Tours

Special tours for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015 & VGGIS 2015 only

AKSHAR TRAVELS - A RISE FROM MODI’S VILLAGE
Day 1 8:00 AM Departure from Ahmedabad / Gandhinagar to Vadnagar – an ancient city in North Gujarat. On the way we will proceed to visit the MODHERA “ SUN TEMPLE – SURYA MANDIR” which is known for 11th century Sun temple. It’s a place with magnificent carving of more than 100 shrines face the east front of the temple – the direction of Sun Rise & more to see.
Day 2 12:30 PM After catching the beautiful clicks of Sun Temple – we will proceed to Vadnagar . Tentative arrival in Vadnagar at 12:30 PM. The schedule for lunch time in Vadnagar – the most famous traditional Gujarati food. After lunch we will visit the places as below:
- Birth Place - Home of Hon. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi
- Academic Life - A Primary School - Vadnagar Prathmik Kumar Shala - Where his journey of studies began.
- High School - Higher education - The place where he play a role in drama.
- Meeting with classmates of Shri Narendra Modi - a memorable time to know about his academic life.
- Spiritual Life: The Hatkeshwar Temple - 17th Century carved temple where he spent the daily time during prayer and he play the a musical instrument drum.
- Historical Monument: A Kirti Toran - Known as A Victory Arches - built by Solanki Rulers in 10th Century.
- Heritage Gates with most exceptional carvings of old century.
- Buddhist Place: A rich Buddhist influence including a Monastery - an archeological sites.
- Sharmistha Lake: A pond - where the childhood begas with the adventure to catch a crocodile.
- Railway Station: The most unforgettable place where he sold tea owned tea stall of his father at Vadnagar Railway station with some time from academic life - Journey of struggle to the way of development of country.
Day 3 06:00 PM The time to get back to origin Ahmedabad / Gandhinagar with most memorable and unforgettable experience of “A RISE FROM MODI’S VILLAGE - FEELS VIBRANT”

Tour Starts from 6th January 2015 - Experience the Journey of Vadnagar - Feels Vibrant

TOUR PRICE: 600/‐ INR PER PERSON ALL INCLUSIVE

Tour Price Includes:

