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Swami Narayan Temple, Bhuj, Gujarat

Culture and Wildlife of Gujarat

  • EXPERT-LED GROUP TOUR
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01/11/20 10/11/2010 days £4,245 ex. flights £550Amelia Dalton15 Max LIMITED Reserve place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Ancient Mosque, Champaner, Gujarat, India 1

India's 'Jewel of the West'

Escape the tourist trail and travel through Gujarat, India’s north-west.

Hands of artist making Embroidery work at Banni area, Bhuj, Gujarat, India 2

Craft heritage

Marvel at the Patan silk saris, the embroidery of the Kutch women and mirror work of the Banni villages.

Wild Ass in Little Rann sanctuary, India 3

Little Rann Desert

Spot gudkhur (Asiatic wild ass), nilgai or blue bull (antelope), chinkara (Indian gazelle) and a large variety of birds.

Jama Mosque, the most splendid mosque of Ahmedabad - Gujarat State of India 4

Ahmedabad

Explore India’s First UNESCO World Heritage City, known for its art, history, culture and heritage.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Mumbai

  • Day 2

    Mumbai - Bhuj

  • Day 3

    Bhuj

  • Day 4

    Banni villages and Grassland

  • Day 5

    Bhuj - Mandvi

  • Day 6

    Mandvi - Dasada

  • Day 7

    Dasada - Little Rann of Kutch

  • Day 8

    Dasada - Ahmedabad

  • Day 9

    Ahmedabad

  • Day 10

    Ahmedabad

Day 1

Mumbai

Mumbai, India

Arrive in Mumbai, the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 2

Mumbai - Bhuj

Bhuj Traditional Accessories Market, Gujarat, India

Fly from Mumbai to Bhuj. Travel to the outskirts of Bhuj to visit Bhujia Fort.

Day 3

Bhuj

Hands of artist making Embroidery work at Banni area, Bhuj, Gujarat, India

Spend the next two days exploring Bhuj. Visit Aina Mahal, also known as, ‘Palace of Mirrors’. Travel to the Living and Learning Design Centre (LLDC), a pioneering new effort of the Shrujan Trust, a not-for-profit organisation working with craftswomen in the Kutch region.

Day 4

Banni villages and Grassland

Green Bee Eater Bird, India

Visit some of the Banni villages to see the colourful and ethnically diverse tribes and their specialised crafts. Afterwards, continue a short drive to the Banni Grassland and Chhari Dhand for an afternoon safari.

Day 5

Bhuj - Mandvi

Mandvi, Gujarat, India - The historic Vijaya Vilas Palace sits amidst tropical vegetation near Mandvi, Gujarat, India

Depart Bhuj and drive to Mandvi. Stop en-route to visit a Jain temple, a complex of both Digambar and Shwetambar sects.

Day 6

Mandvi - Dasada

Kutch White rann desert, Salt desert

Drive to Dasada, the gateway for the Little Rann of Kutch.

Day 7

Dasada - Little Rann of Kutch

Modhva beach located near Mandvi, Kutch

Travel on a jeep safari, the best way to explore the enormous expanse of salt desert that makes up the Rann of Kutch.

Day 8

Dasada - Ahmedabad

Leave Dasada and drive to Ahmedabad. En route visit the Sun Temple in Modhera. Continue your journey to Patan, the ancient capital of Gujarat.

Day 9

Ahmedabad

Jama Mosque, the most splendid mosque of Ahmedabad - Gujarat State of India

Explore India’s first UNESCO Heritage city. Take a guided heritage walk around the old quarters of the city. Explore the beautiful havelis, temples, mosques and mausoleums ending at the finely carved 15th century Jama Masjid.

Day 10

Ahmedabad

Gandhi Ashram, originally known as the Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad, India

After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to the airport.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Light Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.

