Gujarat Tribal Tour Know all about the life, culture and lifestyle of the tribal people living in various parts of Gujarat.
Day 01: Arrival at Mumbai
On arrival at Mumbai airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and then transferred to the hotel, where you will check in and spend the night. Mumbai is the economic center of India and hence buzzes with activity, round the clock. This cluster of seven islands derives it name from Mumbadevi, who is the patron deity of the oldest inhabitants of the region, Koli fisher folk. The city sparkles with numerous shopping arcades, nightclubs, discotheques, theatres, gourmet restaurants and fascinating tourist avenues.
Day 02: Mumbai - Saputara
The day will begin with a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel, after which you will be driven to Saputara. Once there you will check into the hotel and have sometime to freshen up. Later you will visit the Nageshwar Mahadev Temple, which is dedicated to lord Shiva. This ancient shrine is considered as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas and hence is visited by thousands of devotees, every year. Later, if time allows, you will visit Saputara museum, where you can see various exhibits related to the tribes of Dang region. Some of the most exquisite items on display here are tribal ornaments and musical instruments. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Saputara.
Day 03: Saputara
After an early morning delicious breakfast, you will visit the tribal villages located in the Dang area. Some of the major tribes of the region are Bhils, Kunbis, Warlis and Gamits. Later you will be taken to Ahwa, where you will experience the fair like ambience of weekly tribal market and can also shop for various intriguing tribal artifacts and handicraft items. In evening you will be taken back to the hotel, where you can enjoy the performance of Dangi Dance. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Saputara.
Day 04: Saputara -Vadodara
In the morning, after having a traditional breakfast at leisurely pace, you will visit the ostentatious Lakshmi Vilas Palace & Art museum (if entry permission is granted). This magnificent palace is one of the most important landmarks of this city and houses an elaborate museum as well. Besides fascinating royal memorabilia, the most significant exhibits here include the original works of Raja Ravi Verma. Later, you will be taken on a tour of historic town of Dabhoi. Besides being a pilgrimage center for Hindus and Jains, the town also serves as the gateway to Narmada Dam. Walking through its rustic roads, you will experience the old world charm of the place. Continue the journey to Vadodara for overnight stay.
Day 05: Vadodara
After the breakfast you will visit the weekly tribal markets at Udepur/ Kanwat or Rangpur/ Sajadi, depending on the timing of your trip. At these markets you will closely be able to observe economic and social workings of various tribes of the region, such as the Rathwas, Bhils and Nayaks. The museum at Chotta Udepur, also makes an interesting site to visit. In Afternoon, the lunch will be organized at Jambughoda in a natural resort. While returning to Vadodara, a halt will be taken to see some painted houses of Rathwas Tribe and also at Champaner (Pavagadh). Here you will visit Jami Mosque, the walls of the old Fort and Sahar Ki Masjid. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Vadodara.
Day 06: Vadodara - Ahmedabad
The day will begin with a delectable breakfast, after which you will be driven to Ahmedabad. Once there, you will check into the hotel and take a brief rest, later the afternoon sightseeing tour of the city will commence. The highlights will include Calico Textile Museum and intricately carved Hutheesing Jain Temple. In afternoon you will visit Sidi Sayed Mosque, well known for its magnificent structure. You will get a chance to see Vidyapith tribal museum and Gandhi Ashram as well. This ashram is the place where Mahatma Gandhi spent his days during the Indian freedom struggle. Dinner will be organized at Vishala Ethnic Village Resort, where along with traditional Gujarati meal, you will also get to enjoy various cultural performances, you can also visit Utensil Museum located in its compound. The night will be spent at the hotel in Ahmedabad.
Day 07: Ahmedabad - Poshina
The day will as usual begin with a filling breakfast, after which you will be visiting the Swami Narayan Temple in Kalupur and from there the heritage walk of the walled city of Ahmedabad will start, during which you will get to experience the rich history of the region, after passing through the bylanes of the old city. The walk will culminate at the Jami mosque. Later on you will be driven to Poshina, en-route a brief stopover will be made at the Adalaj Stepwell, a marvelous five storey structure. Once in Poshina, you will check into the Heritage Hotel Darbargarh, where you will be staying for the night.
Day 08: Poshina
The day will begin quite early, as you will visit the streets of Poshina, where with breaking of the dawn you will spot, numerous Garcia girls in their traditional attire carrying woods from the jungle to sell off at the local markets. Later return to the hotel, where a delectable breakfast will be served for you. Thereafter, the whole day tour of Poshina will commence, it will include a walk through the village, which will give you a chance to see the Adivasi and Rabari tribes. You will also be taken on a visit to villages of Gowala and Garacia tribes. The tour would also include a visit to the Kumbharia Jain temple, pottery and terracotta horse village of Saleka and few other tribal temples. In the evening after returning to the hotel, you can enjoy the traditional dances of the region, performed by the local artists. Overnight stay will be at Poshina.
