Tent city entrance
Hotels around Dhordo and Hodka
There are many hotel and resort around Dhordo and Hodka. Most of them are tent accommodation and many are in the traditional Kutch bhunga style accommodation. Other than this you can find people offering home stays in many villages.
How to get from Bhuj to White desert
Once you are in Bhuj, you are one step closer to the White Rann of Kutch. The distance between Bhuj and White Rann is approximately 90 kilometers. If you arrived Bhuj in your own vehicle the whole road trip up to White Rann of Kutch will be convenient and save you a lot of money. Road from Bhuj to White Rann of Kutch is smooth and some places it is four lanes. You can make your own plan for visiting the area at the time convenient to you and can change your itinerary as and when required. If you don't have your own vehicle, here are a few ways in which you can go to the Great Rann of Kutch from Bhuj.
Hire a Private Taxi
If you don't have your own vehicle and you are travelling in a group, this is the best and most expensive option. All the private taxis are operating on a minimum kilometer par day fare, irrespective of how much distance you cover, after that there is a per KM fare in addition to the minimum fare. We hired our cab, Indica Vista, from Bhuj which cost ₹ 2500 per day for 300 kilometers. This is the starting price for renting a car, the price will increase for vehicle type and number of peoples. For a Solo Traveler or couples, this is the most convenient but also most costly option.
Rent a Bike/Scooter
If you are solo traveler or couple and have a driving license you can consider renting a bike or Scooter from Bhuj. It will take around 2.5 hours to reach White desert from Bhuj. Bike rental start from ₹ 800 and go up to ₹ 1200 depending on the season and the place where you hire. You can get different type of bikes from Royal Enfield to Honda Activa.
The area outside Bhuj is a flat land and mostly windy, carry appropriate layers of clothing with you while riding in evening or night time during winter months. If you are a foreign national check the validity of your driving license if you don't have international driving permit. For renting bike, you can check with
Bike On Rent: +91 98791 94944
MK Auto : +91 9898983999
There are other bike rentals also available in the city. Check at least two or three shops, their rentals and bike condition before closing the deal.
Rann of Kutch Tour Packages
There are many tour operators in the Bhuj City which operate daily tours to white desert and Kala Dungar. Tour operators organize tour through buses or shared taxi. So, if you are travelling solo, consider this option also then renting a bike or car. Contact your hotel or hostel for more information.
Self-Drive Car rental
Self-driving car rental is not available in Bhuj till now. You can hire a car in Bhuj City only with a driver.
How to Get the Permit for White Rann and Kalo Dungar
Once you have decided how you are going to the white desert then there is only thing left between you and the white desert, entry permit. White Rann and Kalo Dungar fall into notified areas by district collectorate Bhuj and require permits to visit them. Getting a permit for the White Desert and Kalo Dungar is a simple and easy process. The cost of a single permit for an Adult is ₹ 100 and for child (Between 6 to 12 Years) is ₹ 50 per day. You must pay additional charges for the vehicles. For two wheeler it is ₹ 25 and for four wheeler it is ₹ 100 per day.
If you are travelling by your own vehicle getting is permit is very easy and you can apply it any time before your actual travel date through the Rann of Kutch permit website.
This facility is available only for Indian national. Go to the website, fill your details along with other group members detail, vehicle detail and upload any one of the four-photo identification card (Aadhar card, driving license, Voter card, Passport) of any one member of the group and make payment. After payment permit is generated. Printout of this permit is required at checkpoint.
The second option is the Bhirandiyara check post the which is on the way between Bhuj and Dhordo. You cannot miss this checkpoint as you will see the police barricading on the road going straight towards Kalo Dungar and this is the place where you have to take left turn towards Dhordo for white desert. The permit offices in the right side of the road in a Bhunga style office. Carry a copy of any one photo identification card (Aadhar card, driving license, Voter card, Passport) of any one member of the group along with the cash for payment. Fill out the permit form with the details of all persons travelling with you along with the vehicle number and type. After payment, they will hand over the print out of the permit and you can move on. The whole process takes around 30 minutes. Do remember that the checkpoint opens at 10 AM.
Bhirandiyara permit office google coordinates 23.668894, 69.710056.
If Kalo Dungar is not on your mind then there is one more option for getting the permit. You can go straight up to the Dhordo village near the white desert entrance which is next to the tent city.