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Highlights
  • Discover Ancient Kingdom of Lord Krishna – Dwarka
  • Explore Darbargadh Palace & Pratap Vilas Palace
  • Walk in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi
  • Visit Somnath Temple – one of 12 temples of Lord Shiva
  • See Diu fort & Naida Caves
  • Open Jeep Safari in Gir National Park*
Description
  • Day 1: Ahmedabad to Jamnagar, Overnight stay at Jamnagar
  • Day 2: Jamnagar to Dwarka, Overnight stay at Dwarka
  • Day 3: Dwarka to Porbandar, Overnight stay at Porbandar
  • Day 4: Porbandar to Somnath, Overnight stay at Somnath
  • Day 5: Somnath to Diu, Overnight stay at Diu
  • Day 6: Diu to Sasan Gir, overnight stay at Gir Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Day 7: Sasan Gir to Ahmedabad, Tour Ends

Day 1: Ahmedabad – Jamnagar (Approx. 320kms/6.5hrs)
From Ahmedabad, your journey will begin towards Jamnagar, historically known as Nawanagar. On arrival check in to the hotel. Later proceed to visit Lakhota Lake & Lakhota Museum, Kotha Bastion, Darbargadh Palace, Pratap Vilas Palace, Khijada Temple, Ratan Bai Masjid, Cremation Park (Manekbai Muktidham). In the evening, visit Bala Hanuman Temple known for its uninterrupted Ramdhun since 1956 and it mentioned in Guinness Book of World Records. Overnight stay at the Fortune Palace or similar.

Jamnagar is a little-touristic but interesting city, brimming with ornate, decaying buildings and colorful bazaars displaying the town’s famous, brilliant-colored bandhani (tie-dye) – produced through a strenuous 500-year-old method involving thousands of tiny knots in a piece of folded fabric. Perhaps best of all, people here are exceedingly friendly.

Before Independence, Jamnagar was the capital of the Nawanagar princely state. Today, Jamnagar is quite a boom town, with the world’s biggest oil refinery, belonging to Reliance Petroleum, and not far west of the city. The whole central area is one big commercial zone, with more brightly lit shops and stalls at night than you’ll find in many a larger city.

Day 2: Jamnagar – Dwarka (Approx. 150kms/3hrs)
Today morning after breakfast check out from the hotel & transfer to Dwarka. Dwarka is one of the foremost Chardham four sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites, and is one of the SaptaPuri seven most ancient religious cities in the country. On arrival check in to the hotel. Later proceed to visit Dwarkadeesh Temple. Take a holy dip in Gomti river, later leave to visit Nageshwar Jyotirling - One of the 12 Jyotirlingam of Shiva, Gopi Talav, Bet Dwarka (By Ferry – at own cost), and on way back do visit Rukmani Temple, evening visit other temples on coastal area, attend evening prayers at Dwarkadish temple. Overnight stay at the Eco Lords Inn Hotel or similar.

Dwarka: Depending on who you are, what you are about to read can seem anything from myth to legend to reality. Turn back the cosmic clock, let your imagination dive suddenly into 1500 BC, and you may begin to recreate in your mind, a city of gold – Dwarka, the mesmerizing kingdom of Lord Krishna. He came to Dwarka from Mathura to build his new kingdom where he would later spend a significant part of his life.

The modern city of Dwarka - meaning ‘Gateway to Heaven’ in Sanskrit is located in the North-West of Gujarat. This city is regarded as one of the most prominent & sacred pilgrimage sites of Hinduism. The reputation of Dwarka is mainly due to the identification of the modern city with the mythological sacred city of Dwarka, which is believed to have been the first capital of Gujarat. Dwarka is mentioned in the Mahabharata, one of the two great epics of ancient India.

It is believed that immediately after the death of Lord Krishna and the consequent demise of the Yadav dynasty a massive flood swallowed all of Dwarka and submerged the city of gold to the bottom of the ocean. However, current excavations give us reason to think this myth has a historical basis, as most myths do.

Today, the present Dwarka sits at the opening of the Gomati River on the Arabian Sea and is renowned for the Dwarkadheesh temple, among other notable historical and religious sites. Every year during Janmashtami (the anniversary of Krishna's birth), thousands of devotees from all over the world come here to partake in elaborate festivities.

Day 3: Dwarka – Porbandar (Approx. 110kms/2hrs)
Today, morning after breakfast check out from the hotel & depart to Porbandar. Perhaps best known for being the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi and Sudama (friend of Lord Krishna). It’s also known as Sudamapuri. At Porbandar visit Kirti Mandir – the place where Mahatma Gandhi was born and Sudama Temple – The only Sudama Temple in the world and Porbandar Chowpaty, Huzoor Palace, Nehru Planetarium, Shri Hari Mandir (Sandipani Vidyaniketan), etc. Overnight stay at the Lords Eco Hotel or similar.

Porbandar, facing directly the roaring shore of Arabian Sea, the city is so perfectly planned that today it is an attraction to the modern town planner worldwide. Amongst much other importance, Porbandar is an ascetic land of Saint Sudama, the bosom friend of lord ‘KRISHNA’ and birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation who taught a lesson of non-violence to the present day world.

The present Porbandar city was named after Goddess Porav and was located along the river banks of Asmavati. The Jethwa dynasty of Rajput clan ruled over this land, who was a lover of art and under their royal patronage this city was beautified by constructing wide roads & footpaths, symmetrical buildings along the roadsides, having right angular squares, fountains, gardens, public places, temple and so on. The uniqueness of Porbandar city is that it is constructed of a special type of white soft stone carved artistically and that is why this is popularly known as ‘WHITE CITY’ also.

