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Gandhi Trail

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Porbandar – Gondal – Rajkot – Gondal – Bhavnagar – Ahmedabad – Surat – Karadi – Baroda

Day 1 Porbandar
Arrive at Porbandar airport by Bombay flight, meet and assist; drive to hotel & check in.
After B/fast we visit Kirti Mandir where Mahatma Gandhiji was born on 2nd Oct 1869. The original three storied house is built like a Haveli. The foundation stone of Kirti Mandir was laid in 1947 during the lifetime of Gandhi and the memorial was completed in 1950. There are life size oil paintings of Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba kept side by side in the center of Kirti Mandir. The auspicious words, ‘The Truth’ and ‘Non-violence’, symbolizing his life and preaching are placed near their feet. Just behind Kirti Mandir is Navi Khadki, the family house of Kasturba. She married Gandhiji when she was 13 years old. In addition to being one of the Gandhiji’s inspirational forces, she was deeply involved in the freedom movement. On our return from Kirti Mandir via M.G. road we pass through an atmospheric market square known as Manek Chowk, bound by three historic gates. The gates, two stories tall, are connected by arcades with balconies, mostly used as offices now. The Indo European architecture speaks of the city’s once flourishing sea trades. The square brims with vendors selling flowers, religious wares and fresh produce.
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Day 2 Porbandar

Today after B/fast proceed to visit the famous Sudama Temple: The Sudama temple is dedicated to the childhood friend and devotee of Lord Krishna. Later we visit Sartanji No Choro: King Sartanji (1757-1813) commissioned this pavilion as a venue for music concerts. The ceiling is made of wooden panels with floral images. Statues of musician and door keepers adorn the columns and outside corners. A water tank inside keeps the place cool. After lunch visit Khadigram Udhyog.

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Day 3 Porbandar – Gondal (Approx 160kms – 3hrs)

Today after B/fast drive to Gondal. After lunch we proceed to visit the place where there is a stone which is engraved and it says that Gandhiji was conferred the title of Mahatma at this place. It is inside the compound of the Ayurvedic pharmacy complex. Later we proceed to visit Navlakha Palace: The palace has excellent stone carvings with exquisite jharokhas. Some of the carvings show Kathiawadi Swordsman and images from Hindu pantheon. The large Darbar Hall has stuffed panthers, gilt wooden furniture and antiques mirrors. The private museum displays an impressive collection of silver caskets, textiles, wardrobes & library.

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Day 4 Gondal – Rajkot – Gondal (Approx 100kms – 2hrs)

Today we drive to Rajkot to visit Kaba Gandhi No Delo (Gandhiji’s childhood residence) where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his stay in Rajkot in the early years of his life. The museum displays and consists of photographs, objects and the belongings of the great Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi. After lunch we visit Watson Museum: The Watson Museum was named in fond memory of Colonel John Watson in 1888. Colonel Watson was fond of his history and archaeology and used to collect information on Rajkot. Most of his collections and other artifacts are preserved here. Museum exhibits copies of artifacts from Mohenjo-Daro, natural history, 13th century carvings, temple statues, costumes and design of the houses of the local tribal people. After visit Alfred High School: This school was constructed during British rule; by political agent Kernel Singh. Gandhiji did his schooling from Alfred High School. The name Alfred High School was changed to “Mohandas Gandhi High School” after India’s independence. Drive back to Gondal

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Day 5 Gondal – Bhavnagar (Approx 180kms – 4hrs)

Morning after B/fast we drive to Bhavnagar to visit Gandhi Smriti: Bhavnagar’s association with Gandhiji, who briefly attended Samaldas College in the city in 1988, is celebrated at the Gandhi Smriti. The collection includes photographs depicting Gandhiji’s life with captions in Hindi.

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Day 6 Bhavnagar – Ahmedabad (Approx 190kms – 4hrs)

Today we drive to Ahmedabad. After lunch we proceed to visit Kocharab Ashram: When Gandhiji returned from South Africa in 1915, he established the Kocharab Ashram in the bungalow of barrister friend. It had to be abandoned due to a shortage of space for new activities. The ashram houses a small picture exhibition of Gandhiji, his charkha (spinning wheel) and a small library with an extensive collection of books written by and bought Gandhiji.

Day at leisure

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Day 7 Ahmedabad

After B/fast we proceed to visit Sabarmati Ashram: In 1917, Mahatma Gandhi established the Satyagrah Ashram along the Sabarmati River. He choose a barren location so that he could experiment with farming, livestock and other ideas was also situated between a jail and a crematorium, a position that Gandhiji thought reflected where a satyagrahi should be prepared to end up. It was from this ashram that Gandhiji began his non-cooperation movement and evolved from Mohandas to the Mahatma. Near to the Ashram there is the Dandi Bridge, which was the starting point of Dandi March.

O/N Ahmedabad

Day 8 Ahmedabad – Surat (Approx 280kms – 6hrs)

Today after B/fast we drive to Surat. After lunch we proceed to visit Dandi: On April 6th 1930 Mahatma Gandhiji and his 80 associates reached Dandi after marching 385 km though hundreds of villages over a period of 23 days. Everyone watched spellbound as Gandhiji picked up a fistful of salt and spun the nation into a nonviolent revolution. As news spread across the country, people started making their own salt, burning foreign fabrics and challenging laws against censorship. The Salt March heralded a new intensity in India’s struggle for freedom. Later we visit The Saifee Villa Museum; was established in 1961 to commemorate the Salt March. The museum is located in the former residence of Syedna Taher Saifuddin Saheb, Gandhiji’s host on the eve before his trip to the sea to make salt. The museum houses pictures and artifacts from Gandhiji’s life.

Drive back to Surat.

O/N Surat

Day 9 Surat – Karadi – Baroda (Approx 250kms – 5hrs)

After B/fast drive to Baroda en-route visiting Karadi: In 1919 after the Jalianwala massacre, Mahatma Gandhi encouraged the Indian people to rise against the British Raj. On 10th June 1920 Gandhiji announced the boycott of government run schools and colleges. Thousands left schools and decided to join the struggle for independence. At this time in 1921 people of Karadi decided to establish a Rashtriya Shala to break away from the British run government schools. In 1928 Manibhai Patel a graduate from the Gujarat Vidhyapeeth was appointed as the School headmaster. Manibhai was a follower of Shri Aurobindo and a true Gandhian who was jailed many a times by the British.
In 1930 Gandhiji began his salt protest against the British and marched to Dandi. After his protest in Dandi, Gandhiji with more than 80 of his aides and supporters came to Karadi. Our school became their home and Gandhiji from his hut under a mango tree, wrote a letter to the Viceroy of his intentions to protest at the salt works at Dharasana. From here with the help of the local independence fighters he organized meetings in the surrounding areas and encouraged people to fight against the British rule. Support for Gandhiji was overwhelming and he declared that Karadi was to become his permanent address. But after living for only 22 days in Karadi, he was arrested by the British on the midnight of 5th May 1930 and sent to prison in Yarvada. Continue drive to Baroda.

O/N Baroda

Day 10 Baroda

Morning drive to airport to board flight to Bombay.




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