Day 01: Arrival
Welcome India, You
will be received by Premium India Tours representative at international
airport and assisted to your hotel. In the Hotel you will have a brief
description of your tour and the representative will hand over your documents
regarding the tour, Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Mumbai
After breakfast takes a sight seeing tour of Bombay, drive to Gateway
of India and from here cruise by motorboats to Elephanta Caves. A flight
of 100 steps takes you to the top of the hill where it is set. The caves
houses large pillars that seem to hold the ceiling which is made of cross
beams. The picturesque presentations of the 9 marvelous sculptured panels,
set on the walls are awe-inspiring. The most famous of the panels is the
Trimurthi, or triple-headed Shiva, where the God is depicted as the destroyer,
the preserver and the creator. Later visit Prince of Wales Museum, Parliament
House, Marine Drive, Jain Temple, Hanging Gardens, Return back to the
hotel for overnight.
Note: Elephanta Caves
and Prince of Wales museum are closed on every Monday.
Day 03: Mumbai -
Bhavnagar (By Air)
After breakfast check
out from the hotel. Transfer to the airport to board the morning flight
for Bhavnagar. Assistance on Arrival and transfer to the hotel. After
relaxation take a sightseeing tour of Bhavnagar visiting the Gandhi Smriti
which has a library, a small museum, gallery and memorial to the founder
of India. Nearby is Gauri Shankar Lake, a picnic spot and Takhteshwar
Temple with fine views from the hilltop. The Bhavnagar lock gate keeps
ship afloat during low tides in the city's port. Rest of the day at leisure
or you may explore the city on your own. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04: Bhavnagar
- Palitana (50 kms 1 hr)
After breakfast checkout
the hotel and drive to Palitana. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Later
visit the Palitana temple, covered Shatrunjaya Hill; 2,000 ft. near Palitana
town has 863 shrines and exquisite marble temples with arches, carved
pillars and bejewelled idols. The temples range from the 11th to 20th
century. Rest of the evening free for individual activities. Overnight
stay at the hotel.
Day 05: Palitana
- Ahmedpur-Mandvi (186 kms-4 hrs)
Today morning after breakfast checkout the hotel and drive to Ahmedpur-Mandvi.
On arrival at check in at the hotel. Ahmedpur-Mandvi, was originally a
fortified town having a fort wall of about 8m high and 1.2m wide stone
amsonary. The fort had several gateways and 25 bastions; but at present,
most of the wall has disappeared. The bastion on the southwest is largest
and acts as a lighthouse.
Mandvi is located on the banks of the Rukmavati River, barely one km away
from the Arabian Sea at the Gulf of Kutch. The town has a very pleasant
climate throughout the year and was a summer retreat of the Kutch Maharajas.
The establishment of the town dates back to the late sixteenth century
(1581 AD) and is attributed to the first Jadeja ruler of Kutch Rao Khengarji.
City is on the coastline of Gujarat, is one of the finest beaches in India.
Afternoon visit the beach and relax. Rest of the day free for individual
activities. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Ahmedpur
Today you can spend
the whole day at the beach. The beach is white and firm, ideal for walks,
and the water perfect for swimming. A variety of Water sports options
are on offer-water scooting, skiing, surfing, Para sailing, and speed
boating. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 07: Ahmedpur
- Somnath (58 - 2hours) - Sasan Gir
Today in the morning
after breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Somnath. On arrival at
Somnath proceed directly to visit the Shiva temple. Somnath, The historic
shore temple of Somnath is one of the 12 important Jyotirlingas of Shiva
in India. A museum nearby has exhibits from the original temple before
invaders destroyed it. The port town of Veraval nearby has interesting
docks and palaces. Later leave for Sasan Gir by car. On arrival at Sasan-Gir,
check-in at the hotel. Evening jungle safari into the sanctuary.
Sasan Gir Forest is today the only place in the world outside Africa,
where the lion can be seen in his natural habitat. The forest also harbours
a variety of smaller animals and birds. Other predators are the Panther
and the Hyena. The Indian Deer, Sambar, Chital (spotted deer), Nilgai
(blue bull), Chinkara and the Chowsingha (four horned antelope) are found
here, along with the bear and the long tailed langur. Overnight stay at
Day 08: Sasan-Gir
- Junagarh (58 kms- 1hr)
In the morning after breakfast the day will be free for game viewing and
jungle safari at the Gir Wild life Reserve, you will be lucky to spot
the king of the jungle. Later depart from Sasan Gir and drive to Junagarh.
City was the capital of the Junagadh State under the Muslim rulers of
Babi Nawabs. In Gujarati, `Junagadh' literally means an ancient fort.
The junagadh town is located at the foothills the sacred hill of Girnar
and occupies a special place in the history of Gujarat. On check-in at
the hotel. Rest of the time at leisure and overnight at the hotel
Day 09: Junagarh
After breakfast visit
to the Junagarh Fort, rife with palaces, gardens and mosques: Fort Uparkot
and Sakerbagh Garden, take a panoramic view of Girnar Mountain, which
has the 12th century Jain temples. Rest of the day free for relaxation.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10: Junagarh
- Rajkot - Wankaner (160 kms-3 hrs)
After breakfast checkout
the hotel and depart by car for Wankaner en route visiting Rajkot. If
time permits visit the Watson Museum Located in the pleasant Jubilee garden,
Swaminarayan Temples and Gurukul are the places where people of all faith
go to seek blessings. On arrival at Wankaner, check in at the hotel. In
Wankaner you can Experience mix culture of Saurashtra, North Gujarat and
Kutch. Rest of the evening free for leisure and relaxation. Overnight
stay at the hotel.
Day 11: Wankaner
- Ahmedabad (211 kms-5hrs)
After breakfast checkout the hotel and visit the various temples and Ranjit
Vilas Palace etc. Drive to Ahmedabad. The capital city of Gujarat State
contains some very fine museums, the Calico Museum of Textiles being considered
among the worlds finest. Ahmedabad's walled city is a living testimony
to its heritage of crafts as women walk by in dazzling embroidered garments
and flashing ethnic silver jewellery. Traditional Ahmedabad combines mosques
of inspired workmanship, wooden Jain temples, unique stone step wells
and houses with ornately carved wooden balconies and window screens.
Modern Ahmedabad, just across the River Sabarmati spanned by four bridges,
is a showpiece of contemporary architecture with designs by Le Corbusier,
Louis Kahn and the best known Indian architects. On arrival at Ahmedabad
check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure or you may explore the
city on your own. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 12: Ahmedabad
After breakfast take
a sightseeing tour of the city, visiting the magnificent Mosque of Siddi
Saiyad with its exquisite stone carvings, the beautiful Jama Masjid, white
marbled Hathee Singh's Temple, Dada Hari Baoli, Shaking Minarets, Calico
Textile Museum and Sabarmati Ashram started by Mahatma Gandhi. Afternoon
visit to Akshardham 32 kms. Afternoon excursion to Patan visiting Rani-Ki-Vav
and other architectural buildings Return to the hotel for overnight.
Day 13: Ahmedabad
– Mumbai (By Air) – Departure
at leisure, in time transfer to Ahmedabad Airport for flight to Mumbai,
on arrival at Mumbai, meet and assistance, in time transfer to the international
airport to board the flight for back home.