Architectural Gems of Gujarat with Royal Rajasthan
Duration: 15 Days/ 14 Nights
Major Attractions: Calico Museum of Textiles, Adalaj stepwell, Lothal, Uperkot Fort, Mahabat Maqbara, Buddhist caves at Khambalida, Watson Museum in Rajkot, Modhera Sun Temple, Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Ranakpur Temples
Gujarat may not have a Taj Mahal or a fort-like Kumbhalgarh, but its architecture reflects cross-cultural influences. Gujarat has been visited by people from all over the world, who have made their mark on the state and left behind a rich legacy in the form of architectural splendors, from the north and west to the south. Gujarat captivated even the great modern architect Le Corbusier, whose works can be seen in Ahmedabad. Though Rajasthan is an architectural marvel, its numerous palaces and forts bear witness to India's rich and long history. Visit three amazing cities in Rajasthan to experience the royal glory of the state: Jodhpur, Jodhpur, and Jodhpur.
Join this 14 nights and 15 days tour of the wonderful architecture of Gujarat and Rajasthan, from the marble carvings at Ranakpur to the Indo-Saracenic Style of architecture in Champaner, the former royal seat, and other sights.
You will be welcomed at Ahmedabad international airport and transferred straightway to your hotel to check in. Remaining time is at leisure till next morning.
Morning proceed to visit the Calico Museum of Textiles- one of India's best specialized museums. Here one can see an excellent collection of textile swatches of Indian origin, collected from the archaeological sites of Egypt, silk sarees from different Indian states, Pasmina/shawls from Kashmir, double-ikat silk sarongs made in Patan, chintz and curtains made from Dutch, British and Portuguese colonial powers in Gujarat, 18th century tie-and-dye, floral embroidery from Punjab, embroidered Mughal tent of Shah Jahan (the great Mughal king), royal wardrobes from Rajasthan, narrative cloth paintings like Pichwais and Kalamkaris etc. Later proceed to visit the beautifully carved 15th century Adalaj stepwell.
Ahmedabad - Palitana
Morning proceed for a heritage walk which offers an opportunity to see the old quarters of Ahmedabad. You will get to see some beautifully carved wooden Havelis. Later proceed to visit Lothal- a great archaeological site where you will get an idea about the town planning of the Indus Valley Civilization. Afterwards you will be transferred to Palitana to check in at your hotel. Remaining time is at leisure till next morning.
Morning drive towards Gondal. On arrival, check in at your hotel. After brief leisure, proceed to visit Naulakha Palace where you will see the wonderful carvings and collections of 17th century. Later visit the Car Museum. Stay overnight at your hotel.
Excursion to Junagadh
Morning proceed for an excursion to Junagadh, the city has many archaeological sites and historical monuments. During the day visit the ancient Uperkot Fort, Mahabat Maqbara & Durbar Hall Museum. Later drive back to Gondal, en-route visiting the 4th century Buddhist caves at Khambalida. Stay overnight in your heritage hotel at Gondal.
Morning drive to Dasada, en-route visiting Watson Museum in Rajkot. Later you will be transferred to your hotel in Dasada. After brief leisure proceed to visit the village where you may watch great embroidery work of Rabari women. Later afternoon you may enjoy the safari in the Little Rann of Kutch.
Modhera – Patan - Balaram
Morning drive to Modhera to see the 11th century Sun Temple. Later visit Patan to see the beautifully carved 11th century step well. If desired, you may also visit Sidhapur which is known for its heritage mansions. Evening you will be transferred to Balaram. On arrival, check in at your hotel.
Balaram – Ahmedabad
Morning visit the 12th century Jain Temples and Vadnagar with has many historic buildings. Later drive to Ahmedabad and on arrival, check in at your hotel. Evening you may stroll in the old markets of Ahmedabad.
Vadodara - Champaner
Morning drive to Champaner, en-route visiting Vadodara. Later proceed further to reach Champaner. On arrival, check in at your hotel. Later visit Pavagadh Archaeological Park where you will witness the magnificent Indo-Saracenic architecture. Stay overnight at your hotel.
Champaner – Udaipur
Morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Udaipur- one of the most romantic cities of India, known as the ‘Lake City’. On arrival, check in at your hotel. You have an option to enjoy a boat trip over Lake Pichhola during Sunset.
During the day take a guided sightseeing tour of City Palace, Shilpgram and Saheliyon ki Bari. Later visit Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum (The interesting collection exhibited by this small museum and foundation for the preservation and promotion of the local folk arts including dresses, turbans, dolls, masks, musical instruments, paintings and its high point puppets). Stay overnight at your hotel.
Udaipur – Jodhpur (Via Ranakpur)
Morning proceed towards Jodhpur, en-route visiting the beautiful Ranakpur Jain Temple (15th century Adinatha Temple).
Later continue the drive and on arrival at Jodhpur, check in at your hotel. Evening you may visit the old markets around Clock Tower.
Jodhpur - Jaipur
Morning enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Mehrangarh fort and Jaswant Thada. Later checkout and drive to reach at the Pink City - Jaipur. On arrival, check in at your hotel. After brief leisure, you may enjoy a walking tour in interesting old bazaars (situated in the old walled city) during the evening.
Post breakfast, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Jaipur including City Palace Complex, Amber Fort & Jantar Mantar Observatory (a UNESCO world heritage site). You may visit ‘Chokhi Dhani” (optional)-an ethnic village resort to relish the Rajasthani dishes and to experience life in Rural Rajasthan during the evening. Here you will also have the option to enjoy Camel ride, bullock cart ride and Elephant ride in very nominal cost. Stay overnight at your hotel.
At appropriate time checkout from your hotel and you will be transferred straightway to Delhi airport to board the flight back to your onward destination. Tour ends.