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TOUR OVERVIEW

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!

Day 1 - 18 Nov 2017

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.

Day 2 - 19 Nov 2017

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.

Day 3 To Day 4 - 20 Nov 2017 To 21 Nov 2017

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 into the lives of the fishermen and eat some amazing food. Overnight at Diu.

Day 5 - 22 Nov 2017

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.

Day 6 - 23 Nov 2017

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.

Day 7 - 24 Nov 2017

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.

Day 8 - 25 Nov 2017

Arrive at Ahmedabad airport early morning. Tour ends.

Inclusions

  • All stay on twin sharing basis in Ahmedabad and Diu and triple sharing in Gir.
  • All meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and two tea/coffee, starting from lunch on Day 1 till morning tea on Day 8.
  • Non AC sleeper bus ticket from Ahmedabad to Diu (AC buses are not available on this route)
  • AC sleeper/Volvo bus ticket from Junagadh to Ahmedabad
  • Transport in a AC Tempo Traveller/Innova throughout the trip. Auto Rickshaws to Ahmedabad airport on the last day.
  • Parking and Toll.
  • Heritage walks, Village walks, Cultural performances
  • Gir Safari and open Jeep Charges.
  • All entry and permit charges to monuments and national parks.
  • Guidance of an F5 traveler.

Exclusions

  • Flights from your city of residence to Ahmedabad
  • 5% GST
  • Food other than inclusions – breakfast on Day 1, Breakfast and lunch on Day 8, mid-meal snacks etc.
  • Tips
  • Shopping and personal expenses

Terms & Conditions

REFUNDS/CANCELLATION:

  • If cancelled 90 days or more in advance, cancellation fee is 12% of the trip amount.

  •  25% of the trip cost if cancelled 89 – 60 days in advance.

  •  50% of the trip cost if cancelled 59 to 16 days in advance.

  • Last 15 days – no show – entire amount will be forfeited.

  • If you use our services to book flights, cancellation charges of the flights will apply.

Option of Deffered trip:

You have an option of parking the paid amount with us for a future trip, if you wish to cancel joining this trip 60 days or more in advance.

 Following conditions apply:

  • You need to choose the trip you would like to go with instead (the deferred trip) within 2 months of deciding to cancel.

  • The travel start date of the deferred trip should be within 6 months from the day you decide to cancel.

  • There can be only one such change and once you decide the deferred trip, the cancellation policy of that trip applies.

  • You cannot choose a short trip (less than 5 days) as a deferred trip.

 

Disclaimer

The stay in Diu is basic but clean and safe homestay in the fort area. The idea is to be close to the Portuguese-influenced area and walk around to the fort.
The stay in Gir is a Jungle resort. Enjoy the forest all the while conscious of the fact that it is home to wildlife and we are outsiders there.
Stay in Ahmedabad is a conveniently located hotel to be able to explore the city.
A fair bit of walking is involved during the heritage walk in Ahmedabad, village walks and walk to the cave in Gir, as well as while exploring Diu fort area.
F5 Escapes is in no way responsible for any untoward incident happening due to the ignorance/negligence of the guests, natural/man-made calamities, accidents or any other events that are out of human control during the trip
All our trips are well-researched, including identifying access to medical facilities. In case of a medical emergency, F5 will assist the traveler in getting medical attention.
The trip is NON-SMOKING and NON-ALCOHOLIC.
F5 reserves the right to cancel the trip under certain conditions – in such a case, the amount will be refunded in full.

Flight times

Arrival at anytime before 11AM in Ahmedabad on 18th November. Departure, anytime after 8AM on 25th November.

Interesting Read About Diu and Gir National Park


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