Tribal Tour of Gujurat
Duration:15 Days 14 Nights
Mumbai: Arrival and transfer to Hotel.
Day 01: Mumbai – Bhuj (Afternoon by flight)
Arrival at Bhuj. Meet to greet and TFR to hotel. Evening visit local market area. O/n stay at Bhuj.
Day 02: Bhuj
Morning proceed to take a permit to visit Banni Tribal area (Please all client to need to obtain the permit).
Later proceed to Banni Village to see various people like Jat, Harijan, Meghawal and Mutva etc in various villages like Hodka, Ludiya and Dhordo. Banni means "a cluster of village". In Banni area of Kutch the Meghwal-Harijans who migrated from Rajasthan use Khambira, Kharek, Kudi Stiches in their embroidery. Also outline and satin stitch embroidery of the area and very minute mirror designs similar to the famous Mutwa embroidery of the area. They make wall hangings, waistcoats and pouches in Kharek Stich and do 'Moti Bharat' or beadwork on handheld fans, bracelets, toys and belts. After visit HODKA village – Hodka derives from the Gujarati word 'Hodi'which means 'boat'. Since, the villages here are called jheels, where potable water is available. Hodka is famous for its beautiful embroidery and mud work as much as Leather craft. Both men and women are actively involved in developing the art and craft tradition of the region. Visit LUDIYA village- Harijans and Muslims are main communities in this village. The main occupations are: monsoon farming, cattle rearing, intricate wood carving, intricate embroidery work, mud-work and wall painting for decorating homes. Harijan men are involved with wood carving, the women take up embroidery and wall-decoration. Visits to DHORDO to see beautiful traditional mud houses (Bhungas) with mirror work and its fine Mutwa embroidery with tiny mirrors.
O/n stay at Bhuj.
Day 03 : Bhuj
After breakfast drive to visit Bhujaodi 10 km out off Bhuj, artisans weave thick shawls and blankets on pit looms dug into the of crouch mud houses (Bhungas)decorated with gargomati. The ancient tradition of weaving shawls and blankets from coarse sheep hair came into existence generations ago essentially as a form of barter between the "rabari" community or the nomadic grazing community and the vankars (weavers) — "the rabaris brought us the sheep hair from which we made blankets and shawls for them after spinning the sheep hair into wool. Visit Anjar - Anjar is famous for its nut-crackers, knives, swords, batik, block print items, old silver jewellery and Bandhani. Important fair held at Anjar are the marked Dada fair, a local saints fair, Ajpal and Shitala mata fair as well as the Jeshal-Toral fair. The Weekly Monday fair in Anjar is hard to miss. Many Rabari, Ahir, Bharwad villages people get together. People dressed in vibrant costumes allure tourist. A very interesting village called Midialo inhabited by Rabari people is 20 kms from Anjar.
O/n stay at Bhuj.
Day 04 : Bhuj – Rajkot
After Breakfast visit local sightseeing of Bhuj. Visit Aina Mahal, is the most famous and one of its main highlights. The palace is surrounded by a small, fortified courtyard built in the 18th century and is located in the old part of the city. The Kutch Museum, once known as the Ferguson Museum, is the oldest museum in the state. It was established in 1877 and has a good collection of artifacts, depicting the history and culture of Bhuj and its surroundings.
Continue drive to Rajkot. O/n stay at Rajkot.
Day 05 : Rajkot – Gondal – Junagadh – Somnath
Morning drives to Gondal, visits of Naulakha palace, it is a festival of stone carvings with balconies. It gift for Maharaja Bhagwat Sinh ji on his silver jubilee as ruler of Gondal. Visit of vintage car collection , have a collection of several vintage and classical cars including a 1910 new engine with so many imposing American cars of the 1940s. Later visit of Swaminarayan Temple, Bhuvneshwary Ayurvedic Library, which makes the herbal medicines according to ancient principals.
Continue drive to Junagadh. Visit UPERKOT FORT, is an ancient fort built by Chandr Gupta. The fort as been rebuilt & extended many times. Later visit of Ashokan Edicts,Mahabat Maqbara. The Ashoka's Rock edict is on way of Girnar hill temple. The rock engraved with the Buddhist edicts of Ashoka. The edicts impart moral instruction on dharma, harmony,tolerance and peace.
