Typical Gujarati Textile, Gujarat, India

Itinerary: India - Gujarat - Touched by the Gods

15 February to 8 March 2018

The spirit of India has fascinated the world with its very mystique. There is no place on earth which enjoys such a profusion of creative energies for the production of the arts as India. One such area, Gujarat, the special focus of this tour, has long been famous for the cultivation of cotton and indigo, and its influence on textile design and production techniques has been keenly felt. It has fostered a staggering volume of exports to the Arabian Gulf, Africa, Egypt, to the Greek and Roman Empires, to Europe and Sri Lanka, China and Indonesia. The tour will embrace not only the antiquity but also the continuity of textiles, pottery, sculpture, metal work, music and dance and much more. We have included significant places of cultural heritage, the rare and fabulous wildlife, the great Jain temples of Palitana, the famous Rann of Kutch, 3 days to explore Bhuj, then Gir National Park, (perhaps glimpsing Asiatic Lions or Leopard), tribal markets loaded with rare textiles, and Queen Udaymati’s famous step-well. Other highlights include Ahmedabad’s Calico Museum, visiting the workshops of famed textile artists, encountering tribal peoples and their textiles, bronze ware, wood carving and especially the great Kavant Tribal Fair which will be abuzz with magnificently dressed tribal people with their finest crafts for sale.

On this Journey you will:

• Discover the sheer diversity of the peoples, places and cultures of the Sub-Continent
• Witness ancient rituals and stunning dance and music
• Gaze in awe at the great pilgrimage sites of Jainism
• Encounter tribal peoples living a life imbued with centuries of tradition
• Be amazed by the crafts and textile artists and their heritage
• Visit artists’ studios, galleries and museums dedicated to Gujarat’s textile heritage
• Immerse yourself in a dazzling swirl of colour, heady spices, flavours and sounds
• Soak up the atmosphere, marvel at the flora and fauna of the Raan of Kutch
• Catch glimpses of Asiatic lions, leopards, flamingos, and much more
• Participate in the great Kavant Tribal Fair and the ‘holi’ Festival of Colours
• Purchase suburb examples of textiles antique and modern, from beadwork to double ikat; jewellery and crafts

Our Hotels:

We understand that travel isn't all about a fleeting glimpse of popular mass tourist spots, or staying at luxury hotels, but is also about time, space, privacy and those special destinations and moments that turn your holiday into a truly magical experience. Touched by the gods is a tour for everyone wanting to see India on roads less travelled and explore new horizons rarely encountered. With our innovative itinerary, our top-notch experts, and a thriving network of resources throughout Gujarat, we have the privilege of offering you exceptional travel experiences. There is nothing quite like seeing places through the eyes of someone who knows them intimately and cares about them passionately. We take care of the details so you can relax, enjoy, and immerse yourself in the wonder of the places you are visiting and exploring.

We have chosen hotels rich with atmospheric heritage which, on occasions in this remote part of India, offer more experience and charm rather than great comfort or luxury. You will appreciate our often remote 3-4 star residences, safari lodges, guest houses and palaces, and most importantly the amazing experiences afforded through them and by the local people with whom you will interact.

Participants should note that the order of visits and activities described may be modified to accommodate changes in flight schedules, special access to museums and craftspeople, the pathways chosen by our experienced and knowledgeable local guides, local road conditions and unexpected contingencies such as festivals, street processions or religious ceremonies. All hotels are subject to confirmation and we reserve the right to substitute an hotel of the same standard if necessary.

Meals:

Daily breakfasts are provided in your hotels. Everyone discovering India loves to find local specialities and little restaurants down the street. We have included lunches when on a day tour, and some evening meals where there is no outside restaurant of your choosing available. In some remote places we have organized some special meals featuring local delicacies which are, in the main, vegetarian. Meals are indicated as B (Breakfast) L (Lunch) D (Dinner).

Patola weavers Patan, Gujarat, India

Itinerary:

Day 1: 15 February 2018, Adelaide - Ahmedabad

Fly from your capital city or Adelaide with Singapore Airlines flight SQ 278 at 10:25, arriving in Singapore at 15:10. Transfer to Singapore Airlines flight SQ 530 at 18:40 to arrive in Ahmedabad at 21:50. We will be met and transferred to our hotel.

