Gujarat, a state on the western coast of India with a coastline of 1,600 km (990 mi) – most of which covers the Kathiawar peninsula – and a population of 60.4 million. It is the fifth-largest Indian state by area and the ninth-largest state by population. Gujarat is bordered by Rajasthan to the northeast, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu to the south, Maharashtra to the southeast, Madhya Pradesh to the east, and the Arabian Sea and the Pakistani province of Sindh to the west.
Gujarat – the home state of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of Nation. It is renowned for its beaches, temple towns, and historic capitals. Wildlife sanctuaries, hill resorts, and natural grandeur are gifts of Gujarat. Sculpture, handicrafts, arts, festivals also make the state rich. Gujarat is also among the most technologically advanced, housing the largest petrochemical complex in the country.
Gujarat is a land of great contrasts, stretching from the seasonal salt deserts of the Kachchh (Kutch) district in the northwest, across the generally arid and semiarid scrublands of the Kathiawar Peninsula, to the wet, fertile, coastal plains of the southeastern part of the state, north of Mumbai.
Gujarat is famous for its traditional clothing, food, and natural landscape. Asiatic lions, Rann of Kutch (White Desert), colorful handicrafts, festivals, and culture are some of the things that make Gujarat famous.
Much of the culture of Gujarat reflects the mythology surrounding the Hindu deity Krishna (an incarnation of the god Vishnu), as transmitted in the Puranas. Gujarat has always been a major center for the Jains and some of its most interesting locations are the Jain Temple centers at Palitana and Girnar Hills.
It is dotted with several natural wonders like the Rann of Kutch which is the largest salt desert in the world. Some of the plus points for travelers visiting Gujarat can also enjoy the unique folk dances and some lip-smacking dishes of the state well-known all over the world.
The climate of Gujarat involves diverse conditions. The plains of Gujarat are very hot and dry in summer and cold and dry in winter. Summer is milder in the hilly regions and the coast. The monsoon season lasts from June to September. Most of Gujarat receives scanty rainfall. Southern Gujarat and the hilly regions receive heavy rainfall during the monsoons with high humidity which makes the air feel hotter. The rain can cause severe Floods. The sun is often occluded during the monsoon season. Though mostly dry, it is deserted in the north-west, and wet in the southern districts due to a heavy monsoon season
The best time to visit Gujarat is during the winter season i.e from October and February. It's a dry region and experiences high temperatures and humidity. Visiting Gujarat during the monsoon (July to September) may also be a good idea and especially in this region, there is less rainfall.
TEMPERATURE & RAINFALL AROUND THE YEAR
54F – 84F
12°C – 29°C
86F – 120F
30°C – 49°C
81F – 95F
27°C – 35°C
HOW TO REACH GUJARAT:
Be it railways, roadways, or airways, Gujarat is approachable by any means of transport. For the convenience of the visitors and locals, every road, railway station, bus stop, and airport is well-maintained. You can easily avail of cabs such as Ola and Uber to roam in and around the major cities of Gujarat.
Gujarat has 17airports. The most important airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai International Airport is located in Ahmedabad. and provides good connectivity with major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. Other parts of the state such as Bhuj, Vadodara, Surat, Bhavnagar, Junagarh, and Rajkot are accessible since daily and weekly operating flights fly in and out of Gujarat regularly. For international flights Dubai, Muscat, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, New Jersey, London, Doha, and Singapore is well connected.
Major cities are connected to Gujarat and some of its towns by rail. Trains to Gujarat make their way to and from major places such as Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab. Some of the busiest railway stations are in Surat, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, and Vadodara. Some of the other major railway stations in Gujarat are Porbandar, Surat, Gandhidham, Vadodara, Veraval, Rajkot, and Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad’s Railway Station connects you to different parts of Gujarat and major cities across the country.
Gujarat is well connected with all the major cities in the country, with its accessible national and state highways. You can also avail of multiple bus services from neighboring states such as Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh. You have access to local buses and comfortable Volvos to travel to and from Gujarat. If you are fond of road trips, these two-lane and four-lane highways are a blessing to drive on.
PLACE OF INTEREST AT GUJARAT:
Ahmedabad is famous for its textiles and its tie-dye bandhani handloom technique, which makes it a great place to shop. From bandhani sarees, dupattas to traditionally embroidered dres's materials, and other local handicrafts.
Gir provides you with the unique experience of visiting a place that almost singularly plays a crucial and defining role in the preservation and sustaining of a certain species. The preservation of these lions was initiated by the Nawab of Junagadh when these were just about to enter the phase of extinction due to hunting.
