This 8 Days/7 Nights tour of Gujarat takes you on a tour of many exotic Tribal locations of Gujarat thereby allowing you to get introduced to the authentic Gujarat; the tribal cultures and traditions prevalent in the interiors of Gujarat, quite untouched by the onslaughts of modernity. Their way of life is simple yet exotic; obscure yet charming and a tour of these beautiful hamlets far away from the madding crowd of the modern cities inevitably leads you to fall in love with their overtly pastoral, uncomplicated lifestyle.
|Tour Name||Gujarat Tribes Tour|
|Tour Duration||8 Days & 7 Nights|
|Destinations covered||Ahmedabad – Chhota Udepur – Utelia – Balaram – Patan – Little Rann of Kutch|
|Tour Price||On Request|
Day: 01 Arrival Ahmedabad
Upon your arrival at Ahmedabad, you are received by our tour representative who escorts you to Gandhi Ashram. Check into hotel, rest and relax for sometime after which set out for a short tour covering places like Shreyas Folk Museum and Tribal Museum. Return to Gandhi Ashram for dinner and night stay.
Day: 02 Ahmedabad- Chhota Udepur 250kms; 5hours drive approx
Next day, post breakfast we leave for Chhota Udepur, a quite primitive and famed tribal belt which had been home to the Chauhan Rajput clan for many years. The tribal population of this region moved to this place from the central part of India and then got settled here as agricultural workers. On reaching Chauhan Rajput, we proceed for a tribal tour of villages such as Kol, Devhat, Kharakwada, Timla. In these villages, you may come across tribal people from the Bhils, Rathwas tribal communities and may be able to catch sight of many exquisite tribal crafts such as pottery, wall painting, pitthora, arrow crafting, bow making etc. After the Chhottaudepur sightseeing, check into the heritage home of Kalaniketan for night stay.
Day: 03 Chhota Udepur-Utelia 150kms; 3 hours drive approx
Today after breakfast we leave for Utelia. On reaching Utelia, we set out for a tour of the tribal village of the Bharwad tribes. The tribal people of the Bharwad tribe are basically pastoral people working mostly as cattlemen and shepherds. A tour of this village may help you catch sight of some beautiful tribal houses, neat lanes, simple tribal people and their day-to-day lifestyle. Check into Utelia palace for a sumptuous dinner and night stay.
Day: 04 Utelia-Balaram 140kms; 3 hours drive approx
Next day, we move for Balaram. On reaching, we check into the luxurious Balaram palace resort. Rest of the day is left to you to rest, relax and enjoy the royal facilities at the resort. In the evening enjoy a tribal cultural program within the resort premises and tap your feet to the rhythm and music of tribal dances. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.
Day: 05 Balaram- Tribal village excursions
Next day, post breakfast we set out for an excursion of the tribal villages of the Gowala and Garasia tribes located on the foothills of hills bordering both Gujarat as well as Rajasthan. The inhabitants of these tribal villages are mostly shepherds by profession. However, the two tribes differ from each other in their lifestyle. Gowalas are settled tribes while Garasias lead a nomadic life still. Back to palace resort for dinner and night stay.
Day: 06 Balaram-Patan-Little Rann of Kutch 100kms; 2hours drive approx
Day after, we depart for the Little Rann of Kutch and en-route we visit Patan, well known for its Patola weaving craft and the unique Mushroom fabrics. At Patan we visit some of the Patola weavers and visualize a demonstration of this rare craft. Also, we visit the famed and marvelous 11th century step well, Rani-ki-Bhav after which we down straight to the little Rann and halt for a unique night stay at the Rann cottages.
Day: 07 Little Rann of Kutch tour
Next day is given to the tour of the tribal villages of Banjara and Rabari tribes. Rabaris follow an extremely nomadic lifestyle and are always on the move in quest of good grazing grounds for their sheep and camels. Banjaras are now a settled tribe inhabiting the little Rann region. After the tribal tour we pay a visit to the Indian wild ass sanctuary to visit the rare Asiatic wild ass species. Back to cottage for dinner and night stay.
Day: 08 Little Rann of Kutch-Ahmedabad 95kms; 2 hours drive approx
Next day, we leave for Ahmedabad. On reaching Ahmedabad, our representative transfers you to airport and sees you off. You then proceed for your onward journey back home.