On top of Mandvi Beach, the wildlife sanctuaries, the excavation site at Dholavira, what attracts the tourists most to this destination in the state of Gujarat is its large salt marshland located in the Thar Desert, covering a vast area of 7500sq. Km called the Rann of Kutch.
Your visit to the Rann of Kutch will be made better with the opportunity to camp at the great marshland. Spending a night in the vastness of the desert, under the clear sky, gazing at the stars will give you unforgettable memories of a lifetime. Apart from its natural beauty, the place is also popular amongst the tourists as a number of well-known films were shot here, such as ‘Refugee,’ ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram Leela,’ ‘Magadheera,’ etc. Many novels also talk about the Rann like the Booker Prize-winning novel, the ‘Midnight’s Children’ by the renowned author Salman Rushdie.
Day to Day Travel Slate:
Arriving at Ahmedabad Airport, you will be on your way to Bhuj (330km). Bhuj is the desert city of Gujarat with a rich history and culture. It was once the capital city of Kutch with many eminent historical sites for the tourists to visit.
The journey to Bhuj from Ahmedabad will be 6.5hrs long, so immediately after arrival, you will check-in to a hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. You will spend the night in Bhuj.
In the morning, after having breakfast at the hotel, you will take a tour around Bhuj. You will visit Mandvi, a town that was once a port, followed by a visit to the Shyamji Krishna Varma Memorial, a place dedicated to paying tribute to the famous freedom fighter. You will also take a tour of the Vijay Vilas Palace which is a sea facing summer palace located on the Mandvi Beach. Your last stop for the day will be the Mandvi Beach, a popular tourist destination of the state. The serene sea-beach is a nice camping spot and famous for other water activities. In the evening, you will come back to the resort and enjoy a peaceful dinner and overnight stay at Bhuj.
Today will be the most memorable day of your trip. In the morning after breakfast, you will check-out from the resort and be on your way to visit Banni Village to experience the culture of the state and look at their famous handicrafts. After lunch, you will visit Kalo Dungar. Also called the Black Hills, it is the highest point in Gujarat and the only point offering a panoramic view of the Kutch. From there, you will directly head off to the campsite and reach there around 3 PM. The most exciting part of this trip will start at this point. You will be spending the night in a comfortable tent out on a vast desert under the night sky. You will enjoy the sunset at the White Rann and Rann Utsav. At night in the camp after a delicious dinner, you will fall asleep gazing at the clear sky filled with stars.
The next morning after breakfast, you will check out from the campsite and come back to Bhuj. On the last day of your trip, you will take another local tour around Bhuj and visit the rest of the popular tourist spots. You will visit the Bhujodi Village Weavers Town and explore the Bhujodi weaving and handicrafts. Your tour will continue with the 18th Century Aina Mahal or ‘Hall of Mirrors,’ the grand Prag Palace, Kutch Museum to know about the state’s history and culture, and lastly, the local market area. In the market, you will come across different handicrafts, and you can indulge in some shopping before you leave the city back home.
After the local sightseeing, you will head for the airport or railway station to go back home and leave with wonderful adventurous memories of the trip in your heart.
- Accommodation with Breakfast
- All meals during camping
- Transportation with toll tax and parking throughout the tour
- Camping activities
- White Rann permit
- Airfare and train fare
- Packed drinking water and beverages
- Emergency medical expenses
- Any other expenses not included in the inclusions