Gujarat Tour Packages

12 NIGHTS – 13 DAYS

AHMEDABAD – PATAN – MODHERA – DASADA – BHUJ – GONDAL – JUNAGARH – DIU – BHAVNAGAR – PALITANA – JUMBHUGHODA

This tour takes you alongside the footprints of one of the greatest thinkers and world leaders of all times, Mahatma Gandhi. But Gujarat is not just about Gandhi. It is also about the grand palaces of the medieval Maharajahs, Sun Temple of Modhera and the land of majestic Lions in Gir forest. It’s about the amazing White Desert Rann of Kutch and the architectural marvel of temples at Palitana and Girnar. You will also get an opportunity to visit tribal villages in Jumbhughoda before finally returning to Ahmedabad known for Sabarmati Gandhi ashram.

1

Day:

Ahmedabad

Arrival at Ahmedabad airport
Transfer to hotel
Ahmedabad is located on the banks of the Sabarmati River. The pioneering city once served as the capital of Gujarat, has a strong relationship with India’s struggle for independence. Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of The Nation lived here for several years. The city served as the starting point for famous Dandi March. Today, the city is renowned for its mushrooming IT and scientific industries and unconventional design as it is for its primitive architecture. It has built its wealth on the flourishing textile industry, which has earned it the nickname of “the Manchester of the East.” This largest city in Gujarat remains soaked in history and has a wealth of historical attractions.
In the afternoon we shall go for sightseeing of the city.
We shall first visit Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram. Located on the west banks of Sabarmati River, this was Gandhi’s dwelling place from 1917-1930 during his battle for India’s independence. The legendary salt march to Dandi on the Gulf of Cambay was started in the year 1913 from here. Here, you will experience the calm ambience of the Ashram and observe Gandhi’s belongings that are on display.
Then visit the famous CALICO TEXTILE MUSEUM, which is one of the finest textile museums in the world displaying an impressive collection of rare textiles and costumes that date back to the early 17th century. (one needs to take prior permission to enter the textile museum and it is open only in the morning).
Later proceed to Adalaj Step Well. Stepwell or Baori as these are called are man made ponds in which the water is stored and may be reached by descending a set of steps. This was built by Muslim king Mohammed Begda for Queen Rani Roopba in the year 1499. These five stories well is intricately carved and various festivals and sacred rituals are held here. The structure is built in sandstone on carved pillars and is built in Solanki architecture style.
Overnight stay at hotel.
2

Day:

Ahmedabad – Patan – Modhera – Dasada

(260 KM, 5 Hours )

In the morning leave for Dasada
Stop en-route and visit Patan.
Patan is an ancient fortified town that was founded by Vanraj Chavda in 745 AD. Patan is a famous for its forts, step wells, lakes and places of worship. The main attractions of the city are the Ran ki Vav and Patola of Patan. Rani ka Vav was developed during the period of the Solanki dynasty. It is one of the richly sculptured monuments of the region. There is one pillar which still stands as evidence for elegance of design boasted by the largest step well. The site is now UNSECO World Heritage site of the country.
Then we shall visit Patola Weaving Center. Patola is one of the difficult forms of weaving in the world. Patola is the specialty of Patan and is known for extremely delicate patterns that are woven with great precision and clarity.
Later proceed to visit Sun Temple of Modhera. The temple is one of the seven temples that is dedicated to Sun God. Pillars of the temple count ancient stories, scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata are intricately carved. The temple is located 13 km from Patan and was built by Solanki ruler, Bhimdev in the 11th century. The temple features Surajkund, a water tank to perform ceremonial rites; the Sabha mandap, the hall used for religious gatherings, and the gudha mandap which once housed the divine idol. The most interesting fact of the temple is that there was no blue print made before the construction. Rather the mathematical calculations were so precise that the first rays of the sun fell directly on the main Deity of the temple.