  • Return transfers by AC Luxury coach / AC car from Ahmedabad
  • All sightseeing mentioned in the tour highlights.
  • Mineral water bottle during the tour.
  • One traditional Guajarati lunch during tour
AKSHAR TRAVELS - SPECIAL GUJARAT INDUSTRIAL TOUR - 11 NIGHTS / 12 DAYS
Day 1 AHMEDABAD – SANAND – RAJKOT
Today Morning We Will Proceed To Sanand For Visit TATA NANO FACTORY. Tata Motors’ Plant For The Tata Nano At Sanand, In Ahmedabad District Of Gujarat, Marks The Culmination Of The Company’s Goal Of Making The Tata Nano Available To Hundreds Of Thousands Of Families, Desirous Of The Car A Safe, Affordable And Environmental Friendly Mode Of Transport. The Capacity Of The Plant, To Begin With, Will Be 250,000 Cars Per Year To Be Achieved In Phases, And With Some Balancing Is Expandable Up To 350,000 Cars Per Year.Provision For Further Capacity Expansion Has Also Been Incorporated In This Location. Built In A Record Time Of 14 Months Starting November 2008, The Integrated Facility Comprises Tata Motors’ Own Plant, Spread Over 725 Acres, And An Adjacent Vendor Park, And Spread Over 375 Acres, To House Key Component Manufacturers For The Tata Nano.In Line With Latest World-Class Manufacturing Practices, The Tata Nano Plant Has Been Equipped With State-Of-The-Art Equipment. They Include Sophisticated Robotics And High Speed Production Lines. Conscious Of The Critical Need Of Environment Protection, The Plant Has Energy-Efficient Motors, Variable Frequency Drives, And Systems To Measure And Monitor Carbon Levels. These Are Supplemented With Extensive Tree Plantation, Sustainable Water Sourcing Through Water Harvesting And Ground Water Recharging And Harnessing Solar Energy For Illumination .Overnight Stay At Rajkot. (B, L, D).
Day 2 RAJKOTMORBI - JAMNAGAR
Today After Breakfast Visit AJANTA CLOCK FACTORY Ajanta Limited, Better Known By The Brand Name ORPAT, Situated In Morbi (Gujarat), Has A Built-Up Area Of 15,00,000 Sq. Ft. The Company Currently Provides Employment To More Than 4000 Employees (90% Of Which are Female Employees).This Enormous Volume Of Infrastructure Helped The Company In Achieving Big Goals Since Years. And Now The Company Stands On A Strong Ground And Has The Credit Of World’s Largest Clock Manufacturer As Well As The Only Company In India That Manufacturer Calculators And Educational Toys And The Market Leader In The Telephones Manufacturing. After We Visit CERAMIC INDUSTRY Morbi To An Extent That It Is Recognized Worldwide As Ceramic Hub Of India.The Initiation Phase Of Ceramics In India Is Very Interesting. It Started In 1913 With An Idea Clicked To Mr. Shorab Dalal As He Saw A Traditional Smoking Pipe At Thangadh Railway Station. The Idea Inspired Him To Venture Into Ceramics. He Was The Pioneer Who Planted Roots Of Gujarat Ceramics With Roofing Tiles Industry In Thangadh Without Having Any Predefined Path And A Predictable Destination. It Was Only His Obsession Which Led Him To Experimentation & Exploration By Establishing Unlimited Scope In Ceramics. Continuing The Journey Ahead, In 1934, Late Sri Parshuram Balwant Gunpule Took Over That Roof Tiles Factory With A Great Vision And Desire To Succeed. During The Decade 1930 To 1940, For Getting The Required Expertise & Know-How, He Invited Ceramic Technicians From Other States. With This, He Ventured Into Business Of Potteries With Inception Of New Pottery Units In Jabalpur And Nagpur. Stay Overnight At Jamnagar. (B, L, D).
Day 3 JAMNAGAR - DWARKA
After Breakfast Proceed To Visit RELIANCE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY Jamnagar Manufacturing Division Is Located Near Jamnagar, Gujarat.It Comprises Of A Petroleum Refinery And Associated Petrochemical Plants. The Refinery Is Equipped To Refine Various Types Of Crude Oil (Sour Crude, Sweet Crude Or A Mixture Of Both) And Manufactures Various Grades Of Fuel From Motor Gasoline To Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF). The Petrochemicals Plants Produces Plastics And Fibre Intermediates.The Jamnagar Manufacturing Division Has A 33 - Million Tonnes Per Annum Refinery That Is Fully Integrated With Downstream Petrochemicals Units Which Manufacture Naphtha-Based Aromatics As Well As Propylene-Based Polymers. Jamnagar Has More Than 50 Process Units, Which Together Process The Basic Feedstock, Crude Oil, To Obtain Various Finished Products Deploying The Following Major Refining Processes: The Refinery Has Successfully Processed More Than 20 Types Of Crude Oils, Including Difficult Crude Oils Within A Few Months Of Its Start-Up, Thus Reflecting Superior Quality Of Assets And Capabilities. Exports Have Commenced To 26 Countries, Including To The US And Europe. Evening We Will Reach At Dwarka, Visit To Dwarkadhish Temple Stay Overnight At Dwarka. (B, L, D)
Day 4 DWARKA - OKHA
After Breakfast We Proceed To Visit Of TATA SALT FACTORY Mithapur Is Located On The Extreme Tip Of The Lower Jaw Of Gujarat. This Town Is Essentially A Colony That Is Supported By Tata Chemicals Ltd., One Of The Flagship Companies Of The Tata Group.The Company Produces Soda Ash And Tata Salt As Its Core Products. The Company Also Added A Cement Plant In The 90s And Uses The Waste Products From Its Soda Ash Plant And The Boilers That Run The Power Plant To Produce Construction Grade Cement. This Town Is Located Between Okha And Dwarka. It Is About 10 Km From Okha And About 20 Km From Dwarka. Mithapur Also Has! Twin Town, Called Surajkaradi. Surajkaradi Is Mostly The Trade Town.Enroute Visit Cement Factory Enroute Visit CEMENT FACTORY-OKHA TCL’s Cement Business Grew Out Of A Sustainability And Environment Activity; The Cement Plant At Mithapur Was Set Up To Consume Solid Waste Generated During The Manufacture Of Soda Ash. The Area Around Mithapur Is Rich In Limestone. Given The Region’s Proximity To The Sea, Salt Is Also Found Here In Abundance. Lime And Salt Are The Main Ingredients In The Production Of Soda Ash. The Manufacturing Process Of Soda Ash Leaves Behind A Large Quantity Of Unutilised Limestone And Calcium Products In The Slurry. In Order To Utilise The By-Products And Unutilised Limestone, TCL Put Up A Modern Cement Plant At Mithapur. Overnight At Dwarka. (B, L, D)
Day 5 DWARKA - PORBANDAR-SOMNATH
After Breakfast Proceeds To Somnath Via Porbandar Enroute We Visit MAHATMA GANDHI `S NATIVE & HARI-SIDDH TEMPLE. Evening Attent To Sandhya Arti In Somnath And Light & Sound Show Stay Overnight At Somnath. (B, L, D).
Day 6 SOMNATH - PIPAVA - BHAVNAGAR
After Breakfast Visit PIPAVAV PORT India’s First Port In The Private Sector, Is A Port On The West Coast Of India For Containers, Bulk And Liquid Cargo. Its Lead Promoter Is APM Terminals, One Of The Largest Container Terminal Operators In The World. The Services Include Pilotage/Towage, Cargo Handling And Logistics Support. Port Pipavav Is Located In Saurashtra, Gujarat, At A Distance Of 90 Km South Of Amreli, 15 Km South Of Rajula And 140 Km South West Of Bhavnagar. The Port Handles Both Bulk, Container And Liquid Cargo. Overnight At Bhavnagar. (B, L, D).
Day 7 BHAVNAGAR – ALANG – BHAVNAGAR
After Breakfast We Visit ALANG Is The Largest Ship Recycling Yard In The World. Approximately 10 Kms. Long Sea Front On The Western Coast Of The Gulf Of Cambay Adjoining To Alang-Sosiya Village Is Developed As Ship Recycling Yard. By Road, It Is About 50 Kms. From Bhavnagar. Nearest Airport And Railway Station Is Bhavnagar. Alang Is Well Connected By Road. Overnight At Bhavnagar. (B, L, D)
Day 8 BHAVNAGAR – AHMEDABAD
After Breakfast We Proceed To Ahmedabad For Visit ARVIND MILLS The Year 1930 Was When The World Suffered The Great Depression. Companies Across The Globe Began Closing Down. In UK And In India, The Textile Industry In Particular Was In Trouble. At About This Time, Mahatma Gandhi Championed The Swadeshi Movement And At His Call, People From All Across India Began Boycotting Fine And Superfine Fabrics, Which Had So Far Been Imported From England. In The Midst Of This Depression One Family Saw Opportunity. The Lalbhais Reasoned That The Demand For Fine And Superfine Fabrics Still Existed.And Any Indian Company That Met This Demand Would Surely Prosper. The Three Brothers, Kasturbhai, Narottambhai And Chimanbhai, Decided To Set Up A Mill To Produce Superfine Fabric. Next They Looked Around For State-Of-The-Art Machinery That Could Produce Such High Quality Fabric. Their Search Ended In England. The Best Technology Of That Time Was Acquired At A Most Attractive Price.And A Company Called Arvind Limited Was Born. Overnight At Ahmedabad After We Visit Asia`S Bigest MOTHER DAIRY Milk (Bulk Vended Milk) Is Fortified With Vitamin A @2000 IU Per Litre Of Milk As A Part Of Social Accountability. This Program Was Started With The Mother Dairy, Delhi, Since February 1980and There After Mother Dairy Is Continuing This Program On Their Own As A Social Responsibility Without Having Any Financial Assistance From The Government As Well As Since It Is Felt That BVM Is Generally Consumed By The Middle / Lower Middle / Poor Strata Of The Society. It Is Also Found That The Dietary Practices Adopted By These Classes Are Deficient In Vitamin A. Mother Dairy Sources Significant Part Of Its Requirement Of Liquid Milk From Dairy Cooperatives. Overnight At Ahmedabad. (B, L, D).
Day 9 AHMEDABAD – GANDHINAGAR –AHMEDABAD
Brekfast At Hotel After Proceed To Visit AHMEDABAD LOCAL SIGHTSEEING And After Noon Proceed GANDHINAGAR AKSHARDHAM MANDIR Via Adalaj Step Well & Overnight At Ahmedabad (B, L, D).
Day 10 AHMEDABAD – AMUL DAIRY – BADODA
After Breakfast We Visit Of AMUL DAIRY AT ANAND The Seeds Of This Unusual Saga Were Sown More Than 65 Years Back In Anand, A Small Town In The State Of Gujarat In Western India. The Exploitative Trade Practices Followed By The Local Trade Cartel Triggered Off The Cooperative Movement. Angered By Unfair And Manipulative Practices Followed By The Trade, The Farmers Of The District Approached The Great Indian Patriot Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel For A Solution. He Advised Them To Get Rid Of Middlemen And Form Their Own Co-Operative, Which Would Have Procurement, Processing And Marketing Under Their Control. - At His Instance In 1965 The National Dairy Development Board Was Set Up With The Basic Objective Of Replicating The Amul Model. Dr. Kurien Was Chosen To Head The Institution As Its Chairman And Asked To Replicate This Model Throughout The Country. Overnight At Baroda. (B, L, D).
Day 11 BARODA-ANKLESHWAR-SURAT
After Breakfast We Proceed To Ankleshwar Visit Of ASIAN PAINTS India’s Largest Paint Company And Asia’s Third Largest Paint Company, With A Turnover Of Rs 96.32 Billion. The Group Has An Enviable Reputation In The Corporate World For Professionalism, Fast Track Growth, And Building Shareholder Equity. Asian Paints Operates In 17 Countries And Has 23 Paint Manufacturing Facilities In The World Servicing Consumers In Over 65 Countries. Besides Asian Paints, The Group Operates Around The World Through Its Subsidiaries Berger International Limited, Apco Coatings, SCIB Paints And Taubmans. Overnight At Surat. (B, L, D)
Day 12 SURAT
After Breakfast We Proceed To Visit The Largest MARKET Of DIAMOND Polishing, Cutting And Crafting In The Whole World. Availability Of Skilled But Low Waged Workers And The Presence Of International Market Have Earned World Wide Fame For The Surat Diamonds. Although India Produces A Very Negligible Amount Of Diamonds, The Country Dominates The World’s Diamond Polishing Industry. Despite The Fact That Bombay Is The Commercial Center Of India’s Diamond Trade, Surat With Its Advantages Has Emerged As The Hot Spot Of The Diamond Industry.After Visit GARDEN TEXTILE MILL & TEXTILE MARKET Industry In Surat Is Mainly Engaged In The Activities Of Yarn Production, Weaving, Processing As Well As Embroidery. Surat Is Well Known For Its Synthetic Products Market. It Is Mainly Engaged In The Production And Trading Of Synthetic Textile Products. Nearly 30 Million Metres Of Raw Fabric And 25 Million Metres Of Processed Fabric Are Produced In Surat Daily. The City Has Several Textile Markets That Exist Since Times Immemorial. Zampa Bazaar, Bombay Market, JJ Textile Market And Jash Market Are Among Them. Katat Gam, Magdalla And Udhana Are The Areas Of Surat Where Manufacturing Is Mainly Concentrated. In The Course Of Time, People From Various Other Places Like Rajasthan And Kolkata Settled In Surat In Order To Carry Out Their Textile Business. The Famous Brands Of Garden And Vimal Textiles Evolved From Surat.A Few Other Brands Like Parag And Prafful From Surat Did Become Famous For A Short Time, But Failed To Create A Lasting Impression In The Market. The Main Market For Surat�S Textile Products Are India And Other Asian Countries.Around 90% Of Polyester Used In India Comes From Surat. However, International Demand For Its Products Is Not Very Significant. The Middle East Is The Major Export Market For Surat�S Textile Products. According To Experts, More Improvisation In The Quality Is Required To Cater To The Demands Of The International Market.Overnight At Surat (B, L, D). After Breakfast Visit The Reliance Industries Hazira Complex Near Surat In Gujarat Is Situated On Approximately 1000 Acres Land Near The Banks Of River Tapi And Manufactures A Wide Range Of Polymers, Polyesters, Fibre Intermidiates And Petrochemicals. Departure Your Final Destination With Sweet Memories!!!! (B, L).
PATHFINDERS - NATURE & HANDICRAFT OF GUJARAT (OPTION-2)
Day 1 Arrive Ahmedabad early morning - proceed to North Gujarat to the 11th century Sun Temple of Modhera, one of the finest examples of Hindu temple architecture in western India. After seeing the temple, continue to Patan to see the magnificently carved
11th century step well. Proceed to Little Rann
Day 2 Morning Safari in open jeep exploring Little Rann of Kutch - , a sanctuary for the endangered Asiatic Wild Ass. the mammals of
the Rann other than the wild ass, there are chances of seeing nilgai, chinkara gazelle, white- footed desert and Indian foxes, the wolf, jungle
cat (occasionally also desert cat), pale and long-eared hedgehogs and hare. Return to
Resort for Breakfast and continue to Bhuj enroute visiting villages like Dhamadka, Dhaneti and Ajrakhpur for Rabari Embroidery and Indigo Block Printing. Stay at Hotel Prince.
Day 3 Today morning visit Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal, Bhuj Museum and later continue to visit Banni Villages Like Hodka - Explore Hodka, Evening at leisure and enjoy cultural evenings.
Dinner and overnight at
Day 4 Today breakfast at hotel and later visit Jura for Copper Works, Nirona for Rogan Arts, Dhordo for White Rann, India Bridge for last civilian point from India to Pakistan, Karo Dungar, Evening Return to Hodka. Dinner and overnight at Shaam E Sarahd.
Day 5 Breakfast at Hotel and proceed to Mandvi - Enjoy the private beach camp and sea breeze. Overnight at The Beach at Mandvi Palace
Day 6 Today visit Vijay Vilas Palace and Mandvi Town - Mandvi
is known for its 400 year old ship building center. The local carpenters still make ocean going Dhows in much the same way that their ancestors had done a century ago. One can go and visit the men at work, shaping the great vessels with hand tools and coaxing the seasoned timber into shape. The carrying capacity of these boats
can vary from 250 tons to 1000 tons. The predecessors of these very same ships had roamed the Indian Ocean and made Kutch a maritime power. Handmade models of
these Dhows can also be procured from local artisans
Day 7 Early breakfast at hotel and today have a full day round trip to Mata No Madh - Narayan Sarovar - Koteshwar -
Lakhpat Gurudwara and return to Bhuj Stay at Hotel Prince
Day 8 A Full Day trip to Chhari Dand and Banni Grasslands for Migratory Birds. Stay at Infinity Camp.
Day 9 Early breakfast and proceed to Ahmedabad to catch evening flight back home
PATHFINDERS -ART & HERITAGE OF GUJARAT (OPTION-1)
Day 1 Arrive at Ahmedabad. Afternoon tour of the Sarkhej mausoleum complex and the Vishala Village complex with its superb utensils
museum. Stay at House of Mangaldas Girdhardas, a heritage hotel owned by a former textile industrialist
family. Visit the nearby mosques
Day 2 Visit the Calico Museum of Textiles, one of India's leading specialized museums. The collections include
textile swatches of Indian origin found at archaeological sites of Egypt, silk sarees from across India, double-ikat silk sarongs made in Patan for the Indonesian market, chintz and curtains made from Dutch, British and Portuguese colonial powers in Gujarat,
floral embroidery from Punjab, shawls from Kashmir, 18th century tie-and-dye, richly embroidered Mughal tent of Shah Jahan
whose palace is nearby, royal wardrobes of Rajasthan, cloth paintings and manuscripts, religious narrative cloth paintings like Pichwais and Kalamkaris, etc. Afternoon visit to the exquisitely carved 15th century Adalaj stepwell. Stay as on day-1
Day 3 Morning heritage walk in Ahmedabad. This walking tour offers an opportunity to see the
old quarters of Ahmedabad lined with the beautifully carved wooden facades of havelis. Continue to Lothal to see the site museum and archaeological site offering an insight into the town planning of the Indus Valley Civlisation. Proceed to Palitana/Bhavnagar. Stay at Vijay Vilas heritage hotel at Adpur village of Palitana or at Nilambag Palace Hotel in Bhavnagar.
Day 4 Ascend the Shatrunjaya
Hill near Palitana town to see the huge complex of about 863 temples crowning two ridges of the summit. Descend and drive to Gondal. See the magnificent carvings and collections of the
1740s Naulakha Palace at Gondal. Stay at the Riverside Palace/Orchard Palace heritage hotel.
Day 5 Day excursion to Junagadh to see the ancient Uparkot Fort, splendid Gothic palaces of the Nawabs and the flamboyant 19th century mausoleum complex. Return to Gondal,
calling in en route to see the 4th century Buddhist caves of Khambalida
Day 6 Drive from Gondal to Dasada via the museum at Rajkot. Stay at Rann Riders resort in Dasada
Day 7 Drive to the 11th century Sun Temple of Modhera, one of the finest examples of Hindu temple architecture in western India. After seeing the temple, continue to Patan to see the magnificently carved
11th century stepwell. Proceed to Balaram via Sidhapur known for its mansions and princely Palanpur. Stay at Balaram Palace Resort
Day 8 Drive to see the 12th century Taranga Jain Temples and to historic Vadnagar with many historic buildings. Continue to Ahmedabad.
The Cultural Tour of Gujarat – (Option – 01)
Day 1 Ahmedabad / Patan / Sidhpur