Day 09: Poshina - Ambaji - Patan - Modhera - Dasada
The breakfast will be served at the hotel, after which you will be driven to Ambaji, where you will take a walk through its colorful and bursting bazaar, the walk ends at the sacred Ambaji temple. Later after paying homage to the Goddess, you will be taken to the ancient city of Patan, located on the banks of the revered Sarswati River. This region is known for its traditional art of weaving, Patola, which you will see firsthand being woven and then take a break to have lunch. Thereafter, you will visit the beautiful setpwell known as the Rani Ki Vav. Your next stop would be Modhera, where you will see the magnificent Modhera Sun temple. By late evening, you will reach Dasada, here you will check into hotel and spend the night.
Day 10: Dasada
After a filling breakfast in the first half of the morning, the day trip to Little Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary will be organized. Here you will be able to watch various colorful and endangered avian fauna like flocks of Siberian Cranes and flamingos. This sanctuary also serves as a home to highly endangered Asiatic wild Ass. A short visit to the Agaria salt workers will also be included in the trip. Later in afternoon, you will be taken on a tour of Goriyawad and Ambala villages, which are home to Vadiara Rabari, Koli and Bhairwad tribes. These villages are located in the in close proximity of Dasada. You will also get a chance to interact with some semi-nomadic tribals like the Mirs and Bajanias, living in this region. The overnight stay will be at the hotel in Dasada.
Day 11: Dasada - Bhuj
The day will begin with traditional breakfast, after which you will visit Dudhrej, which is one of the most sacred holy shrines of the Rabari tribe. Later you will be driven to Bhuj, however on way brief halts, will be taken at some of the Rabari villages, such as Chobari, May, Midiyara and Kumbhardi. By late evening, you will reach Bhuj, where you will check into a hotel and stay overnight.
Day 12: Bhuj
After breakfast, the sightseeing tour of Bhuj will kick off with a visit to its local markets. Then you will visit other interesting sites like Bhujia Fort, Darbargadh and Pragmahal Palace, the Royal Cenotaph and the Aina Mahal Museum. Later in order to go further into the tribal region, you will need to good to the DSP Office to get the required permits. After which, the afternoon excursion to Dhamadka will commence. Here you will see the tribal art of block printing being practiced by the Khatri tribe, later you will visit, Dhaneti to observe the traditional embroidery done by the members of Ahir tribe. The trip will also include a visit to the weavers of Vankar tribe, who are settled in Bhujodi. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Bhuj.
Day 13: Bhuj - Hodka
Once you have had breakfast, you will be driven to Sumerasar, where you will visit the Khatri tribe village and museum. Afterwards, you will visit the Jura Village, where Sodha Raiputs and the Maru Meghwar tribes are settled. Moving onwards you will get a chance to visit Nirona, where you will see Rogan painting being done by Khatri family, the art of making copper bells practiced by the Lohar tribe and will also get a chance to interact with the members of the Vadhas tribe, who are known to transform simple pieces of wood into items of household use, with help of bright lacquer colors. By afternoon you will reach Hodka and check into Shaam E Sarhad Resort. After brief rest you will visit Hodka village, where Harijan Community lives. The overnight stay will be at hotel in Hodka.
Day 14: Hodka
The day will begin early with a delightful breakfast, after which you will visit the Sararo village, the home of the Jat tribe. Then you will visit the Meghwar tribe, known for its vibrantly painted homes and later interact with the Raisipotra Muslim people. A shot break will be taken, when you will have lunch at the resort. Then you will meet Meghwar community of Ludia village. Continuing your onward journey you will come across Meghwar and Samma tribal communities of Khavda. Later you shall reach the last destination of the Kala Dungar, which is the Indo-Pakistan border. Here you will watch the scarlet sunset and then return to Shaam E Sarhad Resort, where Kutchi People will perform their cultural dances. You will stay the night at the resort in Hodka.
Day 15: Hodka - Bhuj - Mumbai
After early morning breakfast at the hotel, you will visit Dhordo village to meet the Muthwas tribe. Muthwas are a tribe of cattle-breeders. However their women are known to create interesting artwork using mud and mirrors, excellent examples of which you can see on the aesthetically decorated walls of their huts in the village. Later, you will be transferred to Bhuj airport, to board the flight for Mumbai. From Mumbai international airport, you will take the connecting flight for your onward journey.
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