Activities: Trekking / Camping / Photography
TREK MATES INDIA
Tour to Gujarat
Day 0: Friday
Board 12927 Vadodara Express at 11.40 pm from BDTS.
Day 1: Saturday
Reach Vadodara in early morning.
Freshen up and leave for Statue of Unity in Bus/private vehicle.
We will have breakfast on our way
The Statue of Unity is a testimonial to the life of Sardar Patel, a role model of unity and statesmanship. The tallest statue of the world enjoys a splendidly scenic location facing the Sardar Sarovar Dam, 3.2 kilometres away. This colossal statue stands on the isle of Sadhu-Bet in River Narmada, at Kevadia, District Rajpipla in the Indian State of Gujarat, with the majestic Vindhyachal and Satpuda Mountain Ranges in the backdrop.
Return to vadodara,have dinner and call off for the day.
Day 2 : Sunday
The fun isn't over yet!!!
On this day we will visit Pavagarh hills, Chamapner Fort, Jambughoda wildlife sanctuary.
Return to Vadodara in the evening.
A bit of hopping in vadodara.
For Dinner, we will indulge in lip smacking Gujarati Thali
Accommodation for 1 night
Transportation during entire tour
Entry fees to statue of unity and other places as mentioned in itinerary.
Parking and toll charges
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Breakfast and Dinner as mentioned in itinerary.
TMI Expertise charges.
Lunch during entire tour
Cable Car / Ropeway fees in pavagadh
Anything not mentioned in inclusions
Board 12927 Vadodara Express at 11.40 pm from BDTS.
Board lokshakti express 22928 at 11.24 pm from vadodara
Statue of unity:-
The Statue of Unity is a colossal statue of Indian statesman and independence activist Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (1875–1950), who was the first Home minister of independent India and the chief adherent of Mahatma Gandhi during the non-violent Indian Independence movement. He was highly respected for his leadership in uniting the 552 princely states of India to form the single Union of India. It is located in the state of Gujarat, India. It is the world's tallest statue with a height of 182 metres. It is located on a river island facing the Sardar Sarovar Dam on river Narmada in Kevadiya colony, 100 kilometres (62 mi) southeast of the city of Vadodara and 150 km from Surat.The project was first announced in 2010 and the construction of the statue started in October 2013 by Larsen & Toubro, who received the contract for 2,989 crore (US$420 million) from Government of Gujarat.
1) Visit to statue of unity Exhibition hall and wall of unity:-
The Statue of Unity is the world’s tallest statue with a height of 182 metres.A huge exhibition hall covering an area of 4,647 square metres has been set up in the pedestal of the Statue of Unity. The hall showcases the life of Sardar Patel, his contributions to the Freedom Movement against British rule and his role in the merger of princely states. The Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, the life and culture of the tribal people of Gujarat and the Sardar Sarovar Dam are also displayed through an Audio-Visual show.
2)Sardar Sarovar Dam:-
The Sardar Sarovar Dam is the third highest concrete dam (163 metres) in India after Bhakra (226 metres) in Himachal Pradesh and Lakhwar (192 metres) in Uttar Pradesh. In terms of volume of concrete involved for gravity dams, this dam is ranked as the second largest in the world with an aggregate volume of 6.82 million cubic metre; only after Grand Coulee Dam in the USA with a total volume of 8.0 million cubic metre being the largest. This dam, with its spillway discharging capacity of 85,000 cubic metre per second (3 million cubic foot per second), stands third in the world, Gazenba (113,000 cubic metre per second) in China and Tucurri (100,000 cubic metre per second) in Brazil being the first two.
3)Laser light and sound show:-
A Light and Sound show using laser technology projected on the Statue of Unity takes place every evening except Monday. The colourful laser lighting system is accompanied by an excellent narration of the history and life of Sardar Patel, his contribution to the Independence Movement and the unification of India as one nation.
4)Tour to valley of flowers:-
The Valley of Flowers is spread across 600 acres with a length of 6 kilometre from Vindhyachal and 11 kilometre on Satpuda side. The Valley of Flower began with 48,000 plants in 2016 and has now reached upto 2,400,000 plants. There are five unique creations at the valley in the form of thematic parks-gardens namely: Garden of Senses & Panchatatva Garden, Green Energy & Upcycling Park, Sardar Park, Butterfly Garden and Adventure Park.Besides the parks, several photo booths and selfie points have been developed to take back memories of the visit. Two beautifully located lotus ponds enhance the visitor experience.
5) Pavagadh Hills:-
At the summit of Pavagadh hill, 762 m above sea level, is the temple to Mother Kali, which is the oldest in the area, dating from the 10th-11th centuries. Hindu pilgrims were coming to visit this temple from long before the development of Champaner as a major city, and they continued for hundreds of years after its decline, right up to the present day. To reach the temple at the summit is about a 5 km walk along a jungle footpath to the top of the hill; otherwise, there is a cable car which will haul you to the summit from about the midway point, which is the last place accessible by road. The temple has large fortifications and an open chowk in front, with two altars for sacrifices, and an array of lights for special occasions.
6) Champaner Archaeological Park:-
Champaner Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in Panchmahal district in Gujarat, India. It is located around the historical city of Champaner, a city which was built by Sultan Mahmud Begada of Gujarat. The heritage site is studded with forts with bastions starting from the hills of Pavagadh, and extending into the city of Champaner. The park's landscape includes archaeological, historic and living cultural heritage monuments such as chalcolithic sites, a hill fortress of an early Hindu capital, and remains of the 16th-century capital of the state of Gujarat. There are palaces, entrance gates and arches, mosques, tombs and temples, residential complexes, agricultural structures and water installations such as stepwells and tanks, dating from the 8th to the 14th centuries.
7) Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary:-
Located in the Panchmahal district of Central Gujarat and 130.38 sq. km. area declared as a sanctuary in May 1990, Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary is home for a variety of animals and plants. A small part of the sanctuary (Targol Round) falls in the adjoining Vadodara district. It’s a magnificent forest of teak, bamboos and other miscellaneous species. The area has two water reservoirs- one at Kada and the other at Targol. These water bodies add to the aesthetic settings and habitat diversity.