Gujarat India Tour 2024

Ahmedabad – Bhuj – Kutch – Gir National Park – Dwarka – Somnath

8 days
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GUJARAT TOUR: COMPLETELY PRIVATE AND POCKET FRIENDLY

If you are a nature and culture enthusiast, Gujarat is the perfect destination for you! Get ready to be mesmerized by breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage and exciting adventures. From majestic mountains bordering Rajasthan to lush forests of Sasangir and pristine beaches of Mandvi, there is so much to explore here. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, explore diverse cultures in Kutch, enjoy local cuisine and experience exciting activities that Gujarat has to offer. Get ready for an unforgettable tour to Gujarat, India that will satisfy your love for nature and curiosity about culture. Don’t wait any longer! Pack your bags and start an incredible India tour in 2024 with IndiaReiseleiter.de. Let’s discover the wonders of the Gujarat tour together! Real joy of traveling to India awaits you in 2023-2024

Tour Plan

Tour Plan

Day 00 Flight

Day 00. > Flight from Europe to Ahmedabad for the Gujarat round trip  
Departure with ……..(If asked, we will recommend specific flights to you.) from Frankfurt to Ahmedabad.
Why do we recommend you to book the flights directly?
If the flights are booked directly in Germany, the booker's travel rights under the EU Air Passenger Regulation also apply directly to the traveler.

* The outward flight should be booked in such a way that you land in India on day 2 and the return flight should be booked on day 16 from Ahmedabad.

Day 01 Arrival in Ahmedabad

Traditional welcome upon arrival in Ahmedabad. You will be picked up from the airport.
We wish you a safe trip! 
Transfer to the hotel. Check in at the hotel. ** The room is available from 12:00. Rest of the day is at your leisure. (Dinner at the hotel)

Day 02 Ahmedabad

After breakfast you drive to the old town. Then you first go to the Swaminarayan Temple, where you walk through Altenhausen. The city's neighborhoods used to be grouped together. They were called 'Pols'. You walk through the old town.

The Heritage Walk ( One of the must do things during Gujarat trip ) is a tool to explore the unexplored and neglected wealth of the country. You will also visit Jama Masjid and Sidi Sayad Mosque. Afterwards you will drive to Sabarmati Ashram, where Gandhi lived for several years.

The afternoon is free. You can go swimming or go to the liquor store where you can get the license to sell alcohol and beer etc. ***** (Note - In Gujarat you can only get alcohol with a valid license. Otherwise only non-alcoholic drinks will be served in hotel. We can give you correct information to get the license.

Watch detailed video about Ahmedabad city.
In the evening you go to a restaurant for typical and local food.
Dinner, breakfast and overnight at the hotel

Day 03 Ahmedabad > Lothal > Bhavnagar > Approx. 5 hours

After breakfast drive to Bhavnagar. En route visit Lothal, famous for the discovery of several ruins of the Indus Civilization. The city was 3700 BC. Inhabited around 2000 BC and was a flourishing trading port. After that drive to Bhavnagar.

Once you get there, you can stroll in the center of the city for an hour.

Then drive to check-in at the Palast Hotel. You will enjoy fairytale ambience of Neelam Bagh Palace Hotel. It was designed by a German architect.

Dinner, breakfast and overnight stay at Neelam Bagh Hotel or Iskon The Fern Resort (5 star hotel)

Day 04 Bhavnagar > Palitana > Sasangir

Early in the morning drive to Palitana after breakfast. Palitana is holiest place for the Jains. There is the group of temples (more than 800) above Shatrunjaya Mountain. Every day many pilgrims, saints, etc. come and climb the stairs (one-sided 3700) in their own way.

It takes about 2 hours to go up the stairs and an hour to come down. If someone wants to rent the porters, they can also rent them. The guests carry the bearers using the sedan chair.

** The porters (4 people group) carry the guest with the help of the sedan chair. They take around 50-60 euros and expect a tip at the end (same as the Indians). The porters also take the break when going up the stairs. During this time the guest can climb some stairs themselves. But yes, in this way you can see the main temple conveniently and in a timely manner. *But yes, it's not the must to let yourself carry.

After that drive to Sasan Gir.

Dinner, breakfast and overnight stay in the tent hotel

Day 05 Sasangir

Sasan Gir Apart from Africa, Gir National Park in Gujarat is the only place in the world where you can see the lions roaming freely in the wild.

Early in the morning you have the jungle safari in Gir reserve (where different people live close to the reserve like Rebari, Siddi, etc.). Gir Resarvat is known for Asiatic species of lions but it is also different species of animals that are also in Resarvat.

