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Vibrant Gujarat Tour (Kutch & Saurashtra Tour)

(8 Days / 7 Nights)
(Ahmedabad / Rajkot - Bhuj - Mandvi - Jamnagar - Dwarka - Somnath - Gir - Ahmedabad)
(to view the route of this tour on a Map please click here)

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Day 1: Arrive Ahmedabad / Rajkot - Drive to Bhuj
your first stop will be at Maliya for fresh n up. Tea Break at Maliya and continue to Kutch - This is an panoramic drive to salt pans and wind mills. you may also see some migratory birds at salt pans, On way to Bhuj stop at Dhaneti for Rabari Embroidery and Block printing. Reach Bhuj by lunch. Post Lunch visit Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal and Bhuj Museum. Evening attend aarti at Swami Narayan Temple. If the group is fond of eating junk food - please try some Mirchi Vada near ST stand. Dinner on your own at Prince. Stay at Hotel

Day 2: Bhuj
Breakfast at hotel and drive to Banni Region - Visit Nirona Village for Rogan arts on piece of cloth- The word Rogan comes from Persian and means ‘oil-based’. The process of making the natural colors used in the art gives it such a name. Castor oil is heated on fire for about 12 hours and then cast in to cold water to give a thick residue called the Rogan. This is then mixed with stone pigments to lend it different hues. Next, the artisan uses a six-inch metal stick to paint with a fine thread of Rogan on cloth. Seeing it live made us realize how delicately the Rogan thread has to be led with precision to give shape to one’s imagination. , Copper Crafts - The Luhars in Nirona have been preserving the craft of making copper bells over seven generations. From the 65-year-old head of the family to his 18-year-old grandson, Faruk, the Luhars are passionately taking the art forward. Faruk who is pursuing his college education is keen on giving a new spin to the art. As a result, you can see some heart shaped wind chimes, a xylophone made of bells and even a few fauna inspired bell pieces. And Lacquer Works on wooden utensils. Continue to Hodka. Lunch at Shaam E Sarhad and post lunch visit Dhordo for Sunset at White Rann. Return to Hodka for Dinner and cultural evening. Stay at Shaam E Sarhad OR Rann Utsav Tent City OR White Rann Resort

Day 3: Bhuj - Mandvi
Early breakfast at Shaam E Sarhad - Village Walk in Hodka for Halepotra Community engaged in leather crafts making walled and purses, continue to Khavda to see pottery works, Karo Dungar for Dattatrey Temple and India Bridge for the last civilian point between Indo - Pak Border. Proceed to Mandvi - Post Lunch relax and have fun on a private beach camp.

Day 4: Mandvi - Jamnagar
Breakfast at Beach Camp later visit Vijay Vilas Palace and Mandvi Town - Mandvi is known for its 400 year old ship building centre. The local carpenters still make ocean going Dhows in much the same way that their ancestors had done a century ago. One can go and visit the men at work, shaping the great vessels with hand tools and coaxing the seasoned timber into shape. The carrying capacity of these boats can vary from 250 tons to 1000 tons. The predecessors of these very same ships had roamed the Indian Ocean and made Kutch a maritime power. Handmade models of these Dhows can also be procured from local artisans. Continue to Jamnagar – Stay in Jamnagar.

