This 7 day trip across Kutch, Gujarat is perfectly planned to keep in mind that we get enough time to explore major locations in Kutch. Dholavira which is an offbeat location and not very frequented by travelers in spite of its rich history is known for Dholavira lake, the famous Harappan Archaeological site & the fossil park. Mandvi, on the other hand, is the beach town and has several-year-old dockyard and Dhordo is a village in the region of Great White Rann famously known for acres & acres of the white desert. During the time time of the Kutch festival, a lot of local shops and fare are organized in Kutch. Pakistan border from this town is about 50 km and the border can be visited on taking prior permission from Bhuj.
This road trip of about 1000+ km takes you from the Barren land of Kutch at one hand to beaches at Mandvi with varied flora and fauna.
Day 1 : Ahmedabad to Dhordo
Day 2 : White Rann of Kutch Sightseeing
Day 3 : Dhordo to Mandvi
Day 4 : Mandvi to Dholavira
Day 5 : Dholavira Sight Seeing
Day 6 : Dholavira to Ahmedabad
Day 7 : Airport or Railway Station drop
22nd Dec to 28th Dec Open
29th Dec to 4th Jan Open
12th Jan to 18th Jan Open
Our representative and vehicle will be there to receive you from the Railway station or airport (Meeting Time 10 AM). After meeting with all the group members we start our Road Trip to the famous White Rann of Kutch. Our destination for today is Dhordo, which is one of the villages in the White Rann of Kutch and hosts the famous Rann Utsav. Dhordo is 400 km from Ahmedabad and it will take us about 8 hrs to reach. Roads in Gujarat are a treat and even after mandatory stops, we should be in Dhordo before sunset.
Check in to the allotted rooms and rest for some time and relish chai-pakoras /biscuits at the property.
Dinner and Overnight stay in Dhordo.
Afternoons in Kutch are Hot so make sure to carry your water bottle, sunglasses, hat.
After breakfast we leave for Rann of Kutch tour, exploring the villages and routes. ( Make sure you carry a daypack with lots of fluids).
Return to campsite for Lunch.
Start your journey to Kalo Dungar which is the highest point in Rann of Kutch region and is about 49 km from Dhordo, also visit the Last Indian post possible for travelers on the Indo – Pak border. ( Going further depends on the permit).
Later visit the white Rann of Kutch and activities zone waiting for a stunning sunset. You can also go for a camel ride, cart ride at Rann of Kutch. Eat from the local vendors, will have enough time for shopping and market exploration at the Kutch Festival
Return to campsite for Bonfire and Cultural show as per Itinerary.
Dinner and Stay at the Property.
Today we start our journey from the White Rann of Kutch to the Beach town Mandvi. Mandvi is 140 kms from Dhordo and will take around 3 hrs to reach via Bhuj. It has a very old and famous dockyard and is a major port because of its proximity to Karachi.
After a short journey, we will reach Mandvi after Lunch. Check in to the allocated rooms and relax for a while and we later visit Osho Restaurant in Mandvi, which is famous for its Vegetarian Thali and is a must-have.
Night Stay at Mandvi
We start our day with an early morning drive to Mandvi Beach. Spend early hours watching the sunrise. While returning eat at the local eatery enjoying the Gujarati cuisines. Return to Hotel. Freshen up and start for our destination Dholavira..which is an offbeat location and about 270 kms from Mandvi. It will take us 6 hrs to reach. Roads are good, so we will be in Dholavira before Sunset.
Check in to the allotted rooms and rest for some time and relish chai-pakoras/biscuits with the bonfire at the property. Dinner and Overnight stay in Dholavira
Dholavira has clear night skies and taking a walk in the moonlit night after dinner is recommended.
Dholavira is located on Tropic of Cancer and is one of the five largest Harappan sites, belonging to the Indus Valley civilization era.
After a heavy breakfast at the property, we start our Dholavira sightseeing tour. Major places of attraction in Dholavira are the Harappan site, Fossil Park, and the Dholavira Lake.
Afternoons in Kutch are hot so make sure you carry sunglasses, cap, and water bottle. After spending a few good hours exploring the places, we return to the property for Lunch.
A good part of White Rann of Kutch is in Dholavira as well, so after resting for sometime post lunch at the property we leave for photo moments at the White sand and to view one of the best sunsets.
Return to stay by late evening. Tea, followed by Dinner.
Overnight stay at Dholavira.
Today we have a little long journey to Ahmedabad from Dholavira. Total distance is about 370 km and it should take us about 8 hrs for this one.
We will start after breakfast from Dholavira, travelling from one side of Gujarat to almost the other side, passing through the windmill farms, salt farms, industrial towns, it will be a joy ride, a ride to remember.
We will reach Ahmedabad by evening. Relax for sometime at the property and later in the evening we visit Sabarmati waterfront and the food street, Manek Chowk.
For foodies this is a delight, the street gets a little crowded, but the food is mouth watering. Feast on the delicacies for few hours and end it with a Sweet Pan. We return to the Hotel after dinner.
Stay in Ahmedabad.
Today is the last day of our tour. There are no fixed plans for this particular day.
We check out from the hotel around 10 am after breakfast and you can book your flights or train tickets for the afternoon or later in the evening.
Till we meet again.
