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Bandhani & Felines Tour

Apart from being one the most visited state in India, Gujarat combines a trip to the discovery of a magnificent historical and religious heritage with adventurous walks in the heart of famous national parks.

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 : Mumbai

Welcome by a representative of Maharajah Driver and transfer to your hotel. Late afternoon, your driver will be at your disposal to accompany you around the city, one overflowing with things to do. Bombay, officially called Mumbai since 1995 (Marathi: Mumba "goddess" and Aai "mother”), is the largest city in India and the capital of Maharashtra. Located on the coastal island of Salsette in the Arabian Sea, it is estimated that this is the sixth most populous urban area in the world. Mumbai is the largest economic centre of India, the main port and the main stock exchange of the country.

 

 Day 2 : Mumbai

In the morning, discover the island of Elephanta Caves, which can only be accessed by boat (unless the sea condition do not permit) .Located 10 km from the Gateway of India, this is a great shrine dedicated to Shiva. There are other shrines on the island but the most complex and most important one is a great excavation, lined with columns and over 1400m2 whose creator is not known with certainty but experts agree it was created in the seventh century. It is claimed that a former Portuguese garrison used the room as a firing range. Long dormant part of the site has since been restored, but many sculptures are damaged. In the afternoon, enjoy the city tour visiting multiple architectures with baroque Victoria station, from where the first train of India left, the Gateway of India built in 1911 to celebrate the coming of King George V or the Dhobi Ghat, you also visit Crawford market filled with stalls of flowers and fruits.

 

 Day 3: Gir National Park

Transfer to airport and flight to Diu and visit the caves of Naida. Drive to the national park and camp facility. You take First safari in the afternoon.

 

Day 4: Gir National Park

The Gir National Park was created to be the ultimate refuge of the Asiatic lion. There are about 300 Lions in the park. It is still rare to spot them, but your visit to Gir is also an opportunity to find deer, antelope deer, and parrots. The lucky may be able to see hyenas, panthers or bears. 

 

Day 5: Palitana 

Departure to your next destination, Palitana, which is the most important place of Jain pilgrimage.

 

Day 6: Palitana 

Early morning ascent of the hill Shatrunjaya, where 863 temples are situated at the top of the hill (about 2 hours of walking to climb the 3500 steps or hire a sedan chair, to be paid locally). You enjoy the site and the beautiful temple of Adinath and Chaumukh .

 

Day 7: Dasada

Departure to Dasada and a jeep ride to discover the unusual landscapes of the region , it consists of  Rabari populations ( nomads) and Banjara ( sedentary ) tribes, also discover its varied fauna featuring gudkhur , famous wild donkeys specific to this region , antelopes, gazelles, hyenas or jackals , gray herons or cranes.

 

 Day 8: Dasada

Day devoted to visit the villages of pastors vadiara , Sindhi or samra , tribes of camel Rabari , famous for their embroidery and silk weaving , and salt suppliers.

 

 Day 9: Poshina 

Departure for Poshina, where you stay in a small boutique hotel. On the way stop at Madera, which is one of the few temples dedicated to the ancient sun god ‘Surya’. The temple and its beautiful portico is facing a basin whose stands are home to many sanctuaries. Late afternoon, a visit to Poshina market, surrounded by many local villages. You can engage in endless negotiations with the shops of blacksmiths and admire the pottery workshops where the terracotta horses are the hallmark of the city. You can also visit a Shiva temple of the fourteenth century. 

 

Day 10: Poshina 

Day dedicated to sightseeing in the area, populated by Garasia and Bhil tribes. In the afternoon, discover the villages of Garasia , west of Poshina . The family houses are large with subtle architecture and the clothes are very colourful. You also go to the hamlets of Rabari tribes. The arms of women are adorned with bangles to the elbow. Later, excursion to the great Vaishnava temple of Shamlaji .

 

Day 11 : Bera                                                                                                             

Departure for an adventure in the heart of the desert, in to habitat of the wild leopard at Jawai Leopard Camp, Bera. After a warm welcome and settling in the camp go for a safari ride in the late afternoon to see leopards. Stay overnight in tent with full board accommodation.

 

Day 12 : Bera                                                                                                             

Spend the day in the heart of rural Rajasthan visiting a Bishnoi village and getting a glimpse of the culture and traditions of the people who are recognized as the first environmentalists . Visit a Dhurrie, cotton carpet manufacturer whose products are popular worldwide. The afternoon is free for leisure.

 

Day 13 : Udaipur 

Drive to the most romantic city of Rajasthan. Founded in 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh, it remains one of the richest cities in all Indian treasures. Surrounded by hills, which are reflected in three small lakes, the largest is the Pichola.

 

Day 14 : Udaipur

Visit the most romantic city of Rajasthan, its City Palace, the royal palace of Udaipur, the Saheliyonki Bari, the garden of the bridesmaids, the Jagdish temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Boat ride on Lake Pichola with a possibility visit the Palace and the commercial lanes.

 

Day 15: Udaipur

Depending on the time of your flight, back to Mumbai, transfer to the airport and end of our services.

 

Price: On request

 

Included in the price:

Welcome and assistance in airport.

Transfers/Surface transports in the private AC car (Toyota Innova ).

Accommodation based on double occupancy & breakfast

Full board in the resorts

Hotel taxes and services.

Insurances .

 

Not included in the price:

Other meals and drinks.

Entrance fees for temples, monuments and museums mentioned in the program.

Usual tips for guides and drivers.

Personal expenses. 

Domestic flights