- 20th Jan 2021 – 31st Jan 2021
- 11 Nights / 12 Days
- 2200 km
- INR 1,35,000 + 5% GST Per Person
(EMI Option Available)
We are welcomed into Gujarat in a spectacular fashion as we land in the capital city of Ahmedabad. Recognized by the UNESCO as India’s first World Heritage City in the year 2017, ‘Amdavad’ is a fine blend of modern improvements and vintage majesty. Offering a seamless blend of spectacular architecture of centuries-old mosques and contemporary avant-garde design, Gujarat's biggest city is a bustling cosmopolitan hub. Divided into two sections by the Sabarmati River, the eastern section boasts of old-world charm with ancient gates and colonial-era buildings dotting its landscape; the western region is marked by educational institutions, multiplexes and business districts. From the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel, where you will get to meet and greet your expedition leaders and fellow road trippers over dinner.
Start your day with a sumptuous breakfast spread at the hotel. We begin our journey with a drive to the recently constructed Statue of Unity situated near the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Kevadiya. With a height of 182 m, this colossal edifice is the tallest statue in the world and celebrates the contributions of freedom activist, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, also known as ‘Iron Man of India’. The statue stands on the isle of Sadhu-Bet in Narmada River, with the majestic Vindhyachal and Satpuda Mountain Ranges in the backdrop, and one can see the statue from as far away as 8 km. The highlight of the visit will be the spectacular laser light & sound display which is projected upon the statue every evening.
We begin today with a soothing drive to Dasada. This small yet bustling constituency acts as the gateway to the wondrous Little Rann of Kutch. Rann Riders, our humble abode for the night, is set among wetlands and agricultural fields. The resort has imaginatively designed cottages that blend with the surrounding countryside. They resemble like the Kooba houses of the Bajania community of Dasada and the Bhunga houses of the Rabaris of Kutch decorated with mirrors, mud-plaster work and embroideries. The hotel also serves as an ideal base to explore the famed culture, weaves and handicrafts of the Surendranagar district. A lively cultural program has been arranged at the hotel, post which you can tuck-in a delicious dinner and prepares for the exciting journey ahead.
One of the most anticipated days of your road trip dawns, ripe with the promise of an unparalleled thrill. Today is the day we get to explore the austere yet immensely compelling vistas of the Little Rann of Kutch. This seemingly endless salt marsh hosts some rare species of wildlife; most notable of these being the Indian Wild Ass [Khur]. One of the leading destinations for bird watching in India, water bodies here turn pink in certain seasons as hordes of flamingos throng the area. Driving long hours through this boundless expanse can be an intensely surreal experience. We will cross the Little Rann of Kutch and make our way towards the port town of Mandvi, where gorgeous beaches and sunsets await us.
Today will be yours to spend in an unhurried exploration of the beach town of Mandvi. Let your morning be spent in walking upon the velvety sand and blue-water Mandvi beach of Gujarat. One of the principal ports of Kutch and Gujarat, Mandvi is a treasure trove of trade and sea voyage secrets. Situated about 58 km from Bhuj, it was established as a port town by the King of Kutch in 1574. Later in the day, we will head to the central part of the town to visit the shipbuilding yards along Rukmavati River to see wooden ships being built by hand. Its 400-year-old tradition of ship-making is unique, and the ships are called dhows, entirely made by hand till today.
We leave Mandvi this morning to make way to KaloDungar(aka Black Hill), located near the Pakistan Border. North of the village of Khavda, the Black Hill marks Kutch’s highest point (462m), with sweeping views of the Great Rann of Kutch for as far as the eye can see. From here, the entire northern horizon vanishes into the salt marshes, making the desert and sky often indistinguishable. Our convoy will also get to participate in the annual Rann Utsav here, which is a colourful spectacle that offers visitors the opportunity to attend varied folk performances and the chance to lay their hands on some genuine craftwork. We later drive on to the nearby village of Hodka to retire for the night.
An appetizing breakfast will be followed by a visit to the incomparable White Rann for a full-day experience that is sure to leave you all awe-struck. A magnificent landscape of dazzling white salt that spans an area of 7505 sq. km. The surreal White Desert stretches all the way from Gujarat’s Kutch district to Pakistan’s Sindh province. You will literally be walking on salt and if you continue walking through the White Rann, will end up on the other side of the border. It has many guises too, salt crystals dazzle like diamonds under the scorching sun, and the still vastness almost appears eerie under the bluish glow of the full moon. It will be like nothing you have ever witnessed before.
We start early today, for this will be the longest driving day of your road trip. But there is nothing to worry about when you are driving through some of the best roads in the country! We will glide through the silky tarmacs and continue driving all day long towards the city of Porbandar, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi - Father of the Nation. A bustling port city that was once a centre of maritime activities is also dotted with grand temples, historical monuments and serene beaches. It acts as the gatekeeper of the rich heritage of the region and will take you back to the pages of history. Upon reaching Porbandar, we check-in at our hotel and grab a delicious dinner before hitting the bed for some much-needed rest.
We will begin the day with a visit to possibly the most famous tourist spot of Porbandar, Kirti Mandir is the memorial temple built to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi and his wife, Kasturba Gandhi. It is now a museum which houses books written by Gandhiji and items used by him along with some old photographs. Our convoy will then drive to the Somnath Temple near Junagadh. Skirted by the Arabian Sea, the temple commands a spectacular view of the Saurashtra Peninsula. Believed to be the first of the 12 jyotirlingas in India, this is one of the most significant spiritual sites for devotees of Lord Shiva. After paying obeisance, we will continue our drive towards Gir. The long and exciting day draws to a close as we reach Gir by late evening.
A new day offers new scope for adventure. Post breakfast, we will head to Gir National Park, the last home of the Asiatic lions. Spread over an area of 1412 sq. km, the entire forest of the park is dry, deciduous and is an ideal habitat for the lion. Besides lions, leopards are the main attraction of the park. Moreover, the park invites birdwatchers for its more than 200 species of avifauna. Here, we will embark on an adventurous journey with a professional guide, for an incredible encounter with the mighty Asiatic lion in its natural habitat. After sighting the majestic beast along with the others from an open-roof jeep, which will surely be a thrilling experience, we return to the lodge and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
The feeling and memories of such trips are truly unforgettable. Gir provides you with the unique experience of visiting a place which almost singularly plays a crucial and defining role in the preservation and sustaining of a specific species. There’s an inspiration there for carnivore conservation around the world. The ultimate driving day is here for our group of road trippers as we drive back to Ahmedabad. The night of farewell will be one to cherish with dinner and making merry, albeit with a twinge of sadness at having to bid farewell to your companions in this astounding journey. Rest assured, you will create some beautiful memories with your travelling mates while uncovering the secrets of this wonderful world we call home.
Adventure travel is more than a vacation; it is freedom. It is intensified living, with maximum thrills per minute. The great joy of adventure is merely leaving all your luxuries and certainties at home and seeing everything you thought you knew in a different light and from a crooked angle. Gujarat offers a wide range of these diverse destinations and attractions, all of which are steeped in a certain charm and history. Time to head back to your chosen destination. We part ways in Ahmedabad with a promise to meet again soon! But don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before we meet again. And meeting again after moments or lifetimes is certain for those who are friends.
INR 1,35,000 + 5% GST Per Person (EMI Option Available)