Overnight Stay: Hyatt Regency or similar

Day 2: 16 February 2018, Ahmedabad, B/D

The Journey seeks to explore and open windows, to link myth and ritual to ageless art forms and to place the rural arts into perspective. ‘History is to be seen displayed in full detail in the villages of India-provided one has the vision and insight to read that history’. (D.D. Kosambi in The Earthen Drum, Pupul Jayakar, New Delhi). We will see an India in a state of flux. It finds itself challenged at all levels of life, ritual, art and function. Exploding populations, an indiscriminate destruction of environment, a continuing revolution in communications, and the accelerated penetration of the technology and artefacts of urban industrial societies into interior isolated villages have generated enormous pressures and new challenges and tensions. We begin the Journey by experiencing the glory of Ahmedabad on a walking tour through an old quarter. Here we immerse ourselves in its architecture, its art, religious places, its culture and traditions as we meander through the bustling bazaar of this charismatic town. Founded in 1411, Ahmedabad has some of the finest secular spaces, Islamic monuments and exquisite Hindu and Jain temples in India. The plan of the old city comprises numerous pools, self-contained neighbourhoods, (virtually small villages), traversed by narrow streets terminating in a village square with community wells and chabutaras for feeding birds, gates, cul-de-sacs and secret passages. Tucked away among the havelis in the narrow pols we stumble The Journey seeks to explore and open windows, to link myth and ritual to ageless art forms and to place the rural arts into perspective. ‘History is to be seen displayed in full detail in the villages of India-provided one has the vision and insight to read that history’. (D.D. Kosambi in The Earthen Drum, Pupul Jayakar, New Delhi). We will see an India in a state of flux. It finds itself challenged at all levels of life, ritual, art and function. Exploding populations, an indiscriminate destruction of environment, a continuing revolution in communications, and the accelerated penetration of the technology and artefacts of urban industrial societies into interior isolated villages have generated enormous pressures and new challenges and tensions. We begin the Journey by experiencing the glory of Ahmedabad on a walking tour through an old quarter. Here we immerse ourselves in its architecture, its art, religious places, its culture and traditions as we meander through the bustling bazaar of this charismatic town. Founded in 1411, Ahmedabad has some of the finest secular spaces, Islamic monuments and exquisite Hindu and Jain temples in India. The plan of the old city comprises numerous pools, self-contained neighbourhoods, (virtually small villages), traversed by narrow streets terminating in a village square with community wells and chabutaras for feeding birds, gates, cul-de-sacs and secret passages. Tucked away among the havelis in the narrow pols we stumble upon rope or bidi (traditional cigarette) makers, working on their doorsteps. We go on a treasure hunt in search of the unique patola and mashru weavers. We will encounter such landmarks as the Adlaj Di Vav, Hathee Singh Jain Temple, Siddhi Syed Mosque and Rani Sipri Mosque. All this set within one of India’s most rapidly changing and developing cities, ultra-modern, sleek, and progressive.

Portraits of two men, Gujarat, India

Today we have made arrangements to visit the N C Mehta Collection of miniature paintings and textiles which have been gathered from all over India. These exquisite works include the famous Pahadi miniatures and the ‘Fifty Love Lyrics of a Thief’ written in the 11th Century.

Of particular importance is the Calico Museum of Textiles, (by prior permission only), today justly regarded as one of the foremost textile museums in the world and an important Indian institution. Its outstanding collection of Indian fabrics exemplifies handicraft textiles spanning five centuries and attracts large numbers of visitors from the general public, as well as increasing numbers of Indian and international research scholars. Most significantly, it has become a major reference area for India’s surviving handicrafts practitioners and also for the Indian machine-textile industry.

Later we will engage with a place of seminal importance to India; Sabarmati Ashram (Gandhi Ashram). This was one of the residences of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, generally called Mahatma Gandhi, who lived there for about twelve years along with his wife, Kasturba Gandhi. It was from his base here that Gandhi led the Dandi march also known as the Salt Satyagraha on 12 March 1930. In recognition of the significant influence that this march had on the Indian independence movement, the Indian government has established the ashram as a national monument.

