Duration : 22 nights / 23 days
Cities covered :
Delhi, Dehradun, Mussorie, Dhanolti, Gangotri, Bhojbasa,
Gaumukh, Tehri, Gaurikund, Kedarnath, Sonprayag, Chopta,
Mandal, Badrinath, Delhi
Garhwal Himalayas abounds in unsurpassed mountain scenic
beauty. The pilgrim trail, the sky kissing snow capped
mountains, alpine forests, flowers of unsurpassed beauty are
some of the highlights of the tour.
[These Special Interest Tour Programs are best
run with minimum 6 travelers to a group & more]Day 1 -
The romance and colour of India greets you as you disembark
from your jet in Bombay - A metropolis of vitality and energy.
Our representative escorts you to the hotel.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 - BOMBAY / AHMEDABAD
This morning take a short flight to Ahmedabad - Built in
1415 by Ahmed Shah the Sultan of the city. It is industrial
capital of the state and the largest textile centre of India.
Five hundred years history left its mark on the city and its
environs are dotted with impressive monuments, many in the
elegant indo - saracenic style reflecting both Hindu and Muslim
influence. Our representative escorts you to the hotel.
This afternoon you would be accompanied by the Professor from
the School of Architecture who would show you the masterpiece of
modern architecture. Architecture of repute like Le Corbusier,
Charles Correa and Louis Kahn, who has greatly contributed
towards modern architecture. The various creations by these
architects are testimony to the fact that they have been able to
express individual social and religious traditions and values
through their various creations. And the secretions could be
termed as new dimensions in modern architecture, since these are
not an expression of utilization but in terms of culture Loius
Kahn and Le Corbusier were the two main mentors whose lesson Mr.
B.V. Doshi struggled to synthesize their philosophy in a way,
which could deal with Indian conditions. There are many
buildings in Ahmedabad which bear the signature of these four
genius, which could be witnesses from these living example.
THE BUILDINGS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO VISIT
House of Mrs. Manorama Sarabhai
Architect: Le Corbusier
Architect: Louis Kahn
Indian Institute of Management
Architect: Louis Kahn
Architect: Charles Correa
Gandhi Labour Institute
Architect: B.V. Doshi
Overnight at hotel.
Day 3 - AHMEDABAD / POSHINA
Morning depart for Poshina. It is a peaceful village and an
ideal base for visits to the neighbouring tribal hamlets of the
Bhils who claims 4000 years of history in the Aravallis and the
Garacias, famous for their traditional colourful attires and
artistic ornaments. Pastoral tribes of this region include the
Rabaries. Typical craft around the area include tribal arrow
crafting, bow stringing, basket weaving and pottery and you can
shop for silver jewellery locally made knives and terra cotta
figurinces of the tribal Horse God.
Arrive and check in at Darbargadh Poshina. Lunch at Poshina.
At 1500 hrs Jeep safari into the village to see Garacia tribals
in their colourful costumes and beautiful silver jewellery.
Visit followed by folk dances with camp fire in village.
At 2100 hrs return to hotel for overnight at stay.
Day 4 - POSHINA / ZAINABAD
Morning depart for Zainabad - it is small Nawab state.
Famous for Wild Ass which can be sighted with ease and a feel of
the desert. Arrive Modhera and Lunch.
At 1430 hrs visit the sun Temple - Modhera. Sun Temple
built in 1026 A.D. during the reign of King Bhimdev 1 of Solanki
dynasty. The temple is dedicated to the Sun God and stands high
on a plinth overlooking a deep stone steeped tank. Every inch of
the edifice both inside and outside is carved with God and
Goddesses. It is so designed that a the Solar Equinoxes the
first days of the rising Sun lit up the image of Surya. Modhera
temple still retains enough of its structure to convey the
grandeur of its conception and its superb artistry of execution.
At 1600 hrs departs for Zainabad.
At 1800 hrs arrive and check in at desert coursers camp –
The Kooba camp is secluded simple, well organised and staffed.
These are comfortable furnished with beds and linen,, and all
bath with running water, electricity and all essential
amenities. Conditions are clean and safe. Hot tasty meals are
served budget style; with barbeques and open camp fires. Boiled
filtered and drinking water. Bottled minerals soft drinks and
beverages are provided. Rest of the day free.
At 2000 hrs witness fold dances.
Overnight at camp.
Day 5 - ZAINABAD
This morning Jeep safari in little Rann of Kutch,, locally
known as Tikker the Rann or the Desert,, is a vast 5000 sq. kms.
