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8 Nights/7 Days :: Mumbai – Rajkot – Gondal – Bhavnagar - Ahmedabad - Mount Abu
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Day 01 / MUMBAI

Meeting and assistance upon arrival and transfer from airport to hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 / MUMBAI - RAJKOT – GONDAL

After breakfast, visit Elephanta Caves.
An hour boat ride across Mumbai Harbor brings you to the lush green Elephanta Island. Here, visit some of the huge and intricately carved cave temples that date back to the 8th century and which are dedicated to the Hindu Sun God - Shiva (Closed on monday).
Lunch at hotel and then in afternoon, sightseeing tour of Mumbai.
Visit the Prince of Wales Museum (Monday closed). Here you will see its extensive collection of fascinating 18th & 19th century miniature paintings; elegantly carved ivory artworks; and a rich collection of Nepalese and Tibetan art, among other fine works of art. Later visit the Gateway of India overlooking the Harbor; and the Dhobi Ghat, the unique and colourful outdoor 'laundry'.
Drive upto the Malabar Hill to the lovely Hanging Gardens and the Kamla Nehru Park from where you will get a wonderful view of Mumbaiand the Arabian Sea, spread out before you. Also visit b a small museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi; and the bustling Crawford Market. Evening transfer from hotel to the airport for flight to Rajkot (1610/1700 hrs.).
Meeting and assistance upon arrival and straight drive to Gondal (40 kms, 1 hrs).
On arrival, check in at hotel. Cultural performance followed by dinner.

Day 03 / GONDAL – BHAVNAGAR (250 KM)

Morning visit the Vintage car collection of the Maharaja of Gondal, close to where you will be staying. Also, visit 500 years old Palace, temple.
Early lunch at hotel and then check out.
Drive to Bhavnagar (5 hrs).
On arrival, check in at hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 04 / BHAVNAGAR – PALITANA – AHMEDABAD (250 KM)

Early morning drive to Ahmedabad (250 kms / 5 hrs) via Palitana (56 km from Bhavnagar).
Palitana lies at the foot of the Shatrunjaya Hill, with the Shatrunjaya River flowing to its South. The sacred hill rises in a crescendo of magnificent temple, 863 in all, that soar in marble splendor of its top. Only the Gods live on this holy hilltop city for, after sundown, none may stay here, not even the priests who wend their way down the hill and leave the resplendent pinnacle to the gods. The temples were built over an impressive span of 900 years, with each generation of pilgrims making its contribution to the shrines of Shatrunjaya. Lunch at Vijay Vilas Palace near Palitana.
Continue drive to Ahmedabad. On arrival, check in for an overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 05 / AHMEDABAD

Morning city sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad.
Jumma Masjid : Built in yellow sandstone, this Friday Mosque, is a best combination of Muslim & Hindu architectural style. It is famous for its picturesque porticoes standing on 260 pillars that support 15 domes at varying elevations.
Sidi Sayed Mosque : A part of the wall in the old citadel of the mosque built by Sidi Sayed, a slave of Ahmed Shah in 1572-73, is renowned the world over for its exquisite stone window tracery – a superb & peerless example of delicate carving that transforms stone into filigree.
Calcico Museum : The museum and the Gallaries are open on all days of the week, except Wednesdays and public holidays. However, visits to the Museum and the Galleries shall be limited to the hours given below. Rights of admission to the Museum and
the Galleries are reserved by the Management.
GUIDED MUSEUM TOUR - MORNING: 10:30 am TO 12:30 pm (NO ENTRY AFTER 11:00 am)
Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 06 / AHMEDABAD – MODERA-PATAN– SIDHPUR- MOUNT ABU (ABOUT 300 KM)

After breakfast drive to Mount Abu via Modhera, Patan, Sidhpur and Ambaji sightseeing.
Modhera: The sun temple at Modhera is one of the two Sun Temples in the world - the other being at Konarak. Built in 1026 AD, Modhera, in north-western Gujarat, 119 km from Ahmedabad, is located on a high mound, on the left bank of the river Pushpawati. The Sun Temple is an exemplary model of art and architecture of the 11th century - a style that was to influence the development of temple architecture in neighboring regions.
Patan : Home of the famous patola silk saris, Patan is a beautiful old town with Jain temples and carved wooden houses. Rani ki vav (step well) is an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat. The exclusively carved side walls, pillars, beams, series of steps & platforms lead to the elaborately carved water well. Every surface is adorned with finely chiselled sculptures of
maidens & Hindu deities, religious motifs & geometrical patterns. Sidhpur : Sidhpur is a sacred town, around 103 km north of Ahmedabad. It is situated on the left bank of the River Saraswati, around 24 kms upstream of Anhilwad Patan, the old capital of Gujarat. The town is a revered destination, flanked by temples, kunds, ashrams and other sacred structures. The town also holds importance for the Bohra Muslims, an affluent Muslim community spread all over the world. They have contributed significantly to the development of Sidhpur. Their old Havelis and mansions, some over 100 years old have a markedly European flavor and a walk through the 'Bohra Vad' is like a stroll through an England. overnight stay at hotel.

Day 07 / MOUNT ABU – AMBAJI - AHMEDABAD

Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan nestling in picturesque Aravali Mountains. Entire hill side in Mount Abu is covered by the mango, bamboo, eucalyptus, date-palm, silk, cotton and lime trees.
Ambaji 45 km from Mount Abu is one of the major Shakti-piths of India, situated in the Arasur hills. The Ambaji Temple contains no idol, but an inscribed Yantra in the niche. Ambaji is essentially a temple town-with a temple dedicated to Goddess Ambaji at the center. Arrive Ahmedabad for an overnight stay.

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