Ages - 2500 BC
Bhuj – Dholavira – Bhuj –– Jamnagar – Dwarka – Jamnagar – Gondal – Junagadh – Talaja – Bhavnagar – Palitana – Bhavnagar – Lothal – Baroda – Balasinor – Ahmedabad
Day 1 Bhuj
Arrive at Bhuj airport; meet guide and driver and later proceed to explore Bhuj Local Market area, Prag Mahal, Aiana Mahal, Kutch Museum, etc.
Day 2 Bhuj – Dholavira – Bhuj
Today drive to Dholavira and visit Indus Valley Civilization/Harappan civilization, which dates back to 3rd millennium B.C; it is also considered as the grandest of cities of its time. The city was built up in a pre-planned geometric shape with three divisions-the citadel, the middle town and the lower town. One more important feature is the water conservation system with many reservoirs. Many artifacts like ornaments, vessels, seals and gold, silver and also terracotta utensils, few items of Mesopotamian origin were all excavated from this site, and visit an Archaeological Museum of Dholavira. Later drive back to Bhuj.
Day 3 Bhuj – Jamnagar
Today morning drive to Jamnagar visit Lakhota Palace: This small palace, on an island in the middle of the Lakhota Lake, once belonged to the Maharaja of Nawanagar. Today it houses a small museum. The fort museum has a good collection of sculptures that spans a period from the 9th to the 18th century and pottery found in ruined medieval villages from the surrounding area. Bala Hanuman Temple: Bala Hanuman temple, famous for its continuous chanting of the “Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram” since August 1st, 1964, for which it is even listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. You can visit the temple to be witness to their prolonged act of religious devotion later proceed to visit local market.
Day 4 Jamnagar – Dwarka – Jamnagar
Today morning drive to Dwarka to visit Dwarkadhish Temple: The Dwarkadhish temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, who is worshipped here by the name Dwarkadhish, or ‘King of Dwarka. It is situated at Dwarka, which is believed to have been built after the historic Dwarka city, the Kingdom of Krishna, which submerged in to the ocean after the Mahabharata war. The main shrine of the 5-storied building, supported by 72 pillars, is known as Jagat Mandir or Nija Mandir, and is believed to be 2,500 years old.
The present temple was built in 16th century CE, while the original temple was believed to have been built by Krishna’s grandson, Vajranabha, over the hari-griha (Lord Krishna’s residential place).
Rukmini Devi Temple: It stands 2 km away from Dwarka City. The local explanation given for this distance is an old legend. They say, once Lord Krishna and his wife Rukmini went to the sage Durvasha to invite him for dinner at Dwarka. He agreed on the condition that Krishna & Rukmini would have to pull his chariot instead of any animal. The couple happily obliged. While pulling the chariot, Rukmini became thirsty so Lord Krishna prodded his toe into the earth to draw a spring of the holy Ganga water. Rukmini took a sip without offering Durvasha. Annoyed by her impoliteness he cursed Rukmini that she would be separated from her beloved husband. Hence Rukmini temple is located 2 Kms away from Dwarkadhish Temple. Drive to Okha jetty, take a boat to Bet Dwarka Later visit Beyt Dwarka. Shri Krishna Temple: We visit this 500 year old temple which is a 15 minute walk. Walk to the jetty and take boat back to Jamnagar.
Day 5 Jamnagar – Gondal – Junagadh
Today morning drive to Junagadh via Gondal. Visit Orchard Palace: Visit Khambhalida Buddhist Caves: There are three caves containing chaitya and stupa. The chaitya gate includes figures of Bodhisattva Padmapani and Vajrapani on right and left respectively. The caves were carved in 4th-5th century AD in the limestone rock. Later drive to Junagadh and visit Upperkot Fort: Upperkot is a remarkable fort situated in the middle of the town. It was originally built in 319 BC and was rediscovered in 976 AD. The fort was attacked a number of times. The citadel has a huge gate and it is enclosed within fort walls that are around 20 m high. One can also see the mammoth Jama Masjid inside the complex. There are also a number of Buddhist caves situated in the complex of Upperkot. Ashokan Rock Edicts: At the foothills of Girnar Mountain, there is uneven rock with a circumference of seven meters by ten meters. It bears inscriptions in Brahma’s script, etched with an iron pen. Mohabbat Khan Maqbara: The yellow mausoleum, Mohabbat Maqbara, is a masterpiece of its kind with finely designed arches, vertical columns and elaborate stone carvings on the walls and windows. Its silver-decorated portals, the winding staircases encircling its four tall minarets, the old step-well in the grounds, and its onion-shaped dome contribute to its splendor.
Day 6 Junagadh – Talaja – Bhavnagar
Today morning drive to Bhavnagar via Talaja. Visit Talaja Caves: The caves are located in Bhavnagar District. The rock cuts are carved out into deserted conical rocks. The rock cut group includes 30 caves among which about 15 are water tanks. The cave has unique architecture known as Ebhal Mandapa. The halls are plain. “On the facade there are chaitya windows with a broad bank of vedika below them.” The chaitya and cells were carved during Buddhism influence in 2nd century BC. Continue drive to Bhavnagar.
Day 7 Bhavnagar – Palitana – Bhavnagar
Morning drive to Palitana to see the Jain’s sacred site, it contains hundreds of Palitana temples. The Adinath Temple has an idol more than 2m tall. Major Jain pilgrim destination, exquisite Temples, Adinath Temple. There are Approx 850 marble carved temples on the hills. The buildings are craved in marble and are considered to be prayers in stone. The view is seductive with sights of surrounding valleys, rivers and temples on the way to top. Drive back to Bhavnagar.
Day 8 Bhavnagar – Lothal – Baroda
Morning drive to Baroda en-route visit Lothal: one of the most prominent cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization. It is believed to have been a flourishing sea port and trade center between 2900-2400 BC. You can see an ancient well, and the city drainage canals, the bathroom-toilet structure of houses, the main drainage canal with four holes. Continue drive to Baroda and visit Laxmi Vilas Palace: This striking palace built between 1878-1890 is the private residence of the royal family. It is reputed to have been the largest private dwelling built till date and four times the size of Buckingham Palace. You can visit Darbar hall and Fatehsingh Museum inside the palace.
Day 09 Baroda – Balasinor – Ahmedabad
Today morning drive to Ahmedabad via Balasinor. Visit Balasinor Fossil Park: Balasinor Fossil Park is located in Raiyoli village. Raiyoli Dinosaur Fossil Excavation Site contains fossilized eggs, bones and other remains of the Dinosaurs. In this fossil park, the remains of around 13 species of dinosaurs have also been found. By visiting the world’s 2nd largest site, see the fossils and eggs in their natural form. Continue drive to Ahmedabad. Visit Sabarmati Ashram: It’s located on the bank of the river Sabarmati. This ashram was the residence of Mahatma Gandhi, who lived there for about twelve years, with his wife Kasturba.
Day 10 Ahmedabad
Today morning drive to Airport/Railway Station to board Flight/Train.