Late in the evening, reach Dasada and check in at hotel.
Dasada is the part of Little Rann of Kutch. This small yet beautiful village is surrounded by wetlands and has a long stretch of sandy desert. It provides a great platform for tourists to discover the unique lifestyle and the ecosystem of the region. The region is known for its local handicrafts.
Overnight stay.
3

Day:

Dasada

Enjoy a jeep safari in Little Rann of Kutch in the morning and again in afternoon. Little Rann of Kutch has a unique landscape which supports a unique wildlife. The place is a home to Asiatic wild ass, the elegant black buck, Nilgai which is India’s largest antelope and Indian gazelle. The place is also a bird watcher’s paradise as one can spot flamingos, pelicans, ducks, cranes and storks.
Overnight stay
4

Day:

Dasada – Bhuj

(300 KM , 6 Hours )

In the morning leave for Bhuj

Upon arrival check in at hotel

Bhuj is a city in Kutch district of Gujarat. This beautiful town was founded by Maharao Hamir in 1510. The little town has a vibrant and rich history. It is an ideal starting point for Rann of Kutch which is a natural reserve. It is an old-walled city with thin, meandering streets. It is a captivating place where you can walk around the elaborate temples, ancient palaces, gateways, and windy lanes.

Overnight stay at hotel

5

Day:

Bhuj

Full day excursion to Banni Villages with packed mouthwatering lunch.
Banni is a quaint little village that has been suspended in time. Meet the local craftsmen who are masters in their craft and display traditional art. Their ornaments, clothes, utensils, everything they use – will make you feel as if you have stepped into lifestyle museum leaving you spellbound.

Overnight stay.
6

Day:

Bhuj – Gondal

( 315 KM, 7 Hours )

In the morning leave for Gondal.
Gondal is a city in Rajkot district. The city finds its name in Ain – I – Akbar, a book written during the reign of Akbar.
Stop en-route to visit craft villages to see woolen varieties, wooden block printing with natural vegetable dyes and natural colors. Handicrafts are the living traditions of Kutch and they generate a variety of embroided garments.
Also visit Morbi. As you enter you will feel as if you entered London, the city welcomes you with the oscillating pylons of the suspension bridge and the blissful riverfront is a wistful reminder of Victorian London. The city of Morbi is located at the distance of 64 km from Rajkot. The buildings and cobblestone show a strong European influence. The city has high influence of European architecture style. The royal residence Darbargarh overlooks a river and can be approached by imposing gate which has carved façade.
Continue to drive to Gondal and upon arrival check in at hotel for overnight stay.
7

Day:

Gondal – Junagarh

(100 KM, 2 Hours )

In the morning we visit Naulakha Palace. It is one of the oldest palaces in Gondal. The palace dates back to 17th century. The palace features legendary stone carvings with beautiful Jharokas, marvelous pillared courtyard, finely carved arch, and a unique spiral staircase. The palace comprises of large Durbar hall, which is chandelier lit featuring stuffed panthers, antique wooden furniture, and antique mirrors.
Center for Cotton Spinning and Weaving is a center for embroidery, beadwork, handloom weaving, silverware and Brassware.

Private collection of vintage classic cars by Maharaja of Gondal can be witnessed in royal garages of the palace. The collection includes pre 1910 new engine that belonged to Maharaja Bhagwat Sinhji. The Delage D8, Daimler, and the grand 1935 Mercedes seven-seat saloon are examples of supercharged European cars of the 1920s and ’30s known for their wonderfully created bodywork and high performance.
In the afternoon leave for Junagadh. Check in at hotel.
Overnight stay
8

Day:

Junagarh – DIU

(100 KM, 2 Hours )

In the morning visit Maqbaras, commonly known as Mausoleum. Mahabat maqbara is an impressive mausoleum with splendid arches, domes and towering minarets. The structure is known for its opulent and intricately carved architecture. The structure features beautifully carved silver doors and embodies the tomb of Nawab Mahabatkhanji.
The Darbar hall museum is situated in the old palace of Nawab near Diwan Chowk. It comprises of an interesting collection of weapons, silver articles, thrones, costumes, tapestries, and paintings which exhibit the lifestyle of Old palace of Nawab. Earlier it was a palace of Nawab of Junagadh and later it was converted into a museum.