The afternoon is free for you. Second safari on request, additionally possible.

**The Siddi are also famous from Gujarat. Descended primarily from southeast Africa, they were merchants, sailors, indentured servants, slaves and mercenaries. Maybe you look at those in Sasan Gir and are confused that you are in Africa.

Day 06 Sasangir > Junagarh > Gondal

Today drive to Gondal but visit Junagarh on the way. En route visit Junagarh fort, Bibi ka Makbara, Buddhist caves from Ashoka period. In many buildings there is a mixture of Hindu, Muslim and European architecture.

Then drive from Junagarh to Gondal. Gondal is full of old palaces from the 17th century. You will visit City Palace (Navlakha Palace, overlooking the river). This imposing building, over 30 meters high, is one of the oldest and most beautiful in Gondal.

Stay in a former palace that is now converted into a hotel. Visit an Ayurvedic company and see the collection of Ravi paintings, as well as vintage cars.

In the evening you will visit the temple of Swami Narayan Faith (BAPS). Here you can watch live laser show and meet friendly people of Gujarat. This day will be an experience!

Day 07 Gondal > Bhuj 5 hour

After breakfast drive to Bhuj. When you reach there, visit textile museum of Kutch in Bhuj.

Afterwards you drive to the hotel, which is located on the shore of the lake. Ambiance wise the hotel is very nice. You have three nights in Bhuj.
Breakfast, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 08 Bhuj > Nimona > Dhordo > Great Rann of Kutch

Today you will visit northern part and southern part of the villages in Kutch. The villages are like open-air museums where different families from different clans live and sell the real things. You will see the families' art and walk through the village.

In the southern part of the villages lives Meghwal families who do great embroidery on the fabrics. See the typical group of houses. Afterwards drive to the Great Rann of Kutch (White Desert). Come back in the evening.

Breakfast, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 09 Bhuj > Approx. 60km One-sided > Mandvi > Bhuj

After breakfast you drive in the direction of the former HafenStadt. On the way you will visit a Jain Temple before Mandvi. After that you can drive to Vijay Vilas Palace and visit. Many wealthy people lived in Mandvi who traded diamonds and precious stones.
It was also known for shipbuilding industry, which still uses traditional techniques. You see some wooden ships on the shore that are not yet finished.

Then come back to Bhuj where you will visit two palaces next to each other. Named after Rao Pragmalji II, who commissioned the construction of Prag Mahal. It is designed in the Italian Gothic style. The palace building was affected due to the last major earthquake.

Maharao Lakhpatji commissioned the palace in 1750. The museum is a royal showcase of Kutch jewelry, weapons and art. Eiana Mahal has a very good collection of antiques. It is worth visiting and learning about the history of Kutch. In the evening you return to the hotel.

Breakfast, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 Bhuj > Approx. 5.30 hour > Bajana

Today drive to Bajana, an eco-friendly village and stay overnight at Royal Safari Camp Bajana.
It is located near the village of Dasada, a few minutes drive from the entrance of the Little Rann of Kutch (Wild Ass Resarvat).

You can relax and have lunch (Included today). In the late afternoon you will drive to the Kutch Wild Donkey Reserve. You will also spot many species of birds.

Lunch, dinner, breakfast and overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 Bajana > Modhera > Patan > Sidhpur > Palanpur

We then continue our journey to Modhera Sun Temple, where we can admire the Sun Temple. It is one of the finest examples of 11th century Indian temple architecture. Then we drive to Patan, where we visit the stepwell (Rani Ki Vav) from the 11th century.

It is a rich and ornate monument built by Queen (Udaymati) in memory of her husband (Bheema I). Patola sarees from Patan are famous for being one of the finest handcrafted

After that drive to Sidhpur. It's like a lost treasure. Unfortunately, hardly any guests come here. There is European influence over the houses (Manzil's they say). If you were to stroll down the street, you would definitely have the feeling of Indiana Jones.

Detailed Video about Sidhpur << Please Click

Then continue the journey to Palanpur. Once there, we check in at Balram Palace, which was the home of the former ruling royal family, where we will stay the night. The 19th-century Balram Palace stands like a chimera over the Macchu River, is richly decorated and has spacious suites with silk wallpaper, carved sandstone panels and marble balconies like royal apartments.
Balaram Palace Resort, once the hunting ground of the Lohani Nawab of Palanpur. It was built between 1922 and 1936 by the 29th ruler of Palanpur. The palace is a graceful manifestation of the neoclassical with the baroque architectural styles. The palace hotel is located amidst the Aravalli Mountains in the 542 km² Balaram Ambaji Reserve Forest.
Overnight stay in Balaram Palace! (F., A.)