Transport in 12/18 Seater Tempo Traveller (Ahmedabad to Ahmedabad)
Stay on Triple/ Double sharing in Dhordo and Mandvi (Night 1, Night 2 and Night 3), twin sharing basis in Dholavira and Ahmedabad (Night 4, Night 5, Night 6) at properties
Meals: Dinner on Day 1, Breakfast + Dinner on Day 2, Breakfast on Day 3, Breakfast + Dinner on Day 4, Breakfast + Dinner on Day 5, Breakfast on Day 6, Breakfast on Day 7 (10 Meals)
Driver, Toll Parking included
* Pick up and drop will be from only one location. Either railway station or Airport
Any meals other than mentioned
If there is any change in the plan due to unavoidable reasons, the increase in cost has to be borne by the guests.
Booking amount is non-refundable.
No refund of total trip amount will be provided on cancellation, 10 days prior to departure date.
50% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 11-20 days prior to scheduled departure date.
90% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 21-90 days prior to scheduled departure date.
100% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation, 90+ days prior to scheduled departure date.
For Cancellations/ Refund Request , kindly reply to the confirmation mail and get in touch with the Team. All cancellations will be considered only after the mail has been received.
Weather in Kutch during the afternoon will be hot, guests are requested to carry fleece for the evenings.
Q. What will be the group size?
Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.
All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.
Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?
Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?
Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?
We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.
Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?
We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.
Q. Which shoes should I buy?
Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.
Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
Q. What will be the type of accommodation?
It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.
Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.
Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?
After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.
Q. What type of food is served during the trek?
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.
Q. Can we change the itinerary?
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.
Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?
Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
Q. Diamox is advisable or not?
Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.
Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Q. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.
The Great Rann or “ Rann of Kutch” is a salt marsh in the Thar desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat.
Rann of Kutch is about 10,000 sq km in area and is one of the largest salt deserts in the world. Rann means salt marsh and hence it’s called the Rann of Kutch. The best time to visit Rann of Kutch is during the months of October to February as the salt desert is underwater during the monsoon months and the rest of the months its an enormous stretch of pearly white sand making the Rann of Kutch an extraordinarily beautiful destination.
The nearest airport and railway station to Rann of Kutch is in the city of Bhuj. Rann of Kutch has various small and prestigious villages near it which and be visited to get in touch with the culture and traditions of The Great Rann. Rann of Kutch is known for its wide spread salt marsh, camel rides, safaris, camping, and handicrafts.
Rann of Kutch is the photographer's paradise and on full moon nights, the reflection of the moonlight on the white sand is a beautiful sight to experience. The Rann Mahotsav is an awesome festival of Kutch which takes place from the month of October to February when the largest tent city in India is established near Dhordo. The Rann Utsav is a carnival of music, dance, cultural exhibits, food and much more, the festival attracts thousands of tourists every year from all around the world. There are various accommodation options available in the nearby villages however it's highly recommendable to stay in one of the tents in Dhordo to experience the true culture and beauty. Rann of Kutch is a destination which beholds undefeatable natural beauty and is one of the highly recommended tourist destinations in India to come in contact with the culture and heritage of Vibrant Gujarat.
PLACES TO VISIT NEAR RANN OF KUTCH :
Ahmedabad also is known as Amdavad is the largest city in the state of Gujarat and Sabarmati river runs through the centre and is the former capital of Gujarat and the hub of commerce and trade in Gujarat. Ahmedabad is famous for its plethora of remarkable temples, museums sparkling lakes, restaurants, local markets, textiles, food, culture and bits of colonial history. Sabarmati Ashram(residence of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi), Kankaria lake, Adalaj stepwell, Jumma Masjid(Jamma Masjid), Siddi Sayed Mosque, Teen Darwaza, Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary and The Calico Museum are few of the major attractions of Ahmedabad.
Dhordo is a beautiful village in Bhuj Taluka in the Kutch district of Gujarat. Dhordo Village is set on the edge of Indo - Pak border, north of Bhuj and is renowned for its White desert, bird watching, and craft villages. Dhordo is located at a distance of 70km from Rann of Kutch. Dhordo is known for the various hotels, resorts, camping accommodations, white desert, handicrafts, and bird watching, it is the perfect destination for relaxing and exploring the culture and tradition of Gujarat. Aina Mahal and Kutch Museum (oldest in Gujarat) are the must visit places in Dhordo.
Mandvi is a town in the Kutch district of Gujarat, it is a picturesque town with many ancient buildings located on the banks of Rukmavati river , barely 1 km away from the Arabian sea at Gulf of Kutch. Mandvi was once the principal port of Kutch and has a 400-year-old shipbuilding center. Mandvi is located at a distance of 157 km from Rann of Kutch and has beautiful Mandvi beach. Mandvi is known for sand & sun, beaches, horses, and camel rides along the shore. Vijay Vilas Palace, Wind Farms Beach, Taposan Lake, and Shithala Temple are few of the major attractions of Mandvi.
Dholavira is a famous ancient Archeological place that marks the existence of Harappan Civilisation and is a UNESCO world heritage site located on the Khadir Island, Rann of Kutch. Dholavira is one of the largest excavations of Indus Valley civilization. Dholavira is locally known as Kotada which means fort is one of the two largest sites of Harappan Civilisation and the 5th largest in the world. Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary can also be visited when in Dholavira. Dholavira is the perfect destination for history lovers to come face to face with ancient architecture and history.
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