equivalent in other currency), bank charges subject to the bank policies, when booking domestic flights, the Cancellation fee subject to airline policies at present or if the tickets are non- refundable in that case the full amount of the ticket will be retained. The hotels are reserved and must be paid in advance; the company will apply the cancellation policies of hotels. Cancelation charges of train tickets and other ground transport and related services if needed to be booked in advance. Hence the remaining amount will be refunded after deducting all above cancelation policies applied for different services.

3: Less than 30 days before departure:
The agency will be obliged to withhold the full amount of the deposit paid by the customer. In this case, the customer must inform their insurance as soon as possible and provide as much documentation to support the cancellation of trip. It is therefore strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance to cover such expenses.

Itinerary / hotels are sub. to change in case of strike, civil war threatens, you may be will lose expected places you have prepared for but will explore unexpected and for sure will not disappointed.
In case of Vehicle break down another mode of transport will be managed at the earliest possible, In that case you are requested to keep patience. And co-operate with the situation

The Company cannot be made liable for the consequences of weather condition, flight cancellations, war or threat of civil war, strikes, industrial action, political unrest or any other force majeure, unusual or unforeseen circumstance. The company reserves the right to use alternate transport, or vary the itinerary if breakdown, sickness or any other force major. Any additional that result, such as extra hotel accommodation, flight or road transport will be on your charge and must be paid directly at the spot.
Please understand, there are certain hazards involved in your adventurous and culture holidays which you must accept at your own risk. The company will not be liable for any illness major or minor injury, death sustained during neither the trip, nor it will be liable for any uninsured losses of your property and other losses during the trip.
It is strongly advised that clients take out insurance to cover the unexpected and cancellation charges:

Accommodation is based on 3 star category of hotel and heritage hotels equivalent to 3* will be provided.
Verities of Indian meals is served, bit on spicy side, Breakfast and dinner will be served at the hotel, Lunch packed or in local restaurant or in hotel sub. to the schedule.

Sub. to the number of person in group, for 2-3 Indigo car, 4-5 Toyota Innova and for more than 5 persons Tempo travelers or mini bus will be provided. All mode of vehicle will be air condition.
This is mandatory for all clients travelling on any tour or independent itinerary arranged by us. You are responsible for obtaining adequate insurance covering expenses of unexpected, the loss of baggage, medical expenses, repatriation, helicopter (air or ground) rescue, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment of the itinerary

While travelling during winter season morning and evening are fresh hence required a light Pull over, Raincoat ( occasionally required ) light polar ,light clothing, Sun hat, short and long sleeves Shirts , Loose trousers, ( wearing short is not allowed at holy spot ), swimming suite, a pair of sport shoes, sandal , few pairs of socks, Sunglasses / Spare glasses or contact lenses, , toilet kit, A small sewing kit, Safety pins, torch or flash light with spare batteries, Camera with spare films and batteries, battery Charger, day sac, water bottle, personal medical kit as per your medical advisor. Anti-mosquitos spray. fanny pack to keep safely your important doc as passport, insurance paper, credit cards, money , Multifunctional knife, lighters, wooden pencils and pen, string of 4-55 meters to dry the clothing or other purpose, English – Hindi dictionary and a note book.

Gujarat is home to various tribes, Each tribe has their own tradition even with minor of differences. While visiting their villages, family house we request you to not shock them by taking picture without their permission granted. There are certain manner to be followed which guide on the spot will explain you

Generally hot and dry. Hence the best time to traveling Rajasthan is the autumn to beginning of Spring.
Winter Temperature Max: 30 ° C, Minimum: 8 -15° C
Autumn Temperature Max: 35 ° C, Minimum: 10-20° C ( Post monsoon Sep-Oct.)

Gujarat is located on Indo- Pakistan border. To access toward the rural of Bhuj we required to obtain special permit called. Hence you are requested to carry printed copies of passport, visa and 4 passport size photos which enable us to save the time while issuing the permit on the check point.