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Ikarus Tours - Original Gujarat


Day 1: Outward flight to Ahmedabad

Departure from Frankfurt, scheduled flight with QATAR AIRWAYS via Doha to Ahmedabad.

Day 2: Ahmedabad (FA)
Arrival in Ahmedabad early in the morning, transfer to the hotel. During the day visits to Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat state and center of the textile industry: Friday Mosque (Jama Masjid), Sidi Sayad Mosque, Hate Singh Temple, bazaar area and the Sabarmati Ashram founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1915 .

Day 3: Modhera - Dasada (FA)
First drive to Patan, known for the wonderful patola silk saris that are woven here. Also worth seeing are some Jain temples, wooden houses with carvings and the Ranakivav stepwell. Continue via Modhera (here the sun temple from the 11th century, dedicated to the god Surya) to Dasada (250 km).

Day 4: Dasada (BLD)
Excursion to the Little Rann of Kutch. This flat, desert-like plain is flooded every year during the rainy season and then turns into inaccessible salt marshes. Flamingos live here in winter. Visit the sanctuary for Asian wild asses, a rare and endangered species that can only be found here. On the way we see traditional villages of the Rabari nomads.

Day 5: Bhuj (BLD)
Drive to Bhuj (270 km), capital of the Kutch district. In the afternoon visit of the old walled city: palace complex with Aina Mahal and Pag Mahal, nearby Bhujodi with its wool and cotton weaving mills.

Day 6: Bhuj (Rann of Kutch) (BLD)
North of Bhuj, in the direction of the Great Rann of Kutch, visit typical Banni villages (permit required). These villages are known for the production of handicraft products such as embroidery, patchwork, knotted batik, leatherwork.

Day 7: Gondal (FA)
Drive over to the large Saurashtra Peninsula, via Rajkot to Gondal (270 km). Various palaces still bear witness to the glorious past as a princely state, including the Naulakha Palace on the banks of the Gondali River. Also worth seeing is the Swami Narayan temple, the Ayurvedic pharmacy and the breeding stud of the Kathiawadi horses.

Day 8: Junagadh - Sasan Gir (FA)
Continue to Junagadh (65 km), old princely city at the foot of Girnar Hill, surrounded by a medieval fortress. Visit of Uparkot Fort, Ashoka Rocks and Buddhist Caves. Another 70 km south to Sasan Gir, the last refuge of Asiatic lions. 2 nights in a comfortable tent camp.

Day 9: Sasan Gir (BLD)
Mornings and late afternoons Safaris in the Gir Forest, looking for Asiatic Lions.

Day 10: Somnath - Diu (FA)
Drive via Somnath (visit to the Shiva temple) to Diu (130 km), a former Portuguese colony on the Arabian Sea with beautiful sandy beaches. Rest of the day free, opportunity to swim.

Day 11: Diu - Bhavnagar (FA)
Morning sightseeing in Diu: Portuguese fort from the 16th century, St. Paul's Church with old paintings and a local market. Conn. Continue through southeastern Gujarat to Bhavnagar (200 km), old port city on the Gulf of Khambhat.

Day 12: Bhavnagar (Palitana) (FA)
Full day excursion to 50 km away. Palitana. Climb over 4,000 steps to Shatrunjaya Hill, which rises 600m from the plain. Here followers of the Jain religion built nested temples in 863, the entire mountain top is a sacred area. In the afternoon drive back to Bhavnagar.

Day 13: Lothal - Vadodara (FA)
Drive to Lothal, here the excavation site with ruins of a port city from the Harappa period, one of the earliest large settlements on earth. Conn. Continue to Vadodara (total 250 km), the former Baroda. In the afternoon tour through the important university and industrial city, third largest city in Gujarat: Old Town, Laxmi Vilas Palace in Indo-Aracen style, Fatehsingh Museum.

Day 14: Champaner - Ahmedabad (FA)
Drive to Champaner (60 km), here the Archaeological Park Champaner-Pavagadh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004, with the ruins of an early Hindu city that has not yet been fully excavated. After the sightseeing drive back to Ahmedabad (another 160 km), farewell dinner and one last overnight stay.

Day 15: return flight - arrival
Very early in the morning transfer to the airport, flight back from Ahmedabad to Frankfurt, again with a stop in Doha.