A Week Long Gujarat Itinerary For The Season If Kutch Is On Your Bucket List

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Travelling to Gujarat is essentially like a multiple choice question with every option better than the other.

Kutch in the north west and Gir in the south are the two choices before you on the vast map of Gujarat. Realistically, the two destinations can't be covered in one trip over a week. To save you from the difficult choice, I am choosing the Kutch region for you – a traveller-approved destination in the past with brilliant opportunities for photographers.

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Best Time To Visit Kutch

The best time to visit the Rann of Kutch is from October to March, when the marsh dries up and turns into a magical white paradise. The Rann Utsav, from November to February, is also a great time to be in Kutch when more accommodation options open up.

How to reach Kutch

By air: Daily flights connect the city of Bhuj to Mumbai. Regular flights are also available from Ahmedabad to Bhuj.

By train: Bhuj is connected to New Delhi by two direct trains: Be Bhuj Exp (14321) and Ala Hazrat Exp (14311). There are also five direct trains available from Mumbai to reach Bhuj. Direct trains also run from Ahmedabad to Bhuj, taking around six to seven hours.

By road: State buses and taxis are available from Ahmedabad and all other major cities in Gujarat to Bhuj.

Day 1

On your first day in Ahmedabad, visit the Sabarmati Ashram

Head to the Sabarmati Ashram and indulge in the rich history that this quaint space offers. The display of the archival material at the ashram takes you back in time to the Gandhian Era, when Sabarmati served as a hub for the freedom movement in India.

Photo of Sabarmati, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India by Disha Kapkoti

Head out of the city to the quiet Polo Forest and visit the surrounding temples

The Polo Forest is a short drive away from the city, and the walk along the Harnav River here can be your first experience of the unexplored beauty of this state. Shiv temple at Sharneshwar, Lakhena temple and Jain temple are some of the spots you can see while visiting the forest.

Photo of Kankaria Lake, Kankaria, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India by Disha Kapkoti

Spend the evening at Kankaria Lake

Kankaria Lake is a must-visit location on this city tour around Ahmedabad. The amusement park and balloon safari are another major attraction at this place. The lake is also famous for India's biggest stone murals that can be seen on the park's sidewalk.

Photo of Kankaria Lake, Kankaria, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India by Disha Kapkoti
Day 2

Travel from Ahmedabad to Bhuj

Trains run everyday from Ahmedabad to Bhuj and it's the best way to take the adventure to the western corner of the state where the magical region of Kutch awaits you. It's a 8 to 9 hour journey by train or bus from Ahmedabad. You can also take a direct flight from Ahmedabad to Bhuj to save time.

Suggested place to stay in Bhuj: Bhuj House

Image Credits: Bhuj House

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Day 3

Take a day trip to Mandvi Beach

Go to the beach at the first opportunity. Taxis are available from Bhuj to Mandvi, which is the fastest and most convenient way to reach this beach destination. You can spend your day watching the clear water, birds and windmills at the beach.

Photo of Mandvi, Gujarat, India by Disha Kapkoti

Visit the majestic palace at the seashore in Mandvi

Visit the Vijay Vilas Palace that was featured in the legendary Bollywood movie, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. The royal family of the princely state of Kutch still lives here. Luxury tents are also available to spend the night near the Mandvi beach.

Image Credits: Rahul Zota

Photo of Vijay Vilas Palace, Kutch, Gujarat, India by Disha Kapkoti

Suggested place to stay in Mandvi: Serena Beach Resort

Image Credits: Serena Beach Resort

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Day 4

Travel from Bhuj to Hodka

The distance from Bhuj to the coveted spot of white sand at Hodka, is approximately at a distance 80km. Due to its proximity to the Pakistan Border, tourists require special permission from the DSP's office near Jubilee Ground in Bhuj.

Image Credits: Rahul Zota

Photo of Hodka, Gujarat, India by Disha Kapkoti

Suggested place to stay: Shaam-e-sarhad Village Resort

Image Credits: Shaam-e-sarhad

Photo of A Week Long Gujarat Itinerary For The Season If Kutch Is On Your Bucket List by Disha Kapkoti
Day 5

Travel to Dhordo to experience the white Rann of Kutch

You need a vehicle to visit the nearby places and experience the vibrant culture of the region. Experience the White Rann of Village Dhordo and visit the nearby Banni Villages. The Rann Utsav has increased the popularity of this village at the edge of the Indo-Pak border in north Bhuj.

Image Credits: The Travelling Slacker

Photo of Dhordo, Gujarat, India by Disha Kapkoti
Day 6

Travel back to Bhuj

Bhuj proves as a centre point to explore the western end of Gujarat. If you have an extended itinerary, Bhuj is just the right spot to make detours. At the end of your trip, travel back to Ahmedabad, which is a convenient spot to take flights and transport to other major cities in India.

Photo of Bhuj, Gujarat, India by Disha Kapkoti

Take a last detour to the black hills of Kalo Dungar

If you're up for a detour around Bhuj, Kalo Dungar is a great spot to tick off your bucket list before you leave Kutch. These black hills are around an hour away and make for a great escape for a panoramic view of Kutch. The 400-year old Dattareya temple is another attraction this spot is famous for.

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Photo of Kalo Dungar, Kutch, Gujarat, India by Disha Kapkoti

The days spent in this westernmost corner of the country are your chance to experience the vibrant culture that resonates throughout Gujarat.

The Kutch region makes a bucketlist adventure for photographers from around the world and the scenic beauty of the region is what makes it the most coveted destination for all of us.

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