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DAY 01 (JAMBHUGHODA)
DAY 02(JAMBHUGHODA )
Early morning connect a flight to Bombay т Vadodara, arrival at Vadodara, Meet, and Greet & Transfer to Jambhughoda. Check in to Nature Lovers Resort. Jambhughoda (65 KMS / 1.5 HOURS) - The town derives its name from the Champa tree or from Champaraj - founder of the Town. A later visit of Champaner is 47 KMS northwest of Vadodara & 25 KMS from Jambhughoda. The UNESCO listed world heritage site of Champaner is one of Gujaratтs most remarkable archaeological zones. Champaner is famous for its exquisite mosques, of which the Jama Masjid is the most impressive. The sculptural hill of Pavagadh with its ruined fort rises beside Champaner in three levels. The 16th century with mosques that is considered perfect example of the Gujarat Sultanateтs Indo- Saracen architecture. The mosque within the fortified city is called SharKiMasjid. It is noted for its slender minarets with intricately carved basis. The Jami Masjid has intricate latticework screens and a magnificent pavilion at the entrances to the spacious courtyard which is enclosed by domed galleries. The central dome is three storeys with an opening that allows light into the prayer hall. The similar Nagina Masjid has exquisite sculptures on the pillars.
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Evening dinner & Overnight stay Jambhughoda.
JAMBHUGHODA – CHHOTA UDEPUR EXCURSION
Morning drives to Chhota Udepur (50 KMS / 1 HOUR), this place is well known for Rathwa tribes. History behind the Rathwa tribes is that they are migrated from Central India. 48 KMS away town called Alirajpur of Rathore Rajput rulers and as of Rathore the region called RATH region and from Rath the tribal are called Rathwa. Chhota Udepur is nearer to different villages of Rathwas, Bhils, Bhilalas & other tribes. A local tribal market known as “HAAT” occur at different villages in and around Chhota Udepur like Kol, Kharakwada, Timla, Devhat etc where we can visits to see traditional architecture, life style and handicraft of each original community. The village of Kavant is located in the heart of the Rathwa homeland near the town of Chhota Udepur. Later visits of Tribal Museum & some more villages to see the Pithora painting - Pithora Paintings are much more than colorful images on walls. They indicate the arrival of a good occasion in the family. A painting shape which is really expresses the joy and celebration of a community.
Evening dinner & Overnight stay Jambhughoda.DAY 03(AHMEDABAD)
JAMBHUGHODA – AHMEDABAD
In the Morning drive to Ahmedabad (200 KMS / 4 - 5 Hours), Check in to hotel. Rest of the day is to visit old market.
Evening dinner at Vishala & Overnight stay Ahmedabad. DAY 04(AHMEDABAD)
Morning city tour visits of Sidi Sayed Mosque – Architecture the Sidi Sayed mosque, built in 1573, is one of the most famous mosques of Ahmedabad. The mosque is entirely arcuated. The mosque has ten screen windows (jalis) on the side and rear arches. The rear wall is filled with square stone pierced panels in geometrical designs. The two bays flanking the central aisle have reticulated stone slabs carved in designs of intertwined trees and foliage and a palm motif. This intricately carved stone window is called the Sidi Saiyyed Jali. Hate Singh Jain Temple It was built by Seth Hate Singh in 1850. It is easily distinguished by its high carved column, visible from road. Built entirely of white marble embossed with smooth carvings of dancers, musicians, animals & flowers, this serene temple is dedicated to Dharamnath, whose statue stand in the main temple. It has a paved courtyard surrounded by an imposing row of cloisters containing 52 shrines, each with an image of a tirthankara, profusely decorated with rich carvings, one containing the marble image of the 15th tirthankara. The temple is a two-storied structure with elaborate porches on three sides and front porch crowned by a large dome. Calico museum of textile The Calico Museum of Textiles at Ahmedabad, India, is the premier textile museum of the country. Its outstanding collection of Indian fabrics exemplifies handicraft textiles spanning five centuries and attracts large numbers of visitors from the general public, as well as increasing numbers of Indian and international research scholars. The museum is housed in two buildings, one displaying textiles of religious significance and the other traditional court fabrics, tents, carpets and costumes. The