This journey takes you to the varied attractions of Gujarat. The Sidi mosque with its shaking minarets, the textile cities of Ahmedabad and Patan. The impressive Hindu temples of Palithana, Somnath and Modera. Diu with its Portuguese colonial history reflects the glory of the bygone era. The Asiatic lion of Gir and the last remaining Asiatic wild ass of Runn. Here the tribal life of Rabris, Ahirs, Meghwals and many more is a celebration of music, dance and multicoloured traditions.
Pre-departure planning is important. Here are certain things you should watch for and plan for.
Check with the appropriate consulate or embassy in your country to find out if you will need a visa to visit the country of your destination, especially for an extended period of time. Some countries have extremely detailed and complicated entry/departure laws, and treat visits of a week or two very differently from longer stays.
If you’re traveling to one area, check the cost of living there. If it’s high you’ll probably want to budget more carefully and save some money before leaving. The lower the cost of living the less you’ll have to save, but be sure to have a back up reserve in emergency cases.
Talk to other people who have done a similar trip.
If you don’t know anyone personally, try any of the dozens of online travel web sites full of first-person travel stories covering every possible type of trip.
Plan big and loose. Read everything you can about the area.
There may be sights and attractions you didn’t know about. A rough outline of your trip might have three or four target points and a variety of ways to get between them.
You don’t want to find out that the weather isn’t what you thought, or the guide book was incorrect, after committing to 6 weeks in a specific spot.
Some trips will allow you more leeway than others. Travel plans in Asia can often be made day-by-day while summer travel in Europe should be organized at least a few weeks ahead, unless you’re prepared to hunt around for hotel rooms and train seats.
Set up a pre-trip time-line so you don’t end up with a full todo list your last week of work or school.
Things to consider are doctor’s visits for a check up, inoculations, and prescription refills; purchasing plane tickets; renewing passports and obtaining visas and other documents.
Check your insurance coverage abroad and purchasing additional travel insurance if needed. Don’t forget visiting friends and family members!
The longer the trip, the lighter you should pack. This might seem strange, but it’s true you can afford to lug a heavy bag around for a week or two, but do you want to have anything extra for a year?
Stick to the absolute basics and know what you can and cannot buy at your destination(s). There’s no point in bringing 6 months of toothpaste to Europe or buying a sarong at home to take to the tropics. If you are visiting several climates, try to arrange it so you visit the warmer places first and coldest last. That way you can purchase sweaters and long pants and not have to carry them any more than needed. Alternately, visit cold climates first and then ship unneeded layers home — or sell them off.
A good rule of thumb is to bring one outfit for the hottest day you’re likely to encounter, one for an average day, and one for the coldest.
Make sure everything goes with everything else (if that’s important to you), and remember that layers are always best.
Be prepared for uncomfortable trips. You will often find yourself in a busy, cramped, economy class environment and it could be for many hours – especially long plane trips.
If you want to arrive at your destination refreshed and able to enjoy the sights, then try a good quality travel pillow to support your head, some ear plugs to block out the screaming babies, and an eye cover to block out the sun or cabin lights.
Just avoid those cheap U-shaped pillows from airport shops – your head drops forward and you wake up with a stiff neck.
Make contact with the locals before you go.
Maybe you have a friend-of-a-friend or a foreign exchange student from high school you remember, or just found a friend through a travel web site; almost everyone is happy to welcome a foreign visitor to their home town. This might be as elaborate as a home-stay for a few weeks, or just coffee in their home town or dinner at a locals restaurant.
Ahemdabad – Calico Museum, Sdi Mosque, Jama Masjid & Sabarmati Ashram
Bhavnagar – Excavation Site of Harappan Era
Palitana – Jain Temple Complex
Diu – Diu Fort & Colonial Era Architecture
Somnath – Somnath Temple Complex
Sasan Gir – Sasan Gir for Lion Safari
Wankaner – Wankaner Palace, Museum & Near by Villages
Bhuj – Ferguson Museum, Rao Pragmalji’s Palace
Zainabad – Rann of Kutch & Stay in Camps
Ahmedabad – Bhavnagar(Lothal) – Diu (Palitana,Somnath) – Sasangir (Junagadh)-Wankaner – Bhuj- Zainabad
Travel planning is about more than just knowing where you’re going. Prepares to navigate, take control and be ready for anything. This section helps you steer clear of disaster and stay open enjoy the unexpected.