Uparkot Fort is an impressive fort that was built during the Mauryan dynasty. The fort was built by Chandragupta in 319 BC and is situated at the foothills of Girnar Hills. The fort remained buried and undiscovered for more than 300 years and later it was discovered in 976 AD. Over the centuries the fort was rebuilt by many rulers. The impressive entrance of the fort leads your path to the ruins of the fort. The fort features various archeological sites such as Babupyana Caves, Naugham Kuva, Jama Masjid, Buddhist Caves and Adi-Kadi Vav.
Ashoka Rock Edict is located on the way to Mount Girnar. It is a large boulder on which you will explore an inscription with fourteen edicts of emperor Ashoka. The inscription is written in Brahmi script with an iron pen and dates back to 250 BC. On the same rock you observe inscriptions written in Sanskrit which were added in 150 BC by Mahakshatrap Rudradaman I, the ruler of Malwa. Another inscription was added in 450 BC by Skandagupta, the last Gupta emperor. These inscriptions provide knowledge on religion, harmony, tolerance and peace prevailing at that time.
In the afternoon leave for Diu.
En- route stop and visit Somnath.
Somnath is located on the western coast of Gujarat and is the most sacred and oldest temple in the country. The temple stands as the most important landmark in the Indian history. The temple is situated at the distance of 79 km from Junagadh. In the past, Somnath temple was known as the treasure trove of wealth which was stolen away.

Arrive at Diu and check in at hotel for overnight stay.
Diu was the former Portuguese colony and was liberated in 1961. The Diu is an exotic location with beckoning beaches. Diu’s monuments and churches indicate its rich heritage. This calm island has been enriched with many fascinating stories to tell of the bygone era. The island boasts of a perfect blend of sand, sun and sea. You will experience the surreal touch of Portuguese history flowing through the veins of this beautiful island.
9

Day:

DIU – Bhavnagar

(200 KM, 4 Hours )

In the morning we shall visit the local fish market.
Then visit Fort of Diu which stands still and ever watchful along the Diu coast. Indeed, several canons still peek through its gigantic structure. This majestic fort overlooks the Arabian Sea silently. The fort was built in 1535 and was known to provide strategic vantage point against invaders. The fort features a wonderful collection of cannon, engraved tombstone fragments, and small chapels.

You can relax and take a leisurely walk on the beach.
Then we shall leave for Bhavnagar
It is the fifth largest city of the Indian state Gujarat. The city was founded in 1724 by Bhavsinhji Gohil. The town was strategically chosen because of its location advantage for maritime trade. The old town of the city is a fortified with several gates which leads to the entrance of various towns of the region.

Upon arrival, check in at hotel.
During the afternoon visit local bazaar of Bhavnagar and overnight stay.
10

Day:

Bhavnagar – Palitana – Bhavnagar

(120 KM, 3 Hours )

In the morning leave for excursion to Pailtana.
Palitana is one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Jain religion. The city is the gateway to the Shatrunjaya hill. The city is known for 900 small and big Jain temples that are located on the top of the hill. Siddha Kshetra Shri Shatrunjaya Teerth is perched on the top of the hill which is adorned by 3500 temples. It took 900 years for the completion of white marble temples. There are known for their unique architecture and sculpture art. The marble image of the deity is adorned with gold ornaments decorated with precious jewels.

In afternoon return to hotel in Bhavnagar for overnight stay.

11

Day:

Bhavnagar – Jambughoda

(260 KM, 5 Hours )

In the morning leave for Jambughoda

Jambughoda is a base point to visit Bhilala and Bayaka tribal villages. It is a perfet gateway that allows you to leave your city life behind and be with nature to simply enjoy and rejuvenate.

