Gujrat Pilgrimage Tour
Duration:- 14 Nights - 15 Days
Destinations Covered:- Delhi > Udaipur > Mt. Abu > Poshina > Sidpur > Patan > Modhera > Ahmedabad > Palitana > Somnath > Junagadh > Rajkot > Wankner > Bhuj > Delhi
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Arrive at Delhi airport and you will be transferred to your pre booked hotel. Overnight stay is in Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi
Morning visit New Delhi & Old Delhi. Visit famous Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat. In New Delhi visit Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar. Drive past to India Gate, President House etc, Lotus Temple. Overnight stay is in Delhi.
Day 3: Delhi / Udaipur (By flight)
Morning check out from the hotel and board the flight for Udaipur. On arrival at Udaipur, check in at your heritage hotel. In the evening enjoy boat ride in Udaipur.
Day 4: Udaipur
In the morning enjoy city tour of Udaipur. Visit & explore City Palace, City Museum, and spectacular Jagdish Temple. In the evening enjoy boat ride in Lake Pichola in Udaipur. Overnight stay is in Udaipur.
Day 5: Udaipur / Mt. Abu / Poshina (145 km / 3.5 hours drive)
In the morning drive to Poshina. On the way visit Mt. Abu and visit famous Delwara temples which open at 1200 hours. After visiting and lunch drive to Poshina for your overnight stay.
Day 6: Poshina
In the morning visit & explore Poshina. The tribal land of Aravalis. Explore the Bhil & Garasia tribal culture of North Gujarat & Southern Rajasthan. The village of Poshina is home to a number of artisans the tribal arrow crafters, silver, Potters, blacksmiths and the bazaar is famous for silver tribal jewelry, ORNATE sheathed daggers and terra cotta horses. Around poshina are hamlets Of the bhil and garasia tribal communities, know for their colorful Attires and artistic ornaments. Overnight at Darbargarh Poshina. There will be one morning and evening safari in Poshina Tribal Areas. Overnight stay is Poshina.
Day 7: Poshina / Sidpur / Patan / Modhera /Ahmedabad (180 km / 4 hours)
After breakfast drive to Ahmedabad. On the way you will be visiting 3 beautiful destinations which are Sidhpur, Patan & Modhera.
In Sidhpur visit:
Here Raja Siddhraj built a magnificent temple dedicated to Lord Shiva called as the ‘Rudra Mahalaya’ in 12th century AD. The temple was an architectural wonder with a three-storeyed 'shikhara', 1600 pillars, 12 entrance doors, central 'mandapa' and porches on east, north and south and sanctum in west.
In Patan visit:
On your way to Anahilvada Patan, the ancient city that served as Gujarat’s capital for 650 years, you find the 1000 year old Kali temple from where Kali Mata, the kuldevi (family goddess) of the Solanki dynasty, guards the town. Furthest north, you find the Sahasralinga Talav, literally “lake of a thousand lingas”, which is finely constructed to channel water in from the nearby Saraswati, and you begin to realize that it is the sanctity of water that has been and still is, beckoning you. You turn around and come towards the edge of Rani Ki Vav, the “Queen’s stepwell”, and as you descend into the cool air towards the water, the carved stone gods and consorts invite you into their world, the world of spirit and the sacred.
In Modhera Visit:
Set along the backdrop of River Pushpavati, surrounded by a terra-formed garden of flowering trees and songs of birds, rests the famed Sun temple of Modhera. The remains of the Sun Temples at Modhera are relics of times gone by when reverence of the natural elements fire, air, earth, water and sky were at their peak sharing space with myriad manifestations of Vedic gods. The ancient philosophy venerating natural elements and its association with humans was considered the prime force and energy of the life cycle. A walk around the serene temple campus makes you aware of the positively strong aura of energy which the place radiates and through it brings one closer to the environs. Later drive to Ahmedabad for your overnight stay.
