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gujarat tribal tours

Gujarat is famous for its tribal areas and inhabitants whose culture has remained unchanged for thousands of years. Witness tribal culture up-close and personal as you travel through West India’s famous industrial state also enjoying magnificent palaces, temples and wildlife viewing., Gujarat is famous for its tribal areas and inhabitants whose culture has remained unchanged for thousands of years. Witness tribal culture up-close and personal as you travel through West India’s famous industrial state also enjoying magnificent palaces, temples and wildlife viewing.


 
 
Day 1: Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.  Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 2: Mumbai
Fore noon sightseeing tour of Mumbai - visiting Prince of Wales Museum, the Gateway of India, drive up the Malabar hill to see the Hanging Gardens and Kamla Nehru Park. Also visit the Mani Bhawan - a small museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 3:  Mumbai / Saputara (270 Km, 6-7 hrs)
Morning depart by surface for Saputara via Nasik. Saputara is a hill resort, known as abode of serpents. It can serve as a base camp for visiting various tribal villages in the area. Visit the famous Dangi tribe considered to be the most primitive tribal community of this region. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.Evening after dinner, witness the Dangi Tribal dance.Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 4: Saputara
After breakfast proceed for full day excursion of tribal villages, visiting Limba, Kosambia and other villages north of Saputara. Here you will closely observe the various life styles of Dangi tribe. On return, visit the Dangi Craft Studio which houses the local art of Dangi Tribes.Evening enjoy the dinner along with the tribal dance performance in the hotel.Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 5:  Saputara / Surat (210 km, 6-7 hrs)
After breakfast, depart for Surat ( 210 kms) enroute stop at Ahwa, located to the North West of Saputara. You will have an enchanting experience of confronting more forms of life style of Dangi tribe. On arrival, check in at hotel.Overnight at hotel.

 
 
Day 6: Potassali-Dirang by surface 140 kms; 6 hrs)
Early morning visit the Nameri Wildlife Santuary, which has recently come into international focus with several sightings of the rare and endangered White-winged Wood Duck. Besides wild Elephants, Leopard, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild boar, Gaur, Bear and wild dog the forest abounds in a variety of birds including four species Hornbill. Return to the camp for a late breakfast.  After an early breakfast drive to Dirang. Enroute visit Orchid Research Centre. Overnight stay in Inspection bungalow/guest house.
 
 
Day 7:  Vadodara
After breakfast, depart for Chota Udaipur, for full day excursion to Rathwa and Dhanka Tribal villages . Take a look at the interesting Tribal market. The Rathwa and Dhanka tribes migrated from Central India , worked as agricultural labourers and also worshipped Hindu God and Goddess. You come across the images of these Gods & Goddess while walking through these villages.Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 8:  Vadodara / Bhavnagar (200 km 4-5 hrs)
Morning depart by surface to Bhavnagar ( 200 kms ) with enroute stop at Lothal - the famous excavated site of Harappan Civilization Lothal is the site of a city dating to the 2nd millennium B.C. and is of immense significance as a settlement of the Harappan era as well as the port. Excavations have revealed a planned city with intricate underground drainage system, wells, houses and baths all pointing to an exceptionally advanced system of living. Also visit the unique museum nearby. Continue drive for Bhavnagar. On arrival, check in at Neelam Bagh Palace hotel.Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 9 :  Bhavnagar / Gondal (63 km, 2 hrs)  
Depart Bhavnagar early in the morning to visit Palitana Jain temple complex. The spires of 863 Jain temples pierce the clouds on the summit of Shatrunjay hill, capturing the essence of eternity. The oldest temple dates back a thousand years and the newest 150 years. An up-hill climb of almost 3 kms, hence an early morning visit to this place is always advisable. Continue your journey to Gondal ( 160 kms ). On arrival, check in at Gondal Palace. Overnight at hotel.Evening take a tour of Palace grounds to see the largest private collection of Vintage cars. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 10 : Gondal / Bhuj (260 km, 6-7 hrs)   
After breakfast, proceed to Bhuj - an arid land of greater Rann of Kachchh, enroute stopping at Morbi to have a look at the town.On arrival at Bhuj, check in at hotel. Afternoon meet concerned authorities to procure permission to visit the restricted areas of Kachchh. Later visit the Kachchh Museum and also amble across the interesting market place. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 11:  Bhuj 
Morning full day excursion of Bunny villages to view the famous art and craftsmanship - famous for its handicrafts, paintings, embroidery, wooden arts (Ludiya, Bhirandiyara, Hodko, Sumrasaar).Overnight at hotel.