En-route visit Champaner, a historical city which was built by Sultan Mahmud Begada of Gujarat. UNSECO- protected World Heritage Site, Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is situated here. Champaner is also known for the famous Jama Masjid built by Sultan Begada that ranks amongst the finest architectural edifices in Gujarat.

Continue to drive to Jambughoda.

On arrival check in at hotel

In the afternoon, we will leave for an excursion to tribal villages around the area to experience the primitive lifestyle along with Pithora wall paintings.

Overnight stay

12

Day:

Jambughoda – Ahmedabad

(200 KM, 4 Hours )

In the morning visit mobile market called haat in the nearby village.

On our way to Ahmedabad, we will visit Khambhat. Earlier it was a very flourishing city and a center of extensive trade. The town was famous for its manufacture of agate and carnelian ornaments.

Finally, proceed to Ahmedabad and check in at hotel.

Overnight stay.

13

Day:

Departure

Transfer to airport to board a flight to onward destination.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is this a group tour?

No, this is a private travel exclusively for you, your friends and family who may accompany you on the tour.

Is this trip possible for single traveler?

Yes, it is possible. But, the cost may be high in case of a single traveler. You may send us information in the form and we shall send you our best offer depending on number of persons in your group or for a single person.

May I choose dates according to my choice?

Yes, since this is a private tour, you may decide the dates as per your choice. Only in case of certain tours, we have to check if there are any operational difficulties for organizing a tour of your choice. Certain tours are not possible for particular period which we shall let you know. Besides, the cost may vary depending on seasonality.

Could you provide us international flights to India?

It is better if you could buy international tickets directly through your local agent or on internet. Although we can provide you international flight tickets, but you may a get a better deal locally.

Is visa service included in your cost?

No, you have to obtain visa on your own. The visa regulations will depend on your nationality. You may contact us for further details.

Is it possible to make extension or modify tours?

Yes, it is very much possible. You can extend your stay on arrival or departure or at any other place. You may also modify the tour. You may let us know your interest and we can send you modified tour itinerary with cost.

What’s included in the cost?

Our cost normally includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, private air-conditioned car with driver which includes fuel, parking and all taxes, entrance fee to monuments, train tickets if any, guided city tours in English or in other foreign languages, viz French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian or other foreign languages subject to availability which we can notify at the time of reservation request. Our cost also includes some other services viz Elephant ride at Amer fort in Jaipur, camel safari in Jaisalmer and boat tour in Varanasi. We shall send you all details at the time of sending you quotation.
We may also include other services viz lunches, dinners or other services if you wish. We may also exclude guide service and entrance fee to monuments if you so wish.

Are domestic flights and trains are included in our cost ?

Train tickets are included in our cost. But, we give supplement cost for domestic flight tickets as these days, there are dynamic fares and these are not fixed. We send you indicative fare at the time of sending you quotation which is subject to change until issue of tickets with advance purchase for which we need payment from you to issue flight tickets. You may also purchase domestic flight tickets directly on your own if you prefer.

What kind of hotel accommodation is provided ?

We provide minimum standard (3 star or similar), superior (4 star or similar), deluxe (5 star or similar) hotels and the cost will depend depending on category of hotels. We can send you quotation for the category that you are interested in. We usually provide heritage or palace hotels which fit in your category of hotels. We may also mix the hotel category if you prefer and can also provide you rates based on hotels of your liking in all places if you like.

When do I have to pay?

We usually request 25% advance upon confirmation of our services unless otherwise informed at the time of sending you quotation. We shall send you all payment terms at the time of sending you our offer.

I am interested. What is next step?

