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Namaste! Welcome to India and the start of your exclusive journey through this fascinating land in the footsteps of Gandhi himself. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. For the rest of day, enjoy some time to recoup after your journey.
Mumbai or Bombay, as it was formerly known - remains India’s city of dreams. We enjoy a full day city tour including the Gateway of India monument, the Prince of Wales museum, Marine Drive, Mani Bhawan Jain temple and the Elephanta Caves.
This morning take a guided heritage walking tour, visiting the main buildings in South Mumbai, which form an integral part of the cities architectural heritage. Late this afternoon embark upon further exploration of the city, visiting the Afghani Church and the holy Banganga Tank - an ancient water tank built over a freshwater spring under the Silhara dynasty in the 14th century. The spring is believed to be an underground offshoot of the Ganges, so the waters are considered just as sacred and effective for healing as those of the great river itself. This evening enjoy a leisurely horse and buggy ride along Marine Drive toward Chowpatty beach.
This morning you catch a flight to Porbandar, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, born in 1869. In the afternoon, with our expert guide take city tour to Kirti Mandir, the memorial erected to Gandhi and his wife, in the 1950s and Gandhi’s birthplace, a 3-story 300-year-old house, with time to stop at the Chowpatty seafront and shop in the local bazaar.
Travelling north east, we arrive at Rajkot. Mahatma Gandhi moved to Rajkot in 1881, he attended school here and was popularly known as Mahatma (Sanskrit for ‘great soul’).
We explore the old city and ‘Kaba Gandhi No Delo’, the house where Gandhi grew up, which now holds a small exhibition of Gandhi artifacts and photographs. Rajkot is also famous for its Bandhani saris, mirror-work, patchwork, beadwork, and silk embroidery, so why not head out for some shopping in your free time this afternoon.
After breakfast we drive to Ahmedabad, home to a mix of medieval and modern architecture, along with the coexistence of Hindu, Muslim and Jain communities, it is a compelling place to explore.
With our guide we explore this diverse city, in particular the old city, to view the finest blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural style known as Indo-Saracenic. We also visit the site of Gandhi’s ashram and the place where he launched his celebrated march against the Salt Law.
Today we wander through the vibrant bazaars of Ahmedabad and visit Jami Masjid, built in the 15th century, and the tombs of Ahmedabad’s Muslim rulers plus Hindu and Jain temples. The afternoon is free, so perhaps a stop at the Calico Museum of Textiles with its excellent collection of antique and modern textiles.
Travelling south we drive to Baroda, traffic dependent arriving in the mid-afternoon. Free time today, perhaps stroll through Sayaji Bagh, a large green park housing a number of museums and planetarium.
Our journey continues south, to Surat. Situated on the banks of the River Tapti, it is here that you explore the Sultan of Gujarat castle built in 1546.
Its a short drive to Dandi where we arrive at the most famous scene of Mahatma Gandhi’s Salt Satyagraha (Salt March). Mahatma Gandhi, along with several thousand of his followers walked from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi on the Gujarati coast. Today we follow this same path down to the waters edge.
Today we return to where we started the city of Mumbai and check into your hotel. The later part of the day remains free for you to do as you please.
Sadly your journey in the footsteps of Gandhi has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.
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