 
 
Day 12: Bhuj / Zainabad
Morning depart Bhuj enroute visiting Tundavandh tribal Rabari village - the inhabitants of this tribe are semi - nomads who travel with their herds of cattle in search of the fodder. Continue the drive to Zainabad. On arrival check in at Desert Coursers.Dinner by campfire and overnight at coursers
 
 
Day 13: Zainabad
Early morning Jeep Safari in Little Rann of Kachchh to see the famous Asiatic Wild Ass. This is the India’s second largest wild life sanctuary which has no human population as man can not survive due to the presence of high content of salt in water. In the monsoon the desert blooms but in winter it blushes ! Cacti flowers and rosy flamingoes set the sky ablaze with their brilliant pink.Afternoon visit nearby tribal villages of shepherds. Overnight at desert coursers
 
 
Day 14: Zainabad / Poshina
Morning depart for Poshina located on the border of Gujrat - Rajasthan Tribal belt of Garacia tribes. These tribes are considered descendants of Bhil Rajputs and are known for being the most acculturated tribe. Enroute also visit the famous Sun Temple of Modhera built in 1012 AD - exemplifying one of the famous temple architecture. Dedicated to the Sun God, the temple dominates the landscape for miles around. Its antiquity notwithstanding - it is nearly 100 years old - it is in a remarkable state of preservation. Outside, the pillars supporting the structure are carved with profusion of figures, animals and Gods and the interior is austere in contrast, with only the rays of the Sun reflecting the spot where the image of Sun God stood, before invaders destroyed it. Evening arrive at Poshina and check in at Poshina Castle.Overnight at Poshina Castle.
 
 
Day 15:  Poshina
Morning proceed for full day excursion with picnic lunch to visit the Tribal villages. You will come across hamlets of Bhils who claim 400 years of history in the Aravallis and the Garacias - famous for their colourful attires and artistic ornaments. Pastoral tribes of this region include the Rabaries. The typical craft of this area include tribal arrow crafting, bow stringing, basket weaving and pottery. You can shop here for silver jewellery, local made knives and terra cotta figurines of the tribal Horse God.Overnight at Poshina Castle.

 
 
Day 16:  Poshina / Ahemadabad 
Morning depart for Ahmedabad. On arrival check in at hotel.Enjoy the lunch at hotel.Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of city visiting Teen Darwaza - a triple gateway 37 feet high built by Sultan Ahmed, Jamma Masjid, the Hathi Singh temple - a richly carved temple surrounded by 52 smaller temples Rani Sipri Mosque and Shaking minarets. Evening enjoy the traditional Gujrati dinner. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 17:  Ahemadabad / Delhi 
Morning visit Sabarmati Ashram, Tribal museum and Calico Textile museum. The Calico textile museum is the only one of its kind in India, having representative collection of traditional prints and dyes from every centre in this country. Afternoon at leisure. Evening transfer to the airport to board flight for Mumbai. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 18:   Delhi
This morning visit Old Delhi, the former Mughal Capital in the vibrant bazaars of Chandni Chowk. Afternoon is at leisure. In the evening you can choose to visit an Indian Family Home and your hosts will be happy to invite you for dinner and cocktails. Optionally, we would be happy to arrange for a visit to the theatre or music show of the day.
Afternoon visit the famous sights of New Delhi including India Gate, drive pass Parliament street, President House and visit Qutub Minar.  Welcome Dinner at an Indian restaurant accompanied with ethnic folk dances & music.

 
 
Day 19: Delhi-Agra by surface
After breakfast drive to Agra.
Agra
Agra was the capital of the Mughal dynasty.  The strength of the dynasty is visible in the huge forts and monuments that have been built by them.  A small city but has witnessed the rise and the fall of the empire.  It was build by Akbar the great and remained the capital till it was shifted to Delhi.  Attracting the maximum number of tourists is the city of the Taj Mahal.  The over 300 year-old white marble Taj is the main draw along with the various monuments and historical sites dating back to the Mughal period.

Afternoon visit Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) was built in 1630 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. The monument has been described as the most extravagant ever built for love, for the emperor was heart-broken when Mumtaz, to whom he had been married for 17 years, died in 1629 in childbirth soon after delivering her 14th child. Later visit Agra Fort.  Construction of Agra Fort was begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the time of his grandson, Shah Jehan.  While in Akbar’s time the Fort was principally a military structure, by shah Johan’s time it had become partially a palace.  There are many fascinating buildings inside the massive walls, which stretch for 2½ Kms surrounded by a moat over 10 meters wide.  The Fort is at the bank of river Yamuna and overlooks Taj Mahal
 
  Day 20:    Agra-Jaipur by surface
Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri.  Evening free to rest and relax or to explore the down town. Overnight at hotel.
 
  Day 21:   Jaipur    
Morning visit Amber Fort. A Photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds).
The ancient Rajput capital of Amber, 11 km from Jaipur, was begun by Raja Man Singh and used by the Rajputs as their stronghold until Sawai Jai Singh II moved to the newly created Jaipur. See the Diwan-I-Am or hall of public audience, Kali temple, Jai Mandir or hall of victory with its inlaid panels and mirror ceiling, and Sukh Niwas. The fort provides breathtaking views of the lake below.  Ascend to the fort by elephant
Late afternoon visit Jaipur city - visiting the Maharaja’s City Palace and the Jantar Mantar Observatory. Jaipur’s walled City Palace (1732 AD) occupies one-seventh of the city’s area. See the Mubarak Mahal, museums of textiles and armoury etc, and the Diwan I Khas and Diwan I Am. Jantar Mantar, literally meaning “instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens” is the oldest in India. Each instrument has a specific purpose and gives an accurate reading.

 
  Day 22:  Jaipur- Delhi
Drive back to Delhi. Rooms for wash and change. After dinner proceed to airport to connect flight back home.
 
 
 
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