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Gandhi's Gujarat Tour

13 Night Itinerary from £2,995

Private Individual Tour

 

Explore Mumbai and the unique history, wildlife and charm of Gujarat on our in-depth tour.

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Explore Mumbai for 3 nights, including a special visit to local slums.
  • Observe the asiatic lion, leopards and other species in Gir National Park.
  • Discover the ancient fort at Junagadh, an archeological treasure.
  • Explore Ajrakhpur, a major centre for the unique Ajrakh block-printing technique.
  • Meet local villagers in Banni and discover their fascinating way of life.
  • Visit Prag Mahal in Bhuj and Kutch Museum with its collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions.
  • Enjoy a full day admiring Indian Khur at the Wild Ass Sanctuary.
  • Explore the capital of Gujarat, Ahmedabad and the Gandhi Ashram.

This itinerary can be modified and adapted to your preference with a specialst advisor, who can provide a guaranteed price, based on hotels, transport, excursions and flights.

Gandhi's Gujarat Tour
Tour Itinerary

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Mumbai (Bombay) - 3 Nights

Day 1 - Departure from the UK on an overnight flight to Mumbai

Day 2 - Arrive Mumbai

Day 3 - Guided tour of Mumbai

Day 4 - At leisure in Mumbai - optional excursions

  • Accommodation

Day 1

Depart from UK on overnight flight to Mumbai

Depart on an overnight direct British Airways flight to Mumbai.


Day 2

Arrive Mumbai

Arrive Mumbai, where you will be met by our local expert guide and transfered to your chosen hotel for a 3 night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. Your guide will give you a short orientation tour of your local surroundings. Rest of the day is at leisure.


Day 3

Guided tour of Mumbai

After breakfast, we begin at the waterfront Gateway of India monument, an impressive 85-feet high arch built by the British in 1924 to serve as a ceremonial entrance to the country.  When India gained its independence in 1948, the last British battalion formally passed through the Gateway.   

We visit the Prince of Wales Museum. Founded in the early years of the 20th century, it houses approximately 50,000 exhibits of ancient Indian history as well as objects from foreign lands, categorized primarily into three sections: Art, Archaeology and Natural History. The Museum houses Indus Valley Civilisation artifacts, and other relics from ancient India. (Closed on Mondays and national holidays). Visit from outside, the impressive Town Hall, the most majestic structures among the other heritage buildings in the city of Mumbai. Another wonderful Gothic building is the Chhatrapati Sivaji Terminus, constructed on the site from which, in 1854, ran the first train in India. Designed by William Stevens and completed in 1887, the building looks more like a lavishly decorated palace than something as mundane as a train station.

Later this afternoon (approx at 2 pm), We embark on an unusual yet rewarding excursion to Dharavi, Mumbai’s giant slum considered a “city within a city” with approximately 800,000 inhabitants living in less than a square mile area.  Cottage industries and small businesses thrive here, accounting for Dharavi’s estimated annual economy of more than $650 million.


Day 4

At leisure in Mumbai

A day at leisure in Mumbai. Choose from a range of locally booked optional excursions.

Fariyas Hotel

Mumbai (Bombay) - Tourist Hotel

 

Fariyas Hotel is a good tourist class hotel located in South Mumbai, located 26 kms from Mumbai Airport and only a 5-minute walk from Gateway of India and Prince of Wales Museum and 15 minutes walk to Rajabai Tower and St. Thomas Cathedral. 

The hotel has a combination of superior, deluxe and executive rooms. Each is air-conditioned with private bathroom, comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, TV, safe, hair dryer, mini bar, telephone, fridge and tea/coffee maker.

Public facilities include 2 restaurants, swimming pool and tavern bar. There is also a poolside cafe.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis. 

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Intercontinental Marine Drive

Mumbai (Bombay) - Luxury Hotel

InterContinental Marine-drive Mumbai offers intimate modern hospitality alongside sweeping views of the Arabian Sea. Enjoy award-winning cuisine from world-renowned chefs, and experience the best rooftop sunset pool views with your plush luxury accommodation in the city. The hotels location on Marine Drive is close to Mumbai's top leisure facilities and famous sites.

The hotel has a choice of spacious executive rooms or suites, all air-conditioned with private bathroom, hair dryer, safe, TV hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities, sitting area and telephone.

The most impressive part of the hotel is the wonderful rooftop bar and restaurant - the Dome. There is also a stunning rooftop swimming pool. It is a wonderful place to watch the sun set over the Arabian Sea. The hotel has 2 other restaurants: L & S Bistro and Kebab Corner. There is also a spa to relax after a days sightseeing.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Taj Mahal Palace

Mumbai (Bombay) - Luxury Hotel

Taj Mahal Palace opened in Mumbai, then Bombay, in 1903, and overlooks the majestic Gateway of India. This legendary luxury hotel has played host to kings, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe.

