Situated on the banks of river Sabarmati, Ahmedabad is located on the western side of India in the state of Gujarat. Ahmedabad city has witnessed the rule of different dynasties, right from Sultanate and Mughal rule to Maratha and British rule. Thus, the history of Ahmedabad, India is very rich. Ahmedabad was the former capital city of Gujarat. During the freedom struggle of India, it served as the home of many prominent nationalist leaders like Sardar Patel and Mahatma Gandhi. To know more about the origin & history of Ahmedabad, read on…
Origin of Name:- There is an interesting legend associated with the Ahmedabad city. Towards the beginning of the fifteenth century, the state of Gujarat was ruled by the Muslim Muzaffarid dynasty. Once Sultan Ahmed Shah was standing on the banks of river Sabarmati and he noticed a tiny hare chasing a strong ferocious dog. He kept pondering over it. He approached a spiritual leader and asked for explanation. This learned man said that, it is the uniqueness of this land that cultivates such rare qualities in its people. After having heard this, the Sultan got so impressed that he decided to set up the capital of Gujarat over here and he called this land Ahmedabad.
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Towards the end of the thirteenth century, Gujarat was captured by the Sultanate of Delhi. In the year 1487, the grandson of Ahmed Shah named Mahmud Begada established the outer city wall, so as to protect Ahmedabad from outside invasion. Muzaffar II was the last Sultan of Ahmedabad.
In the year 1573, the city of Ahmed Shah was taken over by the Mughal emperor Akbar. Under the rule of Mughals, Ahmedabad became the leading centre of textiles in Gujarat. The son of Akbar named Jehangir visited Ahmedabad in 1617, but found the city to be nothing more than a garbage ground. So, he called it Gardabad, the city of dust. However, Shahjahan spent a major part of his life in the Ahmedabad city. Infact, he also constructed the Moti Shahi Mahal in Shahibaugh.
In the year 1753, the rule of Mughals came to an end and the city came under the rule of Maratha generals Raghunath Rao and Damaji Gaekwad. The power struggle between them eventually led to the destruction of the city.
The city was taken over by the British East India Company in the year 1818. The year 1824 led to the setting up of a military cantonment. A major development took place in the year 1864, when railway line was laid that connected Ahmedabad with Bombay. These developments brought Ahmedabad in the map of leading centers of trade and manufacturing. In the year 1915, people of Ahmedabad raised their voice for the independence of India.
The post independence period saw the declaration of Ahmedabad as a provincial town of Bombay. On the 1st of May in the year 1960, Ahmedabad became the capital city of Gujarat.
Destinations covered :- Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh, Mount Abu, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Ahmedabad
Day 01:- Ahmedabad – Udaipur
Our Vehicle will pick you up from Ahmedabad then drive to Udaipur. On arrival check in your Hotel. Later visit the old market.
Udaipur, is a royal city that had been the capital of Mewar rulers for centuries. The romantic city of Udaipur has a legend behind its origin and it goes like this. Once, MaharanaUdai Singh happened to meet a holy sage when he was on his hunting expedition in the Aravalli Hills. The Sage counseled the King to establish a kingdom in the fertile valley that would be well-protected by the elevated Aravalli Hills. Subsequently, MaharanaUdai Singh laid the foundation stone of Udaipur in 1557 A.D.
Udaipur also known as the City of Lakes, Vennace of East has been declared as the number one tourist destination of the World.
Day 02:- Udaipur
After breakfast visit City Palace and wandering through its beautiful rooms and apartments, the crystal gallery(great collection of crystals). Later visit Saheliyon-ki-Bari, Lok kala Mandal for the puppet show Take a boat ride at 5 PM Evening on picturesque lake – Pichola Lake& enjoy beautiful sunset at famous Jagmandir Island. Later watch The Light & sound show at City Palace.
Day 03:- Udaipur – Kumbhalgarh – Mount Abu
Morning after breakfast drive to Kumbhalgarh. Kumbhalgarh is the second most important citadel after Chittorgarh in the Mewar region. Cradled in the Aravali Ranges the fort was built in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha. Because of its inaccessibility and hostile topography the fort had remained un-conquered. It also served the rulers of Mewar as a refuge in times of strife. The fort also served as refuge to the baby king Udai of Mewar. It is also of sentimental significance as it is the birthplace of Mewar's legendary King Maharana Partap.
The fort is self-contained and has within its amalgam almost everything to withstand a long siege. The fort fell only once that too to the combined armies of Mughal and of Amber for scarcity of drinking water. Many magnificent palaces an array of temples built by the Mauryas of which the most picturesque place is the Badal Mahal or the palace of the clouds. The fort also offers a superb birds view of the surroundings. The fort's thick wall stretches some 36 kms and is wide enough to take eight horses abreast. Maharana Fateh Singh renovated the fort in the 19th century. The fort's large compound has very interesting ruins and the walk around it can be very rewarding.
