Cultural & Beaches of West India

14 Days / 13 Nights
Ahmedabad – Vadodara – Surat – Nashik – Mumbai – Goa

Cultural & Beaches of West India

The trio of Gujarat, Goa and Mumbai will be the best for holidays in West India. The stark difference in the food, cuisine, people and the traditions of the three states is sure to take you by surprise.

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Arrive at Ahmedabad International Airport. Please clear immigration and visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge through the green channel. MAGADH TRAVELS executive will wait at the arrival hall with a placard in your name to greet you. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer and check in at the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Ahmedabad.

The House of MG, Ahmedabad: is an iconic heritage hotel in India's first UNESCO World Heritage City of Ahmedabad. Was built by one of the city Fathers and it wonderfully represents the colonial heritage architecture of the early 20th century. Formerly residential homes, they are all beautifully restored with modern amenities while retaining their homelike ambience. With just 47 rooms between them, three restaurants/cafes, a stunning textile gallery, shop for handcrafted gifts and a bookstore with Heritage books as well as a host of other unique features, our properties are like no other in the city. The main property is conveniently located in the centre of the city, close to every corner (including the airport and railway station that are less than twenty minutes away). There is a wide range of eating options a short distance from each property as well.

Morning after breakfast enjoy The Heritage Walk of Ahmedabad is a guided walk of two and a half hours. The walk begins from the picturesque Swaminarayan Mandir in Kalupur and ends in the most glorious architectural legacies the Jumma Masjid, covering in between the numerous pols, havelis, ornamental facades, workplaces of artisans and number of magnificent Hindu and Jain temples. Later visit The Gandhi Ashram known as "Sabarmati Ashram" because it is situated on the banks of Sabarmati River. The beautiful ashram complex of Ahmedabad, with shady trees populated by thousands of paraketers, Beaters, sunbirds, squirrels, offers a refuge from the loud streets of the city and is one of the foremost tourist attraction of Ahmedabad. This ashram was Gandhi's headquarters during the long struggle for Indian independence. His ashram was founded in 1915 and still makes handicrafts, handmade paper and spinning wheels. Later visit The Adalaj Sepwell. Set in the quiet village of Adalaj, this vav has served as a resting place for hundreds of years for many pilgrims and caravans along their trade routes. Built in 1499 by Queen Rudabai. It is believed that villagers would come every day in the morning to fill water, offer prayers to the deities carved into the walls and interact with each other in the cool shade of the vav. There is an opening in the ceilings above the landing which allows the light and air to enter the octagonal well. Continue to visit Sidi Sayed 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. Although there are many rozas across Gujarat, the Sarkhej Roza is the most revered. Sarkhej was once a prominent centre of Sufi culture in the country, where influential Sufi saint Shaikh Ahmed Ganj Baksh lived. It was on the saint's suggestion that Sultan Ahmed Shah set up his capital on the banks of the Sabarmati, a few miles away from Sarkhej. Stay overnight at hotel in Ahmedabad.

Morning after breakfast travel Vadodara. On arrival check in at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Vadodara.

Madhav Bagh, Vadodara: This is an old ancestral mansion built, by Shrimant Madhavrao Gaekwad in an oasis of greenery of 2 acres. Shivrajsinh Gaekwad, the present owner and his wife Indrayani have breathed life into their historic home and restored and converted it into a luxurious abode. The Gaekwad Enclave, now meticulously restored, has four palatial bedrooms, lounges, a courtyard and gardens. The old world charm of the place is enhanced by the interspersing of antiques, restored furniture and old photographs in nooks and corners.

Morning after breakfast visit The Laxmi Vilas Palace is one of the most majestic structures in India and was the private residence of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III. Known to be the largest private dwelling of the size equivalent to four times of the Buckingham Palace. Sprawling across an area of about 700 acres, it is still home to the royal family of Vadodara, the Gaekwads. The lush gardens of the palace add to the beauty of the entire experience of being here. Lucky tourists can spot monkeys or peacocks strutting around. The grounds also include a 10-hole golf course. Later visit Sayajirao Park & The Maharaja Sayajirao Museum - The museum exhibits a fine collection of European paintings, sculptures, industrial arts and royal family memorabilia. It also contains an excellent collection of the famous Akota Bronzes. Akota lies on the western fringes of the city and was the seat of Jain culture in the 5th century. Also visit Sri Arvindo Ashram. Stay overnight at hotel in Vadodara.

