Vibrant Gujarat’s beautiful region Saurashtra is mainly flat and its rare hills are often sacred, including the spectacular, temple-topped Shatrunjaya and Girnar. The peninsula is liberally endowed with wildlife sanctuaries, notably Sasan Gir, where Asia’s last wild lions roam. On the south coast lies the very quaint, laid-back, ex-Portuguese island enclave of Diu. Saurashtra is also where Mahatma Gandhi was born and raised: you can visit several sites associated with his life.
On the first day, after arriving at Ahmedabad or Rajkot, drive to Bhuj and reach at your first stop – Maliya, where you’ll have a tea to fresh up and continue to Kutch. This is a panoramic drive to salt pans and wind mills. You may also see some migratory birds at salt pans, on way to Bhuj, stop at Dhaneti for Rabari Embroidery and Block printing. Reach Bhuj by lunch. Post Lunch, visit Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal and Bhuj Museum. In the Evening, attend Aarti at Swami Narayan Temple. If the group is fond of eating junk food,please try some MirchiVada near ST stand. The dinner will be at you own at Hotel Prince. Overnight Stay will be at Hotel Prince.
On the second day, take breakfast at hotel and drive to Banni Region. We will visit Nirona Village for Rogan arts on piece of cloth. The word Rogan comes from Persian and means ‘oil-based’. The process of making the natural colors used in the art gives it such a name. Castor oil is heated on fire for about 12 hours and then cast in to cold water to give a thick residue called the Rogan. This is then mixed with stone pigments to lend it different hues. Next, the artisan uses a six-inch metal stick to paint with a fine thread of Rogan on cloth. Seeing it live made us realize how delicately the Rogan thread has to be led with precision to give shape to one’s imagination. , Copper Crafts. The Luhars in Nirona have been preserving the craft of making copper bells over seven generations. From the 65-year-old head of the family, LuharHusenSidhik, to his 18-year-old grandson, Faruk, the Luhars are passionately taking the art forward. Faruk who is pursuing his college education is keen on giving a new spin to the art. As a result, you can see some heart shaped wind chimes, a xylophone made of bells and even a few fauna inspired bell pieces. And Lacquer Works on wooden utensils. Continue to Hodka. Lunch at Shaam-E-Sarhad and post lunch visit Dhordo for Sunset at White Rann. Return to Hodka for Dinner and cultural evening. Stay will be at Shaam-E-Sarhad.
On the third day, take an early breakfast at Shaam-E-Sarhad, and then have a village Walk in Hodka for Halepotra Community engaged in leather crafts making walled and purses, continue to Khavda to see pottery works, KaroDungar for Dattatrey Temple and India Bridge for the last civilian point between Indo-Pak Border. Proceed to Mandviand after having lunch, relax and have fun on a private beach camp.
Your delightful day 4 will start with a wonderful morning on the beach camp. After taking breakfast, visit Vijay Vilas Palace and Mandvi Town. Mandvi is known for its 400 year old ship building center. The local carpenters still make ocean going Dhows in much the same way that their ancestors had done a century ago. One can go and visit the men at work, shaping the great vessels with hand tools and coaxing the seasoned timber into shape. The carrying capacity of these boats can vary from 250 tons to 1000 tons. The predecessors of these very same ships had roamed the Indian Ocean and made Kutch a maritime power. Handmade models of these Dhows can also be procured from local artisans. Then we proceed to Jamnagar and night stay will be there itself.
