Hidden Gujarat & Rajasthan

At a Glance

MUMBAI – AHMEDABAD  – MODHERA – PATAN – SIDDHPUR – MT ABU – POSHINA – UDAIPUR – DUNGARPUR – 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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Your tour begins in Mumbai, a modern metropolis that’s always on the move. Take a walking tour of South Mumbai that’s full of Gothic and Victorian architecture. Indulge in some retail therapy (but don’t forget to bargain hard). Lose yourself in museums or art galleries. Or dig into a smorgasbord of Indian and international cuisine. Mumbai is a gift that keeps giving.

A little over 500km to the north is your entry into Gujarat as you stop at its largest city, Ahmedabad. The Sabarmati river acts as a dividing line between the old quarter, with 15 formidable gates that were part of its fortification; and the new city, that has night markets, museums, and restaurants. Also visit Sabarmati Ashram, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed for many years and which still has many of his personal effects.

A grand 11th-century sun temple is the chief attraction at Modhera, about 2.5 hours north-west of Ahmedabad. Beautiful carvings, including erotic sculptures, adorn walls of the temple. A similarly spectacular structure, the Rani Ni Vav stepwell, awaits you 45 minutes away, in Patan.

The entirely underground structure has seven levels, each with carvings of gods and goddesses. The town is also famous for its weavers. Siddhpur, located 30km away, has the ruins of an ancient Shiva temple, a mosque and beautifully carved wooden houses belonging to generations of the Dawoodi Bohra community.

Cooler climes will welcome you in Mount Abu, Rajasthan’s highest point. Flora- and fauna-rich wildlife sanctuary is nearby, and the hill town also has several temples and shrines dedicated to Hindu and Jain deities. Experience first-hand how the royals lived at the palace-turned-heritage hotel at Poshina, which briefly takes you back into Gujarat.

Few places rival the setting and charm of your next stop, the historic Udaipur, that has grand Palaces, Havelis, and temples. The shimmering lake Pichola surrounded by the Aravali ranges is the stuff picture postcards are made of.

Save room for some more Palaces, Havelis and temples that dot the small town of Dungarpur, before you head back to Ahmedabad and end the tour at Mumbai where you travel homebound or onwards if you want to add to this tour.

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Special Value

  • A gift when you book your tour with us, a DVD film called ‘Mystic India.’
  • International flights included
  • VIP meet & greet at your aircraft door on arrival
  • A useful gift is given to you on arrival
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Private car & driver for all road transfers
  • Snack Hamper, with juice and water in your private car
  • Mobile phone to use while in India to keep in contact with our local office and your driver
  • Meals as per itinerary (B = breakfast) (HB = breakfast, lunch or dinner) (FB = breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
  • Entrances to all monument and places of interest included
  • half day sightseeing of Mumbai
  • Visit a family textile factory in Patan producing Patan Patola
  • See the Rani ki Vav stepwell in Patan
  • Visit the Sun Temple in Modhera
  • Explore the Siddhpur, Bohra style of Architecture
  • Explore Mt Abu and the Dilwara Jain temple
  • Explore Poshina and surrounds, a photographer’s paradise
  • Explore the lake city of Udaipur
  • Boat ride on Lake Pichola, Udaipur
  • Explore the old palace in Dungarpur, see the colourful and vibrant frescoes, miniature paintings, glass and mirror inlay work which adorn the walls of some of the rooms
  • Walk the old lanes of Ahmedabad

Our  Tour features the following locations

MUMBAI: Mumbai the city of dreams. One of the best and most cosmopolitan cities of Asia. The commercial lifeline of India. Home to Bollywood, the second largest film industry in the world. A place where some of the biggest slums share the area with sprawling metropolises. The epicentre for fashion and Indian wine. A trip to Mumbai is everything you’d expect from a major metropolis, yet so much more. It’s a humbling experience, to say the least. But it’s also fascinating, edgy and exciting. Those colonial-era relics, incredible bazaars, hidden wine cafes and enclaves of peace and serenity really do have a way of putting you at ease.

