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KUTCH–SOURASHTRA-GIR - 14D


 
Tour Code           KNS -14
Ex       Bengaluru / Hubli
Distance       6700 Kms                               
Duration     By Train 14 Days / By Flight 11 Days 
Vehicle Used      A/C Deluxe Bus
Accommodation  Twin sharing basis A/C Standard rooms
States Visited      Gujarat
Places Visited Ahmadabad, Sasangir, Somanath, Veeraval, Porbundar, Bet Dwaraka, Nageshwar, Dwaraka, Narayana Sarovara, Koteshwar, Mandvi, Bhuj, Rann of Kucth, Dhordo, Modhera, Mathrugaya (Siddhpur).


Departure dates:
    OCT 29. NOV 5.NOV 19.NOV 26. DEC 10.DEC 17.DEC 31. JAN 21. FEB 4.FEB 18. MAR 4.MAR 18.

COST :In Rs...
Adult
Twin Sharing
36000*
Adult
Single Sharing
48600
Child
(2-11 Years)
27000
Child
(2-11 Y)
18000*
Without Bed & Seat
Advance
Amount
10000*

NOTE :
  • For Infants 2-24 months(2 Years) Please send enquiry.
  • Charges for children mentioned applies only if they accompanied by 2 adults. If the child is accompanied by single adult full amount will be charged.
  • Children 2-11 Years will be charged 75% of the tour Cost with full-seat, without extra bed.
DAY 1      BENGALURU - AHMEDABAD                                                                                                                      
  Departure from YeshwantpurRailway Station to Ahmedabad.
DAY 2     IN TRAIN                                                                                                                                                          
  Train Journey Continues.
DAY 3     AHMEDABAD                                                                                                                                                  
  Early morning reach Ahmedabad Railway Station, Transfer to Hotel. Ahmedabad Local sightseeing, Sabarmati Ashram, Hatee singh temple, Shopping etc., Night halt at Ahmedabad.
DAY 4   AHMEDABAD – SASANGIR                                                                                                                            
  Morning after breakfast Dep to Sasangir. Afternoon reach Sasangir free for optional Jungle activities.
DAY 5    SASANGIR – SOMANATH                                                                                                                              
  Morning after breakfast dep Somanath, Morning have darshan of Somanath Jyotirlinga, visit veeraval, Bhalka Teerta where it believes Lord Krishna wounded before he renounce his body, Night halt at Somanath.
DAY 6    SOMANATH - PORBANDER - BET DWARAKA - NAGESHWAR - DWARAKA                                          
  Morning after breakfast in Porbunder Sudham puri temple which is dedicated to Sudhama, Krishna’s best friend, Kirthi mandir, where Gandhiji was born Proceed to Okha fort to catch ferry for bet Dwaraka, Have Darshan of Sri Krishna. Have darshan of Nageshwar Jyothirlinga, Night stay at Dwaraka.
DAY 7    DWARAKA - BHUJ                                                                                                                                          
  Morning visit Rukmini Temple, Dwarkadish temple, after breakfast, dep to Bhuj. Evening reach Night halt at Bhuj.
DAY 8    BHUJ-DHORDO                                                                                                                                                
  Transfers under Rann Utsav arrangements.Morning we enjoy in house activities. Later we visit Kalo Dungar (Black Hill).It’s the highest point in Kutch. Later we visit Handicraft Village “Gandhi Nu Gaam”, Night halt at Bhuj.
DAY 9    DHORDO - NARAYANA SAROVAR - KOTESHWAR - BHUJ                                                                        
  Morning after breakfast proceed to Bhuj. We visit, mata na madh, Narayan sarovar sanctuary, Koteshwar Mahadev temple & back bhuj. Night halt at Bhuj.
DAY 10  BHUJ - MANDVI - BHUJ                                                                                                                                  
  After breakfast visit Bhuj Museum, Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal, Swaminarayan Mandir. Today we also visit- Vijay villas palace, and Mandvi beach later we have some free time for shopping. Night halt at Bhuj.
DAY 11  BHUJ - DASADA / AHMEDABAD                                                                                                                  
  Morning after breakfast Dep to Ahmedabad / Dasada.
DAY 12  AHMEDABAD – MATRUGAYA - MODHERA-AHMEDABAD                                                                    
  Morning dep to Matrugaya, time for ritual performance, after lunch, proceed to famous sun temple of Modhera, Night halt at Ahmedabad.
DAY 13  AHMEDABAD - BENGALURU                                                                                                                          
  Dep from Ahmedabad railway station by train to reach Bengaluru. 
DAY 14   HUBLI                                                                                                                                                              
  Evening  reach Hubli, train journey continues. 
DAY 15  BENGALURU  
  Early morning reach Bengaluru railway station.
Ahmedabad :  is the largest city in the state of Gujarat. It is located in western India on the banks of the River Sabarmati. The city served as political as well as economical capital of the region since its establishment. The earliest settlement can be recorded around the 12th century under Solanki dynasty rule. The present city was founded on 26 February 1411 and announced as the capital on 4 March 1411 by Ahmed Shah I of Gujarat Sultanate as a new capital. Under the rule of sultanate (1411–1511) the city prospered followed by decline (1511–1572) when the capital was transferred to Champaner. For next 135 years (1572-1707), the city renewed greatness under the early rulers of Mughal Empire. The city suffered due to political instability (1707-1817) under late Mughal rulers followed by joint rule between Maratha and Mughal. The city further suffered following joint Maratha rule. The city again progressed when politically stabilized when British East India Company established the rule in the city (1818-1857). The city further renewed growth when it gain political freedom by establishment of municipality and opening of railway under British crown rule (1857–1947). Following arrival of Mahatma Gandhi in 1915, the city became centre stage of Indian independence movement. Many activists like Sardar Patel served the municipality of the city before taking part in the movement. After independence, the city was a part of Bombay state. When Gujarat was carved out in 1960, it again became the capital of the state until establishment of Gandhinagar in 1965. Ahmedabad is also the cultural and economical centre of Gujarat and the seventh largest city of India.