Morning our representative will receive you from Ahmedabad and drive straight to Patan (130 kms – 02
& ½ hours drive) where we will see the following places:-



Patan: A dusty, little visited town, but its narrow streets are lined by the elaborate, faded wooden houses and more than 100 Jain temples, which are worth exploring.

• Rani ki Vav: It is an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat. This magnificent step well is said to been constructed by Queen Udayamati wife of King Bhimadeva I (A.D. 1022-
1063). This is the highest watermark of Solanki architecture. It is 64 m long and 20 m wide. It was originally constructed of seven stories of which only five are now preserved. The shaft of this step well is 27 m deep. The step is oriented in east-west directions. The step well has long stepped corridor descending down to the underground tank, it is having four compartmental multi-storeyed pillared pavilions with circular draw well at rear end. The corridor walls, pillared pavilions and inner side of well are embellished with fine sculptures. Nearly 400 sculptures have survived out of the original estimated 800 sculptures, which comprise of Hindu gods and goddesses, apsaras and miscellaneous themes.

• Sahasralinga Talav: Just north of Ranki Vav is a reservoir built by Siddhraj Jaysinh in 1084 on what was once the bank of the Sarasvati River. Though it is totally dry today, the lake had 1008
Shiva shrines dotting the embankment, hence the name Sahasralinga – “lake of a thousand
lingas”.

• Patola Silk: The place associated with Patola is Patan. Patola silk is often termed as the queen of all silks. Patola sarees of Gujarat are one of the finest hand-woven sarees produced in India today. Here, exquisite patterns are woven on sarees with great precision. Here you need to spend couple of hours understanding the work each artisan are doing.

• Subapura: Besides wildlife sanctuaries of Gujarat, the state has a number of other wetlands that are also good for birds like Subapura in Patan District.


From here after lunch we will drive to Siddhpur (40 kms) and visit the following:-


• Siddhpur: this modern day Sidhpur is mentioned as ‘Shristhal’ or a ‘pious place’. Of the five most holy and ancient lakes in India is the Bindu Sarovar, which lies here in Siddpur. According to the Hindu religion, it is said that as the obsequies offerings to the paternal ancestors must be made at Gaya, so corresponding offerings to the maternal ancestors have to be performed at Sidhpur. Thus Sidhpur has the importance of ‘Martu Gaya’ or ‘Matru Shraddh’, a place where people come annually to perform the rituals for their mothers who are in heavenly abode. These ceremonies are presided over by the Brahmins, who are treated with high regard. They are performed at Kapilamuni Ashram, where 3 sacred water kunds: the Gyan Vapika, Alpa Sarovar and Bindu Sarovar
are present. It is also said that Lord Parshuram performed ‘Matru Shraddh’ at the Bindu Sarovar and his temple is also created here for darshan (worship).

