Cultural Gujarat with Goa Tour
8 Nights / 9 Days
Mumbai - Chota Udaipur - Baroda - Ahemdabad - Rann of
Kutch - Delhi - Goa
Day 1: Mumbai - Chhota Udaipur
8.00: Leave Mumbai by flight to Baroda. Upon arrival, drive to Chhota Udaipur
to see the Rathwa tribes in and around the region. It is considered one of most
primitive tribal belt of Gujarat. After an early lunch drive by jeep to the
tribal villages like Kol, Kharakwada, Timla, Devhat etc. Late evening return
to Palace Dinner and Overnight.
Day 2: Chhota Udaipur
Morning: After break fast proceed to tribal museum of Chhota Udaipur and later
on drive to nearby village to visit HAAT, a mobile market where we can see
many tribal people who comes to haat. In the afternoon, return to Palace for
lunch. At 15.00 Proceed to visit couple of more villages of tribal to see
PITHORA wall paintings in their houses. Late evening return to Palace.
Day 3: Baroda
Morning: After breakfast departure to Baroda enroute visiting Champaner fort
of Pawagadh built in 15th centuary by the Sultan of Ahmedabad Mehmud. Begadha,
Nagina and Jami mosques are the most beautiful speciman of Indo saracenic
architecture. Upon arrival at the hotel, have lunch and then visit of couple
of museums of Baroda. It was one of princely state of Gujarat ruled by Maratha
Situated on the south of city of Ahmedabad lies the city of
Vadodara. Vadodara is a graceful city of palaces, parks, temples and museums.
It is also known as Baroda and rises from the banks of River Vishwamitri. Vadodara
is the industrial and cultural capital of Gujarat. Vadodara, originally 'Vadapadraka'
means a village amidst the banyan trees. Baroda is known as the garden city
of Gujarat. In the centre of Vadodara town is a huge lake
Day 4: Ahemdabad
Morning: After breakfast departure to Ahmedabad enroute visiting Vaso village,
famous for its intricated wooden carved Havelies of 18th Cent. Upon arrival,
check in at the hotel and lunch. Around 14.15, after lunch, proceed to visit
one of the finest textile museums of the world. Later on visit the Gandhi Ashram.
Late evening, return to the Hotel Dinner and Overnight. Ahmedabad, the sixth
largest city in India, is located in the state of Gujarat, in the western part
of India. It lies along the Sabarmati River. Ahmedabad is 440 km north of Mumbai.
Ahmedabad is known for its rich past and its association with Mahatma Gandhi.
Ahmedabad is India's textile city as it has numerous cotton and textile mills.
Ahmedabad is a mix of ancient and modern culture with a large no. of factories,
mosques, temples and high-rise offices. The city offers a unique style of architecture,
which is a blend of Hindu and Islamic styles (Indo-Saracenic style of architecture).
Ahmedabad became the base camp for the Indian freedom struggle. Gandhiji built
the Sabarmati Ashram on the outskirts of the city. From here, he guided India
to freedom. During the freedom movement, this city of textiles became the nerve
centre of the struggle. Ahmedabad is the industrial capital of the State of
Gujarat. Ahmedabad boasts of the largest denim production in the world. It is
also home to several interesting museums. Many of Ahmedabad's buildings bear
the signatures of world-renowned architects like Le Corbusier, Louis Khan ,
Doshi and Correa. Ahmedabad is famous for its Makar Sankranti, which is celebrated
in the month of January with kite flying, folk music and dance. It is one of
the most liveliest cities in India.
Day 5: Ahemdabad
Morning: After early breakfast, second visit of city wherein you will see
the fascinating poles of old city with beautiful wooden carved houses and
one of the most colorful temple of city Swaminarayan temple built in late
19th century. Onwards visit of Jami mosque and market. Around 12.30 noon,
return to the hotel for lunch. Followed by departure to Poshina. At 19.00,
arrival and check in at Darbargadh dinner and Overnight.
Day 6: Poshina
Morning: After breakfast, visit of tribal villages around Poshina. It is a
center to see Garacia tribal. Lunch at the Darbargadh. After noon, second
safari to the tribal villages located in the aravalli hills. Late evening
return to Darbargadh, dinner and Overnight.
180 kms from Ahmedabad, in the triballands of Sabarkanta, Poshina
is where you can see the harvest celebrations of the Garasia and Bhil tribals,
besides villagers of the Hindu and Jain faith. There is a heritage hotel at
Day 7: Zainabad
Morning: After breakfast departure to Zainabad enroute visiting Patan and Modhera.
Anhilwad Patan was the capital of Gujarat it is only a place in Gujarat where
one can see the double Ikat patola saree. Onward proceed to Modhera to visit
Sun temple, the best example of Hindu architecture. Lunch at Modhera. After
visit drive to the base camp of Zainabad. Upon arrival checkin at the camp.
Evening Free Dinner and Overnight. Zainabad, located on the periphery of the
Little Rann of Kutch is 100 Kms from Ahmedabad. It is the perfect entrance to
the Little Rann of Kutch. The culture of Zainabad has a blend of both Saurashtra
and Kutch, making it very unique. This is reflected in the architecture, arts
and crafts of this region. The hospitality of the people of Zainabad is sure
to touch your heart. The little town of Zainabad is an ideal base to explore
the nearby Wild Ass Sanctuary. The ruling family of this place came here from
Multan around the mid-13th century to settle down in Dasada. It was only around
1912 that the capital was shifted to a village called Kerala, which was later
Day 8: Rann of Kutch
Morning: After breakfast take safari in little rann of Kutch to see the asiatic
wild asses and around 275 various species of birds. You also have opportunity
to experience Bajana tribes and some cattle breeders . At 12.30, return to the
camp and have lunch. At 15.30, second drive to the little rann of Kutch. Late
evening return to the camp, dinner and Overnight. An unusual marshland known
as the Rann of Kutch (8,750sq km) separates the state of Gujarat from Sind in
Pakistan. The dry season dries out the marshland, leaving isolated salt islands
on a vast plain. As the summer heat intensifies, the salt in the blistered earth
is transformed into a radiant dazzling whiteness.
With the onset of the monsoon, the marshland floods and is transformed into
a vast inland sea.
Day 9: Ahemdabad - Bombay / Delhi
Morning: Third safari to the villages. Lunch at the camp. At14.00, departure
to Ahmedabad to take evening flight to Bombay / Delhi.
Day 10: Bombay / Delhi - Goa
After breakfast transfer to Airport for flight to Goa. Arrive Goa. Afernoon
City Tour. Overnight at Hotel
Variously known as "Pearl of the Orient" and a "Tourist
Paradise", the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in
the coastal belt known as Konkan.Goa was liberated by the Indian Army from Portuguese
colonisation on December 19, 1961 and became an Union Territory along with the
enclaves of Daman and Diu. On May 30, 1987 Goa was conferred statehood and became
the 25th state of the Indian Republic. All the communities have mutual respect
towards one another and their secular outlook has given Goa a long and an unbroken
tradition of religious harmony. The warm and tolerant nature of the Goans allows
them to celebrate and enjoy the festivals of various religions such as Ganesh
Chaturthi, Diwali, Christmas, Easter and Id with equal enthusiasm. Besides the
natural beauty, the fabulous beaches and sunshine, travelers to Goa love the
laid-back, peaceful, warm and friendly nature of the Goan people. After all,
more than anywhere else on planet earth, this is a place where people really
know how to relax.