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Day trip from Ahmedabad to Lothal, 4500 year old Indus Valley Civilization

8AM- Hotel pick up We drive for 2 hours from Ahmedabad to reach the ruins of the 4500 year old Indus Valley Civilization at Lothal. People of Lothal belonged to an advanced scientific society. They were pioneering astronomers 2000 years before the Greeks. The Indus Valley people used a shell compass and divided the horizon and sky into 8-12 whole parts.Lothal is most famous for its dockyard. The dock wis arguably the greatest piece of maritime architecture in the ancient world. As far back as 2500 BC, Lothal dockyard was equipped to berth and service ships!Traders of beads, gems and ornaments from as far as  West Asia and Africa had an established trade relationship with Lothal. The people of Lothal were experts in  bead making  and metallurgy tools so much so that their techniques are still in use in India after 4000 years!One look at Lothal and we can gather that the Indus Valley civilization was highly advanced in terms of town planning.  The system of underground drainage was pioneered as far back as 2500 BC.  The sewers were made water tight through a sophisticated grade of masonry.The most exciting part of Lothal Tour is the fact that their script is yet to be deciphered! So many more mysteries are waiting to be revealed. May be you will discover some clues during your visit to Lothal!On our way back from Lohtal to Ahmedabad, we will also visit Sarkhej Roza , the famous centre for Sufi culture. It is in Sarkhej Roza that the legendary Sufi saint Shaikh Ahmed Ganj Baksh lived. We will explore the exquisitely designed Mosque, the tombs of Mehmud Shah Begada and his queen, the palace and pavilions.4 PM- End of Tour

$40 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Delhi Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Sulabh International Museum of Toilets.The museum is the brainchild of Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak. His painstaking efforts for marshaling even the minutest details about the development of toilet system in the world led to the establishment of this unique museum in 1992 in New Delhi. The exhibits, so collected, have been meticulously displayed chronologically. Thus, it showcases the development over the last five thousand years from the third millennium B.C. to the end of the 20th century.The museum has three main sections:Ancient: The story unfolds with the sanitation arrangements of the Harappan Settlements of around 3,000 B.C. The excavated main sites of that civilization at Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro in modern Pakistan and Dholavira and Lothal in Gujarat province of India have remnants of wells, bathing tanks, both overground and underground drains, toilets, soak-pits, roads and lanes. The W.C. toilet at Mohenjo-Daro of 2,500 B.C. is acknowledged as a championing work in the field of sanitation. The pucca wide underground drain of Dholavira in the citadel section of the township, has manholes at regular intervals to monitor the flow inside. Simultaneously, the museum also displays sanitation arrangements of other ancient civilizations of Egypt, Babylon, Crete, Jerusalem, Greece and Rome.Medieval: During the Middle Ages, whether in India or elsewhere, the kings and emperors used to live in big forts for security reasons. The museum displays toilets of Amber Fort of Jaipur, Akbar’s Fort in Fatehpur-Sikri near Agra, Gingee Fort of Tamilnadu and Golconda Fort of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. In this section, one can also see European toilets, some of them for royal use and therefore valuable.Modern: This section has interesting toilet related cartoons, photographs of toilets from the catalogues of reputed sanitary ware manufacturing companies and public toilets of different countries. The visitors in this section also see the toy-commode from China, mobile toilet of Sulabh, electric toilet from America and the model of the world’s biggest toilet complex at a religious place named Shirdi in Maharashtra. The museum is also exhibiting some ultra-modern electronic toilets from Japan, South Korea and other countriesUpon completion of your museum visit, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

$90 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Delhi Sulabh International Museum with Lunch

You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Sulabh International Museum of Toilets.The museum is the brainchild of Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak. His painstaking efforts for marshaling even the minutest details about the development of toilet system in the world led to the establishment of this unique museum in 1992 in New Delhi. The exhibits, so collected, have been meticulously displayed chronologically. Thus, it showcases the development over the last five thousand years from the third millennium B.C. to the end of the 20th century.The museum has three main sections:Ancient: The story unfolds with the sanitation arrangements of the Harappan Settlements of around 3,000 B.C. The excavated main sites of that civilization at Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro in modern Pakistan and Dholavira and Lothal in Gujarat province of India have remnants of wells, bathing tanks, both overground and underground drains, toilets, soak-pits, roads and lanes. The W.C. toilet at Mohenjo-Daro of 2,500 B.C. is acknowledged as a championing work in the field of sanitation. The pucca wide underground drain of Dholavira in the citadel section of the township, has manholes at regular intervals to monitor the flow inside. Simultaneously, the museum also displays sanitation arrangements of other ancient civilizations of Egypt, Babylon, Crete, Jerusalem, Greece and Rome.Medieval: During the Middle Ages, whether in India or elsewhere, the kings and emperors used to live in big forts for security reasons. The museum displays toilets of Amber Fort of Jaipur, Akbar’s Fort in Fatehpur-Sikri near Agra, Gingee Fort of Tamilnadu and Golconda Fort of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. In this section, one can also see European toilets, some of them for royal use and therefore valuable.Modern: This section has interesting toilet related cartoons, photographs of toilets from the catalogues of reputed sanitary ware manufacturing companies and public toilets of different countries. The visitors in this section also see the toy-commode from China, mobile toilet of Sulabh, electric toilet from America and the model of the world’s biggest toilet complex at a religious place named Shirdi in Maharashtra. The museum is also exhibiting some ultra-modern electronic toilets from Japan, South Korea and other countriesUpon completion of your museum visit, you will have lunch included at a local restaurant (Beverage excluded).  After lunch, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

