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9 Days Textile and Handicraft Tours

Day 1 – Ahmedabad

  1. On your arrival in Ahmedabad, you will be met by our representatives. They will escort you to the car after a traditional welcome.
  2. Once at the hotel, you will be checked into your room, our representative will also brief you on the tour, if there are any queries, and he will answer those for you.
  3. After you freshen up and enjoy a relaxed lunch, you will be taken to Shreyas Museums. They were created in 1974 to house objects of interests from all states of India, be it ceremonial use, costumes, musical instruments, etc.
  4. Followed by a visit to Manek Chowk, where you can sample the various street foods.
  5. After this thrilling outing, you can return to the hotel for the night.

Day 2 – On to Patan (Road Trip of 150 km, covered in 3 hours)

  1. Post breakfast, based on a prior appointment, you will be taken to see the globally renowned Calico Museum. The Calico industry has existed since the 15th century, in 1949 Gautam Sarabhai set up the textile museum. It houses antique and ancient textiles that are a visual treat.
  2. After the museum, you will take a drive to the ancient fortified city of Patan. It is 150 km away and will be covered in 3 hours. Patan is famous for the Patola weaving, considered to be the finest hand woven sarees. A normal saree takes 4 to 6 months to finish, which makes it a dying art in today’s fast paced world. Afterwards, you will go see the Rani ki vav or the Queen’s stepwell. This richly sculptured monument was built by Udaymati in memory of her husband Bhima I(1022 – 1063),
  3. After this trip down memory lane, you will return to Ahmedabad for the night.

Day 3 – On to Bhuj (Road Trip of 380 km, covered in 7 hours)

  1. Post breakfast, early morning, you will depart for Kutch. It is home to some of India’s most colorful heritage. Nomads or gypsies have travelled through Bhuj for centuries, the numerous exchanges of tribal ware reflects in the present day handwork.
  2. En route Bhuj, you will take a break at Ajrakhpur, known for the famous Ajrakh prints. Initially started by the Khatri community who came from Sindh and were patronized by the ruler of Kutch. This work is normally seen in blue with red. The word Ajrakh comes from azarak which means blue in Arabic & Persian.
  3. Once you reach Bhuj and are checked into the hotel, you can rejuvenate till the evening, when you will be able to explore the local markets and their offers. When you exhaust yourself, you will return to the hotel for the night.

Day 4 – A trip to Mandvi to see Mashru

  1. After a hearty breakfast, you will take a trip to Mandvi to explore the art of Mashru. Mandvi is considered the center of the Mashru legacy. It was woven specifically for the Muslim communities who believed that silk should not touch a person’s skin. So weavers mixed cotton and silk threads to weave Mashru, or ‘this is allowed’ as the word means. The art has brought communities together, the Ahir Patels farmed the cotton, which was handspun and given to the weavers, the Rabari and Ahir women would work their magic into the fabric through their exquisite embroidery.
  2. After Mashru, you will be taken to see block printing that dates back to the time of the Ramayana, the artwork has been brought forward by generations of skilled artisans.
  3. In the evening, you will visit the beautiful Vijay Vilas palace, it was built by Maharao Shri Khengarji III, the Maharao of Kutch, as a summer resort for his son, Yuvraj Shri Vijayraji and hence the name. The construction started in 1920 and went on for nine years.
  4. Once you have your fill, you will head back to Bhuj for the night.

Day 5 – To Nakhatrana for Lacquer (Road trip of 50 km, covered in 1 hour)

  1. Post breakfast, you head towards Nakhatrana. It is renowned for its lacquer work on wood. The word itself is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Laksha’ which means wax, used for both the LAC insect and the resinous secretion that results in the Lac. The town is also known for the art of ‘Rogan’, the art of painting that dates back over 3 to 4 centuries.
  2. After this enlightening trip, you will be checked into the hotel for a restful night.

Day 6 – on to Hodko, via Sumrasar (Road trip of 130 km, covered in 21/2 hours

  1. Once you are done with breakfast, you will be checked out and on your way to Hodko, en route you will visit the quaint, little village called Sumrasar. It is known for the famous Kutch shawls and stoles, the weavers have been based in this village for generations. You will get to see how the weaving is done with the use of the looms.
  2. After that enlightening visit, you will head on to Hodko. After you have checked in, you can rest till the evening when it’s cooler to visit the white desert, enjoy the sunset from this unique white sandy area. After which you will head back to the hotel for the night.

