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Day 1 Arrive In Mumbai
Upon arrival at Mumbai in the evening, you are received by a Vasco representative and escorted to the hotel. You are welcomed in the hotel in a Traditional Indian style on arrival and check into the hotel for overnight stay.
Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India, second most populous metropolitan area in India, and the fifth most populous city in the world, with an estimated city population of 18.4 million and metropolitan area population of 20.7 million as of 2011. Mumbai is the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India. It is also one of the world's top ten centres of commerce in terms of global financial flow.
Day 2 Mumbai - Rajkot
We leave our hotel after the breakfast with our guide in the morning to the harbour, where we embark on the boat to go to Elephanta Caves (Closed on Monday). We visit the 1200-year old Elephanta Caves housing some of the most beautiful rock-cuts of the period. The famous Trimurti sculpture of three-faced Shiva depicting his three aspects as Creator, Preserver and Destroyer is powerfully portrayed in the massive sculpture. We return to the mainland by boat.
In the afternoon we start the tour of Mumbai city; first we visit Gateway of India, the landmark of Mumbai, which, was before the advent of air travel, the only gateway to India. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George and Queen Mary to India in 1911. You will be then driven along Marine Drive, The sea - Front Boulevard. It is also known as the Queen's Necklace as in the evening, the breeze from the Arabian Sea comes over Marine Drive and as the streetlights on this U - shaped road light up to the view from south Mumbai's skyscrapers or from the exclusive residential area, is that of a Queen's Necklace. Your first stop will be the Jain temples, built of marble and dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara. From the temples you will be driven along Malabar Hill via the tower of Silence -a round stone construction on which Parsis place their dead to be eaten by the vultures and Hanging Gardens which is built over Bombay's reservoir. From here one can get a panoramic view of picturesque Marine Drive.
We also visit of the Prince of Wales Museum (Closed on Monday), a mid-Victorian Gothic style building made of stone, surrounded by a beautiful garden. It is named after the Prince of Wales who came to India and laid the foundation for it in 1905. This grand structure houses a priceless collection of art, sculpture, china, a fine collection of miniature paintings and much more. Carefully preserved, the museum is a pleasure to visit, the gardens surrounding the building adding to its charm. Jahangir Art Gallery adjacent and within the compound of the Prince of Wales museum is Mumbai's premier art gallery. You will be then driven along Crawford Market.
After finishing the sightseeing we will drive to Mumbai airport to board your flight for Rajkot. Upon arrival at Rajkot, you will be received by a Vasco representative and transferred to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 3 Rajkot – Sasan Gir Via Junagadh
In the morning after breakfast we leave for guided tour Rajkot, you will visit Kaba Gandhi Delo. This place is of immense historical importance as it is the Mahatma Gandhi's ancestral home. You also visit the Watson Museum and library.
After the sightseeing we will continue our drive towards Sasan Gir en-route we stop at Junagadh. We will visit Uperkot fort. An impressive fort, Uperkot, located on a plateau in the middle of town, was originally built during the Mauryan dynasty by Chandragupta in 319 BCE. The fort remained in use until the 6th century, when it was abandoned for some 300 years, then rediscovered in 976 CE. The fort was besieged 16 times over an 800-year period. One unsuccessful siege lasted twelve years.
An inscription with fourteen Edicts of Ashoka is found on a large boulder within 2 km of Uperkot Fort. Upon arrival at Gir National Park, you check-in the hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 4 Sasan Gir
Early morning we will go for a game drive to explore flora and fauna of Gir national Park. This jungle is the only remaining habitat of the Asiatic Lion, which has been confined to this forest, since 1884 (about 239 Lions were reported in 1985). The Asiatic Lion is slightly smaller than its African cousin, nevertheless, a large male Lion of the Gir is quite a sight to behold. The best way to observe the big cats is, of course, in their natural surroundings, at dawn and dusk, when they are on the prowl. The Forest Department does arrange Lion shows every Sunday, where the spectators can watch prides of lions on the hunt. There are guided trips available, to watch these magnificent animals from a very close range. Wildlife viewing in the Gir is best done, by driving around the forest.
After the game drive we return back to hotel for the breakfast .Rest of the day is at leisure. After lunch we will again go jungle for a game drive.
Overnight is at the hotel
Game Drive Timing: 06:30 AM to 09:30AM and 03:00PM to 05:00PM
Day 5 Sasan Gir - Diu Via Somnath
After having breakfast at the hotel we will drive to Diu en route stop at Somnath for visiting Somnath temple. This is one of the twelve most sacred shrines dedicated to the Lord Shiva. According to the legends the temple was originally built in gold by the Somraj, the Moon God. Later, it was rebuilt by Ravana, in silver; then by Krishna in wood and Bhimdev in stone. Mahmud of Ghazni, upon hearing the description of the richness of the Somnath temple by Al Biruni, an Arab traveller, visited this temple in 1024 AD. After a 2 days battle, Mahmud destroyed the temple and carried away jewels and gold to his homeland.
After the visit we will continue our drive to Diu and upon arrival check-in at the hotel.
Later we will leave for Half day guided tour of Diu, covering Diu Fort, which is a very large and imposing structure, situated on the coast of the island. This fort was constructed between 1535 and 1541 AD after the treaty signed between the Sultan of Gujarat and the Portuguese. The fort is surrounded by the sea on the three sides and a canal on the fourth side. The fort offers a magnificent view of sea. On the fort stands a giant structure which now houses a Lighthouse and the Diu jail.
