Places Covered: MUMBAI – BARODA – AHMEDABAD – LOTHAL – PALITANA – DIU – SOMNATH – GIR – JUNAGARH – GONDAL – DASADA – MODHERA – PATAN- BALARAM – TARANGA –VADNAGAR – AHMEDABAD
DAY 1: MUMBAI - BARODA
India Trip Planners will welcome you at Baroda and get you some brief details of the tour plan while getting transferred to the hotel. The tour starts with Baroda which is one of the major known cities in Gujarat that is extremely famous for its art galleries and massive museums. After visiting these you will get introduced to the history of the state and its prime legacies. After the architectural sites of Baroda, you will visit the historical city of Champaner which is located in about 50 km from Baroda. This city houses the world heritage site named as Pavagadh Archaeological Park. While being in here at this destination, do not miss to visit the tribal hamlets of Chhota Udepur and the exotic paintings which double up the beauty of the walls of their houses. Return back to Baroda for your night stay.
DAY 2: BARODA - AHMEDABAD
From Baroda, you will be traveling to Ahmedabad which is one of the most popular cities in the state from both point of view, may it be the business related guests or the leisure tourists. Ahmedabad is called to be one of the most preferred tourist destinations in the country. So, get yourself check into the hotel. The mausoleums and the mosques which are here show an impressive insight into the art and architecture of the late centuries. An Indo-Saracen style of architecture is being housed on the monuments of Ahmedabad which is totally a treat to every onlooker. You could also visit the famous Gandhi Ashram and the several other museums for getting in touch with the various different style of architecture. Return to the hotel at Ahmedabad and stay for overnight.
DAY 3: AHMEDABAD - LOTHAL
In the morning, visit the splendid mansions which are known as 'havelis'. These havelis are the residences of the rich traders and are no less than palaces. The best can be gained by strolling through these beautifully carved havelis with remarkable architecture. After the visit to havelis, you will proceed towards next destination Lothal which is another historically significant town of India. The archeological side of Lothal is extremely known and has become a very important center. It showcases mind blowing designing, planning, and architecture of the era. Relax and stay for overnight at Lothal.
DAY 4: LOTHAL - PALITANA - DIU
Proceed towards Palitana on the 4th day of the tour, it is renowned for its temple complex. Jain pilgrims mostly visit the complex situated on top of the Shatrunjaya hill. The temple complex caters more than 1300 temples in its circumference and all are beautifully carved out of pure marble. After your visit to the Jain religious site, now it is time to move on to visit the Portuguese sites housed in Gujarat and to do so, you will have to move ahead to Diu where the architectural styles of 16th and 17th century churches will attract all the artists in large numbers. The Portuguese forts are also there, so visit it after the churches. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 5: PALITANA - SOMNATH - GIR
On the 5th day of the tour early in the morning, begin your day by traveling to Somnath. It is a place of great significance for the Hindus religion. It is worldwide famous due to its temple which consists of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and on special dates and occasions, this place is fully crowded by thousands of devotees. A visit to the Somnath temple is going to relish you with its beauty and architecture. From Somnath, travel towards Gir which is your next destination of this tour plan. Reach and stay for overnight in hotel.
DAY 6: GIR - JUNAGADH – GONDAL
The tour plan is totally incomplete without covering this fantastic wildlife sanctuary of Gujarat that is Gir National Park. It cannot be imagined without including the Gir National Park. It is frequently visited by the tourists for the exotic view of Lion’s collection. After your visit to the wildlife, you will proceed towards the historically rich place that is Junagadh. Junagadh is famous for its various different numbers of forts and palaces that were once residences of the members of the royal family. To get the detailed insights of legacies and history, then visit the Junagadh Museums. After all this in Junagadh, the next destination which you will be visiting is Gondal which is extremely famous for the Naulakha Palace. This place is a must visit type of destination which is being included in this tour plan circuit. Stay for an overnight here in Gondal.
DAY 7: GONDAL - DASADA
An architectural trip to Gujarat has much more to offer you with such as deserts. Therefore on this day, you will begin with a short excursion to the Rann of Kutch. It is renowned for its distinct wildlife; this area is also fondly frequented for the vibrant villages that surround it. On your way, you will also visit the artisans of Dasada before you arrive in Jhijhwada. The history and architecture of this place can be very well acknowledged of the early centuries. Overnight stay is arranged in Dasada.
DAY 8: DASADA - MODHERA - PATAN - BALARAM
This day is dedicated for a combination of the destinations in which you will be covering Modhera, Patan and Balaram. So leave for Modhera from Dasada after your breakfast. One of the most exotic Hindu temples in western India is The Sun temple as it is believed that a prayer here never goes unanswered. The architecture style is amazing too. After your visit to Modhera, you will halt at your next destination which is Patan which is famous for its ancient and grand step-well and is most celebrated site of the country. From Patan, visit Balaram which is known for its exquisite palace named as Balaram Palace. Explore the houses of the princely state and enjoy the architecture and its creative art. Rest at your pre-booked hotel at Balaram and spend a comfortable night stay.
DAY 9: BALARAM - TARANGA - VADNAGAR - AHMEDABAD
On the 9th day, travel from Balaram towards Taranga and Vadnagar which are the historical sites for its heritage and attracts guests from all over the world to visit and gain a wonderful as well as magical experience by being here. Taranga is renowned for its Jain Temples and Vadnagar, on the other hand, is most visited for its exotic and pleasing collection of ancient buildings and grand monuments. After visiting these medieval Indian cities, you will then proceed towards Ahmedabad which is your final destination of this tour plan. Check in and an overnight stay at the Ahmedabad hotel.
DAY 10: AHMEDABAD
This is going to be the last day of your architectural tour of Gujarat and Mumbai. According to your flight schedules, get transferred to the Ahmedabad airport for your final voyage back home. The trip is a perfect choice for exploration of the architecture side of both these sites. It is a combination of historic as well as entertainment at its best.
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