Featureless, salty dust bowls where in summer there’s not a
blade of grass to see and yet some wild Asses and animals
survive here! You can break all land speed records as you will
not come across a single fist sized stone for miles! The vast
stretches bereft of trees have everything that Walf Dynasty’s
“Living Desert” has plus the Indian Wild Ass making last valiant
efforts to service in am alien and hostile environment. It is
India’s second largest wildlife sanctuary which has no human
population as man can not survive here for the water which is
salty and supports only certain scrub. In the monsoon,, the
desert blooms, but in winter it blushes! Cacti flowers and Rosy
Flamingos set the skies ablaze with their brilliant pink! There
are no sand dunes here as in the Sahara or the Thar Desert. The
low lying area becomes a salty sea full of Marshes with
vegetational islands (Oasis) called Bets. Every year the
salinity increase, making life more difficult for the unique
hardy animals and plants in view of the only terrain of its kind
in the World it offers possibilities of real hard core
adventure. Your day starts with an exciting Action Photography.
The best way to chase the wild Ass is thundering down the hard
desert, fleeing Bluebulls and graceful leaping Gazelles.
Photography lovers and film makers will rarely have been such
sights before. Tourist have made some of the finest action films
of dashing Wild Ass and Stampeding herbs of Bluebells or vast
congregations of wintering Cranes. Return to the camp for lunch.
At 1530 hrs safari in the Runn. Enroute visit villages of
surrounding area to see their life style. After Sunset you will
embark on a Camel Safari in the fullmoon night in little Rann of
Kuchchh. Moonlight does many strange things to man, particularly
in these exotic solitudes. A Camel carvan will slowly but surely
take you into the unknown timeless of the Indian Desert,, the
cradle of many a civilization. You will never forget this
Arabian nights journey and remember all the haunting wild
lifting shallows and the strange whispering sounds! Overnight at
Day 6 - ZAINABAD / WANKANER
At 0930 hrs depart for Wankaner - a formerly princely
state is world famous for its Kathi horse breeding programme.
Arrive and check in at Ranjit Vilas Palace - The Prince has a
gorgeous Palace that is now a tourist resort with vast grounds
and a large step well for a grand swimming pool! Lunch at the
At 1530 hrs Horse riding to the surrounding Bharavad
Villages. The former Prince of Wankaner, known as the Maharaja,
keeps a find stable of the best light Kathiawari horses for
selective breeding and for preserving the race.
At 1630 hrs returns to the main palace to witness folk
dance, and visit the private museum of Maharaja followed by
Dinner with Royal family.
Overnight at Palace.
Day 7 - WANKANER / BHUJ
Morning depart to Bhuj, built by Rao Khangar I (1548 - 85)
and was rules by his successor till 1948. The city wall 10.5
meter high and forming an irregular Polygon,, has five gates and
towers at regular intervals. it is famous for its handicrafts,
Bandhani & Hand printed Saris, Embroidery and needle work,
exquisite gold and silver ornaments etc. Arrive and check in
Garha Safari Lodge.
Day 8 - BHUJ / TUGA / NEER
At 0630 hrs depart for Tuga beyond Khavda.
Arrive Tuga and breakfast. Later on start on Camel back for Neer
Wandh village. Lunch at Neer. Afternoon free. Overnight at camp.
Day 9 - NEER / FLAMINGO CITY / NEER
At 0700 hrs after breakfast depart with packed lunch
to Flamingo city.
The Flamingos distribute in the desert by late November with the
Juveniles and stay along the extensively long shores of salt
lakes, till the end of June. Their curved bills, placed upside
down help them to sieve floating micro-organisms distributed by
puddling the mud flates. Lesser flamingos also arrive, probably,
from East Africa and feed with larger ones in the desert
marches. The pick up smaller microbes which are left behind by
the greater flamingoes. The spectacle of 100, 000 nests and
nearly 300, 000 flamingos in the salt flat Runn is one of
treasured moments for a photograph.
At 1600 hrs start return journey to the camp.
At 2000 hrs arrive at camp. Overnight at camp.
Day 10 - NEER / FLAMINGO CITY / NEER
At 0700 hrs after breakfast depart with packed lunch
to Flamingo city. The flamingo make truncated nest mounds in the
marsh land of the Greater Runn is challenge. For demoiselle
cranes, the desert is enroute to warmer lands. Thousands
of cranes cross the Thar in early winter. They are mostly heard in
flight and occasionally seen along the salt flats.
At 1600 hrs start to return to camp. Overnight at camp.
Day 11 -
NEER / KHAWDA
After breakfast depart for Khawda, on the way back to the
camp visit Khawda, ludaiya, Bhirandiyara and Abdula vand.
