Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad was founded by Sultan Ahmad Shah in the year 1411 A.D. with Blessings of his spiritual adviser Shaikh Ahmad KhattuGanjBaksha of Sarkhej at the site of an old town of Ashawal and Karnavati. Ahmedabad grew in wealth and splendor for a hundred years and became the centre of skilled craftsmen and merchants. The ancient monuments in and around the City of Ahmedabad may be broadly grouped under two main periods, the first that of Ahmad shah – 1 datable to the first half of the 15th century A.D. , and the second, the period of Mahmud Begada, datable to the second half of 15th century A.D.

Places to visit:

Gandhi Ashram

On a quiet peaceful stretch of the Sabarmati river, Mahatma Gandhi set up a simple retreat in 1915. This was his Satyagrah Ashram and for many years it was the nerve centre of India’s freedom movement

Hutheesingh Jain Temple

Built outside the Delhi Gate in 1850 by a rich Jain merchant, the Hutheesing Temple is the best known of Ahmedabad’s many ornate Jain temples.

Shreyas Folk Museum :Shreyas Folk Museum is an educational museum exhibiting folk arts and crafts of Gujarat.

SidiSayed Mosque

One part of the wall in the old citadel of the mosque built by Ahmed Shah’s slave, SidiSayed, is celebrated the world over for its exquisite stone window tracery – a superb & peerless example of delicate carving that transforms stone into filigree.

Adalaj Step-well

It is situated 17kms north of Ahmedabad. AdalajVav is richly carved, every pillar and wall surface covered with leaves and flowers, birds and fishes and friezes of ornamental designs.

Jamnagar

Jamnagar (About this sound pronunciation (help•info)) is a city located on the western coast of India in the state of Gujarat in Saurashtra (region).

The modern look of the city was initially given by Jam SahebShriRanjitsinhji, who actual built the city with all the modern infrastructure of that era was done during his reign during 1920s, the city was thereafter substantially developed by Jam SahebShriDigvijaysinhjiRanjitsinhji in the 1940s, when it was part of the Princely state of Nawanagar. The city lies just to the south of the Gulf of Kutch, some 337 kilometres (209 mi) west of the state capital, Gandhinagar.

Places to Visit

Bala Hanuman Temple

Highly venerated among the devotees of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Bala Hanuman Temple is famous the world over for the continuous chanting of the mantra “Jai Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram”. Starting since 1st August, 1964, the chant is still continuing and has earned the temple a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Lakhota Lake

In the centre of Jamnagar, and in the middle of the lake, is the magnificent old structure: which now houses a mini museum .A holy saintsDargah is also there where people go to offer their respects. Even walking on the causeway for reaching the museum is soothing to the senses.

Dwarka

Dwarka an ancient city, housing one of the principal pilgrimages – ‘Dwarkadhish temple’ of Hindus. According to the legend, Lord Krishna moved to this coastal town to set up a capital. Marine excavations of the Dwarka coast have revealed important evidences of ancient city, which probably include the ‘Dwarawati’ of the ‘Krishna Lila’. Today, it is not only a major pilgrimage site but a pleasant spot for a beach holiday.

Another popular place in Dwarka, part of the Dwarkadhish Temple is SabhaMandap. It is a 60-pillared hall, which houses almost 2500 years old scriptures. The hall has ‘jharokhas’, offering a nice view of the nearby flowing Gomti River.

Places to visit

Bet Dwarka

Bet is situated at 30kms from Dwarka and is surrounded by sea from all sides. One can reach Bet from Dwarka through Okha by road. On reaching Okha port jetty, one can reach Bet through a little sea journey in a launch or in a small boat.

Nageshwar Temple or Nagnath Temple

It is located on the route between Gomati Dwarka and the Bait Dwarka Island on the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat. The Jyotirlinga enshrined in the Temple of Nagnath is known as NageshwarMahadev and attracts thousands of pilgrims all round the year. This powerful Jyotirlinga symbolizes protection from all poisons. It is said that those who pray to the NageshwarLinga become free of poison. The RudraSamhitasloka refers to Nageshwar with the phrase ‘DaarukaavaneNaagesham’

The Rukmini temple

Dating from 12 to 13 Century, was built in honor of Rani Rukmani, princess of Vidharba, which was to be married to Sishupala, but fled with Lord Krishna. This small temple, 1.5 km north of the city, is an architectural masterpiece. The temple walls are decorated with beautiful paintings and sculptures.