museum endeavors to present its collection in themes connected with the two great Indian religions: Vaishnavism and Jainism, and simulates a suitable religious atmosphere. The first exhibit is a replica of a small recoiytructed Pustimarga shrine with an idol of Srinath ji placed on an altar, covered with a painted textile. The shrine leads to galleries where pichhwais and textiles belonging to the Vallabha sect are displayed. The 90 pichhwais are divided into groups relating to festivals, seasons and a variety of devotional themes. The Jain Gallery includes shrines, derasaras of the Svetambara and Digambara sects as well as a small home shrine, important manuscripts tike the Kalpasuira and Kalakakatha and Jain patas: the yantras and tirtha chitras. The main attraction, however, is a painted, domed, wooden ceiling of a derasara. Adalaj Step Well The step well was built in 1499 A.D. by Queen Rudabai. The designs on its walls and pillars include leaves, flowers, birds, fish and other breathtaking ornamental designs. In the past, these step wells were frequented by travellers and caravans as stopovers along trade routes. The five-storied, step-well located in the sleepy village of Adlaj is a marvel of architecture. This unique water work is an excellent blend of Hindu and Islamic styles. The intricately carved monument served religious and utilitarian purposes of the people around though its origin is marred by tragedy. The Indo-Islamic style of architecture, which developed in India in the early centuries of the medieval period, is neither a local variant of Islamic art, nor a modification of Hindu art, but it is an assimilation of both the styles, though not always to an equal degree. The architecture of this well also shows the influence of the earlier Solanki rulers of Gujarat. Built entirely of sandstone, one can enter into this step-well from three sides, which consist of octagonal landings with huge carved colonnades and intricately carved niches. The step-well served both ritualistic as well as utilitarian needs. Sabarmati Ashram - Gandhi Ashram - Harijan Ashram – Satyagraha It’s located on the western bank of the Sabarmati River. Ashram was the residence of Mahatma Gandhi. From this Ashram Gandhi started the Dandi March in 1930. The ashram now has a museum, Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalay. The museum building was erected (designed by architect Charles Correa), and memorial activities were then started here. One of the important activities undertaken is the establishment of a Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya. Initially started in 'Hriday Kunj,' Gandhi's own cottage in the Ashram, the Sangrahalaya has now shifted to its own well-designed and well-furnished building. Exhibits at the museum includes: Gandhi quotations, letters, and life size oil painting gallery.
Evening dinner & overnight stay Ahmedabad. DAY 05(BALARAM)
AHMEDABAD – BALARAM
Morning drives to Balaram (180 KMS / 4 Hours), Transfer to hotel. Later visits of the remote villages of the Adivasi and Garasia tribal are who will also give you archery expression. Communities such as Garasia, Bhils and the pastoral Rabaris have settled in Poshina. Each tribe retains its distinctive traditions and crafts. The Garasia are known for their colorful clothes, the Rabaris for their silver ornaments. Pastoral people like the Rabaris who keep camels, sheep and goat. Poshina is home to a tribal shrine where you find the staggering scene of thousands of terracotta horses standing in rows as offerings to the local goddess. A visit to the homes of the potters who make these striking horses is an excellent glimpse into tribal culture. There are some other villages like where we found these communities like Iqbalgadh, Balundra etc.
Evening dinner & Overnight stay Balaram DAY 06(BALARAM)
BALARAM – AMBAJI TEMPLE – VILLAGE VISITS.
Morning drives to Ambaji temple, Ambaji temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths of Hinduism. The shrine built of marble, has no idol but a place with a matrix of geometric shapes called the Vishvo Yantra. Ancient Gabbar temple is very near from this temple where lord Krishna’s had his tonsure ceremony. Lord Vishnu’s severed Sati’s body into 51 pieces to bring Shiva back to good sense. The places where the various part of Sati’s body fell down are known as Shakti Peeths. Her heart has fallen down where the Ambaji temple stands today. Ambaji temple is flocked by millions of pilgrims every year.
