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Travel is said to be the best investment for a reason because the sights that you see, the experiences that you gain, and the time that you spend stays with you for a lifetime. One such incredible and an unusual sight is the sight of the white sand in the Rann of Kutch.
Rann of Kutch is a gulf in Gujarat and it is a wide expanse or stretch of white sand. It is nothing less than a magical dream to watch white sand all around. It is a land of white snow that doesn’t feel cold. This is a different kind of experience that you must experience once in your lifetime.
And the best time to visit the Rann of Kutch is during the Rann festival that happens every year. The place is lit and decorated in the most gorgeous way that makes for the best sight for the eyes ever.
There are camps organised in the gulf and people have to stay within those camps in the chilly cold weather. Cultural performances, fair of traditional food, camel rides, and a lot of other things happen in this festival. Nowhere near to the city life, the gulf give the best experiences of your travel life ever.
Here is a detailed itinerary of a 7 day tour to the Rann of Kutch which is planned intricately so that we make sure that the travellers get to enjoy each place in a nice way. This is going to be a road trip for 7 days starting from Ahmedabad and is of over 1000 km.
Best time to visit
Hands down, winters are the best time to visit the Rann of Kutch because this is the only time when the temperature of the place is low and the weather of the place is bearable. This is the best time to visit the places around and indulge in some sight-seeing. The epic Rann of Kutch festival is held during the winter months and a lot of people turn up to attend this festival. Hence, by all means, it is good to visit the Rann during the winter months.
The summers are too hot to handle. The temperature during the summers in the white Rann is above 40 degree centigrade and is very humid during that time. It is also extremely sunny with hot winds blowing throughout the day which makes everything a lot more uncomfortable.
The monsoon season in white Rann Kutch Gujarat is a relief from the tiring and OTT summer but it is not ideal for staying in camps and go for camping.
Highlights of the Trip
Places to visit near Rann of Kutch
One of the best places to explore near the Rann of Kutch is Ahmedabad. It is the largest city of Gujarat and Sabarmati river flows through the city. This is one of the heritage Indian cities to explore. There are a lot of places for sight-seeing in the city. There are a lot of temples, cultural places, eateries, shopping areas, etc to explore in Ahmedabad. It is always fun to be there and try out various Gujaratu cuisines. It is a fun city. The Sabarmati ashram, Kankaria lake, Jumma masjid, Nalsarovar bird sanctuary, Calico museum are some of the top attractive places to explore in Ahmedabad.
Distance from Rann of Kutch – 272 km
Just near to the white Rann of Kutch is the small village of Dhordo just 70 km from Rann of Kutch. It is in the Bhuj taluka in the Kutch district and is set on the Indo-Pak border. The village is known for the white desert, craft villages, and beautiful birds. This is one of the adventure destinations where camping in the desert is really popular. It is a perfect place to enjoy and soak in the culture of Gujarat. Kutch Musuem and the Gujarat Aina Mahal are some of the top places to explore in Dhordo.
Distance from Rann of Kutch – 70 km
Another one of the top places to visit in Rann of Kutch is Mandvi which is a picturesque town located on the banks of the Rukmavati river. This is just 1 km from the Arabian sea at the Gulf of Kutch. The town has a 400 year old ship building centre. The Mandvi beach located in the town is one of the primary attractions of the place. The beaches, camel rides, farms beach, Vijay Vilas palace, and Taposan lake are some of the top places to visit in Mandvi. It is a great place to be at and enjoy life.
Distance from Rann of Kutch – 157 km
This place is also a UNESCO World Heritage site that marks the existence of the Harappan civilisation. This one is located in the Khadir island and is one of the largest excavations of the Indus valley civilisation. An awesome place to explore here is the Kutch wildlife sanctuary. This place is a heaven for the history lovers.
Distance from Rann of Kutch – 20 km
Things to Do
One of the top activities to do in the Rann of Kutch is going on the camel ride. Camel is called as the ship of the desert and taking a ride on the camels in the desert is the best ever thing to do while you are in the desert. Going on the bumpy camel ride on the white sands of Rann of Kutch is the best thing to do there.
By safari, we mean desert safari in the Rann of Kutch. Exploring the desert in a safari is such a great thing to do while being in the deserts and you get to enjoy that here.
During the Rann of Kutch festival and otherwise also, there are camping activities set up in the white sands of Rann of Kutch. This is surely one of the best lifetime experiences for a traveller to tick off. Waking up to the sunrise in the white desert is super fascinating.
Gujarat and the Rann of Kutch are famous for a lot of handicrafts and handicraft markets. And when the travellers are here in the Rann of Kutch, they also get to enjoy and be there in the handicraft market and know more about it. You can also shop a lot of souvenirs from the place.
Things to Carry
DAY 1 – Ahmedabad to Dordo
DAY 2 – Sight-seeing at the White Rann of Kutch
DAY 3 – Dhordo to Mandvi
DAY 4 – Mandvi to Dholavira
DAY 5 – Sight-seeing Dholavira
DAY 6 – Dholavira to Ahmedabad
DAY 7 – Tour ends
One of our representatives picks you up from the discussed location in Ahmedabad. A brief discussion about the trip and assimilation is done with all the other travellers. The trip then starts from Ahmedabad. The trip starts for Dhordo which is 400 km from Ahmedabad and it would take around 8 hours to reach. It is a small village in the gulf and is a scenic place to explore.
Check into the hotel in Dhordo, enjoy some refreshments, freshen up, and relax for the day. You will be served the dinner at night and you have to spend the night in the hotel.
This day is all about sight-seeing the Rann of Kutch and exploring the spots of interest in the gulf. Wake up to beautiful scene around you and start your day with sumptuous breakfast. We get to explore the villages of the area. You will have to return to the campsite for lunch. Also, view the exotic sunset from the white Rann. Also, the activities to do today are the cart ride and the camel ride.
Spend the evening in the campsite doing bonfire activities and having a dinner in the hotel.
The next destination to cover today is Mandvi from Dhordo. The route followed today is via Bhuj and would take around 3 hours to reach. It is known for its proximity to Karachi and also for the ship building area. All of these would be explored today. Lunch would be served in Mandvi and then check into the hotel rooms in the area.
Visit the Osho restaurant for enjoying a thali for the dinner. Stay in the hotel in Mandvi at night.
Get up early today to explore the Mandvi beach. Enjoy the sunrise view here at the Mandvi beach and have some Gujarat style breakfast in the local eateries. Reach to the hotel in Mandvi to relax for a bit and then head out for a trip to Dholavira.
After a 6 hour drive, reach Dholavira and check into the hotel. Enjoy some snacks and refreshments and spend the night in the hotel post dinner.
This day is all about sight-seeing Dholavira. The town has a lot of historical references and historical spots to explore. Hence, this is going to be a long day. You have to check into the hotel in night and enjoy your tea and other refreshments. Spend the later time in the hotel itself and enjoy the dinner too.
This day is going to be a long one where you get back on the road trip from Dholavira to Ahmedabad. It is an 8 hour drive. You reach Ahmedabad in the evening and check into the hotel. The dinner will be served in the hotel and you spend the night there itself.
The tour of the epic Rann of Kutch ends on the 7th day. You will be dropped to the decided location in Ahmedabad and you have to make your way from the place.
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