Day 8: Ahmedabad
Full day Sightseeing of Ahmedabad proceed for a city tour of The old city of Ahmedabad is dotted with labyrinthine by lanes called 'polls' Calico Textile Museum (Closed on Wednesday), the finest in India. The museum exhibits antique and modern textiles including rare tapestries, wall hangings and costumes. Also on display are old weaving machines. Afternoon: Visit with Gandhi Ashram/Museum, one of the finest of the Gujarati step-wells, with carvings depicting intricate motifs of flowers and birds. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Ahmedabad / Palitana (203 km / 5 hours)
After breakfast drive to Palitana and visit temples of Palitana. The construction of temples of Palitana spanned over a period of 900 years and was structured in two phases. From the 11th to 12th centuries AD as a part of the resurgence of temple building all over India, the first phase of temple architecture was constructed. The second phase followed later, from the 16th century AD onwards. Muslim invaders destroyed some of the earliest temples built in the 11th century AD during the 14th and 15th centuries AD. No one person can be attributed for the construction of these magnificent temples rather it was the effort of the wealthy businessmen who were followers of Jainism. Overnight stay is in Palitana.
Day 10: Palitana / Somnath (267 km / 6 hours)
Continue your travel to Somnath. On arrival visit facing the wide open Arabian Sea, the temple at Somnath is an imposing structure offering a spectacular sight to the beholders. The temple of Somnath, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. The legend says, Somnath was built by none other than the Moon God himself at the time of creation. The remains of the temple "braved the shocks of time and survived the attacks of destroyers." Overnight stay is Somnath.
Day 11: Somnath / Junagadh (80 km / 2 hours)
Morning drive to Junagadh, few places offer you the chance to probe the earth and the heavens, the human and the wild, as Junagadh does. Towering over the city is Mt. Girnar, a holy site for Hindus and Jains that is climbed by a 9999-step staircase along peaks studded by temples that reach for the sky and look out across the plains. Walking up these stairs in pilgrimage is a unique experience of striving towards the heavens. Back at the base of the mountain, however, deep in the heart of the oldest quarter of the city, you can walk down into the depths of the earth in a pair of ancient stepwells that were not built, but hewn out of solid rock. Spiraling down the staircase of thousand-year-old Navghan Kuvo, plunging 170 feet into the heart of solid rock to find life-giving water at the bottom, is an unparalleled contact with the elements that sustain us. Overnight stay is Junagadh .
Day 12: Junagadh / Rajkot ( 102 km / 2.5 hours)
In the morning drive to Rajkot. On arrival visit .
Jagat Mandir or Universal Temple located on Yagnik Road is a beautiful temple carved in red stones built in 1934.
This place was founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1925 as a key center for governing Non-Cooperation Movement during the Indian Independence struggle. It is now famous for its Patola weaving.
This bridge is located in Morbi of Rajkot. It was made from wire ropes and wood during the British rule. The bridge is 165 feet long and 4.5 feet broad and has been constructed over the River Machchhu.
BAPS Swaminarayan Temple:
It is a temple which was built in 1998-99 by Swaminarayan Sampradaya located on the bank of Kalavad Road near Mahila College. The temple has one of the largest auditoriums in the state which can accommodate thousands of visitors.
Day 13: Rajkot / Wankner / Bhuj ( 218 km / 5.5 hours)
After breakfast drive to Bhuj. On the way visit Wanakaner. Here you will see Ranjit Vilas Palace. Ranjit Vilas Palace is a very eclectic building, a bold attempt to sythesise various architectural styles. The front and back facades are appropriately designed in response to its location. The receding volumes, on the front, creating a series of terraces culminating in two beautifully designed pavilions with gothic arches. The back facade, on the town side, really establishes the palace as an impressive landmark. The seven storied central clock tower capped by a Mughal dome and two five storied high bastions, at both the corners, culminate in hexagonal chhatris. The facade has arcades of arched Victorian windows Italianate pillars, Gothic arches and classical parapets.
The palace has magnificent spiraling marble staircase, stained glass galleries, chandeliers and period furniture. The garage, on the grounds of the palace complex, has Vintage cars like the 1921 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, some imposing American cars and horse drawn carriages. The palace also has a stable of Kathiawadi horses. There are large grounds with beautiful Italianate fountains. Contiune your drive to Bhuj for overnight stay.
Day 14: Bhuj
Full day excursion to Tribal villages like Tunda Vandha is a unique Rabari village in this village most of the male population is generally away from the village. Also visit Anjar which is famous for the shrine of Jesal and Toral, the folklore duo wherein the tough outlaw Jesal was chastised by Toral, a Kachchhi woman; is also a centre of fairs. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Bhuj / Mumbai / Delhi (By flight) & Depart
Morning check out from the hotel and board the flight for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi airport you will be transferred to Delhi International airport to board the flight for onwards journey Tour concludes.