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Rajasthan With Gujarat Extension

Rajasthan With Gujarat Extension

Duration : 15 Nights / 16 Days
Destination Covered : Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Ahmedabad - Patan - Modhera - Bajana - Bhuj - Gondal - Rajkot

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Day 01: Delhi Arrival

On arrival you will meet our representative and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day on leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Delhi - Full day City Tour

After breakfast at hotel explore the capital city of India visit India Gate (War memorial), President's house, Parliament house and Secretariat building & Lotus Temple. Also visit Raj ghat and Shanti vana; the Cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru followed by Jama Masjid and drive past Red fort (Red fort is closed on every Monday) and Qutab Minar. Evening free for shopping. Back to Hotel. Overnight at the hotel

Day 03: Delhi - Agra (210Kms, 3Hrs drive)

After breakfast and drive to Agra which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Arrive and check into Hotel. After fresh up you will be taken to witness the exquisiteness of Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays) built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in 1630 to enshrine the mortal remains of his Queen Mumtaz followed by visit of Agra Fort. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur (245Kms, 5Hrs drive)

This morning take your breakfast at hotel and drive to Jaipur. On your way you will visit the UNESCO world heritage site - Fatehpur Sikri. This deserted red sandstone city was built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. Popular highlights of this region are Buland Darwaza, Jama Masjid, and Tomb of Salim Chishti,

Diwan-i-Am, and Panch Mahal etc. Afternoon arrive Jaipur & and check into hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure or own activities. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 05: In Jaipur

Take your breakfast in the hotel and we shall take you for excursion of Amber fort to see the fabulous Amber Fort. En-route to Amber you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below.

Afternoon visiting the City Palace, a famous landmark that is expanded over a large area as it occupies one seventh of the city. Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur. It has also been included in the world heritage lists. You will also have the opportunity to wander in the local markets where you can shop for souvenirs, traditional Rajasthani attires, skilful art craft of the region etc. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 07: Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur (260Kms, 5Hrs drive)

After fresh up half day City tour covering Mehrangarh fort - unsurpassed in beauty & grandeur, it is one of the largest forts in India. Innumerable palaces in the fort, interspersed with sprawling courtyards, are intricately carved Jaswanthada - The 19th century royal cenotaph, a creation in white marble Clock tower - The timely treasure of Jodhpur. Afternoon drive to

Udaipur. Enroute visit Ranakpur Jain Temples. Evening arrive Udaipur and check into Hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 08: Udaipur - Full day City tour

Morning city tour of Udaipur covering - Saheliyon- Ki- Bari - The garden for the maids of honour of the queen. Jagdish temple - dedicated to Lord Vishnu & approachable by a broad flight of steps, the shrine is a rectangular platform on the lines of Indo-Aryan style of architecture, City Palace - located aside of Lake Pichola & Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (Folk Art Museum). Evening Boat ride at Lake Pichola (subject to water level in the Lake). Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 09: Udaipur - Ahmedabad (260Kms, 5Hrs drive)

After breakfast at hotel drive to Ahmedabad, on arrival check in at hotel.

Ahmedabad,, founded in the year 1411 AD is located on the banks of river Sabarmati and has been named after Sultan Ahmed Shah, who was primarily responsible for building it. Today, this city is known as the ‘Manchester of the East’, one of the highly industrialized cities in India

and is also India’s Textile City. Though the capital of Gujarat was shifted from Ahmedabad to Gandhinagar, it is still the second largest industrial city in western India. The old city of Ahmedabad is dotted with labyrinthine by lanes called ‘polls’. The exquisite carved wooden mansions and havelis are in no manner less than their stone counterparts in Rajasthan. Overnight stay in Ahmedabad.

Day 10: Ahmedabad

After breakfast visit Ahmedabad city including: Heritage Walk in Ahmedabad- Heritage walk begins from the picturesque Swaminarayan Mandir in Kalupur and ends in the most glorious architectural legacies the Jumma Masjid, covering in between the numerous pols, havelis, ornamental facades, workplaces of artisans and number of magnificent Hindu and Jain temples. (Heritage Walk Time will be around 08:00 am TO 11:00 am)

Gandhi Ashram - Sabarmati Ashram also known as Gandhi Ashram, Harijan Ashram, or Satyagraha Ashram) is located in the Ahmedabad suburb of Sabarmati adjoining to famous Ashram Road, at the bank of River Sabarmati. The ashram was originally established at the Kocharab Bungalow of Jivanlal Desai on 25 May 1915. The Ashram was then shifted on 17 June 1917 to a piece of open land on the banks of the river Sabarmati.

