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Travels in Gujarat

 

Travels in Gujarat

India Holidays - Village children, Rann of Kutch

AhmedabadThe Gateway Hotel 2 nights
Dasada Rann Riders Resort 1 night
Bhuj Hotel Prince 4 nights
GondalRiverside Palace 1 night
GirLion Safari Camp 2 nights
Bhavnagar Nilambag Palace 2 nights
AhmedabadThe Gateway Hotel1 night

Click on the name of the hotel or camp for details

 

14 days from £1790

International flights NOT included - see below

 

Discover Gujarat, a fascinating region of India which few tourists have visited

Away from the main tourist circuits, and less developed than most destinations in India, Gujarat has a surprising wealth and variety of attractions for the traveller - from the unique Asiatic Lions in Sasan Gir National Park to the stunning hilltop temples of Palitana and the timeless craft villages of the Rann of Kutch in the far northwest. Step off the beaten path to discover a very different India. Please note that the price for the Gujarat tour is higher than on many of our other India tours because you will have a permanent English-speaking private guide travelling with you throughout the tour, rather than using local guides at the various sites visited en route.

 

INDIA HOLIDAYS FACTFILE

 

DAY 1 - Arrival in Ahmedabad.

On arrival in Ahmedabad, Gujarat's major city you will be met by a representative of World Discovery outside immigration and customs. You will then be taken by private car direct to your hotel. Recommended flight from London: Jet Airways from London Heathrow via Mumbai (see below). If you are travelling from a country other than the UK we would be happy to give you guidance on your flight options.

DAY 2 - Ahmedabad sightseeing.

Your World Discovery India holiday gets under way when you meet your private guide and spend the morning visiting the highlights of Ahmedabad.  Afternoon free.
Meals included: Breakfast.

 India Holidays - House of MG

 

AHMEDABAD: UPGRADE TO THE HOUSE OF MG

For something a little more unusual, why not spend your 2 nights in Gujarat's main city in the charming boutique hotel, The House of MG, built in 1924 as the principal residence of an eminent textile millionnaire and now sensitively converted into a heritage hotel.

 

DAY 3 – By road to the Little Rann of Kutch.

Leave Ahmedabad after breakast and drive west through rural Gujarat. Stop at the beautiful ruins of the Sun Temple at Modera, built in 1027. Continue to Patan, home to the unique step well of Ranikivav. The step well has a long stepped corridor descending to an underground tank; the corridor walls, pillared pavilions and inner side of well are embellished with fine sculptures of Hindu gods and goddesses. Today's journey ends in Dasada in the Little Rann of Kutch.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 4 – Game drive. By road to Bhuj.

In the morning explore the Little Rann of Kutch Sanctuary in search of the endangered Indian Wild Ass (left). In the afternoon cross the salt flats of the Little Rann of Kutch, on the edge of the Arabian Sea, before turning inland to reach the remote walled city of Bhuj.
Meals included: Breakfast.

DAY 5 – Bhuj.

Bhuj is the major town in the area known as the Great Rann of Kutch, which runs imperceptively into the Thar Desert in neighbouring Rajasthan. Sightseeing in Bhuj should include Kachchh Museum, the Italianate Rao Pragmalji's Palace and the interesting Palace Museum. You will also enjoy walking through the narrow winding streets of the town and exploring its bustling bazaar area. Today you will be taken to the office of the regional Collector to collect your permits for the visits on days 6 and 7 to the craft villages in the Rann of Kutch.
Meals included: Breakfast.

DAYS 6 and 7 - The Craft villages.

Two memorable days spent visiting a selection of craft villages in the countryside outside Bhuj.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch each day.

DAY 8 - By road to Gondal.

