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Bhuj Traditional Accessories Market, Gujarat, India

Tribes and Wildlife of Gujarat

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Prices Start from
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01/11/2010 Days £4,245 ex. flightsAmelia Dalton15 LIMITED Reserve your 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


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

Why we like it

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.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
    Mumbai - Bhuj
  • Days 3-4
  • Day 5
    Bhuj - Mandvi
  • Day 6
    Mandvi - Dasada
  • Day 7
    Dasada - Little Rann of Kutch
  • Day 8
    Dasada - Ahmedabad
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
Swami Narayan Temple, Bhuj, 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

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


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, 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.

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.


To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf and the above is an indication of the cost, based on return flights departing from London. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accommodation (as indicated)
  • Accompanied by Amelia Dalton throughout
  • Accompanied by a local English speaking guide throughout
  • Entrance fees to sites visited
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and porters
  • Internal flight from Dasada to Ahmedabad
  • Internal flight from Mumbai to Bhuj
  • Meals (as indicated)
  • Transportation (as indicated)

What is excluded

  • International flights
  • India visa
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance

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.

6.Peace of Mind

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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For further information about any of these tours please call 01285 601 784

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01/11/2010 Days £4,245 ex. flightsAmelia Dalton15 LIMITED Reserve your place

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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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