Gujarat Heritage Tour: A Cultural Exploration Of the vibrant state of Gujarat

Gujarat, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi is a land of historic temples and mosques. It has a very important contribution to the freedom fighting movements of India during British rule. Many of the splendid palaces and the forts have been transformed into luxury hotels preserving the rich culture so that the tourists can get the feel of the rich heritage of the land. The Laxmi Vilas Palace at Vadodara offers the largest dwelling and it is just quadruple of the magnitude of the royal Buckingham Palace, London. There are famous World Heritage Sites in the State of Gujarat, which makes it even more appealing.

Gujarat is a state of unique cultural diversity. It is a vibrant state and has the embedded rich history and culture that speak of the bygone era. Right from the ancient period of the Harappan Civilization, it is a land of convergence of multiple religious faiths. The Hindus, Muslims, Jains and Buddhists all have their indelible marks in this state. With the blend of the heritage and the modern age, Gujarat is counted among one of the most developed states in the country. The progressive mindset of the people of Gujarat has made it the most advanced industrial state of India.

Day 01: Arrive at Ahmedabad

After you arrive at the city, our representative will receive you. After checking in at the hotel, you can have the day by yourself.

Day 02: Ahmedabad full day city tour

One of the fascinating Museums of India , We will be visiting the Calico Textiles Museum. One has to get prior permission to visit this museum.It has an extensive collection of different varieties of textiles. You get to see the huge collections of Indian silk that have been found at the ancient sites of Egypt. Please note they allow only 30 visitors in one entry. After lunch we shall visit the ancient Adalaj Step well and the Iconic Sabarmati ashram.

Day 03: To Jambughoda

We will move on to Jambughoda in the morning. In the afternoon, you will enjoy the jungle safari in the evening you will be guided to a neighbouring village.

Day 04: Jambughoda to Chhota Udaipur

In the morning, you will be taken to witness Chotta Udaipur, previously called Rewa Kantha. Get to see the tribal culture of the villages around.This should be a Monday , so that we can visit the colorful and interesting weekly market at Kavant . We will also stop at the village of the Rathwas to see the incredible and one of a kind Pithora paintings . Return back to Jambhugoda.

Day 05: To Uthelia

Get to see Champaner, an ancient city of Gujarat on the way. It is a UNESCO declared heritage site. Reach Uthelia in the evening.

Day 06: To Bhavnagar

After breakfast we will drive towards Bhavnagar and on the way we will stop to see the remains of the Harappan civilization at Lothal. Arrive at Bhavnagar and see the Barton Museum along with the marketplace. Overnight will be at Nilaumbaugh Palace

Day 07: Excursion to Palitana

We shall leave Bhavnagar in the early hours before sunrise and reach Palitana, a famous place for the Jains is a must visit place for them. We have to Climb around 3500 steps to reach the hilltop. An incredible sight awaits on top of the hills . There are more than 900 jain temples temples built out of marble on top of the hills. The climb is incredible and we shall meet many pilgrims on the way. People who have a problem climbing can hire a ‘doli’ , i.e being carried by two persons or 4 persons on a seated chair. After spending time on the hill top we will return back and drive back to Bhavnagar. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 08: To Gondal

Today we will drive to Gondal to see the famous Naulakha palace. Also, witness the exquisite vintage cars of the Gondal royal family. We will also visit the Ayurvedic Medicine Factory. Overnight at Gondal Palace.

Day 09: To Wankaner

Move to Wankaner. On the way, see the Watson Museum. At Wankaner, visit the Palace Museum and neighbouring hamlets.

Day 10: Back to Ahmedabad

Return back to Ahmedabad. Tour ends

The culture of Gujarat is an ancient one which passes down from generation to generation. The Gujaratis are very respectful of and abide by the norms of their culture. The people of Gujarat are tolerant to other beliefs and cultures. This has led to the sharing of cultural qualities and types with people of other places. This exchange and transfusion of culture has crossed the country’s borders and has imbibed the international value patterns also.

The land of Gujarat accepts people from other communities with open arms. The people from different communities feel more confident and secure in this state. There is an absence of culture shock in this region. Gujarat has made a huge contribution to the political development and the industrial growth of the country. Mahatma Gandhi, who hailed from Gujarat, is one of the most influential figures in India’s struggle for Independence. Greatest industrialists that have been born in India hail from Gujarat like the Ambanis and Adanis. Gujarati, the traditional language of the state is being used by 46 million people. They consider the cow to be as significant as ‘the mother’ and have the concept of “Gau Mata” where they worship the cow.

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