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Gujarat tribal tours.


ITINERARY OF GUJARAT .

DAY

                               TOUR

HOTEL

1

Arrival at BOMBAY , meets, great & transfers to Nasik . Rest of the day at leisure.

Hotel Quality Inn.

Bed/BF/Dinner/Ac.

2

NASIK – SAPUTARA

It’s a drive of 300 Km / 6 Hours. Enroute visits of villages.  Check in to hotel, rest of the day leisure. Overnight stay Saputara.

Sivsanti Lake Resort .

Bed/BF/Dinner.

3

Saputara.
Full day excursion visit of Dangs villages are Adivasi tribal living in a socially remote and highly sensitive and vulnerable forested region in the state of Gujarat .
The Dangs is one of the most delightful districts of Gujarat and is located high in the Saputara hills, the original home of the adivasis, and the tribal population of Gujarat . The name 'Darbar' dates back to the time of the British, when a darbar of Rajas and Naiks of neighbouring area used to assemble there. Today it is called Jamabandi Darbar and the District Collector officiates at it. At the time of festival thousands of tribal people flock to Ahwa from all over the district, dressed in bright colours sounding the Shehnai and beating their drums. Folk dances, dramas and songs enliven the air during the festival. Overnight stay Saputara,

Sivsanti Lake Resort .

Bed/BF/Dinner.

4

Chota Udaipur:
Departure to Chhota-Udaipur. This is especially famous for Rathwa tribes. The tribe is known for its Pithoro Paintings and the Chuum Jhuum, a famous dance form. Dhebariya, Kohaliya, Moti Nat and Nan Nat are the major sub groups of Rathwas. The tribe has distinct cultural heritage and unique historical background. Check In to the hotel. Overnight stay hotel, Chotta Udaipur

Kali Niketan (Heritage Hotel).

Bed/BF/Dinner/Ac.


5

Chota Udaipur:
Morning after taking the breakfast visit of tribal museum, then visit of Rathwa Tribes in & around the region. Evening visits village to see tribal people, culture & wall painting. They imitate upper class Tadagis with a common intermix of traditions and modern dress patterns. A mix of traditional and non-traditional culture can also be seen in their language. Overnight stay Chhota Udaipur.

Kali Niketan (Heritage Hotel).

Bed/BF/Dinner/Ac.


6

Champaner – Jambugodha:
Morning drive to Jambughoda, via Champaner. Champaner is declared world heritage site. Champaner is an ancient fort located at the foothills of Pavagadh. The town derives its name from the Champa tree or from Champaraj founder of the town, a contemporary of King Vanraj Chavda of Anhilwada. Also visit of Pavagadh is temple of mother goddess MahaKali Maa. Pavagadh gets its name from the fact that it is a solitary hill standing out alone, blessed with a blowing gentle breeze from all around. Legend has it that the valley surrounding Pavagadh was filled up by the power of the sage Viswamitra. Overnight stay Jambughoda

Jambughoda Palace Resort.

Bed/BF/Dinner/Air Cool.

7

Janbugodha-Ahmedabad:
Morning drives to Ahmedabad, transfer,rs to hotel. Check In to the hotel. In the noon visit of half day city tour that include Sidi Saiyed Mosque developed by Sidi Saiyed constructed in 1573, Hathee Singh Jain Temple is typically fine & made of delicately carved white marble, Gandhi Ashram, Adalej Step Well, built by Queen Rudabai entrances leading to a huge platform that rest on 16 pillars etc. Overnight stay  Ahmedabad

Hotel Cama Plaza.

Bed/Ac/BF/Dinner.

8

Ahmedabad – Balaram:
Morning after breakfast visit of Calico Museum of Textile which contains one of the world’s finest collections of antique and modern Indian textile. The Calico Museum of Textiles at Ahmedabad , India , is the premier textile museum of the country, and one of the most celebrated institutions of its kind in the world for its distinguished and comprehensive collection of textiles and artefacts. The Calico collection along with those of Sarabhai Foundation’s collection of outstanding Bronzes, Pichhwais, Jain art objects and Indian miniature paintings are housed at the Retreat complex of Sarabhai Foundation in the Shahibag area of the city. Later drive to Balaram Palace resort (4 Hours / 170 KMS). Overnight stay Balaram.

Balaram Palace resort.

