Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is one of the most visually stunning and culturally rich places that you will ever visit! Solitary sunsets, star-lit skies, traditional dance and music performances, small stalls selling handicrafts, in the middle of the mesmerizing beauty of Kutch would fill your heart with memories that you will never forget! You can experience all this and more in our Women Only trip.
Day 01 – Ahmedabad
Arrive at Ahmedabad airport at approximately 11 AM and check in to the hotel. We freshen up and rest a bit, post which we head out to explore the city. The must visit places are the Sabarmati Ashram, Calico Museum and Jama Masjid. After this we take you to Navrangpura – the shopping hub of the city – and leave you there to shop to your heart’s content. While in Ahmedabad, never worry about food! You can try one of the many vegetarian restaurants here for lunch.
In the evening we visit Akshardham for a laser show and post that we go to an area in the old city called Katal ni Raat which translates to Night to Kill – by eating! So here’s your chance to be a glutton. Eat all you can and then take a walk on the city streets with your tour buddies. Ahmedabad is considered to be one of the safest cities for women, so enjoy! Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02 – Ahmedabad – Dhordo
The next day begins early and after breakfast we set out on a road trip to witness sheer magnificence that is the Rann of Kutch. It is one of the largest salt deserts in the world. The entire journey is nothing but miles of barren and bare land around you, speckled every now and then with some colourful turbans or lehangas or the one off shop selling handicrafts. There is nothing in the world that can compare to the sunset in this vast desert. The multitude of colours filling the sky would leave you spellbound. Overnight stay at Dhordo.
Day 03 – Dhordo – Bhuj
On this day we have our breakfast and leave for Bhuj and on the way stop at Kalo Dugar, a majestic hill that makes for a perfect vantage point to experience the panoramic view of the salt flats. We also make pit stops at some of the villages like Dhordo, Hodka and Narayan Sagar that sell handicrafts. Bhuj is not just mysteriously beautiful but it also has a heart-touching history. The earthquake that shook northern and western India in 2001 razed Bhuj to the ground but the brave people of Kutch built it again and with it rebuilt their lives. Don’t forget to explore the markets here in the evening. Overnight stay at Bhuj.
Day 04 – Bhuj – Ahmedabad
The next morning we have breakfast and leave for Ahmedabad. We check in to the hotel, rest for a little while and leave for Patang Bazaar, yes you read it right! Patang Bazaar or Kite Market is the place to fish for some kites for the kite festival that takes place in Ahmedabad on the day of the Uttarayan (Day 05 of our trip). Also remember to buy some yummy chikkis and fly some paper lanterns in the sky! The last stop for the evening is the very old food market called Manek Chowk. Treat your taste buds here and then return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 5 – Ahmedabad
Today is the day of Uttarayan (you might want to read a bit about it online or ask the locals). Get dressed in your colorful best, put on some sunscreen and sunglasses and head out! Even if you don’t know how to fly a kite, you could always root for someone, eat chikkis, watch the madness and capture some amazing moments.
By 3 PM we drop you back to the airport for your return flight.