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Acapella Singing holiday in INDIA

India • Gujarat

Asiatic Lion Sasan Gir National ParkWildlife wallhangingChital Deer Sasan Gir National ParkStripe HyenaThe carpet weaverTextile paintingThe elevated position of the Khirasara Palace, RajkotSun Temple at ModheraBlue ElephantsFlamingos RajkotPelican Sasan Gir National ParkSun Temple at ModheraThe Lion Safari Camp in the Sasan National Park ~ we stay in luxury tents!Man with thread
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Song, safari & saris in GujaratJoin our wonderful, acapella singing adventure in Gujarat, western India. So much more than just a singing holiday, this is an exploratory tour of this beautiful region, famed for textiles, wildlife, architecture and a rich colonial past.

Joyful morning singing sessions with Faith Watson are complimented by half day excursions including a jeep safari in Dhangadhra Sanctuary and Sasan Gir National Park, sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad and visits to important cultural sites. Stay in luxury tented accommodation and traditional kooba cottages for a memorable experience. Gujarat has a long tradition of producing gorgeous cotton textiles, including block print, one of the oldest craft forms in the world. We’ll visit rural textile villages to get a sense of this history and admire the fabrics.

As always, our acapella singing holidays are uplifting, sociable, informative and fun.

A typical itinerary on this Acapella singing holiday in India

Arrival day

From the airport you will be transferred to the Rann Riders Hotel in Dasada.

Dasada – three nights

Leaving Ahmedabad airport, we make our way to Dasada. After plenty of rest, Faith will bring our group together in a gentle introduction to the holiday and singing programme. Faith will bring the group together in happy harmony within a few sessions, and most mornings will be filled with world music and song. Hum your way around the interesting cultural sites and markets in the afternoons, including Kankaria Lake, Jain Temple, Mahatma Gandhi’s home and the Sabarmati riverfront.

Mornings are spent enjoying song and building on our growing repertoire. Afternoon activities include a jeep safari in the Dhangadhra Sanctuary, one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in India. Explore desert plains, arid grasslands, lakes and marshes and watch out for gazelle and antelope. We’ll be staying in the unique kooba and bungha houses which are traditional in Dasada, built as small cottages and styled with woven textiles, mud plasterwork, mirrors and beautiful embroideries. (They are very comfortable, with all mod cons!).

Rajkot – three nights

The Khirasara Palace, just beyond the bustling city of Rajkot, is the perfect base for our three nights in India. Sing from the elevated position of the Khirasara Palace with stunning panoramic views, taking in the spectacular 450 year old heritage of the building and its history. We’ll head into nearby Rajkot for a spot of sightseeing and shopping, stopping by at the Watson Museum, Shri Ramakrishna Ashram, Mahatma Gandhi High School with many other options.

Sasan Gir – three nights

The Lion Safari Camp in the Sasan National Park is the base for three nights in luxury, tented accommodation. Sasan Gir National Park is the last remaining home of the Asiatic lion. Since 1980, another eighty six lions have been born thanks to the important work at the sanctuary. It is also the best place in India to see Big Cats, with the highest population of leopards in any national park. The Kamleshwar dam in the middle of the park is home to marsh crocodiles. Other wildlife includes deer, blue bull, wild boar, hyena, and three hundred different bird varieties.

Spend morning sessions in the glorious surroundings of the park, tuning into the animal sounds that reverberate through the forest! We have organised one afternoon excursion – a jeep safari – where you’ll get the chance to spot panther, hyena, blue bull or spotted deer. Other afternoons can be spent simply relaxing. Evenings are meant for enjoying delicious Gujarati cuisine and sharing stories.

Ahmedabad – three nights

Ahmedabad, former capital city of Gujarat, is the largest city in the region, located on the banks of the Sabarmati river. Cricket, cotton and commerce are central to the culture here. There will be lots of time to enjoy the comfort of the hotel, spa and indoor swimming pool.

We hope to spend our last evening singing with a local choir, celebrating our adventure with a glass of fizz.

Departure day

We leave early for Ahmedabad airport.

Note: This is a typical week on our Acapella singing holiday in India. Weather conditions will influence the final itinerary.

Where we stay on this Acapella singing holiday in India


Khirasara Palace, Rajkot

The Khirasara Palace, just 14kms beyond the bustling city of Rajkot, has a rich four hundred and fifty year history of royalty and the glorious past of Kathiawar. The twenty five suites have been sympathetically restored with modern amenities including wi-fi, minibar, tea and coffee facilities, a safe and televisions. The palace is strategically located on top of a hill with a stunning 360 degree view across the seven acres of the estate.

Khirasara Palace, Rajkot Pool, Khirasara Palace, Rajkot
Khirasara Palace, Rajkot Khirasara Palace, Rajkot
Khirasara Palace, Rajkot Dining Room, Khirasara Palace, Rajkot
The Lion Safari Camp, Sasan Gir

The Lion Safari Camp, owned by Camps of India is located in a private mango orchard overlooking the Hiran River. This eco-friendly camp has twenty one air conditioned, luxury tents, each one with a large, well furnished bedroom and en-suite bathroom. They all open out on to an extended deck, a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the surroundings. The park has an awesome array of wildlife and is one of the best places in India to see Big Cats with the highest population of leopards. The Kamleshwar dam is home to a record population of marsh crocodiles, there are three hundred bird varieties, wild boar, jackal, hyena, blue bull and spotted deer.

Bathroom, The Lion Safari Camp, Sasan Gir Bedroom, The Lion Safari Camp, Sasan Gir
Bedroom, The Lion Safari Camp, Sasan Gir Dining, The Lion Safari Camp, Sasan Gir
Rann Riders, Dasara

Rann Riders is an eco-friendly resort with comfortable accommodation in individual cottages that resemble traditional Dasada kooba houses and bhunga houses of the Rabaris of Kutch. They are decorated with mirrors, mud plaster work and pretty embroidery. Every cottage has air conditioning, a comfortable bed, dressing area, tiled bathroom and a shower. Enjoy both Indian and continental cuisine, served from a buffet or pre-plated, camp style around a fire. Tandoori is the resort speciality, also serving Gujarati, Dasada and Bengali cuisine. Vegetarian food is also available.

Rann Riders, Dasara Bedroom, Rann Riders, Dasara
Dining, Rann Riders, Dasara Garden, Rann Riders, Dasara
Bathroom, Rann Riders, Dasara Bedroom, Rann Riders, Dasara

The Fern Hotel, Ahmedabad

The Fern, is Gujarat’s first ecotel. A contemporary hotel of ninety six rooms and suites, the hotel is an elegant combination of European linear design and the deep roots of the traditional Gujarati themes. There is a spa and indoor swimming pool, excellent food and service.


The Fern Hotel, Ahmedabad Bedroom, The Fern Hotel, Ahmedabad
Restaurant, The Fern Hotel, Ahmedabad Spa, The Fern Hotel, Ahmedabad
Maximum transfer time 8 hours
Dates and prices
18 Mar 2017
Without flights 12 nights £2,395
With flights 13 nights £2,795
Grade: All levels Single supp £290
£400
This holiday is confirmed! Sing under the stars and stay in glamorous tented accomodation in National Parks. How many animals will you spot wandering through the sanctuaries?
What's included
Return flights from Heathrow. Alternative UK departures possible – supplement may apply.
12 nights full board, en-suite, in charming high quality hotels
Air conditioned vehicles throughout the tour
Singing on most days
Full time tour manager
Meet local choirs
Visits to historical monuments and museum entrance fees
A jeep safari in the Sasan Gir National Park
A jeep safari in the Dhangadhra Sanctuary
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