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Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by adigabnp, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. adigabnp

    adigabnp Amatore

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    BengaLooru
    BengaLooru
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    Hi all,
    Finally this year, seems like my plan to visit Kutch will materialize! :)
    I plan to travel from Bangalore [BengaLuru] to Gujarat by this month end in my Punti with 3 friends. All of us can drive. Need your respective advises on:

    1. The itinerary and the feasibility of executing it.
    2. Must go/watch places.
    3. Advises on the route etc.
    4. Must do things in Gujarat.
    5. Precautions to take while travelling in Gujarat and in general as well.
    6. etc. ;)

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    Planned travel dates:
    20-Dec-2013 morning to 02-Jan-2014 evening
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    Planned itinerary:

    Plan 1:
    https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=...Fu6ioReOTEWZU9hEd3OTw&oq=patan&mra=ls&t=m&z=6

    Plan 2:
    https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=...Fu6ioReOTEWZU9hEd3OTw&oq=patan&mra=ps&t=m&z=6

    Important places planned to cover:

    Ahmedabad
    Patan
    Dholavira
    Kutch, Bhuj and nearby places
    Dwarka, Bet Dwarka
    Somanath temple
    Diu
    Gir

    1. Is there any difference if I travel to Bhuj first followed by Dwarka, Gir etc. or vice-versa?
    2. How busy would Kutch be during the end of December considering that it the season of Rann festival etc.?
    3. I am not sure if Vadodara and Junagadh can be skipped due to the shortage of time?

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    Last edited: Dec 6, 2013
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  2. PatchyBoy

    PatchyBoy Esperto

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    Bangalore
    Sorry to be the first to respond without any useful information. :D

    All I can say - You have FIAT full of drivers and are asking about "itinerary and the feasibility of executing"? What itinerary? What feasibility? Just do it.

    Let me try salvage my post by giving some useful info. Do not forget to put a piece of yellow tape on the right HL. Mandatory in GJ.

    Good luck and God speed.

    Rajan
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  3. rohit tunga

    rohit tunga Amatore

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    Bangalore
    I have driven to Gujarat and Rajasthan in my car from Bangalore. If you ask me, a visit to somnath temple and gir wildlife sanctuary is a must amongst so many other places.

    You can strike off diu from that list. Its always filled with drunkards lazying around and not worth a visit. May be you can have a look at porbandar instead.

    Gujarat is a great state with good quality roads and friendly locals. I'm sure you will have a great time there.
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  4. Dholavira
    And also please check
    "koteshwar" and "narayan sarowar" the western most points of Indian Territory.

    I shall be departing for bhuj via Gandhinagar- Gandhidham- Dholvira - BHUJ- koteshwar- Narayansarowar- bhuj-mumbai.

    Also check for places like

    Kabirvad and Junagadh

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  5. dnyanesh666

    dnyanesh666

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    Mumbai
    All I can suggest you after having a look at your map is a different route for Gujrat from Navi Mumbai without getting into Mumbai at all.
    After getting off the Pune-Mumbai Expressway move straight following the course of the road to thane. From thane, move all the way to Mira Road via Ghoodbundar road.
    here are the directions: https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Sion+-+Panvel+Expy&daddr=19.329287,72.894287&geocode=FRN3IgEdiR5bBA%3B&sll=19.187326,72.979431&sspn=0.394288,0.676346&hl=en
    Mark the source and destinations on this route are on the route mentioned by you.
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  6. Dipesh_enr

    Dipesh_enr Amatore

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    Mumbai
    I suggest you also visit Abu road. Its a beautiful hillstation on the border of Gujarat and Rajasthan. It will be around 100-125 kms from Patan. While going to Abu road you can also visit Ambaji Temple & Gabbar which are famous temples among Gujarati's. Gabbar is a temple located on a hill. You can either go by ropeway or climb up all the 1000 steps.
  7. nitinjd

    nitinjd Amatore

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    Pune
    Pune
    Grande Punto 1.3
    I have visited Gujarat twice, I stay at my house at Mumbai and next day early morning start my journey. I drive myself with family.
    http://www.teamfiat.co.in/punto-1-3...rship-experience-edit-odo-@-14-100-kms-2.html

    http://www.teamfiat.co.in/street-tr...alore-mumbai-ahmedabad-bangalore-4515-km.html

    You can visit at Akshardham, Gandhinagar near 30Km from Ahmadabad.