The official count said that there were 411 lions in 2010. Also, there are roughly different 2375 species of fauna here with 38 species of mammals, over 300 species of birds, 37 species of reptiles, and over 2000 species of insects. Other important wildlife forms found here are leopard, chausingha, spotted deer, hyena, sambar deer, and chinkara.
Primarily a temple town, Somnath is a place where a strong scent of religion and legends lingers around tourism and even daily life. Its spiritual environment is ornamented by the huge number of temples in the area, however, Somnath also offers beaches, museums, and other attractions. While the Somnath temple and Somnath beach are the primary places to visit here, Gita Mandir, Balukha Tirtha, Kamnath Mahadev Temple, Somnath Museum are some of the other places that one can visit.
Legend has it that the city was once engulfed by the sea and recent excavations reveal that a city did exist here. The name Dwarka translates to dwar meaning 'door' and ka meaning 'moksha' meaning the ‘door to salvation.
Junagadh is located near Girnar Hills and enjoys the wildlife of Sakkabaug Zoo and The Wildlife Museum. In Girnar Hills one can feel the serene yet religious atmosphere.
Pavagadh Archaeological Park holds a lot of historical as well as mythological significance in itself. The Park comprises umpteen number of splendid architectural wonders consisting of both Hindu & Islamic styles of design.
Surat has the reputation of being light-hearted, easy-going, and fun-loving, with a passion for food, is a great place for a family vacation.
Umbergaon Beach is the most popular beach visited by several tourists. Its gorgeous sunset views, golden glittering sands, and sumptuous ‘Chowpatty style street food.
Situated at a distance of 123 Km from Surat and around 54 Km from Valsad, Wilson Hills has an elevation of around 2,500 feet from sea level.
The flow slowly reduces, being a perfect picnic spot around summer. Sunrise and sunset times are a good time to visit, avoiding the scorching summer heat. Do wear strong sports shoes and carry food if you choose to visit.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS OF ARUNACHAL PRADESH:
SUGGESTED TOUR ITINERRAY: [DURATION: 04NIGHTS / 05DAYS]
Sayla (01Night), Gir Forest (03Nights)
DAY 01: ARRIVE AHMEDABAD – TRANSFER TO SAYLA
Upon arrival at Ahmedabad, welcomed by our representative and board the transport.
After proceed to Sayla – a countryside area in Gujarat around Sundrendranagar offering heritage travelers. On arrival check into Hotel.
In the afternoon, we will pay a visit to the Asiatic Wild association located in Latura. Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel in Sayla.
DAY 02: SAYLA TO GIR TRANSFER
Have your breakfast at the Hotel.
Then we will drive straight to Gir, the way to visit Junagadh to see the magnificent Uparkot Fort, 3rd century BC Ashoka rock edicts, the flamboyant royal mausoleum complexes, Buddhist cave-sites, the palace museum filled with Nawabi treasures, etc.
Reach hotel in the afternoon and check into Hotel, experience the Wildlife Sanctuary and the Gir National Park. Overnight stay at the hotel in Gir.
DAY 03: GIR – SOMNATH DARSAN & GIR FOREST SAFARI
Have your breakfast at the Hotel
We will drive to visit the Somnath temple, which is considered as one of the 12 holy abodes of Shiva
Afternoon proceed to experience safari in the Wildlife Sanctuary and the Gir National Park.
Overnight stay at hotel in Gir.
DAY 04: GIR – AHILYA TEMPLE + SUNTEMPLE
Have your breakfast at the Hotel
we will drive to the deciduous Gir forests and get a chance to visit the two big cats and other wildlife in their natural habitat. On way visit the Ahilya Temple, Sun Temple and other monuments.
DAY 05: DEPARTURE AHMEDABAD
After breakfast check out by 1100am, time free for your leisure & on time transfer to Airport/station for onward destination.
SUGGESTED TOUR ITINERRAY: [DURATION: 05NIGHTS / 06DAYS]
Ahmedabad (01Night), Rajkot (01Night), Somnath (1Night), Dwraka (2Nights)
DAY 01: ARRIVE AHMEDABAD – LOCAL TOUR
Transfer to Hotel and check into Hotel. In the afternoon, proceed to explore the major attractions including Calico Museum, Akshardham Temple, Gandhi Ashram and Adalaj Stepwell in Gandhinagar.
Overnight stay at Ahmedabad.
DAY 02: AHMEDABAD TO RAJKOT TRANSFER (220KMS/5HOURS DRIVE)
Then Check out by 0830hrs, and then you proceed to Rajkot by road. On the way, visit at Virpur Temple for worship. On arrival in Rajkot by evening, check in the hotel for a relaxing overnight stay.
