Gujarat Tribal Tour
Plunge into the tribal life of Gujarat
- Duration: 14 Days & 13 Nights
- Major Attractions: Various types of tribes, their lifestyles, colorful dresses, customs and traditions
- Destination Covered: Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Poshina, Patan, Modhera, Bajana, Little Rann of Kutch, Bhuj, Hodka
Gujarat has hundreds of tribal groups residing here for centuries known as ancient inhabitants. A tribal tour of Gujarat gives the ample opportunity to the tourists to see the various types of tribes, their lifestyles, colorful dresses, customs and traditions. The villages Haats (markets) of Chhota Udepur, Kanwat or Rangpur or Sajadi are the perfect destination to witness the Rathwas, Nayakas and Bhils in their colorful attire. Near Poshina village, there is a place where one can see thousands of terracotta horse offered to a tribal deity, which is very unique in India. In the other villages surrounding of Poshina, we see Garacia tribe of Gujarat and Rajasthan.
The highlight of Gujarat Tribal Tour is the vibrant region of Kutch. Here, the most interesting tribe is Rabaris, they are cattle herders and always on move thus called as Gypsies. Rabari women wear black dresses and backless blouse whereas the men wear white dress with beautiful turban. The other prominent tribes in Kutch are Meghwal, Ahir and Jat etc. During Gujarat Tribal Tour, you will not only see the indigenous people but also their handicrafts. The monuments of Patan, the Sun temple of Modhera and the heritage walk in the old parts of Ahmedabad are other added attractions of the trip.
- Day 01 – Mumbai-Arrival
On arrival at Mumbai international airport, the guests will be traditionally welcomed and transferred to the hotel with assistance.
- Day 02 – Mumbai-Vadodara
In the morning transfer to the airport to board the flight to Vadodara also known as Baroda. On arrival at Vadodara, transfer to the hotel and check in. Enjoy the lunch at the hotel. After lunch, visit Lakshmi Villas Palace. Later, drive to Dabhoi (an ancient mall town) to see the few historical Gates. Also, walk through the old streets of the town to see the daily life of the people.
- Day 03 – Excursion to Weekly Market
In the morning, drive to the places of the weekly markets either at Chotta Udepur/ Kanwat or Rangpur/ Sajadi. In these markets, different tribes like Rathwas, Bhils and Nayaks can be seen. After witnessing the tribal Haat, visit the tribal museum in Chotta Udepur. After lunch stop at a Rathwa house to see the painting known as Pithora. In the later afternoon, visit Champaner-Pavagadh – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here visit marvelous Jami Mosque and Sahar Ki Masjid.
- Day 04 – Vadodara-Ahmedabad
After having breakfast, depart for Ahmedabad. First visit Calico Textile Museum – one of the best textile museums in India. After the visit, check in to the hotel. Post lunch take a tour of beautiful Hutheesing Jain Temple, Sidi Sayed Mosque known as Jali Masjid famous for its excellent architecture, Vidyapith tribal museum and Gandhi Ashram – in this Ashram Mahatma Gandhi spent his important days during his freedom struggle against British Empire.
- Day 05 – Ahmedabad-Poshina
In the morning transfer to Swami Narayan Temple in Kalupur to start the heritage walk in the walled city of Ahmedabad. The walk will end at Jami mosque. After the walk drive further to Poshina stopping en-route to visit Adalaj Step well. By the evening, arrive at Poshina and check in to the heritage hotel Darbargarh.
- Day 06 – Village Excursions around Poshina
Before breakfast, visit the main street of Poshina in front of the hotel to see the Garcia girls carrying the woods from the jungle to sell them into the market. After breakfast, visit the Garacia villages as well as the Adivasi (ancient inhabitants) Villages. Also, visit the terracotta temple dedicated to a local village deity – you can here see the thousands of terracotta horses.
