LocationTarnetar Village, Surendranagar, Gujarat
Gujarat, home to the world’s largest white deserts, India’s longest coastline; country’s largest habitat of Asiatic lions and first marine national park of India, is a truly beautiful place to visit. The places to visit in this majestic land are so many that you would feel like spending a few extra days than usual. There is so much to see and explore in this beautiful state that even a month’s holiday won’t be sufficient enough. The lion faced Gujarat is located on the western coast of India between Maharashtra and Rajasthan. In Gujarat there are natural exquisiteness along with wonders of history, culture and architectural brilliance which include a lot of temples, handicrafts and more. If you wish to visit Gujarat and experience the state at its fullest, you should visit it during the Tarnetar Fair. It is a standout amongst the most imperative fairs of Gujarat. In this festival different clans like the Kolis, the Rabaris, the Bharwards, the Khants, the Khanbis, the Charans and the Kathis, get together to praise the celebrated amazing marriage of Draupadi with Arjuna, in this manner following its cause to the seasons of the Mahabharata. When in Gujarat you can also visit Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Somnath, Porbander, Dwarka and Jamnagar, Akshardham Temple, Gandhi Ashram and Calico Museum, Darshan at Virpur Temple, Darshan at Somnath Temple, Exploring Porbander, which is the hometown of Mahatma Gsandhi, and the journey to the legendary Dwarikadheesh Temple.
On your arrival at the Ahmedabad Airport, our representative will meet you and will transfer you to your pre booked hotel. Post getting fresh and getting rejuvenated from all the travel tiredness, in the afternoon, you can leave your hotel to explore the place and the major attractions of Gujarat including Calico Museum, Akshardham Temple, Gandhi Ashram and Adalaj Stepwell in Gandhinagar. In the evening you can go on a stroll at the local market and get your shopping fetish satisfied. Return back to the hotel, have a filling dinner and prepare yourself for the day ahead. Overnight stay at the hotel in Ahmedabad.
After having a scrumptious breakfast, you can start your day to explore the beauty of the place. You can start your day by visiting the Dada Hari Wav, which was built by a woman of Sultan Begara’s harem. Post having the historic site you can visit the Sabarmati Ashram, World Vinatge Car Museum, Hathising jain temple, Sidi saiyyed mosque, Jhulta minar and more. have some delicious Ahmedabadi food as you lunch and spend your evening at Kankaria lake to rejuvenate. Overnight stay at the hotel in Ahmedabad.
After getting all fresh and having a tummy filling breakfast, leave for Tarnetar this morning. Tarnetar is a Village in Chotila Taluka in Surendranagar District of Gujarat State, India. It is home to the most beautiful festival, named as the Tarnetar Mela. The mela covers a large part of the Tarnetar village. Lot of stalls are put up in the mela to sell beautiful local handicrafts which are unavailable elsewhere. The stalls also incorporate a lot of ethnic jeweler, statues of deities and traditional attire with tiny mirrors embroidered into the clothing and many more. When in Tarnetar, you can visit the Trinetreshwar temple which dates back to the Solanki era. The temple is a fine example of art and sculpture in the Gurjar Pratihar style. However, the location of Tarnetar has legends associated with it. One is that Arjuna took part in a Swayamvir to win Draupadi and performed a brilliant feat of archery. Just by looking at the reflection of a rotting fish in the water he aimed his bow and shot out the eye. Just to celebrate his glory, this festival is celebrated. The fair is organized during the 4th, 5th and 6th day of Bhadarva sud month according to the Hindu calendar. This occurs sometime around the end of August-early September. During the festival, young men put on the finest ethnic dresses composed of colorful dhoti, highly embroidered waistcoats, and turbans and girls dress themselves up in the finest traditional ghagra cholis embroidered heavily with mirrors and sequin. You can visit all the stalls at the festival and have some local delicacies. Post all the fun and madness, overnight stay in the tents in the fair ground.
After having spent the night at the fairgrounds you are surely fully energized for another round of madness. Have your hearty breakfast at the mela and go on exploring the immaculate fair a bit more. you can see multiple types of dance forms which are performed during the festival and most famous amongst them is dandiya raas. Have an insight of the dance and see all the men and women strike small lacquered batons to a beat that gets faster till it finally breaks in a frenzied. Apart from dandiya you can also indulge yourself into Rahado dance which is a circular folk dance performed by the Rabari women of nearby Zalawad. Overnight stay at the fair in Tarnetar.
After having a tummy filling breakfast, start your road journey for Rajkot. En-route, you can stop at Virpur Temple for worship, it is the only temple which is there between the route to Rajkot. Once you arrive at Rajkot by evening, you check in at the hotel and relax overnight. Overnight stay at Rajkot.
After having a tasty breakfast, you are ready to explore the former princely capital of Saurashtra region and currently a business hub, Rajkot, which is also the fourth largest city in Gujarat. Rajkot resides on the banks of Aji and Nyari Rivers. The city has a lot of sightseeing options available and is also a must visit place for history buffs. When in Rajkot one can explore the Shri Swami Narayan Temple, Watson Museum and Library, Rashtriya Shala, Lady Wilson Museum, Shri Sai Baba Temple, Radha Krishna Temple and the Mahatma Gandhi House. Overnight stay at Rajkot.
After breakfast in the morning, start your journey by driving from Rajkot to Somnath. On arrival, check in at the hotel. After getting fresh and filling your tummy with some lunch, you can go on to visit the Somnath temple which is the most important pilgrimage spot of Gujrat, apart from that you can also visit the Triveni Ghat. This ghat is located at the point of confluence of three holy rivers. While in Somnath you can likewise visit the Lakshmi Narayan temple, Gita temple, Panch pandava gufa and more such places. Enjoy an overnight stay in the hotel in Somnath.
In the morning after breakfast, start your journey by hitting the road to Dwarka. En-route, you can halt in Porbandar and explore the surrounding attractions. You will likewise reach Dwarka by evening. Move in and adjust in your hotel and take a break time, relax and take off all the travel tiredness. Overnight stay at the hotel in Dwarka.
After you breakfast book your day for the surrounding sightseeing tour of Dwarka. It is considered one of seven holy sites according to Hindu beliefs. It is the legendary town of Lord Krishna. Being one of the four most visited Krishna Pilgrimages, there are many places to visit in Dwarka. You can book your day for visiting the Dwarkadhish temple, Nageshwar temple, Rukmani temple, Gomti ghat, Gopi talav and more. Later return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Your journey ends today. Post a healthy mean, you will be transferred to the Jamnagar Airport to board the flight for onward destination.