DAY 03: RAJKOT TO SOMNATH TRANSFER (189KMS/5HOURS DRIVE)
Check out by 0830hrs, and then you proceed for Somnath. On arrival, check in at the hotel. In the evening, we will visit the Somnath temple.
Enjoy the beach in the evening
Overnight stay in the hotel in Somnath.
DAY 04: SOMNATH TO DWARAK TRANSFER (230KMS/5HOURS DRIVE)
Check out from Hotel at 0830hrs. Proceed to Dwaraka. En-route, visit Porbandar and explore the surrounding attractions. On arrival in Dwarka by evening, check into the hotel and take pleasure of an overnight stay.
DAY 05: DWARKA
Have breakfast at the Hotel.
Then proceed to explore Dwarka and its surrounding areas. Afternoon proceed for famous tourist destination called Beyt Dwarka - is situated on an island off the coast of western India. Return to Dwaraka and overnight stay at Dwarka.
DAY 06: DEPARTURE JAMNAGAR
SUGGESTED TOUR ITINERRAY: [DURATION: 08NIGHTS / 09DAYS]
Vadodara (01Night), Jambughoda (01Night), Uthelia (1Night), Bhavnagar (2Nights), Gondal (1Night), Wankaner (1Night), Ahmedabad (1Night)
DAY 01: ARRIVE VADODARA – LOCAL TOUR
Upon arrival at Vadodara, welcomed by our representative and board the transport.
Transfer to Hotel and check into Hotel. In the afternoon, proceed to explore the major attractions including Laxmi Vilas Palace, Sayaji Baug, Vadodara Museum and Picture Gallery, Sursagar Lake.
Overnight stay at Vadodara.
DAY 02: VADODARA TO JAMBUGHODA TRANSFER
Then Check out by 0830hrs, and then you proceed to Jambughoda. You will do full day sightseeing tour of Jambughoda and witness its traditional culture and lifestyle. An overnight stay in the hotel in Jambugodha.
DAY 03: JAMBUGHODA TO UTHELIA TRANSFER
Check out by 0830hrs, and then you proceed for Uthelia. On the way visit Champaner - UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to more than hundred architectural edifices. Enjoy an overnight stay in Uthelia.
DAY 04: UTHELIA TO BHAVNAGAR TRANSFER
Check out from Hotel at 0830hrs. Then visit Harrappen Era, located at Lothal. Then you proceed to Bhavnagar – a historical town. In the evening, we will visit the Museum and the local markets. Stay overnight in the hotel in Bhavnagar.
DAY 05: BHAVNAGAR
Today you will drive towards Palitana. En-route, we will visit Shetrunjaya Hill, nestled at 2000 feet. The town has around 863 temples with arches, carved pillars and ornamented idols, which dates back to the 11th century.
Later return back to your hotel in Bhavnagar for an overnight stay.
DAY 06:BHAVNAGAR TO GONDL TRANSFER
Then proceed to Gondal by road. On arrival in Gondal by afternoon check in at the hotel. In the evening, visit the Naulakha Palace, which was built in the 17th century and known for its stone carvings and exquisite Jarokha balconies.
Take pleasure of a relaxing overnight stay in the hotel in Gondal.
DAY 07: GONDAL TO WANKANER TRANSFER
Have breakfast at hotel.
Leave by road for Wanakner. On the way, explore the tourist attractions in Rajkot which include Watson Museum and Rashtriya Shala. On arrival in Wanakner by afternoon, we will check in at the pre-booked hotel and leave to explore the Palace Museum and the local village. Later, we will return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.
DAY 08: WANKANER TO AHMEDBAD TRANSFER
Have breakfast at hotel
Drive to Ahmedabad today. On reaching Ahmedabad check in at the hotel.
In the afternoon, we will set off for a half day sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad - Calico Museum, Akshardham Temple, Gandhi Ashram and Adalaj Stepwell in Gandhinagar. Later, return back to the hotel in for an overnight stay in Ahmedabad.
DAY 09: DEPARTURE AHMEDABAD
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In case you cancel the trip after commencement, the refund would be restricted to a limited amount only which too would depend on the amount that we would be able to recover from the hoteliers/ contractors we patronize. For unused hotel accommodation, chartered transportation & missed meals, etc. we do not bear any responsibility to refund.
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Apart from the above in some cases like Special Train Journeys, hotels, or resorts bookings during the peak season (like X-Mas, New Year, Puja, Diwali), a 50% advance payment should be made to hold the booking and 20days before full payment is required to be paid.
Note: Above mentioned payment policy may change during peak season.
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