Tribal and Cultural Tour of Gujarat
THE TOUR AT THE GLANCE
Tribal culture of Gujarat is very old, and the tribal people of Gujarat are very talented and artistic, very beautiful handicrafts are produced by these tribal peoples of Gujarat by using very simple tools and objects. Gujarat is one of the most prominent states in India where tourists can meet the indigenous tribe or nomadic communities. Gujarat is truly diverse and its rural areas are well-known for simple and semi-nomadic people. The culture of Gujrat embraces the lifestyle of different communities and architectural styles from historical times. Also, this state is a treasure trove of vibrant art and culture. Tribal and Cultural Heritage of Gujarat program will take you on a memorable journey through the villages and markets in the state. You can also see rich culture, lifestyle, and art of this western state of India. Bhuj is also on the list, Appreciate the cultural richness as well as architectural excellence. Kick-off in Ahmedabad, a 600-year-old-walled city—and India's first UNESCO-listed site—before visiting various palaces and indigenous villages known for embroidery, woodcarving, and mud painting. Continue to Palitana where you'll experience 863 marble temples before circling back to Ahmedabad for any last-minute textile shopping.
EXPERIENCES AND VISITS IN THIS TOUR JOURNEY
- Take a sunrise Heritage Walk to see Ahmedabad's most impressive sites
- Visit to major tourist attractions like the Gandhi Ashram, Sidi Sayed Mosque in Ahmedabad
- Seek the blessings at Taranga Jain Temple, Danta
- See enchanting Queen’s stepwell in Dasada
- Interact with different communities
- Drive through a salt marsh in a jeep while looking for endangered species
- Spend two days touring various villages near Bhuj and meet natives
- Purchase quality textiles directly from the locals who make them
- See the colorful dance performance by the tribes of Garasia and Bhil villages
- Make a sacred climb up a 2.5-mile (4 km) walkway to see the Jain temples
- Guided tour of Takhteshwar Temple and the Gandhi Smriti Memorial, at Bhavnagar
- Excursion to Shatrunjaya hill to explore 1300 temples featuring exquisite sculpture and carving
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Delhi is one of India's most colourful and exciting metropolises, where the old and new cities exist harmoniously together.Upon arrival into Delhi, you will be met by our representatives who will transfer you to your hotel for check in.
Morning your tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. He is also famously known as the “father of the nation”. Continue your tour to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. People stream in and out of the mosque continuously and the presence of a nearby bazaar means that the area is rarely quiet. Enjoy the rickshaw ride at Old Delhi peddling through the narrow by lanes of Chandani Chowk and visit spices market is one of the largest wholesale spice markets in Asia, It is well worth a visit for the intensity of its sights and smells alone. Along with fresh spices of all shapes, sizes, and colors, this market sells myriad nuts, herbs, dry fruits, and grains.
In the afternoon visit the Qutb Minar complex which dominates the historic site where Qutb-ud-Din-Aibak laid the foundation of Delhi Sultanate. Its sandstone minaret, 72.5 m high, has a staircase of 379 steps to reach the summit. It is the tallest stone tower in India and one of the most successful Muslim buildings. You will then discover the Humayun Mausoleum, the 2nd Mughal emperor. Built in the middle of the 16th century at the request of Hamida Banu Begum (the widow of Emperor Humayun), the mausoleum is a fine example of early Mughal architecture.
Drive past British Architect by Edward Lutyens, with the task of building the new capital in Delhi. Lutyen’s Delhi primarily consists of the administrative area of the capital, India Gate and the Viceroy’s House (which is now known as Rashtrapati Bhawan). A visit to Delhi is incomplete without going to Lutyen’s Delhi which one can say, is the place where the Central Government of India currently resides and works from.
Today, transfer to airport to board flight for Ahmedabad. Upon arrival, you will meet our representative and transfer to hotel.
Afternoon visit Ahmedabad city -Sabarmati Ashram : On a quiet stretch of the Sabarmati river is the Gandhi Ashram set up in 1917. During the lifetime of Mahatma Gandhi it was known as Satyagraha Ashram and was the center of India's freedom movement. It was from here, in 1930, that the Mahatma began his famous "Dandi March" to the sea to protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the British. 'Hridaya Kunj', the simple cottage where he lived, is preserved as a National Monument. Hatheesing Jain Temple, Built of pure white marble, it has a paved courtyard surrounded by an imposing row of cloisters containing 52 shrines, each with an image of a tirthankara, It was designed by Premchand Salat and is dedicated to Dharmanath, the fifteenth Jina or Jain apostle. It was built at a cost of Rs 10 Lakhs, a sum unimaginable in those days. The Sidi Saiyad Mosque was built by an Abyssinian who rose from the ranks of a slave to the post of a Governor in the 15th century. This mosque is famous for its exquisite windows of pierced stone, worked in a design of a tree with palm leaves and curving tendrils.
