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Mumbai – Goa - Ahmedabad – Rajkot – Porbander – Sasan Gir -
Diu – Bhavnagar - Mumbai

13 Nights - 14  Days

 
   
 

01 Day: Arrival Mumbai
Welcome to India. Meeting and assistance on arrival at the Mumbai International airport, our representative welcome you and escort you by a private car and transfer to the hotel, whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would brief the tour to you and hand over the documents. Rest of your days is at leisure and free for relaxation.

Mumbai is a cluster of Seven Islands and derives its name from Mumba Devi, the patron goddess of the koli fisher folk, its oldest inhabitants. Mumbai pulsates with activity. It is a city that is disciplined by nos time frame neither day nor night. It is also the country's financial powerhouse, the nation's industrial heartland, and its economic nerve center. Dazzling shopping arcades, exciting sport activity, nightclubs & discotheques, theatre & music, gourmet restaurants and interesting sightseeing. It offers visitors a heady mix of all this and more.

02 Day: Mumbai
Today morning after breakfast at the hotel take the city tour of Mumbai, drive to Gateway of India, and from here board the motorboats for Elephanta Caves. It takes around 15 minutes to access Elephanta caves. On arrival take around 100 steps to access the ancient caves. Elephant Caves houses large ancient pillars that seem to hold the ceiling, which is made, have crossbeams. The picturesque presentations of the 9 spectacular sculptured panels, set on the walls are awe-inspirational. The most prominent of the panels is the Trimurthi, or triple-headed God Shiva, where the God is portrayed as the destroyer, the preserver and the creator. Afterwards  cruse back  to Gateway of India, this area is the old charm of Mumbai, there so many handicraft shops and  restaurants are located here, you can enjoy your lunch as the  most well known ‘Leopold & Mondegar’ restaurant, ( of your own). After lunch visiting the important places  like ‘Parliament house’ ( from outside only), Marine drive,  Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Gardens, Jain temples, all are lined in one stretch, If you wish you can have glimpses of Mumbai night life by visiting pubs and night clubs or shopping malls. Overnight at the hotel.

Note: Elephanta Caves and Prince of Wales museum are closed on every Monday.

03 Day: Mumbai - Goa (By Air)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to the airport. On arrival transfer to the hotel. After rest and relaxation rest of the day is free to explore the beaches of Goa. Overnight at the hotel.

Goa: A Portuguese explorer, Afonso de Albuquerque sailed up the river Mandovi, defeated the Bijapuri army and rode into the capital triumphantly bearing a Portuguese Standard in one hand, and a Gold Crucifix in the other. A curious blending of cultures took place, affecting every sphere of Goa life, from religion to architecture, cuisine to art. The chapter of Goa's history ended 451 years later when Goa ceased to be a Portuguese colony, and became a part of the Indian Union. Parasailing, yachting, windsurfing, and deep sea diving are some of the more popular water sports, facilities for which are available. 451 years of Portuguese rule has imbued Goa’s towns and villages with a unique culture. Whitewashed chapels and churches that dot the landscape are surrounded by sleepy villages and rice fields.

04 Day: Goa
After breakfast, the day is free to enjoy the beaches and amenities available at the resort. You can take a   sightseeing tour of Old Goa -10 km from Panjim, the basilica of Bom Jesus, the 16th century church dedicated to infant Jesus and enshrining the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier, is one of the most important sight of Goa. The other Churches in the same area are St. Cathedral, with its vaulted interior, Church of our Lady of Rosary and Nunnery of St. Monica. The Aguada Fort built by the Portuguese commands the mouth of the Mondovi River and houses a lighthouse. Evening will be at leisure. Later return to the resort for overnight stay.

05 Day: Goa
After breakfast rest of the day is free to explore the beaches of Goa, visiting visit the famous beaches of Goa like Anjuna Beach, Colva Beach & Calangute Beach.  Overnight at the resort.

06 Day: Goa – Ahmedabad (By Air)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to the airport to board the flight for Ahmedabad. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Later day free for rest and relax in the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

07 Day: Ahmedabad
Morning after breakfast visit Jumma Masjid – one of the most beautiful mosques in India, Rani Rupmati Masjid – The Queen’s Mosque in Mirzapur, The Shaking Minarets – when one minaret is shaken, the other minarets vibrate too, Kankaria Lake – The circular lake having an island garden in the middle, Hathi Singh Jain Temple & Gandhi Ashram. Overnight at the hotel.

Ahmedabad, founded in the year 1411 AD is located on the banks of river Sabarmati. Ahmedabad has been named after Sultan Ahmed Shah, who was primarily responsible for building it. Today, this city is known as the 'Manchester of the East'. One of the highly industrialised cities in India, Ahmedabad is also India's Textile City. The old city of Ahmedabad is dotted with labyrinthine bylanes called 'pols'. The exquisite carved wooden mansions and havelis are in no manner less than their stone counterparts in Rajasthan. The city is full of architectural delights. Though the capital of Gujarat was shifted from Ahmedabad to Gandhinagar, it is still the second largest industrial city in western India.