Bed/Full Board.

9

Balaram:
Morning after taking the breakfast visit of Tribal Villages around Posina. Attend Fstival. It is a centre to see Garacia tribal and also Bhil & Rajasthani rabaries can be seen near Ambaji. Ambaji is temple of mother goddess Amba. In the noon after 3 PM again visit of Tribal villages. They are different from other tribes; their origin is from Rajasthan or Rajputs. They have wheatish faces, sharp nose and glittering eyes. Overnight stay Balaram.

Balaram Palace resort.

Bed/Full Board.

10

Balaram - Dasada
After taking the breakfast drive to Dasada, In between visit of Patan Patola Weaving famous for silk saris,  Patan's Patola has been unparalleled and original handy craft in the world. Before invention of machines, with the help of wisdom and strength this craft was developed, which has special heritage of human culture. Patan's Patola is a precious heritage worth preserving.  Later visits of step well, Modhera – A world famous sun temple. The Sun Temple at Modhera dates back to early 11th century CE and was built by King Bhimdev I in 1026 CE. Then continue drive to Dasada. Over night stay.

Rann Riders resort.

Bed/Full Board/Safari Ride.

11

Dasada:
Morning after breakfast, visit to the little Rann of Kutch to see the various types of Birds like Flamingo, Duck, Crane. Also we can see here Asiatic wild asses, blue bull. In the evening take village safari to see experience of Bharwad, Rabari Tribal. Evening dinner & overnight stay Rann Riders.

Rann Riders resort.

Bed/Full Board/Safari Ride.

12

Dasada – Bhuj:
Morning drive to Bhuj, in the evening visit market area of Bhuj. Take permit. Overnight stay Bhuj. Hotel Prince

Hotel Prince/Hotel I lark.

Bed/BF/Dinner/Ac.

 

13

Visit Bani tribal areas.

Hotel Prince/Hotel I Lark. Bed/BF/Dinner/Ac.

14

Bhuj:
Excursion visit to Bhujodi village then drive to Mandvi to visit Rabari village after Tunda Wandh near Mandvi. Also visit of Beaches & Palace at Mandvi. We can eat at Gujarat Tourism restaurant on the beach of Mandvi or near Vijay Vilas Palace . Overnight stay Bhuj. Hotel Prince.

Hotel Prince/Hotel I lark.

Bed/BF/Dinner/Ac.

15

Bhuj – Jamnagar

Drive from Bhuj and arrive Jamnagar and installation at Hotel and visit of city old historic places. Overnight.

Hotel President.

Bed/BF/Dinner/Ac.

16

Jamnagar – Junagarh

Drive to Junagarh and installation at Hotel. Later visit Junagarh fort and Asokan rock Edict. Overnight.

Leo Resorts/Bed/BF/Dinner/AC

17

Junagarh – Bhavnagar

Drive to Bhavnagar and checkin at Hotel. If time permits visit Lothal, the ancient city. Overnight.

Nilambag Palace/Narayani Heritage. Bed/BF/Dinner/Ac

18

Palitana:

Fullday excursion to Palitana group of temples.

Nilambag Palace/Narayani Heritage.Bed/BF/Dinner/Ac

19

Bhavnagar – Bombay – Tiruvantapuram - Kovalam

Morning to Bhavnagar Airport for flight to Bombay & connecting flight to Tiruvantapuram. Arrive & transfer to Hotel in Kovalam.

Hotel

Travancore Heritage.

Bed/BF/Ac

20

At Kovalam – in Ayurvedic Treatment.

Travancore Heritage.

Bed/BF/Ac

21

Transfer to Airport for flight for Mumbai. Transfer to Hotel Juhu. Midnight transfer to International airport for fly back home.

Hotel Juhu- Bed and Bf-Ac

OPTION 2

  15 Days 14 Nights

Mumbai: Arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Day 01: Mumbai – Bhuj (Afternoon by flight)

Arrival at Bhuj. Meet to greet and TFR to hotel. Evening visit local market area. O/n stay at Bhuj.

Day 02: Bhuj

Morning proceed to take a permit to visit Banni Tribal area (Please all client to need to obtain the permit).