Later drive to Mount Abu. On arrival check in your Hotel. Later visit the sunset point, and enjoy your evening at Nakki Lake.
Day 04 :- Mount Abu – Jodhpur
Morning after breakfast visit Delwara JainTemple, Adhar Devi Temple, Trevor's Tank, Guru Shikhar & Achalgarh. Later drive to Jodhpur.
Jodpur-Situated at the edge of the Thar Desert on the foothill of a sandstone hillock, Jodhpur is like an oasis in the vast desert. One of the most fascinating cities of Rajasthan ,Jodhpur is encompassed by a 10 km long and high wall with 8 gates and innumerable bastions. Jodhpur was founded by RaoJodha, a Rajput chief of the valiant Rathore clan, in 1459 A.D. Jodhpur is famous for its amazing architectural splendors like the 15th century Mehrangarh Fort, beautiful palaces and temples. Jodhpur is also known for its unique art and culture .Later visit the Meharangarh Fort &JaswantThada.The Fort houses a number of beautiful palaces in its complex including MotiMahal, JanakiMahal, ChandanMahal, Royal Durbar Takht, Rang Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, PhoolMahal, Umaid
Vilas and Maan Vilas, all showcasing royal grandeur of the bygone era.
Day 05:- Jodhpur – Jaisalmer
Morning after breakfast visit the Bishnoi Village.
The Bishnoi's are a community of Rajasthan who are famous for their rich cultural Rajasthani Life and there true love for nature and animals. Bishnoi Village Safari is the organized to help tourists take a glimpse of rich cultural life of Bishnoi Villages and True Rajasthan.
Bishnois are strong lovers of wild animals. It is because of their protection that in Bishnoi dominated areas, deer and antelope(such as blue bulls, black bucks, chinkaras and chowsinghas) are seen grazing peacefully in their fields. Bishnois are known to be very violent and aggressive in protecting trees and wildlife. It is said that if you are a hunter, then the worst thing that could happen to you is to be caught hunting by a Bishnoi.
Unlike most Hindu communities, Bishnois bury their dead instead of cremating them. This is because of the strict prohibition on the felling of trees, the wood of which is required for cremation.In October, 1996, Nihal Chand Bishnoi sacrificed his life for protecting wild animals. A film, Willing to Sacrifice, based on his story won the award for the Best Environment Film at the 5th International Festival of Films, TV and Video Programmes held at Bratislava, Slovakia.
Later visit the Mehrangarh Fort, JaswantThada and Umaid Bhawan Palace. Later drive to Jaisalmer.
Day 06:- Jaisalmer – Sam Dunes ( Swiss Tent)
Jaisalmer is amongst the last of the former princely kingdoms of Rajputana before the border between India and Pakistan. The people of Jaisalmer believe Lord Krishna prophecied to Arjuna that one of his descendants would establish a kingdom on Trikuta Hill. The Lord's prophecy was fulfilled in 1196 AD when RawalJaisal, a Bhatti Rajput who traced his lineage to Krisnna'sYadava clan, shifted his capital from Lodurva (16 km away) to Trikuta Hill. Jaisalmer earned great wealth and glory in its heyday, because it was strategically located on the most lucrative of trade routes between Central Asian kingdoms and the Far East. Merchants were valued citizens and their houses or havelis are legendary with ornate, intricately carved façades of sandstone. The BhattiRajputs of Jaisalmer grew rich living off the rich caravans that crossed their territory till their days of glory slowly came to an end with the burgeoning of the shipping trade through the port at Mumbai.
Jaisalmer's past glories can be seen in its impressive golden fort on Trikuta Hill that dominates the horizon. The fort houses a township with markets, palaces, temples and exquisite carved sandstone havelis. Today, these homes are national treasures and art museums that are still inhabited. This last outpost of the Indian Republic is valued for its heritage as much as for its brave citizens, its people and culture, colorful festivals and crafts have placed Jaisalmer on the world tourist map. After breakfast visit the Gadisar lake, Sonargarh Fort, the old market, visit Salim Singh Ki haveli, Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli, Patwonji ki haveli,. Later drive to Sam dunes visiting Ludharva, Kuldhara, Ruined Paliwal Village &Khabba Fort. On arrival at camp take a jeep safari to the desert national park &nearby villages to witness the culture of the region. Later take a Camel ride to the sand dunes & capture the sunset in your camera.Later enjoy Cultural programme (Rajasthani dance & Folk Music) at your camp & enjoy Rajasthani Dinner.
Day 07:- Jaisalmer – Ahmedabad
After breakfast drive to Ahmedabad.
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