Gujarat – Tribal and Textile tour 12 nights/13 days
Ahmedabad – Dasada- Muli-Jamnagar – Mandvi – Bhuj – Mumbai
- Visit the home of Mahatma Gandhi.
- Private Dinner with a Business textile family and marine wildlife naturalists.
- Relax on the pristine beach of Mandvi.
- Visit the rich textile villages of the Kachchh region.
- Enjoy the scenic beauty of Great Rann of Kutch and experience it varied tribal life.
Day 01 Arrival Ahmedabad
Arrive Ahmedabad. Meet and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02 Ahmedabad
Morning Sightseeing of city visiting Calico Museum,Gandhi Ashram, Adalaj Step well, tombs of king and queen – walking tour of Ahmedabad old city and Rural Cloth Painting. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 Ahmedabad- Dasada
Morning after breakfast drive to Modera to see the exquisite sun temple, then proceed to Patan to see the exquisite weaving of the double ikkat Patola, visit the Rani ki vav step well then drive to Dasada. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 Dasada
Morning go for a safari to the Little Rann of Kachchh. Return for breakfast. Then visit Rabari, and Bharvard tribal villages to see their way of life and exquisite embroidery done by the tribals. Over night at Dasada.
Day 05 Dasada-Wadhwan – Limbdi – Muli
After breakfast drive Wadhwan to see the Bandhani (tie and dye) it is famous for and see the Raj Mahal palace, then visit Limbdi, where bead and mirrors are made which is an integral part of Kachchhi embroidery. Drive to Muli. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 Muli
Morning visit the Swami Narayan temple and village visit. Overnight at hotel. (Patola Weaving at Somasar Village in Muli).
Day 07 Muli – Jamnagar
Early morning drive from Muli to Jamnagar. In the afternoon visit the Bandhani (Tie and Dye). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08 Jamnagar
After breakfast drive to the Marine Natioanl park at Narara and enjoy seeing the amazing sea creatures when the sea water recedes at low tide time. Return to Jamnagar. Private Dinner with a Business textile family. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 Jamnagar-Mandvi
Early morning drive to Mandvi. Enjoy the clear waters of this beautiful pristine beach. Overnight at beach resort.
Day 10 Mandvi-Bhuj
Morning visit the Vijay Vilas Mandvi palace, Ship building yard, Bohter Jinalay Jain temple and then drive to Bhuj. overnight at lodge.
Day 11 Bhuj
Morning visit village of Bhujodi for weaving and Ajrakhpur for block printing. Later visit the Swami Narayan temple, Aina mahal and museum in Bhuj. Overnight at lodge.
Day 12 Bhuj
Morning visit Nirona for bell making, Rogan painting and lacquer work, Sumrasar for appliqué work, Bhirandiyara for Meghwal embroidery and leather craft, Khavda for pottery, Dhordo for the Mutwa embroidery and clay craft and then visit the Great Rann of Kachchh. Overnight at lodge.
Day 13 Bhuj – Mumbai departure
Transfer to airport to board flight to Mumbai.
Best Season: November – March
Gujarat has been exposed to people from far off lands coming here to trade or settle, the Muslims, Zorastrians, Portugese etc. The cultural mix combined with over 4500 years of history has endowed Gujarat with some of the greatest historical and archaeological monuments. While Lothal offers an unparalleled insight of the Harappan civilization, Ahmedabad has specimens of Indo-Sarcenic architecture, Palitana has a profusion of temples in the Jain style, Junagadh displays Buddhist caves and Rajput architecture appears all over and the unique Rann of Kutch.
Ahmedabad was founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah on the banks of River Sabarmati in 1411 A.D. Ahmedabad is a bustling metropolitan and a fast growing economy, it still has deep rooted traditions and culture still seen everywhere. It is home to several interesting museums, a complex of cluster of neighborhoods called Pols in the old city.
Patan is an ancient fortified town, situated on the banks of the sacred Saraswati river. Founded in 746 AD., the most significant monuments are Rani ki Vav and Sahastralinga Talav. Patan is also famous for textiles as it is only here that the Patola, double ikkat weaving is done.
Jamnagar The founder of the princely state of Jamnagar was the Great Jam Rawal, who descended on the northern coast of Kathiawar in 1535 A.D. The Jewel of Kathiawar,-Jamnagar is on the coast of Gulf of Kutch in the state of Gujarat. It has unspoilt Islands & Beaches, Hills, Temples, Palaces, Forest, Fantastic Bird life in the Bird Sanctuary & Marine Sanctuaries and Facinating Corals and Marine Life in the Marine National Park.
A region with extremities, the Kachchh District extends from Salty marshes in the north and the Banni region (grasslands) in the central highlands to the coastal region along the Gulf of Kachchh.
Rann of Kachchh, with an area of 16,000 sq km, lying in Gujarat along the border with Pakistan is the world’s largest salt desert. It is unique and no place anywhere like it. It remains submerged in water during the rains and balance months its dry white salt desert. In the monsoon the Rann fills with water like a sea and Kutch then becomes an island. It then looks like a tortoise back, Kacchuo, which is where it gets its name from.
The Banni consisted of grasslands that covered a region of about 400 sq kms a few decades ago having many villages and supported large livestocks. Banni was formed when the north flowing rivers brought sedimentation and land was reclaimed. The villages in the Banni are called Jeels ( places with potable water).
Mandvi is one of the finest beaches on the Gujarat shoreline. The sea water is white and perfect for swimming. It is also centre to some textiles crafts like Bandhani (tie & dye) and the shipbuilding yard where Arabian Dhows are made using traditional techniques.
Bhuj is a typical example of a desert town located between two geographical features- Bhujiyo Dungar on the east and Hamisar Lake on the west. Bhuj was the capital of the former princely State of Kutch till 1947 AD. The Rajput rulers of Kutch came from Sindh or northern India in the late 15 th century and settled in Bhuj.
Little Rann of Kachchh – Kharagoda/Dasada Zinzuwada is a fortified town located at the southern edge of the little Ranna of Kutch. The fortification of Zinzuwada dates back to the 11th century AD. The town has four gateways in four directions: Madapol Gate, Rakshspol Gate, Harijan Gate and Dhama Gate. the country. Among the other wild attractions include Nilgai, Chital, Chinkara, Gaur, Sloth Bears and Wild Boar along with some 250 species of birds.