Enjoy a small group adventure from Mumbai through Gujarat state to Ahmedabad

Travel across Gujarat, taking in the clash of sights, cities and cultures that make this colourful country famous. Explore holy Buddhist caves in Porbandar, marvel at the wildlife in Sasan Gir Wildlife Santuary and chill by the beach in Dwarka, all the while meeting friendly locals and indulging in spicy delights. From the Dhobi ghats of Mumbai to archeological sites, this adventure will create amazing memories to last a lifetime.

TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017:
From 1st January 2017 this trip will start in Ahmedabad and finish in Delhi. This will allow us to remove the long overnight train ride from Mumbai and to begin the trip directly in Gujarat as well as reduce the trip length by a day. Further details to follow, with the new itinerary outlined below:
1 Ahmedabad
2 Ahmedabad
3 Sasan Gir
4 Sasan Gir
5 Dwarka
6 Jamnagar
7 Bhuj
8 Bhuj
9 Bhuj
10 Dasada
11 Dasada
12 Udaipur
13 Udaipur
14 Delhi
14 Depart

Start
Mumbai, India
Finish
Ahmedabad, India
Countries
India
Themes
Expedition
Code
HHSA
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
224kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the interchanging chaos and tranquillity of India’s cosmopolitan cities and traditional towns
  • In just 14 days visit the iconic sites of Sabarmati Ashram, Shatrunjaya, Rani-ki-Vav and Aina Mahal
  • Mumbai is a city of fascinating contradictions – explore Chowpatty Beach and take a guided tour through the sprawling slums
  • Get up close to nature on safari in Sasan Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and Wild Ass Sanctuary, and camp under the stars near the village of Bajana
  • Climb the steep summit to the Jain temple complex of Shatrunjaya and enjoy breathtaking views

Itinerary

Welcome to India’s commercial capital, Mumbai. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 1 pm. Afterwards, you’ll have some time to settle in before heading out on a walking tour of the city with the group.