Tonight we have arranged a special Gujarati ‘Welcome Dinner’

Day 3: 17 February 2018, Ahmedabad - Dasada (via Modhera and Patan), B/L/D

This morning we may need to cover a few remaining sights in the city before driving to Patan. As we traverse the length and breadth of Gujarat, we constantly stumble across architectural legacies of the 'Solanki' rule, living spaces and monuments of another time, offering an eclectic glimpse of the artistic and ingenious beauty that makes this exotic state so vibrant. This morning we will drive to Patan, home to Rani ki Vav, a beautiful Gujarati stepwell built in the 11th century by Queen Udaymati as a memorial to her husband. This will be followed by a visit to the famous double ikat weavers of Patan. In India, ikat is known as patola or bandha – to tie, bind or link – which involves the binding of the threads with dye-resistant material and then dyeing them-ragana, which comes from the root word, raga, the musical mode, and which means to ‘tint with the touch of emotion with devotion’. Double ikat means both the warp and the weft are dyed to form intricate patterns when woven. The art of dyeing has always been likened to alchemy, with magic and with transformation, with the mystery of the unknown. A completed ikat is considered a powerful magic cloth, imbued with the power to cure, to purify and to protect. We will come to understand that the creation of a textile is an act of worship, the wearing of sacred cloths is an important aspect of the rites of passage, invoking the strength of the creative act as well as protection. In these remote villages the rhythm of the loom becomes an aspect of religion: a form of prayer………….

I sing with the humming shuttles,
I dance with the moving threads


Kabir, the mendicant poet

Beautiful handpainted textile, Gujarat, India

Later we visit the Sun Temple at Modhera, built in Dasada in 1026 by King Bhima I of the Solanki dynasty. The temple halls in this complex are perfectly aligned along an east-west axis such that the sun’s rays stream through them and illuminate the inner sanctum at noon every day. Here we will catch glimpses of an era past as we ponder the intricacies of the narrative sculptures. The remains of the Sun Temple are relics of times when reverence of the natural elements of fire, air, earth, water and sky were at their peak, sharing space with myriad manifestations of the ancient Vedic gods.

Sun Temple detail, Gujarat, India

Queen Udaymati’s Step Well, Gujarat, India

Continue driving to Dasada, arriving in the evening.

Overnight stay at air-conditioned cottages at Rann Rider

Day 4: 18 February 2018, Dasada, B/L

An early morning departure to enjoy a jeep safari to the Little Rann (desert) of Kutch, famous as the world's last refuge of the Indian wild ass (khur). Although a bleak landscape, it is rich in biodiversity and is an ecologically important area for wildlife and many local and migratory water birds like cranes, ducks, pelicans, flamingos and land birds like sandgrouse, francolins and the Indian bustards. It is also home to various unique mammals apart from wild ass such as the Indian wolf, desert fox and nilgai. In the afternoon we will take another safari to villages around Little Rann to see various tribes such as the Kharpat, Rabari, Mirs, Bharvad, Dangasia and Koli.

A gujarati family moving about with their camels, Gujarat, India

Overnight stay at Rann Rider

Day 5: 19 February 2018, Dasada – Sayla, B/L/D

Drive for about 2 hours to reach to Sayla where we stay at the Old Bell Guest House for 3 nights in air-conditioned rooms. The Bell Guesthouse was the European Guesthouse of the Sayla princely state. The erstwhile ruling family of Sayla still lives in one part of the premises, thus offering an interesting experience as we will enjoy interacting with them and discovering a way of life from times gone by. The property is still quite rustic but the rooms are large, air-conditioned and with simple décor. From here we first encounter rural arts which are the visual expression and technological processes of people living at several cultural, religious and sociological levels. They are the art of the settled countryside, of people with lives tuned to the rhythm of nature and its laws of cyclic change, and with a central concern with the earth and with harvesting. Rest of the afternoon is free.

Detail of textile handpainting, Gujarat, India

A gujarati girl in the process of textile handpainting, Gujarat, India

Day 6 & 7: 20 & 21 February 2018, Sayla, B/L/D

During our extended stay we will visit nearby villages to experience village life and discover the local textiles and handicrafts of the area. Sayla is another famous centre for ikat silk weaving. We will visit the Bharwad shepherds and other communities around Sayla which are also known for their intricate beadwork on fabrics. In Somasar we will see its unique silk and cotton weaving and visit Sejathpur, which is a Kathi village known for its beadwork. On to Wadhwan, known for its bandhani tie-and-dye textiles, brassware and other handiwork, and Than, known for its ceramic and terra-cotta cottage industries.

