Kite Festival

Experience the famous kite festival of Gujarat and enjoy watching the colorful kites in the sky and the compettion between the kite-flyers

 

Kite Festival Tour Gujarat

Mumbai - Bhuj - Gondal - Sasan Gir - Diu - Bhavnagar - Ahmedabad - Mumbai

Gujrat Kite Festival Tour
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In Gujarat, The International Kite Festival is always held at Ahmedabad on January 14, to coincide with the festival of Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti. It is a day when every family can meet outdoors 'cutting' each other's kites. The people of Gujarat celebrate Uttarayan with a lot of enthusiasm and all business comes to a grinding halt for a couple of days. The festival lures expert kite-makers and fliers not only from major cities of India but also from around the world. A plethora of designer kites are also put on display. It is also a celebration to mark the end of winter.

During this Kite festival of India flying begins at dawn and continues without a pause throughout the day. Friends, neighbors and total strangers battle one another for supremacy and cries of triumph rend the air when someone cuts the line of a rival. A tremendous variety of kites are seen and the connoisseur can choose precisely what he wants. Experts specially prepare the lines with which the kites are flown on the great day.

 

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Program

04th Jan 2015: Mumbai Arrival

Fly to Mumbai. On arrival in Mumbai, you will be Greeted and Escorted by Indo Asia Tour Executive to your Hotel.Gate way of India

On arrival at hotel check in. (Room will be available from 1200 Noon)

Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay. India's most cosmopolitan city, an ancient port and trading center. This palm -fringed shore of the Arabian Sea was the British Empire's entrance to its `Crown Jewel'. Mumbai is also center for Hindi films made in India called "Bollywood", with a credit of almost 900 films a year.

Overnight at the Hotel

 

05th Jan 2015: Mumbai – Bhuj (By Flight)

After breakfast transfer to the airport to board the flight for Bhuj.Bhuj

local ruler Maharao Hamir founded the city of Bhuj in 1510. In 1549 Rao Khengarji I, another local ruler, made Bhuj his capital. It remained an independent princely state during the rule of the British in India and became a part of India, when it gained independence in 1947.

On arrival check in at Hotel.

Important – Later visits the Foreign Registration office to take a permit to visit Banni Tribal area.

Foreign Registration Office at Bhuj remains closed on 2nd & 4th Saturday, Sunday and Public holidays. Clients have to keep photocopy of their passport and visa with them and clients have to go personally to DSP office.

Overnight in the Hotel.

 

06th Jan 2015: Bhuj
After breakfast full day excursion of Northern Banni Village.

Banni the last village on the border is a Desert land of infinite dimensions, and in its midst, quaint little villages suspended in Time. Here you will come across master craft people expositioning their traditional art, turning our masterpieces everyday. There ornaments, clothes, utensils, everything they use - will make you feel as if you have stepped into lifestyle museum leaving you spellbound.


Here you will come across master craft people expositioning their traditional art, turning our master pieces everyday. There ornaments, clothes, utensils, everything they use - will make you feel as if you have stepped into lifestyle museum leaving you spellbound.

Later drive back to Bhuj for overnight stay.

Overnight in the Hotel.

 

07th Jan 2015: Bhuj
After breakfast full day excursion of Southern Banni Village.

Overnight in the Hotel

 

08th Jan 2015: Bhuj – Gondal (Approx 310 Kms – 06 ½ Hrs)

After early breakfast drive to Gondal.

En-route visit the Wankaner. Wankaner derives its name from the geographical feature related to the location of the town: 'Wanka' means a bend and 'ner' means water stream in Gujarati. Wankaner literally means a bend on the stream and it is located on the bend of the Machchhu river.

Later continue your drive to Gondal. On arrival transfer to the Orchard Palace.
After some rest be ready for a visit to the Naulakha Palace, adorned with stone carvings. It was constructed as a gift for Maharaja Bhagwat Sinh Ji, when he completed 25 years of his rule on Gondal. You will also visit an amazing collection of vintage cars. You shall also be taken to the Bhuvaneswary Ayurvedic Library, where you will be initiated with the process of making the centuries old Ayurvedic medicines.

Overnight in the Hotel.

 

09th Jan 2015: Gondal – Junagadh – Sasan Gir (Approx 140 Kms – 03 ½ Hrs)

After breakfast drive to Sasangir. On the way, visit Junagadh.
Goldal
Junagadh has lovely houses with Stuccowork - Italian influence. You will visit the museum, Fort with Buddhist caves and Ashokan Edict.

After the sightseeing, continue your drive to Sasangir. On arrival in Sasangir, transfer to Camp
Sasangir is the only place in the world outside Africa, where the Lion can be seen in its natural habitat. The last remaining Bastion of the Asiatic Lion, Gir is also home to one of the largest Leopard populations in any park in India, making it an excellent place to see big cats of a different kind.