GopiTalav

This is the place where Lord Krishna used to play with his Gopikas. There is a small pond where it is said that Lord Krishna used to play with the GopikaStrees (Gopika Women).

Diu

Diu a beautiful blend of sea, sand and sun, Diu is a God’s gift to those in quest of a blessed land where the weary weight of this unintelligible world can, for a while, be lightened and the waking soul can hear the music of the nature. This tiny island of breeze, beauty and serenity situated off the southern tip of the Saurashtra peninsula of Gujarat, lapped by the Arabian Sea, is a picture of calmness with superb beaches and a fascinating history.

Places to visit

St.Paul’schurch

The Church adorned with curiously treated volutes & shell-like motifs and the magnificient wood carving is considered to be the most elaborate of all the Portugese churches in India.

 

 

Diu Fort

This majestic structure stands onthe coast of Diu sentinel. Once inside, you are overwhelmed by the gaunt majesty of the ancient stone work

which transports you to a bygone era of gallant soldiers where time stands still.

Nagoabeach

The Nagoa beach is exceptionally beautiful & quiet. In the exceptionally beautiful horse-shoe (semicircular) shaped beach.

Kutch – Bhuj

Bhuj is the main town of Kutch, another example of a fortified town characterized by narrow streets and labyrinthine alleyways, walls within walls and imposing gates towers, old buildings from the wards and fanciful carved Hindu temples. Amidst the Desert land of infinite dimensions, are suspended, quaint little villages. These are the last villages on the India-Pakistan border. Here you will come across master craft people’ exposing their traditional art, turning our master pieces every day. Their ornaments, clothes, utensils, everything they use – will make you feel as if you have stepped into lifestyle museum leaving you spellbound.

Places to visit:

Bhujodi

A small town just 8 km southeast of Bhuj, Bhujodi is a major textile center of Kutch, with the vast majority of the 1200 inhabitants involved in textile handicraft production. Here you can meet weavers, tie-dye artists and block printers, most of whom belong to the Vankar community. Many will let you watch them work; just ask around.

Aaina Mahal Palace

AinaMahal Palace was built by Rao Lakhpatji in 1750 AD. AinaMahal is a part of a large palace complex. It is a two storey building with Darbar Hall, hall of mirrors, and suites for royal family. In the 18th century, the Rao Lakhpatji sent a local craftsman RamsinghMalam to Europe to perfect his skills in glassmaking, enamelling, tile making and iron founding.

Kutch Museum

The Kutch Museum, formerly known as the Fergusson Museum, was founded by MaharaoKhengarji III in 1877 AD. The Kutch museum is the oldest museum in Gujarat. This museum is built in the Italian style and located in picturesque surroundings on the banks of the Hamirsar Lake. The museum has a large collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, various archaeological objects, arms and specimens of various crafts of the Kutch region

Sumrasar Village

Sumrasar – Kala Raksha Center in Sumrasar Sheikh village, designed by Ahmedabad architect R. J. Vasavada, follows KALA RAKSHA’s philosophy of innovation within traditions. The buildings are based on the traditional round bhungas, but use contemporary materials and technology.

JURA – NIRONA

Jura and Nirona to meet master craftsmen eliasLohar or Haji Vali Mohammad to learn about the skill-intensive process of tuning the famous copper bells of Jura. Nirona, about 6 km from Jura, is home to about half a dozen distinct craft forms. Visit AbdukGafarKhatri, who belongs to the last remaining family of Rogan artisans, and watch him use a metal stick and some castor-oil based colors to create vivid compositions,. Observe Sugar saya or mala Khamisa in Vadavas as they transform wood with bright lacquer colors.

On arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon will proceeds to visit

KaloDungar

KaloDungar or Black Hill is the highest point in Kutch, Gujarat, India, at 462 m. It is located at 97 km from District headquarters of Bhuj and 25 km from nearest town Khavda. This is probably the only place in Kachchh from where a panoramic view of the Great Rann of Kutch is possible. Since it is located very near to the Pakistan border, there is an Army post at the top; beyond here, only military personnel are allowed.

Dhordo

Dhordo is a tribal settlement situated on the Ludiya-Bhuj road, in Kutch District of Gujarat. From this place, it is around 20minutes drive to the fringes of the Indo-Pak frontier.

This ethnic village is famous for Mutwa embroidery, which is a native art of the Maldhari, as sub-caste of the Muslim community. This highly involved sewing usually makes use of silk threads.

The Bhungas, the grass-roofed mud huts, are typical of this village. Made of traditional clay and white wash pattern, the huts are decorated with wall paintings glinting with mirror-work.

SasanGir

SasanGir is the only place in the world outside Africa, where the lion can be seen in his natural habitat. Gir’s bio-diversity rivals any National Park in India. The forest harbors a variety of smaller animals and birds. Other predators are Panther and the Hyena. The Indian Deer, Sambar, Spotted deer, Blue bull, Chinkara and the Chowsingha (four horned antelope) are found here, along with the bear and the long tailed langur.

Vadodara

Vadodara, formerly called Baroda, is a city in Gujurat, a state in western India. KirtiMandir is the mausoleum of the Gaekwad dynasty, which ruled until 1949. It has murals by Bengali artist Nandalal Bose. Tambekar Wada is a 4-story wooden townhouse with 19th-century murals depicting scenes from the Mahabharata epic poem. The Lakshmi Vilas Palace features both Indian and European architectural styles.

Places to Visit

Laxmi Vilas Palace

The Laxmi Vilas Palace was the official residence of the erstwhile Maharajahs of Baroda. Though a little down at heel and run down, the palace still has impressive interiors done up with Venetian glass, crystal chandeliers, Italian marble and mosaic and find porcelain and marble statues from Europe. The tiered step-well called the NaulakhiBaoli which got its name because of the fact that it could store 9million gallons of water is near the palace.

Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery

The famous museum was built in 1894 on the lines of Victoria & Albert and Science Museums of London. Major Mant in association with R.F. Chisholm who refined some of Mant’s finest works to make genuine Indo-Saracenic architecture designed the Building of this Museum. It preserves a rich collection of art, sculpture, ethnography & ethnology. Several of the paintings are not only original but masterpieces at the picture gallery. The picture gallery which offers an excellent collection of originals by famous British painters Turner and constable and many others attract tourists from every part of the country.

Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum

The building was constructed as a school for the Maharaja’s children. Today a large number of works of art belonging to the Maratha Royal family are displayed in the museum. The museum contains works of art collected by Maharaja Sir SayajiraoGaekwad III during his numerous trips out of India. The major works of art in this museum are the paintings by European and Indian artists including a collection of the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, who was specially commissioned by the then Maharaja of Baroda. The collection includes portraits of the Royal family in addition to the paintings based on Hindu mythology for which Raja Ravi Varma was famous.

Porbandar

Porbandar City in the Indian state of Gujarat, perhaps best known for being the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi and Sudama (friend of lord Krishna). It is the administrative centre of Porbandar district.

Place to Visit

Kirti temple

It is also known as house & born place of Mahatma Gandhi. In back side house of Kasturba wife of Gandhi. Also visit of Gandhi museum, study room of Mahatma Gandhi in the Kirti temple.

Sudama Temple

The SudamaMandir, situated in the centre of the town, was built in the name of Lord Krishna’s childhood friend and devotee, Sudama, remembering their friendship. It is the only temple in the entire country that is dedicated to Sudama.

Somanth

One of the most revered and an important center of culture and nationalism. The legendary temple contains a ‘Jyotirlinga’. This temple destroyed, built & rebuilt several times, it represents the eternal beauty & strength of the Indian society. The present splendid structure was rebuilt about five decades ago, at the exact spot where the original shrine was located. The iron man of India SardarVallabhbhai Patel was instrumental in the construction of the present temple.

