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The Colours & Festivals Of Gujarat

The Colours & Festivals Of Gujarat

Duration: (15 Nights & 16 Days )
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Day 01 : Arrival Ahmedabad & Drive to Bhavnagar OR Arrival Bhavnagar Arrival at Bhavnagar, Met by driver and transfer to your hotel On arrival Check in at Hotel. half day sightseeing of Bhavnagar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 : Bhavnagar – Palitana – Gondal (60 + 180 Kms) After Early/Pack breakfast at 6.00 AM drive to Gondal onway Visit of Palitana – Shatrunjaya Temple (doli-lift chairs are available at extra cost) After Lunch(own) drive to Gondal & Check in at Hotel. Time permit evening visit of Gondal & Surroundings. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03 : Gondal – Junagadh – Tarnetar ( 65 Kms + 160 Kms) Morning : Visit of Junagadh covering Asock Rock Edict, Buddist Cave, Museum Later drive to Tarnetar & Fairsite. Evening stay at the fair site (accommodation is very basic) Overnight at the Camp at TARNETAR

Tarnetar Fair [Near Rajkot] ( Proposed Dates : 28/30th Aug'2006) Tarnetar is a small village about 75 kilometers from Rajkot in Saurashtra. Here, one of the most colourful fairs in the State takes place. Elegantly dressed in colourful dhot s, waistcoat and head cloth twisted at an angle on their heads, they hold large colourful embroidered umbrellas which indeed have become emblems of the fair. Tarnetar is one of the most important matchmaking melas. An ancient Shiva temple is stood on the site. The present temple was built on the banks of a rivulet and has a kund or reservoir in the traditional manner. It is usually attended by at least 50,000 people. The participants are tribal people belonging to various groups, such as the koli, Bharwad, Rabari, Kanbi, Kathi, Charan, and other Castes. The folk music and folk dances are the principal attractions of the fair. Tribal folk dressed in their most colorful embroidered garments and dashing headgear, give themselves up to merrymaking. ** Important Note : Please note "these dates may vary according to Hindu Calendar"

Day 04 : TARNETAR – Fullday Enjoy the Festival at Tarnetar. Dinner and Overnight at the Camp at TARNETAR

Day 05 : TARNETAR – Mandvi (230 Kms) After breakfast Drive to Mandvi(Kutch) one of the finest beach destination of Gujarat. Afternoon arrive at Mandvi and enjoy the beach activity Overnight at the Swiss Tents.

Day 06 : Mandvi to Bhuj (60 Kms) Visit the Rabari Villages around Mandvi, Samma Village at Pragsar etc Later afternoon Drive to Bhuj Upon arrival proceed to DSP/Collector office to obtain the permit ( Please Note all foreign clients need to obtain the permit for Banny village visit) ** Note : 2nd & 4th Saturday & Public holidays are closed at DSP/COLLECTOR office hence set the dates accordingly. Evening visit the Bazar at Bhuj with Visit of Aina Mahal etc. Overnight at Bhuj Hotel.

Day 7: Bhuj – Fullday visit to the Banny villages (150 Kms / 4 Hours onway) Fullday excursion to the Banny villages to see various typical villages to see the traditional art and culture of Gujarat. Evening return to Bhuj hotel for overnight

Day 8: Bhuj - Ravechi After breakfast drive to Ravechi visit Ravechi Fair.

Ravechi Fair [Near Bhuj] ( Proposed Dates : 02/4th Sept'2006) Ravechi Mata Temple is located near Nana Reva in Rapar Taluka of Kutch. A grand fair is held on Bhadra Sud Atham of Hindu Calender. More then 30 thousand people participate in Ravechi Fair, mainly Ahir, Rabari & Charan communities.

** Important Note : Please note "these dates may vary according to Hindu Calendar" Evening stay at the fair site (accommodation is very basic) Overnight Revechi or return to Bhuj for overnight.

Day 9 : Ravechi – Bhuj (150 Kms) Enjoy the fair till the late evening and later return to Bhuj and stay at the Bhuj Hotel Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10 : Bhuj – Dasada (Little Rann of Kutch) – 280 Kms / 6 Hours Drive Morning drive to Dasada & Check in at Rann Riders or Desert Courses or Similar Afternoon visit to the Little Rann of Kutch (By jeep) Overnight at Coobas ( Huts accommodation)

Day 11 : Dasada (Little Rann of Kutch) Morning visit the Little Rann of Kutch vusut tge Wild ass sanctuary and surrounding covering The scenic flamingo’s & nearby villages Afternoon visit Modhera ,Sun Temple & Patan – Silk weaving centre Overnight at Coobas ( Huts accommodation)

Day 12 : Dasada – Balaram Morning drive to Balaram and afternoon visit the Ambaji Temples & also cover interesting Badrapurnima Fair

Bhadra Purnima Fair [Near Ambaji] ( Proposed Dates : 05/07th Sept'2006) Ambaji village lies at the foothills of the Aravalli mountain range in north Gujarat. It is the principal shrine of the goddess in Gujarat. The temple of Ambaji is recognised as one of the original Shakti Pithas. On full moon days there is a virtual festival at Ambaji, but the full moon of Bhadrapad is one of the four most important festival days of the year, when agriculturists go to the temple in their thousands, along with members of the general public. There is a large fair on this occasion, while in the evening performances of Bhavai are held, and garba programmes are organised. Over five Lacs people come here during Bhadra Purnima fair. ** Important Note : Please note "these dates may vary according to Hindu Calendar based on the full moon day" Evening return to Balaram & Overnight

Day 13 : Balaram Morning visit the fair site of Bhadra Purnima near Ambaji Later afternoon visit Poshina – To Visit the Garasia Tribal Villages Covering Bhails and Garasias etc etc. Later evening Return to Balaram and Overnight.Overnight at Hotel.

Day 14 : Balaram - Ahmedabad (200 Kms) Morning Drive to Ahmedabad on way visit Adalaj Step Well.Evening visit the City and Enjoy a Traditional Gujarati Dinner Overnight at Hotel.

Day 15 : Full day to Ahmedabad visit After breakfast, Full day visit of Ahmedabad covering Heritage Walk Visit Siddhi Sayad Masjid, Swaminarayan Temple Later Calico Museum (Closed on every Wednesday & Public Holidays) With the visit Gandhi of Ashram, and Evening return to Hotel. Overnight Hotel.

Day 16 : Ahmedabad – Fly out Day free till departure flight to Mumbai / Delhi

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