|2||Modhera||Modhera, Konark temple, Adalaj Wav|
|3||Ahmedabad||Sabarmati Ashram, Sara Bhai House, ATMA (Ahmedabad Textile Mills Association) and IIM (India Institute of Management)|
|5 – 6||Chandigarh||Le Corbusier, Vidhan Sabha, Rock Garden & Rose Garden|
|9 – 10||Dhaka||National Parliament & National Memorial of Dhaka|
When To Go
HIGHLIGHTS OF TOUR :
** Visit to Sun Temple & Adalaj Wav of Modhera
** Visit to ATMA & IIM of Ahmedabad
** Visit to Rock Garden of Chandigarh
** Visit to National Parliament & National Memorial of Dhaka
Indian Architecture had always been a great interest for all travellers. It is an opportunity to see the World in India as it presents a mix of oriental and Occidental and blending with Hindu, Islamic, Buddhist, Gothic, Portuguese, French, Dutch, Danish, Japanese, Greek, Italian, etc. From a small beginning during the Harappan period when the architecture was very simple, but, it had one clear cut direction. Planning was in existent during that period also. During Maurya / Gupta period architecture was at its prime position and glorious accounts of Pataliputra have been made by the travellers. Cave architecture was in full form at Udaygiri, Khandagiri in Orissa and Ajanta-Ellora at Aurangabad. Buddhism had greatly influenced Indian architecture between 2nd Cen. B.C. to 6th Cen. B.C. Stupas at Sarnath, Sanchi are example of Buddhist architecture and there are many more in Rajgir, Nalanda, Bodhgaya, Kushinagar, Amravati etc. a great change was seen with the invasion of the turks and they brought with them Islamic style into the Indian Architecture which is quite distinct with Arches, Geometrical design, Koranic Verses, rich calligraphic all over. Staunch religious feeling was marked by their demolishing of Hindu temples and using material for their mosque etc
Day 1 Arrival Mumbai / Ahmedabad (Flight)
Welcome meet and greet on arrival at airport (in Delhi or Mumbai). Transfer from International to Domestic Airport for flight to Ahmedabad. Meeting assistance on arrival at Ahmedabad, transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 Ahmedabad /Modhera (102Kms / 2Hrs One way)
Today after breakfast, proceed for an excursion to Modhera- The beautiful and partially ruined Sun temple of Modhera was built by King Bhimdev in 1026 BC and bears some resemblance to the later and far better known, the Sun Temples of Konark in Orissa. Enroute visit Adalaj Wav, one of the finest (step wells), with carvings depicting intricate motifs of flowers and birds. The main corridor has four pavilions and the well is five storeys deep, each decorated with exquisite stone carvings. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3 Ahmedabad
Today after breakfast, visit Sabarmati Ashram which is one of the best places to study the rich blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles known as Indo-Saracenic & Mosque (Surkhej). In the afternoon proceed for technical visits i.e. Sara Bhai House (Photography is not allowed inside the house), ATMA (Ahmedabad Textile Mills Association) and IIM (India Institute of Management) to see the architecture. Late Evening (Optional) Dinner at Vishalla, on the southern edge of town in Vasana, is a ‘theme’ dining experience that evokes the atmosphere of a Gujarati Village. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4 Ahmedabad / Delhi (By Flight) & Delhi / Chandigarh by drive (245 Kms / 5 Hrs)
Today morning, transfer to airport to board flight to Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi, drive to Chandigarh conceived and born in the 1950s and was the master plan of the European modernist architect Le Corbusier. No other Indian city feels quite like this one. Upon arrival Transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5 Chandigarh
Today morning, visit of the official buildings designed by Le Corbusier- the Secretariat and the Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly). The roof garden at the top of the Secretariat yields an excellent view over Chandigarh but the building is less accessible since the chief minister of Punjab was assassinated here in 1995. Also visit the revolving open-hand sculpture, conceived as a symbol of unity, and the colorful High Court with its double roof. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6 Chandigarh
After breakfast visit of Rock Garden & Rose Garden. Rest of the day free. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 7 Chandigarh / Delhi (245Kms / 5Hrs)
Today after early breakfast drive back to Delhi. Upon arrival check-in at hotel and later proceed for half day city tour of Old & New Delhi. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 8 Delhi / Dhaka (Flight)
Today transfer to airport to connect flight to Dhaka. Arrive Dhaka International Airport. Reception at the airport and transfer to the designated hotel. Dinner in a nice local restaurant and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 9 Dhaka
After Breakfast visit the most distinctive Building National Parliament House (Both inside and outside). To visit the inside special permission will be necessary by producing passport details and nationality before hand. This huge building and the whole complex encompasses an area of 215 acres of land and the main building stands on area of 150,000 sft and the plinth area covers 8, 23,000 sft. There are 9 blocks within the complex. Starting in 1961 the complex was completed in 1984.
After the visit of the Parliament you can visit another exciting site at National Memorial located at Savar, 29 kilometer from Dhaka city. It was built to commemorate the martyrs of the war of independence. The architectural design reflecting the peoples sacrifice and struggle for independence was nicely accommodated. Jahangir Nagar University and its sprawling campus is also worth visiting which is very near to the Highway you are passing through. Lunch and Dinner in any Chinese or Bangladeshi restaurant and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 10 Dhaka
After breakfast visit some of the prominent sites of the Capital city of Bangladesh and the 11th largest mega city of the world. The Mughal built Dhaka into a magnificent city with Sultan’s palace, dozens of ornate mosques, Mughal Fort with nice gardens, Temples, and the most busy river port Sadarghat with thousands of river vessels and crafts will give you a rare experience. Have your lunch in Chinese or local restaurant. After lunch visit the Curzon Hall of Dhaka University along with other remarkable University hall within the campus. After Dinner stay at hotel.
Day 11 Dhaka / Departure
After breakfast free at your own. Transfer to Dhaka International airport to board flight to your onward destination.