Today arrive at Ahmedabad Airport / Railway Station. On arrival check in at the hotel. Proceed to visit Gandhi Ashram, City museum and Hathising Jain Temple. Later in the evening proceed to visit Adalaj Step well and Akshardham Temple. Overnight stay at hotel.
Sabarmati Ashram is the biggest tourist attraction, located on the tranquil and serene stretch of Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad. Once the residence of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba, it was also referred to as the 'Gandhi Ashram', 'Mahatma Gandhi Ashram' and most importantly, 'Satyagraha Ashram' as Gandhi began the famous 'Dandi March' from here. The Mahatma Gandhi Ashram has a number of other buildings within its bounds. The most famous among them is the museum 'Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya' which has some of Gandhi's personal letters and photographs on display. Other buildings and sites within the Gandhi Ashram known as Nandini, Vinoba Kutir, Upasana Mandir, and Magan Niwas.
Hutheesing Jain Temple is considered to be one of the architectural masterpieces in Ahmedabad, famous for its architecture and unique design that consists of intricate carvings as the main aesthetic element. The temple was built in 1848 AD by Seth Hutheesing, as a dedication to the 15th Jain Trithanakara called Dharmnath. Home to 52 shrines, each consists of an image of a tirthankara. Made from beautiful white marble, it is a delight to see. The layout of the temple makes it one of the most beautiful temples in the country and is well worth a visit, has a dome on the main front and carved galleries on the other side.It also have the Mahavir Stambha (about 78 ft tall) that stands right at the entrance of the temple.
Adalaj Stepwell is located in the village of Adalaj and built in 1499 by Queen Rudabai, this stepwell served as a place for relaxation for pilgrims and caravans in the earlier years. It was constructed in Indo-Islamic architectural style, with the belief that villagers would visit the well to collect water, offer their prayers to deities carved on the walls and rest for some time. The walls are beautifully carved with scenes of women churning buttermilk, kings, dancers and musicians. Since direct sunlight does not reach the interiors of the stepwell or vav, the temperature is apparently six degrees cooler than the outside. A unique feature of this stepwell of Gujarat, that this is the only one with three entrance stairs.
Akshardham Temple is one of the largest temples in Gujarat dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan and is the best example of contemporary architecture and style, built using 6000 tons of pink sandstone. It is considered a place of education, enlightment and in a way entertainment, where more than 2 million people visit each year. The major attractions of this majestic temple are its 10 story tall golden idol of Swaminarayan Mystic India( a film on an incredible journey of an 11-year old child yogi called Neelkanth) the light and music show(Sat Chit Anand Watershow) and audio animatronic shows. It is surrounded by a garden which houses rides, swings and games for kids, a lake, a waterfall and a herbal garden.
In the morning start for Bhavnagar. Enroute visit Lothal. Lothal is one of the most prominent cities of the ancient Indus valley civilisation. Also visit Velavadar The Velavadar National park is known for the successful conservation of the blackbuck, wolf and the lesser Florican. Arrive at Bhavnagar. Later proceed to visit Nishkalank Mahadev Temple in Koliyak, Bhavnagar. Overnight stay at hotel.
Velavadar National Park is a unique grassland ecosystem and the only tropical grasslands in India to be deemed a National Park. The park is home to the rare population of blackbuck, created in 1976 which covers 34 square km. An excellent place for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiast, it was initially a private grassland for the Maharaja of Bhavnagar. Other than the blackbucks, the park houses the bird and animal species. Some of India's largest herds of this antelope are seen in this park. Jeep safari and trekking is the best way to explore the best of the Park. The national park shelters mammals like nilgai, jackal, wolf, jungle cat, and fox, while birds are the main attraction of the park.
Today proceed to Sasanigir. Enroute visit Palitana. Palitana is the world's only mountain that has more than 900 temples.Palitana temples and whole mountain are considered the most sacred pilgrimage place by the Jain community, and is the world's largest Temple Complex with 3000 temples. Later arrive at Sasangir. Visit Gir Interpretation Zone. Overnight stay at hotel.
The Palitana temples of Jainism are located on Shatrunjaya hill by the city of Palitana in Bhavnagar district, Gujarat, India. The city of the same name, known previously as Padliptapur, has been dubbed "City of Temples". Shatrunjaya means a "place of victory against inner enemies" or "which conquers inner enemies".
Devalia Safari Park also known as “Gir Interpretation Zone”, is the establishment of particular eco-tourism zone to minimize overload of tourists from Gir Forest Visit and to offer whole wildlife of Gir at single place in safe habitats. This Zone comprises of 412 Ha Chain linked fences area which is regarded as ‘Gir in a nutshell’ covering all habitat types and wildlife of Gir. The basic motive of creating this facility is to provide an opportunity of viewing lions and other animals in their natural habitat within a short period of time at cheaper rates. There are animals like Asiatic lions, Leopards, Blue Bull, Sambhar, Chital, Black buck, Wild Boar etc. The presence of Savana habitat and rare birds is also another attraction of the area.
In the morning take jeep safari in gir national park. Later, proceed to beach town Diu. Later, visit St. Paul's Church, Diu Museum and Diu Fort. Evening is at leisure to laze and relax on the beach. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is the only home of the endangered mighty Asiatic Lion, is one of the most popular attractions of Gujarat. Gir forest was titled as wildlife sanctuary in 1965, and in 1975 it was declared as a National Park. The national park houses around 38 species of mammals, 300 avifauna species, 37 species of reptiles and over 2000 insect species, comprises 1412 square km of decidous forest, acacia, scrub jungle and rocky hills. Gir has about 400 lions and 300 leopards, major 'big cat' concentrations in India. Deer, Antelopes, Jackal, Striped Hyena, Langur, Porcupine, Black-naped Hare are among the other mammals of Gir. Enjoy jeep safari and bird watching at Sasan Gir.
