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Take the Grandeur of Gandhi tour with Gujarat Tourism for a peek into the Mahatma’s lifestyle

Description: Take the Grandeur of Gandhi tour with Gujarat Tourism for a peek into the Mahatma’s lifestyle

Take the Grandeur of Gandhi tour with Gujarat Tourism for a peek into the Mahatma’s lifestyle

Gujarat is a land with vibrant scenery, rich culture and delicious food. From pristine beaches and breathtaking hill stations to heritage monuments and the scenic Rann of Kutch, you’ll find everything you need for an enjoyable holiday here. Gujarat is also the birthplace of the Father of the Nation. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

Gujarat Tourism’s Grandeur of Gandhi Circuit pays homeage to the Mahatma by taking you around the places he lived in and travelled to. Whether it’s Gandhi’s birthplace Porbandar, or his ashram near the Sabarmati River, the four-day Gandhi circuit covers it all.

The Grandeur of Gandhi Circuit

Description: Gandhi Circuit

Gandhi Circuit

This circuit covers 22 places over 372km in the state, including Ahmedabad, Porbandar, Dandi, Rajkot and Surat. Here’s a round-up of the most popular places on this route and why they appeal to history and culture aficionados.

1.    Gandi’s Birthplace , Porbandar

Description: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in this coastal town on 2 October 1869 into a Gujarati Jain family.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in this coastal town on 2 October 1869 into a Gujarati Jain family.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in this coastal town on 2 October 1869 into a Gujarati Jain family. The family residence is locates in the old walled quarters of the town and is open to visitors. The tour takes you around the Magatma’s old haveli and Kirti Mandir, a memorial temple built in his honour with an adjoining museum,  picture gallery and library, all depicting glimpses of his life. The temple has life-size oil painting of Gandhi and his wife Kasturba along with his preachings placed at their feet. The tour also includes an evening meditation at Porbandar along with dinner and night halt.

2.    The Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad

Description: On Day 2 of the Grandeur of Gandhi Circuit, you will be taken to this ashram.

On Day 2 of the Grandeur of Gandhi Circuit, you will be taken to this ashram.

In 1917, on a quiet stretch of the Sabarmati River, just 7km from Ahmedabad, Mahatma Gandhi set up the Sabarmati Ashram, now commonly known as The Gandhi Ashram. Sabarmati Ashram was his first Satyagraha Ashram and for many, it was the nerve centre of India’s freedom movement. Many national and international leaders visited Gandhi at this ashram, and it was whilst living here that he was given the moniker of Mahatma Gandhi. On Day 2 of the Grandeur of Gandhi Circuit, you will be taken to this ashram. Hridaya Kunj, the cottage where he lived, is preserved as it was in the Mahatma’s lifetime. Sabarmati Ashram also has a memorial centre, library and a sound and light spectacle for visitors.

3.    Mk Gandhi Vidyalaya, Rajkot

Description: Formerly known as Alfred High School, this is where Mahatma Gandhi did his chooling before going to London.

Formerly known as Alfred High School, this is where Mahatma Gandhi did his chooling before going to London.

Formerly known as Alfred High School, this is where Mahatma Gandhi did his chooling before going to London. Founded in 1853, the school was the region’s first English-medium school. The famous incident of Gandhi refusing to copy the word ‘kettle’ in spite of repeated prompting by his schoolteacher took place here. The tour takes you around the school and show you other attractions in the city of Rajkot.

The salt march, Dandhi

Description: On 12 March 1930, Mahatma Dandhi began a march to protest against the British salt monopoly.

On 12 March 1930, Mahatma Dandhi began a march to protest against the British salt monopoly.

On 12 March 1930, Mahatma Dandhi began a march to protest against the British salt monopoly. The non-violent protest took place from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandhi. Once there, Gandhi and his followers produced salt and addressed meetings against the British regime. This movement has great historical importance as it brought worldwide attention to the Indian struggle for independence. On Day 4 of the tour, you will be taken to Dandhi in the early morning before Vadodara and back to Ahmedebad.

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