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Bhuj – Lakhpat – Mandvi – Jamnagar – Junagadh – Gondal – Bhavnagar – Lothal – Baroda – Ahmedabad
Day 1 Bombay – Bhuj
Arrive at Bhuj airport, after check in at hotel visit Aiana Mahal: It is an 18th-century palace in Bhuj. It was built by Rao Lakhpatji in 1761. The Chief architect was Ram Singh Malam. Prag Mahal: The Prag Mahal is a 19th Century palace located next to the Aiana Mahal. It was commissioned by Rao Pragmalji II, and construction began in 1865. It was designed by Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins in the Italian Gothic style, and many Italian artisans were involved in its construction. The palace is made of Italian marble and sandstone from Rajasthan. Kutch Museum: Kutch Museum in Bhuj is the oldest museum of Gujarat. It initially formed part of the School of Art established by Maharao Khengarji III, which was founded on 1 July 1877. The museum has the largest existing collection of Kshatrap inscriptions, dating to the 1st century AD. The oldest Kshatrap inscription found in Andhau and the only Gujarati Abhir inscription of the 3rd century are the main attractions.
Day 2 Bhuj – Lakhpat – Mandvi
Today morning drive to Lakhpat and visit Lakhpat Fort: The fort of Lakhpat was built around 1855 AD, by the famous Army General of Kutch, Jamadar Fateh Mamad. The fort protected the richest town of Kutch from the encroaching armies of Sindh. It has 20 Bastions and 6 gates. The kings of Kutch had set a rule according to which, any fort built in the state must have five gates referred to as NAKA and the sixth gate that is smaller in size referred to as CHCHATTHI BARI. Gurudwara Sahib Ji: In the course of Guru Nanak Dev ji’s travels, he visited Gujarat and traveled on to Lakhpat. In old times, Lakhpat was part of Sind (now in Pakistan). Guru Nanak Dev Ji stayed at Lakhpat to & fro whist traveling to Mecca Madina (Saudi Arabia). The place served as a seat of the Udasi Sect. later drive to Mandvi.
Day 3 Mandvi – Jamnagar
Morning proceed to visit 72 Jain Temples: This is the important place for the Jains which is almost 51 kms away from Bhuj. It has 72 Deris (Temple) of Lord Mahavir. People always come to see this beautiful and attractive place. Bounter Jinalaya is also known as Adiswar Bounter Jinalaya Mahatirth. It is situated on the Mundra – Mandvi Road about 9 kms away from the central town of Mandvi. It is spread out in almost 80 acre areas. It is built in the memory of Gun Sagar Suriswarji Maharaj. The construction of this Jinalaya began in 1982, but it is still in an unfinished phase and it still needs many more years for his completion. The center of attraction at Mandvi is the Vijay Vilas Palace, a royal abode set in the middle of well-laid gardens with water channels and marble fountains. The architect and craftsmen from Jaipur designed and constructed the palace in 1920 AD. The palace has all the elements of Rajput architecture and draws largely on the plan of palaces of Orchha and Datia. Dhow Making: On the banks of the Rukmavati River, just south of the bridge, visit the still-active shipbuilding yard. Craftsmen still assemble ships out of wood, Later Drive to Jamnagar.
Day 4 Jamnagar – Junagadh – Gondal
Today morning visit the jain temples, Baal Hanuman temple and the Cresent Market Area and drive pass the Lakhota Fort: Jamnagar was founded by Jam Rawal Jadeja in 1540 A.D. as the capital of the Princely State of Nawanagar. Jamnagar, historically known as Nawanagar (the new town), was one of the most important princely states of the JADEJA’s in the region of Saurashtra. 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 (It is under restoration as of now and closed for visit). 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 . Later drive to Gondal via 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. Continue drive to Gondal.
Day 5 Gondal – Bhavnagar
Morning proceed to visit Naulakha palace: The Naulakha Palace is the oldest extant palace in Gondal, dating back to the 17th century. It has legendary stone carvings with exquisite “jharokhas” (balconies), a fabulous pillared courtyard, delicately carved arches, and a unique spiral staircase. The Private palace museum displays an impressive display of silver caskets which were in the services of carrying messages and gifts for Maharajah Bhagwat Sinhji on his silver jubilee as ruler of Gondal. Riverside Palace: It was built in 1875 by Maharajah Bhagwat Sinhji for his son Yuvraj Bhojraji, which is groomed be lawns and gardens, and has marvelously appointed sitting arrangement — the “living room” is furnished in typical colonial style with chandelier, antique wooden furniture and sofas; whereas the “Indian room” decorated with beadwork, brassware and paintings, it has now become a heritage hotel. Later drive to Bhavnagar.
Day 6 Bhavnagar – Lothal – Baroda
Today morning visit Nilambag Palace: This palace was built in 1859 A.D., The palace was home of the ruling Gohil dynasty of Bhavnagar. It has a magnificent architecture and is set amidst 10 acres of wooded environs. The palace was designed by German architect as Royal residence. Later drive to Baroda, En route visiting 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.
Day 7 Baroda – Ahmedabad
At Vadodara, visit Fateh Singh Museum, Sayaji Bagh and the Baroda Museum and Art Gallery. Fateh Singh Museum: This royal art collection includes copies of European works by Raphael, Titan and Murillo and
examples of Greco-Roman, Chinese and Japanese art as well as Indian exhibits.
Sayaji Bagh is a popular spot for an evening stroll. Within the park are several attractions. Baroda Museum and Art Gallery: The Museum has some good Indian statues and carving. Later drive to Ahmedabad
Day 8 Ahmedabad
Today morning proceed for heritage walk of old city visiting Swaminarayan Temple, Pols, Havelis, Hindu and Jain Temples, Manek chowk. Gandhi Ashram: on a quiet peaceful stretch of the Sabarmati River, Mahatma Gandhi set up a simple retreat in 1915. This was his Satyagrah Ashram and for many years it was the nerve centre of India’s freedom movement. It was from here, in 1930, that Mahatma began his famous Dandi March to the sea to protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the British. Hridaya Kunj, the simple cottage where he lived, is now a national monument and preserved as it was during the Mahatma’s life-time. Kocharb Ashram: Kochrab ashram established in 1915 was home to both Gandhiji and his wife Kasturba for 2 years. “What is special about this place is that Gandhiji shaped his beliefs about khadi, ahimsa and satyagrah from here.”
Later drive to Airport/Railway Station to catch your Flight/Train.