Discovery of Gujarat

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Duration: 14 days | 13 nights

Location: Ahmedabad - Poshina - Patan - Modhera - Dasada - Zainabad - Gandhidham - Bhuj - Gondal - Sasan Gir - Somnath - Diu - Palitana - Bhavnagar

Highlights of the programme :
  • Ahmedabad, the capital’s rich cultural and historical past
  • Meeting with nomadic tribes
  • Observation of the last wild donkeys and Asian lions
  • The pretty town of Diu

Ahmedabad is the capital of Gujarat with almost five million. Its history pages contain unexpected treasures that are harmoniously developed. Visit the Calico Textile Museumconsidered one of the finest museums of this style in the world. Unique, it contains beautiful brocades, precious silks, former Gujarat fabrics and antique looms. In the afternoon, towards Gandhinagar and visit the Akshardham Temple, the first temple of the Swaminarayan sect with Burmese teak wood sculptures covered in bright paintOvernight at hotel.

Visit the Temple Hathee Jain Singh, dedicated to Shri Dharamanath, grand master JainThis templeone of the most richly decorated of all the temples of the city, was in white marble built in 1848 and its name comes from the generous donor who helped build it. Then the Jama Masjid mosque, built in 1423 which is the mausoleum of Mughal Sultan Ahmed Shah, the founder of the city. Continue to the Mahatma Gandhi’s ashram on the outskirts where they keep their personal belongings and work including its library with 35,000 books. Overnight at hotel.

Road to Poshinavery nice traditional village with its surrounding hamlets populated by a captivating mixture of various tribal communities: Garasias and BhilsThe craftsmanship is present with its blacksmiths manufacturer daggers, swords and arrows of silver and its potters where there are close ranks thousands of terracotta horses. These craftsmen make it a point of honor to show their expertise and you can admire the diversity and the rich ornamentation of these ethnic groups. Overnight at hotel.

Morning drive to Patanancient walled city, built on the banks of the holy river SaraswatiPatan was the ancient capital of Gujarat for over 660 years and has over a hundred Jain temples and magnificent old wooden houses. The Panchasara Parshvanath temple in white marble, is one of the largest in the city. Continue to Modhera, on the banks of the River Pushpavatiknown worldwide for his solar village temple, one of the finest examples of religious architecture in Gujarat. Then on to DasadaOvernight at hotel.

Departure to Zainabad and “Rann of Kutch” Natural Reserve of the last wild asses Asian endangeredWe would have about 3000 and they look like wild horses. Reserves of nearly 5000 km²which rhymes with Nature that there was more wild, one can observe deer such as black bucknilgai and chinkara, Indian fox with white paws, blue bull, wolf, wild cat or hare with long earsalso endangeredThe bird life is also very present. It is in a salt marsh region, home of many tribes of Kutch living the salt trade for centuries. Overnight at hotel.

Early morning drive to Bhuj, walled city, extending the Thar Desert, on the ancient caravan route that came from Persia. On the way stop to Halvad, village houses decorated with carved wood. Then Gandhidham1950whose primary objective was to build a city to host refugees from Pakistan during the partition. Gandhidham is a famous Jain pilgrimage center which contains many templesThen on to Bhuj, the former capital of a small princely state with narrow streetsnow the capital of Kutch districtBhuj, which is sometimes called the Jaisalmer Gujarat has long lived on the fringes of the time and the gates guarding the city werethere is still some time closed the night. Overnight at hotel.

Visit this welcoming city with rustling animation markets and surrounded by a strong wallThe citadel in the heart of the bazaars, contains the Aina Mahal Palace, the Palace of Mirrors, built in 1752 by the reigning Maharaja which contains beautiful collections of everyday objectsIn the afternoon, stroll through the countryside to go to meet the various Gujarati communities and find local crafts. Villagers work as cotton, wool, woodand women make beautiful embroidery, colorfulinlaid mirrors, exported in Rajasthan. Overnight at hotel.

Morning drive to Gondal at the center of Gujarat. Gondal was once the ancient capital of the state of Saurashtraa prosperous princely state which is full of ancient palaces of the 17th centuryIt was also a former principality in the province of Bombay from the time of British RajVisit the imposing palace Naulakha, the oldest and one of the finest in the city. The interior houses an impressive collection of all gifts received by the Maharajah of the time during her Silver Jubilee in 1940 The Orchard Palace, located in a huge complex of fruit tree gardens, where its name, is a wing of the Palace Huzoor (the current royal residence). The royal garages have a unique collection of carsOvernight at hotel.

After breakfast, drive to Sasan GirIn the afternoon safari in the Gir National Park, the last home of the Asiatic lionThis is the only place in the world except Africa, where one can see the lion in its natural habitat. Open since 1965, it covers an area of about 1500 km² of which a quarter is reserved for the protected and endemic fauna: leopards, sambarchital (spotted deer), nilgai and wild boars and also one of the major habitats Chowsingha (four-horned antelope), wild asses and chinkara (Indian gazelle). Overnight at hotel.