Day 12 - KHAWDA / JAMNAGAR
At 0700 hrs depart for Jamnagar with packed lunch. A
royal city and true representative of Saurashtra region of
Gujarat. On the way visit various villages of Saurashtra region
and experience their culture. Also visit Khijadiya Pelican and
Arrive at 1800 hrs and check in at hotel President.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 13 - JAMNAGAR
After breakfast visit Marine National park. The Gulf of
Kachchh is one of the very few places to have many rare and
colourful Corals: Marine Bhota and Mangrove Swamps vital to
marine ecology. It covers and area of 500 sq. kms. from Okha to
Sachana,, on the North Western coast of Saurasthtra. The Marine
National Park is India’s first national marine sanctuary.
UNDERWATER HUNT AND PHOTOGRAPHY OF CORAL TREASURES AND PEARLS
WOULD KEEP YOU SPELLBOUND FOR REST OF THE DAY.
Clear crystal waters give you an opportunity of doing brave
adventurous diving, underwater photography or scuba diving (you
must have your own equipment and a life jacket for such sports).
Here you will be above to touch Puffer fish, Sea-urchins,
Octopus, Ridley’s Turtles and Sea Dolphins! And a chance to take
photographs of this unknown treasures.
If you are lucky you may find an outsize pearl of rate lustre !
with your underwater photography can reveal the secrets of the
Corals, the sea horse and the colourful ink-throwing squids.
There are hardly any sharks about in the cold winter waters!
At 1430 hrs returns to the hotel for lunch.
At 1600 hrs depart for Gondal - one of the most powerful
princely state of four major Jadeja rulers states in Saurashtra
region of Gujrat.
At 1900 hrs arrive and check in at River side palace.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 14 - JAMNAGAR / SASAN GIR
Depart for Sasan Gir enroute visiting Junagarh. An ancient
city surrounded in Myth and legend lies at the foot of Mount
Girnar and takes its name from old fort which is encircled by a
wall that is in some places 10 mts high. An ornate gateway to
the medieval period Rajput palace, an ancient Buddhist caves and
two deep wells. On way to Girnar, fourteen rock edicts of the
emperor Ashoka can be seen inscribed on a great boulder dates
back 250 B.C. Later On visit of Tomb of the mother of the last
Nawab of Junagarh Mahabat Khan III and diwan Bahauddin which are
the bets examples of Muslim architecture.
At 1300 hrs continue to Sasangir.
At 1430 hrs Arrive and check in at the Taj Gir Lodge -
situated on the edge of the world renowned Gir Forest which is
the only home of the Asiatic Lion. the Lodge has well appointed
guest rooms with running hot & cold water. Late afternoon a
visit to the Sidi (Negroid race of African origin) village of
woodcutters, at Jambur or Shirwon,, will be arranged where the
Sidis will perform Zulu style Calypso and Bango Dances known as
Dhamal that has a spiritually affecting vigorous tempo and the
tourist will love to dance with the Sidis. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 15 - SASANGIR
The Gir Lion Sanctuary stretches over an area of 1412 sq.
kms. where the kind of the beasts,, the Lion,, roams freely
about and can be seen from fairly close range. This Sanctuary
which today boasts of 312 wild Lions is also home for a wide
variety of smaller animals. The Asiatic Lion (Panthera Leo
Persica,) that once roamed a wide stretch of land from Greece to
India,, covering Asia Minor and Persia, is today confirmed to
this arid stretch of Sasan Gir, other predatory species, the
Panther or the Leopard, the Hayena the Caracal, Civet the Lynx
etc. can after be chanced upon. Among the ungulates,, the Sambar
(stag), Chittal or spotted Deer (Axis axis), Nilgia or the Bull
(Boselaphus tragocamelus), Chinkara or India Gazelle (Gazelle
Gazelle Benetti) and the four horned Antelope or Chausingha
(Treacherous Quardricornis) are a routine feature at Gir. Had
Gir not been designated a Lion Sanctuary, it would surely have
been established as a major Bird Sanctuary. Sasan Gir therefore
holds tremendous possibilities of high adventure such as the
making of an action packed video/film or the Indian Lion making
a deer kill! Jeep safari,, trekking, Nature Trails, camping and
FILMING OF LION KILLS:
There are few things more spectacular in the world than a
full blooded :Lion Charge” No Indian or International film maker
has been able to record an Indian Lion’s Natural Kill (such
films of the Ranthambore Tiger & the African Lion do exist,, but
alas ! not of the Indian Lion!). Sasan Gir Sanctuary offers
tourist a chance for this out of the world adventure. Overnight
Day 16 - SASAN GIR / AHMEDPUR / MANDAVI
At 0700 hrs departs for Ahmedpur Mandavi on the
Southern most tip of Saurastra have some of the finest sand
dunes and low lulling waves. Ideal place for swimming, sailing
scuba diving, spear fishing or harpooning (life jackets and your
own equipment is a must!). Enroute visit Somnath temple one of
the most sacred and first eternal Shiva temple of India.
