Honeymoon in Gujarat - Usually given the miss when it comes to planning a holiday, serious travelers are now looking back to Gujarat to discover a land that is equally well endowed with natural and man made attractions. A wealth of tourist spots lie behind the factories and the workshops that Gujarat is generally identified with.
Ruled by princely states prior to 1947, Gujarat is dotted with palaces of the nobles, now being refurbished to welcome tourists. Some of these exotic palaces around the state's principal city Ahmedabad are the Palace Utelia, Balaram Palace in Balasinore, Darbargadh, Rajmahal Palace and the House of Mangaldas Girdhardas. Here, and in the several located in Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Junagadh and Vadodara, you can really live it up in style!
Gujarat's beaches have maintained a low profile all along, but tourists are discovering the pleasures of having wide open stretches left to themselves, with not a soul to disturb the tranquility. Porbander, Ahmadpur Mandvi, Umergaon, Madhavpur and Gopnath have a range of accommodation facilities ranging from budget to star category hotels. At the Mandvi Beach you can choose between luxury tents and the Mandvi Palace, one of Gujarat's most aesthetically designed palace-cum-hotels.
With the beach resort as your base, you can travel to the wild life sanctuaries and temple complexes spread across the hinterland. The Lala Bustard Sanctuary preserves the endangered Great Indian Bustard, just 74 km north of Mandvi while at Vithon you can see a personal collection of fossils. Alternatively, discover the colorful world of the craftsmen and women across the craft villages of Kutch.
For lovers of the wild, the Gir forest deserves a visit where the stately lion holds court. The Wild Ass Sanctuary, the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary and the Velvadar Blackbuck Sanctuary are unique ecosystems embracing a range of flora and fauna.
The nerve centre of India's freedom movement, Gujarat pays due homage to its frontrunner Mahatma Gandhi at the Satyagraha Ashram.
Gujrat Honeymoon Tour
Duration: 05 Nights/ 06 Days
Destinations: Gir- Diu-Daman
Day 01: Ahemdabad-Gir
On arrival in Ahemdabad, proceed to Sansar Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary.
Overnight at a wildlife lodge in Gir.
Day 02: Gir
On this day explore the wildlife at Gir National Park well known for the Asiatic Lions. Gir is the only place where Asiatic Lions are found today. Leopards, Sambar, spotted deer (chital), blue bull (nilgai), chousingha (the world's only four-horned antelope), chinkara (Indian gazelle) and wild boar are also found here. Jackal, striped hyena, jungle cat, rusty-spotted cat, langur, porcupine, black-naped Indian hare are among the other mammals of Gir.
Enjoy morning and evening jeep safari in Sasan Gir wildlife Sanctuary. Also visit an ancient temple located at Gir. Overnight at Gir.
Day 03: Gir-Diu
After breakfast, drive to Diu (250kms). En route visit the Veraval and Somnath Temple. Spend the evening at leisure at a beach in Diu.
Overnight at hotel in Diu.
Day 04: Diu
Explore the Nagoa Beach, Ghoghala Beach, St. Paul Church, Fort of Diu.
Overnight at hotel in Diu.
Day 04: Diu- Daman
Early morning drive to Daman. Check into a hotel and relax a bit at the Devka beach side. Visit Moti Daman Fort constructed in 1559 with 2 gateways and 10 bastions. Take a sunset cruise on the lake. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Daman
On this day, visit the Fort of Nani Daman, Mirasol Lake Garden and Church of Moti Daman. Relax and rejuvenate yourself at Jampore Beach in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Departure
Transfer to Diu Airport/ Railway Station for an onward journey. Tour concludes.