Rann of Kutch – Gujarat


Duration

09 Nights / 10 Days


Destinations

Ahmedabad – Little Rann of Kuch – Bhuj – Gondal – Junagarh – Sasangir – Ahmedabad – Departure

Detailed Tour Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive Ahmadabad

Upon arrival at Ahmadabad international airport, our company representative will meet & assist you with traditional welcome and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Rest of the day free & easy for own activities and acclimatization with Indian weather conditions.
Overnight at Ahmadabad hotel

Jama Masjid, Ahmadabad

Jama Masjid, Ahmadabad

Day 02 : Ahmadabad – Full day tour

Post breakfast; proceed for a guided tour in Ahmadabad visiting Jamma masjid – built in 1423. Built of yellow sandstone in an architectural style, that combines the best of Muslim & Hindu traditions. Later visit Teen Darwaja; The triple-arched gateway was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah to serve as the royal entrance to the Maidan Shahi or the Royal Square. Also visit to SiddiSaiyed Mosque; one part of the wall in the old citadel of the mosque built by Ahmed Shah's slave, SidiSayed, is celebrated the world over for its exquisite stone window tracery – a superb & peerless example of delicate carving that transforms stone into filigree. Also visit Gandhi Ashram; on a quiet peaceful stretch of the Sabarmati River, Mahatma Gandhi set up a simple retreat in 1915. Visit evening handicraft market at Law Garden.
Overnight at Ahmedabad hotel

Day 03 : Ahmadabad – Modhera – Patan – Little Rann of Kutch

Post breakfast; check-out from the hotel and drive to Little Rann Of Kutch en-route visiting Modhera & Patan. 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. Later visit 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.
Overnight at Little Rann of Kutch

Rann of Kutch

Rann of Kutch

Day 04 : Little Rann of Kutch – Bhuj

Post breakfast; leave for Bhuj. On arrival check-in to the hotel and later proceed for a guided tour visiting Prag Mahal and Aaina Mahal. Aaina Mahal; constructed in 1707-61 A.D, Aaina Mahal is a unique example of an Indian palace built in the mid-eighteenth century with European influence. Later visit to Prag Mahal; built in 1838-76 A.D., constructed in the Italian Gothic style, it has a large Darbar Hall, big rooms, wide verandahs& a 45 meter high lofty bell tower.
Overnight at Bhuj hotel

Day 05 : Bhuj – Excursion to Banni Villages (North Bhuj)

Post breakfast leave for full day excursion to Banni Villages; Amidst the Desert land of infinite dimensions, are suspended, quaint little villages. 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. Evening; return back to Bhuj.
Overnight at Bhuj hotel

Day 06 : Bhuj – Gondal
Textile Handicraft, Bhujodi

Textile Handicraft, Bhujodi

Post breakfast; drive to Gondal. En-route visit to Bhujodi to meet the weavers of the community Vankar. Also discover the towns of Harijan and Dhamadka. Bhujodi; a small town just 8 km southeast of Bhuj, Bhujodi is a major textile center of Kutch, with the vast majority of the 1200 inhabitants involved in textile handicraft production. Here you can meet weavers, tie-dye artists and block printers, most of who belong to the Vankar community. Dhamadka; A major center of the ajrakh block-printing technique, Dhamadka is about 50 km east of Bhuj. Some artisans have now relocated to Ajrakhpur, closer to the city, since the earthquake of 2001.

Further continue to Gondal and check-in to the heritage hotel. The interiors of the hotel are equipped with period furniture, antiques and artifacts reminiscent of the days of the Maharaja. 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 Maharaja, elephant howdahs & royal portaits. It has a royal saloon suite, which has its own drawing, dining, bedroom & bathroom in a converted railway carriage.
Overnight at Gondal hotel

Day 07 : Gondal – Junagarh – Sasangir

Post breakfast; check-out from the hotel and drive to Sasangir. En-route visit to Junagadh. Here we will visit Uparkot Fort; famous in bygone times for its virtual inaccessibility, the Uparkot or Upper Fort is girdled by a wall that is, in some places, over 20 m high. Also visit Ashoka Rock Edicts; on the way to Girnar, fourteen Rock Edicts of the Emperor Ashoka can be seen inscribed on a great boulder. The inscriptions carry Brahmi script in Pali language and dates back to 250BC. On the same rock are inscriptions in Sanskrit and visit Maqbara; the mausolea of the Nawabs, the traditional rulers of Junagadh.

Further continue your drive to Sasangir. Upon arrival; check-in to the hotel and rest of the day free at leisure.
Overnight at Sasangir hotel

Gir National Park

Gir National Park

Day 08 : Sasangir

Today morning post breakfast leave for Jeep Safari to Sasangir National Park. Sasan Gir; popularly known as Gir, the most famous loin sanctuary in India and is home to nearly 400 Asiatic loins. This is the only place in the World outside the African continent where the loin can be seen in its natural habitat. Gir also provides natural habitat to a lot of other species like Chital, Chinkara (Gazelle) four horned antelope. Leopard, Nilgai, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Ass, Monkeys, Parrots and Peacocks.
Overnight at Sasangir hotel

Day 09 : Sasangir – Ahmadabad

Post breakfast; drive back to Ahmadabad. Upon arrival; check-in to the hotel and evening free for last minute shopping in Ahmadabad.
Overnight at Ahmadabad hotel

Day 10 : Ahmadabad – Departure

Post breakfast; day free for own activities. Later transfer to Ahmedabad International airport to board the flight to onward journey.