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Tribal Tour of Gujarat

14 Night / 15 Days

Tribal Tour of Gujarat

Mumbai – Saputar – Baroda – Champaner – Chota Udepur – Ahmedabad – Poshina – Dasada – Bhuj – Gondal

  • Day 01 : Arrival MumbaiArrival at Mumbai international airport. Clear immigration and visa formalities, collect your baggage and Lotus India Holidays representative will meet you with a placard. proceed to Saputara. Arrival at Saputara and transfer to hotel. Saputara is a hill resort, known as abode of serpents. It can serve as a base a camp for visiting various tribal villages in the area. Transfer at hotels. After visit Saputara museum that provides an insight into the tribes of dang. Overnight (No Meals)
  • Day 02 : SaputarMorning after breakfast visit the famous Dangi tribe considered to be the most primitive tribal community of this region. Dang is situated 40 kms from Saputara. There exist more than 300 villages out of which 94% are of tribal communities. The Bhils –The Bhils constitute the third largest group of India, they are founding in four state mainly Maharashtra, Gujrat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Their’s life style largely dependent on the forest. The Gamits – Literary meaning of the word Gamit is the ‘Village Guard’. In the Bhil village the chief of the village is called as ‘Gamiti’. Anthropologists are of the opinion that Gamits were originally Bhils. The Warlis – The name is derived from a word of waral meaning a piece of land. The Dangs district constitute of an area of 1752 km. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 03 : Saputar - BarodaAfter have a breakfast travel to Baroda. On arrival check in the hotel. After visit 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. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 04 : Baroda – Champaner – Chota UdepurMorning after breakfast travel to Chota Udepur. Enroute visit Champaner is an ancient fortified city. Visit Champaner Fort is an ancient fort located at the foothills of Pavagdh. Mohammed Begada (The famous Muslim King of Gujarat) captured the fort in 15th Centuary after a long siege against the Khichi Chauhan Rajputs. Later visit to Jami Masjid – This mosque is a finest examples of the Sultanate architecture of Gujarat. It has two tall minarets of 30 meters’ height, 172 pillars and seven mihrabs (Prayer Hall). This mosque belongs to 1513 and took 125 years to build and has a wonderful carved entarance and imposing courtyard. Continue drive to Chotta Udepur. Chotta Udepur has a number of hamlets of the Rathwas, Bhils and other tribals, handicrafts like pottery, arrow crafting, bow making, pithora wall painting etc. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 05 : Chota UdepurMorning after breakfast travel to see the Rathwa and Dhanka tribes in and around the region. There’s a town called Alirajpur of Rathore,Rajput rulers and from Rathore came the region RATH and from Rath the tribals are called Rathwa. The traditional dress of the Rathawa men is a loin cloth (Langoti) and headgear (phenta). Chhota Udepur was the princely state of Chauhan Rajput who ruled much of this tribal Area for many years. It is considered one of most primitive tribal belt of Gujarat. The Rathawa and Dhanaka – The Dhanaka is one of small tribal groups of Gujarat. This tribe migrates from central India, worked as agricultural laborers. After Lunch visit tribal villages like Kol, Kharakwada, Timla, Devhat etc. Visit HAAT, weekly market where we can see many tribal people. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 06 : Chota Udepur - AhmedabadMorning after breakfast visit tribal Museum of Chotta Udepur. Then Proceed to Ahmedabad. Enroute visit VASO tribal village This tribal village is most well-known for the buildings made of wood. On arrival check in hotel. Later visit Ahmedabad sightseeing including Gujarat Vidhyapith’s tribal research institute museum was set up in 1962-63 at the insistence of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. It gives a detailed picture of the tribal life of the region. (closed on Sunday and Public Holidays). Visit Calico museum it’s simply finest collection of textiles, clothes, furniture, crafts in the country. Gandhi Ashram known as “Harijan Ashram” or “Sabarmati Ashram” because it is situated on the banks of Sabarmati River. 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. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 07 : Ahmedabad – PoshinaMorning after breakfast travel to Poshina. After visit tribal villages of Poshina. It is a centre to see Garacia tribal. The village of Poshina is home to a number of artisans the tribal arrow crafters, silver, Potters, blacksmiths and the bazaar is famous for silver tribal jewelry, ORNATE sheathed daggers and terra cotta horses. Around poshina are hamlets of the bhil and garasia tribal communities, know for their colorful Attires and artistic ornaments. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 08 : PoshinaMorning after breakfast travel to Danta village. Visit Dungri Garacia tribales – The Garasias are bisected in two neighbouring states, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Dungri Garasia is generic term, covering half a dozen endogamous hierarchical sub-tribes calling themselves Garasia or Dungri Garasia. Garasia is very close to Bhil. Due to paucity of good agriculture land there are a few chances of substainable agriculture and animal husbandry. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 09 : Poshina – Patan – Modhera – DasadaPatan is famous for Patola weaving. Salvi community of people is working with Patola. The queen of textiles is the Patola woven by only few families of Patan. The technique used to weave the patola is the rare double ikkat style which involves dyeing both the wrap threads in the pattern of the final fabrics before setting them on the loom. Patan is also one of the centers for Mushroo, fabrics woven as a combination of silk & cotton with the latter forming the backing. Rani Ki Vav, Patan Step Well – Architecture It was built by the queen Udaymati, the wife of Bhimdev. It is the best example of such architecture for water wells that is peculiar to Gujarat. Modhera : Built in 1026 ad during the reign of the solanki king bhima -1, modhera Surya mandir marks the peak of revolution in indo-aryan hindu temple form Typology. It is positioned in such a manner that the rising sun rays illuminate the deity in the inner most sanctum sanctorum through the main Entrance at the time of equinox only. Then proceed to Dasada Check in hotel. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 10 : DasadaMorning after breakfast enjoy safari at Little Rann Of Kutch viewing rarest wild asses in the region followed by village safari in the evening. Wild Ass Sanctuary- The sanctuary is well known for its group of the stale joke brown Asiatic (Wild ass), which does not live elsewhere in Indian lowlands. We can see with Little Rann of Kutch blackbuck (Indian antelope), nilgai or blue bull (India‘s largest antelope) and the graceful chinkara (Indian gazelle)are other mammals.The main carnivores of the Little Rann of Kutch are the endangered Indian wolf, desert fox, Indian fox, jackals, desert and jungle cats, and a few hyenas; also we can see during the visits flamingoes, pelicans, ducks, cranes and storks. Village Safari: We can do excursion safari tours of pastoral settlements and villages along the Rann of Kutch. Other societies near Dasada are Padhars (primarily fishing people), the Siddis and the semi-nomadic Mirs, Jaths (Muslim herders), Bajanias. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 11 : Dasada – Bhuj Morning after Breakfast travel to Bhuj. On arrival, check in the hotel and rest for a while. In evening proceed to local market area and collector office to take a permit to visit Banni Tribal area (Please all foreign client to need to obtain the permit). Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 12 : BhujEarly morning proceed to Banni Village to see various people like Jat, Harijan, Meghawal and Mutva etc in various villages like Hodka, Ludiya and Dhordo. Banni means “a cluster of village”. In Banni area of Kutch the Meghwal-Harijans who migrated from Rajasthan use Khambira, Kharek, Kudi Stiches in their embroidery. Also outline and satin stitch embroidery of the area and very minute mirror designs similar to the famous Mutwa embroidery of the area. They make wall hangings, waistcoats and pouches in Kharek Stich and do 'Moti Bharat' or beadwork on handheld fans, bracelets, toys and belts. After visit HODKA village – Hodka derives from the Gujarati word ‘Hodi’which means ‘boat’. Since, the villages here are called jheels, where potable water is available. Hodka is famous for its beautiful embroidery and mud work as much as Leather craft. Both men and women are actively involved in developing the art and craft tradition of the region. Visit LUDIYA village- Harijans and Muslims are main communities in this village. The main occupations are: monsoon farming, cattle rearing, intricate wood carving, intricate embroidery work, mud-work and wall painting for decorating homes. Harijan men are involved with wood carving, the women take up embroidery and wall-decoration. Visits to DHORDO to see beautiful traditional mud houses (Bhungas) with mirror work and its fine Mutwa embroidery with tiny mirrors. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 13 : BhujAfter breakfast travel to Bhujaodi 10 km out of Bhuj, artisans weave thick shawls and blankets on pit looms dug into the of crouch mud houses (Bhungas)decorated with gargomati. The ancient tradition of weaving shawls and blankets from coarse sheep hair came into existence generations ago essentially as a form of barter between the "rabari" community or the nomadic grazing community and the vankars (weavers) — "the rabaris brought us the sheep hair from which we made blankets and shawls for them after spinning the sheep hair into wool. Continue proceed to Tundavand to visit Rabari village, around 200 Rabari families live here in around houses. The women are dressed in black wollen clothes. After proceed to Nirona village – A Koli tribal woman in Nirona Village, north of Gujarat. In her part of this highly productive craft producing area they made lacquered wooden goods. Also visit several artisans and admire their unique crafts like Roghan painting clothes, copper bell making, lacquer work on wood and wollen shawl weaving. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 14 : Bhuj - GondalMorning after breakfast visit Aina Mahal, is the most famous and one of its main highlights. The palace is surrounded by a small, fortified courtyard built in the 18th century and is located in the old part of the city. The Kutch Museum, once known as the Ferguson Museum, is the oldest museum in the state. It was established in 1877 and has a good collection of artifacts, depicting the history and culture of Bhuj and its surroundings. Continue travel to Gondal. On arrival, check in the Hotel. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 15 : Gondal - AhmedabadMorning after proceed to visit Jetpur 30 kms from Gondal. It is famous for the workshops of block and screen printings and a centre of yarn-dyeing. Continue travel to Ahmedabad and transfer to Airport to take your flight for onward destination. Overnight (Breakfast)
Itinerary
  • Day 01 : Arrival MumbaiArrival at Mumbai international airport. Clear immigration and visa formalities, collect your baggage and Lotus India Holidays representative will meet you with a placard. proceed to Saputara. Arrival at Saputara and transfer to hotel. Saputara is a hill resort, known as abode of serpents. It can serve as a base a camp for visiting various tribal villages in the area. Transfer at hotels. After visit Saputara museum that provides an insight into the tribes of dang. Overnight (No Meals)
  • Day 02 : SaputarMorning after breakfast visit the famous Dangi tribe considered to be the most primitive tribal community of this region. Dang is situated 40 kms from Saputara. There exist more than 300 villages out of which 94% are of tribal communities. The Bhils –The Bhils constitute the third largest group of India, they are founding in four state mainly Maharashtra, Gujrat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Their’s life style largely dependent on the forest. The Gamits – Literary meaning of the word Gamit is the ‘Village Guard’. In the Bhil village the chief of the village is called as ‘Gamiti’. Anthropologists are of the opinion that Gamits were originally Bhils. The Warlis – The name is derived from a word of waral meaning a piece of land. The Dangs district constitute of an area of 1752 km. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 03 : Saputar - BarodaAfter have a breakfast travel to Baroda. On arrival check in the hotel. After visit 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. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 04 : Baroda – Champaner – Chota UdepurMorning after breakfast travel to Chota Udepur. Enroute visit Champaner is an ancient fortified city. Visit Champaner Fort is an ancient fort located at the foothills of Pavagdh. Mohammed Begada (The famous Muslim King of Gujarat) captured the fort in 15th Centuary after a long siege against the Khichi Chauhan Rajputs. Later visit to Jami Masjid – This mosque is a finest examples of the Sultanate architecture of Gujarat. It has two tall minarets of 30 meters’ height, 172 pillars and seven mihrabs (Prayer Hall). This mosque belongs to 1513 and took 125 years to build and has a wonderful carved entarance and imposing courtyard. Continue drive to Chotta Udepur. Chotta Udepur has a number of hamlets of the Rathwas, Bhils and other tribals, handicrafts like pottery, arrow crafting, bow making, pithora wall painting etc. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 05 : Chota UdepurMorning after breakfast travel to see the Rathwa and Dhanka tribes in and around the region. There’s a town called Alirajpur of Rathore,Rajput rulers and from Rathore came the region RATH and from Rath the tribals are called Rathwa. The traditional dress of the Rathawa men is a loin cloth (Langoti) and headgear (phenta). Chhota Udepur was the princely state of Chauhan Rajput who ruled much of this tribal Area for many years. It is considered one of most primitive tribal belt of Gujarat. The Rathawa and Dhanaka – The Dhanaka is one of small tribal groups of Gujarat. This tribe migrates from central India, worked as agricultural laborers. After Lunch visit tribal villages like Kol, Kharakwada, Timla, Devhat etc. Visit HAAT, weekly market where we can see many tribal people. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 06 : Chota Udepur - AhmedabadMorning after breakfast visit tribal Museum of Chotta Udepur. Then Proceed to Ahmedabad. Enroute visit VASO tribal village This tribal village is most well-known for the buildings made of wood. On arrival check in hotel. Later visit Ahmedabad sightseeing including Gujarat Vidhyapith’s tribal research institute museum was set up in 1962-63 at the insistence of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. It gives a detailed picture of the tribal life of the region. (closed on Sunday and Public Holidays). Visit Calico museum it’s simply finest collection of textiles, clothes, furniture, crafts in the country. Gandhi Ashram known as “Harijan Ashram” or “Sabarmati Ashram” because it is situated on the banks of Sabarmati River. 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. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 07 : Ahmedabad – PoshinaMorning after breakfast travel to Poshina. After visit tribal villages of Poshina. It is a centre to see Garacia tribal. The village of Poshina is home to a number of artisans the tribal arrow crafters, silver, Potters, blacksmiths and the bazaar is famous for silver tribal jewelry, ORNATE sheathed daggers and terra cotta horses. Around poshina are hamlets of the bhil and garasia tribal communities, know for their colorful Attires and artistic ornaments. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 08 : PoshinaMorning after breakfast travel to Danta village. Visit Dungri Garacia tribales – The Garasias are bisected in two neighbouring states, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Dungri Garasia is generic term, covering half a dozen endogamous hierarchical sub-tribes calling themselves Garasia or Dungri Garasia. Garasia is very close to Bhil. Due to paucity of good agriculture land there are a few chances of substainable agriculture and animal husbandry. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 09 : Poshina – Patan – Modhera – DasadaPatan is famous for Patola weaving. Salvi community of people is working with Patola. The queen of textiles is the Patola woven by only few families of Patan. The technique used to weave the patola is the rare double ikkat style which involves dyeing both the wrap threads in the pattern of the final fabrics before setting them on the loom. Patan is also one of the centers for Mushroo, fabrics woven as a combination of silk & cotton with the latter forming the backing. Rani Ki Vav, Patan Step Well – Architecture It was built by the queen Udaymati, the wife of Bhimdev. It is the best example of such architecture for water wells that is peculiar to Gujarat. Modhera : Built in 1026 ad during the reign of the solanki king bhima -1, modhera Surya mandir marks the peak of revolution in indo-aryan hindu temple form Typology. It is positioned in such a manner that the rising sun rays illuminate the deity in the inner most sanctum sanctorum through the main Entrance at the time of equinox only. Then proceed to Dasada Check in hotel. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 10 : DasadaMorning after breakfast enjoy safari at Little Rann Of Kutch viewing rarest wild asses in the region followed by village safari in the evening. Wild Ass Sanctuary- The sanctuary is well known for its group of the stale joke brown Asiatic (Wild ass), which does not live elsewhere in Indian lowlands. We can see with Little Rann of Kutch blackbuck (Indian antelope), nilgai or blue bull (India‘s largest antelope) and the graceful chinkara (Indian gazelle)are other mammals.The main carnivores of the Little Rann of Kutch are the endangered Indian wolf, desert fox, Indian fox, jackals, desert and jungle cats, and a few hyenas; also we can see during the visits flamingoes, pelicans, ducks, cranes and storks. Village Safari: We can do excursion safari tours of pastoral settlements and villages along the Rann of Kutch. Other societies near Dasada are Padhars (primarily fishing people), the Siddis and the semi-nomadic Mirs, Jaths (Muslim herders), Bajanias. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 11 : Dasada – Bhuj Morning after Breakfast travel to Bhuj. On arrival, check in the hotel and rest for a while. In evening proceed to local market area and collector office to take a permit to visit Banni Tribal area (Please all foreign client to need to obtain the permit). Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 12 : BhujEarly morning proceed to Banni Village to see various people like Jat, Harijan, Meghawal and Mutva etc in various villages like Hodka, Ludiya and Dhordo. Banni means “a cluster of village”. In Banni area of Kutch the Meghwal-Harijans who migrated from Rajasthan use Khambira, Kharek, Kudi Stiches in their embroidery. Also outline and satin stitch embroidery of the area and very minute mirror designs similar to the famous Mutwa embroidery of the area. They make wall hangings, waistcoats and pouches in Kharek Stich and do 'Moti Bharat' or beadwork on handheld fans, bracelets, toys and belts. After visit HODKA village – Hodka derives from the Gujarati word ‘Hodi’which means ‘boat’. Since, the villages here are called jheels, where potable water is available. Hodka is famous for its beautiful embroidery and mud work as much as Leather craft. Both men and women are actively involved in developing the art and craft tradition of the region. Visit LUDIYA village- Harijans and Muslims are main communities in this village. The main occupations are: monsoon farming, cattle rearing, intricate wood carving, intricate embroidery work, mud-work and wall painting for decorating homes. Harijan men are involved with wood carving, the women take up embroidery and wall-decoration. Visits to DHORDO to see beautiful traditional mud houses (Bhungas) with mirror work and its fine Mutwa embroidery with tiny mirrors. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 13 : BhujAfter breakfast travel to Bhujaodi 10 km out of Bhuj, artisans weave thick shawls and blankets on pit looms dug into the of crouch mud houses (Bhungas)decorated with gargomati. The ancient tradition of weaving shawls and blankets from coarse sheep hair came into existence generations ago essentially as a form of barter between the "rabari" community or the nomadic grazing community and the vankars (weavers) — "the rabaris brought us the sheep hair from which we made blankets and shawls for them after spinning the sheep hair into wool. Continue proceed to Tundavand to visit Rabari village, around 200 Rabari families live here in around houses. The women are dressed in black wollen clothes. After proceed to Nirona village – A Koli tribal woman in Nirona Village, north of Gujarat. In her part of this highly productive craft producing area they made lacquered wooden goods. Also visit several artisans and admire their unique crafts like Roghan painting clothes, copper bell making, lacquer work on wood and wollen shawl weaving. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 14 : Bhuj - GondalMorning after breakfast visit Aina Mahal, is the most famous and one of its main highlights. The palace is surrounded by a small, fortified courtyard built in the 18th century and is located in the old part of the city. The Kutch Museum, once known as the Ferguson Museum, is the oldest museum in the state. It was established in 1877 and has a good collection of artifacts, depicting the history and culture of Bhuj and its surroundings. Continue travel to Gondal. On arrival, check in the Hotel. Overnight (Breakfast)
  • Day 15 : Gondal - AhmedabadMorning after proceed to visit Jetpur 30 kms from Gondal. It is famous for the workshops of block and screen printings and a centre of yarn-dyeing. Continue travel to Ahmedabad and transfer to Airport to take your flight for onward destination. Overnight (Breakfast)

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