The historic city of Bhuj derives its name from the Bhujiyo Dungar, a hill, overlooking the present day Bhuj town. Bhuj is a typical example of a desert town located between two geographical features- Bhujiyo Dungar on the east and Hmisar Lake on the west.
Bhuj was the capital of the former princely State of Kutch till 1947 AD. The Rajput rulers of Kutch came from Sindh or northern India in the late 15 th century and settled t Bhuj. Rao Khengarji I chose the strategic location at the base of Bhujiyo Dungar and founded the city of Bhuj in 1548 AD.
The rulers of Kutch got exempted from paying tribute to the Mughal rulers in return for free passage to the Mecca pilgrims. The need for better security arose only after the decline of Mughal power at the center, In 1723 AD, Rao Godji undertook the construction of massive fortification, with gates and bastions (11 meter high and 1.2 meter thick masonry wall), surrounding the whole town. The fort was equipped with 51 guns to counter any attack from enemies.
Location :Bhuj , Gondal , Sasangir, Diu , Bhavnagar
Duration : 8 Night 9 Days : Bhuj (1N) - Rajkot (1N) - Sasangir (1N) - Diu (2N) - Bhavnagar (2N) - Ahmedabad (1N)
Day 01. Bhuj: Arrive Bhuj. You will be met, assisted and transferred to your Hotel. Local ruler MaharaoHamir founded the city of Bhuj in 1510. In 1549 Rao Khengarji I another local ruler, made Bhuj his capital. + Half Day Visit to Bhujodi Village (As per Time Permit).Overnight in Bhuj.
Day 02 Bhuj - Rajkot:
Morning After Breakfast Drive to Rajkot .Check in to hotel & Later Move on for Local Sightseeing Nyari Dam,Lalpari Lake & Randarda Lake,Aji River Etc. Overnight in Rajkot.
Day 03 Rajkot - SasanGir: After breakfast drive to Sasangir. On arrival in Sasangir, transfer to Camp. Sasangir is the only place in the world outside Africa, where the Lion can be seen in its natural habitat, the last remaining Bastion of the Asiatic Lion. Gir is also home to one of the largest Leopard populations in any park in India, making it an excellent place to see big cats of a different kind. Overnight in the SasanGir.
Day 04 Sasangir - Diu: In the morning, you shall experience a safari to SasanGir national park. (on Direct payment) This sanctuary is known all over the world for being the natural abode of Asiatic Lions. A safari in the Gir National Park will be one of the most memorable and popular highlights of this trip. The forests in Sasangir consist of dry desert vegetation, with scrub and thorn bushes extending over the dry soil and the rough rocky outcrops. It thins out giving a better chance to see the animals and birds in the Park. Later continue your drive to Diu. On arrival in Diu, check into your hotel. Overnight at Diu.
Day 05 Diu: Today you shall head on for a sightseeing tour of Diu. You will visit popular tourist attractions like St. Paul Church & Diu Museum. Afternoon is free for beach activities on own. Overnight at the Diu.
Day 06 Diu - Bhavnagar: This day after early breakfast drive to Bhavnagar, the place of several lakes and temples. Bhavnagar lies in the southeast corner of the peninsular region of Gujarat known as Kathiawad or Saurashtra. On arrival check in at the Hotel Nilambagh Palace. Nilambagh Palace Bhavnagar was originally built as a private dwelling to Sir Takhat Singh. The house has been converted into a renowned heritage hotel in the state of Gujarat. The Nilambagh palace is set in 40,000 sqft of lawn and garden. The pillared portico, stepped arches, pleasant centre courtyard, turning marble staircase, the dining hall furnished with European chandeliers, Belgian mirrors, oil paintings and carved Burma teak furniture, the lobby with its king sized royal portraits, stuffed panthers and chandeliers and the historic library are some highlights of the property. Later visit Gandhi Smriti, which has a library, a small museum, gallery and memorial to the founder of India. Overnight in the Bhavnagar.
Day 07 Excursion to Palitana & Lothal: Today you will take an excursion to Lothal. En-route visit Palitana. It is the base for visiting one of the 5 important pilgrimage centers of the Jains. The impressive Jain temple complex on Shatrunjaya hill is at an altitude of 591 m. Shatrunjaya City, is the largest temple complex of India. The ascent of 3.5 Kms climb up a winding path has 3950 steps. The temple complex has 863 temples strung along two ridges of the hill, with further temples in the hollow. Most of the temples are named after their founders and are mostly built over a period of 1000 years in the11th century and rebuilt in the 16th century". Just before 80 Kms from Ahmedabad visit Lothal. Lothal city is one of the well-known cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization. The origin and history of Lothal can be dated back to 2400 BC. Lothal in Gujarat is one of the primary sites of archaeology. Though, it was discovered in the year 1954, but its excavation work began on the February 13, 1955, which continued till May 19, 1960. It was done by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Return back to hotel. Overnight in Bhavnagar.
Day 08 Bhavnagar - Ahmedabad: Today after breakfast drive to Ahmedabad. On arrival check into your hotel. Later visit Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) built by Ahmed Shah in 1424, The façade is emphasized by the spacious courtyard paved in marble with a tank in the middle. It has a screen of arches flanked by a pillared portico. Later visit the Sabarmati Ashram founded in 1917, where Mahatma Gandhi, the "Father of Nation" lived as a lawyer after his return from South Africa. It was the starting point for Gandhiji's celebrated 24 day, 385 km Salt March to Dandi in 1930. It has a library, archives and a picture gallery depicting Gandhiji's life. Overnight in Ahmedabad.
Day 09 Onwards: Today after breakfast you will be assisted to the airport to board the flight for your onward destination.
Visit Bhuj, Rajkot, Sasan Gir, Diu , Bhavnagar , Ahmedabad.
PACKAGE WITH HOTEL + CAR
Package Inclusive :Accommodation in above mentioned hotels or Similar.for 1 Night ./Meal Plan as per Above Mention./*CP Plan : Room & Breakfast*AP Plan: Room, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner./Ac Indica as per the Itinerary Only. – Includes all state taxes, toll charges, parking, driver allowance. /The cost is based on current state taxes/diesel price rates (Even after confirming the tour).Package Valid from 01st April to 30th Sept 2014./Rates subject to Change without any Prior Notice.
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