Day 12 Balaram Palace > Ranakpur > Jawai

Through the mountains you drive in the direction of JAWAI. En route visit  Ranakpur Jain Temple.

Then drive to Jawai where you will do jeep safari to see the wild animals. Sleep under the stars.

Secret tip from us * If 100 people do the safari, 90% will see the leopards. Few foreign people arrive there.

Overnight stay and evening in a tent hotel.

Day 13 Jawai

Today you go on a hike through the beautiful landscape. The route is about 7 km, but very, very beautiful landscape.

Afternoon time is at your leisure or you can relax by the pool. In the evening you go on a leopard safari.

Overnight stay and dinner at the hotel. 

Day 14 Jawai > Mount Abu > Ahmedabad

Today you will return to Ahmedabad and visit Adalaj ki Vav(wells) on the way. Then you can check in in the evening.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 15 Ahmedabad > Europe or Goa or Golden Triangle Trip

Depending on your flight time, transfer to the international airport (you can reserve your room until 10 a.m.) . We wish you a safe flight home. If you would like to fly to Goa or Kerala for a beach holiday, it is also possible!

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3875

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Includes

  • Historical Landmarks Exploration
  • Scenic Ferry Journeys
  • Cultural Insights
  • Underwater Adventures
  • Pristine Beach Exploration

