India: Unexplored Gujarat – Crafts, Wildlife and Archaeology

India

Usually off the tourist routes, Gujarat boasts remnants of an Indus Valley civilization dating back some say more than 8,000 years, 2,000-year-old remnants of the Buddhist emperor Ashoka, the first British commercial outpost in India, and the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. Known for its silk, handicrafts, and fine-carved furniture, Gujarat is one of the premier craft destinations in India. This special trip travels through the eastern mainland region and cities of Ahmedabad and Surat, the flat, barren plain of Saurashtra, and the Rann of Kachchh. Along the way, we visit wildlife sanctuaries, watch craftspeople at work, and appreciate some of the major festivals of the area – the Kite Festival in Ahmedabad and the Vautha Fair – the largest animal fair in Gujarat – nearby to Ahmedabad.

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Land Cost

Starting at

$4995.00

Per
Person

Based on 4-6 People
(excluding international air)

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ITINERARY at a Glance


Day 1


Arrive in Bombay/Mumbai

Day 2


Fly to Bhuj and the Kutch Safari Lodge; wander the city

Day 3


Tour the Great Rann of Kachchh, visiting the tribal villages along the way

Day 4


Visit Dholavira – a pre-Sanskrit Civilization

Day 5


Drive to Gondal with a stop in Wakaner

Day 6


Explore Bhuvaneswari Ayurvedic Pharmacy, stud farm and Jetpur

Day 7


Tour Junagadh before driving to Lion Safari Camp

Day 8


Explore Gir National Park and Wildlife Sancuary

Day 9


Visit the Temple of Somnath; head to island of Diu

Day 10


Drive to Bhavnagarh and the Nilambagh Palace

Day 11


Explore Palitana, the gateway to Shatrunjaya

Day 12


Stop at Lothal; head to Rann Riders in the Little Rann of Kachchh

Day 13


Tour the Rann of Kachchh

Day 14


Drive to Ahmedabad; explore Sun Temple at Modhera

Day 15


Tour Ahmedabad. January – enjoy the Kite Festival. November – Enjoy the Vautha Fair (largest animal fair in Gujarat)

Day 16


Continue touring Ahmedabad. Late in the afternoon, catch a flight to Bombay and transfer to airport for flight home

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