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Gujarat - Cradle of Craft Skills(11 Nights)

Ahmedabad, Gondal, Bhuj, Mandvi, Wadhwan, Dasada, Ahmedabad

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Holiday Overview

Dalmatian Pelican in Kharagoda
Common Crane in Nava Talao
Wild Ass in Little Rann of Kutch
Jeep Safari in Little Rann of Kutch

Gujarat is the centre for some of India’s most exquisite handiwork. Kutch is known for its fabulous embroideries done in a variety of techniques developed by different communities including Hindu and Muslim pastoral groups whose women do embroidery for their trousseau or a second income as well as migrants from Sindh. Bandhani tie-and-dye is almost synonymous with Gujarat, which also produces fine handloom woven textiles and block-printed fabrics. Rare crafts that make their last stand in Gujarat include the double ikat Patola weaving of Patan and the Rogan painting on fabric done in Nirona village.

Route

Ahmedabad(2) - Gondal(2) - Bhuj(2) - Mandvi(2) - Wadhwan(1) - Dasada(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at Ahmedabad
  • Day-2 Explore Craft areas in and around Ahmedabad
  • Day-3 Travel to Gondal
  • Day-4 Gondal - Jetpur - Junagadh - Gondal 150 km total
  • Day-5 Gondal - Bhuj 259 km
  • Day-6 Villages Around Bhuj
  • Day-7 Bhuj - Mandvi 60 km
  • Day-8 Around Mandvi
  • Day-9 Mandvi - Wadhwan 310 km
  • Day-10 Wadhwan - Dasada 73 km
  • Day-11 Dasada - Patan - Dasada
  • Day-12 Return to Ahmedabad
Sightseeing Summary

Ahmedabad - Calico Museum of Textiles (7.00 kms), Modhera Sun temple (102.00 kms)

Dasada - Little Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary (10.00 kms), Modhera Sun temple (47.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Ahmedabad Departure - Ahmedabad
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Distances
  • Ahmedabad to Gondal -248 kms (4.5 hrs)
  • Gondal to Bhuj -271 kms (5.5 hrs)
  • Bhuj to Mandvi -60 kms (1 hrs)
  • Mandvi to Wadhwan -310 kms (6.5 hrs)
  • Wadhwan to Dasada -100 kms (2 hrs)
  • Dasada to Ahmedabad -95 kms (1.5 hrs)
Route

Ahmedabad(2) - Gondal(2) - Bhuj(2) - Mandvi(2) - Wadhwan(1) - Dasada(2) - Ahmedabad

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Ahmedabad Arrive at Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad is a major centre of traditional and contemporary textiles, and many crafts thrive here like Mata-ni-pachedi narrative cloth paintings and block-printing. Stay at House of Mangaldas Girdhardas, a heritage hotel owned by a former textile industrialist family.

Day-2 Explore Craft areas in and around Ahmedabad Visit the Calico Museum of Textiles, one of India’s leading specialized museums. The collections include textile swatches of Indian origin found at archaeological sites of Egypt, silk sarees from across India, double-ikat silk sarongs made in Patan for the Indonesian market, chintz and curtains made from Dutch, British and Portuguese colonial powers in Gujarat, floral embroidery from Punjab, shawls from Kashmir, 18th century tie-and-dye, richly embroidered Mughal tent of Shah Jahan whose palace is nearby, royal wardrobes of Rajasthan, cloth paintings and manuscripts, religious narrative cloth paintings like Pichwais and Kalamkaris, etc. Also visit the other museums of Ahmedabad strong on folk art collections.

Day-3 Travel to Gondal Drive to Gondal, a princely town of considerable importance and affluence. Visit the 1748 AD Naulakha Palace which houses the erstwhile ruling family’s private collection of beadwork, textiles, brassware, hand-painted toys and silver crafts, the centre promoting weaving at Gondal, and the historic buildings of Gondal. Evening visit to Khadi Plaza, one of Gujarat’s major handloom weaving units.

Day-4 Gondal - Jetpur - Junagadh - Gondal 150 km total "Drive to Jetpur, known for its screen and block printing workshops, and a yarn-dyeing centre, and then to Junagadh where you can see gem-encrusted carpets, wardrobes and tapestery of the Nawab at the museums. A historic city, Junagadh has 3rd century BC Buddhist relics, medieval fort, mausoleum complexes, palaces, etc. Return to Gondal.

Day-5 Gondal - Bhuj 259 km Drive to Bhuj calling in on the way at Rajkot to see the Watson Museum which has good examples of Gujarat’s craftsmanship skills, and Rashtriya Shala working to revive hand-weaving.

Day-6 Villages Around Bhuj Visit villages around Bhuj known for their distinctive styles of embroidery and other handiwork like weaving, block-printing, rogan-painting, etc. Stay as on day-6 OR at Shaam-e-Sarhad, a rural resort.

