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Full Moon over Gujarat

  • Stay at Rann Utsav Camps

  • Sun Temple

  • Ahmadabad Sightseeing

  • Rann of Kutch

Rann Utsav

Located on the country's western coast, Gujarat is one of the most vibrant coastal states of India, rich in crafts, history and natural beauty. There’s culture, tradition, wildlife, history, good food and a carnival-esque environment almost the year through. Traverse this diverse landscape and bring home a touch of its wonderful aesthetic and humbling culture.

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Inclusions

  • Twin sharing accommodation with daily breakfast at hotels
  • Meals as per itinerary : 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 6 Dinners
  • All sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Group transfers by comfortable AC coaches
  • Admission/Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Insurance (up to 59 years of age)
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Inclusive of GST

Exclusions

  • Airfare/ Train Fare
  • Any expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as road blocks, accidents & any medical evacuations. Any train delays, or re-scheduling etc
  • Expense of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone / fax calls, alcoholic beverages
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Early check in and late check out
  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
  • Porter fees in Hotels and Airports

The Plan

  • Day 1 Fly into Bhuj
  • Day 2 Journey to the End of Earth
  • Day 3 Art of the Matter
  • Day 4 Date With History
  • Day 5 Walk on the Wild Side
  • Day 6 Welcome to Ahmedabad
  • Day 7 Sightseeing in Ahmedabad
  • Day 8 Bye Bye Gujarat
  • Day 1

    Fly into Bhuj

    Fly into Bhuj, which was ravaged by an earthquake in 2001 but has recovered since to act as a fine window to the stunning Rann of Kutch which showcases the coming together of multiple eco systems. The vast tracts of salt marshes are remote, gorgeous and much like a desert but brimming with life, especially during the annual Rann utsav which showcases the splendor of the region. Here, dance under the light of the moon as you take in the sights, sounds, and colors echoing across these barren lands. Transfer to your tented resort at Dhorodo, freshen up and head out for dinner. Enjoy the various cultural activities at Rann Utsav Tent City where you will spend the night.

    Rann Utsav Tents or similar
  • Day 2

    Journey to the End of Earth

    This is a full-moon night, you’re in the desert and it’s truly magical. The Black Hills, locally called Kalo Dungar are the site for a stunning phenomenon view that very few know of and only a handful get to witness. This highest point in Kutch allows you to view the northern horizon which reduces to a pinprick as sand and sky coalesce into one infinite space. There’s a certain remoteness that calls out to those looking to escape the hoards that define our cities, so be prepared for a brush with welcome solitude. Head back to the resort for lunch after which you get to traverse the White Rann desert and view it up, close. Enjoy the white desert show, for which we have especially chosen a full moon night to enjoy The Rann in all its majesty, followed by Dinner.

    Rann Utsav Tents or similar
  • Day 3

    Art of the Matter

    The beauty of Gujarat lies in its vibrant locals and their love for locals arts and crafts. Transfer to Mandvi post breakfast and visit Nirona village en route which has cemented its status as a wonderful artisan village that showcases Rogon art. Vijay Vilas palace in Mandvi which was built in 1929 was created in red sandstone and affords a stunning view of the surrounding area and of course the beach. Allow the balmy air to envelop you as you sit on the shore and watch the waves crash on the sands. Time stands still as you spend your day acquainting yourself with the vagaries of the ocean. Spend the night at Mandvi.

    Vijay Vilas Heritage Resort or similar
  • Day 4

    Date With History

    After breakfast transfer to Bhuj which takes you back to the pages of your history book. The Swaminarayan Temple located here is special as it was originally built in 1822. The Aina Mahal is an 18th century wonder that shimmers and shines and lives up to its name, Hall of Mirrors. Located close to the lake, it is a picturesque spot and you can also spend time at the craft museum housed within the structure. Prag Mahal on the other hand is an imposing structure with elaborate carvings, Gothic-style architecture and a healthy dollop of history. If crafts and textiles are more your thing, a trip to Bhujodi will gladden your heart as this is one of the region’s biggest textile hubs and gives you an opportunity to observe dying local crafts first hand as you flit from one textile unit to another.

    Regenta B Cube or similar
  • Day 5

    Walk on the Wild Side

    Give yourself a break from history and monuments as you make your way to the stunning Royal Safari Camp in Bajana which is a red stone wonderland spread across 18 acres. If ever you felt a sense of space, it is here. After enjoying the sounds of silence in this region, make your way to the Little Rann of Kutch for a date with some beauties. You get to spot an assortment of wild animals including the Indian wild ass (which is endangered), nilgai, black buck, chinkara gazelle, wolf and desert fox as well. Remember that you will not get to see the wild ass anywhere else, so make the most of your time here as you drink in the natural sights

    Royal Safari Camp or similar
  • Day 6

    Welcome to Ahmedabad

    Today you can go pay tribute to the Sun Temple in Modhera which is frequented by those who revere the sun god. Come back feeling strong, positive and invigorated as you draw on the energy from this temple After that transfer to Patan to visit famous Rani Ki vav step-well. We the proceed to Ahmedabad and visit the larger-than-life Akshardham temple on the outskirts of the state capital of Ahmedabad.

    Hotel Metropole / Holiday Inn Express
  • Day 7

    Sightseeing in Ahmedabad

    As you have arrived in the heart of Gujarat, there is a strong Gandhian influence here so it is only fitting that you continue your sightseeing and start your day with a visit to Adalaj step well and then visit the suburbs which house Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram and get a taste of history at this site. Ahmedabad showcases the Indian paradox at its best, with a mix of modern structures and historic sites. The energy in the city is infectious, the food delicious and light. Step away from it all if you just want to enjoy some quiet moments at the banks of the Sabarmati River. Sample authentic Gujarati fare at Vishala, one of the city’s best-loved restaurants serving local food.

    Hotel Metropole / Holiday Inn Express
  • Day 8

    Bye Bye Gujarat

    Experience the heritage of the Gujarat capital through an early morning walk that takes you through some of the key landmarks of the city. Spend the rest of the day shopping for souvenirs that are thoughtful and inexpensive. From textiles and clothes from independent boutiques to savory and sweet snacks, tie and dye fabrics, ceramics, art and even gems if you so fancy, this is the place for you if you love local shopping. Set the pace and tone of your last day in Gujarat before flying out back home.

Add-on services

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  • Private Airport Transfers

What to Pack

  • Bring along your walking shoes, sunglasses, sun screen
  • Thank you for yet another bunch of wonderful memories and friends I would want to cherish for life, this time around amidst the salty yet sweet Kutch desert land. Applause for covering all the must visit spots ... Kutch, Mandvi, Dasada, Bajna, Bhuj and finally Ahmedabad. The beauty and the flavour of Gujarat along the route, left us wanting for more each day, despite a packed itenary.

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