Sasan Gir is located in the Junagadh District of Gujarat, near the Kathiawad Peninsula. Part of the erstwhile estate of Junagadh in Gujarat, this forest was brought under protection by the Nawab, whose initial efforts kick-started the government’s campaign to protect the last remaining Asiatic lions. The Gir National Park or Wildlife Sanctuary is the only place outside Africa where you can see wild lions. The maldharis, a tribe, and their cattle live inside the forest and pose a serious problem as they are often in conflict with the lions which find easy prey in the form of the cattle. Sasan Gir does not possess a very deep history because the main focus in Sasan Gir is The Gir National Park. 
Since 1884, Gir national Park has been the only habitat of Asiatic lions. During the British Raj lions were proudly hunted although the Government of India banned hunting and now there are 532 Asiatic Lions as of May 2015.

Somanath : The Somnath temple located in Prabhas Patan near Veraval in Saurashtra on the western coast of GujaratIndia, is the first among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva.[1] It is an important pilgrimage and tourist spot. The temple is considered sacred due to the various legends connected to it. Somnath means "Lord of the Soma", an epithet of Shiva.
The Somnath temple is known as "the Shrine Eternal". This legendary temple has been destroyed and rebuilt several times by Islamic kings and Hindu kings respectively.Most recently it was rebuilt in November 1947, when Vallabhbhai Patel visited the area for the integration of Junagadh and mooted a plan for restoration. After Patel's death, the rebuilding continued under Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi, another minister of the Government of India.

Veeraval is a Municipality and the headquarters of Gir Somnath district in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is 6 km from Somnath.
Veraval was founded in 13th or 14th century by Rao Veravalji Vadher, a Rajput. Veraval was once a fortified port town of the royal family of Junagadh. It was a part of the Kingdom of Junagadh till 1947 when Junagadh was merged with India. The city still bears some remnants of the old Nawabi heritage, the beautiful Nawabi summer palace being among them. There are ruins of the old Nawabi fort and Nawabi Gates in and around the place. The old walls of the port are now ruined, but the impressive Junagadh gate and the Patan gate are still seen, but are in a very bad state.
The Nawabi Palace with gothic features which is one of the main attractions. It is popularly known as Somnath College (the palace was converted into a college after it was abandoned by the Nawab). At present it is the building of a Sanskrit university. The town is often known as the gateway to the magnificent temple of Somnath and the pilgrimage centres of Prabhas Patan and Bhalkha. Veraval is also the nearest town to the Gir National Park (42 km away).
Before the rise of Surat, Veraval was the major seaport for pilgrims to Mecca. Its importance now is as a fishing port, one of the largest in India. Sea going dhows and wooden fishing boats are still being built by the Fishermen's without the use of any Hightech Machines. Traditional skills are passed down from father to son. About 25 km from the veraval a historical place is located at Savani village.

