Duration :- 13 Days Tour
Gujarat is the unparalleled destination that has all the perfect ingredients that one looks for in a historical spot. This unique tour takes you to the home of the Mahatma Gandhi, who inspired the likes of Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, the holy place at Dwarka and renowned temples like the Modhera Sun Temple and the invincible Somnath Temple, the monuments of Champaner (a World Heritage Sight), the unique step – wells and forts, which are truly a rare sight. With such a diverse array of splendid historical tourist spots, Gujarat is truly an ideal destination that has the best in store for all tourists, be it wildlife enthusiasts ( for Asiatic Lion), devotees, history lovers or cultural connoisseurs.
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Namaste! We are welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together. Following customs & immigration formalities and baggage collection, a Bestway Tours representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building and driven through the city to your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel in Delhi : 2 Nights.
Day 02 : Delhi
We start our morning tour with New Delhi and visit Birla House - The Former Residence of Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi spent his later years at Birla House before he was assassinated by Nathu Ram Godse on January 30, 1948. Later we visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place, Humayun's Tomb and the Qutub Minar - a perfect minaret towering 72.5 meters / 80.5 yards into the sky and there are 379 stairs inside the tower. New Delhi is a blend of Mughal India, Hindu India, and British India and certainly of modern independent India.
Our afternoon concentrates on Old Delhi, starting with the famous Red Fort. Built by Shah Jehan, this was once the most opulent fort of the Mughal Empire. Next we visit another Mughal majesty, the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. We end our tour with the visit to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. (B)
Please Note: Red fort and Birla House are closed on Monday and Chandni Chowk is closed on Sunday
1. Guided Tour of Birla House - Former Residency of Mahatma Gandhi and see the spot where he was assassinated.
2. India Gate with Guide
3. Humayun's Tomb with Guide - World Heritage Site
4. Qutub Minar with Guide - World Heritage Site
5. Red Fort with Guide - World Heritage Site
6. Jama Masjid with Guide
7. Raj Ghat with Guide
Day 03 : Delhi / Ahmedabad By Air:
Morning transfer to airport in Delhi in time to board flight to Ahmedabad. On arrival check in at Hotel. Afternoon city tour of Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad is one of the most liveliest cities in India. A visit to Ahmedabad is a great way to discover historical Gujarat. Ahmedabad was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah to serve as his capital in 1411 A.D. The city had 12 gates and almost all the twelve gates with the exception of one have withstood the ravages of time and man. The sight seeing of Ahmedabad includes visit to Siddi Sayed Mosques (1571 A.D) Jumma Masjit (1424 A.D) The SHAKING MINARETS of Sidi Bashir’s Mosque, Hatheesing Jain Temple, Sabarmati Ashram- Mahatma Gandhi’s Home from 1918-1930.
Overnight at Ahmedabad. (B).
Day 04 : Ahmedabad / Vadodra
Depart for Vadodara. Arrival and check into Hotel. Vadodara is a graceful city of palaces, parks, temples and museums and considered by many as the de-facto cultural capital of Gujarat. Once the capital of the Gaekwads, the former rulers of Vadodara, it is also known as Baroda and rises from the banks of River Vishwamitri. Archaeological findings indicate that human habitations existed here since prehistoric times. Vadodara passed through the hands of, the Guptas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakubas, Solankis, the Sultans of Delhi and the Mughals before passing on to the Marathas. It owes its present day grandeur to Maharaja Sayajirao, a great patron of art, architecture and music. Afternoon city tour of Baroda visiting Laxmi Vilas Palace & Kirti Mandir or Hall of Fame.
Overnight at Hotel in Vadodara - 2 Nights (B) .
Day 05 : Vadodra
Morning sight seeing includes visit to Vadodara Museum and Sayaji Rao University. Afternoon Excursion to champaner a 14th century city and Pavagadh fort. The main attractions at Pavagadh are of a religious nature. A visit to Pavagadh is not one to historical site; it is more of a yatra than a pilgrimage. Overnight at Hotel (B).
Day 06 : Vadodra / Bhavnagar
Departure for Bhavnagar. Enroute visit Lothal ruins which were a small village contemporary to the civilizations of Harappa and Mohenjodaro. A large flood caused the village to be transformed into a massive port town. The civilization ceased to exist after a great flood caused its total destruction, in the 20th century B.C. Arrival Bhavnagar. Overnight at Bhavnagar.
Day 07 : Bhavnagar / Palitana / Mandavi
Departure for Palitana The city of 863 Jain Temples. After the visit Departure for Ahmedpur Mandavi Beach Resort.
