Rann Mahotsav Gujarat Tour

11 NIGHTS – 12 DAYS

Ahmedabad – Patan – Modhera – Dasada – Bhuj – Junagarh – Sasangir National Park – Diu – Palitana

Rann Utsav is a celebration of life depicting festivities and culture of Kutch region in Gujarat. Rann Utsav gives visitors an opportunity to experience the diverse traditions and hospitality of Kutchi people with sprinkle of colour on otherwise barren land of Kutch. The unique landscape of Kutch with picturesque “White Desert” welcomes you here. The entire place comes to life with endless cycle of dance on a full moon night during fair.There are many activities such as Horse Rides, Camel Safaris to Bird Watching, This tour also takes you to Ahmedabad, known as textile capital of India and also for Gandhi Ashram. Visit Palitana with largest cluster of beautiful Jain temples, Tribal villages of Kutch and many other interesting sites of Gujarat.

Rann Mahotsav Gujarat Tour Map

1

Day:

Ahmedabad

Arrive at Ahmedabad airport and transfer to hotel. Ahmedabad, also known as Amdavadwas founded by Ahmed Shah onthe banks of the Sabarmati river in 1411 and thus named as Ahmedabad. The city is also known for its association with Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. Later start tour of Ahmedabad city visitingGandhi Ashram, also known as the Sabarmati ashram. located on the banks of the Sabarmati.This Ashram was set up by the Mahatma Gandhi in 1915 and is one of his most famous memorial. Also visit Dada HariVav which was built in 1499 by a woman of Sultan Begara’s harem. Continue tour to visit Adalaj ,situated about 17 km north of Ahmedabad. The baoli or step-well at AdalajVav is one of the finest step wells in India built in 1499. The baoli is decorated with exquisite stone carvings. Overnight stay.

2

Day:

Ahmedabad – Sidhpur- Patan – Modhera – Dasada (270 km / 6 hours)

Morning leave Ahmedabad to first visit Sidhpur. The town also holds importance for the Bohra Muslims, an affluent Muslim community. Their old Havelis and mansions, some over 100 years old have a markedly European flavor and a walk through the ‘BohraVad’ is like a stroll through an England replete with the lamp lighters at dusk. BohraHavelis’ represent a nostalgic visual straight out of a Dickenson novel. Next stop is The Rani kiVav, a step well in Patanwhich is an excellent example of subterranean architecture in Gujarat This represents the finest of the Indian sculptures and architecture and forms the link between a kunda and the classical step-well. Final en-route stop is Modhera, known for the 11th century Sun temple and it is one of the finest Hindu temples in Gujarat, built by the great Solanki dynasty. The temple is designed to let the dawn sun shine on the image of Surya, at the time of equinoxes. Later continue drive for Dasada and check in at Hotel for overnight stay.

3

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Dasada – Bhuj(250 km / 4 hours)

Morning departure for Bhuj, Arrive and check in at Hotel. Later leave for Sightseeing of Bhuj,visiting Kutch Museum founded by MaharaoKhengarji III in 1877 AD. The museum is the oldest museum in Gujarat built in the Italian style and located in picturesque surroundings on the banks of the Hamirsar Lake. The museum has a large collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, various archaeological objects, arms and specimens of various crafts of the Kutch region. Also visit AinaMahal Palace which was built by Rao Lakhpatji in 1750 AD. It is a two storey building with Darbar Hall, hall of mirrors, and suites for royal family. The Hall of mirror has white marble walls which are covered with mirrors and gilded ornaments and the floor is lined with tiles. The architecture of the palace is a unique example of an Indian palace built in the mid-eighteenth century with European influence. Overnight stay.

4

Day:

Bhuj

Early morning proceed to Banni Village to experience lifestyle of various tribes living in various villages of Kutch region – Hodka, Ludiya and Dhordo. These villages are home to various tribes namely Mutvas, Harijans, Jats and Meghwals. Mutvas have been living in northern part of Kutch and form part of muslim community who came to Kutch in search of grass and water for their living stock. Harijans migrated from Marwar in Rajasthan five centuries ago and they live in Banni area. They live in traditional huts made of grass and dried mud. Jats are also shepherds who earn their livelihood as camel herders and buffalo breeders. They wear huge nose rings which make them very distinct from others. Meghawal tribe mainly lives in Ludiya village and their women wear colorful embroideries along with ornamental jewelry made of gold and silver. We set out to visit HODKA village for beautiful embroidery and mud work as much as Leather craft. Then visit LUDIYA village known for intricate wood carving embroidery work, mud-work and wall painting for decorating homes. Also visit DHORDO village to forattractive traditional mud houses decorated with mirror work and fine Mutwa embroidery. Overnight stay.

5

Day:

Bhuj – RannUtsav(90 km / 2 hours)

Morning leave for having a day filled with experience of RannUtsavin Kutch. En-route excursion of Tibal village Nironawhich is the only place in the world where the tradition of Rogan art is still practiced (a method of producing dyes from natural resources and castor oil and creating intricate and long-lasting designs on silk and cotton). Also visit villages of Dhordo and Ludiawhich provide an opportunity to see Bandhani (tie and dye,) block-printing and the intricate embroidery and embellished bead and mirror-work that encapsulates the folk culture of Gujarat. Then leave to enjoy RannUtsav and upon arrival check in at camp. The remaining day is at your disposal to enjoy RannUtsav which is a celebration of life depicting festivities and culture of Kutch. The fair givesyou an opportunity to experience diverse traditions of Kutchi people The unique landscape of Kutch with picturesque “White Desert” astonishes you. The entire place comes to life with endless cycle of dance on a full moon night during fair. Overnight stay in camp.