Porbandar pronunciation is a coastal city in the Indian state of Gujarat, perhaps best known for being the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi and Sudama (friend of Lord Krishna). It is the administrative center of Porbandar District.
Onshore explorations in and around Porbandar brought to light, for the first time, the remains of a late Harappan settlement dating back to the 16th - 14th century BCE, which is similar to that from Bet Dwarka. This is another evidence to suggest that the Harappan legacy of maritime activity continued till the late Harappan period on the Saurashtra coast. The discovery of ancient jetties along the Porbandar creek signifies the importance of Porbandar as an active centre of maritime activities in the past. Past Harappan age and classical Vedic ages, Indian mythology says it is the birthplace of Sudhaama (Friend of Lord Krishna in Dwaparyug), hence it is referred to as Sudhaamapuri or Sudhamapuri.
Bet Dwarka is considered the part of the ancient city in Indian epic literatureDv?rak? found in Mahabharata and Skanda Purana. Gujarati scholarUmashankar Joshi suggested that Antardvipa in Sabha Parva of Mahabharata can be identified as Bet Dwarka as Yadava of Dwarka said to travel to it by boats. It derived its name Shankhodhar as the island is a large source of conch shells (Shankh). Archeological remains found under the sea suggest the existence of settlement during Late Harappan period of Indus Valley Civilization or immediately after it. It can be reliably dated to times ofMaurya Empire. It was a part of Okha Mandal or Kushdwip area. Dwarka is mentioned in the copper inscription dated 574 AD of Simhaditya, the minister of Vallabhi under Maitraka. He was the son of Varahdas, the king of Dwarka.

Nageshvara Jyotirlinga is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines mentioned in the Shiva Purana. Nageshvara is believed to be the first such shrine
According to Shiv MahapuraanBrahma (The Creator) and Vishnu (The Preserver) once had a disagreement about which of them was supreme.[2] To test them, Shiva pierced the three worlds as an immeasurable pillar of light, the JyotirlingaVishnu and Brahmaparted company to determine the extent of each end of the pillar. Brahma, who had set off upward, lied that he had discovered the upper end of the pillar, but Vishnu, who had gone in the direction of the base of the pillar, admitted that he had not. Shiva then appeared as a second Jyotirlinga and cursed Brahma, telling him that he would have no place in the ceremonies, though Vishnu would be worshipped until the 'end of eternity'. The Jyotirlinga is the supreme indivisible reality from which Shiva appears. Jyothirlinga shrines commemorate this time when Shiva appeared.[3][4] It was believed that there were originally sixty-four jyothirlingas. Twelve are considered to be especially auspicious and holy.[2] Each of the twelve sites takes the name of the presiding deity and each is considered a separate manifestation of Shiva.[5] At all these sites, the primary deity is a lingam representing the beginning less and endless Stambha pillar, symbolizing the Shiva's infinite nature. The twelve jyothirlinga are Somnath inGujaratMallikarjuna at Srisailam in Andhra PradeshMahakaleswar at Ujjain in Madhya PradeshOmkareshwar in Madhya PradeshKedarnath in HimalayasBhimashankar in MaharashtraViswanath at Varanasi in Uttar PradeshTriambakeshwar inMaharashtraVaidyanath at Deoghar in Jharkhand, Nageshvara Jyotirlinga, Rameshwar at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu andGrishneshwar at Aurangabad in Maharashtra.