• Apart from that, there are only five Swayambhu Lord Shiva temples in India and all of them are in
Sidhpur. They are the most important worship places during the Hindu month of Shravan.

• 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 replete with the lamp lighters at dusk. So enamored were they by the style & existence of living in the 19th century Europe that as a sign of opulence and to gain respectability amongst the community they tried to create a slice of Europe in their hometown. This, they did by imitating the Victorian architecture. The facades are rich in variety and aesthetic expression with intricate details in wood. Thus the living spaces of the Bohra community or the so-called ‘Bohra Havelis’ represent a nostalgic visual straight out of a Dickenson novel.

Overnight stay at Sidhpur.
Day 2 Modhera / Ahmedabad


After breakfast we will leave for Modhera (65 kms – 01 & ½ hrs drive). En – route we visit

• Sankeshwar famous for its architectural works

• Baucharaji (Goddess Bachuccharaji): Becharaj and the temple of Bahuchar Mata, an incarnation of the Mother Goddess. Pilgrimages are undertaken to this site for vows fulfilled and boons granted. ‘Bahuchar Mata’ is the patron goddess of the women folk who invoke ‘her’ intervention in domestic violence and problems within the family.

Temple of Bahucharaji, the Hindu patron goddess of eunuchs.It is also considered as important place for the 'Hijras (Eunuchs)' and eunuchs who flock here large numbers to seek the blessings of the goddess.


On reaching Modhera you need to visit the Sun Temple.


Modhera: A site of great importance at one time. Today, Modhera is a virtually deserted hamlet. Far more off the beaten track and much less well known than the Konark Sun temple, Modhera retains a great deal of its atmosphere and charm. Modhera is known for the 11th century Sun temple.

• The Sun Temple: Sun temple at Modhera is an architectural land mark being the earliest Solanki temple of Gujarat datable to A.D. 1026-27. It was constructed during the reign of King Bhimadeva I (1022-1063 A.D.).

• All the three elements i.e. the (1) Garbhagriha with ambulatory and attached octagonal gudhamandapa, (2) Detached sabha mandapa with a torana in front and (3) A large flagged tank are decorated with numerous miniature shrines, while the gudhamandapa is embellished with niched images of twelve adityas, the sabhamandapa is a diagonally arranged octagonal hall with a magnificent set of pillars carrying torana arches in alternate triangular and semi- circular designs.

• This temple and the Konark Sun temple in Orissa are very similar. This similarity is that this temple was also designed in such a way so as to let the dawn sun shine on the image of Surya, at the time of equinoxes.


From here we will drop you at Ahmedabad Airport (110 kms – 03 hrs drive) to board your flight to your home town.

Tour ends with sweet memories...

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Place

Standard / Heritage  Hotels

OR Similar

No. Of Nights

Meal Plan

1

Sidhpur

Heritage Haveli

One

MAP  – Breakfast &

Dinner

TOTAL PACKAGE COST AS PER ABOVE DETAILS

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Package Cost (Net to JN Rao Tours)

02 Adults

AC Indigo

Rs. 12,500.00

04 Adults

AC Innova / Xylo

Rs. 19,850.00

 

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        •   All prices  are  in Indian Rupees  and rates are  only for Indian National only.

•     Above itinerary intended to give you a general idea  of the likely trip schedule. Numerous  factors such  as  weather,  road   conditions,  the  physical   ability  of  the participants  etc. may  dictate itinerary changes either before the tour or while on the trail.

•     JN Rao Tours. Pvt. Ltd., and/or associated companies give notice that all tickets issued  by them and  all arrangements for transport, accommodations and  meals, are  made  by them as agents for the tour participant upon  the express condition that they shall  not be  held  liable  for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay  or irregularity which  may be occasioned by reason of any defect of any  vehicle or through the acts of any  company or person engaged in conveying  the passengers herewith, or of any hotel/ship proprietor or employees.

•     The  right  is reserved to decline,  accept or  retain any  person as  a  member of  the tour. Guest speakers are  subject to professional commitments.

•     JN  Rao  Tours  Pvt.  Ltd.  and/or  associated  companies accept  no  responsibility  for  losses   or additional  expenses  due   to delays   or  changes  in  schedules,  sickness,  weather,  strikes,  war, quarantine or other causes.

•     We  reserve the right  to change any  schedule in  the interest of  the trip participants'  safety, comfort & general well be.

•     We have  no  control  over  airline seating  or  actual delivery of  special meals  ordered,  change in flight times or delays. The responsibility for this upon the airline alone.

•     Days of departure and  return are  included in the number of days  of the tour. It  is important  to arrange insurance from your end  for the entire tour period.

       •   Cost is based on a minimum  of 02 to 04 persons.

       •   The programme is subject to availability and liable  to change as per  the then conditions.

       •   Rates are  based as per  the itinerary hence the sector should  not be changed.

•     If  the  Fuel   Costs   increases  during   the  time  of  travel  the  Quoted  Rates   will  also   increase accordingly.

 •   E. & O. E.

Cancellation charges per person

After  confirmation  and   full  payment  on  the  booking,  cancellation  charges  applicable  would   be   as mentioned below:-

REFUND RULES per person

•   76 days & above  : 50% of the total amount

•   61 days – 75 days: 75% of the total amount

•   46 days – 60 days: 90% of the total amount

•   00 days – 45 days: No Refund

ONCE YOU DECIDE  AND CONFIRM  YOU NEED TO INFORM  YOUR BANKERS  TO TRANSFER FUNDS AS FOLLOWS:

Bank Details:

Bank: ICICI Bank Ltd.

Branch: Ashram Road Branch, 2/1, Popular House, Ground floor, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad - 380

004, Gujarat, India

RTGS / NEFT IFSC Code: ICIC0000189

Swift Address: ICICINBBCTS Account No.: 018905000538

Account Name: J N Rao Travel Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd.

The Cultural Tour of Gujarat – (Option – 02)
Day 1 Ahmedabad / Patan / Sidhpur

Morning our representative will receive you from Ahmedabad and drive straight to Patan (130 kms – 02
& ½ hours drive) where we will see the following places:-



Patan: A dusty, little visited town, but its narrow streets are lined by the elaborate, faded wooden houses and more than 100 Jain temples, which are worth exploring.

• Rani ki Vav: It is an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat. This magnificent step well is said to been constructed by Queen Udayamati wife of King Bhimadeva I (A.D. 1022-
1063). This is the highest watermark of Solanki architecture. It is 64 m long and 20 m wide. It was originally constructed of seven stories of which only five are now preserved. The shaft of this step well is 27 m deep. The step is oriented in east-west directions. The step well has long stepped corridor descending down to the underground tank, it is having four compartmental multi-storeyed pillared pavilions with circular draw well at rear end. The corridor walls, pillared pavilions and inner side of well are embellished with fine sculptures. Nearly 400 sculptures have survived out of the original estimated 800 sculptures, which comprise of Hindu gods and goddesses, apsaras and miscellaneous themes.

• Sahasralinga Talav: Just north of Ranki Vav is a reservoir built by Siddhraj Jaysinh in 1084 on what was once the bank of the Sarasvati River. Though it is totally dry today, the lake had 1008
Shiva shrines dotting the embankment, hence the name Sahasralinga – “lake of a thousand
lingas”.

• Patola Silk: The place associated with Patola is Patan. Patola silk is often termed as the queen of all silks. Patola sarees of Gujarat are one of the finest hand-woven sarees produced in India today. Here, exquisite patterns are woven on sarees with great precision. Here you need to spend couple of hours understanding the work each artisan are doing.

• Subapura: Besides wildlife sanctuaries of Gujarat, the state has a number of other wetlands that are also good for birds like Subapura in Patan District.