Excludes

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  • Scenic Ferry Journeys
  • Cultural Insights
  • Underwater Adventures
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2024-04-06
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Unforgettable India trip: Tailor-made adventures with Indienreiseleiter.de Our trip with Indiatripguide.com was undoubtedly an unforgettable adventure that far exceeded our expectations. From the beginning, it was clear that this trip would not be just a regular tour, but a tailor-made experience tailored to our specific wishes. The communication beforehand via Whatsapp was extremely efficient and allowed us to plan every single aspect of our trip in advance. This was especially important as we had specific travel times and start and end points that had to be taken into account. The advantage of a self-guided trip proved invaluable as we were independent of a group and therefore had the flexibility to express and implement our own wishes. The van ride was comfortable and enjoyable and we really appreciated that water and coke were always on board and included in the tour price. The real highlight of our trip, however, was the experience with our tour guide, Piyush. His dedication and passion for his work was second to none. He always went above and beyond the norm to ensure we had the best possible experience. Some examples of his outstanding work are unforgettable: Visiting the Taj Mahal at 9am when there were no queues allowed us to have an uninterrupted view of this fascinating structure. Then in the evening we experienced the magical colors of the Taj Mahal from a distance, which gave us a completely new perspective on this wonder of the world. At the bird park we were assigned a knowledgeable guide, a local who not only knew the area but also had an impressive Zeis zoom telescope. His explanations in German made the tour particularly informative and entertaining. The organization of our safari in Ranthambore was also particularly impressive. Instead of placing us in a crowded bus with many other tourists, Piyush arranged a jeep just for us, which allowed us to observe the wildlife in peace and experience unforgettable moments. Overall we cannot praise Indienreiseleiter.de enough. Their professionalism, attention to detail and ability to turn our dreams into reality made this trip an unforgettable experience. We will definitely use your services again and recommend you to anyone looking for an unforgettable travel experience in India. Thank you IndiaTravelGuide.com and most of all thank you Piyush for unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.
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Ronald F
2024-04-04
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Individual trip professionally organized Thank you Piyush for organizing our little trip from Lucknow to Agra. Everything went as planned and was organized professionally. Our vehicle was always ready for us on time and our driver Santosh took us through the wild Indian traffic in a relaxed manner. Special requests such as sightseeing were also accommodated at short notice because you, Piyush, were constantly in contact with us and asked how we were. The processing via a European bank was also very convenient as it saved high transfer costs. It was our first time traveling with you and we will be happy to get in touch with you again next time. We wish you continued success with your company
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Sylvia
2024-03-08
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Tour of Rajasthan I found Mr. Piyush Matur during my research on the Internet. Mr. Piyush started the travel preparations perfectly. So our initial scepticism quickly disappeared and he made us curious about Rajasthan months in advance. When the trip started, our expectations were far exceeded. The tour through Rajasthan was very well organized. We stayed in wonderful palace hotels, visited wonderful buildings and learned a lot about the country and its people. We also had a great guide, Tinku. He spoke very good German and he gave us a great insight into his country. He also immediately responded to our personal wishes and made everything possible, e.g. a spontaneous visit to a brick factory. Mr. Piyush Matur was also in constant contact with us during the trip. We also had a great, comfortable and always sparkling clean car and the driver Denis drove very well and carefully. In short, our Rajasthan trip was something very special. We experienced Rajasthan very intensively. We are overwhelmed and can recommend Piyus Matur Indienreiseleiter.de at any time
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2023-10-30
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First time in South India and I fell in love with India! After much deliberation, I booked the 18-day trip with India Travel Guide. The time in September, small group and the suggested itinerary appealed to me. The decision to book there exceeded my expectations. The trip was led and organized by Mr. Piyush Mathur, an extremely knowledgeable, German-speaking tour guide who is not only well-versed in history, culture and politics but was also an excellent host and showed us India. Our itinerary took us through the states of Tamil Nandu, Kerala and Karnataka. We were lucky enough to travel in an air-conditioned minibus with cool drinks within easy reach. Our driver was extremely reliable and always brought us safely to our destinations. The highlights of the trip were numerous, including visiting tea plantations, spice complexes, exploring breathtaking palaces and magnificent temples, as well as exciting rickshaw rides. The overnight stay on a houseboat was also particularly impressive. The selection of hostels was also first class. We stayed in charming little hotels hidden in green landscapes. Overall, the tour of South India was an unforgettable adventure. Mr. Mathur and his driver made sure that we felt safe and well looked after. I can fully recommend this trip and am grateful for the wonderful memories that I took home with me. It was an experience that I warmly recommend to every travel lover. Review by Johanna Sent from my Galaxy
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2023-10-10