Dwarka is a small city and a municipality of Devbhoomi Dwarka district in the state of Gujarat in northwestern India. It is located on the western shore of the Okhamandal Peninsula on the right bank of the Gomti River. In 2011 it had a population of 38,873. Dwarka is one of the foremost Chardhams, four sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites, and is one of the Sapta Puri, the seven most ancient religious cities in the country. Dwarka is often identified with the Dwarka Kingdom, the ancient kingdom of Krishna, and is believed to have been the first capital of Gujarat.
The city's Dwarkadhish Temple dedicated to Krishna was originally built around 2,500 years ago, but was destroyed by Mahmud Begada rulers and subsequently rebuilt in the 16th century. The temple is also the location of Dwaraka ma?ha, also calledSharada Matha/Peeth and "western peeth",[1][note 1] one of the four peeths (Sanskrit: "religious center") established by Adi Shankaracharya. As an important pilgrimage center for Hindus, Dwarka has several notable temples, including Rukmini Devi Temple, Gomti Ghat, and Bet Dwarka. There is also a lighthouse at the land end point of Dwarka.

Narayan Sarovar or Narayansar is a village and place of pilgrimage for Hindus on the Kori Creek. It is located in Lakhpat taluka of Kutch districtGujarat, India. The ancient Koteshwar temple lies only 4 km away.
The temples, the chief buildings in the place, are surrounded by a fortified wall, outside of which cluster the villagers' houses. It was formerly connected with the mainland by a yellow stone causeway, about 3000 feet long and fifteen wide, built in 1863 by a Bhatia of Bombay, named Gokaldas Liladhar Padsha, at a cost of about £2500 (1,00,000 Kutch koris). Now the new causeway is built.
It was in very ancient times famous for its great lake. This, agreeing with the account of the lake found by Alexander, and perhaps lasting till the change of the course of the Indus river (about 1000), was in part renewed by the earthquake of 1819. Beside the lake, there was, from early times, a temple of Adinarayan in the village. For long under priests of the Kanphata sect, the temple was, about 1550 (Samvat 1607), wrested from them by a Sanyasi or Atit named Narangar from Junagadh. Narangar made long and broad embankments about the pool, an oblong sheet of water, 1056 feet by 990, divided by perforated stone walls into a number of bathing places, and furnished on all sides except the east with flights of stone steps, and surrounded by rest-houses.

Koteshwar is a small village and the location of an ancient Shiva temple. It located near the mouth of Kori Creek, in the west of Kutch district of Gujarat, India. In past, the temple was almost entirely cut off from the mainland by tidal creeks but now is connected by road. Koteshwar Shiva is said to be the Bhairava of Hinglaj Mata residing at Hinglaj. The virtuous devotees are therefore recommended to visit Koteshwar after they have visited Hinglaj Mata.
The earliest mention of the place can be found in writings of Chinese traveler Hiuen-Tsiang. Hiuen-Tsiang mentioned it as “Kie-tsi-shi-fa-lo situated on the western border of the country close to the river Indus and to the great ocean" of Kutch. According to Hieu-en-Tsiang, Koteshwar port was five miles in boundary near the mouth of the river Indus. There were 80 monasteries with about 5000 monks in them chiefly from the school of Sammityas. In the middle of the completion were thirteen temples of which Mahesh Mandir was full of good monument and where ash-smeared heretics lived.
Except some temples, Koteshwar shows few signs of its former greatness.

Mandvi (in Gujrati ?????? ) is a city and a municipality in the Kutch district in the Indian state of Gujarat. It was once a major port of the region and summer retreat for Maharao (king) of the Cutch State. The old city was enclosed in the fort wall and remains of the fort wall can still be seen. The city has a four-hundred-year-old ship building industry, which was started by the caste of Kharvathat still builds small wooden ships
Mandvi was founded by the Rao of kutch StateKhengarji I in 1580.
The fortress of Mandvi was built by Raoshri Bharmalji in 1549.[dubious  discuss] It was eight km long, 2.7 metre broad and three metre high with five gates, three windows and seven bastions (kotha). In 1978, Mandvi municipality was handed over the fort under condition that it will preserve the fortress. Later in 1992, the municipality decided to demolish 290 metre of wall to free the land but was opposed by citizens. The appeal was rejected in 1993 and the 300 metre long wall of west side was demolished in 1993. In 1999, the state archeological department considered it for declaring protected monument but later decided against it. After assessing condition of fort, the court rejected appeals against demolition in 2001. The fort wall was demolished in two phases except four gates and six bastions which were preserved as protected monuments.

