Chitra Vichitra Fair
Ahmedabad – Poshina – Sidhpur – Patan – Modhera – LRK – Ahmedabad
Day 1 Ahmedabad
Arrive Ahmedabad in morning and you will be transferred to hotel. After lunch visit the Sabarmati Ashram also known as Gandhi Ashram. It’s located on the bank of the river Sabarmati. An ashram was the residence of Mahatma Gandhi, who lived there about twelve years, with his wife Kasturba. Hutheesingh Jain Temple: An affluent Jain trader Sheth Hutheesing Kesarisinh planned to build a sacred Jain Temple. Construction of the famed temple was completed in 1848 AD. Sompura artisans are well known artisans famed for their craftsmanship skills in stone carvings and sculpting and are especially involved in making sculptures in Hindu and Jain temples. Legends state that there is a 170 years old lamp that is still lighting beneath the sanctum sanctorum. Then proceed to Adalaj’s Step Well: The step well was built in 1499 by Muslim king Mohammed Begda. Step Well is intricately carved and is five stories in depth. The designs on its walls and pillars include leaves, flowers, birds, fish and other breathtaking ornamental designs.
Day 2 Ahmedabad
In the morning proceed to Heritage walk of city visiting Swaminarayan temple, Pols, Havelis, Hindu and Jain temples, Manek chowk and Jama Masjid. After proceed to Calico Museum of Textiles: The museum was founded 1949 by the industrialist Gautam Sarabhai and His sister Gira Sarabhai. In Calico Museum you can see remarkable collection of fabrics spanning varied and remote regions of India exemplifies handicrafts textiles across five centuries. Then proceed to visit World Vintage Car Museum: In Car Museum you can see various pavilions built on acres of verdant grounds showcase more than 100 of the finest cars in the world such as Rolls-Royce, Bentleys, Daimlers, Langondas, Mercedes, Cadillac etc.
Day 3 Ahmedabad – Poshina
In morning proceed to Poshina. After lunch at Poshina proceed to village visit. Poshina is populated by a captivating of colorful tribal communities of the Garasias, Bhils and the pastoral Rabaris. Each tribe retains its distinctive traditions and crafts. The Garasias are known for their colourful attire, the Rabaris their silver ornaments and Bhils are for arrow making. Poshina is also home to many potters who make the lovely terracotta horses and other earthenware. You can see their terra cotta horses and pottery.
Day 4 Poshina
Full day at Chitra Vichitra Fair site. Chitra Vichitra fair attracts Bhils and Garasias from Sabarkantha and surroundings regions. Tribal come from near and far by foot and on camel back and coverage at the site on the eve of the fair. The fair is not only a means of entertainment for the tribal, but is also one of their chief annual events. As is common in other festivals, Chitra Vichitra too has its romantic side. Among the Bhils, the fair is a legitimate means to search for one’s life partner outside the orthodox manner of selection by the parents.
Day 5 Poshina – Sidhpur – Patan – Modhera – Dasada/Bajana
In morning after breakfast drive to Sidhpur: You can visit The temple ruins of Rudra Mahalaya, Raja Siddhraj built a magnificent temple in 12th century A.D; dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to ancient documents, it has three-storied shikhara and 12 entrance doors. You can visit Bohra Muslims’s old Havelis and mansions, some over 100 years old. They have markedly European flavor. Patan: Patan is famous for Patola Weaving (Double Ikat). You can visit the Salvi family; one of them has continued this traditional art. The weaver makes the special Patola loom and colouring from indigenous natural materials. You can have lunch at Salvi’s house. After visiting Salvi family proceed to Rani Ki Vav: Rani Ki Vav (Queen’s Step Well) was constructed during the period of the Solanki or Chalukya. This magnificent east facing Step Well has so many beautiful sculptures, in devotion to Vishnu, in the forms of Dus-Avatars Kalki. Rani Ki Vav is amongst the finest Step Well in India. After drive to Modhera: In Modhera you can visit the famous Sun Temple dedicated to the Hindu Sun-God (Surya). It was built in 1026 AD by king Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty. 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. Continue drive to Dasada / Bajana.
Day 6 Dasada/Bajana
After breakfast enjoy wild life safari in little Rann of Kutch. Post lunch you can visit Cultural Communities and you can see the Embroidery, Weaving and Beadwork. The Women of Rabari do Exquisite embroidery using herringbone stitches interspersed with small mirrors, and occasional chain stitches for peacock and other motifs. A variety of Weavers can be seen in the village. The Mirs of Dasada do beadwork to create braids, tassels and neckless.
Day 7 Dasada/Bajana – Ahmedabad
Today morning drive to Ahmedabad Airport/Railway Station to board Flight/Train.