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From Mumbai, the journey to Gujarat’s largest city, Ahmedabad where we will visit famous landmarks of Sabarmati Ashram, Calico Museum, and further explores of Palitana temples, Takhteshwar Temple, Gir National Park, Naulakha Palace and also the Diu Island.

DAY01: Arrival and welcome
Upon arrival at the Mumbai International Airport, we are transferred to our hotel. 

DAY02: Mumbai - Ahmedabad by train
Begins with a visit to the Gateway of India, one of Mumbai’s most famous landmarks. This gate-like structure was built by the British to commemorate the visit of King George-V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar meaning "Court of Delhi" in 1911. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum that was used as a hospital during World War I, and now houses a priceless collection of artifacts, considered to be one of the best in India.
Drive past the University of Bombay, the High Court, and Crawford Market on our way to the Hanging Gardens located on the crest of Malabar Hill. The gardens are a welcome oasis of green in a city built almost entirely of concrete. Next, we drive through the residential area of Mumbai’s rich and famous on Malabar Hill. Visit the most interesting city laundry called Dhobi Ghat, the Gandhi Memorial Museum, and Victoria Terminus.

DAY03: Arrive in Ahmedabad
Arrive in Ahmedabad and we would be received by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Begin the full day sightseeing of Ahmedabad, it is the sixth largest city in India and has several floridly carved historic monuments including a step-well at Adalaj and the Rani Mosques (dedicated to Rani Sipri and Rani Rupmati). It is also home to many fine museums and art galleries. Visit the Calico Museum of Textiles, one of the finest textile museums in the world and housed in one of Gujarat's famous carved wooden havelis (mansions). The museum displays a magnificent collection of rare textiles dating back to the 17th century. Note - Calico Museum of Textiles remains closed on Wednesday and on Government holidays
Gandhi Ashram or the Sabarmati Ashram, located near Vadaj, was once the residence of Mahatma Gandhi who founded it in 1915, and today, without doubt, it is the biggest tourist attraction in Ahmedabad. 

DAY04: Ahmedabad – Bhavnagar (170 km, 3 h, 20 m)
In the morning, we continue our journey to Bhavnagar, the fifth-largest city of Gujarat, and the second-largest city in the Saurashtra region. Visit Takhteshwar Temple - located at the center of the city from where one can enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city, and Gandhi Smruti - a memorial that has a library of Gandhian books and photographs providing glimpses into the life of Mahatma Gandhi. It also has a fine collection of art objects representing the culture of the Saurashtra Region.
In the evening, we visit the local market.

DAY05: Bhavnagar – Diu (220 km, 5) - Palitana – Diu (170 km, 4 h)

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive by surface to Palitana, which is famous for the Palitana Jain Temples. On our way, we see many devotees dressed in white, some wearing gauze masks to filter innocent microbes from the air that they breathe.
Continue our drive to Diu. 
Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel.

DAY06: Diu
Explore Diu Island, located south of Gujarat and connected to the mainland by bridges and a ferry. It was a Portuguese colony from 1539 to 1961. The city has many beaches which one may choose to explore. Nagoa Beach is the most commercial beach providing facilities for water-sports and is lined with restaurants offering a variety of seafood. Contrary to Nagoa Beach, Jalandhar Beach is very quiet and isolated, apt for bathing and sun-bathing.

DAY07: Diu - Somnath temple (85 km, 1 h, 40 m)
In the morning, we leave Diu and drive to Sasan Gir National Park with en route visit to the Somnath Temple. 
Continue our drive to Sasan Gir. Upon arrival, we check-in to the hotel.

DAY08: Sasan Gir national park
Today is the day for some adventure when we get to do two game drives (morning/afternoon) at the Sasan Gir National Park to look for Asiatic lions. Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is the sole home of the pure Asiatic Lions (Panthera Leo Persica) and is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia due to its supported species. The ecosystem of Gir, with its diverse flora and fauna, is protected as a result of the efforts of the government’s Forest Department, wildlife activists, and NGOs. The count of 2,375 distinct fauna species of Gir includes about 38 species of mammals, around 300 species of birds, 37 species of reptiles and more than 2,000 species of insects. The carnivorous group mainly comprises Asiatic lions, Indian Leopards, Bengal Tigers, Sloth bears, King Cobras, Jungle Cats, Striped Hyenas, Golden Jackals, Indian Mongoose, Indian Palm Civets, and Ratels.

DAY09: Sasan Gir forest national park - Junagadh
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Junagadh.
On arrival, check-in in the hotel. Visit Junagadh, located ideally at the foothills of Girnar Hills. Junagarh is a historic city of Gujarat. The term Junagarh in Gujarati means an ancient fort. It is a famous tourist destination known for its monuments, temples and rich culture. Visit Upperkot Fort. 
The evening is free to relax or to explore the local area.

DAY10: Junagadh - Gondal - Rajkot

In the morning, we visit some ancient Buddhist caves which are thought to be at least 1700 years old. These double-story caves have six pillars with very fine carvings. The soft rock on which Junagadh is built encouraged the construction of caves and wells. There are other caves including some thought to date back to the time of Ashoka. On the drive to Rajkot en-route, we visit the Naulakha Palace at Gondal. This Palace was built in 1748 CE in Darbargarh or old fort by Jadeja Rajputs who ruled Gondal. Continue our drive to Rajkot. Upon arrival, we check-in to the hotel.

DAY11: Rajkot
Visit Rajkot. Rajkot, a famous commercial and industrial city of Saurashtra was founded by Vibhoji Ajoji Jadeja of the Jadeja clan in 1612. We will visit Kaba Gandhi's Gate, Watson Museum and Library, Lal Pari Lake and Randerda, exotic natural spots known for bird-watching. The lake is the roosting place for different species of birds including rare migratory birds. Some of the known bird species seen here are black-tailed godwit, purple moorhen, common teal, pelican and spoonbill.

DAY12: Rajkot - Ahmedabad
After breakfast, drive to Ahmedabad.
Upon arrival, we have free time to explore the local bazaar of the city. Later, we are transferred to the railway station to catch our overnight train to Mumbai.

DAY13: Departure
Early morning arrives at the railway station. We will be received by driver and transfer to the hotel. One room for 4 participants would be available for refreshing. Transfer to the International Airport for our onward travel to our next destination.

Number of days: 13
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: International flights tickets. Domestic flight tickets. Travel insurance.
What to bring: Passport and Visa
Transport: SUV 4x4
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