Day 4: Porbandar – Somnath (Approx. 130kms/2.5hrs)

Today morning after breakfast check out from the hotel transfer to Somnath. Somnath Temple - is the first among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of the god Shiva. On arrival check in to the hotel. Later proceed to visit Bhalka Tirth, Triveni Sagam, Geeta Mandir, Chowpaty & Somnath Temple. Attend evening prayers and later watch light and Sound show run by Gujarat Tourism. Overnight stay at the Lords Inn Hotel or similar.

Somnath Temple town has a long and chequered History. Even though it is referred to by several other names, names it acquired in the various phases of History, the name Somnath is unrivalled as far as popularity is concerned. And understandably so because this small town would have faded into oblivion but for the presence of the magnificent Somnath Temple from which it receives its best-known name.

Not much is known about the early History of Somnath temple. The first temple existed even before the commencement of the Christian era. The second was built in the period 480-767 A.D. by the Vallabhi kings. This was again replaced by the Pratihara king Nagabhatta II in 815 A.D.

Day 5: Somnath – Diu (Approx. 100kms/2hrs)
Today, morning take a breakfast & later check out from the hotel & transfer to beach town Diu. Diu Island, and is known for its fortress and Old Portuguese Cathedral. On arrival check in to the hotel. Balance day at leisure to laze and relax on the Nagoa beach. Overnight stay at the Radhika Beach Resort or similar.

Diu has much to offer to the tourist. Visitors cannot know enough about Diu Islands just at one go. It would take a lifetime to explore the whole of the island. The tranquil ambience of the isles coupled with the angler's song, the forts and cathedrals of the past era, the sparkling beaches and the cool breezes of the sea casts its magic spell on the visitor and transports him to almost another realm. Diu Islands was a Portuguese colony in the past. The Portuguese were the rulers of Diu, for almost 451 years. They were removed from the Diu Island by the Indian military on the 19th of December 1961. St. Paul’s Cathedral, St. Thomas-Museum and St. Francis of Assisi and the Diu fort are fine examples of Portuguese architecture. Gangeshwar, INS Khukri Memorial, Sea Shell Museum, Pani Kotha & Naida Caves are the other prime attractions of this island. Water sports are a favorite pastime of tourists in Diu Islands.

Day 6: Diu - Sasan Gir (Approx. 100kms/2hrs)
Today morning after breakfast check out from the hotel & depart to Sasan Gir. Sasan Gir is the sole home of the Asiatic lions and is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia due to its supported species. On arrival check in to the hotel. Visit Gir Interpretation Zone at Devaliya (Wed Closed – at own cost) (enclosed area for Lions). Overnight stay at the Lords Resort or similar.

Gir is the last refuge of the Asiatic lion is this forested, hilly, 1412-sq-km sanctuary. It feels beguilingly uncommercial, and simply driving through the thick, undisturbed forests would be a joy even if there wasn’t the excitement of lions and other wildlife to spot. The sanctuary was set up in 1965, and a 259-sq-km core area was declared a national park in 1975. Since the late 1960s, lion numbers have increased from under 200 to over 400. The sanctuary’s 37 other mammal species, most of which have also increased in numbers, include Spotted Deer, Large Deer, Large Antelopes, Four-Horned Antelopes, Gazelles, Crocodiles and rarely seen Leopards. Sasan Gir is a great destination for birders too, with over 300 species, most of them resident. While the wildlife has been lucky, more than half the sanctuary’s human community of distinctively dressed Maldharis have been resettled elsewhere, ostensibly because their cattle and buffalo were competing for food resources with the antelopes, deer and gazelles, while also being preyed upon by the lions and leopards. About 1000 people still live in the park, however, and their livestock accounts for about a quarter of the lions’ diet.

Day 7: Sasan Gir – Ahmedabad (Approx. 375kms/7.5hrs)
Enjoy morning Jeep Safari – at own cost (Total 3 shifts per day morning 06:00 am, 09:00 am & 03:00pm) in the Gir forests. Look for the big cats and also get the pleasure of watching other wildlife. Later check out from the hotel & depart to Ahmedabad.

At evening drop at Airport/Railway station, return home with Happy Memories of Gujarat.

Please Note: Gir National Park remains closed from June 15th till October 14th every year.
Additional Information
Inclusions
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis at all the location in Standard category of Rooms
  • Daily Vegetarian Breakfast
  • A water bottle to each guest every day
  • Transportation by private vehicle
  • Fuel Charges | Parking Charges | Driver Charges
  • All Taxes & Tolls
Exclusions
  • Gratuities (Optional)
  • Expenses for Open Jeep Safari at Sasan Gir National Park
  • Anything which is not mentioned above
Please Note:
  • Once booked, this tour is Non-Cancellable, Non-Changeable
  • The prices mentioned are per person on twin sharing basis only
  • Check in and Checkout Timing of the Hotel will be according to the timing of the respective Hotels.
  • Golden Tours World is not responsible for compensating any loss or additional cost incurred by the guest while taking the tour
  • Golden Tours World is not responsible, nor liable for any damage, loss or injury caused to any passenger while taking the tour
  • Golden Tours World is not responsible for the loss of personal belongings of the guest. Guests are requested to take care of their belongings
  • Any incidental, personal and other expenses and cost of items which are not specified/mentioned in the inclusions are to be borne by the guest.
  • This is an indicative itinerary & subject to change depending upon circumstances
  • Guests shall follow the Hotel Rules and applicable law of the land