Celebrate Christmas At Rann of Kutch - 24th Dec
Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
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Stretching for 10,000 sq kms, the white salt desert at Kutch region or the Rann of Kutch is a geographical wonder. Situated in the northwestern part of the vibrant state of Gujarat, the Kutch area attracts tourist during the months of December and January where the Rann is formed and at its best.
Not only that, the Kutch region is home to rare wildlife, is full of culture and history and is the site of the Harappan civilization. Probably this is why Mr. Amitabh Bachchan has correctly said “Kutch Nahi dekha toh Kya Dekha” (If you have not seen kutch, then you have not seen anything)
We, at The Great Escape, invite you to be a part of our elaborate Kutch festival this season as we take you to the untouched white salt desert and showcase the rich art and culture of the Kutchi region. Our 4 day itinerary is jam packed with activities as we cover the length and breadth of the entire Kutch region and indulge is some delicious local Kutchi cuisine. From visiting the site of the Indus valley civilization at Dholavira, an island in the middle of the Rann, to visiting local artisans at Bhuj to stay at traditional Bhungas, our 4 day itinerary will leave you nothing less than satisfied.
So, go on and pack those bags, afterall “Kuch din toh gujaro Kutch mein”
White Salt Desert, Indus Valley Civilization, Rann Utsav
It's early morning and our journey begins:
4:00 am: Pick up from Ahmedabad airport
11:30 am: Enjoy the first view of the Rann as you drive on a highway in the middle of the white Rann
12:30 pm: Reach our Resort at Dholavira. Freshen up. Have an early lunch
2:00 pm: Drive to the site of the Indus Valley Civilization
2:30 pm: A guided tour of the Indus valley civilization. Our guide has more than 25 years of experience at the site and was a part of the team that did the initial excavation at the site.
4:00 pm: Visit the museum
4:30 pm: Drive to the fossil park. A guided tour of the fossil park
5:30 pm: Explore the Rann. Enjoy sunset at the Rann
6:30 pm: Drive back to our resort
7:30 pm: Reach the resort.
8:00 pm: Dinner.
The Highway Rann
Resort at Dholavira
Indus Valley Site
7:00 am: Wake up Call
8:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am: Drive to Kala Dungar via the new highway between Dholavira and Dhordo
11:30 am: Reach Kala Dungar
1:00 pm: Drive to our resort in Hodko
2:00 pm: Lunch at our resort
5:00 pm onwards: Head off to Rann Utsav
8:00 pm: Return to resort for Dinner
Resort at Dhordo
Resort at Dhordo
8:00 am: Early Morning Breakfast
10:00 Head out to Nirona Village to for an interactive workshop where you learn about the three unique art forms of Kutch. Rogan Painting, Copper Bell making and Lacquered Wood work.
2:00 pm: Lunch
3:30 pm: Head off to our Resort.
5:00 pm: Reach Resort. Visit the local villages nearby and see how traditional Kutchi homes are done up.
8:00 pm: Dinner with Cultural show organizer by TGE travels for our guests
Rogan Painting at Nirona
Copper bell art work
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6:00 am: Wake up and tea
7:00 am: We pack our bags and start towards Bhuj
8:30 am: Visit Swaminarayan temple
10:00 am: Visit Bhujodi, the weavers village. Interactive workshop with the weavers and artisans of Bhujodi
12:00 pm: Start Towards Ahmedabad
We request everyone to book departure flights from Ahmedabad airport post 10:00 pm only
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It's always a pleasure travelling with TGE! The one thing I love most is their attention to detail, which ensures that your trip is a memorable one. Travelling with TGE is a wholesome experience, you see the larger more iconic places with no compromise on the little things. Travel with them if you want to interact with the people of the place, eat their food, in short experience their lives. These guys do a superb job of making everyone comfortable and everytime I travel with them I make beautiful bonds with all the other travellers. I would 100% recommend TGE to everyone who has the travel bug. It doesn't get better than this! ☺️❤️
I have known Reetu and Jamila for many years and have worked with them in the past. But this was the first time I decided to travel with them as a participant. When Reetu told me about exploring Spiti in winters I was completely on board. The itinerary sounded exciting and the pricing less. S my friend Manish and I immediately signed up for it. One of the best decisions I ever took. Spiti in winters in beautiful. The 7 days with the team was wonderful. We spent our days driving around the valley and our evenings dancing to pahadi songs. The planning was perfect with utmost care given in the choice of stay and comfort. Of course the highlight of the trip was spotting a snow leopard. Overall it was an amazing trip and I am looking forward to join many more with The Great Escape
Shravan Kumar Poshetty
Should I describe with “perfect planning” / “meticulous coordination”/ “cordial organiser”...might be with all of it.
Flawless execution is what makes them unique and organiser Reetu Yadav has let all of us experience it with her executional capabilities...
Clarity n flow of communication:-5/5
Comfort in Mode of Travel:-5/5
Action in Emergency:- very swift 5/5
Team has proved that its not all about the commercial trip but also the cause which is concealed in their carryings. What we pay at Flemingo Resort at Dholavira goes to educate and for taking care of more than 400 students and their boarding facilities as well.
Its not over yet, you will be pleased to meet the gifted souls from remote villages who are manifested in their respective disciplines like Rogan Art (Hon’le prime minister himself have gifted one to Barack Obama), Wood Art and Bell Art, Textile etc.