    You need atleast half a day.

    What to see?

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    [TD="width: 485"]Mandir:
    Intricately carved, the majestic Monument made of 6,000 tons of pink sandstone is awash with spiritual stillness.
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    Length : 240 ft. (73.1 m)
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    [TD="width: 485"]Hari Mandapam:
    7 ft. Gold-leafed Murti of Lord Swaminarayan.
    The Monument exudes warmth and peace, and serves as a fountain of peace.
    Floor area : 12,997 sq.ft ( 1,207.9 sq.m ).[/TD]

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    [TD="width: 485"]Vibhuti Mandapam:
    Revelations of the Lord, displayed in exquisitely-lit brass lotuses.
    Each revelation is a deep yet practical treatise on philosophy.
    Floor area: 8,033 sq.ft ( 7 46.6 sq.m ).[/TD]

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    [TD="width: 485"]Prasadi Mandapam:
    Display of holy relics of Lord Swaminarayan.
    Floor area: 11,397 sq.ft ( 1,059.2 sq.m).
    Visitors to the Monument are requested to remove shoes and observe silence.[/TD]

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    [TD="width: 485"]Double-walled, air-cooled halls. A large area of walk-through displays create an unforgettable experience of Indian Culture. Total Floor area: 62,023 sq.ft (5,764.4 sq.m )[/TD]
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    [TD="width: 485"]Hall 1 & Hall 2: Neelkanth & Sahajanand: (60 Minutes)
    The life of Lord Swaminarayan is experienced through amazing settings and shows.
    Floor area: 21,817 sq.ft (2,027.7 sq.m).
    Attractions: Travel in time through a video show, Fiber-optics cosmos, Mini Chhapiya village, Journey through India, 3 light & sound shows.[/TD]

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    [TD="width: 485"]Hall 3 - Mystic India: (45 minutes)
    Mystic India rediscovers India, a land of many mysteries and fascinations. A period film set 200 years back in time, it retraces the incredible journey of an 11-year old child yogi, Neelkanth.
    Floor area: 9,421 sq.ft ( 875.6 sq.m ).
    Attractions: An epic journey into the land and soul of India. This entertaining, educating and enlightening film was made originally in giant screen format.[/TD]

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    [TD="width: 485"]Hall 4 - Premanand: (60 Minutes)Walkthrough dioramas and fiberglass figures display the messages of Upanishads, Ramayan and Mahabharat.
    Floor area: 30,785 sq.ft (2,861.1 sq.m )
    Attractions: Palace of Hastinapur from the Mahabharat, Gurukul in nature's lap, Songs of saint-poets, Harmony of world religions.[/TD]

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    [TD="width: 485"]Hall 5 - Sant Param Hitkari: (15 Minutes)A superb audio-animatronics show brings to life the atmosphere, characters and events from over 200 years ago to reveal the key to eternal happiness.[/TD]

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    [TD="width: 485"]The Sahajanand Vun is a unique blend of contemplative garden and children's park. Floor area: 645,600 sq.ft (60,000 sq.m, 14.8 acres).
    Attractions:
    Cultural spots, Rides and games for children, Single-piece marble sculpture of Lord Swaminarayan, Lake and waterfalls, Herbal garden.[/TD]

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    [TD="width: 485"]The Sat-Chit-Anand Water Show reveals India’s ancient secret of inner light through an Upanishadic story of Nachiketa, a nine year old boy, who bravely confronts Yamraaj, the God of Death, and receives from him the knowledge that has made India, a land of enlightenment.
    Duration: 45 Minutes
    Timings: After sunset[/TD]

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    [TD="width: 485"]AARSH - Akshardham-center for Applied Research in Social Harmony
    A futuristic research center with a rich library, study stations and archives. Accessibility to the library has been reserved for enlisted scholars.[/TD]
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  8. adigabnp

    adigabnp Amatore

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    BengaLooru
    BengaLooru
    Grande Punto 1.3
    Thank you all for your replies and suggestions.

    - - - Merged Post - - -

    Thanks Rohith.
    Based on your inputs, I have Diu at the end of the schedule which will be sort of an optional visit, i.e. if time permits.

    - - - Merged Post - - -

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