Rann of Kutch (Pinky ) | 2nd Jan | Bhuj - Dhordo 3rd Jan | Dhordo - Kala Dungar - Nirona - Bhuj (Mankua) Campsite 4th Jan | Bhuj to Dholavira 5th Jan | Drive back to Bhuj and Explore Mandvi and near by beaches 5th Jan | Bhuj Sightseeing and Drop to Railway Station

Rann of Kutch (Pinky )

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₹ 11749.00

5D/4N

Rann of Kutch, Gujarat


What's Included

- Private transportation from Bhuj to Bhuj.
- Stay at mentioned Resorts
- Meals as mentioned above
- Rann Utsav Permits
- Activities at stay such as bonfire, music, folk dance


What's Excluded

- Airfare
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Tips


Cancellation Policy

CANCELLATION POLICY
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



DETAILS

Day 1
2nd Jan | Bhuj - Dhordo
Full moon Rann of Kutch Rann Utsav Dhordo

Private Vehicle | Sedan Car

Resort | Kutir Craft Village (non Ac Bhunga)

Lunch, Dinner

7:00 am: Pick up from Bhuj Railway station.
10: 30 am: Drive from Bhuj to Dhordo (80km). check in at Campsite . Swiss tents with attached washroom. or Bhungas (Whatever you prefer)
11:00 am: Freshen up. Spend some time exploring Campsite , have lunch and head out for first view of the vast salt desert.
Spend evening exploring Rann Utsav. After sunset head back to Campsite. Enjoy folk song and dance at campsite/Rann Utsav.
After Dinner head out for the view of salt desert in moonlight .

Note: Timings can be adjusted according to your convenience

THE DAY IN DETAILS
Main attraction for today is Rann Utsav organised by Gujarat Tourism at Salt desert at Dhordo.
Rann Utsav is a fest. Locals from all over the Kutch region set up stalls selling their wares. The "mela" is colorful. There is musical performance, activities and lots of food. Our evening is for merriment. With our bags full and our wallets lighter, we head back to our campsite by the night.


Day 2
3rd Jan | Dhordo - Kala Dungar - Nirona - Bhuj (Mankua) Campsite
Bhujodi Bhuj Fort Campsite Dabeli Food

Private Vehicle | Sedan Car

Resort | Dream Resort Bhuj

Breakfast

06:00 am: Wake up early morning and head off to the Rann for sunrise
8:00 am: Return to the campsite for breakfast
10:00 am: Leave for Kala Dungar ( appx 50 kms) (optional itinerary)
11:00am: Reach Kala Dungar and climb to the top
2:00 pm: Leave for Nirona village after lunch(approx 80km)
3:30 pm : Reach Nirona and visit the Khatri family that performs the legacy artform of Rogan painting.
5 pm : check in at Resort at Bhuj

THE DAY IN DETAILS
Kala Dungar or the Black hill is the highest point in Kutch, at 462 m. From here, the entire northern horizon vanishes into the Great Rann, the desert and sky often becoming indistinguishable. It is one of the few non-coastal locations where you feel like you are at the edge of the earth, on the brink of incomprehensible vastness that fades off towards infinity. Looking out from the Black Hills, you can understand the tremendous effort that those who undertake the crossing of the Great Rann have to make.

Since this is one of the places where a civilian can get closest to the Pakistan border, there is an Army post at the top; beyond here, only military personnel are allowed.

The hill is also the site of a 400-year-old temple to Dattatreya, the three-headed incarnation of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva in the same body. Legend says that when Dattatreya walked on the earth, he stopped at the Black Hills and found a band of starving jackals. Being a god, he offered them his body to eat and as they ate, his body continually regenerated itself. Because of this, for the last four centuries, the priest at the temple has prepared a batch of prasad that is fed to the jackals after the evening aarti.

After enjoying the view from Kala Dungar, we head off to Nirona Village. Located around 60 kms from Dhordo, Nirona village is where we can find three very unique local art forms — one of which even made its way to The White House. Yes, we are talking about the popular Rogan art, a legacy art form that has been taken forward, for the past 300 years, by the Khatri family of Nirona.

What is Rogan Art? The word Rogan comes from Persian and means ‘oil-based’. The process of making the natural colours used in the art gives it such a name. Castor oil is heated on fire for about 12 hours and then cast into cold water to give a thick residue called the rogan. This is then mixed with stone pigments to lend it different hues. Next, the artisan uses a six-inch metal stick to paint with a fine thread of rogan on cloth. Seeing it live makes us realize how delicately the rogan thread has to be led with precision to give shape to one’s imagination.