In the summer people warmed themselves on the spacious sunny corridors while wide verandahs offered shelter during the rains.Adalaj is a village to the north of Ahmedabad. Shreyas Folk Museum - Exhibiting the finest arts and crafts of Gujarat, Shreyas Folk Museum is situated 2.5km west of Sabarmati. Set in suburbs of Ambavadi in Ahmedabad, the museum has a huge display of textiles and clothing in Gujarat. One of the major attraction of the museum is a complete skeleton of an elephant with a height of about 3.19m. Old coins, weapons, toys, costumes, masks, puppets, musical fountains and animal caparisons also lure foreign tourists.

The museum remains open daily from 03:30am-05:30pm except Mondays and public holidays. Overnight stay at Ahmedabad

Day 11: Ahmedabad - Patan - Modhera - Bajana (250 Kms/ 5 Hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Bajana, enroute visit Patan and Modhera. Patan - Home of the famous patola silk saris, Patan is a beautiful old town with Jain temples and carved wooden houses. Ranikivav (step well) is an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat. The exisquisitely carved side walls, pillars, beams, series of steps & platforms

lead to the elaborately carved water well. Every surface is adorned with finelly chiseled sculptures of maidens & Hindu deities, religious motifs & geometrical patterns. Rani ki Vav represents the finest of the Indian sculptures and architecture.

Modhera - The Sun temple of Modhera is one of the finest examples of Indian architecture of its period. Built in 1026 A.D. the temple is dedicated to the Sun-God, Surya and stands high on a plinth overlooking a deep stone-steeped tank. Every inch of the edifice, both inside and outside is magnificently carved with Gods and Goddesses, birds, beasts and flowers. Sun Temple of Modhera was built by King Bhimdev I (1026-27) and bears some resemblance to the later, and far better known, Sun Temple of Konark in the state of Orissa, which it predates by some 200 years. Like that temple, it was designed so that the dawn sun shone on the image of Surya, the sun God, at the time of the equinoxes. The main hall and shrine are reached through a pillared porch and the temple exterior is intricately and delicately carved. As with the temple of Somnath, this fine temple was ruined by Mahumad of Ghazni. After visiting these places drive to Bajana.

Bajana - The Little Rann of Kutch, which covers an area of roughly 5,000 square km, is primarily known as the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary. The sanctuary was established in 1972 as the last natural habitat of the Indian Wild Ass (Equus Hemionus Khur). One of the three surviving species of the Wild Ass in the world-the other two being found in Central Asia and in and around Tibet-the Khur is high on the list of endangered species. Overnight at Bajana.

Day 12: Bajana — Bhuj (390 Kms/ 7 Hrs)

After breakfast drive by surface to Bhuj. Bhuj, the major town of Kutch, is an old walled city- in the past the city gates were locked each night from dusk to dawn. You can lose yourself for hours in the intricate maze-like streets and alleyways of this fascinating town. There are walls within walls, attractive crenellated gateways, old palaces with intricately carved wooden pavilions, and striking, brightly decorated Hindu temples.

Bhuj resembles much of India before the tourist invasion, and you’re much more likely to come across that disarming hospitality which was once the hallmark of rural India. Upon arrival at Bhuj check-in at Hotel. Overnight stay at Bhuj

Day 13: Bhuj — Banni Villages — Bhuj (200 Kms To & Fro)

After breakfast visit Banni Villages ( Lodlya, Khavda, Bhirandiyara, Hodka & Dhorado ) see local tribes and their textiles.

Some of the important embriodery work are known as Rabari embroidery, Ahir embroidery, Bavalia embroidery or’Kutchi Bharat’, Sindhi

embroidery, Aari work, Soof embroidery also known as ‘Sodha Bharat’, Mutva embroidery in Banni (Dhorodo village) is famous for Gotam stick or Sindhi Kadai. In Banni area the mbroidery work is also done on leather shoes or’Mojdi’, purses bags, belts, wallets etc. Hodko village in Banni is famous for Meghwal embroidery and leather work. Later drive back to Bhuj in Evening. Overnight stay in Bhuj.

Day 14: Bhuj - Gondal(236 Kms)

Today morning drive to Gondal. The Riverside palace at Gondal, a govt. of India classified heritage hotel, and the Orchard Palace in the same town, are two mansion guest houses opened as heritage hotels. The highlight of staying at these properties is that guests can see the Royal Garages, housing vintage & classic cars, and the Naulakha Palace, which is

a festival of stone carvings & houses royal memorabilia including toys of the late 19th & early 20th century, silver caskets that carried messages & gifts for the Maharajah, elephant howdahs & royal portaits. It has a royal saloon suite, which has its own drawing, dining, bedroom & bathroom in a converted railway carriage. Overnight stay in Gondal.

Day 15: Gondal - Rajkot (42kms / 01 hrs)

Today after breakfast at hotel ransfer by surface to Rajkot on arrival check in at hotel. Later visit Mahatma Gandhi House or Karba Gandhi No Delo, Watson museum, Aji Dam, Jagat Mandir, Rajkumar College, Lang Library, Lal Pari Lake and Randerda. Overnight stay in Rajkot.