GUJARAT - Historic Architecture Tour

Tour Code 002
Duration 8 Nights / 9 Days
Validity N.A.
Destination Covered Ahmedabad - Bhavnagar - Gondal - Patan - Chota Udaipur - Baroda
Price (Starting From) On Request

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  • Champaner-World Heritage Site

Gujarat is one of India’s most interesting states for travelers who enjoy seeing great monuments like forts, palaces, temples, mosques, churches and , are interested in architectural styles and interior design, or study medieval town-planning.

This itinerary features Lothal, archaeological remains of the Harappan or Indus Valley Civilization, for an insight into 2400-1600 BC town planning, rock-cut caves of the 1st century BC Mauryan and Gupta periods at Junagadh, the 11th and 12th century temples and step wells of the Chalukyan Solanki Rajput dynasty known for their patronage of sculptors and architects at Modhera, Patan and Taranga, the 15th and 16th century Indo-Saracenic mosques and mausoleum complexes of the Sultans of Gujarat at Ahmedabad and Champaner, the medieval forts of Junagadh and Pawagadh, the rich legacy of 19th and 20th century palaces and mansions of the Maharajas and Nawabs who ruled the princely states of Gujarat with their Indian, colonial, art-deco, Regency, Venetian, Gothic and Baroque influences, and the work of modernist architects like Luis Kahn, Le Corbesseur, Charles Correa and Doshi.

Provincial styles of architecture like the Ahmed Shahi Sultan’s distinct Indo-Islamic blended facades and the carved wooden havelis of Gujarat are highlights of the itinerary.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Ahmedabad

Arrive At Ahmedabad. This City Has A Number Of Interesting Museums Exhibiting Historic Textiles, Jain Manuscripts, Hindu & Jain Sculptures, And Local Handicrafts.

Over Night Stay At Hotel. House Of Mg Or Heritage House In Ahmedabad.

Day 2: Ahmedabad - Palitana 239 Km (Appx 4Hours Drive) /Bhavnagar (3.30hrs Drive)

In The Morning, Take The Heritage Walk In Walled City Of Ahmedabad. This Organized Walking Tour Is A Great Way To See The Historic Swaminarayan Temple, Exquisitely Carved Jain And Hindu Temples, Ornate Wooden Havelis And The Traditional Lifestyle Of The Dwellers Of The Old Quarters, Bird-Feeders, The 15Th Century Jumma Mosque And The Mausoleum Complexes Of The Sultans And Begums Of Medieval Ahmedabad. Depart For Palitana/Bhavnagar Calling In On The Way At The 2400 - 1600 Bc Indus Site Of Lothal For An Insight Into The Harappan Civilization.

Time Permitting; Visit The Jain Museum Of Palitana And The Local Bazaar.

Those Staying In Bhavnagar Can See Buildings Designed By Sir William Emerson, The Famous Architect, And The Barton Museum.

Accommodation Options:
Vijay Vilas Palace At Adpur-Palitana, The 1906 Ad Country House Of The Late Prince Of Palitana Now Run By His Grand-Daughter As A Heritage Hotel.
Nilambag Palace Hotel At Bhavnagar.

Day 3: Palitana - Gondal 160 Km (Appx 3Hours)

Early Morning Ascent To The 863-Temple Covered Summit Of Shatrunjaya Hill Over Palitana (55Km From Bhavnagar) . This Is One Of The Most Awe-Inspiring Sights Of Gujarat And Is One Of The Major Jain Pilgrimage Sites With An Aura Of Devotion That Is Mind-Blowing.

Depart After Lunch At The Vijay Vilas For Gondal. See The 1748 Ad Naulakha Palace, The Vintage And Classic Car Museum, The Bhuvaneshwari Ayurvedic Pharmacy And The Swaminarayan Temple.

Stay At The Riverside Palace/Orchard Palace Of Gondal, Both Of Them Are Heritage Hotels Owned And Managed By Their Owners With 11 And Seven Rooms Respectively And The Latter Also Has A Converted Rail Saloon Suite.

Day 4: Gondal - Junagadh - Gondal 123 Km Round Trip

Drive To Junagadh To See The Uparkot Fort & Buddhist Cave-Sites, Ashoka’s Rock Inscriptions (3Rd Century Bc), Palace Museum, 18Th & 19Th Century Royal Mausoleum Complexes, Nawabi Buildings And Museums.

Return To Riverside Palace/Orchard Palace Of Gondal For Overnight Halt.

Day 5: Gondal - Dasada 220 Km (Appx 4Hours)

On Arrival At Dasada, Depart For A Jeep Safari In The Little Rann Of Kutch In Search Of Endangered Desert Wildlife Like The Asiatic Wild Ass And Witness The Sunset At A Lake That Attracts Flamingos, Pelicans, Cranes And Other Attractive Birds In Large Numbers.

Stay At Rann Riders, An Imaginatively Designed Safari Resort.

Day 6: Dasada -Modhera - Patan - Taranga - Danta (250Km)

Early Morning Tour Of Dasada Village, Known For Its Rabari And Bharwad Embroidery, Weaving And Other Handiwork.

Drive To The 11Th Century Sun Temple At Modhera And The Rani-Ki-Vav Stepwell At Patan, Both Excellent Examples Of Chalukyan Architecture, And The 12Th Century Taranga Jain Temples.

Stay At Bhavani Villa, Danta.

Day 7: Dasada - Balasinor 180 Km (Appx 3 & 1/2 Hours)

Drive To Balasinor And Stay At The Garden Palace. Visit The Dinosaur Site, One Of The Largest Prehistoric Fossil Sites In The World.

Day 8: Balasinor - Champaner (100Km) - Chotta Udaipur (86Km)

Drive To Champaner, The Only Gujarat Site On The World Heritage List, And See The Impressive Forts, Mosques, Mausoleum And Temples.

Continue To Kali Niketan At Chhota Udepur. This Is A Family-Run Heritage Hotel.

Day 9: Chhota Udaipur - Baroda (100Km)

Drive To Baroda. See The Museums And Art Galleries Of Baroda, Which Also Has Some Of The Most Impressive Palaces In India.

Fly Or Take The Train Out Of Baroda To Mumbai/Delhi.

Tour Detail

Inclusions :

  • Hotel

Exclusions :

  • Any Other Expense At Hotel Stay.
  • Parking, Toll Tax, Entry Fees(If Any).
  • Camera/ Video Shooting Charge.
  • Any Other Expenses Which Is Not Mentioned In Confirmation Letter.

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