13 Days Itinerary Covering : Mumbai - Bhavnagar - Palitana - Ahmedpur - Mandvi - Sasan - Gir - Junagarh - Rajkot - Wankaner - Ahmedabad - Mumbai
The beauty and charisma of Gujarat entices guests to come and explore it. From rugged desert landscapes to pristine beaches to colorful cultural traditions, you can find all of these and much more in Gujarat. With the Explore Gujarat tour, we wish to bring to you a really interesting option of traveling through the state. Destinations like Bhavnagar, Palitana, Sasan, Gir and Ahmedabad have all been covered in this trip. What else? You even get a chance to explore through the attractions of Mumbai, the financial capital of India. This 13-day trip strives at offering to you the very best of what Gujarat has to offer. Therfore if you were looking for a trip that would offer you a pilgrimage tour, a heritage tour and a wildlife sojourn, all in the same breath, you know which tour option to opt for... So, browse through the article and simply book you tour, right here, right away...
Arrive in Mumbai and check into the hotel. For the rest of the day you can travel at your own pace and reserve energy for the exciting trip that you will undertake on the following day…
On the 2nd day you could begin the day with a trip to the Elephanta Caves, located on the elephant island. Ferries to the caves can be boarded from the Gateway of India. The ancient aura and the impeccable carvings that adorn the caves add beauty to the ambience. Later in the day, after you return from the Elephanta, you can visit the other attractions housed within the Mumbai city like the Hanging Gardens, the Prince of Wales Museum, and Marine Drive.
On the 3rd day of the tour, you will move out of Mumbai. You will take the direct flight to Bhavnagar, your first destination in Gujarat. On arriving here, you can check into the hotel and refresh yourself. Later you can travel around the city and visit places like the Takhteswara temple, the Gauri Shankar Lake, and the Gandhi Smriti Musuem.
From Bhavnagar, travel to Palitana, located about 50 km from here. Palitana is a sacred place for the Jains and the 863 shrines housed here attract devotees also belonging to the other faiths. Ranging from the 11th to the 20th century, the Palitana temples exhibit fine specimen of Indian architecture. The marble work, the decorated idols of Gods and the arched domes and pillars all offer a fascinating view.
The Explore Gujarat tour will take a turn from here and head towards the beaches located in the state. One of the popular hideouts, Mandvi, is where the trail will now arrive at. Known for its pristine beaches, Mandvi will completely rejuvenate your weary souls.
Enjoy your day at the beach, laze around, get a good tan on your body or better still play around in the cool waters… the choice is ultimately yours.
And if you were adventurous at heart, you could take part in any of the adventure activities available here: para sailing, surfing, speed boating… the options available is luring.
On the 7th day of the tour, you will move out of Mandvi and into Somnath. Somnath is most visited for its ancient temple that is both- sacred and architecturally very appealing. Housing one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of lord Shiva, the Somnath temple is held in very high esteem especially by the Hindu devotees. Destroyed and re-built over 6 times, the present temple is built in the Chalukya style of temple architecture.
Post your visit to the sacred place, you can embark on tours to reach Sasan Gir. On reaching here you can check into the hotel and in the afternoon visit the wildlife environs of the sanctuary to catch a glimpse of the animals in their natural habitat.
The Sasan Gir Lion Sanctuary is one of the most captivating attractions housed within the state. Noted for its exotic collection of lions, this sanctuary attracts millions of tourists, every year. An afternoon visit to this sanctuary will enhance the pleasures of this trip. Since around this time the animals in the jungle will be out in the roam, you could treat yourself to some really exciting visuals of the royal species. Post this jungle safari, you could embark on your trip to Junagarh…
Junagarh literally translates to ‘Old Fort’ and the city truly lives up to its name as it houses a number of old monuments that narrate volumes about the history of the place. This ethnic city will be the next destination that you will head to…
Junagarh is famous for housing the Junagarh Fort that is replete with several gardens, mosques and beautiful palaces. Besides this, the Fort Uperkot is also an interesting attraction that guests coming here definitely make a point to visit. Built around the 3rd century BC, history of this fort mentions that it was seized at least 16 times by various rivals over a period of 800 years. The other attraction housed in the city includes the Sakerbagh Garden, an enchanting place to be in, especially during the evenings.
After exploring Junagarh, embark on a travel that will take you to Wankaner, the next destination in the line. However, before you reach Wankaner, you will also stop at Rajkot and visit the Watson Museum housed there.
On reaching Wankaner, you can check into the hotel and spend the rest of the day in leisure.
Visit the Ranjit Vilas Palace in the morning to witness the glory of the place. One of the foremost structures in the city with its unique architectural patterns and fine location, the palace is today functioning as a heritage hotel and catering to the varied tourists coming here.
After this brief traveling around, head towards Ahmedabad, the last destination in the circuit. Reach the city by afternoon and explore the attractions located in the near vicinity of the hotel on your own and spend the rest of the day in leisure.
The city of Ahmedabad has a lot in store to offer to its guests. Exploring the city will introduce you to some of the most attractive options, the city has on offer. A few of the most prominent attractions being the Jama Masjid, Hathee Singh’s temple, and Dada Hari Baoli. One unique attraction of the city is the Siddi Bashir’s Mosque housing the shaking minarets. The beauty of these minarets lay in the intricate carvings and in the vibration that makes the minarets to shake. The designing of these twin pillars enable one pillar to vibrate when the other is shaken. Other places of tourist interest in the city are the Calico textile museum and the Sabarmati ashram. Post lunch you could pay a visit to the Akshardham temple and embark on excursion to Patan.
Overnight stay in the hotel in Ahmedabad.
Begin your onward journey back home by traveling to Mumbai from Ahmedabad and then board the connecting flight home.
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