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Glories of Gujarat

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Princely palaces, stepwells steeped in legend, a city of temples, sanctuaries for the rare Wild Ass and Asiatic Lions, and an archaeological feast of Gujarat’s glorious monuments, all feature on this tour of the region’s natural, cultural, regal and religious heritage

Immersed in the majesty of Maharajas but absorbing Arab and Portuguese influences; and adhering to Hindu principals while encompassing Jain, Buddhist, Muslim and Christian sacred sites; Gujarat displays a unique cultural heritage, wrapped in a diverse landscape of coasts, rivers, hills and wilderness miles. This tour takes you from vibrant cities to wildlife reserves and little-known villages, and includes visits to three of the region’s four UNESCO World Heritage sites, Patan’s Rani Ki Vav stepwell, the enormous ancient citadel of Champaner, and the walled city of Ahmedabad. In Vodadara, ancient history mingles with a modern persona as a city of academia and architecture. Renowned for its royal safari camps, Bajana’s Little Rann of Kutch is home to the endearing, endangered Wild Ass. We see the Sun Temple of Modhera and havelis of Sidhpur enroute to Ahmedabad’s stepwells; return to the wild for Blackbuck National Park; then visit the temple hill of Palitana, the first city in the world to be vegetarian by law. A leisurely interlude in coastal Diu is followed by Sasan Gir National Park, the last refuge of Asiatic lions; and metropolitan Mumbai marks journey’s end with colonial landmarks.

Overview

  • Flight  - 1 night
  • Vadodara  - 2 nights
  • Bajana  - 2 nights
  • Ahmedabad  - 3 nights
  • Velavadar  - 2 nights
  • Diu  - 2 nights
  • Sasan Gir  - 2 nights
  • Mumbai  - 1 night
  • Flight  - 1 night
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Tour Highlights

  • Culture & Wildlife
  • Jules Verne Sightseeing
  • Safaris by Jeep
  • 9 Lunches & 10 Dinners
  • Local Expert Guides

Princely palaces, stepwells steeped in legend, a city of temples, sanctuaries for the rare Wild Ass and Asiatic Lions, and an archaeological feast of Gujarat’s glorious monuments, all feature on this tour of the region’s natural, cultural, regal and religious heritage

Notes:

This is a full itinerary with visits on foot and some uneven surfaces and inclines.
Palitana visit (Day 11) is a gradual but long climb!

Gandhi’s home region, Gujarat restricts alcohol consumption, though you can bring alcohol with you.

Accommodation

Vivanta by Taj - Vadodara

A 4-star central hotel with restaurants, pool, spa, gym and WiFi (free). Air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Royal Safari Camp - Bajana

Spread over in around 18 acres of land, the 4-star Royal Safari Camp is constructed by the skilful local artisans, built using red stones, which gives it an ancient and heritage look. Restaurants, an outdoor pool and 21 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, satellite TV, WiFi (free) and tea/coffee making facilities.

Hyatt Regency - Ahmedabad

A central 4-star hotel with restaurants, coffee shop, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 210 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Blackbuck Safari Lodge - Velavadar

The 4-star Blackbuck Lodge is situated near a picturesque hamlet surrounded by water bodies and farmlands, close to the Velavadar National Park safari gate. Restaurant, organic kitchen, swimming pool, spa and wellness centre and WiFi (free). 18 deluxe air-conditioned cottages with private facilities, verandah sitting area, outdoor shower, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Radhika Beach Resort - Diu

A 3-star hotel located in the very picturesque seaside town of Diu, an island off the south coast of Gujarat's Kathiawar peninsula, separated from the mainland only by a tidal creek. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym and WiFi (free). 42 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Gateway Hotel - Sasan Gir

A 4-star hotel located just opposite the Hiran River at the fringe of the dense Gir Forest. Restaurant, pool, spa, gym and WiFi (free). Air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, river view and tea/coffee making facilities.

Trident Nariman Point - Mumbai

The best view of Mumbai, the Marine Drive, a 3km long beautiful promenade that rings a natural bay, greets guests at the 4-star Trident, Nariman Point. Restaurants, bar, gym, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 555 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Extension Options

Tadoba Tiger Reserve Extension

Prolong your Indian wildlife experience and explore Tadoba National Park, a tiger reserve. Stay at a jungle lodge, 300 metres from the entry gate, providing great opportunities to spot tigers and other wildlife.
The district of Tadoba is a dry district so no alcohol will be available. Tadoba National Park is closed from the 1st July to 30th September.

Svasara Jungle Lodge – Tadoba

A 4-star wildlife resort and eco-friendly lodge, situated 300 metres from Kolara Gate at Tadoba Tiger Reserve. 10-acres of restored forest with 12 elegantly furnished suite rooms with air-conditioned and private facilities including TV, safe and tea/coffee making facilities. Restaurant, pool, spa and WiFi (limited). Multi-cuisine dining options including delectable regional Indian, continental, and the local varadi cuisine. The Lodge area is untouched by any kind of tourism or development and offers the discerning guest the guarantee of privacy as well as lovely walks and hiking trails around the lodge.

Trident Nariman Point - Mumbai

The best view of Mumbai, the Marine Drive, a 3km long beautiful promenade that rings a natural bay, greets guests at the 4-star Trident, Nariman Point. Restaurants, bar, gym, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 555 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
Emirates from Heathrow

November
November 9 (Saturday)
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Was £3445

£ 3195

Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 14 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 9 lunches and 10 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, overseas airport taxes, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • Single Supplement
  • £775
Flight Options
  • London-Ahmedabad/Mumbai-London Emirates Business Class
  • On request, please call
Privately Guided
  • Privately guided options available based on 2+ people
  • On request, please call
Tour Only
  • Arrival transfer
  • included with group
  • Departure transfer
  • £49
Extension Options
  • Tadoba Tiger Reserve Extension (4 nights)
  • £1295
  • Single Supplement
  • £425

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