6

Day:

Rann Utsav

The whole day is dedicated to enjoy the celebration in desert. Besides cultural extravaganza, there are many other activities which include horse riding, camel safari, archery. There is also a local handicraft bazaar where visitors can find great bargains. You can find best souvenirs of silver jewellery, artefacts, seashell toys, embroidery and wood carved furniture as Kutch artisans are known for their master craftsmanship. There is also meditation, yoga center as well as spas for relaxation of visitors. Overnight stay.

7

Day:

Bhuj – Junagadh(360 km / 8 hours)

Morning leave for Junagarh. Arrive Junagarh and check in at hotel. Later start tour of Junagarh town visiting Mahabat Maqbara which is a stunning mausoleum of one of the Nawabs of Junagadh and one of the Gujarat’s most glorious examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. Also visit Ashoka’s Rock Edicts, located on the route to the Mount Girnar hill. The fourteen Edicts of Emperor Ashoka are inscribed on the rock edicts. Finally visit Upperkot Fort. The fort was built in 319 BC by Chandragupta Maurya, the great Emporer. This has been rebuilt many times over the centuries. Overnight stay.

8

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Junagadh- Sasangir(60 km / 2 hours)

Morning, you may visitMountGirnar which is one of the hill in Ahmedabad which is most sacred to the Jain community. This hill rises to a height of more than 600 m, a climb marked by 10,000 stone-steps. On this hill various Hindu and five Jain temples are located. Later departure for Sasangir and after arrival check in at hotel. Gir National Park is the lion. Besides lion, various variety of wild animals are found in this park which are the Wild boar, Bear, Panther, Jackal, Sambar, Spotted deer, Striped Hyena, Leopard, Nilgai, Chinkara gazelle, Jungle cat, Black napped hare, Common langur, Porcupine, Langur, Blackbuck, Mongoose and the Indian Chousingha, the four horned antelope. The rusty spotted cat has been recorded in the Gir. During monsoons, about 200 varieties of birds can also be seen in this park including the peafowl, grey partridge, Bonelli’s eagle, crested serpent eagle, jungle bush quail, painted sandgrouse, common green pigeon and several species of doves. Gir is also home of the marsh crocodile, which can be sighted easily in its rivers, particularly in the lake of the Kamaleshwar dam. Overnight stay.

9

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Sasangir – Diu (110 km / 3 hours)

Early morning go forjungle safari at Sasangir and enjoy wild life and there is a great possibility of a date with Asiatic Lion which will be an event to remember for rest of your life. After breakfast, drive to Diu and upon arrival check in at hotel to relax. Later you will visit Diu Fort which is a very large and imposing structure, situated on the coast of the island. This fort was constructed between 1535 and 1541 AD after the treaty signed between the Sultan of Gujarat and the Portuguese. Rest of the evening is to relax on the beautiful palm-fringed beach. Overnight stay.

10

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Diu – Bhavnagar (220 km / 5 hours)

Morning leave for Bhavnagar. Arrival at Bhavnagar and check in at the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Historical Takhteshwar Temple, located on a small hill. This temple provides good views of the city and the Gulf of Cambay. Also visit Barton Library which is housed in a beautiful two story building. You may also enjoy evening stroll on the banks of Gaurishankar lake. Overnight stay.

11

Day:

Bhavnagar – Palitana – Lothal – Ahmedabad (270 km / 6 hours)

Early morning before sunrise, get ready for drive for PalitanaShatrunjaya Hill which is located at a height of 591 metres. The Shatrunjaya Temple is the most sacred temple complex of the Jains and one of the largest of its kind in India. You need to climb up the hill for about 4 km (600 meters) on a stepped path to Shatrunjaya which means place of victory over worldliness. You may reach the top inDoli or lift chairs or by walking. There are about 863 white marble Jain temples, built over 900 years on the hilltop, each with its own enclosure. Later continue drive to en-route visiting Lothal known for remains of Indus valley civilization.Finally leave for Ahmedabad and upon arrival check in at hotel for overnight stay.

12

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Ahmedabad

Morning leave for airport to catch your flight.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is this trip possible for single traveller or for private small group?

Yes, it is possible. But, the cost may be high in case of a single traveller. 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?

If you go for a private tour, you may decide the dates as per your choice but you must consider that you are on right place and right day for festival. We also need to check the availability which we shall let you know after you send us your request.

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. We may also include other travel related services and may also exclude guide service and entrance fee to monuments if you so wish.

Are domestic flights and trains are included in tour 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.

When do I have to pay?

We usually request 25% advance upon confirmation of our services. 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.

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1. Check availability
Go through the tour details in our website carefully. If you are interested, send us an email to check availability and get the final quotation or for any other information that you may need to decide. We can also design a special private tour just for you based on your requirement.
2. Make your reservation
Once you have received all details and confirmed availability with us, you need to send us advance deposit for guaranteed reservation on the tour besides other details as requested. You can send the same to us through credit card or bank remittance. You will need to send us balance amount as per payment details which you will receive from us at the time of reservation.
3. Book your flights
You can then book your international flight, buy appropriate travel insurance and obtain necessary visa. We can book domestic flight or train if you arrive in any other city in India at extra cost. Our representative will come to receive you at airport or any other location in the city where the tour begins and you will be dropped at airport or other location of your choice in the city where tour ends.
4. Pre & Post tour services
We can also provide you hotel accommodation, airport transfer or any other travel related services if you arrive earlier or leave later than the tour dates. Feel free to contact us by sending us mail at info@statexp.in for the rate for any such services or for any other information.

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