Rest of the day visits villages.
Evening dinner & Overnight stay Balram.DAY 07(DASADA )
BALARAM (POSHINA) – PATAN – MODHERA - DASADA
Morning drives to Dasada (300 KMS / 10 Hours with Enroute Sightseeing)
Enroute visits of Patan - Patan Patola of Weaving Patan are famous for Patola weaving. Salvi community of people is working with Patola. The queen of textiles is the Patola woven by only few families of Patan. The technique used to weave the Patola is the rare double ikkat style which involves dyeing both the wrap threads in the pattern of the final fabrics before setting them on the loom. Patan is also one of the centers for Mushroo, fabrics woven as a combination of silk & cotton with the latter forming the backing. While in Preparing Patola colouring and design pattern are evolved on each thread. Different colour and pattern are matched exactly on horizontal and vertical threads in weaving. The Patola was traditionally woven in a sari length of 5 to 9 yards by 45" to 54" width. The range now extends to include tablecloth borders scarves, handkerchiefs. Rani Ki Vav, Patan Step Well – Architecture It was built by the queen Udaymati, the wife of Bhimdev. It is the best example of such architecture for water wells that is peculiar to Gujarat. There are wonderful carved images in the niches of the walls of this multi storied step well. It was one of the largest and the most sumptuous structures of its type. It became silted up and much of it is not visible now, except for some rows of sculptured panels in the circular part of the well. Among its ruins one pillar still stands which is the proof not only of the elegance of its design, but also excellent example of this period. A part only of the west well is extant from which it appears that the wall had been built of brick and faced with stone. Modhera Sun Temple Modhera Sun Temple is finest example of Hindu architecture in Gujarat. The Sun Temple at Modhera dates back to early 11th century CE and was built by King Bhimdev I in 1026 CE. The sanctum was designed to allow the sunlight to illuminate the main statue, no longer in the temple. The quality & quantity of carvings along its walls describing god, other figures & erotic positions are exceptional. 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 carved steps leading to the bottom. Several miniature shrines adorn the steps of the tank - which is an art gallery in itself.
Evening dinner & Overnight stay Dasada. DAY 08(DASADA)
Dasada (Little Rann of Kutch)
The Little Rann of Kutch Wildlife sanctuary can be from Dasada, 93 KMS from Ahmedabad. This is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in India, spanning some 4950 sq ft in area, and comprising a range habitat from saline desert plains, arid grasslands, rocky and thorn scrub to lakes and marshes.
Wild ass sanctuary
The sanctuary is well known for its group of the stale joke brown Asiatic (Wild ass), which does not live elsewhere in Indian lowlands. We can see with Little Rann of Kutch blackbuck (Indian antelope), nilgai or blue bull (India’s largest antelope) and the graceful chinkara (Indian gazelle) are other mammals. 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; also we can see during the visits flamingoes, pelicans, ducks, cranes and storks.
We can do excursion safari tours of pastoral settlements and villages along the Rann of Kutch. The tours visit the rural Vadiara and Kharapat Rabaris of Dasada, known for their embroideries, the silk-weavers colony at Dasada, and Ambala village of the Bharward shepherds and goatherds. The weaving cooperative at Bajana and other artisans’ workshops can also be included in the tours. Other societies near Dasada are Padhars (primarily fishing people), the Siddis and the semi-nomadic Mirs, Jaths (Muslim herders), Bajanias. Evening dinner & overnight stay Dasada.DAY 09(BHUJ)
DASADA - BHUJ
Morning drives to Bhuj (300 KMS / 6 Hours), Check in to hotel, Later visits to FRB office to complete the permit formalities, Evening leisure. Overnight stay Bhuj.