From here after lunch we will drive to Siddhpur (40 kms) and visit the following:-


• Siddhpur: this modern day Sidhpur is mentioned as ‘Shristhal’ or a ‘pious place’. Of the five most holy and ancient lakes in India is the Bindu Sarovar, which lies here in Siddpur. According to the Hindu religion, it is said that as the obsequies offerings to the paternal ancestors must be made at Gaya, so corresponding offerings to the maternal ancestors have to be performed at Sidhpur. Thus Sidhpur has the importance of ‘Martu Gaya’ or ‘Matru Shraddh’, a place where people come annually to perform the rituals for their mothers who are in heavenly abode. These ceremonies are presided over by the Brahmins, who are treated with high regard. They are performed at Kapilamuni Ashram, where 3 sacred water kunds: the Gyan Vapika, Alpa Sarovar and Bindu Sarovar
are present. It is also said that Lord Parshuram performed ‘Matru Shraddh’ at the Bindu Sarovar and his temple is also created here for darshan (worship).

• Apart from that, there are only five Swayambhu Lord Shiva temples in India and all of them are in
Sidhpur. They are the most important worship places during the Hindu month of Shravan.

• 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 replete with the lamp lighters at dusk. So enamored were they by the style & existence of living in the 19th century Europe that as a sign of opulence and to gain respectability amongst the community they tried to create a slice of Europe in their hometown. This, they did by imitating the Victorian architecture. The facades are rich in variety and aesthetic expression with intricate details in wood. Thus the living spaces of the Bohra community or the so-called ‘Bohra Havelis’ represent a nostalgic visual straight out of a Dickenson novel.

Overnight stay at Sidhpur.
Day 2 Little Rann of Kutch
From here we will proceed for Little Rann of Kutchh (120 kms – 02 & ½ hrs drive) - Self-contained huts for a true Rann experience.

Once part of the Arabian Sea, the Great and the Little Rann of Kutch were separated from each other and from the Gulf of Kutch by silting and other geographical forces.

Kutch is the largest district of Gujarat wherein as many as 18 varied tribes live harmoniously, in spite of their distinct language, culture and customs. This is what makes it a paradise for cultural tourist worldwide.

On reaching Little Rann of Kutch you first need to check into the hotel and after freshening up move around the villages in and around Little Rann of Kutch observing their local lifestyles.


After which we will take the tour of Vadiara Rabari, Koli and Bhairwad tribe’s villages namely Goriyawad and Ambala. These villages are in the surroundings of Little Rann of Kutch. Also visit some semi-nomadic groups like the Mirs and Bajanias.


Visit the Wild Ass Sanctuary (Closed 15th June to 15th October Every Year) and see the following places: (Here you need to take a jeep for Safari at Sanctuary).

• The Wild Ass Sanctuary is the last home of the Indian Wild Ass. This handsome, chestnut brown and white endangered species can be seen while driving across the Rann of Kutch. Other species that could be seen during wildlife viewing drives in the sanctuary are the Nilgai or blue bull antelope, Blackbuck or Indian Antelope, Chinkara or Indian Gazelle, the endangered Indian Wolf, Desert and Indian Foxes, Jackal, and smaller species characteristic of the desert habitat.

• This sanctuary is a paradise for birdwatchers because of its range of habitats from the salt- encrusted desert landscape to vegetated elevated patches called bets that were probably islands
when the Little Rann was an arm of the Gulf of Kutch to wetlands left behind after the monsoon months when the Rann is inundated with water.

• Indian and Spotted Sandgrouse, Desert and Pied Wheatear, more than 10 species of lark, and other bird’s characteristic of the desert habitat are seen when driving around the Rann. White- eared Bulbul, Indian Courser, Stone-plover and shrikes are seen in the scrubby and grass-covered areas of the sanctuary.

• In winter, the sanctuary is visited by the near-threatened Macqueen’s Bustard. It is also an important area for critically threatened vulture species and vulnerable species of eagle.

• The wetlands attract large congregations of birds and are best visited in winter when migrating birds join the residents. Both the species of flamingo found in India and all the three species of pelican have been seen at the wetlands, and the marshes of the Little Rann are the breeding site of thousands of Lesser Flamingo.

• Large flocks of Demoiselle and Common Cranes, a variety of ducks and two species of geese visit the wetlands in winter. This sanctuary is also the habitat of the Sarus Crane. Three species of ibis, Spoonbill and flocks of godwits, stints, sandpipers, shanks, moorhen and other wading birds can be seen at the water bodies.

• A fiat, salt-cracked vast barren desert, hissing sand storms and the majestic Ghudkhar roaming over mirage waters make the little rann of Kachchh an unique and one of the most fascinating wilderness of the world. Here we shall visit a totally different environment where locals are residing. You would spend time with these tribals while enjoying the Little Rann of Kutch.

• The unique geography of the Little Rann of Kutch also makes it a good place to watch birds typical of the desert. The Rann is especially good for larks and wheatears.

Overnight stay at Little Rann of Kutch.
Day 3 Modhera / Ahmedabad

After breakfast we will leave for Modhera (65 kms – 01 & ½ hrs drive). En – route we visit

• Sankeshwar famous for its architectural works

• Baucharaji (Goddess Bachuccharaji): Becharaj and the temple of Bahuchar Mata, an incarnation of the Mother Goddess. Pilgrimages are undertaken to this site for vows fulfilled and boons granted. ‘Bahuchar Mata’ is the patron goddess of the women folk who invoke ‘her’ intervention in domestic violence and problems within the family.

Temple of Bahucharaji, the Hindu patron goddess of eunuchs.It is also considered as important place for the 'Hijras (Eunuchs)' and eunuchs who flock here large numbers to seek the blessings of the goddess.


On reaching Modhera you need to visit the Sun Temple.
Modhera: A site of great importance at one time. Today, Modhera is a virtually deserted hamlet. Far more off the beaten track and much less well known than the Konark Sun temple, Modhera retains a great deal of its atmosphere and charm. Modhera is known for the 11th century Sun temple.

• The Sun Temple: Sun temple at Modhera is an architectural land mark being the earliest Solanki temple of Gujarat datable to A.D. 1026-27. It was constructed during the reign of King Bhimadeva I (1022-1063 A.D.).

• All the three elements i.e. the (1) Garbhagriha with ambulatory and attached octagonal gudhamandapa, (2) Detached sabha mandapa with a torana in front and (3) A large flagged tank are decorated with numerous miniature shrines, while the gudhamandapa is embellished with niched images of twelve adityas, the sabhamandapa is a diagonally arranged octagonal hall with a magnificent set of pillars carrying torana arches in alternate triangular and semi- circular designs.

• This temple and the Konark Sun temple in Orissa are very similar. This similarity is that this temple was also designed in such a way so as to let the dawn sun shine on the image of Surya, at the time of equinoxes.


From here we will drop you at Ahmedabad Airport (110 kms – 03 hrs drive) to board your flight to your home town.

Please Note: - We have mentioned few places which you  may  pick  and  choose. As per your liking we will take you these places depending upon the time available

Tour ends with sweet memories...

 

Sr. No.

Place

Standard / Heritage  Hotels OR Similar

No. Of Nights

Meal Plan

1.

Sidhpur

Heritage Haveli

One

MAP  – Breakfast &

Dinner

2.

Little Rann  of Kutch

Royal Safari Camp

One

MAP  – Breakfast &

Dinner

TOTAL PACKAGE COST AS PER ABOVE DETAILS

No. of Pax

(Indian Nationals Only)

Vehicle Category OR SIMILAR

Package Cost (Net to JN Rao Tours)

02 Adults

AC Indigo

Rs. 21,780.00

04 Adults

AC Innova / Xylo

Rs. 35,650.00

 

***Kindly note the above quote is subject to availability

INCLUDING:

•   Accommodation

•   AC Transportation

        •   Meals - that specified in the itinerary.(Buffet Breakfast and Lunch / Dinner)

        •     Toll Tax, Inter State Road Tax, Permit Fees, Parking, Entry/Exit Fees, Driver’s Allowances,Government    Service  Tax, etc.