Early birds, rejoice! Before breakfast this morning, you'll have the option to join a Heritage Walk (2-3 hours) to see some of Ahmedabad's best culture and heritage sites. The walk starts from the Swaminarayan Temple and passes by numerous aspects of the old city before concluding at the well-known 15th century Jama Masjid. The walk was initiated more than one and a half decades ago and is now being replicated in several other Indian cities and towns,
Post breakfast at your hotel, it's time to transfer to Poshina ,Upon arrival, you'll check into your hotel and then explore. The village of Poshina is home to a number of artisans, tribal arrow craftsmen, potters, blacksmiths, and a bazaar famous for its tribal silver jewelry, sleeved daggers, and terracotta horses. The area around Poshina is also home to ethnic communities, Bhil and Garasia, known for their colorful attire and artistic ornaments.
Today, you'll depart for Dasada , with some stops along the way starting with the village of Danta. Here you will meet the Dungri Garasia tribes, a group that includes half a dozen endogamous hierarchical sub-tribes calling themselves Garasia or Dungri Garasia. These are divided into two neighboring states: Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Next, continue to Patan on the banks of the Sarasvati River to see the Rani-ki-Vav statue. Notice the master craftsmanship as well as the construction of step-wells in Maru-Gurjara style, hence its complex technique and great beauty in the details of the proportions.
If time permits, you will stop at Modhera to see the Sun Temple. Like the Sun Temple at Konark in Orissa, this temple was also designed to let the dawn light rise on the image of Surya at the time of the equinoxes.
After seeing the temple, resume the trip to Dasada where you'll check-in and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Today, you'll take a morning jeep ride in search of the indigenous Indian wild ass (or khur)—one of the most endangered species in the world—located in a salt marsh called Little Rann of Kutch. The plains also provide a haven for endangered Indian wolves, as well as desert cats, striped hyenas, and birds of prey.
Later in the afternoon, you'll visit some nearby villages, inhabited by a number of interesting communities. The women here are experts in embroidery and you can watch them at work. They tend to use herringbone stitches interspersed with small mirrors along with occasional chain stitches for peacocks and other motifs.
In the afternoon, you'll return to Dasada for the evening.
After breakfast in Dasada, you'll transfer to Bhuj, Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel and then explore the city at your own pace, specifically its network of narrow, busy streets in the old town.
The name Bhuj is derived from the Bhujia Fortress, located on a nearby hill with excellent views of the city. A local ruler Maharoa Hamir founded this city in 1510 and it was declared the capital in 1549 during the rule of Rao Khengarji I. During British rule, the city was an independent part of the Princely States; after independence, it became a part of India.
Bhuj is also known for its quality textiles and there are many shops to browse through. Here you'll find different forms of handicraft including embroidery, block-printing, and tye-dye.
Today, after breakfast, you'll begin a day-trip to visit a group of villages near Bhuj where you'll meet natives and learn about their culture.
Banni: In the area of Banni in Kutch, the Meghwal-Harijans who emigrated from Rajasthan use Kambira, Kharek, and Kudi Stitches in their embroidery. Also, the satin dot outline and embroidery of the area—and the very tiny mirror designs—are similar to the famous Mutwa embroidery of the region. You'll find wall hangings, vests, and wallets in Kharek Stitch, and beading on portable fans, bracelets, toys, and belts.
Hodka: The name Hodka derives from the Gujarati word 'Hodi' which means 'boat'. Since then, the villages here are called jheels, where drinking water is available. Hodka is as famous for its beautiful embroidery and mud work as it is for its leather. Men and women actively participate in the development of the artistic and craft tradition of the region.
Ludiya Village: Harijans and Muslims are the main communities of this village and their main occupations include monsoon culture, cattle rearing, wood carving, embroidery, and mud and wall painting for home decoration. (Harijan men are involved in wood carving; women in embroidery and wall decoration).
Dhordo Village: This is the best place to see the beautiful traditional mud houses (Bhungas) and fine Mutwa embroidery using small mirrors.
In the evening, return to your hotel in Bhuj.
Today, morning, get ready for another full-day excursion where you'll visit more villages around Bhuj! The places you'll see today are known for their distinctive styles of embroidery, tye-dye effects, and other handiwork, like weaving, block-printing, and Rogan-painting.
Niroma Village: This is a famous place to see Rogan painting (sometimes called printing). This is the art of cloth printing using a paint made from boiled oil and vegetable dyes, which is then laid down on fabric using either a metal block or a stylus.
Bhujodi Village: During this visit, you'll meet a national award-winning artist and witness how the locals do traditional weaving. You'll also visit the Shurjan Store for potential shopping.
Mandvi: This town is located on the banks of the Rukmavati River, walking distance from the Arabian Sea at the Gulf of Kutch. Here, you'll visit Vijay Vilas Palace, a royal abode set in the middle of well-laid gardens. The architect and craftsmen from Jaipur designed and constructed the palace in 1920 AD, and it has all the elements of Rajput architecture. This is a prime example of the traditional skill of craftsmen of the early 20th century.
In the early evening, return to your hotel in Bhuj.