Overnight in the camps.

 

10th Jan 2015: Sasan Gir – Diu (Approx. 110 Kms / 03 Hrs)

In the morning, you shall be taken on a safari to Sasan Gir national park. This sanctuary is known all over the world for being the natural abode of Asiatic lions. A safari in the Gir National Park will be one of the most memorable and popular highlights of this trip.
The forests in Sasangir consist of dry desert vegetation, with scrub and thorn bushes extending over the dry soil and the rough rocky outcrops. The vegetation thins out giving tourists a better chance to see the animals and birds in the Sasangir National Park, Gujarat. Enjoy viewing the Asiatic Lion and the flora and fauna of Sasangir National Park.

After the safari depart for Diu, en route visiting the Somnath Temple. The temple contains wonderful piece of architectural work, it is the famous lord Shiva temple that has one of the 12 Jyotirlingas.
Sasan Gir
Later continue your drive to Diu. On arrival in Diu, check in at the hotel.

Later, enjoy the afternoon walk through the town to enjoy the Portuguese flair of the city.
Diu along with Goa was a Portuguese colony.

Overnight at the Hotel.

 

11th Jan 2015: Diu

After having breakfast, you shall head on for a sightseeing tour of Diu. You will visit popular tourist attractions like St. Paul Church, Diu Museum, etc.  Afternoon is free at beach.


Overnight at the Hotel.

 

12th Jan 2015: Diu – Bhavnagar (Approx 200 Kms – 04 Hrs)

After early breakfast drive to Bhavnagar. Bhavnagar, the place of several lakes and temples. Bhavnagar lies in the southeast corner of the peninsular region of Gujarat known as Kathiawad or Saurashtra.

On arrival check in at Hotel Nilambagh Palace.
Bhavnagar
Nilambagh Palace Bhavnagar was originally built as a private dwelling to Sir Takhat Singh. The German architect Mr. Simsom is the mastermind behind this elegant structure built in 1859. The house has been converted into a renowned heritage hotel in the state of Gujarat. The hotel is a heady mix of splendid royal charm and modern luxuries.

The Nilambagh palace is set in 40,000 sq ft of lawn and garden. The pillared portico, stepped arches, pleasant centre courtyard, turning marble staircase, the dining hall furnished with European chandeliers, Belgian mirrors, oil paintings and carved Burma teak furniture, the lobby with its king sized royal portraits, stuffed panthers and chandeliers an the historic library are some highlights of the property.

Later City tour of Bhavnagar, visiting the Gandhi Smriti, which has a library, a small museum, gallery and memorial to the founder of India.

Overnight in the Hotel.

 

13th Jan 2015: Bhavnagar – Palitana – Lothal – Ahmedabad (Approx 200 Kms -  05 Hrs)

After breakfast drive to Ahmedabad. En-rote visit Palitana.

It is the base for visiting one of the 5 important pilgrimage centers of the Jains. The impressive Jain temple complex on Shatrunjaya hill is at an altitude of 591 m. Palitana has a name for diamond cutting and horse breeding. Shatrunjaya City, is the largest temple complex of India. The ascent of 3.5 Kms climb up a winding path has 3950 steps. The temple complex has 863 temples strung along two ridges of the hill, with further temples in the hollow. Muslims destroyed these temples in the 14 and 15th centuries. Most of the temples are named after their founders and are mostly built over a period of 1000 years in the11th century and rebuilt in the 16th century"

Later drive to Ahmedabad. Just before 80 Kms from Ahmedabad visit Lothal.

Lothal city is one of the well known cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization. The origin and history of Lothal can be dated back to 2400 BC. Lothal in Gujarat is one of the primary sites of archaeology. Though, it was discovered in the year 1954, but its excavation work began on the February 13, 1955, which continued till May 19, 1960. It was done by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

After visit of Lothal, drive to Ahmedabad. On arrival transfer to the Hotel.

Overnight in the Hotel.

 

14th Jan 2015: Ahmedabad

After breakfast full day enjoy the Kite flying.
Ahmedabad
Kite flying has come a long way since then with the invention of motorized and even fiberglass kites-to compete with kite-paper, which was universally accepted as the only material that could fly. However, the tradition of kite flying in India has not changed. Be it during Basant or Makar Sankranti, people of all ages go out into the open to try their luck with their patangs. In towns and cities, where fields are difficult to find, terraces and rooftops are often used for this traditional sport.

In Gujarat, Makar Sankranti is kite-flying day. Traditionally celebrated on January 14, it is a holiday when every family can be meet outdoors 'cutting' each other's kites. This immensely popular kite flying festival is held in all the important cities of Gujarat. The festival lures expert kite-makers and fliers not only from major cities of India but also from around the world. A plethora of designer kites are also put on display.

