4 Days Ahmedabad - Bhuj - Bajana - Textile - Wildlife - Monuments
Ahmedabad – Bhuj – Banni Villages – Bajana – Patan – Modhera – Ahmedabad
Day 1 – Ahmedabad – Bhuj
Pick up clients at somewhere in Ahmedabad. Drive to Bhuj.(If time permits en route we can stop at Dhamadka Village / Ajrakpur village to see Block printing and also at Bhujodi Village to see shawl weaving) In Dhamadka / Ajrakhpur village Block printing workshop will remain closed from 1230Hrs to 1330Hrs on weekdays and from 1230Hrs to 1430Hrs on Fridays for prayers.
O/N – Bhuj
Day 2 – Bhuj – Banni Villages – Bhuj
Visit White Rann: The Rann of Kachchh is a salt marshy land in the Thar Desert in the Kachchh district of western Gujarat. It lies between Gujarat in India and the Sindh province in Pakistan. It comprises of around 30,000 sq. km of land which includes The Great Rann of Kachchh, The Little Rann of Kachchh and Banni grassland.
Visit Nirona village to see Rogan Painting: A traditional textile art form involving painting on fabric. The art of Rogan originated in Syria and is practiced through Peshawar, Lahore, Sindh and Kutch. The colour making process itself is time consuming and involves great skill. Zura Village to see Copper Bell Making: See the musical crescendo signals a phoenix like birth of a new bell emerging from mud and fire. Iron bells enameled in copper and bronze, so many shapes and size emitting melodies which are soft yet carry sonorously through the desert air. Bhirandiyara village to see Meghwal Embroidery: Meghwal people are known for their fine embroidery and colourful mud bhungas. In Nirona village Rogan painting will remain closed from 1230Hrs to 1330Hrs on weekdays and from 1230Hrs to 1430Hrs on Fridays for prayers.
Drive back to Hotel.
O/N – Bhuj
Day 3 – Bhuj – Bajana
Morning drive to Bajana. In the afternoon, enjoy jeep safari in Wild Ass Sanctuary: A jeep safari will take you to the Little Rann of Kutch to see the rare species of the ‘Indian Wild Ass’. Little Rann of Kutch (Wild Ass Sanctuary), Little Rann of Kutch, a sanctuary for the endangered Asiatic Wild Ass. The mammals of the Rann other than the wild ass, there are chances of seeing nilgai, chinkara gazelle, white-footed desert and Indian foxes, the wolf, jungle cat (occasionally also desert cat), pale and long-eared hedgehogs and hare.
Later proceed for Village Safari: Visit the nearby villages to see the local tribes such as Kharapati Rabari, Bharwad and Bajania still maintaining their rich heritage of lifestyle clothes, jewelry and dances. Their embroidery is exquisite.
O/N – Bajana
Day 4 – Bajana – Modhera – Patan – Ahmedabad
Morning after breakfast drive to Ahmedabad En-route Visit Modhera Sun Temple: Sun Temple dedicated to the Hindu Sun-God (Surya). It was built in 1026 AD by king Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty. The temple comprises three separate, axially and integrated elements. 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. The temple was so designed that the first rays of the sun fell on the image of Surya, the Sun God, at the time equinoxes.
Veg. lunch at local restaurant.
Rani Ki Vav: Rani Ki Vav is an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat. This Vav was constructed by Udaymati, the queen of Bhimdev and represents the finest of the Indian sculptures and architecture. Sahastralinga Talav, an artificial tank was built by the Siddhraj Jai Singh in Gujarat. The architecture of this tank integrated the great sense of water management and sanctity of water in Hindu religion. Visit Salvi Family, one of them has continued this traditional art. The weaver makes the special Patola loom and colouring from indigenous natural materials.
If time permits visit Adalaj Stepwell: It was built in 1498 in the memory of Rana Veer Singh, by his wife Queen Rudadevi. It is a fine example of Indian architecture work. The history of the Adalaj step-well is established by an inscription in Sanskrit found on a marble slab positioned in a recess on the first floor, from the eastern entry to the well.
Continue drive to Ahmedabad Airport/Railway Station to board your Flight/Train. Late evening departure around 2000 Hrs.