Colours Of Gujarat

Stay Locations:
Mumbai, Bhuj, Gondal, Gir, Bhavnagar, Ahemdabad
Best Time to Visit:
September to March
Shoulder Season:
April, May, June, July
Trip Soul:
Heritage, Countryside, Culture, Wildlife, Spiritual
12 Nights 13 Days

Day 1: Arrive Mumbai

Arrive at Mumbai International airport and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax

Day 2: Mumbai

Morning excursion to Elephanta Caves.Elephanta represents the pinnacle of rock cut architecture and sculptural art medieval India achieved. The rock-cut Elephanta Caves were constructed about the mid-5th to 6th centuries AD. The most important among the caves is the great Cave 1, which measures 39 metres from the front entrance to the back

Afternoon visit city covering The Prince of Wales Museum, Victoria Terminus, Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Flora Fountain and Malabar Hill

Day 3: Mumbai - Bhuj by flight

Early morning you will be transferred to Mumbai airport for your flight to Bhuj. Check into your hotel. Afternoon visit Aina Mahal Palace (the Palace of Mirrors), Prag Mahal, Hamirsar lake and Kutch Museum

Bhuj, the most beautiful walled city in Kutch district was founded in the year 1510 by a local ruler, called Maharao Hamir. In 1549, another ruler named Rao Khengarji I, made this beautiful town the capital of his kingdom. Later, Bhuj stayed as an independent princely state throughout the British rule. In the year of 1947 when India gained independence, it became a part of the country. Bhuj is very much famous for its havelis that are constructed in the traditional Kutch style. Bhuj is also famous for its monuments and other buildings. Bhuj is also pretty famous for handicrafts. Embroidery is the most important handicraft in this region. There are some villages in Bhuj which are rich in craft and culture. The houses in these villages are decorated both from the outside and inside with linear reliefs made of mud and mirrors

Day 4: Bhuj

Take a full-day tour of the Banni villages and the salt flats to gain an insight into the daily life of the artisans whose work is integral to the culture of the region.Traditions such as needlework and textile arts are preserved by almost every community in the region

Day 5: Bhuj - Gondal

Drive to Gondal. Visit Naulakha Darbargadh Palace, built during the 17th century. This palace is one of the oldest and the most beautiful palace in Gondal. This palace is situated on the banks of the river on a grand masonry base, rising about 30 meter above the river bed. This palace was built in about nine lakhs and thus named so. Visit Classic and Vintage car museum.

You'll also have the chance to see some spinning and weaving of Khadi cloth

Day 6: Gondal - Gir

Drive to Gir enroute visit Junagadh. Visit the magnificent Junagadh Fort which lies at the foot of the Girnar Hill.

Day 7 : Gir National Park

Explore Sasan Gir National Park in the morning and afternoon. The chances of spotting the Asiatic Lion are very good and the park is also home to a large Leopard population. Spotted gazelles, wild boar, wolves, hyenas and an array of birdlife also reside here.

Besides Africa, Gir National Park is the only place in the world where you can spot lions roaming free in the wild. The Government notified the large geographical extent of Sasan Gir as wildlife sanctuary on 18th September, 1965 in order to conserve the Asiatic Lion. It covers total area of 1412 square kilometers of which 258 Km forms the core area of the National Park

Day 8 : Gir - Bhavnagar

Post breakfast drive to Bhavnagar. Rest of the day is free to relax

Bhavnagar, known as the cultural capital of Saurashtra, the city was named after its ruler & founder Bhav Singh Gohil. It was a carefully chosen strategic location having potential of maritime trade. It remained a major port, for almost two centuries, trading commodities with Africa, Mozambique, Zanzibar, Singapore & the Persian Gulf

Day 9 : Bhavnagar - Palitana - Bhavnagar

Visit to the Jain temple complex of Palitana, set among the Shatrunjaya hills, which consists of 863 intricately carved marble shrines. Palitana is widely considered to be one of the most sacred sights for Jains and was once the capital of the princely state of the Gohil Rajput clan

Day 10 : Bhavnagar - Ahmedabad

Drive to Ahmedabad, located on the banks of the River Sabarmati, the city is the administrative centre of Ahmedabad district and was the capital of Gujarat from 1960 to 1970 after which the capital was moved to Gandhinagar. Ahmedabad has emerged as an important economic and industrial hub in India. It is the second largest producer of cotton in the country

In the evening walk around the historic city founded by the then King of Gujarat. It is still possible to see the gates and walls of the original fortifications, and some striking examples of Indian Islamic architecture

Day 11 : Ahmedabad

Full day visit city. Visit Calico Museum of Textiles. For its distinguished and comprehensive collection of Indian textiles, it is one of the most celebrated institutions of its kind in the world. Visit the Sabarmati Ashram set up by Mahatma Gandhi a simple retreat in 1915. This was his first Satyagraha Ashram and for many it was the nerve centre of India's freedom movement. Hridaya Kunj, the cottage where he lived is preserved as it was in the Mahatma's lifetime. Visit Jama Masjid,the most beautiful mosque in India, the congregational mosque was built by the city's founder, Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1423. Built in yellow sandstone, it combines the best of Hindu & Muslim styles of architecture. It stands on 260 pillars supporting 15 domes at varying elevations. The mosque is located in the centre of the old city

Day 12 : Ahmedabad

Visit the sun temple at Modhera,a Hindu temple dedicated to the solar deity Surya. The temple complex has three components: Gudhamandapa, the shrine hall; Sabhamandapa, the assembly hall and Kunda, the reservoir. The halls have intricately carved exterior and pillars. The reservoir has steps to reach bottom and numerous small shrines.

Day 13 : Depart Ahmedabad

You will be transferred to Ahmedabad airport for your flight back home.