Gujarat in a little more than a week

#1 Jan 27th, 2016, 22:04
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Hi!

I'm traveling to India for the first time for a wedding in Mumbai, but I'm spending the time beforehand in Gujarat. If any of you could look over my itinerary and tell me if I'm missing anything I shouldn't or if I've made a stupid mistake, I'd really appreciate it.

Arrive in Ahmedabad @ 12am on Feb. 8 - Check into hotel, nap, tour Ahmedabad (Jamma Masjid, Manek Chowk, do some shopping)

Feb. 9 - Calico Museum Tour, leave in the late morning/early afternoon for Lothal, spend the afternoon there and then drive to Velavadar Blackbuck Park for the night

Feb. 10 - Safaris at Velavadar, leave in the afternoon for Palitana, spend the night in Palitana (I still need a hotel here)

Feb. 11 - Visit Temples in Palitana, head to Junagadh in the afternoon, spend the night in Junagadh

Feb. 12 - Full day in Junagadh (Girnar, Asoka's Edict, etc.) drive to Gir National Park in the afternoon evening, spend the night at Sasan Girl

Feb. 13 - Safaris at Gir

Feb. 14 - Morning Safari at Gir, drive to Diu in the afternoon

Feb. 15 - Relaxing on the beach at Diu, visit the fort and whatever else is there

Feb. 16 - Morning on the beach, fly to Mumbai in the afternoon.
#2 Jan 27th, 2016, 22:23
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It's doable. However, it is unduly skewed towards driving from point A to B. Please keep in mind this isnt' the lovely highway that goes from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon, but Indian highways.

Unless there's a special reason to go to Diu, I'd drop it completely in favor of north gujarat - giving myself 2 days and a night to cover Patan, modhera, and possibly the little rann of kutch. If you're interested in birding then en-route from the little rann go to Lothal via Thol bird sanctuary.

for Velavadar, earthian just wrote a report. That should give you some idea. It's a nice place for a few hour's worth of watching blackbucks.

Asoka's edicts were closed for renovation sine die as of Dec '14. Things may have changed but per se, they're nothing special. Girnar is special. It also requires that you start the climb at 5:30 or earlier in the morning to be back by 2ish in the afternoon in case you want to make it to the last point - the site jointly claimed by the Jains as the place where neminatha left his mortal coil and what hindus regard as a temple to dattatreya. If it's only the Jain temples that are of interest, you'd be back earlier, 10 am or so. Do not miss Junagadh fort.

Rest is fine.
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Diu is there because it's an easy flight to Mumbai, otherwise we just plan on enjoying the beach and relaxing.
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Are google maps driving time not particularly accurate for India? I assumed they would be reasonable. I know that the drive from Palitana to Junagadh will be longer, but I hoped it would be under four hours. The rest of the drives seem short enough to me.
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Not very accurate. On an average, you cover 50-60 km per hour in India in the plains. Gujarat is slightly better, but there's traffic, road widening in patches and the odd cow that comes in from the wrong side of the road.
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Actually your given pace is really close to the google assumption. Hopefully things will go okay then. Also, I've been planning on and already booking some drivers through hotels. Is there a better way?
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No that's fine. The other option is to go via gujarat tourism's own site and compare the price differential.
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Sabarmati ashram is a place i would visit. I find the plan too crowded and like a check list- probably how i was a decade back
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Originally Posted by Earthian View Post Sabarmati ashram is a place i would visit. I find the plan too crowded and like a check list- probably how i was a decade back
Earthian, I'll definitely be going by Ghandi's residence. Also, since you just went to Velavadar (great pictures, by the way), do you know if it is possible to walk through the park? I see some information on the internet that lets me believe it, but no proof.
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@sulla
Sorry for the delayed reply. Was out on a trip. i remember seeing a board stating that getting down from the vehicles was not allowed. Conversely, on one of the brochures of the park, it does mention about walking safaris. While i was there i saw a group of students walking. I guess, there would be a walking safari, only the whole park may not be open for such walks. Shall try and get information on this subject.
BTW, it is Gandhi and not Ghandi.
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Just checked with VNP. Walking safaris are NOT allowed. The only walking safari that are allowed are for school groups, in a defined area, accompanied by the forest officials, and that too on certain days.
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Thanks! I guess I don't qualify for a walking safari; too bad, it would be cool.
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There is a Rann Utsav in progress, don't know how good it is - Time will tell
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Calico Museum Tour, leave in the late morning/early afternoon for Lothal
The afternoon session (you DO have reservations for either of the tours, don't you?) might even be more interesting than Lothal. It is not the same as the morning session.
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The route you mentioned is great and i want to add my view on the road condition. In Gujarat, road condition is really great and you can easily complete the distance at 60 to 70KM per hour. Here exception will be always there but in general, most of the roads are amazing.

Note: I lives in Ahmedabad since last 7 years
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