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Temples, Tribes & Textiles of Gujarat – A Cultural Tour of West India

13 days from £3,800 per person

India's western state of Gujarat has a cultural wealth on a par with Rajasthan's yet is still visited by few. It is the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi and home to some of most colourful tribes, exotic textiles and glorious temples in India. Gujarat's dramatic landscape extends from the undulating Aravalli Hills to the immense salt flats of Kutch.

This itinerary samples the best the state has to offer including the huge Jain temple at Palitana, cosmopolitan Ahmedabad with its mix of Sultanate and ground breaking 20th century architecture, intoxicating bazaars and fascinating Calico Museum, the Sun Temple at Modera and the impressive step wells of Patan. Visit the captivating tribes of Bhuj with their textiles, jewellery and houses all decorated with elaborate mirror work. The tour ends on the huge windswept beaches at Mandvi with their shipyards using techniques Noah would recognise.

This luxury holiday is purely a suggested itinerary; it can be booked as it is or used as a starting point for creating your perfect tailor-made tour of India. If you would like to see similar trips, take a look at our collection of Family Holidays; as well as our favourite Active and Beach itineraries.


Itinerary details

13 days from £3,800 per person

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