Later proceed to Banni Village to see various people like Jat, Harijan, Meghawal and Mutva etc in various villages like Hodka, Ludiya and Dhordo. Banni means “a cluster of village”. In Banni area of Kutch the Meghwal-Harijans who migrated from Rajasthan use Khambira, Kharek, Kudi Stiches in their embroidery. Also outline and satin stitch embroidery of the area and very minute mirror designs similar to the famous Mutwa embroidery of the area. They make wall hangings, waistcoats and pouches in Kharek Stich and do 'Moti Bharat' or beadwork on handheld fans, bracelets, toys and belts. After visit HODKA village – Hodka derives from the Gujarati word ‘Hodi’which means ‘boat’. Since, the villages here are called jheels, where potable water is available. Hodka is famous for its beautiful embroidery and mud work as much as Leather craft. Both men and women are actively involved in developing the art and craft tradition of the region. Visit LUDIYA village- Harijans and Muslims are main communities in this village. The main occupations are: monsoon farming, cattle rearing, intricate wood carving, intricate embroidery work, mud-work and wall painting for decorating homes. Harijan men are involved with wood carving, the women take up embroidery and wall-decoration. Visits to DHORDO to see beautiful traditional mud houses (Bhungas) with mirror work and its fine Mutwa embroidery with tiny mirrors.

O/n stay at Bhuj.

Day 03 : Bhuj

After breakfast drive to visit Bhujaodi 10 km out off Bhuj, artisans weave thick shawls and blankets on pit looms dug into the of crouch mud houses (Bhungas)decorated with gargomati. The ancient tradition of weaving shawls and blankets from coarse sheep hair came into existence generations ago essentially as a form of barter between the "rabari" community or the nomadic grazing community and the vankars (weavers) — "the rabaris brought us the sheep hair from which we made blankets and shawls for them after spinning the sheep hair into wool. Visit Anjar - Anjar is famous for its nut-crackers, knives, swords, batik, block print items, old silver jewellery and Bandhani. Important fair held at Anjar are the marked Dada fair, a local saints fair, Ajpal and Shitala mata fair as well as the Jeshal-Toral fair. The Weekly Monday fair in Anjar is hard to miss. Many Rabari, Ahir, Bharwad villages people get together. People dressed in vibrant costumes allure tourist. A very interesting village called Midialo inhabited by Rabari people is 20 kms from Anjar.

O/n stay at Bhuj.

Day 04 : Bhuj – Rajkot

After Breakfast visit local sightseeing of Bhuj. Visit Aina Mahal, is the most famous and one of its main highlights. The palace is surrounded by a small, fortified courtyard built in the 18th century and is located in the old part of the city. The Kutch Museum, once known as the Ferguson Museum, is the oldest museum in the state. It was established in 1877 and has a good collection of artifacts, depicting the history and culture of Bhuj and its surroundings.

Continue drive to Rajkot. O/n stay at Rajkot.

Day 05 : Rajkot – Gondal – Junagadh – Somnath

Morning drives to Gondal, visits of Naulakha palace, it is a festival of stone carvings with balconies. It gift for Maharaja Bhagwat Sinh ji on his silver jubilee as ruler of Gondal. Visit of vintage car collection , have a collection of several vintage and classical cars including a 1910 new engine with so many imposing American cars of the 1940s. Later visit of Swaminarayan Temple, Bhuvneshwary Ayurvedic Library, which makes the herbal medicines according to ancient principals.

Continue drive to Junagadh. Visit UPERKOT FORT, is an ancient fort built by Chandr Gupta. The fort as been rebuilt & extended many times. Later visit of Ashokan Edicts,Mahabat Maqbara. The Ashoka’s Rock edict is on way of Girnar hill temple. The rock engraved with the Buddhist edicts of Ashoka. The edicts impart moral instruction on dharma, harmony,tolerance and peace.

O/n stay at Somnath.

Day 06 : Somnath – Diu

After B/F proceed for Diu. visitof Diu Fort & beach. The fort has canons, which reminds one of the struggles between bahadur Shah, Sultan of Gujarat, Mughal emperor & the Portuguese. Later visit Diu includes st.Paul Church which is founded by Jesuits, Diu Museum which is collection of wooden carving, idols, shadow clocks & so many other items. In the evening visit of Beaches. O/n stay at Diu.

Day 07 : Diu – Palitana

After B/F proceed for Palitana. Rest at the hotel. O/n stay at Palitana.