$123 Cultural & Theme Tours

Explore Lothal & Uthellya From Ahmedabad With Lunch

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and driven to Lothal around 50 miles from Ahmedabad. The drive to Lothal takes about an hour and a half.In Lothal, explore the ruins of this once prosperous city that was famous for its beads, gems and jewellery. The remains of a well designed township complete with an underground drainage system and a marketplace can still be seen. Also visit the dockyard that stands in silent testimony to the maritime links of this ancient civilization. You will see the widespread use of kiln-burnt bricks, another important milestone that was reached here. After your visit to Lothal, enjoy an included lunch (beverage excluded) at a local restaurant.After lunch drive to the nearby site of Uthellya and walk through the ruins of this ancient town that were excavated in 1920.At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Ahmedabad and dropped off at your hotel.

$87 Cultural & Theme Tours

Explore Lothal & Uthellya From Ahmedabad

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and driven to Lothal around 50 miles from Ahmedabad. The drive to Lothal takes about an hour and a half.In Lothal, explore the ruins of this once prosperous city that was famous for its beads, gems and jewellery. The remains of a well designed township complete with an underground drainage system and a marketplace can still be seen. Also visit the dockyard that stands in silent testimony to the maritime links of this ancient civilization. You will see the widespread use of kiln-burnt bricks, another important milestone that was reached here. After your visit to Lothal, enjoy lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant.After lunch drive to the nearby site of Uthellya and walk through the ruins of this ancient town that were excavated in 1920.At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Ahmedabad and dropped off at your hotel.

$1250 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Day Archaeological Guided Tour of Western India from Ahmedabad

Day 1 : Ahmedabad (B, D)Pick you up from your hotel in Ahmedabad at 7:00am and transfer you to check in to the hotel. Visit India's most beautiful step-well in Adalaj, the 11th-century Sun Temple, the 15th-century Bhadra Fortress, the Great Masjid Mosque and Mahatma Gandhi's Ashram. Dinner and overnight at hotel.Day 2 : Ahmedabad - Vadodara (B, D)Drive to Vadodara, former capital of the princely state of the Gaekwads. Check in to your hotel and visit the Palace Museum, the University Museum for its amazing prehistoric collection of jewelry, utensils, tools, seals and weapons. After lunch visit Kirti Stambh(Tower of Victory), Sayaji Baug and EME Temple. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.Day 3 : Vadodara - Champaner-Pavgadh Archaeological Park - Vadodara (B, D)Spend this day at Champaner-Pavgadh Archaeological Park,a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This extraordinary park has prehistoric sites, 8th to 14th century palaces, fortifications, religious and residential buildings. Return to Vadodara for dinner and overnight.Day 4 : Vadodara - Bhavnagar (B, D)Early morning leave for Bhavnagar (approx. 4 hours). Check in to your hotel. After lunch and some rest visit the Victoria Park and Shri Adishwar Temple. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.Day 5 : Bhavnagar - Lothal (B, D)Early in the morning take an excursion to Lothal. Flourishing in the 3rd millennium BCE, it is one of the four most important Indus Valley Civilization sites. Excavations have revealed extensive public and private buildings, grain and water storage systems, and roads and pavements. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.Day 6 : Bhavnagar - Junagarh (B, D)Travel by a air-conditioned car or coach to Junagarh (approx. 2 hours). Check in to your hotel. See the edicts of India's greatest ruler Ashoka inscribed on a boulder in the 3rd century BCE. Visit the 1500-year old Buddhist Caves, the Mahabat Maqbara, a mausoleum with exquisite silver doors and the Junagarh Fort. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.Day 7 : Junagarh - Rajkot (B, D)Take a 2-hour drive to Rajkot. Visit the Khambhalida Buddhist Caves, Iskon Temple, Rotary Doll Museum and Shri Ramkrisna Ashram. See a Bollywood movie in a theatre before returning to the hotel for dinner. Your tour will end at Rajkot after dinner. Free drop-off at your hotel in Rajkot.

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