DOM1103 Indus Saurastra Tour

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DOM1103 Indus Saurastra Tour12 Nights / 13 Days tour

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MUMBAI - Ahenmdabad - Jamnagar - Dwarka - Sasangir - Somnath - Diu - Bhavnagar - Palitana

Tour Overview

 Saurashtra, also known as Sorath or Kathiawar, is a peninsular region of Gujarat, India, located on the Arabian Sea coast. It covers about a third of Gujarat state, notably 11 districts of Gujarat, including Rajkot District

Day 1: Arrive Mumbai

Arrive in Mumbai by International flight, after traditional Swagat  (Welcome) our representative
would assist you at airport & transfer to hotel for check in.

Day 2: Mumbai

Attractions: Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves boat cruise, Prince Wales Museum & Marine Drive

 Today we take a City tour of Mumbai visiting Gateway of India, the entrance to the port of Mumbai.
It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V in 1911.
Across the road we visit Prince Wales Museum, built in a
confluence of Gothic & Moorish styles. It boasts a collection of
ancient Indus Valley artifacts dating 2000 BC, plus some priceless
Tibetan  Nepali Art.
Later we take the boat cruise from Gateway of India to visit
Elephanta Caves, houses rock cut temples dating back to 5th
century CE. It was named by the Portuguese, after the statue of an
elephant near the landing area of the island. We also drive through
the Marine Drive, which runs along the shore of the Arabian Sea
from Nariman Point past Chowpatty Beach to the foot of Malabar
Hill. Overnight Hotel - Mumbai

Day 3: Mumbai - Ahmedabad

On time transfer you to airport to board flight to Ahmedabad. Upon arrival in Ahmedabad we transfer
you to our hotel and help you to check in. Ahmedabad. The city was founded in 1411 to serve as the
capital of the Sultanate of Gujarat, by its namesake, Sultan Ahmed Shah. Under British rule, a military
cantonment was established & the city infrastructure was modernized  expanded. Overnight Hotel -

Day 4: Ahmedabad

Attractions: Mosques, Jumma Masjid,Hatheesing Jain Temple,Sabarmati Ashram

Post breakfast we take guided tour visiting Mosques, Jumma Masjid, Described by some as the most
beautiful mosque in India, the congregational mosque was built by the city & founder, Sultan Ahmed
Shah in 1423. Built in yellow sandstone, it combines the best of Hindu & Muslim styles of architecture.
It stands on 260 pillars supporting 15 domes at varying elevations. The mosque is located in the centre
of the old city.  

 - a superb example of delicate carving that transforms stone into filigree. Shaking minarets, two
minarets located at the Siddhi Bashir mosque. They are uniquely
designed in a way that when one minaret is shaken the other one
shakes too.
Later we visit the Hatheesing Jain Temple, Built outside Delhi Gate
in 1850 by a rich Jain merchant, the Hatheesing Temple is the best
known of Ahmedabad  many ornate Jain temples. Built of pure white
marble & profusely decorated
with rich carvings, the
Hatheesing Temple is dedicated to Dharamnath. Within the city
there are many other Jain temples with remarkable carvings in
stone & wood. Also visit the Sabarmati Ashram set up by
Mahatma Gandhi a simple retreat in 1915. This was his first
Satyagraha Ashram & for many it was the nerve centre of India &
freedom movement. Hridaya Kunj, the cottage where he lived is
preserved as it was in the Mahatma & lifetime. The Gandhi
Ashram has a memorial centre, library & a sound & light
spectacle to offer its visitors. Overnight Hotel - Ahmedabad

Day 5: Ahmedabad / Jamnagar

Attractions: Oil Refinery

Post breakfast we drive to Jamnagar, built by Maharaja Kumar Shri Ranjit Singhji in the 1920s, when
the district was known as Nawanagar. It is well-known for its four marble Jain temples: Vardhman
Shah & Temple, Raisi Shah & Temple, Sheth & Temple, & Vasupujya Swami & Temple. All were built
between 1574 & 1622. Also known as the Jewel of Kathiawar Overnight Hotel – Jamnagar (B)

Day 6: Jamnagar Day excursion trip of Dwarka

Attractions: Dwarkadhish temple, Jagat Mandir, Temple of Rukmini

Today we take Same Day excursion to Dwarka  the city derives its name from word & quot Dwar&quot meaning
door in Sanskrit. Dwarka is one of the holiest cities in Hinduism &
one of the 4 main dhams. The legendary city of Dwarka in Hindu
mythology was the dwelling place of Krishna. It is believed that,
due to damage and destruction by the sea, Dwarka has
submerged six times and modern Dwarka is the 7th city to be
built in the area. Here we visit Dwarkadheesh, also known as
Jagat Mandir, is built on the north bank of the Gomti Creek. The
temple dates back to 2,500 years & architecturally constructed
on the same plan & system as most of the Hindu sacred edifices
of antiquity.