Drive south today into the Saurashtra peninsula. Stop briefly in the town of Wankaner to view the unusual Ranjitvilas Palace with its English Clocktower, before continuing to Gondal. In the afternoon explore Gondal's impressive 18th century Naulakha Palace, intricately sculptured in stone, and visit the local maharajah's Vintage and Classic Car Museum with its fine collection of 1940s Oldsmobiles, Buicks, Packards, Chevrolets and many more. Stay overnight at the Riverside Palace, still owned and run by the royal family of Gondal.
Meals included: Breakfast.

India Holidays - Asiatic Lion, Gir National ParkDAY 9 – Junagadh.  Gir National Park.

Travel to Junagadh, a small fortress down at the base of sacred Girnar Hill. Sightseeing will include the Mahabat Maqbara Mausoleum with its unusual spiral minarets, and the old Uparkot Fort, which dates from the Mauryan Empire. Continue south to Gir National Park, the last remaining home of the Asiatic Lion (left). There should be time for an afternoon game drive in the park. As well as lions there are many panthers at Gir, making it India's best 'Big Cat' sanctuary.
Meals included: Breakfast, dinner.

DAY 10 – Gir National Park.

Morning and afternoon games drives. In addition to the cats, Gir has spotted deer, sambar, nilgai and crocodile, and there is a wide variety of birdlife. Transportation for your game drives is by jeep, organised by your camp.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 11 – Continue to Bhavnagar.

Leave Gir after breakfast and head east to the port of Bhavnagar on the Gulf of Khambat.
Meals included: Breakfast.

DAY 12 - The Temples of Palitana.

Today's excursion is to the fabulous Jain temple complex of Palitana.
Meals included: Breakfast.

DAY 13 - Utelia, Lothal. Return to Ahmedabad.

Drive to the fortified village of Utelia, where we will arrange lunch at the small castle. In the afternoon visit the archaeological site of Lothal, which dates from 4,500 years ago and is related to the Indus Valley city of Moenjadaro in Pakistan. There is a museum at the site. Following the visit, drive back to Ahmedabad.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch.

DAY 14 – Depart.

Private transfer to the airport for your international flight home.
Meals included: Breakfast.

 

International Flights.

We recommend the services of Jet Airways from London Heathrow via Mumbai. Current timings (subject to possible change) are as follows:
Heathrow/Mumbai. Depart at 21.05; arrive Mumbai at 11.25 (next day)
Mumbai/Ahmedabad. Depart at 14.15; arrive Ahmedabad at 15.25
Ahmedabad/Mumbai. Depart at 07.15; arrive Mumbai at 08.15
Mumbai/Heathrow. Depart at 13.30; arrive Heathrow at 17.40

You can book the flights yourself on the easy-to-use Jet Airways website.  Alternatively World Discovery can book the flights for you (we levy a service charge of £25 per person for this service).

 


India Holidays: Travels in Gujarat (Reference: WDIN012)
2018 Departures
Price per person based on a minimum of two persons travelling together:

Daily departures

Price

Jan to Apr
£1790
Oct to Dec*
£1830

* Supplements will apply during the Christmas and New Year periods.

We do not recommend travelling during the summer months (May to September) due to climatic conditions.

Single Room Supplements on request.

The price includes:

  • Hotel accommodation as listed above in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities. Accommodation at Gir is in private tents with ensuite facilities.
  • 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners as shown in the itinerary.
  • Private transportation throughout.
  • All sightseeing as shown (unless indicated as ‘optional’), including entrance fees.
  • The services of a private English-speaking driver throughout.
  • The services of a private guide for the duration of the holiday.

Not included in the price:

  • International flights (see our recommendation above). We are happy to discuss the flights with you and give you further guidance.
  • International airport taxes.
  • Optional sightseeing.
  • Tipping. We will give you guidance in this often sensitive matter.
  • An Indian Visa. This should be obtained before departure from the United Kingdom. Applications should be made online through VFS Global, the official representatives of the High Commission in London - http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/.

A deposit of £250 per person is required at the time of booking. The balance of the price for your India holiday must be paid at least 8 weeks before your departure date.

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