Morning drive to the temple of Somnathone of the twelve shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. Continue to Diu, a tiny peninsula in the Arabian Sea off the coast of the Gulf of CambayThis small enclave offers a mix of sun, beautiful sandy beaches fringed with palm and coconut trees, limestone cliffs and rocky coves lapped by a navy blue sea. The perfect place to relax. Overnight at hotel.

Visit this former Portuguese trading annexed to India in 1961, as further south GoaWe find traces of the colonial past in its architecture and its great churches white Catholics. Not to mention the language, since part of the population speaks Portuguese. The charm of Diu is its size. Human-sized city, it makes you forget the excitement somewhat characteristic of Indian cities. It is easy to discover the island throughout walksVisit the Fort of Diu, an imposing structure with beautiful views of the sea, of St Paul’s Church of St. Francis of Assisi Church and Gangeshwar temple dedicated to Shiva. Overnight at hotel.

Early departure for Palitana, originally imperial city later became the capital of the princely state of PalitanaShatrunjaya hilloverlooking the city, is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites of Jainism with its top 860 intricately carved temples in marble and in nine speakers. They were built by followers over a period of 900 years from the 11th century. Overnight at hotel.

Morning drive to Bhavnagar located in the extreme southeast of the peninsula of KathiawarOnce the capital of a princely state, Bhavnagar has several lakes and temples. In the afternoon, visit the Takhteshwar temple located on a small hill and offers a beautiful view of the Gulf of CambayThen the Gandhi museum that contains countless memories and testimonies of Mahatma Gandhi. In the evening, stroll through the bazaars of the old city. Overnight at hotel.

After breakfast, drive to Ahmedabad. Upon arrival, transfer to the airport for flight to Delhi for the return flight.


You will find below our selection of hotels for this trip. Hotels indicative subject to availability. The choice of the class of accommodation to you. You will be able to specify it in your quote.


You will find below our suggestion for activities to do throughout your journey. Do not hesitate to contact an advisor Aryavrit Travels for any specific request.

Horseback ride

Expect a complete change: in the saddle on the beautiful Marwari horses with amazing earrings shaped like a crescent moon, discover the breathtaking surroundings and go out to meet the locals. A walk to discover treasures, off the beaten path.

Bike ride

We invite you to immerse in unusual: a bike ride on the roads of India, Nepal and Bhutan. Cycling is a way to meet people, a tool to reach out to the population, which allows you to be closer than at the window of an air conditioned car. Let yourself drift along with your meetings, you will appreciate the paths which reserve surprises, all more enjoyable than the other.


Take a step back to admire the pink city Jaipur, it is possible. Climb aboard the platform of your balloon and fly over the capital of Rajasthan and the impressive Amber Fort which is necessary not far from it. In the early morning light, the emotions are at their peak by the glipse by the history of vastness and beauty which has exisred here for last many centuries.

Polo match

Polo on horseback or elephant, a unique show in Jaipur, Jodhpur or Delhi. Sport in vogue in India, polo on horseback is still today one of the spearheads of the sport in the Indian aristocracy. Polo on elephant back, meanwhile, is not a sport as such. Nevertheless, it attracts large crowds because of the originality of a rapid game with elephants struggling to move on the ground. Very entertaining!

Cricket match

Catch a game of cricket, a sport that is truly thrill the crowds in India. Unknown in France, cricket crystallizes all the passions in the Indian subcontinent, where millions of fans follow live matches of their national team. The best players are idolized as real stars, like Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev considered one of the best cricketers of all time.

Vintage car

Experience the charm side with a vintage ride in Rajasthan. These old cars of the maharajahs take you as a prince through the main streets of the cities. A timeless adventure not to be missed.

Local family

What could be more authentic than sharing a moment with a local family? An opportunity to understand the Indianess from very close which is worth reading several books on India. A unique opportunity to learn about the customs of your hosts, with whom you share a traditional meal. A moment of conviviality, memorable exchanges that will only add magic to your stay.

Film show

Indians like to say that what unites them is a passion for cricket and love of cinema. India is the largest film industry in the world in terms of production and the number of entries. Attend the screening of a film, it’s a unique experience and share a moment of jubilation.


Immerse yourself in the practice of Yoga and meditation which helps you to know your body and mind. An experienced yoga teacher will teach you the various techniques of “pranayama” (breathing), “asanas” (positions) and ‘dhyana’ (meditation). A unique opportunity in the purest tradition.

Henna session

Mehndi usually refers to the art of drawing with henna on the skin. It is an ephemeral equivalent of tattooing. In Rajasthan, mehndi is an fplk art and it is common for women to get as sophisticated as those of newlyweds drawings. Attend a session to decorate your hands with henna and why not take the opportunity to keep track of your visit!

Cooking lessons

You fell for tandoori chicken, Kerala fish curry, samosas, the thali, the dal, biryani? Do not leave without having learned to cook these dishes. We offer courses in vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine. At the end of the session, you are invited to examine and taste your own the prepared dishes.

Ayurveda massage

Ayurveda invites us to stay in harmony with nature, in touch with the elements of nature by practicing yoga and meditation which help us to purify and nourish our body and mind. A massage on the eye helps to rebalance the body and its functions. Enjoy your visit to the birthplace of Ayurveda to experience a massage in the purest tradition.