Tour of Gujarat with Cover UNESCO Heritage Sites

When I first looked at the 4-day itinerary of the gu Nissarat, which covers 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and some other places, I had the feeling that this would be a dream that would be too good to come true. But believe me, this is very feasible and very moderate pace for leisure.

Gu Nissarat is the westernmost city of India and has geographically diverse landscapes. It has 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a large white desert, a mountain station, countless temples and mosques, and incredible food and crafts. To be fair, 4 days is just enough to experience this beautiful state. However, you can always make a start with this route. Choose a long ipogeekend to use this route.

Hire

The best means of transportation for this road trip would be renting a car. There are many car rental companies in Ahmedabad at reasonable prices. Expenses are divided by mileage basis, daily allowance and with or without a driver.

4-day itinerary for Gu-Asarat with 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

My flight from Bangalore to Ahmedabad with Indigo was scheduled at 6 am. Indigo is known for flying on time without delay, and as expected we reached Ahmedabad, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, at 8.10 AM five minutes ahead of time. At 9 o’clock we were in the restaurant German Palace, after cooling down and having had breakfast, we made our way to Rani ki Vav, the first destination of our trip.

Distance-AMD Int Airport at Hotel German Palace is 5.3 km from Rani Ki Vav in Patan and 118 km away.

Rani ki Vav

Rani ki Vav (Queen’s Step Nissell) was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014 and has a very interesting history. It was built as a pay to King Bhima I by his wife Rani Uda, who in 1067 AD due to the overflow of the Saras Nviti River flowing nearby, the entire stage was covered with silt and was soon forgotten. The temple was rediscovered in the 1940s after painstakingly working on it until the 1980s Archaeological Society of India (ASI) brought out this architectural gem, an inverted temple almost 70 feet deep. Its walls are finely carved with sculptures.

Sitting on the steps, I wondered if this looks so big in its worn state, how big it must have been when it was newly built, and what wonderful weather the queens, their maids and the surrounding people would have a great time bathing here. I had my full photograph the place. We spent an hour here.

Patan Silk Weaving Center

It wasn’t lunch break yet, so we went to the Patan silk mizeavingcenter. Patan’s patola saris were once a symbol of royalty and aristocracy. It is considered sacred by many parishes of the gu. The cost of a saree starts from 1.5 lakh rupees and increases depending on the number of colors and designs used. The uniqueness of this type of weaving is that the final design is made in the thread itself, and then it is woven with each thread that overlaps correctly to form the pattern. It is a time-consuming process. Buying a saree is beyond my dreams, so I came up with just a souvenir in memory of the magnificent work of art I saw.

Meanwhile, we were hungry and our stomach growled. We had a great lunch at a local restaurant. Lunch, in fact, was simply Roti Cha nissal and sabzi (focaccia, rice and curr Nvidia’s), supplemented with a dessert, but when you are hungry, even the simplest meal looks heavenly!

Temple of the Sun of Modhera

We then drive to Modhera, 35.9 km south of Patan. The roads were free of heavy traffic and we arrived at our destination in 45 minutes. Modhera Sun Temple is a stunning piece of Indian temple architecture. It consists of three many parts, each with extraordinary plans and designs. The Kinda (pond) in front of the temple has steps surrounding it. On these steps, 108 small shrines dedicated to various gods and goddesses are erected.

Then we took a step towards Sabhamandapa (the assembly hall) through the Kirti Torana, whose arch no longer exists. Being a circular room, I had no loss of perspective to click on the best frame. This structure has 52 columns, a mi-Mi of short and high. The arches above these columns are semicircular and triangular. Each architectural part is dotted with sculptures. Just to observe, study and photograph alone, it would take hours.

The western exit from Sabhamandapa leads to Gudhamandapa (the main shrine). Here the idol of Sur Iva Devata (sun god) was worshiped. The idol had a diamond instead of the third eye! Mohamud Ghazni invaded the temple to plunder the wealth of this temple. The temple was further finished by Alaudin Khil Igni. If everything that stands today is so large, I try to imagine what must have been in its heyday, when it was built at the beginning of the eleventh century.

The sun sank quickly and we drove to Dasada, where the overnight stop at the Rann Riders Resort was planned. Everything went like clockwork, the first day was really well spent and now we were looking forward to the next three days.

A sumptuous dinner in the evening was followed by a small enjoyment program of local artists.

Distance-The Sun Temple of Modhera in Dasada is 47.2 km away.

Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary

After a restful night at the resort, we made our way to Rann of Kutch Desert Nissildlife Sanctuary Nissi famous for the Indian breed Nissild Ass. This shrine is one of the largest in India area wise; we could venture into a small section on the borders of the sanctuary vis Dasada Talav.

We drove through wetlands, grassy areas and small lakes where various species of migratory birds lived. Wild donkeys escaped us; however, we were able to observe several birds in bodies of water. I saw flamingos for the first time in its natural environment. Other birds we might see are painted storks, pelicans, ducks, piro-piro, seagulls, terns, cormorants and more.

This was a really good stop as it would have been very tiring to drive directly to Dholavira from Ahmedabad, a seven hour drive and more.

Kutch Fossil Park

The plan for the day was to see the sunrise at Kutch Fossil Park, but this did not happen when the sun decided to emerge early. In fact, we were half an hour after. The salt plate stretched as far as the eye could see. We were told that a few kilometers away is the Indo-Pak close border, which we were close to the international border.

The Kutch Fossil Park was founded by Mohan Singh Sodha and has a good collection of numerous fossils. which are exhibited in the small exhibition area of 2 halls. He started this collection in the 70s with a fossil called ammonite and then collected many of the fossils ranging from plants, fruits, gems, animals, reptiles, etc.most of the fossils of the tree are found in the open air. They were given a thick layer of varnish to protect against further deterioration. The park is located in an ecological area with statues of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. This is a perfect educational place to have children.

Website Dholavira Harappan

After breakfast we visited the site of Dholavira Harappan and the Archaeological Museum of dholavira. Dholavira was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2021. When visiting the site we did not realize when three hours slipped out. It was quite warm and sunny, but none of us complained. We were eager to hear more from our guide Mr. Nag Iqui Parmar. He had spent his childhood in this place without realizing the importance of the place. As a child, he and his friends ran through the tunnels, not knowing that they were the water channels of the Harappan period, 4500 years ago.

There are no standing structures on the site, only the floors of the houses that existed are preserved. The tour was through the water reservoirs with steps, barns, gates, castle and baile.

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