According to legend Somnath is an old creation, created by no
other then Soma, the Moon God himself. Somnath was sacked
thirteen times and rebuilt again. Arrive Ahmedpur Mandvi and
check in at Magico do Mar.
Day 17 - AHMEDPUR / MANDVI/ DIU / AHMEDPUR / MANDVI
At 0800 hrs visit Diu, which has been one of the
oldest bastians of the Portuguese power. Before the advent of
the alien rulers, this strategically sensitive enclave has been
part of both Hindu and Muslim empires in Gujarat.
A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY:
A light fishing country - craft will take the tourist on
a voyage of discovery from the tourist on a voyage of discovery
from the Samudra beach to Diu’s splendid Nagpa beach, going
round the old Fort. A colourful local musical party will be
entertaining the tourist on the boat. Tourists and Indian
fisherman will manage the boat jointly and the sea going vessel
will be captioned by a tourist and assisted by a local
fisherman. There will be fishing, diving or just swimming. It
will be a journey to remember with plenty of fun and frolic.
Sumptuous lunch will be served on board the worthy vessel. A
topping time is promised to all own undertaking this adventurous
voyage in the deep sea. The voyage would discover an Indian
island having one of the most beautiful and exotic beach.
BARBECUE ON NAGOA BEACH:
Later on this beautiful and virgin beach,, a traditional
Portuguese dance and musical party with a barbeque dinner and
drinks possibly on a full moon night, when the sea is at its
colourful best. We are sure it would be an out of the world
experience and a eventful memorable holiday. Return to Ahmedpur
Mandvi for overnight stay.
Day 18 - AHMEDPUR / MANDVI / BHAVNAGAR
At 0700 hrs depart for Bhavnagar founded as a port in
1723; Bhavnagar is still an important trading post for the
cotton goods manufactured in Gujrat. The Bhavnagar lock gate
keeps ships afloat in the city’s port at low tide. Arrive and
check in at Neelam Bagh Palace - or Turquoise Garden,, as built
in the early part of this century by Maharaja Sri Krishna Kumar
Singhji. Situated in the midst of over 40,,000 sq. meters of
lawns & thick woods, the Palace is built of grayish brown stone,
Hand crafted furniture, Czechoslovakian chandeliers, original
oil paintings & a colonnaded swimming pool, are just a few of
the Palace’s many delights. Overnight at Palace.
Day 19 - BHAVNAGAR / AHMEDABAD
Morning depart for Ahmedabad.
Arrive and check in at hotel.
Rest of the day free.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 20 - AHMEDABAD / UDAIPUR
Morning depart for Udaipur - a beautiful city of lakes,
palaces and fountains still evoking the rich sensibilities of a
royal lineage long gone by, leaving only this dreamy city to
continue forever. Arrive and check in at Hotel Lake Palace -
like a fantastic mirage, the Lake Palace Hotel arises from the
azure waters of Lake Pichola. Ordained as a summer retreat by
the Maharanas of Mewar in 1628, it is today a dazzling edifice
of Pavilions, domes and courtyards. One of the ten most
beautiful hotels on earth exclaim the world’s discerning
travellers and writers. This afternoon you visit City palace -
now a museum, completely white and majestic, the royal palace
stands on a hill, surrounded by crenallede walls. It is a
labyrinth of courtyards richly decorated with inland mirror
work, galleries covered with frescoes, temples and kiosks. In
the old town the Jagdish temple built in mid 17th century has a
remarkable bronze statue. Visit the exquisitely fashioned
Shahelion-ki-Bari or Garden of maids of honour with fountains. A
lotus pond chhatris & kiosks of black marble. Overnight at
Day 21 - UDAIPUR / DELHI
This morning take a two hours flight to Delhi - India’s
splendid capital. Founded on the site of several cities, it has
been the seat of power for centuries. Today old and New city
combine to present a harmonious whose offering the traveler
elegant shops, broad laburnum lines avenues, sun warmed elegant
forts and mosques that were once stronghold of mughal powers and
colorful bazaars. Our representative escorts you to the hotel.
Rest of the day free. Overnight at hotel.
This morning you will start a combined city tour Old and
New Delhi. An aura of history is everywhere in Old Delhi. Red
Fort with its majestic ramparts and Jama Masjid one of Asia’s
largest mosques. You will also make a stop at Rajghat -
Mahatma Gandhi’s final resting place. New Delhi is well
planned with wide lined avenues, fountains and parks. Colonial
architecture dominates this part of the city. You will drive
along the ceremonial avenues of Rajpath and view the splendid
Presidential palace,, the circular Parliament House and
impressive Diplomatic Enclave. Farewell cocktail & dinner at
our Chairman’s palatial residence
Day 23 - DEPART DELHI
Your India experience comes to an end as you are
transferred to International airport to board your home bound