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Gujarat Rajasthan Routes - 2

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07 Nights/08 Days :: Ahmedabad – Udaipur - Ranakpur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Mount Abu - Ahmedabad
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Day 01 / AHMEDABAD

Arrival at Ahmedabad and then transfer to hotel.
Morning visit Swaminarayan Temple : - A religious cult followed by Swami-Narayan followers. It is one of the sects of Hinduism & the devotee's worship Lord Krishna by the name of Swaminarayan. This temple is built by Swaminarayan followers. It stands as a good example of exquisite wood carving.
Followed by a walk through 'Pols' in old city (typical Gujarati adjoining houses colonies).
Thereafter visit Jumma Masjid - 1423 A.D, the most beautiful mosque in east. Built in yellow sandstone, this Friday Mosque, is a best combination of Muslim & Hindu architectural style. It stands on 260 pillars that support 15 domes at varying elevations.
After this visit Siddi Saiyed Mosque - 1572 A.D. A part of the wall in the old citadel of the mosque, is renowned the world over for
its exquisite stone window tracery – a superb & peerless example of delicate carving that transforms stone into filigree.
Later on Visit ATMA House (LE CORBUISER), Indian Institute of Management (LOUIS KAHN), Sanskar Kendra - Ahmedabad City Museum (LE CORBUISER, 1951-59).
L.D. Museum of miniature paintings & sculptures: Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Institute of Ideology was established in Ahmedabad by Muni Shri Punyavijayji and Shri Kasturbhai Lalbhai. The museum houses priceless collection of books, manuscripts and other reference material from ancient India. The museum is a treasure trove of manuscripts relating to Jainism. In all there are about 45,000 printed books with 75,000 manuscripts including out of which 500 are illustrated ones. These documents from the past cover a wide range of subjects like Vedas, Agamas, Buddhism, Tantras, Jain Darshana, System of Indian Philosophy, Jaina Philosophy, Grammar and Poetics etc.
Overnight Ahmedabad.

Day 02 / AHMEDABAD – UDAIPUR (252 KM)

Breakfast at Hotel. Later drive to Udaipur.
Set amidst the Aravalli hills of south Rajasthan, Udaipur, regarded as one of the most romantic in India. Presenting an enchanting image of marble palaces, placid lakes, attractive gardens and green hills, it has been called "the Venice of the East". It was founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1568 as a traditionally planned, fortified city full of palaces, temples and Havelis. The city also became a centre for the performing arts, painting and crafts.
Begin your half-day sightseeing tour of Udaipur with City Palace and Museum. The largest palace complex in India, it is a blend of Mughal and Rajput influences. Also see the 17th century Jagdish temple, drive around the Fatehsagar Lake, and visit the 'Saheliyon ki Bari' (the Garden for the Maids of Honor), an ornamental pleasure garden with fountains and marble kiosks. Late in
the afternoon proceed for boat ride in Lake Pichola.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 / UDAIPUR - JODHPUR (266 KM)

Breakfast at Hotel. Later drive to Jodhpur en-route visiting Ranakpur.
Ranakpur is the largest Jain temple complex in India and dates to the 15th century. The main temple is dedicated to Adinath, the first Tirthankars. Intricate carvings detail mythological figures, patterns and motifs on the walls, pillars and domes there are 1444 ornately carved marble pillars in the complex and none of them are similar. The beautiful lace-like interiors of the domes are a superb example of western Indian temple style. Surya temple and other Jain temples are side attractions.
Note : Temples open only at 1200 Hrs. Leather belts, footwear, bare legs and black clothing not allowed.
Continue drive to Jodhpur. Arrive Jodhpur and proceed for check in.
Jodhpur : Jodhpur, once the capital of the princely state of Marwar (Land of death) is the second largest city in Rajasthan, It lies
at the entrance to the Thar Desert. It is also known as the blue city as most of the houses of the old city are painted blue. The old city is surrounded by a huge 10 km long wall which has 101 bastions and seven gates. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04 / JODHPUR - JAISALMER (264 KM)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning half-day city tour, visit the Mehrangarh Fort (majestic fort).
Mehrangarh Fort was built on a steep hill and is among the best in India with exquisitely latticed windows. The residential apartments within like Sukh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal etc are beautifully decorated and house jewelry, costumes, armory, palanquins, howdahs and other remnants of the past. We also visit the Jaswant Thada, a royal cenotaph built in white marble. Also visit the museum located in the Umaid Bhawan Palace.
After sightseeing tour continue to Jaisalmer. The approach to Jaisalmer across the arid Thar Desert is truly magical as the city shimmers like a mirage. With the crenulated golden sandstone town walls and narrow streets lined with exquisitely carved
buildings, it has an extraordinary medieval feel.
On arrival check-in at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 / JAISALMER