We will spend evening on Nagoa Beach which is located in the Nagoa hamlet of the Bucharwada village. This beach stretches about 2 km from one end to the other. This long, palm-fringed beach is very beautiful and quiet.
Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 6 Diu – Bhavnagar
After breakfast in the morning at the hotel we will check out from the hotel and go for rest of the sightseeing of Diu. We visit the Fortress of Panikota, it is a magnificent stone structure in the sea, built right at the mouth of the creek. This fortress can be reached only by a canoe or a motor launch. This fortress has a lighthouse and small chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Sea. The fortress offers a very beautiful view whether seen from the jetty, from the Fort, from the village of Ghoghla or from Diu proper.
Later we leave to visit Gangeshwar Temple. It is situated 3 kms away from Diu town in Fudam village. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are five lingas which are located in the middle of the rocks on the seashore, and are washed by the waves of the sea. It is believed that these lingas were established here by the five Pandava brothers of the Mahabharata during their exile.
After the sightseeing we continue our drive to Bhavnagar , upon arrival check-in at the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 7 Bhavnagar – Palitana – Bhavnagar
After a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel we will for the Excursion Palitana. It is located at the foot of the Shatrunjaya hill. There are 863 temples white marble Jain temples, built over 900 years on the hilltop, each with its own enclosure. Palitana is of great religious significance for the Jains. The Shatrunjaya Temple is the most sacred temple of the Jains and one of the largest of its kind in India. One has to climb up the hill for about 4 kms (600 meters) on a stepped path to Shatrunjaya (place of victory over worldliness). You can reach this place either in Doli or lift chairs or by walking. The rich persons visit this place on richly caparisoned elephants.
According to local tradition, Adinatha, the first Jain Tirthankara, visited the hill several times and the first temple was erected by his son. Thereafter the temple builders could not stop. Jains believe that Pundarika, the chief disciple of Adinatha attained nirvana there. There are two series of temples strung along the two ridges of the hill with further temples in the hollow between linking them. All are surrounded by a tall battlement, erected for the defence. These fortifications are called tuks and have created a series of nine enclosures, each with a central temple and various other minor temples. Most of the temples are named after their founders, nearly all the structures dating from the 16th century.
After the visit return back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 8 Bhavnagar – Dasada Via Lothal
After breakfast at the hotel we will drive to Dasada en-route we will stop at Lothal. This city is one of the well known cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization. The origin and history of Lothal can be dated back to 2400 BC. Lothal in Gujarat is one of the primary sites of archaeology.
Present day Lothal is in the middle of quiet agricultural field, where you can see no inhabitants around the site. But in the ancient time (2000 BCE), it is thought to have been a bustling commercial center with bead factories and dockyard for exporting the products. Four millennia have passed and we can only imagine the full scale of the city and people who lived there, but some artifacts, such as toys and perforated pots, can be viewed in the nearby museum.
After the sightseeing we continue our drive to Dasada , upon arrival check-in at the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 9 Dasada
Early morning at 07:00, we begin our game drive to The Little Rann of Kutch. Highlight of this sanctuary is the Asiatic Wild Ass or 'Gudkhur' that is common to the region and is one of the most endangered species in the world. Other mammals that could be seen are Nilgai, Black Buck Antelope, Chinkara Gazelle, Indian Wolf, Indian Desert Fox and Jackal. It is also is a paradise for bird watchers. The key dry land birds are McQueen's Houbara Bustard, Chestnut Bellied & Spotted Sandgrouse, Indian Courser, 13 species of Larks & Sparrow Larks, 5 of Quails (including Button quails), Thick-knee, Desert Warbler, Desert & Variable Wheatear, Aquila Eagles, Short Toed Snake Eagle, six species of Falcon & Three Harriers. Five species of Vulture have been recorded. Apart from all these you can hope to see Greater & Lesser Flamingo, three species of Pelican, Spoonbill, Demoiselle & Common Cranes, and a number of Ducks in flocks of several thousand during winters.
After the safari, you return to hotel and you can have breakfast. Till 3:00pm you have free time. At 3:30, you begin your second round of game drive. In the evening gather for dinner and overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 10 Dasada – Bhuj
Today you have an early breakfast at the hotel, drive to Bhuj en route you stop at Ajrakhpur. It is known worldwide for the art of Ajrakh, block printing uses colours derived from nature, such as indigo, henna, turmeric, pomegranate, iron and mud. The printing blocks are hand-carved. Ismail Mohammed Khatri’s traditional expertise in block-printing and natural dyes was given due recognition when De Montfort University of Leicester presented him with an honorary doctorate in textiles. We visit a weaver’s house to watch them at work.
Now, proceed to Bhujodi, a major textile center of Kutch with the vast majority of 1200 inhabitants are involved in textile handicraft production. Here, weavers produce traditional shawls, stoles, textiles and carpets with traditional motifs on pits and shuttle looms in local wool cottons and silks. Later, you drive a short distance to Bhuj and check-in at the hotel.
You can relax for a while, as later you visit Aina Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) in the afternoon. The Mahal has exquisite ivory inlaid doors, China floor tiles and marble walls covered with mirrors and gilt decorations. Ramsinh Malam, who trained as an artisan for 17 years in Europe, is a reflection of the most exotic mix of European and Indian craftsmanship. Explore the rest of the compound outside the palace, with its beautiful carved doorways, elaborate window boxes and balconies. Proceed to the colorful Swaminarayan Temple located behind the palace.
Return to the hotel for overnight stay.