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Why State Express

Established in 1980, State Express has been providing most reliable services to travelers all over the world for last 35 years. We are renowned for our customer first approach and unobtrusive efficiency which ensures the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We have been awarded several times by State Government for being best Tour Operator. All aspects of our tours have been carefully researched and then designed to give ultimate experience to travelers. Let our travel knowledge help you to create a wonderful experience, whether on one of our tour itineraries or a tailor made tour itinerary made exclusively for you to give you an unforgettable holiday.

Our people make the difference

Our success has been possible because of our people who are our biggest asset. We have a team of highly dedicated, sincere, hardworking who work with integrity that has made State Express one of the leading and most reliable tour companies in India. They not only have expertise and experience to meet any requirement, they also speak foreign languages and trained to offer only the best and leave nothing to chance. We know that travel to Indian sub-continent is a dream of many of our guests and our team does everything possible to make their dream true and give them an experience of their lifetime.

Our infrastructure

We have complete infrastructure to provide you best rate and services to you. We are an IATA approved and authorized agents for all domestic airlines and Indian Railways. We have our own cars vans and coaches with experienced drivers. We have multi lingual staff to ensure that our guests do not face any language problem. We also have associate offices in all major tourist centers to provide assistance in shortest possible time.

Our fleet of vehicles & drivers

We undoubtedly have one of the best and most modern fleet of cars, vans, 4X4s and large coaches. Surface travel is a very important aspect in India as you spend lot of your time while travelling on the road and therefore given us an edge over other tour companies who have to rely on other transport companies to provide this service to their clients. We have our own garage and all our vehicles are well maintained to give you hassle free journey.
Besides having the best fleet, it is our drivers who truly make the difference as they play a crucial role in making a tour successful. Even if you stay in best of the hotels and travel in most comfortable and luxurious vehicles, if you do not have a good driver, it may spoil your experience. We have our team of drivers who are part of State Express and have been working with us for years and they are trained, dedicated and motivated to take care of our guests and make them comfortable. That is the reason that more than 90% of our guests thank us and appreciate them after returning to their home.

Our choice of hotels

We take utmost care in selection of hotels that we recommend to our clients and include in our list of suggested hotels. We inspect these hotels regularly to be sure of their quality of product and services. We give lot of emphasis on the location and the people who run those hotels. We want to give you clients an experience of heritage and palace hotels which are unique and not available in other part of the world.

Our tour itineraries

All our tour itineraries are designed by experts to give you an opportunity to see most wonderful sites in number of days at your disposal at the same time giving you time to explore the places in your own way. We have a number of itineraries to choose from which covers all India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. We also include mode of travel and approximate time taken between places to ensure that you do not have any surprises during the tour. Our specialists will also work with you to create an itinerary of your choice either by modifying our readymade tour itineraries or prepare an exclusive tailor made tour for you based on your interest and liking keeping in mind local conditions.

24 X 4 assistance during the tour

We provide you clients real 24X7 assistance during the tour. This is not a marketing gimmick but we have someone in our office always to assist you in case of any emergency anytime. We also provide cell phone numbers of our executive who you may contact even during odd hours when you need them for anything urgent. We have associate offices in all major cities of India to provide you assistance in minimum possible time.

Response time

We know that response time is key to our success and we value it a lot. Even at initial stages before reservation, you will get replies from us in not more than 24 working hours. We shall always be there whenever you need us during the tour.

Personalised Service

Apart from professional service, we believe in emphasising on personalised service. That is to make our guests feel at home in a foreign country and also feel that they have friends here who they can trust for any need. Our customer executives remain in constant touch with our guests during the tour to give them comfort and trust that we are always with them.

Good value for money

We know that there are so many travel companies providing their services and unless we provide good value for money to our clients, they will not be satisfied. Our own fleet of cars, vans and coaches and best special discounted rates with hotels due to our volumes enables us to offer value for money.

Call us at +91 11 47674000 or email us on info@statexp.in for all the details on this itinerary and what is included in your tour. We shall be glad to make any amendments in the tour if you so wish and send you our best quotation and details of the tou to suit your budget and interest.

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