Gujarat has everything from the charming and lunar expanse of the Rann of Kutch, the tribal Rabari villages, medieval temples of Patan, Modhera and the holy city of Palitana, the National Park of the Asian lion of Sasan Gir and the tribal villages of Chota Udepur. Travel in Gujarat is a unique experience full of cultural and artistic content.
Gujarat is a land where you will find people, who are always friendly and helpful with ethnic diversity that is truly vast.
We arrive in Bhavnagar and immediately move to our hotel. We have dinner and bid adieu for the night. Next morning after breakfast we visit the Takhteshwar temple, which is enhanced by its beautiful carvings on white marble, dedicated to Shiva and placed on a hill. Getting down we visit the Gandhi Smriti, an institution that preserved photos, documents and objects of life of Mahatma Gandhi and the British Museum with its collection of coins. We have dinner and bid adieu for the night.
Bhavnagar is an important center for trade in cotton products, for the disposal of old ships, and for the traditional diamond processing. The old part of the city of Bhavnagar has retained its face with the picturesque market area and its bazaars and in its projecting wooden balconies and the myriad of shops.
After a breakfast in the hotel we start for our excursion to Palitana to see the beautiful Jain and Hindu place of pilgrimage, with many of their holiest temples are situated along the hills and mountains around. We hike a trail of about 3 km interspersed with 3950 steps to admire in all its beauty. After a tiring trek, we return to Bhavnagar for dinner and bidding adieu for the night.
After breakfast we depart for Gondal in the Saurashtra peninsula, once known by the ancient name of Kathiawar. In the afternoon we see the strange collection of classic cars, and the Palace of Maharajah Bhagwat Singh, by the lake. We have dinner and bid adieu for the night.
After breakfast we visit the Swaminarayan Temple and Ayurvedic Library, which contains a number of natural medicines according to ancient traditional principles. At noon we start for Veraval and along the way we stop at the Somnath temple, located on the coast of the Indian Ocean. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and surpasses all other Hindu temples for its astonishing number of members in the cult.
Three thousand priests pray in the temple every day and over three hundred dancers and sacred prostitutes devote themselves to the service of the idol, who take turns, to ensure that dances in his honor were performed without interruption. The legendary temple of Somnath is one of the 12 shrines dedicated to Shiva. It is said that it had been built in gold by Shiva and that the history of the place was marked for centuries by a continuous succession of destruction at the hands of invaders with several reconstructions.
We stay in Veraval and have dinner and bid adieu for the night. After breakfast we drive to Dwarka and stop in Porbandar for the visit of the Kirti Temple, famous as the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, and also visit its museum and the Sudama temple. We continue to Dwarka and move to a hotel. We have dinner and bid adieu for the night.
After breakfast we visit to the lovely town of Dwarka, known in ancient texts such as the Dwarkadhish Temple and as a city of gold in the Gita and the Puranas. It is part of the legends connected with Krishna, and is an important Hindu pilgrimage center. The Dwarkadhish temple with its ghats, also known as Jagat Mandir, is the most famous of the city.
It has five floors, and is supported by sixty pillars called Sikhar and reaches a height of 170 feet. The other temples in Dwarka are Trikamji, the Kalyanrai, the Patrani, the Durva. Legend has it that Dwarka was submerged by the sea. Afternoon excursion by boat we visit the Nageshwar temple. We return to Dwarka for dinner and bid adieu for the night.
After breakfast we move to Jamnagar. After arrival at the hotel, in the afternoon we visit te Bala Hanuman Temple which appears in the Guinness Book of Records, and in fact since 1 August 1964 here is constantly played the religious song Jai Shri Ram, Jai Jai Ram. The local market is called Chandni Bazaar and is the center of which stand a pair of magnificent temples with extraordinary frescoes. We return to the hotel for dinner and bid adieu for the night.
After breakfast we depart for Rajkot. In the afternoon we visit the Kaba Gandhi No Delo, where Gandhi grew up and which is now a museum dedicated to him, following with the visit to Raj Kumar College, where Mahatma Gandhi completed his secondary education. We return to the hotel for dinner and bid adieu for the night.