Jagat Mandir or Nij Mandir forms the sanctum of Dwarkadish temple & dates back to 2500 years.
Jagat Mandir has its own hall of audience & a conical spire. Main attraction of the Temple is spectacular
evening prayers (Aarti). Another temple in Dwarka is temple of Rukmini Devi Temple, small temple
is an architectural masterpiece. Rukmini is the most important of Krishna & 16,108 wives. The temple
walls are decorated with beautiful paintings depicting her pastimes with Krishna. This temple is said to
date back to the 12th century. Overnight Hotel - Jamnagar

Day 7: Jamnagar / Junagadh

Today we drive to Junagarh, literally means an ancient fort. The Junagadh town is located at the
foothills of the sacred hill of Girnar  occupies a special place in the history of Gujarat. The history of
Junagadh is chequered by the rulers of the Mauryans, Kshatrapas, Guptas, Vallabhis,
Chudasamas  others. Both political powers & religious influences enriched the culture   created
fantastic edifices leaving architectural mark.
Half Day Tour: We visit Uparkot Fort, famous for its virtual inaccessibility, Ashoka’s Rock Edicts,
fourteen Rock Edicts of the Emperor Ashoka can be seen inscribed on a great boulder. The inscriptions
carry Brahmi script in Pali language  dates back to 250 BC. On the same rock are inscriptions in
Sanskrit. Damodar Kund, named after Krishna, whose water is said to be sacred due to its property
of dissolving bones of dead brought for the immersion. Nearby there is Shri Mahaprabhuji & Bethak.

 Later we drive to Sasangir, best known as being the sole home of the
pure Asiatic Lions (Panthera leo persica). The Sanctuary, the area is
considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia
due to its supported species.
Established in the year 1965, Today is the sustaining ecosystem of
Gir, with its diverse flora & fauna. The forest area of Gir & its lions
were declared as protected  in the early 1900 & by the then Nawab of
the princely state of Junagadh. This initiative resulted in the
conservation of the lions whose population had plummeted to only 15
through slaughter for trophy hunting. Overnight Hotel – Sasangir

Day 8: Sasangir

Attractions: jungle safari

Today we fo for morning and afternoon Jangle safaris to the National Park. It has the distinction of
being the only refuge to the last surviving majestic Asiatic Lions
(Panthera leo). Apart from the Asiatic Lions, the Park is also
home to large number of Panthers, Hyenas, Deer, the world &
only 4-horned Antelope, Blue Bull, Wild Boar  & the
dangerous Marsh Crocodile.
Several machaans (watch towers) & hideaways have been raised
near waterholes to allow visitors a closer look at the lions.

Day 9: Sasangir - Somnath

Attractions: Museum & Temple

Post breakfast we drive to Somnath Temple, located in the Prabhas Kshetra near Veraval in
Saurashtra, on the western coast of Gujarat, India is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas (golden lingas)
symbols of the God Shiva. It is mentioned in the Rig Veda.
Somnath means &  The Protector of Moon God". The Somnath
Temple is known as & the Shrine Eternal & as although the
temple has been destroyed six times it has been rebuilt every
single time.
Further we continue the drive to Diu, an island lying off the
south coast of Gujarat & Kathiawar peninsula, separated from the
mainland by a tidal creek. It is famous for its fortress & Old
Portuguese Cathedral. The village of Ghoghla, which lies on
the mainland opposite the eastern end of the island, is also part
of the union territory. Overnight Hotel- Diu

Day 10: Diu

Attractions: Diu Fort, Wood Paneled St. Paul & st Thomas churche

Today we take a guided tour of Diu visiting the Battlement of Diu Fort, an expansive & imposing
structure, situated on the coast of the island. The fort commands a
magnificent view of sea. It was constructed between 1535 -1541 AD
after a defence alliance, concluded by the Bahadur Shah, Sultan of
Gujarat. The fort is skirted by the sea on the three sides. On the Fort
stands a giant structure now housing a Lighthouse. A strange mist
shrouds the entire fort. It is more conspicuous during winter nights
when fog spreads all around, & the lighthouse gives off a misty light.
Later we visit the Wood Panelled St.Paul & St.Thomas Churche.
. Afternoon at leisure Overnight Hotel - Diu 

Day 11: Diu / Bhavnagar

Attractions: Khodiyar Mata, Takhteshwar Temple, Gandhi Smriti & Velavadar sanctuary

 After breakfast we drive to Bhavnagar, Known as the cultural capital of Saurashtra, the city was named after its ruler & founder Bhav Singhji Gohil. It was a carefully chosen strategic location having potential of maritime trade. It remained a major port, for almost two centuries, trading commodities with Africa, Mozambique, Zanzibar, Singapore & the Persian Gulf. Overnight Hotel- Bhavnagar

Day 12: Bhavnagar / Palitana

Attractions: Shatrunjaya Jain Temple Complex

 Today post breakfast we drive to Ahmedabad via Palitana, a city & former princely state is a major
pilgrimage centre for Jains. The Palitana temples are considered
the most sacred pilgrimage place (tirtha) by the Jain community.
There are a total of 1250 temples located on the Shetrunjaya
hills, exquisitely carved in marble. The main temple on top of the
hill is dedicated to 1st Tirthankara lord Adinath (Rishabdeva). No
one is allowed to sleep overnight including the priest, because
the temple city has been built as an abode for the Gods.
Later continue drive to Ahmedabad. Upon arrival we help you to
check in to our hotel. Overnight Hotel- Ahmedabad (B)

Day 13: Ahmedabad departure

In time transfer to airport to board the flight for onward destination, International flight can be
connected either through Mumbai or Delhi. 

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  •  Breakfast
  • Accommodation
  •  Airport Transfers
  • GST
  • Private Cab Transfers
  • Sightseeing tour
  • Flights


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