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Baroda – Champaner – Jambughoda – Champaner – Poshina – Sidhpur – Patan – Modhera – LRK – Sayla/Muli – Bhuj – Banni Villages – Bhuj

Day 1 Baroda – Champaner

NOTE: Plan the arrival in Mumbai on Saturday so that you can reach Jambughoda on Sunday and on Monday you can visit the Haat at Kavat which is the most beautiful & colorful Haat of the region.

Arrival at Vadodara airport and later proceed for city tour of Vadodara. Laxmi Vilas palace, an Indo- Sarcenic marvel designed by Major Charles Mant for Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III. At the time of its completion in 1890, it was reputed to be the largest private dwelling in the world, several times larger than Buckingham Palace. This will be followed by a visit to the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, which is located within the palace grounds and contains a rare collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma. After lunch drive to Champaner and visit Jami Mosque: The Mosque dates to 1513 and construction of this mosque took 125 years to complete. The building is two storied, with both Islamic and Hindu styles of decoration. Seven Arches: It is located on the edge of the cliff on the south from where military personnel can view the entire expanse of the land below. It is built in local yellow sandstone. The arches are used in radial patterns to support the superstructure.

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Day 2 Champaner – Kavat Market – Jambughoda – Champaner

Today morning after breakfast visit Kavat the weekly Haat (Market) and see communities like Rathwa and Naika. After Lunch at Jambughoda, we proceed to a village near Jambughoda to see Pithora Painting. This is a kind of Painting done on the Inner wall of the House. When a wish is full filled the family may decide to make this kind of painting, they have to follow certain rituals before the painting is done. Drive back to Champaner

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Day 3 Champaner – Poshina / Balaram

Today Morning drive to Balaram / Poshina, in evening visit local market.

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Day 4 Poshina / Balaram

Today morning see local tribes like Garasias, Bhils and Marwadi Rabaris around Poshina / Balaram.

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Day 5 Poshina / Balaram – Sidhpur – Patan – Modhera – Dasada / Bajana

Today morning drive to Dasada / Bajana via Sidhpur, Patan and Modhera. At Sidhpur visit Bohra Muslims’ old Havelis and mansions, some over 100 years old. They have markedly European flavour. Later drive to Patan and visit 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. 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. 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. Continue drive to Dasada / Bajana.

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Day 6 Dasada / Bajana

Morning proceed for Wild Life Safari: The little Rann of Kutch is well known as the remaining habitat of Indian Wild Ass. The main carnivores of the Little Rann of Kutch are the endangered Indian wolf, desert fox, Indian fox, jackals, desert and jungle cats, and a few hyenas. Later proceed to village visit. In village meet Cultural Communities and see the Embroidery, Weaving and Beadwork. The Women of Kharapati Rabari do Exquisite embroidery using herringbone stitches interspersed with small mirrors, and occasional chain stitches for peacock and other motifs. A variety of Weaves can be seen in village nearby. The Mir of Dasada do beautiful bead work.

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Day 7 Dasada / Bajana – Sayla / Muli

Today morning drive to Sayla / Muli and visit village nearby. Visit local artisan community and see their weaving and Bandhni process.

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Day 8 Sayla / Muli – Bhuj

Today drive to Bhuj en route visiting Dhamadka & Dhaneti. In Dhamadka visit Khatri community who do traditional Ajrakh block printing by the use of natural dyes. In Dhaneti visit Ahir community famous for their embroidery, continue drive to Bhuj.

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Day 9 Bhuj – Banni Villages – Bhuj

Today morning drive to Banni Villages like Nirona, Bhirandiyara, Hodko and Dhordo to see various tribes like Meghwal, Mutwa.

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Day 10 Bhuj

Today morning visit Bhuj local market and later visit Kutch Museum: Founded by Maharao Khengarji III, it is Gujarat’s oldest museum. The collection features traditional textiles, metal artifacts, pottery, woodwork, sculpture, and archaeological objects including the largest collection of inscriptions from the Kshatrapa period. Then proceed to Aina Mahal: The Aina Mahal is also known as the Palace of Mirrors, was built in 1761 under Maharao Lakhpatji, a great patron of art and culture. Decorated with resplendent chandeliers, fountains, and doors inlaid with ivory and gold. Then proceed to Pragmahal Palace: In the same complex as the Aina Mahal stands the impressive Pragmahal Palace. On the first floor there is a Darbar Hall, Italian-Gothic masterpiece, ornate with carved columns and statues.

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Day 11 Bhuj

Drive to airport to board flight.

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