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The Tribal Gujarat

DURATION : 14 Nights / 15 Days

DESTINATIONS : Mumbai - Saputara - Vadodara - Champaner - Chhota Udepur - Ahmedabad - Poshina - Patan - Modhera - Dasada - Zainabad - Bhuj - Gondal

Tour Highlights

Destinations Places to visit
Saputara  Saputara museum
Vadordara Maharaja Sayajirao Museum
Chota Udaipur Champaner Fort, Jama Masjid and Tribal Museum
Udaipur Kol, Kharakwada, Timla, Devhat and HAAT
Ahmedabad VASO tribal village, Gujarat Vidhyapith’s tribal research institute museum and Gandhi Ashram 
Poshina Danta village, Dungri Garacia and Modhera 
Dasada Rann Of Kutch, Wild Ass Sanctuary, and Village safari
Bhuj Banni Tribal, Banni Village, Hodka, Ludiya, Dhordo, Bhujaodi,  Nirona village, Aina Mahal and Kutch Museum

Short Description

Aavo Padharo, words of welcome in the language of Gujarat because it is here that these words ring truly and the guest is 'God'. The people of Gujarat are gregariously friendly, inviting and will entice you to come again and again. People there are very generous and pay huge respect to tourists... place where visitors are considered as God!!

Detailed Itinerary

 
Day 1: Mumbai – Saputara (270 Km - 5 Hours)

Arrive in Mumbai. Our representative will assist you with a warm welcome. Proceed to Saputara. Arrival at Saputara and transfer to hotel. Saputara is a hill resort, known as abode of serpents. It can serve as a base a camp for visiting various tribal villages in the area.Transfer at hotels. After visit Saputara museum that provides an insight into the tribes of dang.

Day 2: Saputara

Post breakfast visit the famous Dangi tribe considered to be the most primitive tribal community of this region. Dang is situated 40 km from Sapuatra. There exist more than 300 villages out of which 94% are of tribal communities.The Bhils–constitute the third largest group of India, they are founds in four state, namely Maharastra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. One of the major requirements of the Bhils is wood and bamboo which they use for various purposes like House construction.The Gamits – Literary meaning of the word Gamit is the Village Guard‘. In the Bhil village the chief of the village is called as Gamiti‘.The Warlis – The name is derived from a word  of waral meaning a piece of land. The Dangs district constitute of an area of 1752 km.

Day 3: Sapuatar – Baroda (Vadordara) (315 km - 5 Hours)

Post breakfast drive to Baroda. Arrival at Baroda & transfer to hotel. Later visit The Maharaja Sayajirao Museum - The museum exhibits a finecollection of European paintings, sculptures, industrial arts and royal family memorabilia. It also contains an excellent collection of the famous Akota Bronzes. Akota lies on the western fringes of the city and was the seat of Jain culture in the 5th century.

Day 4: Vadodara – Champaner – Chota Udepur (115 km - 2.5 Hour)

Early morning drive to Chota Udaipur. Enroute visit Champaner is an ancient fortified City. Visit Champaner Fort is an ancient fort located at the foothills of Pavagdh. Mohammed Begada (The famous Muslim King of Gujarat) captured the fort in 15th Centuary after a long siege against the Khichi Chauhan Rajputs. After visit Jama Masjid – This mosque is a finest example of the Sultanate architecture of Gujarat. It has two tall minarets of 30 meters height, 172 pillars and seven Mihrabs (Prayer Hall). This mosque belongs to 1513 and took 125 years to build and has a wonderful carved entrance and imposing courtyard. Continue drive to chhota Udaipur. Chotta Udaipur has a number of hamlets of the Rathwas, Bhils and other tribals, handicrafts like pottery, arrow crafting, bow making, pithora wall painting etc.

