Welcome to Gujarat
Unfairly overlooked by many travellers scurrying between Mumbai (Bombay) and Rajasthan, Gujarat is an easy side-step off the well-beaten tourist trail. While the capital, Ahmedabad, can draw you in with its remarkable architecture and excellent dining scene that transcends its chaos, the countryside holds most of this state’s many treasures. Traditional artisans in tribal villages weave, embroider, dye and print... Read More
Top experiences in Gujarat
Dharavi Slum Tour in Mumbai
Dharavi slum tour begins at the Mahim Railway Station. From here head straight to the Plastic and Metal Recycling yard of 13th Compound. Get abreast with the amazing small sized industry melting and moulding plastic toys and manufacturing buttons for popular brand Barbie Dolls of India.Walk through narrow lanes and by-lanes taking in the wafting aromas from local bakeries and sweet shops. Exotic smells from soap and cosmetic making units are bound to make some heads turn. Dime sized cyber cafes, locals brushing past, mass-producing tailor shops all make up for an exciting trip. Friendly locals and enthusiastic tiny tots waving from their roof tops and balconies simply add in a touch of regular life being lived here.Continue on the show and tell tour listening to stories from your guide as you arrive at Kumbharwada, in Dharavi. Known to be the face of India’s largest slum dwelling, The tour through the slum's narrow alleys is quite an adventure, you will undoubtedly feel the strong sense of community and the special spirit that exists here. Dharavi became famous through the worldwide hit movie 'Slumdog Millionaire' in 2008. Visit Kumbharwada, an area occupied by traditional potters hailing from Gujarat. This large settlement set up in 1930s is a testimony of communal clay pits and kilns that have stood the test of time and witnessed hardships. In tandem with Brazil’s Favela, Dharavi and Mahim will leave a mark in your hearts and minds.Don't expect to find extreme poverty by walking though Dharavi. The tour breaks stereotypical beliefs and will inspire you for your daily life
Private Tour: Full-Day Stepwells Tour from Ahmedabad
You will be picked up from your centrally located Ahmedabad City hotel at 9am in an air-conditioned vehicle and embark on a full day excursion visiting the two most famous stepwells of Gujarat. The Adalaj Stepwell and Rani ki Vav Stepwell are located, approximately 20 kms and 130 kms respectively, north of Ahmedabad City. Stepwells, as the name suggests, are wells with steps leading down inside of it. These steps are used to gather water for drinking, bathing or washing. Stepwells have been constructed since the 3rd century and are a distinctive form of subterranean water resource and storage systems on the Indian subcontinent. They have evolved over time and have become elaborate multi-story works of art and architecture.These wells have been used as venues for colorful festivals and sacred rituals. Rani ki Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the banks of the Saraswati River. It was initially built as a memorial to a king in the 11th century AD. Designed as an inverted temple, it is highlighting the sanctity of water and is divided into seven levels of stairs with sculptural panels; more than 500 principle sculptures and over a thousand minor ones combine religious, mythological and secular imagery, often referencing literary works. Adalaj Stepwell is a unique Hindu 'water building' in the village of Adalaj, not far from Ahmedabad. This stepwell was built in 1499 by Muslim King Mohammed Begda for Queen Rani Roopba. The intricately carved stepwell is five stories in depth, made of sandstone and built on a large number of intricately carved pillars. The temperature inside the well is said to be about five degrees lower than outside during hot summers.After the tour ends, you will be taken back to Ahmedabad City and dropped off at your hotel.
Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Ahmedabad
Start your day with pickup from your hotel in Ahmedabad by 9am before enjoying your half-day city tour (approx. six hours).Head out of Ahmedabad to visit Akshardham Temple that is situated in the capital city of Gandhinagar, about 15.5 miles (25 kms) away. This magnificent temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, also known as Sahajanand Swami. The sprawling 23 acre complex, chiseled out in pink sandstone, is the largest in Gujarat. From there, go to the Shaking Minarets - two minarets located at the Siddhi Bashir mosque. They are uniquely designed in a way that when one minaret is shaken the other one shakes too.As you continue your journey, visit the Sidi Saiyed's Mosque that was built in 1573, and is one of the most famous mosques of Ahmedabad. The mosque is known for its beautifully carved ten stone latticework windows (jalis) on the side and rear arches. Next you will have a choice to visit either Vichar Utensil Museum or Kite Museum, whichever is your preference.Proceed to the Sabarmati Ashram, a must-visit in the home state of Mahatma Gandhi. On a quiet stretch of the river Sabarmati, 4.5 miles (7 kms) north of the city, Mahatma Gandhi set up a simple retreat in 1915. This was his first Satyagraha Ashram and for many it was the nerve center of India's freedom movement. Hridaya Kunj, the cottage where he lived is preserved as it was in the Mahatma's lifetime.Afterwards visit Hathee Singh Jain Temple that was built in 1850 by a rich Jain merchant by the same name. This temple is dedicated to Dharamnath, the fifteenth Tirthankar, whose marble statue with ornate carvings stands in the main sanctum.Finally stop at the nicely landscaped Sabarmati promenade by the Sabarmati River before being dropped back off at your Ahmedabad city hotel around 3pm.
