NorthGujarat. NorthGujarat, the Northern part of Indian state of Gujarat includes the districts of Gandhinagar, Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Aravalli, Mehsana, and Patan. NorthGujarat is dominant in the dairy industry.
The best time to visit North Gujarat is during the winter season, i.e. between October and February. Since it is a dry region and experiences high temperatures and humidity; visiting the state in the monsoons (July to September) may also be a good idea.
DAY 1AHMEDABAD - MODHERA - PATAN
Start from Ahmedabad to Modhera via Shankheshwar & Becharaji. Shankheshwar is a town in the Patan district. It is an important place of pilgrimage for the followers of Jainism whereas Becharaji or Bahucharaji is a temple town in Mehsana district. The temple of Hindu goddess Bahuchara Mata in the town is major pilgrimage centre.
Later we visit Modhera famous for Sun Temple. Set along the backdrop of River Pushpavati, surrounded by a terra-formed garden of flowering trees and songs of birds, rests the famed Sun temple of Modhera.
The exclusively carved temple complex and the magnificently sculpted kund are jewels in the art of masonry of the Solanki period apparently which was also known as the Golden Age of Gujarat.
Overnight at Patan
DAY 2PATAN - AMBAJI - ABU (B)
After Breakfast start your day with a visit to Rani Ki Vav (Queen’s stepwell), It is located on the banks of Saraswati river. Then leave for Siddpur, named after famous king Siddhraj Jaisinh. This town was capital of Gujarat during the rule of Solanki Kings. The town has its history dating back to the ‘Puranas’ where the town has been mentioned as Shristhal. Parshurama is supposed to have performed the last rituals after his mother’s death here. Thus, Siddhpur has also acquired the title of ‘Kashi of the West’.
Have you ever been mesmerized by those images of the colorful houses that Copenhagen Tourism keeps flashing to attract tourists? Well, then you would be surprised that India has its own set of such houses with a little pastel shade.
Town is also famous for chimerical mansions which give glimps of Victorian architechture, the wooden art work, Adroit Monograms, The Grand Mansion with 365 Windows, Rudra Mahalaya, A Poetry in Ruins.
Later visit to Ambaji, This is the principal shrine of a goddess who has been worshiped since the pre-Vedic period. She is often referred to as Arasuri Amba, named for the location of the temple in the Arasur hills, near the source of the Saraswati river at the south-western end of the Aravali mountain range.
Be sure to look across the temple (i.e. with your back facing the goddess) at the other temple on the Gabbar, considered the original abode of the goddess. At a short distance from the Ambaji temple is a large rectangular kund, with steps on all its four sides, called Mansarovar.
Overnight at Abu
DAY 3ABU (B)
After breakfast embark on a day full of activity at Abu. Mount Abu is a hill station near the Gujarat border. Set on a high rocky plateau in the Aravalli Range and surrounded by forest, it offers a relatively cool climate and views over the arid plains below. In the center of town, Nakki Lake is a popular spot for boating. Close by are the centuries-old famous Dilwara Temples, ornately carved from white marble and of great spiritual importance.
Guru Shikar is the highest point in mount Abu and forms the highest point in the Aravalli mountain range. The place is perfect to get a panoramic view of the whole region.
Overnight at Abu
DAY 4ABU - POLO FOREST (B)
Start from Abu and drive thru wonderful and scenic locations to your way into adventure, Polo Forest.
The forest is a home to more than 450 species of medicinal plants, around 275 of birds, 30 of mammals, and 32 of reptiles. Closeby are Bhim Parvat (Hill) and Harnav River. After Lunch you can visit Shiv Temple at Sarneshwar, Sadevant Savlings Deras, Surya Mandir, Lakhena Temple, Jain derasar, Polo Jain Nagri, Bhim Hill, Museum.
Overnight at Polo
DAY 5POLO FOREST - GANDHINAGAR - AHMEDABAD (B)
Start from Polo to Ahmedabad and on the way one can visit the Capital of Gujarat, Gandhinagar. Gandhinagar is a planned city with major attractions as The Akshardham is a massive Hindu temple with ornate carvings and sculpted pillars, plus a water show in its sprawling gardens. Dandi Kutir museum traces the life of leader Mahatma Gandhi, the Indroda Nature Park has a zoo and botanical gardens, plus an adjacent dinosaur and fossil park.
If time permits a visit to Adalaj Step well is a must visit place. Built in 1499 by Queen Rudabai, wife of the Vaghela chief, Veersinh, this five-storey stepwell was not just a cultural and utilitarian space, but also a spiritual refuge. The Adalaj stepwell is known for its architectural brilliance.