08 Day: Ahmedabad - Rajkot (218 kms-4 ½ hours)
After breakfast checkout and drive to Rajkot, on arrival transfer to the hotel. After rest take a sight seeing tour of Rajkot which is famous for its Bandhani Sarees, mirror-work, patch work, bead work and silk embroidery. In the evening take an excursion tour to Jamnagar –86 kms 1 ½ hours, known for its tie-&-dye work on fabrics, silken & gold embroidery.). Then return to Rajkot for overnight stay.

Rajkot was founded in the year 1610 A.D. by Chief Vibhaji Jadeja & Raju Sandhi. Rajkot was once the capital of the princely state of Saurashtra. Today it is best known as the town where Mahatma Gandhi spent the early years of his life when his father was a Diwan or Prime Minister to the king of Saurashtra. Rajkot is famous for its Bandhani Sarees, mirror-work, patchwork, beadwork and silk embroidery.

09 Day: Rajkot - Porbander (170 kms-3 hours)
Today in the morning check out and drive to Porbander enroute visit Virpur –(68 kms –1 ½ hours) to visit Jalaram Temple. Then continue to proceed to Porbander (the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, is a picturesque little seaside resort on the west coast of Gujarat) on arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

Porbander is Saurashtra's end - a picturesque seaport on the Arabian Sea. It is situated 395 Kms from Ahmedabad. It is also known as "White City" because of its white stone construction. It is the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. Porbander has a pleasant beach with beach villas. Its ancient maritime activities - trade with Arabia, Africa and Persia have given way to a thriving industry of cement and chemical units.

10 Day: Porbander - Junagarh/Sasan Gir (107 kms-2 hours)
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour visiting Kirti Mandir, Bharat Mandir, Sudama Mandir, then return to the hotel for checkout. After lunch drive to Sasan Gir. on arrival transfer to the Jungle Resort. Day free to individual activities in the jungle resort.Overnight stay at the resort.

Junagarh is situated in the western state of Gujarat at the foothills of the Girnar Hills. The city of Junagarh takes its name from the fort that encloses the old city. Junagarh was an important trade center as testified by the Ashokan edicts dating from 250 BC. The present-day city has many archeological sites and historical monuments that reflect the rich history of the place.

Sasan Gir Lion Sanctuary, which lies on the southwestern fringes of the Saurashtra Peninsula (west-central India), is the last home of some 300 Asiatic lions. It was created in 1913 to protect the largest surviving groups of the Asiatic lions. It was given a sanctuary status in 1965. The vegetation in the area consists of teak with a mixture of deciduous trees, including sal (Shorea), dhak (Butea frondosa), and thorn forests. A few springs also exist, but their flow is rather eccentric depending upon the season. Gir Forest is today the only place in the world outside Africa, where the lion can be seen in his natural habitat.

11 Day: Sasan Gir
After breakfast, visit at the park, which is the entrance to the 1412 sq. km Gir National Park and the Wild Life Sanctuary, the last stronghold of the Lion population outside Africa. It also plays home to a large number of Panthers, Hyenas, Deer, the world's only 4-horned Antelope, Blue Bull, Wild Boar and the dangerous Marsh Crocodile. Over night at the jungle resort.

12 Day: Sasan Gir – Somnath - Diu. (120 kms 2 hrs)
Morning after breakfast proceeds to Somnath reroute visiting Veraval (Somnath) 26 kms – one of the India’s major fishing ports. Visit Bhalkeshwar temple and Bhid Bhanjan Mandir. Proceed to Somnath visit the seat of the twelve most sacred "Jyotirlingas’ of Lord Shiva, continue the drive to Diu, on arrival check in into hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Somnath is about 5kms from Veraval. It is believed that the Somnath temple here was originally built by Somraj, the Moon God himself, out of gold, and then rebuilt by Ravana in silver and then by Krishna in Wood, then by Bhimdev in stone. The shore temple of Somnath was believed to have been built in 4 phases-in gold by Lord Soma, in silver by Ravana, in wood by lord Krishna and in stone by Bhimdev. Somnath is one of the 12 jyotirlingas of lord Shiva. Somnath is also known as Prabhas Patan.

13 Day: Diu – Palitana - Bhavnagar (200 kms 4 hrs)
Morning after breakfast check out and drive to Bhavnagar, enroute visit Palitana – The Place of Victory, Visit the exclusive Jain temples, proceed to Bhavnagar. On arrival check in into hotel. Evening visit Takhteshwar Temple, Gaurishankar Lake-a beautiful picnic spot and the Lock Gate. Overnight stay at hotel.

Bhavnagar: An 18th century city, Bhavnagar is a premier cotton-exporting sea-port on the south-eastern Saurashtra coast. Today, Bhavnagar is known for Gandhi Smriti, an institution built in memory of Mahatma Gandhi, the Barton Museum, the Central Salt and Marine Research Institute,Takhteswar temple and Gauri-Shankar lake.

14 Day: Bhavnagar - Mumbai ( By Air)
After breakfast checkout of the hotel and transfer to airport to board the schedule flight for Mumbai. On arrival transfer to the International Airport to board flight for hometown. Tour concludes here with happy memories.

 
   
 
 
 
 
   
   
   
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