Where are the Dhinodhar hills?
The Dhinodhar hills are located in the Kutch district of Gujarat in this tiny village – the Nani Aral village. It is about 75 kms from Bhuj along the Nakhtrana-Virani route. Once you get to these hills, there are about 300-500 steps that lead you to the top and the trek could take somewhere from half an hour to an hour depending on how fast you can get there.
Things to do around
The popular Kutch fossil park lies near to the hill. This fossil park is filled with stones, fossils and many other collectibles that date back to hundreds and sometimes thousands of years ago. It is definitely worth paying a visit. The Bhuki river that flows by near the Dhinodhar hills is a treat to the eyes.
Cuisine on offer
Some yummy Gujarati cuisine can be sampled at one of the many restaurants that lie on the road from Bhuj to the Dhinodhar hills including the theplas, the many saags and snacks such as the kachori as well. You can in fact get to sample the Gujarati thali in all its splendor at some of these places. The snack Dabeli is especially popular in this area of Kutch.
When to go
The summers can be quite harsh in Gujarat and the monsoons quite wet, which makes November through March the best time to visit Dhinodhar hills especially since it happens to be a trek and you will have to spend most of your time outdoors to enjoy the hills and the desert around it.
He closest villages to Dhinodhar hills is the Nani Aral village to which you can reach by local buses or taxis from Bhuj or Nakhatrana. Once you reach this village, the hills lie at the outskirts for which you can use your vehicle or the local buses. You can even hire a taxi.
To reach Nakhatrana, you can take a bus or a train. You can also reach here through a taxi or a vehicle of your own from many of the major cities and towns in Gujarat, Bhuj being the closest.
Once you reach the Dhinodhar hills, there will be plenty of walking around to do so even if you get here through a bus or through a vehicle, it is only by walking that you can get around here.
Where to stay
There are some good places to stay in Nakhatrana. The Infinity Resort is a great place to stay and experience some traditional Gujarati-ness while there are other low-key places like fun and food to stay as well. For more places to stay in Nakhtrana, look up here.
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