Each of the rooms 285 rooms & suites are a striking blend of nostalgic elegance, rich history and modern facilities. All are air-conditioned with private bathroom, tea/coffee, sitting area, desk, hair dryer and safe.

The hotel has 9 restaurants and bars, from authentic Indian cuisine at Masala Kraft; world famous Japanese dishes at Wasabi by Morimoto; exquisite Eastern Mediterranean food at Souk and Chinese at Golden Dragon. Dine all day at Shamiana and choose from the exotic range of sumptuous desserts at La Patisserie. Unwind with a refreshing meal at Aquarius, the poolside restaurant; and visit the stylish Harbour Bar.

Signature experiences such as the afternoon tea at Sea Lounge and private dining at the Chef’s Studio make your stay with us truly memorable.

There is a spa, salon, lounges and a stunning swimming pool with views of the Gateway of India.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Sasangir National Park - 2 Nights

Day 5 - Fly to Diu and transfer to Sasangir National Park

Day 6 - Sasangir National Park

 

Day 5

Fly to Diu and transfer to Sasangir National Park

Morning flight to Diu and 2 hour drive to Sasangir National Park.

Sasangir National Park holds the only surviving population of endangered Asiatic Lions. The unique ecosystem of Gir harbours about 38 species of mammals, around 300 species of birds, 37 species of reptiles and more than 2000 species of insects. The main carnivores of Gir are the Asiatic Lion, the Leopard, the Jungle Cat, the Hyena, the Jackal, the Mongoose, the Civet, the Rusty Spotted Cat and the Ratel. The main herbivores of Gir are the Chital, the Nilgai, the Sambar, the Four-horned Antelope, the Chinkara and the Wild Boar.

Check-in to the hotel for 2 night stay on a bed, lunch and dinner basis. The rest of the day is at leisure.


Day 6

Sasangir National Park

Today enjoy a full day to explore the National Park by morning and afternoon game drives in 4 x 4 safari vehicles.

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Junagadh and Gondal - 1 Night

Day 7 - Drive to Junagadh and Gondal

 

Day 7

Drive to Junagadh and Gondal

After breakfast, depart for Gondal with en-route visit of Junagadh.

Junagadh, the main centre of the city, the fort known as Uparkot, was built by Chandragupta of the Mauryan Empire around 320 BC, and archaeological evidence confirms this, showing that Uparkot has been inhabited continuously since the 3rd century BC. Hence, the name Junagadh which means “ancient fort.”  Under the Mauryans, Junagadh was a regional capital, and Emperor Ashoka had stone edicts placed there, still visible today. Another highlight of Junagadh is the Mahabat Maqbara, the huge 19th-century mausoleum of a local ruler, which showcases intricate Indo-Islamic architectural details. It was built by Nawab Mahabat Khan II of Junagadh (1851–82).

Thereafter, continue drive to Gondal, which was ruled by a family of car enthusiasts whose royal passion resulted in a fine collection of automobiles which are now part of a museum in the palace premises. Such was the royal passion that Gondal had the best planned and well-designed road system in pre-independent Gujarat.

On arrival, check-in to the hotel for a 1 night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

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Bhuj - 3 Nights

Day 8 - Drive to Bhuj

Day 9 - Exploring the Banni Villages

Day 10 - Prag Mahal and Kutch Museum

 

Day 8

Drive to Bhuj

After breakfast, check-out and visit Navlakha Palace, a building worth visiting is the old Darbargadh a seventeenth century structure which reputedly cost Rupees Nine Lakhs thus earning the sobriquet ‘Navlakha Palace’.

Thereafter, drive to Bhuj. En-route stop at the Dhaneti village to see the traditional embroidery work of the Ahir community.

Before reaching to Bhuj, our next stop will be Ajrakhpur, a major center of the Ajrakh block-printing technique. Ajrakh is the name of a block printed cloth with deep crimson red and indigo blue background, bearing symmetrical patterns with interspersed unprinted sparkling white motifs. The highly valued Ajrakh has also been made in Kutch for the Maldharis or cattle herders’ communities since the time Khatris migrated from Sindh in the 16th century. The printing is done by hand with hand carved wooden blocks. Several different blocks are used to give the characteristic repeated patterning.

Thereafter, drive to Bhuj and check-in to the hotel for a 3 night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.


Day 9

Exploring the Banni Villages

Today we will have full day excursion to explore the Banni Villages (Packed lunch will be arranged from the Bhuj Hotel).

Sumrasar: Sumrasar is a weaving village and specializing in Suf, Rabari and Garasia Jat embroidery. Visit the home of local weaver to know more about this art.

Nirona: Nirona is home of many arts including the unique Rogan Art, a unique combination of natural oil colors is used to make the incredible patterns on the cloths without any pre-sketch. Leather art, copper bell making and lacquer work will give you an excellent opportunity to know about the different art forms exist in this small village.