Excursion Banni Villages
Banni villages are well known for its beautiful embroideries and colourful traditional culture. Excursion visits of Banni villages to see the various peoples like Jat, Harijan, Meghawal, Mutva, Ahir and Rabaris, etc in various villages like Hodka, Ludiya, and Dhordo. Banni the last village on the border is a Desert land. Here you will come across master craft people repositioning their traditional art, turning our masterpieces every day. There ornaments, clothes, Utensils, everything they use. Normally Jats are not allowed their photography. Each Village has its own identity. Rabaris - The white dress is common to all Rabaris men. Rabaris are uneducated. They have blind faith in religion. Women do house works, shopping and they sell their goods. Men are mostly in the desert with their sheep and camels. >Jats - All the Jats in Kutch are Muslims. Jats community was migrated from Iran & came to Sindh & Kutch to search for new grazing lands. The men care for the animals and women remain in camp looking after their families. They sell ghee. Those who go the Mecca and Madina are known as Hajis and they prefer to marry their children to other Haji’s children. Harijan The name Harijan was given by Mahatma Gandhi to the Meghwal people. Hari means God and Jan means people. Meghwals live all over Kutch. The men do leather work wood carving and women do embroidery and patchwork. Ahir -These Communities are mainly of farmers who once sold milk and ghee but who now have changed their business to transport or salt because of the irregularity of rain.
Evening dinner & Overnight stay Bhuj.DAY 11(BHUJ)
Excursion to Mandvi & Bhujodi Villages
Excursion visit to Bhujodi village Bhujodi is a village skilled in traditional bandhani (tie-dying), block printing and weaving. Here you can view live demonstrations and buy anything from shawls to blankets from the artisans directly. Later drives to Mandvi, is famous for its 400-year old hand wooden ship-building industry and clean beaches where water-front camel rides are readily available. Craftsmen here still use traditional techniques for domestic and international ship-making. We can also visit the 19th century Vijay Vilas Palace, constructed of red sandstone in Rajput style, set along a sparkling private beach. Later drive to Tunda wandh Rabari village to experience an completely different life style with an excellent specimen of mud architecture in its own style.
Evening dinner & Overnight stay Bhuj.DAY 12(MUMBAI)
Bhuj local city Tour & Departure transfer to Bhuj airport.
Morning visit of Bhuj Local City Tour includes Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal, and Kutch Museum.
Morning visit of Bhuj Local City Tour includes Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal, and Kutch Museum.
Aina Mahal – Bhuj, Aina Mahal means a mirror palace. It was built by the artists Ramsinh & Gaidhar Devshi during the rule of Rao Lakhpat Ji. The heritage of Kutch art and culture is displayed in the Aina Mahal. The great master piece of Ramsingh is the hall of Mirrors in the Aina Mahal. The walls are white marble covered with mirrors which are separated by gilded ornaments. The hall is lit by elaborate pendant candelabra with shades of Venetian glass. The hall of mirrors is on the second floor of the Aina Mahal. Ramsingh malam who is specialize in Kutchi architecture, enamel work, jeweler, tile work and interior decoration. The hall is filled with a miscellaneous collection of objects; a Dutch Clock, English and French celestial globes, some antique pictures, mechanical toys, glass and china. On the walls of the corridor are a variety of pictures, some European and many Indian. Prag Mahal – Bhuj The Prag Mahal was designed by the well known architect Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins. Prag Mahal is a splendid palace made of Italian marble and sandstone. It took 10 Yrs to build the monument, at an astounding cost of Rupees 10 Lakh. The palace serves as a fine example of Italian Gothic style, combined with some European style elements. The Corinthian pillars and Jali work which depicts European plants and animals are also worthy of a mention. Kutch Museum The kutch museum at Bhuj initially formed part of the school of art established by Khengarji on 1st JULY 1877. At the time of Khengarji’s marriage in FEB – 1884, an exhibition of Kutch Arts & Crafts was exhibited. Exhibits worth Rs. 3300 were given to the Museum at the termination of exhibition. These exhibits necessitated the construction of a new building. The foundation stone for the present museum building was laid by the governor of Bombay, Sir James Fergusson. After independence the museum came to be known as the Kutch Museum. It also has a fine collection of Kutch silver, golden and enameling work, textiles wood work, Coins, cold utensils, arms & other archeological objects and a section on the communications of the district.
Afternoon departures transfer to connect a flight to Bhuj – Bombay (Mumbai).