AHMEDABAD: Nicknamed Manchester of the East, this industrious city is a fascinating place for tourists looking for a mix of modernism and ancient tradition. The food served here is an absolute feast for the belly, and there’s just so much to choose from. The old city lies to the east of the Sabarmati River and is popular as a treasure trove of hidden relics and artefacts. The iconic Sabarmati Ashram, Mahatma Gandhi’s headquarters, is also located here. Try visiting Ahmedabad during the nine days of the Navratri festival or the Uttarayan kite flying festival, celebrations that are held with great pomp and joy throughout the city. Navaratri is especially beautiful for you to join people performing the folk dance Garba at countless venues across the city.

PATAN: We often built ourselves huge palaces as kids and played the roles of mighty kings and queens ruling our denizens from our elaborate thrones. A trip to Patan probably reminds you of all those scenes from your childhood as its mighty fort complex and stunning palaces take you into another era, helping you relive your dreams through some of the most beautiful representations of arts and architecture. Patan’s charm also lies in its bustling bazaars and charismatic scenery. Watching locals go about everyday life is a treat for the eyes and ambling along its ancient streets often reveals priceless treasures in the form of pearly white temples and patola weavers.

MODERA: The Sun Temple at Modhera is probably one of the key reasons why this quaint little town fascinates tourists from all over the world. Built in the year 1027, this magnificent temple presents intricately carved exteriors that are full of statues and sculptures, beautifully carved pillars depicting scenes from Mahabharata and Ramayana and a grand hall that presents the monthly manifestations of the sun god, Surya. The temple also hosts a mesmerising step-well, a sunken art gallery, that contains over 100 shrines, each more beautiful than the other. The best time to visit Modhera is around the 20th of January, for the temple hosts a 3-day classical dance festival which attracts dancers from all over the country.

SIDDHPUR: Siddhpur is a Small town on the Banks of the mystical Saraswati in Gujarat, contains a rich cultural heritage of the `Bohra style of Architecture.’ The Bohris make up one of the unique subsets of Muslims. They’re also one of western India’s most significant mercantile groups. There’s little popular documentation of the community’s culture. The houses, which are over a century old, are proof of the Bohri community’s general prosperity. They’re cavernous and impossibly ornate. Some of the ceilings are decorated with intricate floral reliefs.

MT ABU: At 1200 metres, Mt. Abu is the highest point of the Aravalli Range passing through Rajasthan. The only hill resort of Rajasthan, it is built around a lake and is surrounded by forested hills. According to a legend, the place derives its name from Arbuda, a serpent who descended to the spot to rescue Shiva’s bull, Nandi. Besides having all the features of a pleasant hill resort, Mount Abu is also a centre of pilgrimage for Jains on account of the famous Dilwara Temples. There are interesting treks and picnic spots, romantic royal retreats of various erstwhile royal families, and some relics of the Raj period.

POSHINA: Poshina is one of the best places in Gujarat for anyone wanting to experience an authentic Indian village, ancient traditions and a beautiful culture. Home to a number of tribal communities, Poshina also introduces you to a tribal shrine that hosts thousands of beautifully crafted terracotta houses and a trip to the homes of craftsmen and potters who created these horses is another experience worth savouring. Save some time for the Darbargadh Palace; a beautiful palace turned hotel that boasts stunning lawns, beautiful arches, a massive dome and gigantic gateways. The best time to visit Poshina is when it celebrates the Chitra-Vichitra Fair around the month of March.

UDAIPUR: Udaipur is considered to be the most romantic destination in India, and no matter how much you hear about this legendary city, it always manages to leave you stunned and speechless. The glittery Lake Pichola is as beautiful as they get and those temples, grand palaces, shimmering Havelis and colourful streets set the scene for one of the most memorable holidays of your life. You’d remember some of its sights from the 007 movie Octopussy when our hero swims up to a heavenly palace in the midst of an incredibly romantic lake. You’d expect a city so popular to lose its charm, but Udaipur holds onto its magic, that sense of mystery surrounding its monuments and palaces and the sense of tranquillity that simple boat rides on the lake are bound to offer. Udaipur also enjoys a lively arts scene, exciting shopping and delightful countryside destinations that promise memorable day tours.