Bhuj  is a city and a Municipality in Kutch District in the state of GujaratIndia.
According to legend, Kutch was ruled by the N?ga chieftains in past. Sagai, a queen of Sheshapattana, allied with Bheria Kumar and rose up against Bhujanga, the last chieftain of Naga. After the battle, Bheria was defeated and Sagai committed sati. The hill where he lived later came to be known as Bhujia Hill and the town at the foothill as Bhuj. Bhujang was later worshiped by the people as snake god, Bhujanga, and a temple was constructed in his reverence.
Bhuj, formerly sacred to the snake Bhujang, was established by Rao Hamirji in 1510 and was made the capital of Cutch State by Rao Khengarji I in 1549. Its foundation stone as state capital was formally laid on Vikram Samvat 1604 Maagha 5th (approx. 25 January 1548). After 1590, when Rao was forced to acknowledge Mughal supremacy, Bhuj was known as Suleiman Nagar among Muslims. The walls were built by Rao Godji I in 1723 and the Bhujiya Fort by Devkaran Seth in Rao Deshalji I's time (1718 - 1741).

The Great Rann of Kutch is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of GujaratIndia and the Sindh province of Pakistan. It is about 7,505.22 square kilometres (2,897.78 sq mi) in size and is reputed to be one of the largest salt deserts in the world.[1] This area has been inhabited by the Kutchi people.[2]
The name "Rann" comes from the Hindi word ran (??) meaning "desert". The Hindi word is derived from Sanskrit / Vedic word iri?a attested in the Rigveda and Mah?bh?rata. As early as 325 BCE, Alexander the Great was aware of the area.
Dhordo is a small Village/hamlet in Bhuj Taluka in Kachchh District of Gujarat State, India. It comes under Gorewali Panchayath. It is located 1 KM towards North from District head quarters Bhuj. 356 KM from State capital Gandhinagar 
Dhordo is surrounded by Anjar Taluka towards East , Nakhatrana Taluka towards west , Adipur Taluka towards East , Mundra Taluka towards South . 
Bhuj , Adipur , Mandvi , Gandhidham are the nearby Cities to Dhordo.

Sun Temple, Modhera, at Modhera in Gujarat, is a temple dedicated to the Hindu Sun-God, Surya. It is situated on the bank of the river Pushpavati, 25 km from Mehsana and 102 km from Ahmedabad.[1] It was built in 1026 AD by King Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty. In the present times, prayers are not offered in this temple. This temple is now under the supervision of Archaeological Survey of India.
There are four terraces to descend to reach the bottom of the tank. Small pyramid-shaped steps are for each terrace. God and Goddess depicted in immortalized stone unfold the sculpture wealth: Lord Vishnu, Lord Ganesh, Lord Nataraja,Sitlamata's presence a marvel created during Solanki era.
Two huge ornamental arches called Toran forms a gateway to the Sabha Mandap (assembly hall)/{aztaca}.

Siddhpur or Sidhpur is a city and a municipality in Patan district in the Indian state of Gujarat. Siddhpur is an historical place, located in North Gujarat, India. It is located on the bank of Sarasvati River, considered to be the branch of lost Saraswati river. Siddhpur is the taluka headquarters of Siddhpur taluka.
Siddhpur is also known as Sri-sthal or a "pious place". It is mentioned in the Rig Veda to be existing at that time as the Dashu village. The legend is that the great sage Dadhyanca or Dadhici had donated his bones to God Indra here at Siddhpur. Siddhpur is also believed to be located at the junction of two rivers Ganges and Saraswati. Even in the Mahabharata, the great Indian epic, it is mentioned that the Pandavas had visited the place while they were in exile. During the 4-5th A.D a large number of people settled in this part. They were Gurjara people from Iran.
Around the 10th century, under Solanki rulers, the city was at the zenith of fame and glory. The ruler Siddharaj Jaisinh built his capital at Siddhpur, thus the name Siddhpur which literally means Siddhraj's town. He built a temple dedicated to Shiva, and also beautiful palaces and one huge tower, some say of 80 metres long. He also brought large numbers of Brahmins from Mathura and had them settled here. During the 12th century Muhammad Ghori destroyed the town on his way to Somnath. Around 30,000 people were killed in the raid, and the Solanki empire was destroyed.

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