Overnight at Hotel in Mandvi. (2 Nights) (B)
Day 08 : Mandvi / Diu / Mandvi
Fullday excursion to Diu to the last Portuguese colony and one of the finest beach at Diu. Across Ahmedpur-Mandvi is the island of Diu, a sensuous blend of sun, sand and deep blue sea. Diu is situated 125 kms. from Junagadh. It is one of the country's finest beaches, and tourists who keep falling in love with it have spread its name all over the world. The island is also dotted by three Portuguese churches one of which has been converted into a museum housing some rare Portuguese artefacts.Another cynosure at Diu is the Fort of Diu, an imposing statement of power. Overnight at Mandvi. (B)
Day 09 : Mandvi / Somnath / Junagarh
Departure for Somnath, Visit Somnath Temple
Somnath Temple - Situated 79 kms from Junagadh and 25 kms. from Chorwad is the legendary shore temple of Somnath, one of the twelve most sacred Shiva Shrines in India. Legend has it that the Somnath Temple was originally built out of gold by Somraj, the moon god. Then, it was rebuilt by Ravana in silver and then again by Krishna in wood and yet again by King Bhimdev Solanki in stone in the 10th century. The temple was so rich that it had over 300 musicians, 500 dancing girls and even 300 barbers - just to shave the heads of pilgrims!
Mahmud of Ghazni, upon hearing the description of the temple by an Arab traveller by the name Al Biruni, raided the temple in 1024 A.D. and after looting it, carried away camel loads of jewels and gold. Somnath was destroyed six times and rebuilt on every occasion. After the 1706 A.D. demolition by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, it was rebuilt the seventh time in 1950 A.D. with the support of Sardar Vallabhbhai V Patel, the first Home Minister of free India. The temple contains one of the twelve sacred Shiva shrines known as Jyotirlingas.
After the visit departure for Junagarh. Visit the monuments. Overnight at Hotel in Junagarh. (B)
Day 10 : Junagarh / Jamnagar
Departure from Junagarh to Jamnagar. Arrival in Jamnagar. Afternoon City sightseeing. Founded in 1540 A.D. Jamnagar, also known as the 'Jewel of Kathiawad', is a coastal town about 300 kms west of Ahmedabad and 92 kms. from Rajkot. Present day Jamnagar is a charming blend of the old and the new with its ancient monuments and broad streets, imposing facades, and squares which make it one of the most beautiful cities in the Saurashtra peninsula.
Built by Jam Raval, a Jadeja Rajput leader who migrated from Kutch, Jamnagar was the capital for four centuries of the prosperous princely state of Nawanagar.
Jamnagar is renowned for its silk, gold embroidery, silver ware, bandhani (tie-and-dye) fabrics that are renowned the world over. Nutcrackers (especially the ones made for betel nuts) made in Jamnagar are in great demand all over India.
Overnight at Hotel in Jamnagar. (3 Nights) (B)
Day 11 : Jamnagar / Dwarka / Jamnag
Full day excursion to Dwarka, Visit Dwarka temples and place from where lord Krishna ruled Yadav dynasty.
Dwarka, located 145 kms. from Jamnagar, is at the entrance of Western India. It derives its name from the word 'dwar' which means door. Legend has it Lord Krishna left Mathura and settled in the western part of India with his Yadava clan and built a golden city and named it Dwarika.
Dwarkanath, the main temple here, is dedicated to Krishna. Archaeological excavations show that present day Dwarka is the 6th city on this site, the earlier five having been submerged by the sea. The five-storied temple is supported on 60 columns and is crowned by a soaring elaborately carved spire.
Back to Jamnagar and Overnight. (B)
Day 12 : Jamnagar / Porbandar / Jamnagar
Full day excursion to Porbandar city, the city of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation. South of Dwarka, on the west coast lies Porbandar, an old picturesque seaport. Porbandar is situated 145 kms. from Rajkot. It is well known throughout India and abroad as the birthplace of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Porbandar also has a beach with villas. Its ancient maritime activities have given way to thriving industries of cement and chemical units.
Overnight at Jamnagar. (B)
Day 13 : Jamnagar / Mumbai By Air
Transfer to airport in time to take a flight to Mumbai. On arrival transfer to Hotel. Our experience of Mumbai starts with Gateway of India- Mumbai's most famous monument; this is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city.
We continue our tour of Mumbai by visiting the Prince of Wales Museum & Victoria Terminus which is recently added to the world heritage site. This is a city's most exuberant Gothic building look more like a lavishly decorated palace or cathedral than a train station. Our Next Stop is at Mani Bhawan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed here during the freedom Struggle of British India. The house is now converted into a Museum. From here we leave for Jain Temple and Hanging gardens and drive past Haji Ali - the tomb of a wealthy Muslim merchant, who renounced all his worldly belongings before embarking on a pilgrimage to Mecca. The tomb itself is over eight hundred years old and linked to the mainland by a path that is annually submerged in the high monsoon tide. We end our tour at the Dhobi Ghats - a vast outdoor laundry. After the tour we return back to our hotel.
Please Note: - The Prince of Wales Museum is closed on Mondays.
1: Guided Tour of The Gateway of India
2: Guided Tour of Prince of Wales Museum
3: Guided Tour of Mani Bhawan and Jain Temple
4: Guided Tour of Hanging Gardens
5: Guided Tour of The Dhobi Ghats with Guide
6: Guided Tour of Flora Fountain and Victoria Terminus - World Heritage Site Overnight at Delhi.
Day 14 : Mumbai / Home
Transfer from Hotel to International Airport to catch the flight for your next destination.