Day 5: Udaipur

After breakfast drive to see the Rathwa and Dhanka tribes in and around the region. There‘s a town called Alirajpur of Rathore Rajput rulers and from Rathore came the region RATH and from Rath the tribals are called Rathwa. The traditional dress of the Rathawa men is a loin cloth (Langoti) and headgear(phenta).  Chhota Udaipur was the princely state of Chauhan Rajput who ruled much of this tribal Area for many years. It is considered one of most primitive tribal belt of Gujarat. The Rathawa and Dhanaka – The Dhanaka is one of small tribal groups of Gujarat. This tribe migrates from central India, worked as agricultural laborers. After Lunch visit tribal villages like Kol, Kharakwada, Timla, Devhat etc. Visit HAAT, weekly market where we can see many tribal people.

Day 6: Chhota Udaipur – Ahmedabad (220 Km - 4 Hours)

After breakfast visit Tribal Museum of Chhota Udepur. Continue drive to Ahmedabad. Enroute visit VASO tribal village This tribal village is most well known for the buildings made of wood. Arrive Ahmedabad. Check into hotel. Later visit Gujarat Vidhyapith’s tribal research institute museum set up in 1962-63 at the insistence of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (closed on Sunday and Public Holidays). Visit Calico museum it‘s simply finest collection of textiles, clothes, furniture, crafts in the country. The calico museum of Textile one of the world‘s finest collection of antique and modern Indian textile. Gandhi Ashram known as ―Harijan Ashram or ―Sabarmati Ashram because it is situated on Sabarmati River. The beautiful ashram complex of Ahmedabad, with shady trees populated by thousand of paraketers, Beaters, sunbirds, squirells, offers a refuge from the loud streets of the city and is one of the foremost tourist attraction of Ahmedabad.This ashram was Gandhi‘s head quarters during the long struggle for Indian independence. His ashram was founded in 1915 and still makes handicrafts, handmade paper and spinning wheels.

Day 7: Ahmedabad – Poshina (190 km - 3.5 Hours)

Early morning Drive to Poshina. Visit Tribal villages of Poshina. It is a centre of Garacia tribal. The village of Poshina is home to a number of artisans the tribal arrow crafters, silver, Potters, blacksmiths and the bazaar is famous for silver tribal jewelry, ORNATE sheathed daggers and terra cotta horses. Around poshina are hamlets of the bhil and garasia tribal communities, known for their colorful Attires and artistic ornaments.

Day 8: Poshina

After breakfast drive to Danta village (60 km from Poshina). Visit Dungri Garacia tribales – The Garasias are bisected in two neighbouring states, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Dungri Garasia is generic term, covering half a dozen endogamous hierarchical sub-tribes calling themselves Garasia or Dungri Garasia. Garasia is very close to Bhil. Due to paucity of good agriculture land there are a few chances of sustainable agriculture andanimal husbandry.

Day 9: Poshina – Patan – Modhera – Dasada

Patan is famous for Patola weaving. Salvi community of people is working with Patola. The queen of textiles is the Patola woven by only few families of Patan. The technique used to weave the patola is the rare double ikkat style which involves dyeing both the wrap threads in the pattern of the final fabrics before setting them on the loom. Patan is also one of the centers for Mushroo, fabrics woven as a combination of silk & cotton with the latter forming the backing. Modhera : Built in 1026 ad during the reign of the solanki king bhima -1, modhera Surya mandir marks the peak of revolution in indo-aryan hindu temple form Typology. It is positioned in such a manner that the rising sun rays illuminate the deity in the inner most sanctum sanctorum through the main Entrance at the time of equinox only.

Day 10: Dasada

Enjoy morning safari at Little Rann Of Kutch viewing rarest wild asses in the region followed by village safari in the evening. Wild Ass Sanctuary- The sanctuary is well known for its group of the stale joke brown Asiatic (Wild ass), which does not live elsewhere in Indian lowlands. We can see with Little Rann of Kutch blackbuck (Indian antelope), nilgai or blue bull (India‘s largest antelope) and the graceful chinkara (Indian gazelle)are other mammals.The main carnivores of the Little Rann of Kutch are the endangered Indian wolf, desert fox, Indian fox, jackals, desert and jungle cats, and a few hyenas; also we can see during the visits flamingoes, pelicans, ducks, cranes and storks. Village safari.
Overnight stay at Rannriders, Dasada.