•   All Tax

EXCLUDES:

•   Local Guide /Tour Escort / Coolie / Porter Charges

•   Rest all meals  you need to pay across  the counter at restaurants of your choice.

•   Any other meals.

•   All Location: Animal Rides, Camera’s Fees, Rope – way Charges, Boat Charges, Doli Charges, Jeep

Charges  etc…

•   Entrance  Fees at  all  the  locations e.g.  Temples,  National  Parks,  Forts,  Palaces,  Heritage

Properties, Monuments, Museums, Zoo, Sanctuary, etc.

•  Jeep Charges, Safari / Sanctuary Permit Fees at Little Rann Of Kutch

•     Porterage, laundry, dry cleaning, telephone calls, fax,  internet charges, tips, drinks  or any other expenses of personal nature such as room services, etc.

•   Extended stay or travelling due  to any reason.

•   Any Tickets (Rail / Air / Bus)

•   International Air Fares, Indian Visa Fees, Insurance, any kind of Gratuity, etc.

•   Anything not mentioned under  “The  Cost includes”

Special Request:

As per  the govt. directive,

 

  •   Foreign  Nationals are  requested to produce their passport as photo identity proof.

•     Indian  Nationals  need to produce any govt.  approved photo  identity  such  as Driving License/Pan Card/Voter ID card/Passport at the point of check-in at the hotel, and  Safari  entry time. [Sasan Gir Safari, White Desert, etc…]

PLEASE NOTE:

•     Reservations  not booked   at present. Booking  / Rooms  subject to availability  at the time of booking.

      •   Kindly confirm  with us rates before booking.

      •   Tour Package Rates are  subject to availability.

•     In case  of  non-availability  of  the mentioned  hotels,  similar  hotel will  be  provided,  which  can change the above  tour package costing.

      •   Rates are not valid  for Special Festive Dates and  Long Weekends.

      •   No Refund for any unutilized rooms, service or sightseeing.

 •   For written confirmation,  we  need the Full Payment  prior  to the Tour  Departure,  out of which 50% has to be paid  at the time of booking.

        •   All prices  are  in Indian Rupees  and rates are  only for Indian National only.

•     Above itinerary intended to give you a general idea  of the likely trip schedule. Numerous  factors such  as  weather,  road   conditions,  the  physical   ability  of  the participants  etc. may  dictate itinerary changes either before the tour or while on the trail.

•     JN Rao Tours. Pvt. Ltd., and/or associated companies give notice that all tickets issued  by them and  all arrangements for transport, accommodations and  meals, are  made  by them as agents for the tour participant upon  the express condition that they shall  not be  held  liable  for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay  or irregularity which  may be occasioned by reason of any defect of any  vehicle or through the acts of any  company or person engaged in conveying  the passengers herewith, or of any hotel/ship proprietor or employees.

•     The  right  is reserved to decline,  accept or  retain any  person as  a  member of  the tour. Guest speakers are  subject to professional commitments.

•     JN  Rao  Tours  Pvt.  Ltd.  and/or  associated  companies accept  no  responsibility  for  losses   or additional  expenses  due   to delays   or  changes  in  schedules,  sickness,  weather,  strikes,  war, quarantine or other causes.

•     We  reserve the right  to change any  schedule in  the interest of  the trip participants'  safety, comfort & general well be.

•     We have  no  control  over  airline seating  or  actual delivery of  special meals  ordered,  change in flight times or delays. The responsibility for this upon the airline alone.

•     Days of departure and  return are  included in the number of days  of the tour. It  is important  to arrange insurance from your end  for the entire tour period.

       •   Cost is based on a minimum  of 02 to 04 persons.

       •   The programme is subject to availability and liable  to change as per  the then conditions.

       •   Rates are  based as per  the itinerary hence the sector should  not be changed.

•     If  the  Fuel   Costs   increases  during   the  time  of  travel  the  Quoted  Rates   will  also   increase accordingly.

 •   E. & O. E.

Cancellation charges per person

After  confirmation  and   full  payment  on  the  booking,  cancellation  charges  applicable  would   be   as mentioned below:-

REFUND RULES per person

•   76 days & above  : 50% of the total amount

•   61 days – 75 days: 75% of the total amount

•   46 days – 60 days: 90% of the total amount

•   00 days – 45 days: No Refund

ONCE YOU DECIDE  AND CONFIRM  YOU NEED TO INFORM  YOUR BANKERS  TO TRANSFER FUNDS AS FOLLOWS:

Bank Details:

Bank: ICICI Bank Ltd.

Branch: Ashram Road Branch, 2/1, Popular House, Ground floor, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad - 380

004, Gujarat, India

RTGS / NEFT IFSC Code: ICIC0000189

Swift Address: ICICINBBCTS Account No.: 018905000538

Account Name: J N Rao Travel Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd.

The Cultural Tour of Gujarat – (Option – 03)
Day 1 Day 01: Ahmedabad / Ambaji / Poshina

Morning our representative will receive you from Ahmedabad and drive straight to Ambaji (190 kms –
04 hrs drive)

Ambaji is a holy place of pilgrimage visited by millions of Hindu pilgrims. Ambaji is also known for its marble carving artisans, honey and forest produce. It is a good place to shop for marble tiles, marble sculpture, wood products etc.

• At Ambaji the main attraction is the Ambe temple. Located on the Arasur hill, is the town of Ambaji, one of the most important Shaktipith of India and dedicated to the temple of the Mother Goddess, Amba. It is an important place of pilgrimage for Hindus from all over. The Goddess is said to be a manifestation of Shiva's consort, Parvati and represents the primordial female power. This place attracts scores of thousands of devotees around the year. It is a picturesque spot located among the Aravalli ranges.

• The most unusual feature of the shrine is that it does not contain any idol. It only has a yantra, made of marble, which is engraved at a spot and that is supposed to be representative of the mother goddess.

• You can visit the Gabbar hill as well, which is another holy place related to the Goddess mythology and can be reached via cable car from Ambaji.

• Another famous pilgrimage spot nearby is Kumbharia Jain temples, on Danta-Ambaji highway.
These five temples are full of beautiful engravings and pillars especially the temple of Neminath that is made of white marble.

From here we drive straight to Poshina (40 kms). Reach at Poshina and check in to the hotel
Darbargadh.

Darbargadh Poshina is situated in the Sabarkantha in Gujarat. This Heritage Hotel in Gujarat is magnificently built of white marble. The surrounding Aravalli Mountain adds to the scenic beauty of the mansion.

Poshina is surrounded by Garasia and Bhil villages. Visit a tribal shrine and the village market.

• Poshina: The rulers of Poshina are descendants of the Chalukyas, who ruled much of Central
India and the whole of Gujarat in the 12th century.

• They conquered Poshina from the Rathore Rajputs in medieval times. The village of Poshina is home to a number of artisans the tribal arrow crafters, silver, Potters, blacksmiths and the bazaar is famous for silver tribal jewelry, ORNATE sheathed daggers and terra cotta horses.

• Around poshina are hamlets of the bhil and garasia tribal communities, known for their colourful Attires and artistic ornaments. The jain temple, the intricately carved shiva temple and the royal chattries (cenotaphs) of the rulers Of poshina are sure to leave you mesmerized.

• Poshina Village: The village of Poshina is home to a number of native artisans the tribal arrow crafters, silver smiths, potters, blacksmiths and the bazaar is famous for silver tribal jewellery, ornate sheathed daggers and terra cotta horses. The 1240s Jain temple, the intricately carved medieval Shiva temple and the royal chattries (cenotaphs) of the rulers of oshina are worth seeing.

• Sondadh Dam: A spectacularly located lake of Poshina surrounded by deep valleys, high peaks and rock formations. Tribal boat trips and folk concerts by the lakefront are possible.

Overnight stay at Poshina.
Day 2 Day 02: Patan / Sidhpur
After breakfast drive straight to Patan (150 kms – 03 & ½ hrs drives) where we will see the following places:-



Patan: A dusty, little visited town, but its narrow streets are lined by the elaborate, faded wooden houses and more than 100 Jain temples, which are worth exploring.

