18 Days Itinerary Covering : Mumbai - Bhuj - Gondal - Sasangir - Diu - Bhavnagar - Uteliya - Zainabad Baroda - Ahmedabad - Mumbai
Located in the western province of India, Gujarat is famous for its stately palaces, ancient monuments and temples, and varied wildlife. The Gujarat Sojourn has been designed to enable you an insight into the most popular places housed in the state. This 18-day itinerary will give you a complete picture of what the essence of Gujarat and the Gujaratis is. Read on...
To commence your trip across the fascinating locales of Gujarat, arrive in Mumbai, the financial capital of India and also home to the Hindi film industry, popularly called as ‘Bollywood’. On arrival in the city, check into the hotel and retire for the day, early.
Early morning on the 2nd day of the tour, embark on sightseeing excursions across the Mumbai city. Visit the Hanging Gardens, Prince of Wales Museum, and the Elephanta Caves; all top tourist attractions in the city. In the evening you can visit the Marine Drive area to witness night visuals of the vibrant city.
Arrive in the first destination of Gujarat in this circuit, Bhuj. Take the direct flight from Mumbai in the morning of the 3rd day and arrive in the city by noon. Post-noon, commence your journey across Bhuj. Visit the Kachch Museum and the Rao Pragmalji Palace on the first day of the trip in the city.
On the 4th day, explore the remaining attractions of the city including the Aina Mahal, Sarad Bagh Palace, Swaminarayan temple, and the Dhoramnath temple.
Begin the 5th day of the tour with an excursion to the villages located in the near vicinity of the Bhuj city. One of the popular destinations that you will visit on this particular day is Mandvi. Once a summer retreat for the royal family of the region, tourist sites in Mandvi include Vijay Vilas Palace, Rukmavati Bridge and the Bandhni Bazar.
Travel down to the next destination, Gondal, on the 6th day of the Gujarati Sojourn tour. The distance will take about 5 - 6 hours to be covered, therefore to break the monotony of the trip, also visit Dhamadka, mostly visited for its handicraft items including the Ajrakh prints.
Overnight stay in Gondal.
From Gondal, drive down to Sasan Gir for enjoying some wildlife thrills in the state. Home to a large variety of Asiatic lions, Sasan Gir is one of the most fondly frequented locations even for tourists on wildlife vacations in India.
On the 8th day of the tour, explore through the heart of the Gir National Park and wildlife sanctuary and catch the wild animals roaming freely in the open environs. Lions, leopards, four-horned antelopes, blackbucks, and golden jackals, the Sasan Gir wildlife sanctuary houses them all.
From the wildlife ambience to the beach locales! On the 9th day of the tour, leave Sasan for Diu, the next destination in the tour and also a place that houses some of the finest beaches in India. Enroute, do not miss to visit the attractions of Somnath as well.
Next morning that is on the tenth day of the Gujarati sojourn tour, head towards the Diu beach and explore the activities that one can avail of, while here. Laze around, play around, and enjoy some quiet moments with nature; the choice is yours.
Post-breakfast drive down to Bhavnagar, which is mostly visited for housing the Takhteshwar temple, the Gaurishankar Lake, and the Gandhi Smriti Museum.
From Bhavnagar, travel to Uteliya, enroute also visiting the attractions of Palitana. Overnight stay in Uteliya.
From Uteliya, drive down to Zainabad, enroute visiting the excavated ruins of Lothal. Overnight stay in Zainabad.
Explore the wildlife environs of Zainabad on the fourteenth day of the Gujarati Sojourn and also its rural landscape. After lunch you can travel to Baroda, the next destination in the tour. Also known as Vadodara, Baroda is an important tourist location in Gujarat and is fondly frequented by tourists for its palaces, museums, and gardens. Visit the top attractions housed in the city before you retire for the night.
Embark on a day-long excursion to Chotta Udaipur, located about 100 km away from the Baroda city. It is most popularly visited for the authentic tribal lifestyle of the natives there, the weekly local markets that sell Gujarati handicrafts, and also the Jagnath Mahadev temple.
Post a leisurely breakfast, leave for Ahmedabad, one of the major cities in Gujarat. Arrive in the city and retreat to your hotel rooms where you can unwind yourself for a brief while. Later, you can visit the tourist destinations of Ahmedabad including the Sidi Sayyad’s moque with the shaking pillars, Jama Masjid, and the Hathi Singh temple.
Embark on an excursion from Ahmedabad to the pilgrimage sites of Modhera and Patan. Housing a number of ancient Hindu and Jain temples, both these places are great tourist attractions as well and must visit sites for all tourists visiting Ahmedabad, especially by the ones interested in heritage and culture.
Arrive in the Ahmedabad airport to catch the direct flight to Mumbai. In the evening you will be transferred to the Mumbai International airport from where you will take the flight home.
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