Treasures of Gujarat



Villages, temples, salt flats & the world's last Asiatic lions

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Gujarat is a treasure trove of history and culture. Begin your journey in Ahmedabad, the hometown of India’s founding father Mahatma Gandhi. Visit ornate marble and jewel studded temples before setting foot on the expansive, bewitching salt marsh in the Rann of Kutch. Make your way to the Banni villages and appreciate the famous art and craftsmanship of its people. Take a game drive in Gir National Park, the last domain of the endangered Asiatic lion. Catch the boat to Diu Island, a former Portuguese colony, before heading back home.


  • Visit Mahatma Gandhi's home in Ahmedabad
  • Trek the Rann of Kutch salt marsh
  • Kutch textiles and walled city of Bhuj
  • Spot endangered asiatic lions in Gir
  • Discover Portuguese fort on Diu Island

Places Visited

Ahmedabad - Little Rann of Kutch - Bhuj - Palitana - Gir National Park - Diu - Mumbai

What's Included

Airport pick-up and drop-off
Ground transport
Drivers and guides
Sightseeing & relevant entrance fees
Some meals (refer to itinerary)
Itinerary & Map
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Day 1 : Arrival

Arrive in Ahmedabad, where you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative and transferred to your hotel. The evening is free to enjoy at your leisure. Overnight in Ahmedabad.

Meal plan: n/a

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Day 2 : Ahmedabad

Today you will be taken on a full day sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad, visiting sites such as Sabarmati Ashram, Hutheesing Jain Temples, Jama Mosque, Sarkez Roza and Dada Hari step well. Overnight in Ahmedabad.

Meal plan: Breakfast

The former capital of the state of Gujarat, Ahmedabad is one of the fastest growing cities of the last decade. It is located on the banks of the Sabarmati river and earned the nickname 'Manchester of the East' while under British rule for its developing textile industry. Ahmedabad is home to a fascinating mix of architecture, ranging from British colonial to early Indo-Saracenic.

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Day 3 : Ahmedabad - Little Rann of Kutch

In the morning you will drive to Little Rann of Kutch, stopping to visit Adalaj step well in village Adalaj, the UNESCO listed monument at Patan called Rani Ki Vav or the Queens step well, the Sun Temple at Modheraen route.  Overnight in Little Rann of Kutch.

Meal plan: Breakfast

The 11th-century Sun Temple at Modhera is easily one of the finest examples of devotion in Western India. Built by King Bhimdev with the aid of donations from the people, the temple features a beautiful domed central portion designed so that sun light falls on a bejewelled statue of the Hindu Sun-God Surya, to whom the temple is dedicated.

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Day 4 : Little Rann of Kutch

Today you will enjoy morning and evening jeep safari rides around Little Rann of Kutch's unique landscape. Overnight in Little Rann of Kutch.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Known as the last sanctuary for the Indian wild ass (Khur or Ghudkar), the Little Rann of Kutch is a salt marsh that was once part of the Arabian Sea. The only other two subspecies of wild asses live in the high arid plateaus of Tibet, making this the most accessible place to visit wild asses in their natural environment. More than a meter tall at the shoulder and two meters in length, wild asses are very agile and can run long distances at a speed of 50 km/h. This ability makes them more similar to wild horses and far more captivating than their domesticated cousins. The Little Rann spreads across nearly 5,000 km sq and plays an important part in the ecology of the Gujarat region. It is home to a variety of wildlife, such as the endangered Indian wolf, jackal, Indian fox, desert fox, chinkara and spiny-tailed lizard. 

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Day 5 : Little Rann of Kutch - Bhuj

Proceed to Bhuj. After checking in at your hotel, the rest of the day is free. Overnight in Bhuj.

Meal plan: Breakfast

The walled city of Bhuj is the headquarters of the Kutch district and is named after the Bhujia Fortress, which overlooks the city from a nearby hill. Bhuj is known for its wide variety of handicrafts, like Kutchi embroidery with mirror work and hand printed textiles. The region is littered with many sites associated with the Indus Valley Civilisation. 

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Day 6 : Bhuj

After breakfast, enjoy a full day excursion to the Banni villages and Dhordo. Return to Bhuj for overnight stay.

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Day 7 : Bhuj - Gondal

Depart from Bhuj to Gondal, arrive Gondal Check in and lunch. After Lunch proceed to visit the Khadi Plaza, Vintage car collection of the Maharaja of Gondal, also see the Royal salon of the maharaja of Gondal, visit Navlakha Palace which is converted in Museum, also visit the Ayurvedic pharmacy in Gondal, if time permits visit the Stud farm near Gondal. Overnight in Gondal. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Day 8 : Gondal – Palitana

Continue on to Palitana  and check in at your hotel on arrival.  Rest of the afternoon is at  leisure. Overnight in Palitana. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

Palitana is the most sacred pilgrimage centre for Jains, with more than 1300 temples carved in marble. No one is allowed to sleep there overnight, including the priest, because the temple city has been built as an abode for the Gods.

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Day 9 : Palitana

Early Morning leave the hotel to visit the Jain Temples on top of the Mount total 856 jain temples. Return to hotel and relax. Later, you may like to explore the area on your own. Overnight in Palitana. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Day 10 : Palitana - Gir National Park

Depart for Gir National Park, check in at your hotel on arrival. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure or you can book an optional afternoon safari at Gir National Park (advance booking is recommended). Overnight in Gir National Park.

Meal plan: Breakfast & dinner

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Day 11 : Gir National Park

Today you will enjoy morning and evening jeep safari rides around Gir National Park and the lion sanctuary. Overnight in Gir National Park.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Home to the rare Asiatic lion, Gir National Park is comprised of 1412 square kilometres of deciduous forest interspersed with semi-evergreen and evergreen flora, acacia, scrub jungle, grasslands and rocky hills.  Outside of Africa, Gir National Park in Gujarat is the only place in the world where you can spot lions roaming free in the wild.  While there were approximately only 20 lions in the park during 1913, the 2015 census indicates there are now 523 of these magnificent creatures.  Gir Forest also provides homes to the chousingha – the world’s only 4-horned antelope, jackal, striped hyena and India fox.  The park, home to 200 species such as white-backed and long-billed vultures, has also been declared an important area by the Indian Bird Conservation Network.  Keep an eye out for more than 40 species of reptiles and amphibians near Kamleshwar, a large reservoir where you may spot a Marsh crocodile or snakes. 

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Day 12 : Gir - Diu

Optional morning safari at Gir National Park (advance booking is recommended). After breakfast, depart Gir National Park for the beach town of Diu. After check-in and lunch visit  St. Paul's Church, Diu Fort and Diu Museum. the rest of the day is free. Overnight the rest of the day is free. Overnight in Diu.

Meal plan: Breakfast

The tenth least populated district in India, it was the location of the Battle of Diu in 1509 between Portugal and the combined forces of Turkey, Egypt, Venice and the Sultan of Gujarat. Diu was once a city of great commercial activity and was given to the Portuguese as a reward for the military aid they gave the Sultan of Gujarat in 1535. It was in the possession of Portugal until 1961 and the country’s influence can be seen in its architecture with its fort and Baroque churches.

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Day 13 : Diu

Morning.  Visit the Fishing village at Wanakbara and see the fish being off loaded from the fishing boats and also see the market where fish is being auctioned. Return back to hotel where the rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure. If you wish to you can proceed to the sun set point in the evening to see the sun set. Overnight in Diu.

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Day 14 : Departure

You will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Mumbai. In Mumbai, connect with your onward flight.

Meal plan: Breakfast


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