- Day 07 – Poshina-Ambaji-Patan-Modhera-Bajana
First visit Kumbharia Jain temple complex – the stunning Jain temples built by white marbles. Drive further to Ambaji – an auspicious place for Hindus hosing a mother Goddess temple. Here take a walk in the bazaar to see various tribal devotees mainly Gracias in the colorful dresses as well as some of Rabaris. Later proceed to Patan and visit the Patola weavers and Rani Ki Vav step well – one of the nicest monuments of Gujarat. Our next stop would be Modhera Sun temple.
- Day 08 – Little Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary
In the morning, drive to Little Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary to observe the birds (Siberian Crane, flamingos) and different animals like the highly endangered Asiatic wild Ass along with some antelopes. Also make the small visit to the Agaria salt workers. In the afternoon, see some of the villages of Vadiara Rabari and Bhairwad tribes.
- Day 09 – LRK-Bhuj
Drive to Bhuj stopping on the way to observe some of the Rabari caravans. Also visit Dhamadka to see the block printing by the Khatri tribe. By the end of the day, arrive at Bhuj.
- Day 10 – Bhuj
Take city tour of Bhuj including Darbargadh & Pragmahal palace, the Royal Cenotaph and the Aina Mahal Museum. After lunch, start the excursion to Dhaneti to observe the embroidery by the Ahir tribe and Bhujodi to view the weavers from the Vankar tribe.
- Day 11 – Bhuj-Hodka
Today, transfer to Hodka visiting Jura Village, where we can see Sodha Raiputs and the Maru Meghwar tribes. Also see the Rogan painting by the Khatri family in Nirona village. Visit, the copper bell making process by the Lohar tribe and the Vadha tribe who transform wood into household with bright colors. In the afternoon, visit Bhirandhiaro village – to appreciate the beautiful painted houses of the Meghwar tribe, here you can see some handicrafts made by the women.
- Day 12 – Hodka
Visit Hodka village and other nearby Tribal villages. After lunch, continue to Khavda to see Potters and Samma tribe. Later leave for Kala Dungar to view the beautiful sunset at Indo-Pakistan border. (Last point for no man’s land), one can also see salt desert.
- Day 13 – Hodka-Bhuj-Mumbai-Departure
After having leisurely breakfast, transfer back to Bhuj airport for the flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival, you would be received and transferred to the international airport to board the flight back to home. The tour ends.
- Village Home visits
We will arrange numerous visits to the homes of the local tribes, which will give insights of their culture and traditions apart from learning their lifestyle. Few of the tribes like Rathwas make beautiful religious wall paintings in their houses.
- Garba Dance
Garba is a very popular dance of Gujarat performed traditionally during nine holy nights of Navratri Festival dedicated to Goddess of Power. We will arrange an authentic show in your resort at Bajana near Little Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary. The local village girls will perform mesmerizing Garba dance wearing the traditional bright color dresses.
- Garacia Tribal Dance
This will be arranged in the historical Darbargadh Palace of Poshina. The energetic girls and boys of Garacia will sing and dance with their tribal drums. Normally they dance during the festival of colors – Holi while enjoying the country-made liquor.
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Information & FAQs
How do you receive us at the airport?
Our representative will be waiting at the arrival lounge of the airport with a paging board of your name and then he will welcome and escort you to the air-conditioned vehicle already waiting at the parking.
What about the food?
Since we only work with international tourists, therefore we understand the dietary requirements. The food will be hygienic, tasty and less spicy.
Quality of the transportation?
We use brand new air-conditioned vehicles for our tours and the same very confortable and spacious for the road journeys in India. There is ample space for the luggage.
Will driver speak English?
Our drivers are very experienced and knowledgeable. They always work with international tourists and can communicate in English very well.
What kind of accommodations do you use?
We will use the hotels with good reputation and the same have been used for our guests before. These accommodations are equipped with all modern amenities like air-conditioning and attached western toilets etc. However at some tribal destinations, we use some Heritage hotels or family run accommodation where we cannot expect the luxury but they will offer basic facilities like attached western toilet and good food.
Safety in India?
Please note that the safety and security of the tourists is our topmost priority and kindly remain fully assured about it. We even have operated numerous trips for single lady travelers successfully and they all were really happy with the safety and security while traveling in India.