You will get to eat the delicious food made out of love from the local (A1 class food).
Off all, well planned itinerary and the execution is commendable. We RoK team who departed on 12th Dec’19 are truly happy with the onsite organiser Reetu Yadav and the offline backbone Jamila Kapasi who took good care of each of us at every stretch.
Their intact affirmative relation and proper delicacy in their execution makes then unique.
My best friend is much impressed with their proceedings and that makes me much happier than ever.
Last but not least, am fortunate to have rest 13 of the participants as part of my extended family. Again the credit goes to TGE.
Kudos to the team and i look for further association with “THE GREAT ESCAPE” ( you have already give our team a great escape from the routine.
Way to go TGE team!!!
Kumar Tarur Parameswaran
Such great detailed planning at micro level and being open and upfront about the tour details impressed me at the very start. They lived up to their promise in every which way.
TGE’s expression of their solidarity towards the cause of the villagers by getting travellers to interact with them in a lively way and help the villagers in their livelihood was one of the primary reasons I chose to travel with TGE.
TGE means immersive experiential travel and what you get in return and come away with are unforgettable lifetime memories.
Looking forward to many more tours with TGE. Reetu and Jamila pull your collars up. Way to go! You will go miles!
The great escape recently took care of my 10 days family trip to Bhutan. We were 9 of us, including 2 kids and 2 elderlies. Each detail of the trip was so beautifully planned and coordinated. Jamila was personally in touch with drivers, hotels and homestay owners to ensure we ar getting the best of experience. We never even had to look for directions, call hotel or tell driver about anything. Everything was already taken care of and we were just the guests in very true sense. Such a wonderful trip it was. Everything was so beautiful including all the places where we stayed.
Much thanks to Jamila and the great escape team to make it work like magic for us!
- Private transportation from Ahmedabad to Ahmedabad
- Stay at a resort in Dholavira on double sharing basis
- Stay at a resort in Dhordo on double or Quad sharing family rooms
- Meals as mentioned in the Itinerary
- Rann Permit
- Activities at Campsite such as bonfire, music, local Kutchi performance
- Experienced guide at Dholavira
- First Aid
- 5% GST
- All meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Mineral Water, Cold Drinks & Beverage
THINGS TO CARRY
Kutch has a desert climate. It has hot days and cold nights. So apart from your normals clothes and basic accessories carry
- Sun hat, sunscreen, shades for the day
- and a good jacket and socks for the night.
HOW TO REACH
Fly in and out of Ahmedabad: The most economical and nearest airport is the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad. Our tour starts from Ahmedabad airport.
Policy and Terms
20 days before the event start date: No Refund
20- 40 days before the event start date: 50% Refund
Before 40 days of the event start date: 75% Refund
Note: The above charges are calculated on the total trip cost and not the booking amt.
You can send any cancellation request to [email protected]
Terms and Conditions
Please pay a booking amt of INR 5000/- per person to confirm your spot.
Balance amount to be paid 30 days before the trip start date.
Booking amount is non refundable. Balance amount will be deducted/refunded/transferred as per the standard cancellation policy
Booking amount is transferable only if a request for such is made 30 days before the trip start date. You can email the request to [email protected]
Exception: covid Rules
Incase of lockdown due to which travel is impossible, the booking amount will be transferred to any future convenient date/trip. You can choose to get the balance amount refunded or transferred
Question: Is RTPCR/Vacciner certificate Required?
Ans: Covid roles are changing time to time. We will update you on the current covid rules close to your travel dates
Question: What is the nearest Airport?
Ans: The two nearest airports are
Bhuj Airport: Bhuj airport is a domestic airport connected by direct flights from Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Delhi only. Though this brings you right to the centre of Kutch, the flights are 3 times or maybe a lot more than the Ahmedabad flights
Ahmedabad Airport (Recommended):Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport is the most recommended and economical airport to fly in to for a trip to Kutch
Question: How long does it take to reach Kutch from Ahmedabad or Bhuj?
From Ahmedabad: Dholavira to Ahmedabad takes 7 hrs to reach by road and Bhuj to Ahmedabad takes 8 hrs to reach by road. Dhordo is a futher 2 hrs away from Bhuj
From Bhuj: Bhuj is right in the Kutch region. Dhordo is 2 hrs away from Bhuj whereas Dholavira is 7 hrs away from Bhuj
Question: What category properties are these?
Ans: All our properties are super deluxe category stays in resorts in double sharing basis.
Question: Are meals included?
Ans: Yes, your Meal plan starts with lunch on Day 1 and ends with Breakfast on Day 4. We only do not include any snacks/meals eaten at Utsav or Meals in transit from Ahmedabad to Dholavira and Bhuj to Ahmedabad
Question: Do we get to stay in the tent city?
Ans: No, our accommodation is provided outside the tent city. We do visit the market and utsav at Dhordo and the Rann at Dhordo
Question: What kind of food is available ?
Ans: Vegetarian Kutchi Food. Dal, rice, Bajra roti, Gathiya etc
Question: Can elderlies or infants travel?
Ans: Yes. Kutch is a travel itinerary that caters to all. Just remember, this tour does have long road travels and the elderly or the infant should be ok with that.
Question: Are you open to customization?
Ans: YES, If you want us to design a customized itinerary for you and your family/friends, reach out to us at [email protected] or Call us at 7899218201/9110302881