Day 7 Khavda (Road trip of 130 km, covered in 2 ½ hours)

  1. Post breakfast, you will be taken on a trip to Khavda, it is famous the art of working with clay and wooden craft. A lot of the handicraft and textiles can be dated back to the Indus Valley Civilization, it is interesting to note the evolution over time, the techniques, and the material while being the same for centuries, have seen subtle adjustments to serve their purpose in the present day, some of these practices are also dying away due to modern day techniques or material being more convenient.
  2. Once you are done with this enigmatic journey, you will head back to the hotel for the night.

Day 8 – Farewell Hodko/Dhordo, as you head back to Ahmedabad (Road trip of 425 km, covered in 5 hours)

  1. Your breakfast awaits you from 7.30 hrs onwards
  2. Thereafter, our team will assure a smooth check out and soon you head to Ahmedabad.
  3. On arrival in Ahmedabad, you will be checked into the hotel so you can freshen up before the next adventure.
  4. You will experience a local home to understand the culture better. The evening will be planned to give you the experience of the Indian home with an Indian family.
  5. With these last captivating memories, you would return to the hotel for a restful sleep.

Day 9 – Enticing Ahmedabad

  1. In the morning at 7.45 hrs, you will be taken to participate in the illustrious heritage walk which is conducted by the Municipal Corporation of Ahmedabad.
  2. The walk showcases the marvels of the 6 centuries old city, the evolving architecture comprises of the finest Islamic monuments, Hindu and Jain temples. The ‘walled city’ gives you the essence of the transition through history as you walk through the various ‘Pols’ and ‘Chowks’, which form the into self
  3. After this enriching experience, you will head back to hotel to check out.
  4. Thereafter you will be taken to the airport to head back home.
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Week of Exploring Gandhi’s life

Day 1 – Ahmedabad

  1. On your arrival at Ahmedabad airport, our team member will meet you at the Exit gate.
  2. You will be taken to your hotel, where our team will ensure a smooth check in and leave you to relax.
  3. Around (TIME), you will head to explore Ahmedabad. Among the places of interest is Kochrab, Ashram, which was Gandhi’s first Ashram set up in the year 1915. It was the foundation to impart training in Satyagraha, self
  4. Once you get done, you can return for the night to the hotel.

Day 2 – Rajkot (Road trip of 220 km, covered 4 hours)

  1. After the delicious breakfast awaiting you from 7.330 hrs, you would be checked out and a driver will meet you in the lobby to take you onto Rajkot, a city where Gandhi lived the early years of his life while his father served as the Diwan to the princely state of Kathiawar.
  2. The journey to Rajkot will be covered in 4 hour, once you get there, you will be checked into your hotel where you can freshen up.
  3. You will be taken around Rajkot to see the famous Raj Kumar College where Gandhi attained his schooling education along with other princes of neighboring states, the Rashtriya Shala, a school started by Gandhi in 1921 and his residence in Kaba Gandhi no Delo, and these places shaped his formative years which in turn led towards his dedication towards Satyagraha. A lot of these facts have also been covered and displayed in the Washington Museum.
  4. Once you complete this exhilarating day, you can return to your hotel for the night.

Day 3 – Porbander, where Gandhi was born (Road trip of 180 km, covered in 4 hrs)

  1. Breakfast will await you from 7.30 hrs.
  2. Post breakfast and check out, our car will take you onto Porbander, where it all began, the birth place of Gandhi. The trip will be 180 km, which would be covered in 4 hours.
  3. At Porbander, you will be checked in efficiently, and once you are freshened, you will be taken around this coastal city of Gujarat.
  4. You will visit the childhood home of Gandhi, also known as Kirti Mandir. You will also get to see a little of Kasturba Gandhi’s life, she too was born in Porbander. Being a coastal city, it is also an important port for the state of Gujarat.
  5. Once you are done walking down the lanes of memories mixed with the modern day bustle of an operational port, you can head back to the hotel for the night.

Day 4 – Bhavnagar (Road trip of 300 km, covered in 5 hrs)

  1. After the delicious breakfast, you will be checked out and loaded into the car to head towards Bhavnagar.
  2. The road trip will be about 300 km which would be covered in 5 hours. On arriving in Bhavnagar, you will be checked in to the hotel where you can freshenup.
  3. Thereafter, you will be taken around Bhavnagar for sightseeing, where you will be taken to the Gandhi Smriti. It is a museum that displays Gandhi’s ideology and life through various carefully curated artifacts and documents, the Shamaldas College and the Nilambaugh Palace among others.
  4. After this informative day, you can return to the hotel for a restful night.