DUNGARPUR: Dungarpur is as beautiful a place as any. It is a traditional Rajasthani excursion, one that takes you deep into that beautiful culture, introduces you to an untouched village and brings you closer to folk music and traditional dances. A trip to Dungarpur is characterised by the stunning Juna Mahal, a seven-storied wonder full of miniature paintings, intricate mirror work, and frescoes. Nature lovers are sure to have a blast at the Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary, known for sightings of leopards, spotted deer, sambhar and giant flying squirrel. Most tourists visiting Dungarpur tend to stay at the Udai Bilas Palace, one of the premier palace hotels in the country with a great collection of classic cars. The palace grounds are among the top places to see migratory birds, and sightings of white painted storks, peafowl, grey hornbill and egrets are quite common. There are a few ancient ruins in the vicinity such as the 8th-century Arthuna temple and the 14th-century Rishabdeo temple that are worth exploring. The latter is particularly impressive, boasting of a semi-precious stone studded idol and stunning carvings.

What our clients say

Having just returned from our tour through North East Gujarat and Rajasthan, we would like to send our heartfelt thanks for designing this particular tour for us. Our brief was to see some of Gujarat while also including a visit to  Udaipur as we loved this city from our last visit to India some years ago. The locations you chose were unique and not offered by other companies; we discovered some hidden gems in this off the beaten track itinerary. The inclusion of Mt Abu and Dungarpur was a good choice which fitted into an excellent route to take. In this instance, it was worth looking at a travel company who justifiably say – ‘To know the road ahead is to ask someone coming back’ – Sharon you have been there and seen it all, thank you.

Jean & Graham – West Sussex, UK

Hidden Gujarat & Rajasthan Tour

Hidden Gujarat & Rajasthan

DAY 01 – FLY TO MUMBAI
Fly to Mumbai.

DAY 02 – MUMBAI
Arrive, VIP meet at aircraft door, assistant through immigration control, then meet & greet at departures door then transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax after your flight.

Depending on your arrival time, sightseeing can be arranged at an extra cost. The following locations can be seen on a city tour, discuss with us what can be achieved based on time available.

The Gateway of India, Dhobi Ghat open air laundry, Victoria Terminus train station, Colaba Market, Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, The Regal Circle, Bombay University, The Oval Maidan cricket ground, Mani Bhavan the focal point of Gandhi’s political activities in Mumbai, The Town Hall, The Municipal Building.

Why not add on an extra night, so you have longer to see what Mumbai has to offer. A walking tour of the Dharavi slums made famous in the film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, or you may like to see how the famous dabbawalas deliver up to 200,000 lunch boxes each day. Also take a morning or afternoon boat ride out to Elephanta Island to see the carved rock caves.

DAY 03 – FLIGHT TO AHMEDABAD

You will be transferred to Mumbai airport to board your flight for Ahmedabad. On arrival transfer to your hotel, you are then at leisure.

DAY 05 – DRIVE VIA MODERA & PATAN TO SIDDHPUR (FB)
After breakfast, drive to Patan, the old capital of Gujarat before it was transferred to Ahmedabad.

Later Rani Ki Vav stepwell an excellent example of subterranean architecture in Gujarat. Later continue your drive to Modera to see the Sun Temple, then to Sidhpur.

DAY 06 – SIDDHPUR TO MT ABU (B)
After breakfast continue your journey by road into Rajasthan to the hill station of Mt Abu (2.5 hrs). At 1200 metres, Mt. Abu is the highest point of the Aravalli Range passing through Rajasthan. On arrival, you are then at leisure.

DAY 07 – MT ABU (B)
After breakfast, you are taken a private guided sightseeing tour of Mt Abu. 

DAY 08 – DRIVE TO POSHINA (FB)
After breakfast drive back into Gujarat to the small village of Poshina (2 hrs). On arrival, you are at leisure to relax or take a walk into the village.