Morning after breakfast travel Surat. Diamond Hub of the World', 'Embroidery capital of India', 'Textile City of India' as it is proudly called; Surat is the fastest growing city in the world and a powerful magnet for fashion moguls, art lovers and diamond dealers. In the mid15th century, Surat was one of the India's most important port cities. Despite many historical travails and battles, the city retains an intriguing medieval charm. Historic romanticism, along with the coastal graciousness, is what makes Surat an important tourist destination in Gujarat. En-route visit The Statue of Unity (Closed on Monday) is a colossal statue of Indian statesman and independence activist Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (1875–1950). It is the world's tallest statue with a height of 182 metres (597 ft). It is located on a river island facing the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the river Narmada in Kevadiya colony. It was designed by famous Indian sculptor Ram V. Sutar. After visit continue to Surat. On arrival check in at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Surat.

Surat Marriott Hotel, Surat: It is located on the banks of picturesque Tapti River, Surat Marriott welcomes business and leisure travelers with luxury amenities, 5-star accommodation and a strategic location close to the industrial hub and downtown. Enjoy a seamless mobile check-in before you settle into your well-appointed room/suite which features complimentary WiFi, plush bedding and curated modern amenities for the modern day traveler. Indulge in bespoke experiences with authentic local and world cuisines at our distinctive dining venues, outdoor pool, spa and 24-hour fitness center.

Morning after breakfast full day visit of diamond cutting centres. Traditionally, the 'hira karigars' or the diamond cutters used to shape the rough diamonds using 'ghantis' or polishing wheels. Today, the scenario of the cutting sector tells another story. With large factories using modern cutting and polishing machineries being the order of the day, Surat 's diamond cutting and polishing sector has consolidated into large professionally managed facilities using the most sophisticated and latest technology. Surat is the heart of India's thriving diamond-polishing industry besides other cutting centres in surrounding areas. India dominates the polishing business, despite having no diamond mines of its own. Stay overnight at hotel in Surat.

Morning after breakfast drive by surface to Nashik (approx. 185 km / 4 hrs. drive). The town of Nashik is one of India's most holy sites: notably famous for Kumbh Mela. Legend says that Rama, hero of the Ramayana, lived here during his 14-year exile. Afternoon arrive and check-into hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

The Gateway Hotel Ambad, Nashik: The Gateway Hotel Nashik in Ambad is surrounded by 20 acres of lush, landscaped gardens. Our facilities and amenities are designed to give modern travellers a new-age experience that resonates with their upbeat lifestyle. At close proximity from the bustling city, The Gateway Hotel Nashik is the most preferred choice of stay among both business and leisure travellers.

Morning after leisurely breakfast proceed to Sula Vineyard- From humble beginnings in 1999, Sula Vineyard has developed into a world class Winery that dominates the industries 65% market in India. Thereafter drive to visit Trimbakeshwar Temple- One of the holiest temple in India, it houses 12 Jyotirlingas. The fascinating feature of the Jyotirlinga is its three faces symbolizing Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra. Built in the 18th century by Maratha ruler, Peshwa Nana Saheb, the temple is a perfect epitome of classic architecture. At Trimbakeshwar there is a huge 'Kund' (water tank) called the 'Kushavarta', it is symbolic of the origin of Godavari and hence considered a sacred bathing place for the Hindus. Every year millions of devotees come here for pilgrims. Later back to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Morning after breakfast travel to Mumbai. Afternoon arrive and check-into hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai: The Taj Mahal Palace opened in Mumbai, then Bombay, in 1903, giving birth to the country's first harbor landmark. The recently trademarked flagship hotel overlooks the majestic Gateway of India. Each of the rooms, 285 rooms & suites are a striking blend of nostalgic elegance, rich history and modern facilities. For those who would like to experience fine dining in style, we host 9 of the city's most acclaimed restaurants and bars, renowned for delectable cuisines from India, Europe, the Middle East and the Orient. Relish authentic Indian cuisine at Masala Kraft; world famous Japanese dishes at Wasabi by Morimoto; exquisite Eastern Mediterranean food at Souk and Chinese at Golden Dragon. Dine all day at Shamiana and choose from the exotic range of sumptuous desserts at La Patisserie. Unwind with a refreshing meal at Aquarius, the poolside restaurant; and visit the stylish Harbour Bar. Signature experiences such as the afternoon tea at Sea Lounge and private dining at the Chef's Studio make your stay with us truly memorable.

