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


Travelling to Gujarat is essentially like a multiple choice question, with every option better than the other. Kutch in the northwest and Gir in the south are two of the choices, while planning for this place. Choosing between the two is hard and so is covering both in a single trip. Today, I am choosing Kutch, which is a favourite among travellers with brilliant opportunities for photographers.

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Photo of Kutch, Gujarat, India by Disha Kapkoti

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 another great time to be in Kutch when the festivities bring out the best of this place.

How To Reach Kutch

By air: The city of Bhuj is well connected to most metropolitan cities. Direct flights are available from Mumbai and Ahmedabad to Bhuj, while indirect flights have a stoppage at these cities.

By train: Bhuj is connected to New Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad by direct trains.

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

Day 1: Ahmedabad

Head to the Sabarmati Ashram and go back in time with this quaint space. The display of the archival material here drives you back into the Gandhian Era, when Sabarmati served as a hub for the freedom movement of India.

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Photo of Sabarmati Ashram, Ashram Road, Hridaya Kunj, Old Wadaj, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India by Disha Kapkoti

Move out of the city towards the quiet Polo Forest and visit the surrounding temples. The Polo Forest is a short drive away from the city. The walk along the Harnav River brings a fresh view of the unexplored beauty of this state. Shiv temple at Sharneshwar, Lakhena temple and Jain temple are worth a visit while you are here.

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

Kankaria Lake is a must-visit location on the 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.

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

Day 2: Ahmedabad to Bhuj

Trains run everyday from Ahmedabad to Bhuj and it's the best way to reach to the western edge of the state where the magical region of Kutch awaits. Take a 8-9 hour journey by train or bus from Ahmadabad. If you're short on time, a direct is also available.

Suggested Place To Stay In Bhuj: Bhuj House

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Photo of The Bhuj House, Jestha Nagar, Bhuj, Gujarat, India by Disha Kapkoti

Day 3:

Go to the beach at the first opportunity. Taxis are available from Bhuj to Mandvi, which is the fastest and the most convenient way to reach this beach destination. Spend your day relishing the clear waters, birds and windmills at the beach.

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Photo of Mandvi Beach, Mandvi Rural, Gujarat by Disha Kapkoti

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

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Photo of Vijay Vilas Palace, Mandvi Rural, Gujarat, India by Disha Kapkoti

Suggested place to stay in Mandvi: Serena Beach Resort

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Photo of Serena Beach Resort Mandvi, Mandvi, Gujarat, India by Disha Kapkoti

Day 4: Bhuj to Hodka

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

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Photo of Hodka, Gujarat, India by Disha Kapkoti

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

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Photo of Shaam-E-Sarhad Resort Road, Hodka, Gujarat, India by Disha Kapkoti

Day 5:

You will need a vehicle to visit the nearby places and experience the vibrant culture of the region. Experience the White Rann of Village Dhordo and explore the nearby Banni Villages. The Rann Utsav has led to the increased popularity of Dhordo.

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Photo of Dhordo, Gujarat, India by Disha Kapkoti

Day 6: Travel Back to Bhuj

Bhuj is a central point to explore the western side of Gujarat. For an extended itinerary, Bhuj is perfect to make any detours. At the end of the trip, head back to Ahmedabad, the most convenient transport hub to reach out to other cities and states.

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Photo of Bhuj, Gujarat, India by Disha Kapkoti

A Last Detour To The Black Hills Of:

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

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Photo of Kalo Dungar, Gujarat by Disha Kapkoti

The days spent in India's westernmost corner are your chance to experience the vibrant culture that resonates throughout Gujarat.

Kutch is a desired adventure for photographers from around the world and the scenic beauty of the region makes it one of the most coveted destination for travellers.

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what would be the estimated cost for this itinerary?
Tue 01 08 19, 18:31 · Reply · Report
2018 Booking is started already You can book your tents http://rannutsav.com PS : xmas vacation dates still available.
Thu 10 04 18, 19:05 · Reply · Report
KUTCH is Mast & Must !!!
Tue 08 15 17, 18:41 · Reply · Report
How can it be kutch itinerary without any mention of kutchi handicrafts
Tue 08 15 17, 11:24 · Reply · Report
Very informative...
Mon 08 14 17, 13:42 · Reply · Report
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