DAY 09 – POSHINA (FB)
Today your driver is at your disposal to explore the area; there are some interesting places nearby that you would love to visit. Holy Ambaji, Kumbhariyaji for its exquisitely carved 11th-century Jain temples. Idar is a historic town with a hilltop fort. Khedbrahma is an important place of Hindu pilgrimage 

DAY 10 – DRIVE TO UDAIPUR (B)
After breakfast drive to Udaipur (3 hrs). On arrival at leisure to settle in at your hotel and relax, or maybe take a walk out and explore your surroundings.

DAY 11 – UDAIPUR (B)
Today you are taken on a private guided tour of Udaipur, ending with a boat ride on Lake Pichola.

DAY 12 – UDAIPUR (B)
Today is a leisure day, a day to yourselves to relax or explore.

An option extra full days excursion can be taken into the Aravali Hills to visit Ranakpur Jain Temple and Kumbalgarh Fort. If you are interested in adding this to your tour, let us know at the time of inquiry.

DAY 13 – DRIVE TO DUNGARPUR (FB)
After breakfast, you are driven to the small village of Dungarpur (3 hrs). On arrival after check-in, you are then at leisure.

DAY 14 – DURGAPUR (FB)
After breakfast, you are taken on a private guided tour of the town and old palace.

DAY 15 – DRIVE TO AHMEDABAD (B)
After breakfast and a leisurely morning, you will drive back to Gujarat to its capital city Ahmedabad (3.5 hrs). On arrival at leisure.

DAY 16 – AHMEDABAD (B)
After breakfast, you will proceed for a private guided tour of the Old lanes and other highlights.

DAY 17 – FLY VIA MUMBAI HOMEBOUND (B)
Today India bids you farewell with your transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Mumbai, where you will take your homebound flight from the International terminal.

Hidden Gujarat & Rajasthan Tour

Hidden Gujarat & Rajasthan

Hotels

Our from price based on the following hotels twin/double share. Single supplement, triple share reductions or for alternative hotels, contact us to discuss your requirements further. We can design a tour just for you, based on your style and budget.


Guesthouse – Siddhpur

Guesthouse B&B in Siddhpur offers a basic but comfortable accommodation. Government run, do not expect great service, but you will be made to feel very welcome while you are exploring this unique town and its intricate designed wooden houses

Hidden Gujarat & Rajasthan Tour

Hidden Gujarat & Rajasthan

Extensions

Here are some examples of extensions you can add to this tour. For other ideas and to discuss your requirements contact us. We can design an itinerary for you, based on your dates, duration, style, and budget.


Visit Dasada from Ahmedabad. Lying at a distance of 93 kms from the Ahmedabad city in the state of Gujarat, Rann of Kutch wildlife sanctuary is one of the largest sanctuaries in the entire country. Covering an area of 4950 sq ft, it is famous for its attractive chestnut brown Asiatic (Wild ass), a species of wild horses.

Add on Vadodara from Ahmedabad, then fly to Mumbai from there. Vadodara (Baroda) was the capital of the princely Gaekwad state prior to Independence. Vadodara offers some interesting museums and art galleries and a fine park.  Kammati Bagh is beautiful. The Laxmi Vilas Palace is a wonderful attraction that was once the residence of Maharajahs of Baroda and is home to the current royal family. The interiors of the palace are filled with crystal chandeliers and Venetian glass.  It’s a good place for a short pause. 

Mumbai, fly down to Goa for a longer beach stay to end your tour. Former Portuguese enclave of Goa, one of India’s gems, has been popular with tourists for many years with its magnificent palm-fringed beaches

From Udaipur travel (1.5 hrs) to a Mavli and stay at the real Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Ravla Khempur is hotel used in the movie ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. It was originally a tribal chieftain’s palace but now it operates as an equestrian hotel in the village of Khempur, about an hour and a half outside of Udaipur.

 

Hidden Gujarat & Rajasthan Tour

Hidden Gujarat & Rajasthan

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