Breakfast at the hotel.
Throbbing in the heart of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is an intricately molded wonderland.
Take a half-day sightseeing tour of this city of gilded magic. See the fort built by Rawal Jaisal atop the 80 m high Trikuta hill, where a fourth of the population still lives. Within the fort are also beautifully carved Jain temples of the 12th to 15th centuries. After this visit Badal Vilas Palace, the former ruler's 20th century palace.
Also visit some impressive merchant mansions (Havelis) including Patwon ki Haveli (1805), a five-storey building with carved pillars and murals, Salim Singh and Nathmalji ki Havelis.
Late in the evening - Visit the Sam sand dunes and have a camel ride to view the sunset. Return to Jaisalmer. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06 / JAISALMER - MOUNT ABU (550 KM)

Today we drive to Mount Abu.
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.
Arrive Mount Abu in the afternoon. Check in the hotel.
Visit Dilwara Jain Temples. Dilwara Jain Temples were constructed between 11th and 13th centuries. Vimal Vasahi, one of the oldest temple, built in 1031 A.D., is an outstanding example of Jain temple architecture and famous for its superb carvings in marble.
In the evening we will have a walk at the focal point of the town, Nakki Lake and enjoy the sunset. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07 / MOUNT ABU - MODHERA - PATAN - AHMEDABAD (ABOUT 230 KM)

After breakfast drive to Modhera 158 km.
Modhera : The Sun temple of Modhera is one of the finest examples of Indian architecture of its period. Built in 1026 A.D. the temple is dedicated to the Sun-God, Surya and stands high on a plinth overlooking a deep stone-steeped tank. Every inch of the edifice, both inside and outside is magnificently carved with Gods and Goddesses, birds, beasts and flowers. Sun Temple of Modhera was built by King Bhimdev I (1026-27) and bears some resemblance to the later and far better known, Sun Temple of Konark in the state of Orissa, which it predates by some 200 years. Like that temple, it was designed so that the dawn sun shone on the image of Surya, the sun God, at the time of the equinoxes. The main hall and shrine are reached through a pillared porch and the temple exterior is intricately and delicately carved. As with the temple of Somnath, this fine temple was ruined by Mahmud
of Ghazni.
From Modhera drive to Patan.
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 finelly chiseled sculptures of maidens & Hindu deities, religious motifs & geometrical patterns.
Sahastralinga Talav is among the many artificial tanks built in different parts of Gujarat. The architecture of this tank integrated the great sense of water management and sanctity of water in Hindu religion.
Then later drive to Ahmedabad for an overnight stay.

Day 08 / AHMEDABAD

Today a full day Ahmedabad sightseeing tour.
Gandhi Ashram : On a quiet peaceful stretch of the Sabarmati river, Mahatma Gandhi set up a simple retreat in 1915 A.D. This was his Satyagrah Ashram and for many years it was the nerve centre of India's freedom movement. It was from here, in 1930 A.D, that Mahatma began his famous Dandi March to the sea to protest against the Salt Tax imposed by the British. Hridaya Kunj, the simple cottage where he lived, is now a national monument and preserved as it was during the Mahatma's life-time. Gandhi Museum was designed by architect CHARLES CORREA.
Hathee Singh Jain Temple : Built outside the Delhi Gate in 1850 by a rich Jain merchant, the Hutheesing Temple is the best known of Ahmedabad's many ornate Jain temples.
Villa Sarabhai : Le Corbusier cultivated nature's elements to produce the mature fruit of a long career - The Sarabhai house. It is situated according to the prevailing winds (in order to be traversed by currents of air), and its façades are furnished with brise-soleil. It reestablishes contact with the noble and fundamental materials of architecture: the brick, rough concrete, white coatings, and the presence of intense colors provoking joy, etc....
Rani Sipri's Mosque : This small mosque south-east of the city is also known as the Masjid-e-Nagina (Jewel of a Mosque) because of its extremely graceful and well-executed design. Its slender minarets again blend Hindu and Islamic style. The mosque is said to have been commissioned in 1514 by the wife of Sultan Mahmud Begada after he executed their son for some minor misdemeanor and she is in fact buried here.
EVENING TRANSFER TO AHMEDABAD AIRPORT.

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