On the day 5, after an early breakfast, proceed ahead to Dwarka. Visit NageshwarJyotirling en-route. Nageshwar was believed to be known as 'Darukavana', which is an ancient epic name of a forest in India. Lord Shiva has his divine presence in Darukavana as a Jyotirling forever. Then we visit Beyt Dwarka or Beyt Shankhodhar, which is a small island that was the main port in the region before the development of Okha. It offers opportunities to spot dolphins, marine excursions, camping and picnicking. Most of the archaeological ruins excavated here and religious manuscripts correspond with Beyt Dwarka as the original abode of Lord Krishna. In order to get there from Dwarka, one might need to first get to Okha port jetty (32 km), by either rail or road and then take a ferry or small boat. On way to Dwarka, visit Rukmani Temple and further drive to hotel. Lunch on your own and later visit Gomati Ghat, which is situated at the mouth of the river. A bath in these waters is believed to purge the soul. The solemnity of this belief contrasts with the lively atmosphere of boys jumping into the waves and turning somersaults as people photograph them. Proceed to Dwarkadish Temple - also called Jagat Mandir, located in the heart of Dwarka. The temple is also the location of Dwarka Pith, also called Sharada Math/Peeth and "Western Peeth", one of the four Peeths established by AdiShankaracharyaji. It was built by Raja Jagat Singh Rathore, hence it is called Jagat Mandir. It is conjectured that this temple location is 2,500 years old and is where Krishna built his city and a temple. However, the existing temple is dated to the 16th century AD.It is a five-storied edifice built over 72 pillars,a sandstone temple with 60 pillars is also mentioned. The temple spire rises to a height of 78 meters, and a very large flag with symbols of the sun and moon is hoisted on it. The temple layout consists of a Garbhagrah. The main deity deified in the sanctum is of Dwarkadish, which is known as the Trivikrama form of Vishnu and is depicted with four arms. Attend evening Aarti at Dwarkadish Temple and then dinner on your own, have a walk on the sea shore and stay at hotel in Dwarka.
The day 6 will start with a divine experience by attending the morning aarti at the Dwarkadish Temple, and then after breakfast, leave for Somnath. On the route to Somnath, visit to Porbander, the birth Place of Mahatma Gandhi, Sudamapuri and Bharat Mata Temple. Reaching Somnath, visit the Somnath Temple, which is the first among the twelve AadiJyotirlings of India. It has a strategic location on the western coast of India. Ancient Indian traditions maintain a close relationship of Somnath with release of Chandra from the curse of his father-in-law DakshaPrajapati. The story says that moon was married to Twenty-Seven daughters of Daksha. However, he favored Rohini and neglected other queens. The aggrieved Daksha cursed Moon and the Moon lost power of light. With the advice of Prajapita Brahma, Moon arrived at the PrabhasTeerth and worshipped Bhagvan Shiva. Pleased with the great penance and devotion of Moon, Bhagvan Shiva blessed him and relieved him from the curse of darkness. Pauranic traditions maintain that Moon had built a golden temple, followed by a silver temple by Ravana, BhagvanShree Krishna is believed to have built Somnath temple with Sandalwood. Attend evening aarti and see the sound and light show at Somnath Temple premises. Dinner on your own and stay overnight at Hotel in Somnath.
Your day 7will again start with a spiritual experience having attending the early morning Manglaaarti at Somnath Temple and afterwards proceed ahead to the BhalkaTeerth where Lord Shree Krishna is said to have been mistakenly shot in the foot. Nearby is Dehotsarg, where he succumbed to his mortal wound. The temple at BhalkaTirth is known as Mahaprabhuji's Bethak, and a Tulsi (sacred basil) plant has been planted in Lord Krishna's memory. At the DehotsargTirth, in the 9th century AD,ShriVallabhacharya gave discourses on ShrimadBhagvat Gita for seven days, as well as the revered Gita Mandir, which has eighteen marble pillars with a chapter from the Bhagvat Gita inscribed on each one. The temple also contains a beautiful Tribhangi idol of Lord Krishna playing his flute.On the seventh day, after breakfast, proceed to Gir National Park. Take lunch at the pre-booked Gir Resort and enjoy the afternoon game drive by open Gypsys in Gir National Park to spot Asiatic Lions, Leopards, Spotted Deers, Peacocks, and various species of Birds. Enjoy evening with nature walks for birding and stay overnight at Gir.
On the eight and last day of your tour, after breakfast proceed to Ahmedabad, en route visit sights such as MohabbatMakbara, Edicts of Ashoka, Upperkot Fort in Junagadh, Palaces of Gondal. Lunch can be pre-booked at Orchard Palace, and after tha3, drive to Ahmedabad to catch evening flight / train back home with sweet memories of Gujarat.