.Mumbai known as Bombay, the official name until 1995) is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India with an estimated city proper population of 12.4 million as of 2011. Along with the neighbouring regions of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, it is the second most populous metropolitan area in India, with a population of 21.3 million as of 2016. Mumbai lies on the Konkan coast on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour.
Gujarat, India’s westernmost state, has varied terrain and numerous sacred sites. In its urban center of Ahmedabad is the Calico Museum of Textiles, displaying antique and modern Indian fabrics. Spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi’s base from 1917–1930 was Sabarmati Ashram, where his living quarters remain on view. The Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), built in the 15th century, has a huge courtyard and a columned design. .
Afternoon visit of Mani Bhavan, the small building in which Mahatma Gandhi lived between 1917 and 1934 during his stays in Bombay; the Prince of Wales Museum and the Dhobi Ghat, the largest open-air washhouse. Stop “photo” near the Gateway of India if possible, erected to commemorate the arrival of King George V in India in 1911. We pass through the Rajabai Clock Tower of the University of Bombay, the High Court of Justice, Victoria Terminus Station (the “ViTi”), and finally Marine Drive along the Arabian Sea.
Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. .
We visit the former royal palace Laxmi Vilas Palace dating from the end of the 19th century and designed in an Indo-Saracen style. Today it is the residence of the former royal family. We visit the Baroda Art Museum, which has a remarkable collection of miniatures, sculptures, textiles and objects from Japan, Tibet, Nepal and Egypt (visit of the Indian department). Visit also the Picture Gallery and its collection of European masterpieces (replicas) from Veronese, Giordano, Zurbarán and some works from the Flemish School! Continuation to JAMBUGHODA. Dinner and overnight at Hotel . .
First contact with the former “Manchester of India”, located on the banks of the Sabarmati. Visit of the ashram of Gandhi, from which he advocated indefatigably from 1920 his campaign of nonviolent resistance to the British occupant. Then, discover the temple of Huthee Singh, a jain sanctuary of white marble, chiselled with infinite delicacy. In the evening, visit the Law Garden Market, known for its collection of textiles and jewelry. Dinner and accommodation at the Hotel. .
We take a walk in the old city, an inextricable labyrinth with lively bazaars, poles (large doors leading to various quarters), finely crafted havelis, temples and mosques. We certainly visit the Sri Swaminarayan Mandir temple, established in 1822 by Swaminarayan, the founder of a Hindu sect.
Then the Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India built by Ahmed Shah (1411-1442), the founder of Ahmedabad. The prayer room is one of the most richly decorated in India and most representative of Indo-Muslim art. Its minarets were unfortunately destroyed by the terrible earthquake of January 2001. Then visit the small mosque of Sidi Saiyyad Masjid, famous for its extraordinary openwork marble (jali) windows. It is a magnificent illustration of the adaptation of Hindu decorative taste to the demands of Muslim architecture.
After lunch, we leave the city. We visit a complex of palaces and tombs built in the 15th century around a huge cistern. It is one of the finest specimens of Indo-Muslim art in Gujarat. In ADALAJ, we discover an architectural realization typical of Gujarat: the baoli or vav, an underground well where one reaches the water table by underground galleries dug out of steps. Return to Ahmedabad. Dinner and accommodation at the Hotel. .
We also visit two wells on the steps, that of Adi Chadi and Navaghan Kuva. Lunch at the hotel. Finally, if possible, visit the edges of Ashoka (under restoration), the mausoleum palace of Mohabatt ka Maqbara and the museum of Junagadh. Dinner and overnight at the hotel . .
After lunch, head towards the port city of DWARKA, located on the Oman Sea at the western end of the Kathiawar Peninsula. Dwarka is one of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism because of its links with Krishna who, driven out of Mathura by the demons, took refuge in this place and founded the city there. Visit the temple of Nagheshwar Jyothirlinga. The nearly 25 meter high statue of Lord Shiva sat and a large garden with a pond are the main attractions of this serene place.
The last visit of the day is devoted to the Dwarkadhish temple, dedicated to Lord Sri Krishna. We will be attending the evening ceremony here. Dinner and overnight at Hotel . .
Departure to JAMNAGAR, located to the south of the Gulf of Kutch. In the afternoon, we visit the Lakhota fort and the Bala Hanuman temple, where one can sing all day long, “Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram”! Overnight at Hotel . .
On arrival, short visit to Juhu Beach and Iskon Temple. Lunch and transfer to the hotel where some rooms will be put at our disposal to refresh us. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport and departure by Etihad Airways flight to Abu Dhabi. .
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