Flexibility

To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf, please get in touch with our travel experts for a quote. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accompanied by Amelia Dalton throughout
  • Accompanied by a local English speaking guide throughout
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation throughout in 3-4* hotels
  • Meals
  • Transportation throughout
  • Entrance fees to sites visited
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and porters

What is excluded

  • International flights
  • India visa
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
Swami Narayan Temple, Bhuj, Gujarat
India

Gujarat

India’s western state of Gujarat has a cultural wealth on a par with Rajasthan’s, yet it is still visited by few. It is the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi and home to some of the most colourful tribes, exotic textiles and glorious temples in India. Gujarat’s dramatic landscape extends from the undulating Aravalli Hills to the immense salt flats of Kutch.

Modhva beach located near Mandvi, Kutch
India

Little Rann of Kutch

The word ‘rann’ means ‘salty desert’ and while travelling through the Little Rann of Kutch, a salty desert is all you see. A jeep safari is the best way to explore this enormous expanse. Visit the ‘bets’, islands on the ancient seabed that now form higher ground covered with grass and scrub. These ‘bets’ support a variety of wildlife including the gudkhur (Asiatic wild ass) which is not found anywhere else, nilgai or blue bull (India’s largest antelope), chinkara (Indian gazelle), jungle and desert cats, blackbuck (Indian antelope) and a large variety of birds including cranes and flamingos.

Mandvi, Gujarat, India - The historic Vijaya Vilas Palace sits amidst tropical vegetation near Mandvi, Gujarat, India
India

Mandvi

The historic town of Mandvi was founded as a port town by the Khengarji, the king of Kutch, in 1574, and lies on the south coast of Kutch. It is one of the few places remaining where giant wooden dhows are still made. The town itself is quaint and charming with its marketplace and old bungalows.

Gandhi Ashram, originally known as the Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad, India
Ahmedabad, India

Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s major city was founded in the 15th century and its stunning Islamic architecture includes some of India’s finest monuments. It is home to fascinating old quarters, which are worthy of exploration.

Visit the Gandhi Ashram, originally known as the Sabarmati Ashram. This was one of the residences of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. This ashram is now a national monument and houses a museum. In 1930 Gandhi marched towards Dandi, 241 miles away to protest the British Salt Law, which taxed Indian salt to promote sales of British salt in India.

Group Tour FAQs

Why should I travel with Steppes Travel to India?

This tour allows you to step off the main tourist trail and travel through Gujarat in India’s north-west to experience the region’s rich blend of temples, palaces, textiles, tribal people and extraordinary wildlife. All accompanied by Amelia with her joie de vivre and love of India.

Is November a good time to travel to India?

Warm sunny days with cooler nights. November is the end of the monsoon rains. The average temperatures sit around 30 °C, dropping to 17 – 18 degrees at night.

What is the standard of accommodation on this tour?

During this tour, you will stay in a carefully selected range of small hotels and guesthouses. All hotels are at least a three-star standard and all offer restaurants on-site, some offer pools and leisure facilities. These hotels have been chosen for their vantage points and good access to city sightseeing.

Gujarat hotel standards are generally lower than other more visited areas of India and availability and choice are limited. We believe we have confirmed the best available in each location.

Is this tour suitable for solo travellers?

Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.

If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.

If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.

What is the food in India like?

Gujarat cuisine offers a wide selection of vegetarian dishes, and more often than not served on a lovely silver platter. A combination of different spices is used in cooking and this is what makes Gujarati food truly exotic with sweet notes dominating many dishes such as Gujarati Kadhi (curry). Another traditional dish is the Gujarati thali, consisting of roti, dal, rice and shaak (a dish made up of several different combinations of vegetable and spices).

Do I need to be physically fit to enjoy this tour?

General overall fitness is required. There is a lot of walking however, at a leisurely pace with some stairs. We would suggest that you bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes, that are easy to take on and off as you will be required to remove your shoes when visiting mosques and temples.

Can I extend my time in India?

Yes, this can easily be arranged at the end of the tour. Private travel arrangements with a car and driver will be provided and a private guide arranged for sightseeing.

From Mumbai, you can easily reach the beaches of South India. If Rajasthan is on the wish list then there is daily connectivity by air, easily enabling a short extension to visit the Taj Mahal and Jaipur.

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Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

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When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

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