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. Rathwa is a prominent tribe of this area, here the men wear red turban tied in a particular style, whereas the women are seen the knee length skirt, colorful blouses and silver jewelry.
These tribes live in the small villages and their occasion is farming, they come here to sell the vegetables, grains and other products in the market and buy the grocery items and other daily use things from the weekly Haats. After witnessing the tribal Haat, visit the tribal museum in Chotta Udepur, which has a good collection of tribal items and also the model huts of Rathwas and Nayakas showing their life style. After lunch stop at a Rathwa house to see the wall paintings known as Pithora – it is more a ritual than art performed in Rathwa houses. The family performs this ritualistic art for happiness, wellbeing, to make a wish or to cure the animals or family member.
Pithora paintings are on the main walls of the houses where the people sit or enter. In these paintings, you will not find the nature but the horses, a bull, elephant and goats etc., these figures are the vision of God.In the later afternoon, visit Champaner-Pavagadh – a UNESCO World Heritage Site in India. Here visit marvelous Jami Mosque and Sahar Ki Masjid. Champaner was once the capital of Gujarat for a short time and is an ancient city. The minarets and domes of Jama Masjid are magnificent, built in 1513 by Mahmud Begada in Mughal architecture.