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You will be taken to the hotel in Bhuj from Ahmedabad airport / train station. Bhuj draws its name from the BhujiyoDungar, a hill that overlooks modern-day Bhuj. Bhuj is a classic desert town, sandwiched between two geographical features - BhujiyoDungar to the east and Hamirsar Lake to the west. Bhuj, Kutch's largest town, is an ancient city founded around 1510. The remainder of the day is free. Overnight in a Bhuj hotel.
Today, after breakfast, travel to Banni Village; poised in an infinite desert landscape are lovely tiny settlements. These are the final villages on India's border with Pakistan. Subsequently, visit Hodka, Ludiya, and Dhordo, as well as the Greater Rann of Kutch and KaloDungar. Overnight in a Bhuj hotel. (B)
Today, drive to Jamnagar, or the city of Jams, which was one of Saurashtra's most prominent princely realms. Jamnagar is a hub for brass manufacturing, bandhani textiles, and zari crafts. However, it is the princely past that draws visitors—the Renaissance-style Pratap Vilas Palace, the sixteenth-centuryDarbargarh Palace with its festival of stone sculptures, the impressive Willingdon Crescent, the museum at Jamsarovar Lake's Lakota Island Palace, and statues of famous cricketing prince Ranjit Sinhji. Additionally, the Maqbaras, Sonapuri's colourful sculptures, and the city's Jain temples are worth viewing. Later, visit the Bala Hanuman Temple, a pilgrimage site revered by Lord Rama followers. It is a world-renowned temple that is notable for its continuous singing of Jai Ram, Shri Ram. Since 1964, the chanting has earned a position in the Guinness Book of World Records. Overnight in a Jamnagar hotel. (B)
After breakfast, drive to Dwarka. Dwarka, a tiny seaside village, is one of India's four holiest Hindu pilgrimage destinations. Krishna established his capital here after fleeing Mathura. Later in the day, make your way to Bet Dwarka, Nageshwar Temple, Rukmani Temple, and Gomati Talav. A vacation to Dwarka is incomplete without a visit to Bet Dwarka, a 30-kilometre-long island. At Bet, on the shore of Okha, there are temples dedicated to Vishnu (in the form of'matsya'), Radha, Lakshmi, Satyabhama, Jambuvanti, and Devaki. A lovely adventure is a ferry journey from Dwarka to the island of Bet near Okha. Nageshwar temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and has one of the 12 Jyotirlingas underneath. Following that, pay a visit to Gomati Village, Gomati Talav, and Gomati Mandir. Overnight in a Dwarka hotel. (B)
Today, visit the Dwarkadhish Temple early in the morning to observe the Aarti. After breakfast, travel to Somnath, stopping along the way to explore Porbandar, Gujarat's coastal historical town nestled on the Saurashtra peninsula on the Arabian Sea. Visit Kirti Mandir, which was home to Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba. This location is close to the Mahatma's birthplace. Later, travel to Somnath and see Rudreshvara Temple — Rudreshvara Temple is a ruined temple located near Somnath. Bhalka Tirth - Halfway between Veraval and Somnath is Bhalka Tirth. Lord Krishna was mistaken for a deer and wounded by an arrow at this location. This is where Lord Krishna chose to depart from his human body and enter the eternal universe. Overnight in a Somnath hotel. (B)
Today, travel to Diu. Diu, a wonderful combination of sun, sand, and sea, is a gift from God to people in search of a lovely country where the heavy weight of this incomprehensible world can be lifted for a time and the awakening spirit can hear the symphony of nature. This teeny-tiny isle of wind, beauty, and solitude, located on the southern point of Gujarat's Saurashtra (Kathiawad) peninsula and lapped by the Arabian Sea, is a vision of tranquillity with magnificent beaches and an intriguing history. The remainder of the day is free. Overnight in a Diu hotel. (B)
Today, after breakfast, depart for a sightseeing tour of Diu. Visit the churches of St. Paul and St. Thomas, as well as the Diu Fort and Nagoa beach. Overnight in a Diu hotel. (B)
Today, drive to Sasangir, more often referred to as Gir, India's most famous lion sanctuary. And the only subcontinental location where Asiatic Lions may be found in their natural habitat. SasanGir is located on the southernmost tip of Gujarat's Saurashtrapeninsula and is home to around 400 Asiatic lions. Though Asiatic lions are the park's most renowned residents, it also serves as a natural habitat for a variety of other species such as Chital, Chinkara (Gazelle), Four-horned antelope, Leopard, Nilgai, Spotted deer, Wild boar, Wild ass, Monkeys, Parrots and Peacocks, and several other birds. Jeep safaris are available in Sasangir on a pay-as-you-go basis. Overnight in Sasangir. (B,L&D) Note: Gir national park is closed from 15 June to 15 October each year, at which time we will visit devalia park in Sasangir. Devaila park will also close on Wednesdays and in the event of inclement weather.
After breakfast, depart for Ahmedabad. On your way out of the Gir bush, stop at the Siddi Tribal settlements if you're interested. These indigenous peoples arrived in India from Africa as emperors' slaves and made India their home. African in appearance, Indian in dress, and Gujarati in language - a unique synthesis that should not be missed. Arrive in Ahmedabad and arrange for a hotel transfer. The remainder of the day is at your pleasure. Overnight in an Ahmedabad hotel. (B)
Today, embark on an Ahmedabad city tour. Gandhi Ashram, Sidi Sayed Mosque, Jumma Masjid, Teen Darwaja, Hutheesingh Jain Temple, Adalaj Stepwell, and Akshardham are all worth seeing. Overnight in an Ahmedabad hotel. (B)
This morning, you will be taken to Ahmedabad airport / railway station in order to catch a flight or train return to your home or next destination. (B)