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South India Individual Tour A few years ago I visited northern India and since then I have wanted to get to know southern India too. I looked at many travel suggestions and decided to book with IndienReiseleiter.de. I was lucky! During my 18-day trip through southern India: Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, I was able to see all the highlights and have an unforgettable time. We were a small group of just 4 with our tour guide Piyush Matur and tour driver. Our tour guide looked after us perfectly over the 18 days and gave us so much information about all the regions we visited. We experienced so many places, landscapes and encounters. Colorful India with its very interesting temples, lively markets and many other experiences. Our tour guide Piyush Matur planned our trip down to the smallest detail, organized it well and we were always able to check into nice hotels. He was always there for us and always answered all our questions. He also always told us lots of great stories, thank you Piyush! We always had very nice hotels during our trip and didn't want to leave them at all. I can always recommend booking with Indienreiseleiter.de. India is such a fascinating country and offers so much to see and experience. I can definitely recommend the agency IndienReiseleiter.de. Our small group was very satisfied with all the services. Barbara
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2023-10-03
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Don’t just be a spectator, but immerse yourself in the colorful world of India The tour of the Indian state of Gujarat led through a contrasting landscape and to impressive temples. We immersed ourselves in the colorful world of India, met the local people and learned a lot about culture and handicrafts. We were even able to observe the Asian lion in the national park. If you really want to get to know India, if you want to understand traditions and experience culture, you must plan your trip with India tour guide Piyush Mathur! He leads the group with great experience and empathy, inspires every participant and provides deep insights into this wonderful country. Fantastic!
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Judith E
2023-04-27
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individuelle Rundreise durch Nordindien Wir haben eine individuelle Rundreise durch Nordindien mit dem Reiseleiter Piyush Mathur gemacht, 18 Tage,die wir niemals vergessen werden. Durch seine einfühlsame Art und sein umfangreiches Wissen waren wir auf ganzer Linie zufrieden. Die indische Kultur, viele interessante Bauwerke, tolle Landschaften, man kann gar nicht alles aufzählen, was erlebt wurde. Aber von vorn: Wir wurden am Flughafen in Delhi von unserem Fahrer abgeholt, mit einem schönen großen Auto, das immer sauber und gepflegt war mit exzellentem Service und klasse Fahrweise. Ein sehr netter Mann, der uns viele Wünsche von den Augen ablas. Auch lange Fahrten wurden so zu angenehmen und abwechslungsreichen Erlebnissen. Im Vorfeld waren die Hotels für uns ausgesucht und gebucht worden, so dass auch das Einchecken schnell und problemlos vonstatten ging. Aufgrund super Kenntnissen vieler Sehenswürdigkeiten bekamen wir vieles zu sehen, das in keinem Reiseführer steht. Wer kennt schon die besten Samosabuden und die besten Lassigeschäfte in jodhpur? Sehr schön war auch der Besuch einer Mädchenschule in Pushkar, hier durften wir bei der Essensausgabe helfen. Alles kann ich hier gar nicht erzählen,würde zu lang. Zum Schluss noch etwas über unseren Fahrer: er wusste, dass wir Kokosnüsse zum Austrinken lieben,und brachte uns früh morgens auf der letzten Fahrt zum Flughafen 2 schöne Kokosnüsse mit, ein toller Abschluss. Dieses Reiseunternehmen können wir wärmstens empfehlen!
Hanna J
Hanna J
2023-04-02
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Tolle Rundreise Ende Februar, Anfang März haben meine Mutter und ich mit Indien Reiseleiter Tours & Travels eine tour durch West Indien gemacht. Der Organisator Piyush Mathur war für uns vorab sowie während der Reise immer sehr gut erreichbar. Die Reise war sehr gut organisiert, und unser Guide Ravinder sowie unser Fahrer Vikram waren eckt klasse. Wir haben uns stehts sicher gefühlt und haben das Land und Leute sehr genossen. Ein großer Dank nochmals für die tolle Organisation. Sollten wir in der Zukunft nochmal nach Indien fahren, werden wir uns auf jeden Fall melden.
Anke Menk
Anke Menk
2023-03-27
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Gehört zu meinen absoluten Reisehighlights Reisen mit Piyush Mathur- ein Glückstreffer Für mich war die Gujaratreise die dritte Begegnung mit Indien. Nach einer beruflichen Auszeit im wundervollen Sikkim und einer Reise mit Piyush durch Südindien war ich voller Vorfreude auf Indien.Allerdings hatte ich nicht erwartet, dass die Erlebnisse der Vorjahre noch zu toppen waren. Indien ist für jeden Europäer zunächst eine Reizüberflutung. Eine ungeheure Vielfalt und Intensität vonGarben und Düften, Menschenmenge, Autos, Mopeds, Fahrräder, freilaufende Kühe auf Straße und Gassen wirken auf einen ein.Man spürt sehr schnell in einem ganz besonderen Land angekommen zu sein.Wie und mit wem man dieses faszinierende Land bereist, ist für mich ein entscheidender Faktor für das Gelingen einer solchen Reise, und Piyush Mathur ist da ein absoluter Hauptgewinn.Man hat schon vor Buchung der Reise Gelegenheit ihn kennenzulernen. Er hat uns einen Reisevorschlag gemacht, der noch durch persönliche Wünsche ergänzt werden konnte. Unser Programm war reichlich. Hindutempel, Maharadschapaläste, in denen wir zum Teil auch gewohnt haben, faszinierende Naturreservate, Safaris, Begegnungen mit Menschen in ihren unterschiedlichen Lebenssituationen etc.Piyush hat uns während der Fahrten im gut gepflegten Kleinbus mit sehr zuverlässigem Fahrer, eine Vielfalt von Informationen geboten und unermüdlich unsere Fragen beantwortet. Er war von früh bis spät für uns erreichbar. Die Hotels waren gepflegt und unsere Verpflegung war wirklich hervorragend. Doch hatte man auf dieser Reise nicht nur die Möglichkeit von außen zu schauen. Es gab viele ganz besondere Momente und Begegnungen, die Herz und Seele berührt haben und die nachwirken. Danke Indienreiseleiter Piyush Mathur!
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hightower61
2023-03-22
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Indien in allen Facetten kennen gelernt Ich habe schon einige Länder bereist, aber Indien war dann doch noch einmal ganz anders, besonders wegen der Gegensätze: Wir haben die Großstadt Ahmedabad und kleine Dörfer durchstreift , aber auch den Urwald im Reservat. Wir durften in Palast-Hotels übernachten und am nächsten Tag mit dem Maharaja eine Familie besuchen, die in einfachsten Verhältnissen wohnt. Wir haben schöne Landschaften gesehen, aber auch Salzwüsten und einen schönen Strand am arabischen Meer. Wir haben viele schöne Tempel besucht, aber auch wilde Esel, Löwen und Leoparden in ihrem Lebensraum. Piyush hat eine tolle Rundreise zusammen gestellt, wir durften viel lernen über Land und Leute, uns unbekannten Religionen und was es mit diesen "heiligen" Kühen auf sich hat. Die Jain haben jedenfalls meinen größten Respekt. Piyush war immer für uns da, hatte für alle Probleme eine Lösung parat, auch für das "eigentlich" in Gujarat geltende Alkoholverbot. Mir wird die Reise immer in guter Erinnerung bleiben und ich kann sie nur jedem sehr empfehlen, auch wenn es manchmal anstrengend war.

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