Note: Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend or please inform the hotel reception. Depending on availability, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
Once known as Bombay, Mumbai is India’s most cosmopolitan city and home to Bollywood, beaches, sprawling slums and a booming finance industry. Catch a Bollywood film in your free time, or perhaps take a look inside the place ‘where miracles are made’ at the Mount Mary Church in Bandra. Take a taxi to Chowpatty Beach for a stroll along the bustling esplanade and if you’re brave enough, an Indian neck massage. Sip on a coconut and be sure to try the local specialty of Bhel Puri, a crunchy concoction of puffed rice, vegetables and tamarind sauce. Late in the evening, take an overnight train to Ahmedabad, which takes around eight hours.
Arriving in Ahmedabad early in the morning, grab breakfast before heading out on a tour of Gujarat's major city. Visit the famous Sabarmati Ashram, set up by Gandhi in 1915 during the Indian independence movement. Enjoy the view from the Bhadra Fort and Teen Darwaja (Triple Gateway) and learn about the Jain way of life at the Hathi Singh Temple. Admire the 15th-century Jama Masjid and the medieval minarets of the graceful Rani Sipri’s Mosque. If you have time, you may also like to visit the Textile, Shreyas Folk or Kite Museum.
There’s a total driving time of around six hours today. Head out of Ahmedabad and stop in at the Lothal archaeological site. Discovered in 1954, this site features the remains of a long-gone civilization and was once one of the most significant cities in the Indus Valley. Continue on to Bhavnagar, a gateway to some of Gujarat's best national parks. Wander the old city in the evening to experience local street life, or perhaps settle in for a Gujarati thali banquet of dal, roti, rice, chutneys and curd.
Today, mingle with pilgrims at one of the Jain religion's holiest sights - the hilltop temple complex of Shatrunjaya. The group will leave early in the morning for Palitana before the day gets too hot. There are 3,300 steps to the top and the climb takes around 90 minutes for those with a reasonable level of fitness, but it’s well worth it for the views. Spend time moving with worshippers between the different shrines before returning back to ground and journeying onward to Sasan Gir. Today’s activities include about seven hours of walking, so make sure you bring comfortable footwear and drink plenty of water.
This morning, head into Sasan Gir Wildlife Sanctuary for a guided jeep safari. Sasan Gir is home to Asia's largest population of wild lions, as well as other big cats, sambar deer, nilgai antelope and crocodiles. Not every group will be lucky enough to see a lion, but you’re sure to see some fascinating wildlife. While on safari you will be exposed to the sun for most of the day, so be sure to wear layers, a sun hat and bring plenty of water.
On the six-hour journey to Porbandar, stop by the scarcely visited town of Junagadh. Uparkot Fort offers great views over the city and out to Girnar Hill. The fort also contains a mosque and some excellent examples of step-wells, which can be accessed via a spiralling staircase. Close by are a series of Buddhist caves once used as monks quarters, where you can still observe faded ancient carvings. Continue on to the port town of Porbandar, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, to spend the night.
This morning, stop in at Gandhi's 220-year-old ancestral home and the nearby memorial of Kirti Mandir. Visit the fascinating Bharat Mandir on the outskirts of Porbandar, a modern building containing a 3D map of India displaying the country’s saints and political leaders. In the late afternoon, continue the drive to the seaside town of Dwarka. Perhaps grab some dinner with the group in the evening.
Today, visit the Dwarkadhish Temple, one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sights in the country, before exploring the inside of a working lighthouse and meeting its keeper. You’ll also have time while you’re here to relax and take part in optional water activities on the idyllic beaches of Okhamadhi or Shivrapur. If you do decide to go for a swim then please wear sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
In the early morning, take a last look around Dwarka before the three-hour drive to Jamnagar. Jamnagar is famous for its colourful tie-dyed cloth, produced using a process dating back over 500 years. The city’s bazaars are a great place to pick up something special. If you have the chance, visit Gujarat Ayurved University, the world’s first to teach traditional medicine, yoga and naturopathy according to ayurvedic principles. Walk the streets of the old city discovering Jain temples, colonial buildings and markets.
En route to Bhuj, stop by the old walled citadel of Darbargadh, which is still being restored after an earthquake in 2001. Peek into the former royal residences of the 17th and 19th centuries, the highlight being the Aina Mahal (Old Palace). Meet some of the local communities on a day tour out of Bhuj to the Banni grasslands. Depending on the season, you may get the chance to visit Jat, Ahir, Harijan or Rabari villages, which all have strong artisan and handicraft traditions. These are great places to stock up on souvenirs.
In the morning, visit the Kutch Museum to inspect ancient tribal artefacts and the world’s largest collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions. You’ll have the rest of the day to do as you please. Perhaps revisit the past at the Kutch Fossil Park or brave huge crowds for a peek at the Shree Swaminarayan Temple in the heart of Bhuj.
Today journey into the desert landscape of Little Rann, home to the world's last remaining population of wild donkeys. Travel by jeep safari into the Wild Ass Sanctuary to observe them in their natural habitat, and keep an eye out for gazelle, wolves and jackals. In the evening, set up camp near the village of Bajana. It can get quite cold at night so bring base layers and warm sleeping gear.
Head to the town of Patan to visit Rani-ki-Vav, a World-Heritage-listed step-well and an impressive example of architectural symmetry. Examine silk textile decoration at the Jain temple of Panchasara Parshvanath and the erotic sculptures of the Sun Temple at Modhera; climbing down into a step-well crammed with shrines. On arrival in Ahmedabad, enjoy an optional final group dinner and sample delicious Gujarati sweet treats like panaki, malpuva crepes, hand churned ice cream or sherbet.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you’re able to depart the accommodation at any time.
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Inclusions

Meals
5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
Car, Taxi, Train
Accommodation
Hotel (13 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Mumbai - Heritage Quarter and Chowpatty Beach Walking Tour
  • Ahmedabad - Teen Darwaza, Jama Masjid, Hathi Singh Temple, Rani Sipri Mosque, Sabarmati Ashram
  • Lothal - Archaeological site
  • Palitana - Shatrunjaya Jain temple complex
  • Sasan Gir - Wildlife Sanctuary jeep safari
  • Junagadh - Buddhist caves
  • Porbandar - Bharat Mandir
  • Porbandar - Gandhi's birthplace & Kirti Mandir
  • Dwarka - Dwarkadhish & Rukmini Temples
  • Lakhota Palace & Museum
  • Bhuj - Darbargadh complex
  • Entrance: Kutch Museum in Bhuj
  • Bhuj - Banni villages tour
  • Dasada - Wild Ass Sanctuary jeep safari
  • Modhera - Sun Temple
  • Patan - Panchasara Parshvanath Jain temple & Rani-ki-Vav step-well

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Important notes

A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
If you are starting in Delhi, why not check out the HHSM - Delhi to Mumbai (13 days) departure. Travel through Rajasthan to Mumbai before starting your Gujarat Adventure.

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