I was traveling in Sri Lanka when I suddenly felt the urge to book my tickets for Gujarat and plan a trip for December. Honestly, I don't remember now what was going through my mind except for the fact that I really wished to wanted to visit Kutch once.
So, without thinking too much, I booked my ticket for Gujarat and was all set to celebrate my New Year away from my friends or family. And since I am not a big fan of short 5-6 days trip, I figured I will explore a few other cities in Gujarat and make a long vacation out of it.
And that's what I did. I reached Gujarat and had an epic time in Kutch, Bhuj, and all the other amazing cities that I visited in this short duration.
I reached Ahmedabad from Hyderabad and started my Gujarat trip from there. Since I wasn't sure about trains, I took a return trip flight which cost me about 5,000 INR. But I would advise you to take a train as it is cheaper and allows you to admire the beautiful landscape along the way.
After spending a day in Ahmedabad, I took a bus to Vadodara and spent a day here. From Vadodara, I took another bus for a day tour to Champaner. Next, I took the night bus to Bhuj and spent an entire day there. From Bhuj, I traveled to Kalo Dhangar and Rann of Kutch the next day and then returned on the same day.
Next day, I went for another day trip to Mandvi and returned back at night and explored the area a bit. Then, I spent the entire next day just roaming around in Bhuj and having the most delicious food ever. We left for Ahmedabad the same night and spent another day here, exploring places.
Finally, the next day, I left for the airport to catch my flight to Hyderabad and returned back home.
This is the route that I followed:
Hyderabad - Ahmedabad - Vadodara - Champaner - Bhuj - Rann of Kutch - Mandvi - Bhuj - Ahmedabad - Hyderabad
Best Time to Visit Gujarat
This greatly depends on what you are planning to do in Gujarat. If you want to visit the Great Salt Dessert, Rann of Kutch, then winter is the best time to visit.
During the winter months, the water dries up in Kutch and you can walk here and also enjoy the Rann Mahotsav which happens from every November to February.
Another benefit of visiting Gujarat in winters is that you can easily explore the cities without dying from the heat. Honestly, it was slightly hot in December as well when I visited but overall, winter is the perfect time for visiting Northern part of Gujarat.
1-Week Itinerary for Exploring Gujarat
Here is a concise 1-week itinerary that I followed in Gujarat which you can refer to while planning your own Gujarat trip.