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Explore Gandhi's Gujarat hangouts and magical Mumbai

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Overview

Your tour kicks off in Gujarat, India's westernmost state and chockful of sacred spaces which are redolent of the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation. You'll soon find out that Gujarat is a land both rich in history and brimming with beauty... 

Within the state's boulder-speckled landscapes and shaping its idyllic coastline, you'll find a range of colourful cities and plenty of vibrant village life. Its largest city is Ahmedabad (the first stop on your tour), a lively metropolis with the Sabarmati River cutting through its middle.

The urban epicentre of Gujarat, Ahmedabad is home to the Calico Museum of Textiles, the Jumma Masjid Mosque and the famous Sabarmati Ashram – Mahatma Gandhi's base from 1917-1930. Take serendipitous strolls around mosques and museums and breathe in the history at Gandhi's local hangouts. 

Stopping off next in Patan, an ancient fortified city, you'll come face to face with the Temples of the Jains and the Modhera Sun Temple – two beautiful architectural specimens. Patan was founded in 745 AD and sits on the banks of the Saraswati River. 

After a brief stopover in Patan, the city of Rajkot awaits. Wander the halls of the Lang Library, bursting with interesting Gujarati literature, and feast your eyes upon the Naulakha Palace, dating back to the 18th century. Echoes of British colonial rule can be heard within Rajkot's Watson Museum, while Kaba Gandhi No Delo (the house where Gandhi spent some of his childhood) offers visitors a window into the infancy of this extraordinary activist. 

Next, stop off at the wonderful Gir National Park – home to roaring lions, skulking leopards and many other beautiful species – before heading off to Rajkot to board your flight to Mumbai. 

Mumbai is the capital of the Maharashtra state. Brimming with bulbous skyscrapers ringed by the ocean, Mumbai is a financial and cultural centre and the heart of the Bollwood film industry. As you can expect, the city never sleeps!

Marvel at the iconic Gateway of India stone arch built in 1924, wander the beachfront promenade of Marine Drive and explore the famous Elephanta Caves dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

Whats Included

An eye-opening excursion to Gir National Park, cozy accommodation options and plenty of historical visits to please history buffs!

  • Return flights from UK
  • A spectacular 2 nights’ stay in Ahmedabad in Superior Room with breakfast
  • A wonderful 1 night’s stay in Patan in Deluxe Room with breakfast
  • An enjoyable 2 nights spent in Dasada in a Deluxe cottage 
  • A 1 night’s accommodation in Rajkot in Wintergreen Room with breakfast
  • A lovely 2 nights’ stay in Sasangir in a Luxury Tent 
  • Transfer from Sasangir to Rajkot 
  • Flight from Rajkot to Mumbai
  • A splendid 2 nights spent in Mumbai in Superior Room with breakfast
  • Enjoy full board basis in Dasada & Sasangir
  • Meeting and assistance on arrival / departure
  • Transfer from airport to hotel and vice-versa
  • Keep cool in air-conditioned transport
  • English-speaking local guide at Ahmedabad, Patan and Mumbai as per the itinerary
  • Entrance at places of visit (subject to change)
  • Excursions to:
  • Jumma Masjid, one of India’s largest mosques (Ahmedabad)
  • The Shaking Minarets of the Rajpur Bibi and Sidi Bashir Mosques (Ahmedabad)
  • The mosque and tomb of Rani Sipri, a beautiful memorial from the 16th century (Ahmedabad)
  • The Shreyas Folk Museum of Arts & Handicraft, a tribute to Gujarati women (Ahmedabad)
  • Sabarmati Ashram, set up by Gandhi in 1915 (Ahmedabad)
  • Cottage of Hirday Kunj where Gandhi used to live (Ahmedabad)
  • Queen’s Step Well (Rani Ki Vav), a wonderful sculpture of the Solanki era (Patan)
  • Temples of the Jains (Patan)
  • Modhera Sun Temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Surya (Patan)
  • Jeep tour of Wild Ass Sanctuary, measuring 4953 square km (Dasada)
  • Vadiara and Kharapat Rabaris (Dasada)
  • The Naulakha Palace, erected around 1748AD (Rajkot)
  • Mohabbat Maqbara, a mausoleum with unique architecture (Rajkot)
  • Gir National Park, full of exotic wildlife
  • Somnath Temple, dedicated to Shiva and built by Soma 
  • Boat ride of Elephanta Caves, 1200 years old (Mumbai)
  • Gateway of India, Mumbai’s most iconic landmark
  • Jain Temple and Mani Bhavan where Gandhi stayed during his visits to Mumbai
  • Crawford Market and Flora Fountain in the heart of Mumbai 

Highlights

Rub shoulders with exotic flora and fauna and sightsee in wonderful Mumbai and Ahmedabad!

  • Venture off on jam-packed excursions to the mosques and temples of glistening Ahmedabad
  • Visit some of the sites where Gandhi used to frequent and live in Ahmedabad
  • Explore the Wild Ass Sanctuary of Patan, a wildlife sanctuary spread over nearly 5000 kilometres squared
  • Get up close to exotic wildlife at Gir National Park, a habitat for roaring lions
  • Delve deep into the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site some 1000 years old
  • Discover Mumbai with a myriad of interesting and eye-opening excursions to landmarks and temples
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