O/n stay at Somnath.
Day 06 : Somnath – Diu
After B/F proceed for Diu. visitof Diu Fort & beach. The fort has canons, which reminds one of the struggles between bahadur Shah, Sultan of Gujarat, Mughal emperor & the Portuguese. Later visit Diu includes st.Paul Church which is founded by Jesuits, Diu Museum which is collection of wooden carving, idols, shadow clocks & so many other items. In the evening visit of Beaches. O/n stay at Diu.
Day 07 : Diu – Palitana
After B/F proceed for Palitana. Rest at the hotel. O/n stay at Palitana.
Day 08 : Palitana – Lothal – Dasada
Early morning climb Shetrunjaya hills. The peak is a 3 ½ km climb of over 3500 steps from the town. The cluster of over 800 temples are divided into tuks.The largest and highest tuk is the Khartavasi tuk, with the 16th century Adinatha temple with images of the tirthankars, the 19th century Vallabhi temple with it's finely clustered spires and the massive 1836 AD Motisah temple. Other important temples are the 16th century Adiswara temple in the Vimlavasi tuk, the Ramaji Gadhariya temple and the 18th century Bhulavani. Other important temples can be seen in the Sakara Premchand Tuk, Ujambi Hemabhai tuk, Sheth Hemabhai Vakatachand tuk and other enclosures. Throughout the cluster you can see detailed carvings, beautiful idols and images, jeweled statues and intricate toranas. Sunrise behind the temples is a great sight. You can enjoy views from the summit of the hills and the river Shetrunjaya. On a clear day, the Gulf of Cambay sea coast can be seen. The summit can be visited from 7-19 hrs.
The temple covered Shetrunjaya hill, 2000 ft over Palitana town, believed to span 863 shrines in all has some really exquisite marble temples of great religious and artistic importance, containing arches, carved pillars and bejeweled idols. The temples date from 11th to the 20th century. The summit is the most revered of Jain temple complexes, surpassing those of Mt Abu, Gwalior, Girnar and Bihar. Palitana town is a good place to shop for textile related handicrafts and has a Jain kala sansta.
Later proceed for Dasada. Enroute visit Lothal - Lothal, literally "Mound of the Dead", is the most extensively excavated site of Harappan culture in India, and therefore allows the most insight into the story of the Indus Valley Civilization, its exuberant flight, and its tragic decay.
O/n stay at Dasada.
Day 09 : Dasad
Enjoy morning safari at Little Rann Of Kutch viewing rarest wild asses in the region followed by village safari in the evening.
Wild ass sanctuary
The sanctuary is well known for its group of the stale joke brown Asiatic (Wild ass), which does not live elsewhere in Indian lowlands. We can see with Little Rann of Kutch blackbuck (Indian antelope), nilgai or blue bull (India's largest antelope) and the graceful chinkara (Indian gazelle) are other mammals. The main carnivores of the Little Rann of Kutch are the endangered Indian wolf, desert fox, Indian fox, jackals, desert and jungle cats, and a few hyenas; also we can see during the visits flamingoes, pelicans, ducks, cranes and storks.
We can do excursion safari tours of pastoral settlements and villages along the Rann of Kutch. The tours visit the rural Vadiara and Kharapat Rabaris of Dasada, known for their embroideries, the silk-weavers colony at Dasada, and Ambala village of the Bharward shepherds and goatherds. The weaving cooperative at Bajana and other artisans' workshops can also be included in the tours. Other societies near Dasada are Padhars (primarily fishing people), the Siddis and the semi-nomadic Mirs, Jaths (Muslim herders), Bajanias.
Overnight stay at Dasada.