Bhunga (roundhouses) of the Halepotras and Meghwals people in Hodka, Gujarat, India

Silk and cotton weaving and intricate beadwork on fabrics, Gujarat, India

In Wadhwan, we will visit the home of a local conservationist known as “Green Bapu” primarily because everything he owns or even what he wears is always green. Spend time at his place enjoying a cup of local tea or “chai” and listen to his interesting stories and collection of pictures and books. We will also visit the old abandoned quarries to look for the Indian Horned Owl.

Day 8: 22 February 2018, Sayla – Bhuj, B/L

Today after a leisurely breakfast we will drive for around 5 to 6 hours to Bhuj

“I walked through the main bazaar of Bhuj, past silver merchants and shops full to bursting with fine mashru satins and shawls. Jostling past me came Sidis of African descent, as well as Ahir and Rabari, Hindu herders in their mirror work costumes and ivory bangles, and Kanbi women with chain stitched blouses and skirts. Stalking through them all came tall and lean Jat Muslim herders, henna bearded men in ajarakh block-printed turbans and lunghis, and women wearing profusely embroidered tunics, heavy gold nose-rings and madder-dyed bandhani shawls and skirts. Here were communities and castes living side by side, at peace- and expressing their differences through colour and textiles“.

John Gillow in Traditional Indian Textiles, Thames and Hudson 1991

A woman in the process of cooking, Gujarat, India

Overnight stay at the Kutch Safari Lodge or Kutch Wilderness Camp in air-conditioned cottages

Day 09 to 11: 23 to 25 February 2018, Bhuj, B/L or D

Experiences in Bhuj include the Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal Palace, Swami Narayan Temple, Kachchh Museum, Folk Arts Museum, and the Bhojodi Crafts area. Kutchi handicrafts are renowned the world over, from elaborately embroidered clothing to luxurious quilts and block-printing, heavy silver jewellery, and woodcarving.

During our stay in Bhuj we will be travelling to many remote villages where the arts thrive and the quality high. We will meet the artisans within the Banni villages like-Nirona Village (Rogan Art and Bell Making, Lacquer work, Leather work), Gandhi no gam-Ludiya Village (wooden carving and textile work) , Khavda (terracotta work, batik and print work), Kaladungar (to see the White Rann – salt desert) and also the Jack Temple, Hodko and Dhordo.

We will also arrange to visit (permission pending), the studio of renowned textile printer Dr Ismail Mohammad Khatri, world famous as a master of the traditional Ajrakh block printing process, as he continues the craft that can be traced back nine generations in his family. His sons Sufiyan and Juned continue the legacy.

Two women painting traditional terracotta work, Gujarat, India

Handpainted Terracotta works, Gujarat, India

Textile weaving process, Gujarat, India

Day 12: 26 February 2018, Bhuj - Gondal, B/L

In the morning, if needed, we will cover any remaining sights of Bhuj and then drive to Gondal for around 4-5 hours where the rest of the afternoon is free.

Here we will stay at the Orchard or Riverside Palace in Palace Rooms. These are comfortable heritage hotels and the best places to stay in Gondal. The Orchard Palace was built as an annex of the Huzoor Palace, the family residence, in the late-19th century to host personal guests of the Maharajas. Converted into a seven-room heritage hotel, it is appointed with 1930s and ‘40s art deco furniture, antiques and handicrafts.

Roadside Shrine, Gujarat, India

Day 13: 27 February 2018, Gondal - Gir National Park, B/L/D

In the morning we visit the Naulakha Palace which houses the ruling family's private collection of beadwork, textiles, brassware, hand-painted toys and silver crafts, and is the centre which promotes weaving at Gondal.

Time permitting, we can also visit the textile town of Jetpur, 30 km from Gondal, known for its screen-printing, block printing, and yarn dyeing workshops.

Later drive for 3 to 4 hours to the Sasan Gir (Gir National Park) where the rest of the evening is at leisure.