Proceed to Somnath today. On arrival visit Bhalka Tirth, Triveni Sagam, Geeta Mandir Chopati & Somnath Temple. In the evening attend Aarti and later watch light and Sound show. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Somnath Temple is a significant temple, comprising one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Located in Prabhas Kshetra near Veraval, Somnath Mandir is a symbol of rich cultural heritage of India. This temple is believed to have been built in gold by the moon god Soma, in silver by the sun god Ravi, in wood by Krishna and in stone by the Solanki Rajputs in the 11th century. The present temple, built in 1951, is the 7th reconstruction on the original site. Temple was invaded several times by muslim rulers, but restored to its original glory. Constructed in the Chalukyan style with a shikhara nearly 50 m tall, temple's architecture includes intricate carvings, silver doors, an impressive Nandi idol and the central shivalinga.
Bhalka Tirth is one of the major pilgrim attractions, located at the Prabhas Kshetra near Veraval in Saurashtra district of Gujarat. This place is also refer as Shri Krishna Nija Dham Prasthan Tirth or Dehotsarg Tirth. There is a temple and a banyan tree at this Theerth, which are dedicated to Lord Krishna. As per legends, this is the site where Lord Krishna was hit by an arrow, after which he left his mortal body for his heavenly abode, the end of Dwapara Yuga. The footprints of Lord Krishna are installed in a small open shrine. The temple contains a beautiful tribhangi idol of Lord Krishna playing his flute. The festivals of Janmashtami, Holi, Radha-Ashtami, Gopashtami, and Diwali are celebrated with great devotion.
Triveni Sangam is believed to be a very sacred Moksha Tirtha for Hindus. this point is the meeting point of river Hiran, Kapila, and Saraswati. People believe that a dip in the river at this holy ghat cleanses the body and spirit of all sins committed in his life. The Laxminarayan and Gita Temple are located on the shores of the ghats.
The beautifully capturing white marble structure has depiction of the hymns of the Gita intricately engraved on the walls. this marvelous architecture beauty is constructed in such a manner that visitors can here their voice - as an echo - inside the temple.
Today, proceed to the sacred town of Dwarka. Enroute visit Porbandar. At Porbandar visit Kirti Mandir – the place where Gandhiji was born and Sudama Temple – The only Sudama Temple in the world. Later arrive at Dwarka. Visit Dwarkadeesh Temple. overnight stay at hotel.
Kirti Mandir is a pleasant and bright place of respect, was built in the honour of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi in the Indian State of Gujarat. The temple was built to mark the release of Gandhiji in 1944. The 73-year-old structure stands strong adorning the National Flag.The ancestral home of Gandhiji is located right beside the temple. One can enter the ancestral home from the temple. Walking through its corridors and witnessing the daylight coming through the teal coloured window frames is a wonderful experience. The age-old Oil paintings of both Mahatma and his wife and black & white photographs engaged in activities, discussions and drawn many history buffs from all over the world.
Krishna-Sudama Temple is one of the revered sites of Gujarat, dedicated to Sudama who was the childhood friend and devotee of Lord Krishna. This temple is visited by thousands of devotees particularly the newly married Rajasthani Kshatriya couples to take the blessings. It is only temple in India which is dedicated to this great devotee of Lord Krishna. Built with white marble, in the period of 1902 to 1907, this temple has a number of carved pillars which decorate the temple, open from all sides this temple has a shikhara which is decorated with splendid architecture and carvings. The architecture of the temple is simple, situated in a garden with a small step well.
In the morning take a trip to Bet Dwarka, visit Old Temple of Krishna. On the way to Bet Dwarka, visit Nageshwar Temple – One of the 12th Jyotilingam of Shiva, Rukmini Temple and Gopi Talav. Enroute visit In the evening, visit Bala Hanuman Temple at Jamnagar known for its nonstop Ramdhun since 1956 and it mentioned in Guinness Book of World Records. Later arrive at Rajkot. Overnight stay at hotel.
Jamnagar also called as "Chhoti Kashi", where the most beautiful temple "Shri Bala Hanuman" is located. It is also known as Shri Balahanuman Sankirtan Mandir, situated at the south east side of Ranmal Lake. It is the world famous temple and has acheived name in Guinness Book of world records for continous 24-hours chanting of Ram Dhun- 'Shri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram', since August 1, 1964. The simple looking structure houses the idols of Lord Ram, Lord Lakshman, Goddess Sita and Lord Hanuman. Local people has deep faith in the temple and believes that it protect them from natural calamities and other troubles. The evening arti is the most awaited event of the temple.
The Rukmini Devi Temple is situated in Dwarka, committed to Rukmini who was the wife of the God Krishna, the king of Dwaraka. Rukmini is the first and most prominent queen of Krishna. She is also considered an avatar of Lakshmi, the Goddess of fortune. The present structure is said to have been constructed in the 12th century. The exterior of the Rukmini Temple is richly carved with a panel of sculpted naratharas (human figures) and a panel of sculpted gajatharas (elephants) at the base. The garbhagriha (inner sanctum) has a recessed seat on which the present image of Rukmini was consecrated. The usual sculptures of god and goddesses are seen on the exterior of the shrine.
In the morning proceed to Ahmedabad. Drop at airport/railway station. Tour Ends.
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