Day 08 : Palitana – Lothal – Dasada

Early morning climb Shetrunjaya hills. The  peak  is  a  3  ½  km  climb   of  over  3500  steps  from  the  town. The  cluster  of  over  800  temples  are   divided  into  tuks.The  largest  and  highest  tuk  is  the Khartavasi  tuk,  with  the 16th  century  Adinatha  temple  with   images  of  the  tirthankars, the  19th  century  Vallabhi  temple  with  it’s  finely  clustered  spires  and  the  massive  1836 AD Motisah  temple.  Other  important  temples are  the 16th  century  Adiswara  temple  in the Vimlavasi  tuk,  the Ramaji Gadhariya  temple and  the 18th  century  Bhulavani. Other  important  temples  can  be  seen  in  the Sakara  Premchand  Tuk, Ujambi  Hemabhai  tuk, Sheth Hemabhai Vakatachand  tuk  and other  enclosures. Throughout the  cluster  you  can  see  detailed  carvings,   beautiful  idols  and  images,  jeweled  statues   and   intricate  toranas. Sunrise  behind  the  temples  is  a  great  sight. You  can  enjoy  views  from  the  summit  of  the  hills  and  the  river Shetrunjaya. On  a  clear  day,  the  Gulf  of  Cambay  sea  coast  can  be  seen. The  summit  can  be  visited  from 7-19  hrs.

The temple covered Shetrunjaya hill, 2000 ft over Palitana town, believed to span 863 shrines in all has some really exquisite marble temples of great religious and artistic importance, containing arches, carved pillars and bejeweled idols. The temples date from 11th to the 20th century. The summit is the most revered of Jain temple complexes, surpassing those of Mt Abu, Gwalior, Girnar and Bihar. Palitana town is a good place to shop for textile related handicrafts and has a Jain kala sansta.

Later proceed for Dasada. Enroute visit Lothal - Lothal, literally “Mound of the Dead”, is the most extensively excavated site of Harappan culture in India, and therefore allows the most insight into the story of the Indus Valley Civilization, its exuberant flight, and its tragic decay.

O/n stay at Dasada.

Day 09 : Dasad

Enjoy morning safari at Little Rann Of Kutch viewing rarest wild asses in the region followed by village safari in the evening.

Wild ass sanctuary

The sanctuary is well known for its group of the stale joke brown Asiatic (Wild ass), which does not live elsewhere in Indian lowlands. We can see with Little Rann of Kutch blackbuck (Indian antelope), nilgai or blue bull (India’s largest antelope) and the graceful chinkara (Indian gazelle) are other mammals. The main carnivores of the Little Rann of Kutch are the endangered Indian wolf, desert fox, Indian fox, jackals, desert and jungle cats, and a few hyenas; also we can see during the visits flamingoes, pelicans, ducks, cranes and storks.

Village safari

We can do excursion safari tours of pastoral settlements and villages along the Rann of Kutch. The tours visit the rural Vadiara and Kharapat Rabaris of Dasada, known for their embroideries, the silk-weavers colony at Dasada, and Ambala village of the Bharward shepherds and goatherds. The weaving cooperative at Bajana and other artisans’ workshops can also be included in the tours. Other societies near Dasada are Padhars (primarily fishing people), the Siddis and the semi-nomadic Mirs, Jaths (Muslim herders), Bajanias.

Overnight stay at Dasada.