Mongoose, Gir National Park, Gujarat, India

Wild Lion, Gir National Park, Gujarat, India

Wild Leopard, Gir National Park, Gujarat, India

Overnight stay at Taj Gateway, Gir Lodge

Day 14: 28 February 2018, Gir National Park, B/L/D

More adventure and discovery today as in the morning and afternoon we have arranged a jeep safari in the Park. Apart from being the last and only home to the Asiatic lions, Sasan Gir is also a great place to see leopards and other animals. The park comprises 1412 sq. km of deciduous forest interspersed with semi-evergreen and evergreen flora, acacia, scrub jungle, grasslands and rocky hills. Fed by perennial and seasonal rivers and streams, the sanctuary has large water bodies like the Kamleshwar Dam that are habitat for marsh crocodiles, reptiles and over 250 species of birds. Gir has about 400 lions and 300 leopards, making it one of the major 'big cat' concentrations in India. Deer such Sambar & Chital, Antelopes such as Blue Bull, Four-horned antelope, Indian gazelle and Wild Boar are in abundance in Gir. Jackal, Striped Hyena, Jungle and Rusty-spotted cat, Langur, Porcupine, Black-naped Hare are among the other mammals we may see. In between our safaris, we will also visit a local Siddi tribe- African by origin, Indian by nationality with Gujarati as their local language. This small tribe is believed to have been brought to India long ago by the Nawab of Junagarh as slaves of his African wife.

Day 15: 1 March 2018, Gir – Palitana, B

The drive from Gir to Palitana is for around 4 to 5 hours. Afternoon free.

Tomorrow is the festival of Holi and the celebrations start tonight with a Holi Pyre (bonfire) where people gather, perform religious rituals in front of the bonfire, and pray that their internal evil should be destroyed as the bonfire starts. We will drive around the district to see some of the activities.

Overnight stay at Vijay Vilas Palace in air-conditioned rooms. This is a simple but comfortable heritage hotel and is the best available option.

Day 16: 2 March 2018, Palitana, B/L

An early start to visit one of the great sacred sites of India, the largest cluster of 863 Jain temples spreading from the base to the peak of the Shatrunjaya hill, where the greatest temples are located. The path is climbed through more than 3000 steps. (Palanquins are available locally and can be hired). Their construction spanned 900 years and was structured in two phases, from the 11th to12th centuries as a part of the resurgence of temple building all over India, and from the 16th century onwards. Like all Jain temples, the sculpture here is truly magnificent and the architecture glorious.

Palitana Jain Temples, Gujarat, India

Today is the celebration of Rangwali Holi- a free-for-all carnival of colours, where participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water, with some carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and other musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People visit family, friends and foes to throw coloured powders on each other; laugh and gossip, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks. After our return from the temples, we can change in to old clothes and join the fun. Please note that due to local conditions we may reverse the timing of the Palitana visit. Ruth will discuss en route.

Rangwali Holi, carnival of colours, Gujarat, India

Day 17: 3 March 2018, Palitana - Champaner - Jamboghoda, B/L

A long drive today to reach the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Centred on the city of Champaner (or Muhammadabad) built by Sultan Mahmud Begada of Gujarat, it’s a very significant place historically and culturally. This place is the only complete unchanged Islamic pre-Mughal city. A concentration of largely unexcavated archaeological, historic and living cultural heritage properties cradled in an impressive landscape which includes prehistoric sites, a hill fortress of an early Hindu capital, and remains of the 16th-century capital. The site also includes, among other vestiges, fortifications, palaces, religious buildings, residential precincts, agricultural structures and water installations, from the 8th to 14th centuries.

Seven Arches (7 kamaan), Champaner, Gujarat, India

Overnight stay at Jambughoda Palace in Deluxe rooms

Day 18: 4 March 2018, Visit Kavant Festival, B/L

Today is the festival of Kavant, the gathering arena for a tribal group since time immemorial. The Rathva community come together to celebrate the harvest and recreate the joy of existence and life. Surrounded by the beating of drums, the melodies of a variety of flutes and the stamping of feet, the Rathvas dance in a vast group keeping time to the rise and fall of the music. The men wear a belt attached with pebble filled gourds and a string of brass bells. As they stamp their feet and gyrate their hips the bells and the pebbled gourds add percussion to the dance. Some carry cane sugar signifying the harvest, and wear an elaborate headgear which is a conical hat stuck with small framed photos of local deities surrounded by an array of peacock feathers. Rice paste and ash are blended to make a dye painting the bodies with circles and dots in a ritualistic salutation to the jungle cat. Some men and women gather together to form a human pyramid and the surrounding atmosphere vibrates with the heightened energy and human spirit.

