Arrive Ahmedabad and check-in at House of Mangaldas, a heritage hotel in a 1924 AD ancestral mansion. Across the road from the hotel is the 16th century Sidi Syed Mosque, known for its intricate traceries. Visit the Calico Museum of Textiles, the Institute of Indology Museum and miniature paintings gallery, and Shreyas Folk Museum. Stay at House of Mangaldas.
Day-2: Ahemdabad/ Palitana
Morning walking tour of the old quarters of Ahmedabad. Organised daily by a conservation organisation, this walk includes the 18th century Swaminarayan Temple, a wooden Jain temple, a Hindu courtyard temple, beautiful carved wooden haveli houses and the 15th century Jumma Masjid, one of the finest mosques in India and a good example of the provincial Indo-Saracenic architecture of Ahmedabad. Depart for Palitana, a four-and-a-half hours drive. Meals and stay at Vijay Vilas, a heritage hotel.
Early morning ascent to the Jain temple covered pinnacle of Shatrunjaya Hill. A cluster of about 863 temples in an enclosure offers an insight into a variety of architectural styles from the 16th to the 19th century. Evening visit to Sihore to see Brahma Kund, a 12th – 13th century stepped tank with carvings, and visit the 17th century fort with murals inside. Return to Palitana for meals and overnight stay.
Day-4: Palitana / Gondal
Depart for Gondal, three-and-a-half hours drive from Palitana, and visit the 1748 AD Naulakha Palace which is a festival of stone carvings, Swaminarayan Temple and other sights. Gondal is known for its beadwork and brassware. Stay at Orchard Palace or Riverside Palace, both heritage hotels.
Day-5: Gondal / Girnar / Gondal
Morning trip to Mt Girnar, atop which is a complex of exquisitely carved Jain Temples. Descend and visit the fort, palace and museums of Junagadh. Return to Gondal and stay at a heritage hotel.
Day-6: Gondal / Kutch
Travel to Sharma Resorts in Kutch. Afternoon visit to nearby villages known for their embroideries and other handicrafts. Meals and stay at Sharma Resorts.
Day-7: Kutch / Mandvi
Day trip to Vijay Palace at Mandvi. Built in the colonial period, this palace reflects a variety of architectural styles. Return to Sharma Resorts via Bhuj, which is known for its monuments.
Day-8: Kutch / Dasada
Travel to Dasada on a road passing historic towns like Halwad with the ornamental facades of their forts and palaces viewable from the highway. Stay at Rann Riders, a resort designed along the lines of a local village.
Day-9: Dasada / Modhera
Morning visit to the Little Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary where you can see endangered species like the Asiatic wild ass. On the way back, drive through the historic gates of Jhinjhwada, a fortified village of the 12th century. Depart after breakfast for the Modhera Sun Temple, an exquisite example of 11th century Hindu devotional architecture with fine carvings, and the 11th century Rani-ki-Vav stepwell at Patan, which is also a silk-weaving centre. Continue to Bhavani Villa, a heritage hotel at Danta, for dinner and night stay.
Day-10: Modhera / Ahemdabad
Morning visit to the 12th century Jain temple at Taranga and the 11th to 17th century monuments of Vadnagar & back to Ahemdabad.
Duration : 10 Days / 9 Nights
Route : Ahemdabad -Palitana- Gondal- Kutch- Mandvi- Dasada- Modhera- Ahemdabad
Theme(s) : Heritage and Historical Tours, Cultural Tours
Destination(s) : Gujarat
Zone(s) : North India Tours, East India Tours
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