Gujarat

A stronghold of Jainism, the home of Gandhi, the father of the nation and his message of peace. Here history goes back to the days when Gods dallied with mortals; it goes back to the days of Buddhism in India and where a small boy called Nilkanth Varni started his 7-year journey across India. Gujarat is also home to the endangered Asiatic Lion and Wild Ass. This state is also known for its masonry work, delicious cuisine and handicrafts like mirror work and silver jewelry. Home to a unique area called the Great Rann of Kutch.

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Sasan Gir is home to the world-renowned Gir Forest, the natural habitat of the Asiatic Lion. The Gir National Park and Sanctuary has a scenic charm and covers an area of 1412 square km of dry deciduous forest. The tranquillity of the Gir Forest, with its splendid flora and fauna, is a nature lover’s delight.

Although not well known, there have been Africans living in India for nearly 700 years. They are the African Sufis of Gujarat who arrived in India as slaves to the Maharajas and Nawabs in the 13th century. They were in high demand as they proved to be trusted servants and became something of a status symbol in many Indian and Parsi households. Some of them are believed to have come to India as special servants in the courts of Muslim Nawabs and Sultans while some came as herbalists and midwives. A few brought by Indian merchants returning home from Africa and a few brought as slaves, especially in the Portuguese territories.

Along the way, they lost their language, culture and the knowledge of their country’s lore. However, they have kept African traits and certain forms of rites and rituals of worship seen in their dance and music. Though they sing in Swahili, a lot of the time, they do not know the meaning, as the songs were passed down from their forefathers. There are about 250,000 Afro-Indians, i.e., Indians of African origin inIndia, settled in the state of Gujarat bordering Pakistan. Many of them still look African but speak Hindi and have Indian passports.

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Gujarat Highlights

21 days from £3593.00

MUMBAI - AHMEDABAD - DASADA - BHUJ - BANNI & KUTCH - BHUJ & MANDVI - GONDAL – GIR NP - PALITANA - BHAVNAGAR - VADODARA - MUMBAI

Gujarat is a colourful and vibrant state, the people here are very hospitable and are known for their enterprising and resourceful nature. Though the journey kick-starts at Mumbai, you get the first glimpse of Gujarat at Ahmedabad, situated at the famous river Sabarmati. Named after Sultan

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Hidden Gujarat & Rajasthan

17 days from £2682.00

MUMBAI - AHMEDABAD  - (MODHERA & PATAN) SIDDHPUR - MT ABU - POSHINA - UDAIPUR - DUNGAPUR - AHMEDABAD - MUMBAI

These are two of the most colourful and vibrant states of India. Gujarat is deeply rooted in its ancient culture and boasts of several temples. Rajasthan, of course, is the proverbial mascot of Indian tourism, with its royal forts and awe-inspiring desert scapes.

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