Day-7 Bhuj - Mandvi 60 km Drive to Mandvi, which is a tie-and-dye centre, and stay in a/c tented comfort of the royal resort by the private beach in the palace estate. Visit the dhow-building yard to see ocean-worthy vessels being hand-built.

Day-8 Around Mandvi Visit villages near Mandvi known for their picturesque houses called bhungas and Rabari embroidery

Day-9 Mandvi - Wadhwan 310 km Drive from Mandvi to Wadhwan. This historic walled town is a centre for bandhani tie-and-dye, weaving and metalcrafts. Stay at Rajmahal, the palace hotel of Wadhwan which has beautiful tapestries.

Day-10 Wadhwan - Dasada 73 km At Dasada, watch Rabari women at work on their distinct embroideries. Evening safari in the Little Rann of Kutch. Stay at Rann Riders, an eco-resort designed using local materials and handicrafts to resemble a village.

Day-11 Dasada - Patan - Dasada Morning safari in the Little Rann of Kutch. Day trip to Patan to watch the Salvis at work on the Patola, one of the richest silk textiles in the world, woven using the rare double-ikat technique.  You will also see 11th century monuments at Modhera’s Sun Temple complex and in Patan. Return to Rann Riders at Dasada.

Day-12 Return to Ahmedabad Return to Ahmedabad (90km) or proceed to Rajasthan.

Detailed Sightseeing

Ahmedabad :

  • Calico Museum of Textiles - Calico Museum is a private collection of Indian textiles by Sarabhai family and very popular with inbound travellers. Museum can be visited only as a part of guided tour which requires a prior reservation.

  • Modhera Sun temple - The Sun Temple (1026 AD) at Modhera in Gujarat, is a temple dedicated to the Hindu Sun-God, Surya. Sun temple today is a well maintained site and a popular visit enroute for all travellers. There is a stepwell within a temple complex and Sun temple is characterised by erotic carvings.

Dasada :

  • Little Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary - The Little Rann of Kutch Wildlife sanctuary spreads over 4950 sq km in area comprising a range habitats from saline desert plains, arid grasslands, rocky and thorn scrub to lakes and marshes. The sanctuary is known for its herds of the Asiatic Wild ass (one of its kind) alongwith population of gazelle, blue bull, wolf, and Indian foxes, jackal, jungle cat, hare etc. However it is now a hugely popular bird watching site with a number of birding sights where one can see birds such as bustard, sandgrouse, partridge, bustard quails, larks, eagle, short toed eagle, vulture, falcon, flamingoes, pelicans, ducks, cranes and storks etc. Oct-April is best time to spot migratory birds. Nawa Talao and Kharagoda Lakes are popular for bird watching.

  • Modhera Sun temple - The Sun Temple (1026 AD) at Modhera in Gujarat, is a temple dedicated to the Hindu Sun-God, Surya. Sun temple today is a well maintained site and a popular visit enroute for all travellers. There is a stepwell within a temple complex and Sun temple is characterised by erotic carvings.

Destination Overview

Ahmedabad - Ahmedabad, Gujarat's commercial capital and is one of the major industrial cities in India. Ahmedabad has always been a centre for handicrafts having an old city character, temples, textile museum and heritage monuments that attract tourists.

Gondal - Gondal is visited by inbound guests in Winter for its craft heritage and bird watching around the area.

Bhuj - Bhuj is access point for visiting other areas of Kutchh, a region in North Gujarat known for its desert like arid landscape, bird watching, craft, pilgrimage and idyllic beaches.

Mandvi - Mandvi is just a "beach and nothing else" kind of a place. It is very peaceful and serene. It has attracted Painters, Bookwriters and guests looking to simply relax.

Wadhwan - Wadhwan lies mid-way between Ahmedabad and Rajkot and is known for the heritage hotel there and for being a centre for bandhani tie-and-dye, weaving and metalcrafts.

Dasada - Dasada today has emerged as a major bird watching centre (Oct- March is the best season) and a popular getaway that is visited all round the year.

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Distances
  • Ahmedabad to Gondal -248 kms (4.5 hrs)
  • Gondal to Bhuj -271 kms (5.5 hrs)
  • Bhuj to Mandvi -60 kms (1 hrs)
  • Mandvi to Wadhwan -310 kms (6.5 hrs)
  • Wadhwan to Dasada -100 kms (2 hrs)
  • Dasada to Ahmedabad -95 kms (1.5 hrs)

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Distances
  • Ahmedabad to Gondal -248 kms (4.5 hrs)
  • Gondal to Bhuj -271 kms (5.5 hrs)
  • Bhuj to Mandvi -60 kms (1 hrs)
  • Mandvi to Wadhwan -310 kms (6.5 hrs)
  • Wadhwan to Dasada -100 kms (2 hrs)
  • Dasada to Ahmedabad -95 kms (1.5 hrs)

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