Day 5 – Enroute Surat via Vadodara (Road trip of 370 km, covered in 7 hrs)

  1. Once you are done with breakfast, you will be checked out and whisked onto your onward journey to Surat, via Vadodara.
  2. The road trip will cover 370 km which would roughly take 7 hours. On the way, you will also visit the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada River.
  3. When you arrive in Surat, you will be checked in and the remaining evening is yours to relax and unwind after the long trip.

Day 6 – Exploring Surat

  1. After a delicious breakfast, our driver will meet you in the lobby to take you around Surat.
  2. You will also be taken to Dandi, a pivotal part of India’s struggle for freedom. It was here that Gandhi ended his 24 days long march from Sabarmati Ashram in 1930. It set the motion for Poorna Swaraj which means complete independence from the British oppression.
  3. After this thought provoking tour, you will return to the hotel for a restful night. .

Day 7 – Farewell to Gandhi’s native land (Road trip of 270 km, covered in 5 hrs)

  1. Post breakfast, you will check out and our driver will take you to Ahmedabad airport to head back with ample to ponder over.
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7 Days Navratri Festival Tours

Day 1 – Ahmedabad

  1. Welcome to Ahmedabad, you will be met by our team member at the exit gate of the airport.
  2. Once you are in the car, you will first head to the hotel for a smooth check in and freshening up.
  3. Among the places of interest is Kochrab, Ashram, which was Gandhi’s first Ashram set up in the year 1915. It was the foundation to impart training in Satyagraha, self
  4. You will also be taken to see the famous Adalaj stepwell in a quiet village. The stepwell was built in 1499 by Rani Rudabai, the wife of a Vaghela Chief, Veersinh. It served as the watering hole for several pilgrims and caravans that moved along these trade routes. Followed by a visit to Sarkhej Roza, a mosque that has been an important center for Sufi Islam.
  5. In the evening, you will go experience the vibrancy and buzz that makes Navratri unique in Gujarat. Many places turn into all night dancing grounds with colours and music adding to the festivity.
  6. After all the excitement, you will return to the hotel for the night.

Day 2 – On to Patan (Road Trip of 150 km, covered in 3 hours)

  1. Post breakfast, you will head to Patan.
  2. On the way, you will go see the Rani ki vav or the Queen’s stepwell. This richly sculptured monument was built by Udaymati in memory of her husband Bhima I (1022 – 1063).
  3. After this, you will take a drive to the ancient fortified city of Patan. It is 150 km away and will be covered in 3 hours. Patan is famous for the Patola weaving, considered to be the finest hand woven sarees. A normal saree takes 4 to 6 months to finish, which makes it a dying art in today’s fast paced world.
  4. On your return, you will visit the famous Akshardham temple in Ahmedabad, it was opened in1992 as a tribute to Bhagwan Swaminarayan and the avatars, devas and sages of Hinduism.
  5. After this trip down memory lane, you will be taken to participate in the festivities of the Navratri, in the gush of colours, beats of music and hordes of people celebrating.
  6. After which, you would return to the hotel for the night.

Day 3 – Vadodara (Road trip – 120 km, covered in 2 hours)

  1. Post breakfast, you will be checked out and on your way to Vadodara.
  2. In Vadodara, you will be checked in and after you freshen up, you will be taken to visit the lovely Laxmi Vilas Palace, an exemplary example of Indo
  3. Towards the evening, you would get to experience Vadodara transform into a festive mood where people will put on the most colourful garbs, wear the most exquisite jewelry as they head out for Garba and Dandiya Raas.
  4. After the thrill, you will return to the hotel for the night.

Day 4 – Vadodara

  1. Once you are done with breakfast, you will be taken to see the remaining gems of Vadodara. The M.S. University, being one of the attractions. This university dates back to 1881, when it was known as the Baroda College. The campus has several historic buildings and museums, some reflect the Indo
  2. After that, you will visit Hazira Maqbara where the grave of Qutb
  3. In the evening, you will get another chance to join the Navratri celebrations with Dandiya and Garba.
  4. After all the fun, you can head back to the hotel for the night.

