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Classic Gujarat

Day-1: AHMEDABAD

Arrive at Ahmedabad.  Afternoon tour of the Sarkhej mausoleum complex and the Vishala Village complex with its superb utensils museum.

Stay at House of Mangaldas Girdhardas, a heritage hotel owned by a former textile industrialist family. Visit the nearby mosques.

Day-2: AHMEDABAD

Visit the Calico Museum of Textiles, one of India’s leading specialized museums. The collections include textile swatches of Indian origin found at archaeological sites of Egypt, silk sarees from across India, double-ikat silk sarongs made in Patan for the Indonesian market, chintz and curtains made from Dutch, British and Portuguese colonial powers in Gujarat,   floral embroidery from Punjab, shawls from Kashmir, 18thcentury tie-and-dye, richly embroidered Mughal tent of Shah Jahan whose palace is nearby, royal wardrobes of Rajasthan, cloth paintings and manuscripts,  religious narrative cloth paintings like Pichwais and Kalamkaris, etc Afternoon visit to the exquisitely carved 15th century Adalaj stepwell. Stay as on day-1.

Day-3: AHMEDABAD – PALITANA 240km

Morning heritage walk in Ahmedabad. This walking tour offers an opportunity to see the old quarters of Ahmedabad lined with the beautifully carved wooden facades of havelis.

Continue to Lothal to see the site museum and archaeological site offering an insight into the town planning of the Indus Valley Civlisation.

Proceed to Palitana/Bhavnagar. Stay at Vijay Vilas heritage hotel at Adpur village of Palitana or at Nilambag Palace Hotel in Bhavnagar.

 

Day-4: PALITANA – GONDAL  170km

Ascend the Shatrunjaya Hill near Palitana town to see the  huge complex of about 863 temples crowning two ridges of the summit.

Descend and drive to Gondal. See the magnificent carvings and collections of the 1740s Naulakha Palace at Gondal.  Stay at the Riverside Palace/Orchard Palace heritage hotel.

 

Day-5: GONDAL – JUNAGADH – GONDAL

Day excursion to Junagadh to see the ancient Uparkot Fort, splendid Gothic palaces of the Nawabs and the flamboyant 19th century mausoleum complex. Return to Gondal, calling in en route to see the 4th century Buddhist caves of Khambalida.

 

Day-6: GONDAL – DASADA

Drive from Gondal to Dasada via the museum at Rajkot. Stay at Rann Riders resort in Dasada.

 

Day-7: DASADA – MODHERA – PATAN - BALARAM  180km

Drive to the 11th century Sun Temple of Modhera, one of the finest examples of Hindu temple architecture in western India. After seeing the temple, continue to Patan to see the magnificently carved 11th century stepwell. Proceed to Balaram via Sidhapur known for its mansions and princely Palanpur. Stay at Balaram Palace Resort.

 

Day-8: BALARAM – TARANGA – VADNAGAR – AHMEDABAD 250km

Drive to see the 12th century Taranga Jain Temples and to historic Vadnagar with many historic buildings. Continue to Ahmedabad.

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