• Rani ki Vav: It is an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat. This magnificent step well is said to been constructed by Queen Udayamati wife of King Bhimadeva I (A.D. 1022-
1063). This is the highest watermark of Solanki architecture. It is 64 m long and 20 m wide. It was originally constructed of seven stories of which only five are now preserved. The shaft of this step well is 27 m deep. The step is oriented in east-west directions. The step well has long stepped corridor descending down to the underground tank, it is having four compartmental multi-storeyed pillared pavilions with circular draw well at rear end. The corridor walls, pillared pavilions and inner side of well are embellished with fine sculptures. Nearly 400 sculptures have survived out of the original estimated 800 sculptures, which comprise of Hindu gods and goddesses, apsaras and miscellaneous themes.

• Sahasralinga Talav: Just north of Ranki Vav is a reservoir built by Siddhraj Jaysinh in 1084 on what was once the bank of the Sarasvati River. Though it is totally dry today, the lake had 1008
Shiva shrines dotting the embankment, hence the name Sahasralinga – “lake of a thousand
lingas”.

• Patola Silk: The place associated with Patola is Patan. Patola silk is often termed as the queen of all silks. Patola sarees of Gujarat are one of the finest hand-woven sarees produced in India today. Here, exquisite patterns are woven on sarees with great precision. Here you need to spend couple of hours understanding the work each artisan are doing.

• Subapura: Besides wildlife sanctuaries of Gujarat, the state has a number of other wetlands that are also good for birds like Subapura in Patan District.


From here after lunch we will drive to Siddhpur (40 kms) and visit the following:-


• Siddhpur: this modern day Sidhpur is mentioned as ‘Shristhal’ or a ‘pious place’. Of the five most holy and ancient lakes in India is the Bindu Sarovar, which lies here in Siddpur. According to the
Hindu religion, it is said that as the obsequies offerings to the paternal ancestors must be made at Gaya, so corresponding offerings to the maternal ancestors have to be performed at Sidhpur. Thus Sidhpur has the importance of ‘Martu Gaya’ or ‘Matru Shraddh’, a place where people come annually to perform the rituals for their mothers who are in heavenly abode. These ceremonies are presided over by the Brahmins, who are treated with high regard. They are performed at Kapilamuni Ashram, where 3 sacred water kunds: the Gyan Vapika, Alpa Sarovar and Bindu Sarovar are present. It is also said that Lord Parshuram performed ‘Matru Shraddh’ at the Bindu Sarovar and his temple is also created here for darshan (worship).

• Apart from that, there are only five Swayambhu Lord Shiva temples in India and all of them are in
Sidhpur. They are the most important worship places during the Hindu month of Shravan.

• 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 replete with the lamp lighters at dusk. So enamored were they by the style & existence of living in the 19th century Europe that as a sign of opulence and to gain respectability amongst the community they tried to create a slice of Europe in their hometown. This, they did by imitating the Victorian architecture. The facades are rich in variety and aesthetic expression with intricate details in wood. Thus the living spaces of the Bohra community or the so-called ‘Bohra Havelis’ represent a nostalgic visual straight out of a Dickenson novel.

Overnight stay at Sidhpur. Day 02: Little Rann of Kutch
From here we will proceed for Little Rann of Kutchh (120 kms – 02 & ½ hrs drive) - Self-contained huts for a true Rann experience.

Once part of the Arabian Sea, the Great and the Little Rann of Kutch were separated from each other and from the Gulf of Kutch by silting and other geographical forces.

Kutch is the largest district of Gujarat wherein as many as 18 varied tribes live harmoniously, in spite of their distinct language, culture and customs. This is what makes it a paradise for cultural tourist worldwide.

On reaching Little Rann of Kutch you first need to check into the hotel and after freshening up move around the villages in and around Little Rann of Kutch observing their local lifestyles.


After which we will take the tour of Vadiara Rabari, Koli and Bhairwad tribe’s villages namely Goriyawad and Ambala. These villages are in the surroundings of Little Rann of Kutch. Also visit some semi-nomadic groups like the Mirs and Bajanias.


Visit the Wild Ass Sanctuary (Closed 15th June to 15th October Every Year) and see the following places: (Here you need to take a jeep for Safari at Sanctuary).

• The Wild Ass Sanctuary is the last home of the Indian Wild Ass. This handsome, chestnut brown and white endangered species can be seen while driving across the Rann of Kutch. Other species that could be seen during wildlife viewing drives in the sanctuary are the Nilgai or blue bull
antelope, Blackbuck or Indian Antelope, Chinkara or Indian Gazelle, the endangered Indian Wolf, Desert and Indian Foxes, Jackal, and smaller species characteristic of the desert habitat.

• This sanctuary is a paradise for birdwatchers because of its range of habitats from the salt- encrusted desert landscape to vegetated elevated patches called bets that were probably islands when the Little Rann was an arm of the Gulf of Kutch to wetlands left behind after the monsoon months when the Rann is inundated with water.

• Indian and Spotted Sandgrouse, Desert and Pied Wheatear, more than 10 species of lark, and other bird’s characteristic of the desert habitat are seen when driving around the Rann. White- eared Bulbul, Indian Courser, Stone-plover and shrikes are seen in the scrubby and grass-covered areas of the sanctuary.

• In winter, the sanctuary is visited by the near-threatened Macqueen’s Bustard. It is also an important area for critically threatened vulture species and vulnerable species of eagle.

• The wetlands attract large congregations of birds and are best visited in winter when migrating birds join the residents. Both the species of flamingo found in India and all the three species of pelican have been seen at the wetlands, and the marshes of the Little Rann are the breeding site of thousands of Lesser Flamingo.

• Large flocks of Demoiselle and Common Cranes, a variety of ducks and two species of geese visit the wetlands in winter. This sanctuary is also the habitat of the Sarus Crane. Three species of ibis, Spoonbill and flocks of godwits, stints, sandpipers, shanks, moorhen and other wading birds can be seen at the water bodies.

• A fiat, salt-cracked vast barren desert, hissing sand storms and the majestic Ghudkhar roaming over mirage waters make the little rann of Kachchh an unique and one of the most fascinating wilderness of the world. Here we shall visit a totally different environment where locals are residing. You would spend time with these tribals while enjoying the Little Rann of Kutch.

• The unique geography of the Little Rann of Kutch also makes it a good place to watch birds typical of the desert. The Rann is especially good for larks and wheatears.

Overnight stay at Little Rann of Kutch.
Day 3 Day 03: Modhera / Ahmedabad

After breakfast we will leave for Modhera (65 kms – 01 & ½ hrs drive). En – route we visit

• Sankeshwar famous for its architectural works

• Baucharaji (Goddess Bachuccharaji): Becharaj and the temple of Bahuchar Mata, an incarnation of the Mother Goddess. Pilgrimages are undertaken to this site for vows fulfilled and boons granted. ‘Bahuchar Mata’ is the patron goddess of the women folk who invoke ‘her’ intervention in domestic violence and problems within the family.

Temple of Bahucharaji, the Hindu patron goddess of eunuchs.It is also considered as important place for the 'Hijras (Eunuchs)' and eunuchs who flock here large numbers to seek the blessings of the goddess.
On reaching Modhera you need to visit the Sun Temple.


Modhera: A site of great importance at one time. Today, Modhera is a virtually deserted hamlet. Far more off the beaten track and much less well known than the Konark Sun temple, Modhera retains a great deal of its atmosphere and charm. Modhera is known for the 11th century Sun temple.

• The Sun Temple: Sun temple at Modhera is an architectural land mark being the earliest Solanki temple of Gujarat datable to A.D. 1026-27. It was constructed during the reign of King Bhimadeva I (1022-1063 A.D.).

• All the three elements i.e. the (1) Garbhagriha with ambulatory and attached octagonal gudhamandapa, (2) Detached sabha mandapa with a torana in front and (3) A large flagged tank are decorated with numerous miniature shrines, while the gudhamandapa is embellished with niched images of twelve adityas, the sabhamandapa is a diagonally arranged octagonal hall with a magnificent set of pillars carrying torana arches in alternate triangular and semi- circular designs.

• This temple and the Konark Sun temple in Orissa are very similar. This similarity is that this temple was also designed in such a way so as to let the dawn sun shine on the image of Surya, at the time of equinoxes.