- Banks – Open Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm. Some banks are closed for lunch.
- Emergencies – For police, dial a local phone number; for ambulance call a hospital.
- Internet Access – Wifi is standard in most hotels and free in many coffee shops.
- Mail – Buy stamps at the Post Office. Convenient post offices are located all cities. Most are open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
- Safety – Pickpocketing can be a common problem. It is suggested for men to keep wallets in their front pocket. Purse snatching also occurs at times.
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Information, internet access, maps, and train passes are available at local Tourist Information terminals. These are located at various sites around the city. Expect a wait if you arrive late in the afternoon or during lunch time. Local travel agencies are also helpful for quick information and finding hotels. There is no service charge for these services. Hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and Saturday 10am to 2pm.
Getting in from the airport and other arrival locations. Travel planning is about more than just knowing where you’re going. Prepares to navigate, take control and be ready for anything. This section helps you steer clear of disaster and stay open enjoy the unexpected.
- Plane – Flights arrive at the main airport near city center. If flying from European cities, you might land at a connecting airport. There is a tourist information office at the Terminal E, international arrivals, open 8am to 6pm.
- Train – A train station is on the lower level of the airport. To get into the city, follow the marked signs.
- Taxi – From the airport there is a flat-rate for the 1-hour trip, depending on traffic. Hotels charge up to $80 for shuttle service.
- Train & Bus – Trains and buses arrive a city center. This is the transportation hub for the city and is surrounded hotels.
A perfect place for exploring on foot, with local shops around every corner. You will eventually walk somewhere, it’s just going to happen. If you don’t like crowds, uneven cobblestones, heavy traffic or narrow sidewalks, take a taxi or rent a scooter.
Day 1 : Arrive Ahmedabad via Delhi or Mumbai
On reaching Ahmedabad you will be received and transfer to your Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2 : Ahmedabad
This city is full of architectural delights with exquisite carved wooden mansions, havelis and labyrinthine lanes,visit to Calico museum, Jama Masjid and Sdi mosque, famous for it’s shaking minarets.
Day 3: Ahemdabad / Bhavnagar
Morning Drive to Bhavnagar en-route visit 4000 year old excavation site of Harappan era at Lothal.
Day 4 : Bhavanagr / Diu
After breakfast leave for Diu, enroute visit Palitana the impressive hilltop Jain temple complex reached by steep stairs. Continue on to Diu.
Day 5 : Diu
Morning sightseeing of Diu, a Portuguese colony until 1961. Visit the fort built by the Portuguese in 1541. The island has a Mediterranean feel and reflects the Portuguese colonial period architecture. Afternoon at leisure by the sea.
Day 6 : Diu / Somnath / Sasangir
Drive to Sasangir Morning drive to Somnath to see the spectacular shore temple. Somnath is the holiest of Hindu pilgrimages, Drive on to Sasangir the home of the Asiatic lion .
Day 7 : Sasangir
Morning and afternoon game viewing in the Sasangir National Park.
Day 8 : Sasangir / Wankaner
Drive to Wankaner enroute visit Junagadh visit 250 BC Ashokan Rock Edicts and the Jain temples studded in the Girnar Hill. Continue on to Wankaner .
Day 9 : Wankaner
Free to explore the palace and the nearby villages. Visit the palace museum housing memorable collection of antiques. View the royal collection of vintage cars.
Day 10 : Wankaner / Bhuj
Drive to Bhuj, an old walled city with maze like streets and crenellated gateways. Afternoon tour visiting the Ferguson Museum, Rao Pragmalji’s Palace made of marble and sandstone.
Day 11 : Bhuj
Explore the tribal villages, specialising in different forms of handicraft including ahir embroidery, block printing and tie and dye.
Day 12 : Bhuj / Zainabad
Drive to Zainabad. Enjoy a game drive in the little Rann of Kutch to see the Asiatic wild Ass. Overnight at the Desert Courser’s Camp.
Day 13 : Zainabad / Ahemdabad
Morning leave for Ahmedabad visiting en route the Sun temple at Modhera and the city of Patan.
Day 14 Ahmedabad / Departure
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.