Day 11: Zainabad – Bhuj (320 km - 6 Hours)

After Breakfast drive to Bhuj. On arrival, check into hotel and rest for a while. In evening proceed to local market area and collector office to take a permit to visit Banni Tribal area (Please all client to need to obtain the permit). over night stay at Bhuj.

Day 12: Bhuj

Early morning proceed to Banni Village to see various people like Jat, Harijan, Meghawal and Mutva etc in various villages like Hodka, Ludiya and Dhordo.Banni means ―a cluster of village. In Banni area of Kutch the Meghwal-Harijans who migrated from Rajasthan use Khambira, Kharek, Kudi Stiches in their embroidery. Also outline and satin stitch embroidery of the area and very minute mirror designs similar to the famous Mutwa embroidery of the area. They make wall hangings, waistcoats and pouches in Kharek Stich and do 'Moti Bharat' or beadwork on handheld fans, bracelets, toys and belts.After visit HODKA village – Hodka derives from the Gujarati word Hodi‘which meansboat‘. Since, the villages here are called jheels, where potable water is available. Hodka is famous for its beautiful embroidery and mud work as much as Leather craft. Visit LUDIYA village - Harijans and Muslims are main communities in this village. The main occupations are: monsoon farming, cattle rearing, intricate wood carving, intricate embroidery work, mud-work and wall painting for decorating homes. Harijan men are involved with wood carving, the women take up embroidery and wall-decoration. Visits to DHORDO to see beautiful traditional mud houses (Bhungas) with mirror work and its fine Mutwa embroidery with tiny mirrors.

Day 13: Bhuj

After breakfast drive to Bhujaodi 10 km out off Bhuj, artisans weave thick shawls and blankets on pit looms dug into the crouch mud houses (Bhungas) decorated with gargomati. The ancient tradition of weaving shawls and blankets from coarse sheep hair came into existence generations ago essentially as a form of barter between the "rabari" community or the nomadic grazing community and the vankars (weavers) — "the rabaris brought us the sheep hair from which we made blankets and shawls for them after spinning the sheep hair into wool.The women are dressed in black wollen clothes. After proceed to Nirona village – A Koli tribal woman in Nirona Village, north of GujaratIn her part of this highly productive craft producing area theymade lacquered wooden goods. Also visit several artisans and admire their unique crafts like Roghan painting clothes, copper bell making, lacquer work on wood and wollen shawl weaving. over night  stay at Bhuj.

Day 14: Bhuj – Gondal (254 km - 5 Hours)

After having a breakfast visit Aina Mahal, is the most famous and one of its main highlights. The palace is surrounded by a small, fortified courtyard built in the 18th century and is located in the old part of the city.The Kutch Museum, once known as the Ferguson Museum, is the oldest museum in the state. It was established in 1877 and has a good collection of artifacts, depicting the history and culture of Bhuj and its surroundings. Continue drive to Gondal (300 km). on arrival, check into Hotel.

Day 15: Gondal – Ahmedabad (270 km - 5.2 Hours)

In the morning proceed to visit Jetpur 30 km from Gondal. It is famous for the workshops of block and screen printings and a centre of yarn-dyeing. Continue drive to Ahmedabad and transfer to Airport / Railway station.

Hotel Details

We have a bunch of hotels which are to be finalised as per the clients's taste n monetary budget / as per the queries...!!

Inclusions / Exclusions

The Price Includes:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per program.
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Arrival/Departure with assistance.
  • AC transport as per program.
  • English Speaking Local Guide as per Program.
  • One bottle of water per person per day.
  • All fuel, parking, toll, state taxes & driver allowances.
  • All applicable taxes (Excluding Govt. Service Tax 3.50%).

The Price excludes:

  •  Any airfare / visa / insurance
  •  Any meals except mentioned in the column cost includes.
  •  Any Monument Entrance Fees.
  •  Any expenses of personal nature such as tips, beverages, laundry, telephone calls, photography, video fee, etc.
  •  Any new taxes / fees imposed by the Government.

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