The International Kite Festival is always held at Ahmedabad on January 14, to coincide with the festival of Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti. The people of Gujarat celebrate Uttarayan with a lot of enthusiasm and all business comes to a grinding halt for a couple of days. It is also a celebration to mark the end of winter.

Kite flying begins at dawn and continues without a pause throughout the day. Friends, neighbors and total strangers battle one another for supremacy and cries of triumph rend the air when someone cuts the line of a rival. A tremendous variety of kites are seen and the connoisseur can choose precisely what he wants. Experts specially prepare the lines with which the kites are flown on the great day.
Overnight in the Hotel.

 

15th Jan 2015: Ahmedabad

After breakfast visit Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) built by Ahmed Shah in 1424, The façade is emphasized by the spacious courtyard paved in marble with a tank in the middle. It has a screen of arches flanked by a pillared portico.


Later visit the Sabarmati Ashram founded in 1917, where Mahatma Gandhi, the "Father of Nation" lived as a lawyer after his return from South Africa. It was the starting point for Gandhiji's celebrated 24 day, 385 km Salt March to Dandi in 1930. It has a library, archives and a picture gallery depicting Gandhiji's life.
Overnight in the Hotel.

 

16th Jan 2015: Ahmedabad – Mumbai (By Flight) – Departure

After breakfast transfer to the airport to board the flight to Mumbai. On arrival, drive for the sightseeing of Mumbai

Visit the 26 meter high British built Arch "Gateway of India", Mumbai's landmark built to honour the visit of George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Also visit the Kamla Nehru Park from where you have a picturesque view of the city, Hanging Gardens are so named since they are located on top of a series of tanks that supply water to Mumbai.

Gateway of India
Pass by the `towers of silence' the crematorium of the Parsis and visit Mani Bhawan a private house where Mahatma Gandhi uses to stay when he visited Mumbai. It is now a museum and research library with 20,000 volumes. The display on the first floor there is a diorama depicting important scenes from Gandhi's life. The display of photos and letters written and received by Gandhiji. Later enjoy the visit to Marine Drive dubbed, as the Queen's Necklace is Mumbai's most popular promenades.

Later transfer to hotel and check in. Room will be available for Day use along with Dinner. (Day use room will be available from 1700 to 2100 hrs)

 

Later transfer to the International Airport to board the flight for onwards journey.

 

End of Services

Hotels

Hotel List :

Place

Hotel – Standard Room

Dates

Mumbai

Fariyas or similar

04 – 05 Jan 2015

Bhuj

Kutch Safari Lodge or similar

05 – 08 Jan 2015

Gondal

Orchard Palace or similar

08 – 09 Jan 2015

Sasan Gir

Lion Safari Camp or similar

09 – 10 Jan 2015

Diu

Radhika beach Resort or similar

10 – 12 Jan 2015
Bhavnagar Nilambagh Palace or similar 12 – 13 Jan 2015
Ahmedabad The Pride or similar 13 – 16 Jan 2015
Mumbai Holiday Inn or similar (Day Use with Dinner)* 16 Jan 2015

 

Rates

Prices: Prices are valid from 04th – 16th January 2015

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Prices

02 Paying Pax

US$ 1617 Per person sharing a double room

03 Paying Pax

US$ 1451 Per person sharing a double room

04 – 06 Paying Pax

US$ 1432 Per person sharing a double room

Single Room Supplement

US$ 555 Per Single room

Supplement for Entrance (As per the Program)

US$ 25 Per Person

BOM – BHJ & AMD- BOM

SPECIAL AIRFARES

US$ 213 Per Person

This is the presently applicable special Airfare in the economy class inclusive of all the taxes and surcharges & is subject to change.

 

Cost includes:
• Double Room on Sharing basis
• Daily breakfast.
• Full Board at Sasan Gir (Room + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
• All transfers and sightseeing by Air-Conditioned Transport.
• Services of accompanying English speaking tour escort from Bhuj airport arrival until Ahmadabad departure (escort will not stay in same hotel with guest).
• English speaking local guide during sightseeing in Mumbai.
• One Shared Jeep Safari at Sasan Gir.
• Farewell Dinner in Mumbai along with day use room
• Service Tax.

 

Cost does not include:
• Any airport taxes.
• Any Entrances to the monuments
• Any airfares.
• Any meals other than specified
• Any new tax imposed by the Government.
• Any expenditure of personal nature such as tips, drinks, telephone charges, laundry etc.

 

IMP:
• In-case of waitlisted booking we have to hold the alternate, for which we will advise the supplement OR reduction accordingly.
• The above rates are based on presently prevailing taxes and entrances to the monuments. If there is any change, prices will also change accordingly
• Check in time is 1400 hrs and Check out time is 1200 Hrs.
• In case of fluctuation of rate of exchange, the above-mentioned prices will change.


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