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Gujarat Tribal Vacations(16 Nights / 17 Days)

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Mumbai - Saputara - Surat - Vadodara - Bhavnagar - Gondal - Bhuj -Zainabad - Poshina - Ahemdabad - Mumbai
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Day 1 / MUMBAI
Arrive Mumbai. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Mumbai / visiting Prince of Wales Museum, the Gateway of India, drive up the Malabar hill to see the Hanging Gardens and Kamla Nehru Park. Also visit the Mani Bhawan / a small museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 / MUMBAI – SAPUTARA
Morning departs by surface for Saputara via Nasik (270 kms). Saputara is a hill resort, known as abode of serpents. It can serve as a base camp for visiting various tribal villages in the area. Visit the famous Dangi tribe considered to be the most primitive tribal community of this region. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.Evening after dinner, witness the Dangi Tribal dance. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3 / SAPUTARA
After breakfast proceed for full day excursion of tribal villages, visiting Limba, Kosambia and other villages north of Saputara. Here you will closely observe the various life styles of Dangi tribe. On return, visit the Dangi Craft Studio which houses the local art of Dangi Tribes. Evening enjoy the dinner along with the tribal dance performance in the hotel.Overnight at hotel.

Day 4 / SAPUTARA - SURAT
After breakfast, depart for Surat (210 kms) enroute stop at Ahwa, located to the North West of Saputara. You will have an enchanting experience of confronting more forms of life style of Dangi tribe. On arrival, check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5 /SURAT - VADODARA
Morning after breakfast proceed for Vadodara (160 kms) / the Garden city. This city serves as a base to visit various tribal villages of Panchmahal and Vadodara district. On arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon, city tour visiting the Archeological museum, Maharaja Palace museum and Jumma Mosque. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6 / VADODARA
After breakfast, depart for Chota Udaipur, for full day excursion to Rathwa and Dhanka Tribal villages. Take a look at the interesting Tribal market. The Rathwa and Dhanka tribes migrated from Central India, worked as agricultural laborers and also worshipped Hindu God and Goddess. You come across the images of these Gods & Goddess while walking through these villages. Overnight at hotel.

Day 7 / VADODARA - BHAVNAGAR
Morning depart by surface to Bhavnagar ( 200 kms ) with enroute stop at Lothal / the famous excavated site of Harappan Civilization Lothal is the site of a city dating to the 2nd millennium B.C. and is of immense significance as a settlement of the Harappan era as well as the port. Excavations have revealed a planned city with intricate underground drainage system, wells, houses and baths all pointing to an exceptionally advanced system of living. Also visit the unique museum nearby. Continue drive for Bhavnagar. On arrival, check in at Neelam Bagh Palace hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8 / BHAVNAGAR - GONDAL
Depart Bhavnagar early in the morning to visit Palitana Jain temple complex (62kms).The spires of 863 Jain temples pierce the clouds on the summit of Shatrunjay hill, capturing the essence of eternity. The oldest temple dates back a thousand years and the newest 150 years. An up/hill climb of almost 3 kms, hence an early morning visit to this place is always advisable. Continue your journey to Gondal (160 kms). On arrival, check in at Gondal Palace. Evening take a tour of Palace grounds to see the largest private collection of Vintage cars. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 9 / GONDAL - BHUJ
After breakfast, proceed to Bhuj (260 kms) / an arid land of greater Rann of Kachchh, enroute stopping at Morbi to have a look at the town. On arrival at Bhuj, check in at hotel. Afternoon meet concerned authorities to procure permission to visit the restricted areas of Kachchh. Later visit the Kachchh Museum and also amble across the interesting market place. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10 / BHUJ
Morning full day excursion of Bunny villages to view the famous art and craftsmanship / famous for its handicrafts, paintings, embroidery, wooden arts (Ludiya, Bhirandiyara, Hodko, Sumrasaar). Overnight at hotel.

Day 11 / BHUJ - ZAINABAD
Morning depart Bhuj enroute visiting Tundavandh tribal Rabari village / the inhabitants of this tribe are semi / nomads who travel with their herds of cattle in search of the fodder. Continue the drive to Zainabad. On arrival check in at Desert Coursers. Dinner by campfire and overnight at coursers.

Day 12 / ZAINABAD
Early morning Jeep Safari in Little Rann of Kachchh to see the famous Asiatic Wild Ass. This is the India's second largest wild life sanctuary which has no human population as man can not survive due to the presence of high content of salt in water. In the monsoon the desert blooms but in winter it blushes! Cacti flowers and rosy flamingoes set the sky ablaze with their brilliant pink. Afternoon visit nearby tribal villages of shepherds. Overnight at desert coursers.

Day 13 /ZAINABAD - POSHINA
Morning depart for Poshina located on the border of Gujrat / Rajasthan Tribal belt of Garacia tribes. These tribes are considered descendants of Bhil Rajputs and are known for being the most acculturated tribe. Enroute also visit the famous Sun Temple of Modhera built in 1012 AD / exemplifying one of the famous temple architecture. Dedicated to the Sun God, the temple dominates the landscape for miles around. Its antiquity notwithstanding / it is nearly 100 years old / it is in a remarkable state of preservation. Outside, the pillars supporting the structure are carved with profusion of figures, animals and Gods and the interior is austere in contrast, with only the rays of the Sun reflecting the spot where the image of Sun God stood, before invaders destroyed it. Evening arrive at Poshina and check in at Poshina Castle. Overnight at Poshina Castle.

Day 14 / POSHINA
Morning proceed for full day excursion with picnic lunch to visit the Tribal villages. You will come across hamlets of Bhils who claim 400 years of history in the Aravallis and the Garacias / famous for their colorful attires and artistic ornaments. Pastoral tribes of this region include the Rabaries. The typical craft of this area include tribal arrow crafting, bow stringing, basket weaving and pottery. You can shop here for silver jewellery, local made knives and terra cotta figurines of the tribal Horse God. Overnight at Poshina Castle.

Day 15 / POSHINA - AHMEDABAD
Morning depart for Ahmedabad. On arrival check in at hotel. Enjoy the lunch at hotel. Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of city visiting Teen Darwaza / a triple gateway 37 feet high built by Sultan Ahmed, Jamma Masjid, the Hathi Singh temple / a richly carved temple surrounded by 52 smaller temples Rani Sipri Mosque and Shaking minarets. Evening enjoy the traditional Gujrati dinner.Overnight at hotel.

Day 16 /AHMEDABAD - MUMBAI
Morning visit Sabarmati Ashram, Tribal museum and Calico Textile museum. The Calico textile museum is the only one of its kind in India, having representative collection of traditional prints and dyes from every centre in this country. Afternoon at leisure. Evening transfer to the airport to board flight for Mumbai. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17 / DEPART - MUMBAI
In time transfer to International airport to connect flight for onward destination.

 
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