Day 5 – Onto Surat (Road trip – 150 km, covered in 3 hours)

  1. After breakfast, you will be checked out and on your way to Surat, the second largest city of Gujarat and a major industrial hub for India. The city finds mention in the Mahabharata, then in the 13th century, it was known as Suryapur. In the 16th century, it became a prominent port for the European traders.
  2. Once in Surat, you will be checked into the hotel where you can freshen up.
  3. Thereafter, you will be taken to see the Dutch Cemetery, where tombstones are indicator to the rich European trade and the large number of Europeans who left their country to expand their trade, empire into India.
  4. The Surat Fort is another place of interest, built by Sultan Muhammad Tughlak in 1540, to protect the city from the European raiders. It is located by the river Tapti. It gives you a glimpse into the past where the city needed fortification and the structure was planned to enhance that aspect of everyday life, plus the architectural ingenuity of the 14th century.
  5. In the evening, you can join the festivity and the fervor of the people as they celebrate Navratri in the Surat way.
  6. After all the dancing and merriment, you can head back to the hotel for the night.

Day 6 – Surat

  1. After breakfast, you will head back into town for more sightseeing, visit the closer Daman and the gorgeous Hajira beach, and spend the day frolicking by the seaside, while taking a chance with the local street food being sold there.
  2. In the evening, you can enjoy the local festivity with the people in the festive mood.
  3. After that, you will head back to the hotel for a restful sleep.

Day 7 – Head back home after all the Navratri festivity

  1. Once you are done with breakfast, you will head to Ahmedabad to take your train or plane back home.
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6 Days Kite Festival and Desert Festival Tourss

Day 1 – Welcome to Ahmedabad

  1. Ahmedabad welcomes you with our team member greeting you when you exit the airport or the station.
  2. Kites and more kites await you, so once you are checked in and freshened up, you will be taken to visit the Kite Museum, and it is the first of its kind in India while being the second of its kind in the world. Bhanubhai Shah collected kites from the age of 21 years, his collection expanded through the years and finally in 1986, his collection was turned into a museum.
  3. After that soaring experience, you will be taken to the city museum, which covers various cross

Day 2 – Uttarayan in Ahmedabad

  1. Post breakfast, you will set off to explore the old world charm behind the Uttarayan or the kite flying festival. Many northern states celebrate this festival with much fervor, however Gujarat’s charm is unique in itself.
  2. You will visit the old city area of Ahmedabad and as you go along you will see shops buzzing with energy as people flock them to pick kites of different sizes and colours. People compete on roof tops, young and old, cheers of ‘Kai Po Che’ reverberate through the air. You will be taken to a local home to join the members and experience the buzz, participate in the festivity and savour the goodies specially prepared for it, be it the ‘Til Laddoo’, ‘Surati Jamun’ or “Undhyu’.
  3. After the sunset, you will be taken to experience the night food market which is organized for this festivity and stays on till late hours of the night. You can sample the different types of food from the various stalls.
  4. Once you have satiated your taste buds, you can head back to the hotel for a restful night.

Day 3 – Dhordo – the captivating White Desert (Road trip of 400 km, covered in 7 hours)

  1. Post breakfast, you depart for Dhordo
  • 12.30 pm – You will be welcomed to Dhordo and checked in.
  • 12.30 – 14.00 – Lunch will await you in the dining area.
  • 14.00 – 16.30 – You will head out to explore the local market and the activities.
  • 16.30 – 17.00 – Evening Hi Tea would be served.
  • 17.00 – 19.30 – Visit the gorgeous White Desert.
  • 20.00 – 21.30 – Dinner awaits you in the dining area.
  • 21.00 – 22.00 – Cultural Activities await you at the White Rann Resort.

Day 4 – Dhordo – the captivating White Desert

  1. Your schedule for the day –
  • 07.30 – 09.00 – Breakfast awaits you in the dining area.
  • 09.30 - 12.30 –You can explore the activities at the resort.
  • 12.30 – 14.00 – Lunch will await you in the dining area.
  • 14.00 – 20.00 – Tour to Kalo Dungar
  • 20.00 – 21.30 – Dinner will be served in the dining area.
  • 21.00 – 22.00 – Cultural Activities at the White Rann Resort

Day 5 – On to Bhuj(Road trip of 90 km, covered in 2 hours)

  • 07.30 – 09.00 – Breakfast will be served in the dining area.
  • 09.30 – You will be checked out and heading for Bhuj. En route you will be taken for a tour, with our compliments, Aina Mahal, Kutch Museum, and Swaminarayan. With a night in Bhuj.

Day 6 – Bid Bhuj farewell, onto Ahmedabad to head back (Road trip of 330 km, covered in 5 hours)

  1. After breakfast, you will bid farewell to beautiful Bhuj and leave for Ahmedabad. The road trip of 330 km long, which would be covered in 5 hours. You will be dropped at your point of disembarkation.
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