A day trip to Modhera Sun Temple and Patan Stepwell

Day Trips & Excursions in Patan
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Tour description

This 8-hours of a private tour will take you to the City of Modhera and Patan where you will get the opportunity to witness some beautiful architecture and art. In Modhera you will visit an ancient Sun Temple. In Patan, you will visit some beautiful step wells and interact with silk weavers who specialise in a weaving technique called double Ikkat.

You will drive to Modhera and Patan and visit some spectacular sights (approx 250 km return trip).You will begin with Modhera, a site famous for its Sun Temple. Constructed in 1026 c.e. by Bhimadeva of the Solanki Rajput clan, it is an exemplary model of art and architecture from the 11th century — a style that will later influence the development of temple architecture in the neighbouring region as well.The Temple also has a rectangular step tank with about 108 shrines. In another part of the temple, you can see a panel of traditional erotic sculptures in a style that rivals that of Khajuraho and Konark. Unlike the Konark Sun Temple in Orissa, which rests on 12 wheels of a chariot, Modhera has been built on the petals of a lotus.Next, you will visit Patan. The city was an ancient Hindu capital before being ransacked by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1024. Now a pale shadow of its former self, it still has over 100 Jain temples. Patan is an example of the Solanki-period architecture, which can be seen at the Ran-Ki-Vav step-well, the oldest and perhaps the grandest among more than 120 step-wells in Gujarat. No other step-well in India is so profusely adorned as the Ran-Ki-Vav. Patan is also known for its Patola silk weavers. These weavers belong to the Salvi community who practice an intricate weaving technique called double ikkat. You will visit a weaver and see this technique as well.

What's included

  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned private vehicle
  • Bottled water

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Camera Fees