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Temple Tour of Gujarat

Duration

08 Days / 07 Nights

Destination

Gujarat offers breathtaking locations and scenic landscapes. It is also a melting pot of several civilizations resulting in a vibrant culture and a rich heritage. Gujarat is home to several architectural marvels, witnesses of its glorious history and pilgrim centres for many faiths. Finally, it is also the land of several mythological & historical figures like the legendary Krishna and Mahatma Gandhi, the apostle of non-violence.

Day 01
Arrive Ahmedabad

Welcome to Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat. On arrival at Ahmedabad airport or Ahmedabad railway station, begin your tour of 'Temple Tour of Gujarat'. You will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will proceed on a half day city tour of Ahmedabad visiting Gandhi Ashram, Calico Museum, Utensils Museum, the Jami Mosque and finally Akshardham which is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan.

Day 02
In Ahmedabad | Day Excursion to Modhera Sun Temple and Patan (102 kms / approx. 3 hour drive)

This morning, proceed on an excursion to the Sun Temple at Modhera that dates back to the early 11th century. This temple has been designed in such a way that the Sun's rays illuminate the sanctum at dawn, during the time of the equinoxes. Enroute, visit Patan that has over 100 Jain Temples; the most important being the Mahavir Swami Derasar in Dhandherwad with an exquisitely carved wooden dome and the other being the Rani ki Vav, an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat.

Day 03
On to Gondal (265 kms / approx. 6 hour drive)

This morning, you will proceed on a drive to Gondal. On arrival, visit the Orchard Palace Retreat, the Virpur Jalaram Bapa Temple, Naulakha Palace, the Royal Palace and the Veri Lake that attracts cranes, pelicans, flamingos, spoonbills and the Glossy Ibises. Harriers roost here in winter and floricans nest during the monsoon. Later, you will check into your hotel.

Day 04
On to Somnath (155 kms / approx. 4 hour drive)

Today your journey takes you to Somnath located on the extreme southwest coast of Gujarat. On arrival, you will visit the temple of Somnath, which is established as one of the twelve Shiva Jyotirlingas. The temple has a tower over 165 feet high over the main sanctum. (Non Hindus are permitted to enter the temple). Later you will check into your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 05
On to Dwarka (230 kms / approx. 6 & half hour drive)

This morning, you will drive to Dwarka. Enroute you will visit the Kirti Mandir at Porbander, hometown of Mahatma Gandhi. Continue on your drive to Dwarka where on arrival you will check in to your hotel.

Day 06
In Dwarka

Today, you will enjoy a full day sightseeing tour visiting the temples in Dwarka and Bet Dwarka. You will see the temple of Dwarkadheesh and the temple of Rukmini, Lord Krishna's wife. Later, take a ferry to Shankhoddar Island, also known as Bet Dwarka and visit the temple of Ranchhodrai and the Matsyavatar Temple. Your tour ends with a visit to the temple of Nageshwar Mahadev, one of the 12 jyotirlingas.

Day 07
On to Rajkot (235 kms / approx. 5 hour drive)

This morning, proceed to Rajkot. In the afternoon visit the temples, the Watson Museum, Kaba Gandhi No Delo - the ancestral house where Gandhiji grew up which now houses 'Gandhi Smriti' a memorial museum and the Bhomeshvar Temple. Later, you will check into your hotel. Enjoy shopping for the famous bandhani saris, patchwork materials and silk embroidered clothes.

Day 08
Depart Rajkot | Return home with happy memories

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