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- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Enjoy a small group adventure from Mumbai through Gujarat state to Ahmedabad
Travel to India and tour from Mumbai to Delhi, taking in the sights, cities and cultures that make this colourful country famous. Explore holy Buddhist caves at Ajanta, admire the mish-mash of Buddhist architectural styles in Sanchi and stroll by the river in chilled Orchha, all the while meeting friendly locals and indulging in spicy delights. From the dhobi ghat in Mumbai to manic Old Delhi bazaars, this adventure will create amazing memories to last a lifetime.
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A city of contradictions and never dull, Mumbai has truly wonderful sights vs the hard to see; incredible cultural depth vs rampant consumerism; immense riches vs crippling poverty.
While in Ahmedabad, perhaps visit the Gandhi Ashram - which Mahatma Gandhi himself founded in 1915 - or stop in on the symbol of the city, the Sidi Sayed Mosque. Afterwards, come face to face with the most unique Indo-Islamic architecture in the region at Adalaj stepwell.
On the drive to India’s fifth largest city, stop off at the archeological site of Lothal, a prominent city from the Bronze Age. Explore the acropolis, baths and citadel before entering the museum, which showcases stunning excavated antiquities.
Journey to Palitana to see the ‘City of Temples’. Explore over 800 marble temples at the most sacred site of the Jain community. Then head to Sasan Gir Wildlife Sanctuary. With a major concentration of big cats, keep your eyes peeled for roaming lions and leopards, as well as crocodiles, hyenas and jackals.
En route to Porbandar, meander the brightly tiled floors of Junagarh fort. Marvel at the lavish interiors and try to imagine what this fort looked like in bygone days, when opulent maharajas ruled supreme. Then, stop by some ancient Buddhist caves at a tranquil mountain location.
Journey into this spiritually enlightened city to explore ancient shrines, lovely temples and quiet beaches, before heading to see Gandhi’s house on a city walking tour.
In the engaging wildlife-focused city of Jamnagar, head to the serene Marine National Park or Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary to see the best of the sea and the sky. Perhaps grab a lassi from a street stall and stroll to the town’s lake to watch the sun go down.
Begin the day with a kutchi pau bhaji, the Indian take on a vegie burger, before wandering the breathtaking Hall of Mirrors at the Aina Mahal. Choose to climb the bell tower next door for an all-encompassing view of the city and take a stroll through the produce market - but be prepared to haggle. In the evening, why not take a turn around Hamirsar Lake before a dinner of vegetable curry, naan and other great Gujarat dishes.
Visit the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary to spot hundreds of native species. Then, get in touch with the locals of a small village situated on the edge of a huge salt marsh. Sleep overnight in a local hamlet and enjoy the ways of rural living. This is an incredible way to see a lesser-known India - among a humble small town community in a serene natural environment, away from the smog, crowds and bustle of the big cities.
On the road back to Ahmedabad stop off at the Patan stepwells, a local Silk Centre and the impressive Modhera Sun Temple. Dedicated to the Hindu Sun-God, this ancient monument gives insight into a variety of auspicious Hindu practices. Pick up some last-minute souvenirs at the local market in Ahmedabad and dip your hand into a final plate of thali, before this Gujarat Adventure comes to an end.
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