Rann of Kutch had been to my bucket list since long time. People have Goa plan jinx, in my case it was ROK jinx as I had to cancel my plan twice due to some stupid reasons. I wanted to do it anyhow before 2019 Rann festival ends.
Deepak Rathod a solo traveller from Nalasopara whom I met in one of the BATI (Backpackers and travellers India) meet up in Mumbai, since then we been in touch via whats app and facebook. We decided to plan something outing but every times it went in a vein. One fine day he messaged me on fb messengers that what if we would plan ROK by first week of January. I was ok with the plan but getting confirmed tickets on 11th hour was way difficult which I knew very well. As soon as he confirmed the date I jumped into IRCTC website and booked the ticket. Luckily we managed to get RAC and PQWL quota respectively.
This was the most difficult part to do actually. Earlier we planned to travel by Gandhigram Express on Thursday evening reaching Bhachau by 2.30pm and then explore the ROK. On my mind it was to catch the train on Thursday night and to take sick leave on Friday (yes, have to do such jugads when you are amid traveller). Upon discussing with each other we found this is not so suitable path to follow and decided to catch Bhuj Express on Thursday evening by 5.45 from Bandra terminus. Again I was so lucky to get the tatkal tickets for Bhuj express (You know what it was the very first time to get tatkal tickets).
I booked the tatkal tickets but the actual challenge was how to get an early leave on Thursday, I spend entire Wednesday thinking on that and cracked one trick. On Thursday I had to act like I am ill and for the whole day I sat like a patient itself with dejected look so that I look alike ill. As planned I left office by 2.30 getting early sick leave, high five for my acting skills.
I reached my home at Dombivli by 3.30 and left the home by 4 to catch the Kutch Express.
Husssshhh, so much for the day.
Day 1 Bhuj Explore
We reached Bhuj by around 9 am; it was great catching some uncle aunties in our compartment throughout the journey. I felt sleep fast and woke up at 8.30 by Deepak. We met one gentleman who was seating next to us who is TRF police officer and throughout the journey he was great help to us.
Our first aim was to hunt for the room and this gentleman made it so easy. He took us to jain Dharmshala and we got a room for 500rs for 24hours. The rooms were clean and very importantly they have 24hours hot water availability.