Day 5: Jamnagar - Dwarka
Today after breakfast proceed to Dwarka. Visit Nageshwar Jyotirling { Nageshwar was believed to be known as 'Darukavana', which is an ancient epic name of a forest in India. Below are two well-known legends attached to this mystical temple: According to the first legend, 'Balakhilyas', a group of dwarf sages worshipped Lord Shiva in Darukavana for long a time. To test their devotion and patience, Shiva came to them as a nude ascetic wearing only nagas [serpants] on his body. Wives of sages got attracted to the saint and went after him, leaving their husbands behind. Sages got very disturbed and outraged by this. They lost their patience and cursed the ascetic to lose his linga [one of the limited meanings is Phallus, but it has a deeper theistic symbolism]. Shiva linga fell on the earth and the whole world trembled. Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu came to Lord Shiva, requesting him to save the earth from destruction and take back his linga. Shiva consoled them and took back his linga. Lord Shiva promised his divine presence in Darukavana as Jyotirling forever.}. Later visit Beyt Dwarka { Beyt Dwarka, also known as Beyt Shankhodhar, is a small island and was the main port in the region before the development of Okha. It offers opportunities to spot dolphins, marine excursions, camping and picnicking. Most of the archaeological ruins excavated here and religious manuscripts correspond with Beyt Dwarka as the original abode of Lord Krishna. In order to get there from Dwarka, one might need to first get to Okha port jetty (32 km), by either rail or road and then take a ferry or small boat } On way to Dwarka visit Rukmani Temple and further drive to hotel. Lunch on your own, Later visit Gomti Ghat is situated at the mouth of the river. A bath in these waters is believed to purge the soul. The solemnity of this belief contrasts with the lively atmosphere of boys jumping into the waves and turning somersaults as people photograph them. Proceed to Dwarkadish Temple - also called Jagat Mandir, located in the heart of Dwarka, is a Vaishnav temple. The temple is also the location of Dwarka Pith, also called Sharada Math/Peeth and "western peeth". One of the four peeths established by Adi Shankaracharya. It was built by Raja Jagat Singh Rathore, hence it is called Jagat Mandir. It is conjectured that this temple location is 2,500 years old and is where Krishna built his city and a temple. However, the existing temple is dated to the 16th century).It is a five-storied edifice built over 72 pillars (a sandstone temple with 60 pillars is also mentioned. The temple spire rises to a height of 78 meters (256 ft), and a very large flag with symbols of the sun and moon is hoisted on it. The temple layout consists of a garbhagrah The main deity deified in the sanctum is of Dwarkadish, which is known as the Trivikrama form of Vishnu and is depicted with four arms. Attend evening aarti at Dwarkadish Temple. Evening free. Dinner on your own. Stay at Hotel.

Day 6: Dwarka - Somnath
Early morning attend morning aarti at Dwarkadish Temple later after breakfast leave for Somnath enroute visit to Porbander Birth Place of Mahatma Gandhi, Sudamapuri and Bharat Mata Temple, later proceed to Somnath Visit Somnath Temple - is first among the twelve Aadi Jyotirlings of India. It has a strategic location on the western coast of India. Ancient Indian traditions maintain a close relationship of Somnath with release of Chandra (Moon God) from the curse of his father-in-law Daksha Prajapati. Moon was married to Twenty-Seven daughters of Daksha. However, he favored Rohini and neglected other queens. The aggrieved Daksha cursed Moon and the Moon lost power of light. With the advice of Prajapita Brahma, Moon arrived at the Prabhas Teerth and worshipped Bhagvan Shiva. Pleased with the great penance and devotion of Moon, Bhagvan Shiva blessed him and relieved him from the curse of darkness. Pauranic traditions maintain that Moon had built a golden temple, followed by a silver temple by Ravana, Bhagvan Shree Krishna is believed to have built Somnath temple with Sandalwood. Attend evening aarti; see the sound and light show at Somnath Temple premises, Dinner on your own. Overnight at Hotel in Somnath.

Day 7: Somnath - Gir
Today early morning attend Mangla aarti at Somnath Temple, Later visit Bhalka Teerth on the site where Krishna is said to have been mistakenly shot in the foot. Nearby is Dehotsarg, where he succumbed to his mortal wound. The temple at Bhalka Tirth is known as Mahaprabhuji's Bethak, and a tulsi tree has been planted in Lord Krishna's memory. At the Dehotsarg Tirth, in the 9th century AD Shri Vallabhacharya gave discourses on Shrimad Bhagvat Gita for seven days, as well as the revered Gita Mandir, which has eighteen marble pillars with a chapter from the Bhagvat Gita inscribed on each one. The temple also contains a beautiful tribhangi idol of Lord Krishna playing his flute. Proceed to Gir National Park, Lunch at Gir Resort prebooked., Enjoy the afternoon game drive by open Gypsys in Gir National Park. to spot Asiatic Lions, Leopards, Spotted Deers, Peacocks, and various spicies of Birds, Evening free for nature walks for birding. Overnight at Gir.

Day 8: Gir - Ahmedabad
After breakfast proceed to Ahmedabad, enroute visit sights such as Mohabbat Makbara, Edicts of Ashoka, Upperkot Fort in Junagadh, Palaces of Gondal { Naulakha Palace & Vintage and Classic Car Collection } Lunch can be prebooked at Orchard Palace – Drive to Ahmedabad to catch evening flight / train back home with sweet memories of Gujarat.

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