- Explore India's 'Jewel of the West', accompanied by Amelia Dalton
- Visit the exquisite Aina Mahal, known as the Palace of Mirrors
- Explore the ancient capital of Patan, renowned for the quality of its dyes and silk saris
- Gain special access to remote Banni tribal villages
Travel through the semi-arid region of Gujarat in India's north-west to experience the region's rich blend of exotic locations, historical sites, religious places and variety of wildlife.
During this tour, accompanied by Amelia Dalton, meet the artisans of Bhuj with their instinctive eye for colour and design. Visit Dasada to learn the origins of Ajrakh prints, among the oldest textiles in the world, dating back to the Indus Valley civilisation. Explore the Rann of Kutch, home to the only remaining population of Indian wild ass, alongside nilgai, blackbuck, desert cats and flamingos. Visit sacred Jain and Hindu pilgrimage sites before finishing your tour in Ahmedabad, India’s first UNESCO heritage city.
Why should I join this Gujarat group tour?
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.
Do I need a visa to travel to India?
All visitors need a visa for India. There is now a provision for an online e-visa for citizens of certain countries, including the UK. The visa has to be obtained before arrival in all circumstances. Tourist visas issued in the UK have six months’ validity from the date of issue.
What is the accommodation like in India?
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 Gujarat 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).
What will the weather be like in India in November?
Warm sunny days with cooler nights. November is the end of the monsoon rains. The average temperatures sit around 30 degrees, dropping to 17 – 18 degrees at night.
How fit should I be 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 stay 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.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.