.Mumbai known as Bombaythe 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.

In 2008, Mumbai was named an alpha world city. It is also the wealthiest city in India, and has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires among all cities in India.

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. .

ITINERARY:

.On arrival, you will be met by our  representative at the Mumbai International airport, & transferred to your hotel for Check-in. .
.Morning after breakfast, free morning.  After lunch , we meet the old Bombay, which since 1995 is again referred to as MUMBAI. This name is derived from the goddess Mumba Devi, an incarnation of Parvati, wife of Shiva. Barely 300 years ago, the territory of this metropolis consisted of seven islands inhabited by fishermen. It is now the economic capital of the country and capital of the state of Maharashtra.

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. .

.In the morning, free time. Depending on flight schedule, lunch and transfer to airport for flight to VADODARA, the ancient Baroda, one of the most powerful and rich princely states of India in the 18th and 19th centuries. The passion of its sovereigns for jewels was known throughout India.

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 . .

.On the way to Ahmedabad we visit CHAMPANER, an ancient Muslim capital. Lunch en route. Continuation for AHMEDABAD, the great metropolis of the state of Gujarat and capital of this state until 1970, when the capital was transferred to Gandhinagar.

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. .

.After breakfast, we continue our visit of AHMEDABAD.

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. .

.The day trip takes us first to MODHERA, a quasi desert hamlet where the temple of the Sun is located, one of the most beautiful temples of Gujarat, built 11th century and dedicated to Surya, the Sun god.It was built from 1026 by King Bhima I of the Solanki dynasty. Not far from there is PATAN, the ancient capital of this dynasty, sacked in 1024 by Mahmud de Ghazni. A little outside the town, we will see the well with steps (vav or baoli in Hindi) Rani ki Vav. The city is also famous for its patola, saris and pieces of knotted silk fabric. Before returning to Ahmedabad, we still make a stop at SIDDHAPUR known for its 500 to 700 richly decorated havelis. Dinner and overnight at Hotel. .
.On the way to Bhavnagar, we stop at LOTHAL, a city of the Indus civilization. This first great civilization of the subcontinent was flourishing in the 3rd millennium BC in the Indus Valley, Punjab (Harappa), Sind (Mohenjo-Daro) and Gujarat (Lothal).Lothal was situated at the navigable mouth of a river leading to the sea and thus possessed a flourishing port for trade with Egypt and Mesopotamia. Lunch. Arrival in the port city of BHAVNAGAR, located on the southeast coast of the Kathiawar Peninsula, also known as Saurashtra. We continue to the temple of Takhteshwara which, situated on a hill, offers a view of the city and the gulf of Cambay. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. .
.Early morning excursion to PALITANA which is the gate access to SHATRUNJAYA, “Victory Place”, a unique complex of 863 Jain temples built at the top of the hill of the same name (4000 steps, sedan chairs available and to be paid), a place of silence and recollection. The hill is one of the five hills that all Jain hopes to visit at least once in his life. This extraordinary set of temples actually extends over two peaks. The temples are divided into nine fortified groups or tuks. Each tuk is marked by a main sanctuary surrounded by smaller temples. The impressive Adinath temple is located on the northern hill, while the Adishvara temple with its skyline overlooks the southern top. Lunch. Return to BHAVNAGAR. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. .
.This morning, departure for GONDAL where we visit the recent temple Sri Swaminarayan and the palace of Gondal with its superb collection of cars. Lunch.Continuation to JUNAGADH at the foot of Mount Girnar, the highest point of Gujarat (1117 m) southwest of the Kathiawar peninsula.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel . .
.Today, visit the city of JUNAGADH with the citadel of Uparkot which was besieged, according to legend, no less than sixteen times.

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 . .

.Breakfast and continuation to PORBANDER, birthplace of Ghandi. Visit the Kirti Mandir, the museum in memory of Mahatma Ghandi and the temple of Sudhama Mandir.

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 . .

.After breakfast, visit in the vicinity of the modern temple of Bet Dwarka, only accessible by boat and Rukhmani temple.Lunch early at the 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 . .

.Itinerary to Bhuj bypassing the Gulf of Kutch. Along the way, visit the city of Dhamadka, known for its workshops where the cotton fabrics are printed using a dyeing pad (block printing). Arrival at BHUJ, the main city of the desert district of Kutch. This city with a powerful wall was the flourishing capital of a small princely state, which retained its independence until India’s independence in 1947. Walk through the city called the “Jaisalmer of Gujarat” which was hit hard by the earthquake of 2001. Visit of the palace of the last king of Kutch, Sharad Bagh (Garden Palace) in Bhuj, until the latter’s death in 1991. The palace is now converted into a museum. Next to the magnificent gardens of flowers and medicinal plants, the palace is also a haven of peace for migratory birds. Visit of the Gothic palace Prag Mahal and the Aaina Mahal or Palace of Mirrors. And lastly, visit of the oldest museum of Gujarat (1877): the museum of Kutch. Dinner and overnight at Hotel. .
.Departure to the barren pastures of Banni (Banni Grasslands) at the edge of the Great Rann of Kutch. Stop at Birendyara Village to get the permit to visit the villages. Along the way, in the Banni tribal region, we visit the villages of Ludia, Nirona and Khavda, famous for their embroidery. The villagers live in circular huts (bhunga) whose thick clay walls retain coolness in summer and heat in winter. Packed lunch for lunch en route. Dinner and overnight at Hotel. .
.Departure morning for the transfer to the airport and flight for MUMBAI.

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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Rates are not valid from 20TH Dec 19 to 10TH Jan 20

WINTER RATES 2019-2020

TOUR COSTEUR .1803 per person
Single room supplementEUR .890 per Person

 

Airfare supplement for Mumbai-Vadodra & Bhuj –Mumbai will be:          per person in

economy class inclusive of presently applicable taxes as on date & Airfare subject to change .

 

 

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BhavnagarEfcee Sarovar Portico or similar2
JunhagharHotel The Click or similar2
DwarkaHotel Govardhan Greens or similar1
JamnagarHotel Express or similar1
BhujRegenta By Royal Orchid or similar2

 

 

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OCTOBER2nd ,12th and 19th
NOVEMBER4th  ,11TH ,18th,26th
DECEMBER5th ,13th,20th and 28th
JANUARY7th ,14th,21st and 28th
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MARCH6th ,13th,20th

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  • Meeting and assistance on arrival/departure as per program.
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  • Sightseeing /excursion as per program by air conditioned car with English speaking guide –( French/Italian/Spanish/German/Mandarin/Japanese speaking guide available on supplementary cost)
  • Accommodation based on twin sharing on Bed and Breakfast on the basis of hotels chosen.
  • Single room supplement will apply for clients required single rooms.
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  • Dinner supplement quoted separately
  • Any early check in, late check- out will be subject to room occupancy of the day, at any of the hotel.
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