After breakfast on our way to Ahmedabad, we stop to visit the palace of Wankaner, a town situated in a bend of the river Machchhu. The city is known for the production of bricks and ceramics. In 1907 construction began on the Ranjit Vilas Palace, a building that looks like a harmony fusion of styles. Inside the palace, a museum displays a large collection of swords, daggers, spears and shields, dueling pistols, inlaid boxes, thrones, paintings, pieces of furniture and personal items of the royal family. We move to the hotel for dinner and bid adieu for the night.
After breakfast we visit the Sabarmati Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi, followed by the visit to Sidi Saiyad mosque, one of the most beautiful buildings in Ahmedabad, famous for its windows (jali), with thin grooves like spider webs.
We then visit the Hutheesing Temple, place of Jain worship. We return to the hotel for dinner and bid adieu for the night.
After breakfast in a car we move to Vadodara, also called Baroda, but before we get out of Ahmedabad we visit an interesting pit called Dada Hari Wav, which was built in 1501 by one of the women of the harem of Sultan Begada, that presents a series of steps that descend to various platforms of Laxmi Vilas Palace and end the end is a small octagonal well, and finally the singular bazaar in whose winding streets open houses with portals and finely carved balconies.
We continue to Vadodara, and after arrival at hotel we start for the visit to the magnificent Laxmi Vilas Palace, the official residence of the Maharaja of Baroda, and the building still has impressive interiors made with Venetian glass, crystal chandeliers, Italian marble, mosaic, porcelain and statues marble from Europe. After a visit to other interesting places, we return to the hotel for dinner and bid adieu for the night.
After breakfast we move to Surat, and along the way stop at Dandi, the place where Gandhi picked up a handful of salt for the Satyagraha. We drive to Surat, and on arrival checked in at the hotel. In the afternoon we visit the famous market where diamonds are sold on the street and is the place where 90% of the world's diamonds are selected, cut and polished. We return to the hotel for dinner and bid adieu for the night.
After breakfast we depart by a car to Poshina, located in the beautiful valley between the Aravalli mountains. For the first time we encounter a colorful bazaar filled with people coming from tribal villages of the surroundings. We follow the visit of villages and Gracia Bhil and the famous hill ponies votive terracotta.
We return to the hotel for dinner and bid adieu for the night.
After breakfast we depart to Balaram with stops to visit villages of Rabari and Marwari. We return to the hotel for dinner and bid adieu for the night.
After breakfast we departure to Dasada, and along the way we visit the village famous for Patola silk processing, and the walled city of Patan. We visit the Rani-Ki-Vav, which is very well maintained and the Parsvnath Panchasara temple. We followed with a visit to the sun temple at the end of Modhera, which was in my opinion one of the best-kept temples of Gujarat and continue to the natural park of Dasada. Upon arrival we stay in a resort for dinner and bid adieu for the night.
After breakfast we visit the Little Rann of Kutch to see the various types of birds like Flamingo, Duck, Crane. You can also see wild donkeys, blue bull, lunch at the resort and afternoon visit to the village to discover the Bharwad ethnicities. Rabari is a small village, which is also famous for the work of embroidered on traditional clothing of Calico, which you can buy directly from the homes and Rabari Bharwad tribes. We return to the hotel for dinner and bid adieu for the night.
After breakfast we departe by car to Bhuj. Bhuj is a thriving walled city, the most important in the Kutch area. Bhuj was the capital of the state of Kutch and was chosen by Rao Khengarji I as its capital in 1549 and was twice destroyed by strong earthquakes in 1819 and in 2001. The name comes from Bhujio Dungar hill overlooking the city. This place is a paradise for lovers of crafts especially embroidery and quality of life.
After arrival at the hotel, in the afternoon we visit the local market. We return to the hotel for dinner and bid adieu for the night. After breakfast at the hotel, our excursion of tribal villages begin of the various peoples like Jat, Harijan, Meghwal, Mutwa in the villages as Hodka, Ludiya, and Dhordo. Here taking pictures was not easy, especially as the Jats, do not like to be photographed.
The final treat is around sunset as it takes us right to the edge of the desert to attend a ceremony that has been repeated for many years, and which ends with the offer of a holy food for coyotes in the area who come whenever they feel resonate at same time of the temple bell. We return to the hotel for dinner and bid adieu for the final night in the land of Gujarat.