Rathva Tribal Festival in Kavant, Gujarat, India

Rathva Tribal Men at the Rathva Festival in Kavant, Gujarat, India

Day 19: 5 March 2018, Chamapaner - Chotta Udaipur - Vadodara, B/L

After the exuberance of the tribal fair we will visit Chotta Udaipur to interact with the tribal peoples of the Rathwa, famed for their paintings, the Bhil for beadwork and Nayak for terracotta pottery, then late in the afternoon drive to Vadodara. Painting in the settled villages of India have followed the rhythm of the two cosmic movements of the sun, the solstices. When the sun was in its ascending principle, a period when the earth awakened to a new cycle of fertility, it was a time for the worship and adornment of the earth and the walls of the home. Paintings appear using every available space; the walls and floors of village huts, ceilings, pots, cloth, paper, palms of the hands; paintings that are auspicious, protective and life giving.

A woman carrying and a girl carrying goods on their heads, Gujarat, India

Overnight stay at the Taj Gateway Hotel Akota Gardens, city view rooms

Day 20: 6 March 2018, Vadodara, B/D

Vadodara, Gujarat's third largest city, is considered the state's cultural capital. Situated on the Vishwamitri River it is the administrative headquarters of Vadodara District. The city is a mixture of many eras and its reputation as the "Cultural Capital" dates largely from the late 19th c, when it was the capital of the princely state of Baroda.

Enjoy a city tour, which will include the Laxmi Vilas Palace and Fateh Singh Museum. Tonight we have arranged a special farewell dinner.

Day 21: 7 March 2018, Vadodara (Light dry breakfast at hotel)

A very early morning departure from our hotel to check-in for Jet Airways flight from Vadodara to Mumbai, 07:05-08:05, connect onward Singapore Airlines flights SQ 421 11:50-19:50 & SQ 279 23:35-09:00.

Why not consider a stopover in Mumbai, the ‘Western Gateway’ to the sub-continent? Mumbai is regarded as India’s financial capital; multicultural, cosmopolitan and home to Bollywood, the world’s largest movie industry. Plenty to see in and around Mumbai, and easily accessible from here are the famed Ajanta and Ellora Caves, UNESCO World Heritage sites renowned for their rock – cut caves filled with paintings from the life and teachings of the Buddha and the great Hindu Kailasanatha Temple, home to Lord Shiva and cut from the living rock.

Day 22: 8 March 2018, Arrival in Australia

Map Gujarat, India

Pricing:

Indicative price per person twin share (Land only): AUD 4856.00
Airfare with Singapore Airlines from Adelaide approx. AUD 1220.00 ‘Economy Saver’ (no refund on cancellation) or approx. AUD 1260.00 Economy ‘Flexi Saver’ (cancellation fee applies). Other capitals by arrangement.
Single Supplement: AUD 1645.00

COST INCLUSIONS:

• Tour Director from Australia subject to a minimum of 10 passengers.
• Accommodation in the above mentioned hotels or similar.
• Accompanying escort from my local office in India (all or part of the Journey)
• Accompanying expert local guide for the entire trip
• All meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Air-conditioned Mini-coach for all transfers as per the above mentioned itinerary
• All entrances to the National Parks as per itinerary
• All entrances to the monuments as per the itinerary
• 02 exclusive jeep safari’s in Gir National Park
• 02 Jeep safari in Little Rann of Kutch ( one inside Park and one outside to see villages)
• Domestic flight Ahmedabad - Mumbai in Jet Airways economy class with 20 kg checked luggage 8kg hand luggage
• All applicable taxes
• Mineral water in coach each day

COST EXCLUSIONS:

• International airfare to/from India
• Meals not specified
• Camera fee wherever levied separately (Gir Nat. Park approx. $24 per camera, Little Ran approx. $12 per camera)
• Any increase in airfares by the airlines in future
• Any increase in entrances per Government of India notifications in future
• Any additional taxes levied by the Government of India on the tourism sector in future
• Any expenses of personal nature such as hard/soft drinks, laundry, phone/fax calls, tips etc
• Any increase in the entrance fee to the National Parks
• Palanquin ascent at Palitana
• Visa for India
• Tips
• Travel Insurance (compulsory and should be taken out after your first payment) If you need assistance, simply contact:

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