From here we will drop you at Ahmedabad Airport (110 kms – 03 hrs drive) to board your flight to your home town.

Tour ends with sweet memories...

Sr. No.

Place

Standard / Heritage  Hotels

OR Similar

No. Of Nights

Meal Plan

1.

Poshina

Darbargadh

One

MAP  – Breakfast &

Dinner

2.

Sidhpur

Heritage Haveli

One

MAP  – Breakfast &

Dinner

3.

Little Rann  of Kutch

Royal Safari Camp

One

AP – Breakfast,

Lunch  & Dinner

TOTAL PACKAGE COST AS PER ABOVE DETAILS

No. of Pax

(Indian Nationals Only)

Vehicle Category OR SIMILAR

Package Cost (Net to JN Rao Tours)

02 Adults

AC Indigo

Rs. 31,750.00

04 Adults

AC Innova / Xylo

Rs. 53,850.00

 

***Kindly note the above quote is subject to availability

INCLUDING:

•   Accommodation

•   AC Transportation

•   Meals - that specified in the itinerary.(Buffet Breakfast and Lunch / Dinner)

•     Toll Tax, Inter State Road Tax, Permit Fees, Parking, Entry/Exit Fees, Driver’s Allowances, Government Service  Tax, etc.

•   All Tax

EXCLUDES:

•   Local Guide /Tour Escort / Coolie / Porter Charges

•   Rest all meals  you need to pay across  the counter at restaurants of your choice.

•   Any other meals.

•   All Location: Animal Rides, Camera’s Fees, Rope – way Charges, Boat Charges, Doli Charges, Jeep

Charges  etc…

•   Entrance  Fees at  all  the  locations e.g.  Temples,  National  Parks,  Forts,  Palaces,  Heritage

Properties, Monuments, Museums, Zoo, Sanctuary, etc.

•  Jeep Charges, Safari / Sanctuary Permit Fees at Little Rann Of Kutch

•     Porterage, laundry, dry cleaning, telephone calls, fax,  internet charges, tips, drinks  or any other expenses of personal nature such as room services, etc.

•   Extended stay or travelling due  to any reason.

•   Any Tickets (Rail / Air / Bus)

•   International Air Fares, Indian Visa Fees, Insurance, any kind of Gratuity, etc.

•   Anything not mentioned under  “The  Cost includes”

Special Request:

As per  the govt. directive,

 

  •   Foreign  Nationals are  requested to produce their passport as photo identity proof.

•     Indian  Nationals  need to produce any govt.  approved photo  identity  such  as Driving License/Pan Card/Voter ID card/Passport at the point of check-in at the hotel, and  Safari  entry time. [Sasan Gir Safari, White Desert, etc…]

PLEASE NOTE:

•     Reservations  not booked   at present. Booking  / Rooms  subject to availability  at the time of booking.

      •   Kindly confirm  with us rates before booking.

      •   Tour Package Rates are  subject to availability.

•     In case  of  non-availability  of  the mentioned  hotels,  similar  hotel will  be  provided,  which  can change the above  tour package costing.

      •   Rates are not valid  for Special Festive Dates and  Long Weekends.

      •   No Refund for any unutilized rooms, service or sightseeing.

 •   For written confirmation,  we  need the Full Payment  prior  to the Tour  Departure,  out of which 50% has to be paid  at the time of booking.

        •   All prices  are  in Indian Rupees  and rates are  only for Indian National only.

•     Above itinerary intended to give you a general idea  of the likely trip schedule. Numerous  factors such  as  weather,  road   conditions,  the  physical   ability  of  the participants  etc. may  dictate itinerary changes either before the tour or while on the trail.

•     JN Rao Tours. Pvt. Ltd., and/or associated companies give notice that all tickets issued  by them and  all arrangements for transport, accommodations and  meals, are  made  by them as agents for the tour participant upon  the express condition that they shall  not be  held  liable  for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay  or irregularity which  may be occasioned by reason of any defect of any  vehicle or through the acts of any  company or person engaged in conveying  the passengers herewith, or of any hotel/ship proprietor or employees.

•     The  right  is reserved to decline,  accept or  retain any  person as  a  member of  the tour. Guest speakers are  subject to professional commitments.

•     JN  Rao  Tours  Pvt.  Ltd.  and/or  associated  companies accept  no  responsibility  for  losses   or additional  expenses  due   to delays   or  changes  in  schedules,  sickness,  weather,  strikes,  war, quarantine or other causes.

•     We  reserve the right  to change any  schedule in  the interest of  the trip participants'  safety, comfort & general well be.

•     We have  no  control  over  airline seating  or  actual delivery of  special meals  ordered,  change in flight times or delays. The responsibility for this upon the airline alone.

•     Days of departure and  return are  included in the number of days  of the tour. It  is important  to arrange insurance from your end  for the entire tour period.

       •   Cost is based on a minimum  of 02 to 04 persons.

       •   The programme is subject to availability and liable  to change as per  the then conditions.

       •   Rates are  based as per  the itinerary hence the sector should  not be changed.

•     If  the  Fuel   Costs   increases  during   the  time  of  travel  the  Quoted  Rates   will  also   increase accordingly.

 •   E. & O. E.

Cancellation charges per person

After  confirmation  and   full  payment  on  the  booking,  cancellation  charges  applicable  would   be   as mentioned below:-

REFUND RULES per person

•   76 days & above  : 50% of the total amount

•   61 days – 75 days: 75% of the total amount

•   46 days – 60 days: 90% of the total amount

•   00 days – 45 days: No Refund

ONCE YOU DECIDE  AND CONFIRM  YOU NEED TO INFORM  YOUR BANKERS  TO TRANSFER FUNDS AS FOLLOWS:

Bank Details:

Bank: ICICI Bank Ltd.

Branch: Ashram Road Branch, 2/1, Popular House, Ground floor, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad - 380

004, Gujarat, India

RTGS / NEFT IFSC Code: ICIC0000189

Swift Address: ICICINBBCTS Account No.: 018905000538

Account Name: J N Rao Travel Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd.

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Rated: 1
We asked for 3-star plus accommodation everywhere and they took as much money from us. Instead, we got 1-star or lower everywhere and even got the hotels wrong. The drivers created all kinds of problems for us including refusing to drive to a location even though we had booked them for the whole day. The travel agent was most unresponsive once things in the trip started going wrong-- he was very nice on the phone and on the day we arrived.

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Rated: 5
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Rated: 5
We booked our Rann Utsav tour from Akshar Travels and we had enjoyed a lot....We are satisfied with the services given by Akshar Travels, The management was good...Akshar team is doing good job...it is recommended to book the tour from Akshar Travels Pvt Ltd.

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Rated: 5
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Rated: 5
I visited Rann Utsav at Bhuj with best package of 2nights/3days by Akshar Travels Pvt. Ltd. with my Family.... we enjoy lots there it was amazing arrangement by Akshar...
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Rated: 5
It was best experience with Akshar Travels, As we booked our tour for 8 Pax . we enjoyed the destinations, also got best services, accommodation was provided good, we came back to home wid lots of sweet memories. we would like to say special Thanks to Akshar Travels for giving their best and made our journey with lots of good memories....All the best Akshar Travels for the New Year

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Rated: 5
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Staff were very co-operative !!!
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Rated: 5
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Rated: 1
Akshar Travels Pvt Ltd is probably the worst travel agent I have ever used. We asked for 3-star plus accommodation everywhere and they took as much money from us. Instead, we got 1-star or lower (if possible) everywhere and even got the hotels wrong. The drivers created all kinds of problems for us including refusing to drive to a location even though we had booked them for the whole day. The travel agent (Hiren Trivedi) was most unresponsive once things in the trip started going wrong-- he was very nice on the phone and on the day we arrived.

Moral of the story is do not book through a travel agent-- especially this one. It is much more effective to book air and hotel by your self. You can ask your first hotel to get you a car to travel within the state-- the standard rate is Rs. 11 for 1 for kilometer for a minimum of 300 kilometers per day (about Rs. 3,300 a day) which is quite steep compared to other parts of India. With such a deal, you can avoid getting ripped off like we did.

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