Next in the list is The Luhars of Nirona, and their popular Copper Bell art. Preserving it for the last 10 or so generations, many families in Nirona get their livelihood totally out of this. Copper Bell art has mainly originated from Sindh, and even today many villages, around the border area inside India and Pakistan make it.

Once done with Copper Bell, we move to the art of Lacquer, practiced by a semi nomadic tribe called Wada, in the Banni area in and around the villages of Nirona and Bhirandiayara. Obtained from the sap of the Rhus Tree which changes colour from white to brown upon exposure to air, Lacquer is a simple reflection of zigzag patterns creating waves of colors mixing with one another and adorning simplest of the products like wooden spoons, bread rolling pins, containers, toys, utensils etc.

After meeting with the families at Nirona, we head off to our resort at Bhuj.


Day 3
4th Jan | Bhuj to Dholavira
Drive to Dholavira Highway Rann Indus valley civilisation site

Private Vehicle | Sedan Car

Resort | Rann Resort Dholavira

All Meals | Breakfast at Bhuj, Lunch and Dinner at Resort at Dholavira

Dholavira is around 200 kms from Bhuj and is the larger of the two most remarkable excavations of the Indus valley Civilization of the Harappan culture, dating back to 4500 years ago, while the other site, Lothal is more exhaustively known and easier to reach. Dholavira, also locally known as Kotada (which means large fort), sprawls over 100 hectares of semi arid land and is one of the islands in the Great Rann of Kutch that remain above the flood plains in months when the rest of the desert is submerged in monsoon. It has 2 seasonal streams, Mansar in north and Manhar in South.

Visit to Dholavira offers us a memorable experience that comes with being surrounded by the Great Rann of Kutch. It is a unique insight into the pioneering Harappan mind, with one of the world’s earliest and best planned water conservation systems and what might be the world’s first signboards, written in ancient indus script.Journey to Dholavira itself is beautiful, taking you through the saline desert plains, where you can spot wildlife such as Gazelle. Nilgai (blue bull) and various types of birds.

After Dholavira, we will move to the Fossil Park to check out some ancient fossils. By evening we will return to campsite.
After Dinner we can go Highway salt desert to experience the vast desert in moonlight under the stars.


Day 4
5th Jan | Drive back to Bhuj and Explore Mandvi and near by beaches
Mandvi Beach

Private Vehicle | Sedan Car

Resort | Dream Resort Bhuj

Breakfast

Start early morning after breakfast from Dholavira to Bhuj.
later in day pack your bags and get ready to leave for Mandvi, our last destination in Kutch region.

Once a famous port and now an important tourist attraction in Kutch, Mandvi is one such place where one can expect sea, sand and sun. Mandvi is an old port town and served as an important trading center until Mumbai came into the picture.

We will visit the bank of Rukmavati River, where we can see handmade wooden ships. We will stand at the Tower of Wagers, where once wealthy shipowner used to gather, awaiting the return of the trading fleet from East Africa, and bet on whose would arrive first and a little away from the Mandvi beach we will visit the Vijay Vilas Palace, which is now a resort and is known for its fantastic architecture.

We will spend the evening at our secret beach watching sunset .


Day 5
5th Jan | Bhuj Sightseeing and Drop to Railway Station
Aaina Maha Shri Swaminarayan Temple Prag Mahal

Private Vehicle | Sedan Car

Stay Not Applicable

Breakfast

After Breakfast , Pack your bags and head out to explore bhuj city. Places you can cover :

The Aaina Mahal palace, or 'Hall of Mirrors' was built during the flamboyant rule of Lakhpatji in the middle of the 18th century. This beautiful palace also houses a handicraft museum where the crafts from various parts of Kutch .

Shri Swaminarayan Temple: Located in Bhuj, Near Hamirsar lake, it is an architectural masterpiece built from marble and is a stunning place to visit. The completely white structure of the temple is surely going to be a treat to your eyes.

Prag Mahal: Located on the outskirts of the ethnic town of Bhuj, Prag Mahal is one of the architectural wonders in India. Built in the 19th century, it is established next to the popular Aina Mahal and lies in the heart of the city making it easily accessible. The grand palace boasts of Gothic style windows and Corinthian pillars around it. The foundation of this historic monument can be traced back to the time after the Britishers visited India and spread their influence all over to Bhuj. Imposing and beautiful in itself, the resplendent palace is made mostly out of red sandstone. There are intricate carvings done on the walls with beautiful art, and the most amazing thing is the jaali work on the jharokhas, those are exquisite in appearance.

After a day out at Bhuj we will drop you to Bhuj Railway station on time for you to board your train.



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