Bhirandiara: Bhirandiara is surely one of the most beautiful villages in Kutch, it has a cluster of about 20 houses and every member of the village is an artisan in some way. The local meghwal community is known for its fine embroidery & colourful mud bungas.

Ludiya: The total area of the village is about 5 square kilometres and the population is about 2000 people predominantly Muslims and a few Harijan families. (Harijan, literally ‘child of God’ was a term coined by Gandhiji to refer to the lowest caste people in the Hindu religion hierarchy). The main occupation of the women folk in the village is making beautiful embroidery work and traditional crafts while the men make decorative furniture. The houses of the village have a typical structure called bhunga with intricate decorations both inside and outside.

Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.


Day 10

Prag Mahal and Kutch Museum

After breakfast, visit the Prag Mahal, which may at first seem slightly out of place at the far western edge of India, looking more appropriate in France. This is a palace commissioned by King Pragmalji in the 1860s, designed by Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins in the Italian Gothic style and built in the middle of Bhuj. Next to Prag Mahal is Aaina Mahal (Closed on Thursday), now serves as a museum. The Aina Mahal palace or “Hall of Mirrors” was built during the flamboyant rule of Lakhpatji in the middle of the 18th century.

Then proceed to visit the Kutch Museum (Closed on Wednesday) the oldest museum in Gujarat, founded in 1877 by Maharao Khengarji, it has the largest existing collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, dating to the 1st century AD, as well as examples of the extinct Kutchi script (now the language is mostly written in the Gujarati alphabets) and an interesting collection of coins (including the kori, Kutch's local currency.) A section of the museum is devoted to tribal cultures, with many examples of ancient artefacts, folk arts and crafts and information about tribal people. The museum also has exhibits of embroidery, paintings, arms, musical instruments, sculpture and precious metalwork.

After lunch (on own), we will have short drive (approx. 30 min) to reach Bhujodi village, a major textile center of Kutch, with the vast majority of the 1200 inhabitants involved in textile handicraft production. Here you can meet weavers and block printers, most of whom belong to the Vankar community.

Return to the hotel.

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Bajana - 2 Nights

Day 11 - Drive to Bajana

Day 12 - Wild Ass Sanctuary

Day 11

Drive to Bajana

After breakfast, drive to Bajana.

On arrival, check-in to the hotel for a 2 night stay on a bed, breakfast, lunch and dinner basis.

This afternoon, explore the local villages. Bajana is also famous for Tangalia weaving the unique art form of Tangalia with its dotted splendor is practiced by the Dangasia Community in Bajana. Dangasia is the only community having the knowledge of this weaving technique. Women of Bharwad community are often seen wearing dotted wrapped skirts of Tangalia weaving.


Day 12

Wild Ass Sanctuary

We will have full day to explore the Wild Ass Sanctuary by morning and afternoon game drives. The sanctuary is one of the last places on earth where the endangered wild ass sub-species Indian Wild Ass (Khur) can be spotted. During the winter season this place is also home of migratory birds.

All meals will be served at the hotel.

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Ahmedabad - 2 Nights

Day 13 - Drive to Modhera and onto Ahmedabad

Day 14 - Exploring Ahmedabad

 

Day 13

Drive to Modhera and onto Ahmedabad

After breakfast, we depart for Ahmedabad. En-route stop at the 11th century Modhera Sun Temple temple dedicated to Sun God, a non-living temple with intricate carving all-round the temple building.

On arrival at Ahmedabad, check-in to the hotel for a 2 night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.

Later this afternoon, we drive to the western bank of Sabarmati River to visit the Gandhi Ashram, which displays the spiritual leader’s living quarters and artefacts.


Day 14

Exploring Ahmedabad

Early this morning, proceed for the Heritage Walking tour of Old Ahmedabad city. We return to hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, we will visit the Calico Museum of Textiles (closed on Wednesday), once a cloth merchant's mansion, has a significant collection of antique and modern fabrics. Its collection of Indian textiles is considered by many to be the finest and most comprehensive in the world.

The evening is free at leisure.

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Fly back to the UK - 0 Nights

Day 15 - Fly back to the UK

Day 15

Fly back to the UK

Transfer to the airport and fly back to the UK.

Price Guidelines

Season High Season
Travel Dates October 2020 - March 2021
Room Arrangement Tourist First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £2,995 £3,145
Single Traveller - Own Room £3,595 £3,795

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.


What's Included

  • Guidelines prices are per person based on 2 people sharing a twin room
  • 15 Days / 13 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Domestic flight from Mumbai to Diu
  • 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fees 
  • Dharavi Slum tour in Mumbai
  • 2 Exclusive Jeep Safaris in Sasangir National Park (maximum 4 guests in each jeep)
  • 2 Exclusive Jeep Safaris in Wild Ass Sanctuary in Bajana (maximum 4 guests in each jeep)

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