Day 10 : Dasada – Patan – Modhera – Poshina
Morning Drive to visit Modhera Sun Temple, Modhera Sun Temple dates bake to early 11th centuary CE and was built by King Bhimdev I in 1026 CE. The temple at modhera is the most important of all sun temples buil in the whole Gujarat. The temple is dedicated to the Sun God. The temple is magnificient and the finest example of the hindus architecture in Gujarat. One of the moststriking features of the Modhera Sun Temple that the first ray of the sun falls on the deity at the time of the equinoxes. In front of the temple is a colossal tank, which was once known as Surya Kund or Rama Kund.The tank has a series of the carved steps leading to the bottom. Later drive to Rani ki Vav (Step well). It was built by the Queen Udaymati the wife of Bhimdev during 11-12th Century. It is the most magnificient and spectacular stepwell and the best example of such architecture for water wells. The Vav measuring about 64 mts. The stepwell has long stepped corridor descending down to the underground tank, it is having four pillars. The Pillars which support the roof have squre base decorated with Ghat Pallavas. It was one of the largest and the most sumptuous structure of its type. Later visit Patan Patola of weaving, patan is Famous for patola weaving,Salvi family is one of them who has continued this traditional art and has preserved it even today. Patola silk is often termed as the queen of all silk. The special technique of the handmade silk patola uses the same special technique for weaving from raw silk to the completion of the patola fabric. The weaver makes the special patola loom and colouring from indigenous natural materials. Patola from the area of patan in the north Gujarat region of western India glorifies this heritage with its unique gem like qualities, gorgeous colours, designing & durability.Different colour and pattern matched exactly on horizontal and vertical threads in weaving. The patola was traditionally woven in a sari length of 5 to 9 yards by 45" to 54" width. The range now extends to include tablecloth borders scarves handkerchief.
O/n stay at Poshina.
Day 11 : Poshina – Ahmedabad
After breakfast drive to Danta village (60 kms from Poshina). Visit Dungri Garacia tribales – The Garasias are bisected in two neighbouring states, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Dungri Garasia is generic term, covering half a dozen endogamous hierarchical sub-tribes calling themselves Garasia or Dungri Garasia. Garasia is very close to Bhil. Due to paucity of good agriculture land there are a few chances of substainable agriculture and animal husbandry.
Later proceed for Ahmedabad. O/n stay at Ahmedabad.
Day 12 : Ahmedabad – Pavagadh – Champaner – Chhota Udepur
After B/F proceed for Chhota Udepur. Enroute visit Champaner is an ancient fortified city. There are two stories about the origin of the name of this town. Some believe that is named after Champaraj who was the founder of the city, while others believe that the town was named after the champa tree that is found here. Visit Champaner Fort is an ancient fort located at the foothills of Pavagdh. Mohammed Begada (The famous Muslim King of Gujarat) captured the fort in 15th Centuary after a long siege against the Khichi Chauhan Rajputs. Also visit of Pavagadh is temple of mother goddess Mahakali Maa. Pavagadh gets its name from the fact that is a solitary hill standing out alone, blessed with a blowing gentle breeze from all around. Legend has it that the valley surrounding Pavagadh was filled up by the power of sage Vishwamitra.
O/n stay at Chhota Udepur.
Day 13 : Chhota Udepur
After breakfast breakfast drive to see the Rathwa and Dhanka tribes in and around the region. There's a town called Alirajpur of Rathore Rajput rulers and from Rathore came the region RATH and from Rath the tribals are called Rathwa. The traditional dress of the Rathawa men is a loin cloth (Langoti) and headgear(phenta). Chhota Udepur was the princely state of Chauhan Rajput who ruled much of this tribal Area for many years. It is considered one of most primitive tribal belt of Gujarat. The Rathawa and Dhnaka – The Dhanaka is one of small tribal groups of Gujarat. This tribes migrates from central India, worked as agricultural laborers. After Lunch visit tribal villages like Kol, Kharakwada, Timla, Devhat etc. Visit HAAT, weekly market where we can see many tribal people. O/n stay at Chhota Udepur.
Day 14 : Chhota Udepur – Ahmedabad
Drive to Ahmedabad. Check into hotel. Evening visit local market area or local sightseeing. Afternoon transfer to Ahmedabad for flight to Mumbai. Later flight back home.
Tour & Services Ends.
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