Today, you'll have an entire day to learn more about Bhuj, city tour includes the following visits:
Aina Mahal: This ornate palace was constructed by Rao Lakhpatji, a great patron of art, architecture, music, and literature. Aina Mahal is a unique example of an Indian palace built in the mid-eighteenth century with a European influence.
Prag Mahal: Conveniently located next to the Aina Mahal is the Prag Mahal, a 19th-century palace. It was Rao Pragmalji II who appointed the famous architect, Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins, to design it. Constructed in Italian Gothic style—using various types of stones available in the Kutch region—the palace has spacious rooms, wide verandahs, and a lofty bell tower. This is a fine example of Indian craftsmanship combined with European architectural design.
The Kutch Museum: Formerly known as the Fergusson Museum, the Kutch was founded by Maharao Khengarji III in 1877 AD and is the oldest museum in Gujarat. Constructed in the Italian style, the museum has a picturesque setting on Hamirsar Lake and draws scholars due to its large collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, curious archaeological objects, and various crafts from the Kutch region.
Following the tour, return to your hotel.
Today, you will drive to Gondal. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel and get settled. Gondal is a picturesque town with plenty of gracious architecture, wide tree-lined roads, and European lampposts. Here you can enjoy a taste of the royal lifestyle in the Maharaja’s palace (now a heritage hotel).
Later in the afternoon, your guide will take you to Bharwad and other pastoral villages around Gondal town. The tour also includes visits to the Riverside Palace, Royal Garages, and Naulakha Palace. You will also visit a vintage car museum boasting a collection that includes a pre-1910 version that belonged to Maharaja Bhagwat Sinhji.
Return to your hotel following the tour.
Today, you'll drive to Palitana.This is an important place of worship in Jainism, and its belief system revolves around non-violence toward all living things: people, animals, and even insects.
Here you'll find a staggering number (863, precisely) of magnificent marble Jain temples, built on the slopes of the nearby Shatrunjaya Hill. The temples were constructed over a period of over 900 years by various generations of Jains, starting from the 11th century. The 2.5-mile (4 km) ascent, via the 3950 steps, takes about two hours—an effort that will be saved for the following morning.
In addition to these magnificent temples, Palitana also offers hand weaved bamboo products.
Today, Get ready for an exciting day that begins with an early climb to the hills of Palitana, known as the ‘Abode of the Gods’. The hundreds of temples here offer finely carved spires and towers that glisten in the sunlight as pilgrims make the uphill journey on foot. The climb will take about two hours each way, so please bring water and a sun hat. From the top of the hill, a breathtaking panoramic view of the Gulf of Cambay and the countryside can be witnessed.
The temples were built at different times but most belong to the 16th century and bear many common architectural features. While here, pay a visit to the main temple, dedicated to Shri Adishwara, one of the most magnificent and sacred sites of Shatrunjaya Hill. After this, you can visit the Chaumukha (also called the four-sided temple), which has a picture of Adinath facing in the four cardinal directions.
You'll have free time to explore on your own before you begin the journey back on foot.
Today, Bhavnagar is the fifth-largest city of Gujarat and the second-largest city in the Saurashtra region (it is also known as the cultural capital of Saurashtra). The city offers vibrant shades of traditional Gujarati culture.Visit Takhteshwar Temple, located in the center of the city with a panoramic view of the entire city. You'll also find Gandhi Smriti, a memorial that has a library of Gandhian books and photographs providing glimpses into the life of Mahatma Gandhi. It also has a fine collection of art objects representing the culture of the Saurashtra Region.
After visit continue drive to Lothal: the city that stood at this archaeological site 4500 years ago was one of the most important of the Indus Valley civilisation, Excavations have revealed the world’s oldest known artificial dock, which was connected to an old course of the Sabarmati River. Other features include the acropolis, the lower town, the bead factory, the warehouses, and the drainage system. The site has been nominated to be enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Later in time transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi. Upon arrival you will meet our representative and transfer to Hotel
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE IN YOUR TOUR COST
- Accommodation for total 14 nights on sharing twin / double room .
- Meals : As per program mentioned
- Transfers, sightseeing/excursions as per the program by air-conditioned Vehicle.
- English speaking Local guide as per program.
- All entrance fees to the monuments as mentioned in the program.
- Heritage walk in Ahmedabad
- Drive through a salt marsh in a jeep while looking for endangered species in little Rann of Kutch
- Tribal village permission in Bhuj
- Company representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
- All presently applicable taxes including the GST charges levied recently by the Government.
- Two bottles of mineral water each day during sightseeing.
TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE FOLLOWING EXPENSES
- International / Domestic Airfare / Departure taxes
- Visa fees
- Any new admission fees / taxes / fuel surcharges
- Meals not mentioned
- All personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, trip cancellation and personal insurance
- Early check-in/late check-out (except as noted)
- Camera/video fees at monuments
- Excess baggage fees
- Communication costs
- Any additional expenses due to unforeseen problems like natural disaster, war or strikes, cancellation or
- misconnection of flights or last-minute change of timings etc.
- Any other items not specified
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