Places to visit:

Somnath Temple

A lord Shiva temple known as Jyotirling built by Moon God

Bhalka Tirth

BhalkaTeerth) is a holy tirth (pond) in Somnath along Prabhas-Veraval highway. It is believed that this is the place where Lord Krishna was hit by an arrow shot by a hunter known as Jara. Lord Krishna was sitting under a Banyan tree in meditation when the hunter mistook the legs as a dear and shot at.

Triveni Ghat

TriveniGhat in Somanth is the confluence of three holy rivers namely Kapil, Hiran and a mystical River Saraswathy. It is believed that the rivers flow to the ultimate destination of Sea from here. This symbolizes the human birth, life and death. This is a sacred location for taking dip in the TriveniSangam. It is believed that the holy bath in the waters at this Ghat offers relief from all curses and ills happened in the whole life.TriveniGhat has a significant place in Hindu Mythology and Puranas.

Ambaji Temple

Ambaji temple is one of the most revered temples of India and it has a rich historical and cultural significance. Learn more about this temple.

Geography

AmbajiTempleAmbaji temple is situated in the town of Ambaji that lies in the TalukaDanta of Banaskantha district of North Gujarat India. The beautiful Aravalli hills surround the Ambaji town and Ambaji is said to reside in the “line of peaks”. The Aravalli hills are also known as Mewat hills locally. Ambaji town is located between the borders of many places like North Gujarat and Abu Road of Rajasthan.

Summers in Ambaji are fiery with temperatures between 30 degrees to 46 degrees with strong winds. In winter the temperature angels from 10 degrees to 36 degrees and this makes it a pleasant time to visit. Monsoons are the best time to visit with average 20 inches of rainfall. The temple is at an altitude of 480 meters.

About The Temple

Ambaji is a critically important temple which has thousands of devotees flocking towards it every week. The location of this temple makes it easily approachable from many major places like 65 km from Palanpur, 45 km from Mount Abu, 50 km from Ahmedabad, 50 k from Kadiyadra and 20 km from Abu Road.

Interestingly inside the sacred ArasuriAmbaji temple, there is no statue or image of the Goddess. Priests had decorated the upper part of the Gokh in such a way that it looks like the idol of the Goddess from a far distance. The Yantra Holy Shree is worshipped as the original deity. It’s not permitted to photograph the Yantra. On Purnima days, the temple acquires a divine light and lakhs of devotees visit it to soak in its beauty and spirituality. A huge fair is held on BhadraPurnima and many people walk from their native homes to reach the temple.

Inside the temple, there is a shining golden Shakti Visa ShriYantra that has Kurma back in a convex shape and 51 Bij letters with it. There is the synchronous equation between these Yantra and those found in Ujjain and Nepal. This is the main center of worship and it has sacred Vedic text on special geometrical configurations. One can only worship Shree Visa Yantra after a bandage is tied on the eyes.

There is glorious red flag over the temple peak and the temple is made of white marble with gold cones. The Nagar Brahmins of the area had built the temple and according to sacred dictates only two doors to the temple were constructed (a large front door and a small side door). The temple is surrounded from all sides by ChacharChowk and Havan are performed here.

There is a rectangular holy Kund called Mansarovar which is at a small distance from Ambaji temple.

Significance as Shakti Peeth

The radiance of MaaAmba makes her a revered shrine amongst the worshippers of the Shaktism sect of Devout Hindus. This is a powerful Shakti Peeth as the heart of Devi Sati had fallen here. There is an interesting legend behind the attainment of the Shakti Peeth Status that is inscribed in DakshaYaga Mythology. Each Shakti Peeth was formed after one part of the body of the Goddess Sati Devi fell into that particular place. Bards say that Lord Shiva had danced with the corpse of Sati Devi in terrible anger and sorrow and her body has disintegrated into 51 pieces. The Shakti Peeth has a strong tantric connection and BatukBhairav is associated with this temple.