Private Tour: Full-Day Lothal Uthellya Tour in Ahmedabad
Meet your guide at hotel lobby in Ahmedabad at 09.00 am and leave to Lothal. Situated at a distance of 80 km from Ahmedabad, Lothal city is one of the well known cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization. The origin and history of Lothal can be dated back to 2400 BC. Lothal in Gujarat is one of the primary sites of archaeology in India and its excavation work began in 1955 by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The techniques that were used by the people of this city brought a lot of name and fame to them. People are of the say that, the scientists of Lothal were the ones to initiate the study stars and advanced navigation.After sightseeing at 01:00 PM, for lunch you can choose the cuisine and restaurant your are interested at your own cost. Then drive to Uthellya and visit at Indus Valley Civilization Site. It is also known as the Harappan Civilization, where you will see the first of its sites to be excavated in the 1920s. It was Punjab province of British India at that time but now is in Pakistan. At the end of your tour at 4.30 pm, sit back and relax on the drive back to your hotel in Ahmedabad.
Private Independent Day Trip to Chittorgarh Fort from Udaipur
Get picked up at your centrally located hotel in Udaipur, Udaipur Junction railway station or bus station at 8am or 9am (please refer to Tour Grades for options) and then leave for Chittorgarh. Chittor, or Chittaurgarh, is a romantic name for a city and municipality in the Rajasthan state of western India. Chittaurgarh was founded by Bappa Rawal in 8th century, and is located at an elevation of 408 meters (1339 feet) above sea level. Chittaurgarh city is located on the banks of the Gambhiri River and Berach. Mirabai, 16th century poet, and Rani Padmini, are from Chittaurgarh.The way to Chittaurgarh Fort is a winding road protected by seven fortified gateways. In 1534, the fort was besieged by the Sultan of Gujarat. In 1568, the fort was again the site of conflict, a four-month siege by the Mughal forces of Akbar, which eventually took the fortress. Chittaurgarh Fort sits atop a rocky hill, 151 meters (495 feet) high and 4828 meters (3 miles) long. It is one of India's largest fortresses and dominates the city's skyline. It is a symbol of local pride and loyalty. Travelers will be dropped off at hotel upon return to Udaipur at approximately 6pm or 7pm, depending on departure time (trip duration is 10 hours).
Ahmedabad Private City Tour Including Local Night Market
At 9:30am, you will be departing from your hotel towards Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, famous for its mesh, which was constructed in year 1573. The monument has gained worldwide recognition due to its splendor and is skillfully crafted, representing indo-saracenic styling. The construction lasted up to the last year of the Sultanate rule in Gujarat. The next stop is Hathisingh Jain Temple, established in 1850 by Seth Hathisingh. The temple is made using white marble, which is decorated with tangled designed carvings. This is the most well-known Jain Temple in Ahmedabad and is a double-storied building comprising 52 shrines.Around 12:30pm, drive to Gandhi Ashramis, also known as Sabarmati Ashram – the house where Mahatma Gandhi stayed for 13 years and where the historic Dandi march began. During your visit, learn about early Gandhi lifestyle. You will stop for lunch for about an hour, and at 3pm, head towards Sarkhej Roza, which comprises one of the most elegant and distinguished architectural complexes of Ahmadabad. It is an example of early Islamic architectural culture of the region, which fused Islamic stylistic influences from Persia with indigenous Hindu and Jain features to form a composite “Indo-Saracenic” architectural style. Stop for a tea break for 30 minutes, and at 4:45pm, drive towards the Law Garden, an outdoor night market that sells local products. At 8pm, you will be dropped back off to your hotel.