Morning after breakfast start your sightseeing of Mumbai. We start with the famous monument, the main tourist attraction in Mumbai, the Gateway of India is decked with four turrets and its yellow basalt stone structure has delicate latticework carved in it. Stands the rich and famous Royal Taj Mahal Hotel. Then after board a ferry to Elephanta Island. This 1-hour cruise will afford you picturesque seaside views. With your guide, explore all seven caves on the island, some of which are so small and hidden that they're often easily missed. Enter the main cave, an impressive sprawling structure with high ceilings and towering support beams, columns and pillars. On each wall, admire the complex and astoundingly detailed reliefs and carvings depicting narratives of the Lords Shiva. You will also visit the esteemed Gandhi Memorial Museum (Mani Bhavan) and the religious Jain Temple. Evening around 4 – 5 PM we will take you to the beautiful Marine Drive, popularly known as the Queen's Necklace. Here, you can sit and relax (30 – 60 Minutes) taking in the spellbinding view the Arabian Sea offers. Overnight stay at hotel.

After breakfast, timely transfer to Mumbai airport for flight to Goa. Meet on arrival & transfer to the hotel. Evening at your leisure on the beach. Overnight stay at hotel.

Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa, Goa: Romantic, Charming, Vibrant. It has history woven in its walls. This is where royalty, heads of government agencies and the biggest celebrities are known to frequent. The first luxury hotel in Goa. The picturesque settings create a fantastic backdrop for the entire experience along with the nouvelle restaurants and the Jiva spa. Soak in a space that showcases the spirit of Goa. Explore the horizon as you look over the waters of the pool, beyond the 16th century ramparts of the Portuguese Fort, and wave back to the tide as it works its way across the Arabian Sea, to greet the Sinquerim beach. Expect the best in world cuisine. The nouvelle restaurants showcase the master crafts manship of our seasoned Chefs who would tease your palate with their epicurean delights.

Morning after breakfast at your leisure. Afternoon City tour of North Goa. Places of interest includes Saligao Church- Stark and stern, the church has fine Gothic architecture which will mesmerize you completely. Calangute Beach- much famed as the "Queen of Beaches", Calangute beach happens to be one of the best places to explore when in Goa. Anjuma Beach- The beach nests between the Aravalli hills. It is famous for its flea market that is set on every Wednesday and the awe-inspiring view it renders. Enjoy staying near the beach and watch the spectacular sunsets this beach has to offer. Evening proceed to enjoy Boat cruise on River Mandovi. Enjoy the beautiful sites of Panjim from the river. Overnight stay at hotel

Morning after breakfast city tour of South Goa. Visit Dona Paula- With full of romance in the air, the Dona Paula beach is quite bustling with plenty of activities round the year, Bom Jesus of Basilica- The Basilica of Bom Jesus church is one of a kind in India and is known for its exemplary baroque architecture. Spread across a vast expanse, it is one of the largest churches in India. Mangueshi Temple- the Mangueshi temple or the Manguesh Devasthan is perhaps the most famous of all Goan temples. The temple architecture is a mix of Hindu, Christian and Muslim influences. Evening at your leisure on the beach. Overnight stay at hotel

Morning after breakfast timely transfer to airport for flight to onward destination.

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