We have always stated Gujarat to be a happy land. But we are also bowled over with its versatility. It is home, exclusively, to some of the most magnificent wildlife. The state showcases, beautifully, the coming together of Hindu, Jain and Muslim architecture; and their influences on one another. And when you throw in the neighboring Union Territory of Diu with its Portuguese influence, you have a delicious mix of culture for this trip. Diu, Illa da Calma or the Isle of Calm, is as the name suggests.
Take a safari in Gir and hopefully meet the King of the jungle. Meet the Siddi community – African by ethnicity but Indian by nationality. Don’t you wonder, sometimes, that ours is not just a country but a whole world!
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Reach Ahmedabad. Today, we are exploring the architectural and gastronomical wonder that Ahmedabad is. Visit museums, stepwells and the beautiful water show at the Akshardham temple. Overnight at Ahmedabad.
Although Ahmedabad is a very progressive city, its traditions are equally fascinating. And what better way to understand that than to take a heritage walk in the walled city. Rest of the day, visit the Sabarmati Ashram, binge on the amazing food, take strolls around the river and shop at the roadside market. Take an overnight bus to Diu.
Arrive at Diu and soak in the calm. We walk around the fort area and enjoy the old world charm. Visit the beaches, enjoy the sunsets and engage in some beach therapy. We will take a peek in the lives of the fishermen and eat some amazing food. Overnight at Diu.
We re-enter Gujarat and visit a beautiful waterfall. Explore the ancient temple of Somnath and reach Sasan Gir, the home to Asiatic Lions. Enjoy a documentary on the Asiatic lions and relax. Overnight at Gir.
Hop on to the early morning safari to visit the national park. Witness the wildlife in their element and spot the Asiatic lion, if you are lucky. Today you also get too meet Siddis, the African-origin community living in India for centuries. See them perform and understand the origin of “Dhamal”. Overnight at Gir.
Go for another trek early morning around the river. Today, we will explore Junagadh, a princely estate of the past, and its famous monuments. Take the overnight bus to Ahmedabad.
Arrive at Ahmedabad airport early morning. Tour ends.