Our journey started from Ahmedabad. Four of us packed into our Maruti Ignis and set off at around 5 in the evening. The most annoying aspect of the road trip was maneuvering city traffic. Once we hit the highway it was smooth sailing all along.
We arrived at Bhuj around 1:30 in the night and checked into Hotel Shyam Palace. Perfectly located on the highway, just outside the city of bhuj. Budget hotel with 4 star arrangements. We were quite impressed.
Nothing really prepares you for the view at the white dessert. Pictures and videos really cant do justice to the vast expanse of white salt, clear blue skies and nothing else in sight.
Walking on the crispy salt was probably my favorite bit.
Road to Kalo Dungar
Our next stop was Kalo Dungar, about 1 hour drive away from the white dessert. Aiming at being able to make it in time for the sunset there.
We could not resist a couple of stops in-between just to gaze out at this landscape.
Kalo Dungar meaning black hill is the highest point in Kutch and overlooks the Rann of Kutch lake. The view is breathtaking and there is a sunset point where people come specifically to view just that.
View from the top of Kalo Dungar
Watching the sunset.
And then, since we were there for a full moon night we headed back to the Rann for the moon rise.
On the way back to the rann, do check out the magnetic field point. Where the car defies gravity. One of the three magnetic field areas in the country.
Serena resorts has an excellent day package. Lovely restaurant by the beach. And access to the private beach. We however preferred to just walk about Kashi Vishwanath beach. Desserted, peaceful, gentle waves lapping at our feet and most importantly so clean.
Our last day in Kutch, I decided i needed one last look at the white dessert. So it was an early morning sojourn in an attempt to catch the sunrise over the white dessert. And it was well worth the early morning.
Perfect time for some photographs too since the lighting is perfect.
Our last stop for the trip was Bhuj Fort. Google maps took us to another end of the fort, so we had a long climb before we reached the top. (there is a proper route where cars go up till the top too, but climbing up was way more fun).
The view from above is beautiful. The entire Bhuj city, birds eye view.
A must visit in Bhuj city for foodies i would say is UmiyaG Dining Hall. Definitely the best food we had in the entire trip. There is a reason why they are so full on any given day.