About the Dhinodhar Hills
The Dhinodhar hills are located in the Kutch district of Gujarat in this tiny village – Nani Aral. It is about 75 km from Bhuj along the Nakhtrana-Virani route. Once you get to these hills, there are about 500 steps leading up to the top and it can take you anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour depending on how fast you trek.
Things to do around
The popular Kutch fossil park is situated close to the hill. It is filled with stones, fossils and other collectables dating back to thousands of years. It is definitely worth paying a visit to if you're into geography and geology. You can also picnic on the banks of the Bhuki river that flows next to the hills.
Cuisine on offer
While there's hardly any restaurant near the hill itself, you can sample delicious Gujarati food at one of the many dhabas and restaurants that lie enroute from Bhuj to Dhinodhar. Some items you can try include theplas, saag, and snacks such as kachori and dabeli. Don't forget to give the iconic Gujarati thali a try.
When to go
The summers can be quite harsh in Gujarat and the monsoons quite wet, which is why November to March is the best time to visit Dhinodhar hills.
How to get here
By air: The closest airport to get regular flights from Delhi and Mumbai is Ahmedabad. From there you can take a direct taxi to Nani Aral or make a stop at Bhuj from where you can get another taxi or Bus to the village where Dhinodhar Hills are located.
By rail: The closest railway station is at Bhuj, which is about 63 km from Nani Aral. 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.
Where to stay
There are some good places to stay in Nakhatrana, about 16km from Nani Aral. The Infinity Resort is a great place to stay and experience some traditional culture and food. If you're looking for budget options, places like Fun and food are great too. For more places to stay in Nakhtrana, search here.
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