Day 10 : Dasada – Patan – Modhera – Poshina

Morning Drive to visit Modhera Sun Temple, Modhera Sun Temple dates bake to early 11th centuary CE and was built by King Bhimdev I in 1026 CE. The temple at modhera is the most important of all sun temples buil in the whole Gujarat. The temple is dedicated to the Sun God. The temple is magnificient and the finest example of the hindus architecture in Gujarat. One of the moststriking features of the Modhera Sun Temple that the first ray of the sun falls on the deity at the time of the equinoxes. In front of the temple is a colossal tank, which was once known as Surya Kund or Rama Kund.The tank has a series of the carved steps leading to the bottom.  Later drive to Rani ki Vav (Step well). It was built by the Queen Udaymati  the wife of Bhimdev during 11-12th Century. It is the most magnificient and spectacular stepwell and the best example of such architecture for water wells. The Vav measuring about 64 mts. The stepwell has long stepped corridor descending down to the underground tank, it is having four pillars. The Pillars which support the roof have squre base decorated with Ghat Pallavas. It was one of the largest and the most sumptuous structure of its type. Later visit Patan Patola of weaving, patan is Famous for patola weaving,Salvi family is one of them who has continued this traditional art and has preserved it even today. Patola silk is often termed as the queen of all silk. The special technique of the handmade silk patola uses the same special technique for weaving from raw silk to the completion of the patola fabric. The weaver makes the special patola loom and colouring from indigenous natural materials. Patola from the area of patan in the north Gujarat region of western India glorifies this heritage with its unique gem like qualities, gorgeous colours, designing & durability.Different colour and pattern matched exactly on horizontal and vertical threads in weaving. The patola was traditionally woven in a sari length of 5 to 9 yards by 45” to 54” width. The range now extends to include tablecloth borders scarves handkerchief.

O/n stay at Poshina.

Day 11 : Poshina – Ahmedabad

After breakfast drive to Danta village (60 kms from Poshina). Visit Dungri Garacia tribales – The Garasias are bisected in two neighbouring states, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Dungri Garasia is generic term, covering half a dozen endogamous hierarchical sub-tribes calling themselves Garasia or Dungri Garasia. Garasia is very close to Bhil. Due to paucity of good agriculture land there are a few chances of substainable agriculture and animal husbandry.

Later proceed for Ahmedabad. O/n stay at Ahmedabad.

Day 12 : Ahmedabad – Pavagadh – Champaner – Chhota Udepur

After B/F proceed for Chhota Udepur. Enroute visit Champaner is an ancient fortified city. There are two stories about the origin of the name of this town. Some believe that is named after Champaraj who was the founder of the city, while others believe that the town was named after the champa tree that is found here. Visit Champaner Fort is an ancient fort located at the foothills of Pavagdh. Mohammed Begada (The famous Muslim King of Gujarat) captured the fort in 15th Centuary after a long siege against the Khichi Chauhan Rajputs. Also visit of Pavagadh is temple of mother goddess Mahakali Maa. Pavagadh gets its name from the fact that is a solitary hill standing out alone, blessed with a blowing gentle breeze from all around. Legend has it that the valley surrounding Pavagadh was filled up by the power of sage Vishwamitra.

O/n stay at Chhota Udepur.

Day 13 : Chhota Udepur

After breakfast breakfast drive to see the Rathwa and Dhanka tribes in and around the region. There’s a town called Alirajpur of Rathore Rajput rulers and from Rathore came the region RATH and from Rath the tribals are called Rathwa. The traditional dress of the Rathawa men is a loin cloth (Langoti) and headgear(phenta). Chhota Udepur was the princely state of Chauhan Rajput who ruled much of this tribal Area for many years. It is considered one of most primitive tribal belt of Gujarat. The Rathawa and Dhnaka – The Dhanaka is one of small tribal groups of Gujarat. This tribes migrates from central India, worked as agricultural laborers. After Lunch visit tribal villages like Kol, Kharakwada, Timla, Devhat etc. Visit HAAT, weekly market where we can see many tribal people. O/n stay at  Chhota Udepur.

Day 14 : Chhota Udepur – Ahmedabad

Drive to Ahmedabad. Check into hotel. Evening visit local market area or local sightseeing. Afternoon transfer to Ahmedabad for flight to Mumbai. Later flight back home.

HOTELS

MUMBAI: MIRADOR (4 STAR). Near Airport – 1 NIGHT - CPAI
BHUJ: KUTCH SAFARO LODGE – 3 NIGHT - CPAI
RAJKOT: SAROVAR PORTICO – 1 NIGHT- CPAI
SOMNATH: HOTEL LORDS INN – 1 NIGHT - CPAI
DIU: RADHIKA BEACH RESORT- 1 NIGHT - CPAI
PALITANA: VIJAY VILAS PALACE – 1 NIGHT - CPAI
DASADA: RANN’S RIDERS – 2 NIGHTS - JPAI
POSHINA: DARBARGARH PALACE  - 1 NIGHT - JPAI
AHMEDABAD: ROYAL ORCHID – 1 NIGHT - CPAI
C.UDAIPUR: KALINIKETAN – 2 NIGHT - CPAI