Welcome to Ahmedabad. You will first visit the Calico Museum of Textiles, then the historic Gandhi Ashram and finally Sardar Patel memorial at Shahibagh Palace today, and An Authentic Gujarati Thali for you will declare closing of the first day at the House of Mangaldas.
Day-2: AHMEDABAD – PALITANA 239 km (Appx four hours drive)
We suggest you taking a Heritage Walk in walled city of Ahmedabad, early in the morning. This organized walking tour is the best way to see the historic Swaminarayan Temple, exquisitely carved Hindu and Jain temples, lifestyle of the dwellers of the old quarters, the ornate wooden havelis, bird-feeders, the 15th century Jumma Mosque and the mausoleum complexes of the Sultans and Begums of medieval Ahmedabad. After that you drive to Palitana, where you’ll stop to have a look into Harappan civilization at 2400 – 1600 BC Indus site of Lothal. Our drivers may take you to Jain museum of Palitana and the local bazaar if we luckily get some time during the day.
At the end of second day, a home-cooked non-veg and veg dinner will be awaiting you, in the six-room Vijay Vilas Palace, which is the 1906 AD country house of the late Prince of Palitana currentlly run by his grand-daughter as a heritage hotel.
Day-3: PALITANA – DIU ISLAND 200 km (appx five hours drive)
Summit of Shatrunjaya Hill is one of the most awe-inspiring sights of Gujarat and is one of the major Jain pilgrimage sites with an aura of devotion that is mind-blowing. After having your noon meal, you’ll depart for Diu Island. The beaches of Diu are something very adorable. You’ll stay at anyone of the most luxurious beach hotels across Diu, like Richie-Rich Beach Hotel, or Magico Do Mar Beach Resort or the Hotel Kohinoor.
DAY-4: DIU ISLAND
On day 4, you will be visiting the 16th century Portuguese Fort, museum, churches, and other places of Diu. All other things remain same as on the last day.
DAY-5: DIU – SOMNATH – GIR (120 km)
On fifth day, you will drive to Somnath where you will see the world-famous shore temple and other temples. Later on you drive to Gir, on your way you visit the fishing port of Veraval, which is known for its hand-built dhows. You’ll stay at Gir Birding Lodge for the night, set in a mango orchard.
DAY-6 & 7: GIR
Sixth and Seventh day are reserved for the safari Gir Forests, now Gir Forests are the last abode of Asiatic lion and have a large panther population. Our drivers will find some time in between the trips to visit interesting villages nearby. Your accommodation will be arranged at Gir Birding Lodge.
DAY-8: GIR – GONDAL 123 km
Next will be a drive to Junagadh, in order to see the Uparkot Fort & Buddhist cave-sites, Ashoka’s rock inscriptions, palace museum, Nawabi buildings, museums and 18th & 19th century royal mausoleum complexes. You will also see the 1748 AD Naulakha Palace, the Bhuvaneshwari Ayurvedic Pharmacy, the Swaminarayan Temple, and a Vintage and Classic Car museum. On the end of eighth day, we will arrange your accommodation at the Riverside Palace/Orchard Palace of Gondal, which are the heritage hotels with luxurious, spacious and huge rooms.
Day-9: GONDAL – GANDHIDHAM, KUTCH 240 km
Sharma Resort is the only four-star hotel in whole Kutch District. You will be staying there on 9th day during your visit from Gondal to Gandhidham. You can visit the local handicraft markets which are very colorful and beautiful.
Day-10: GANDHIDHAM – BHUJ – MANDVI 112 km
You will be driving to Mandvi on tenth day, via Bhuj to see the monuments of this historic town followed by another luxurious stay at the beachside camp in the Vijay Vilas Palace estate.
Wake up early morning in the Vijay Vilas Palace and roam around to check out the villages and interesting places nearby Mndvi. Another feast and relaxing stay will await you at Vijay Vilas Palace at the end of the day.
Day-12: MANDVI – DASADA 350 km
On twelfth day you arrive at Dasada, which is 30KM from Mandvi and then you go out for a jeep safari in the Little Rann of Kutch. You’ll see the desert wildlife like Asiatic wild ass and witness the sunset at a lake that attracts flamingos, pelicans, cranes along with beautiful birds all over the sky. Rann Riders is an imaginatively designed safari resort, staying here will add some more fun to your overall experience of the tour.
Day-13: DASADA – AHMEDABAD/MT ABU/UDAIPUR