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Little Rann, White Rann and Beach

Duration : 06 Days / 05 Nights

Route : Ahmedabad - Patan - Mother - Dasada / Bajana - Dhordo / Bhuj - Mandvir

  1. DAY 01 – AHMEDABAD ARRIVAL

    Today arrive Ahmedabad and transfer to hotel.

    Ahmedabad is Located on the banks of the river Sabarmati; the city was founded by Sultan Ahmad Shah in 1411. Today it is one of the fastest growing cities of India and is an immense repository of tradition, history & culture. Its famous walled area is one of the finest examples of community living & the city thrived as the textile capital & was nicknamed “Manchester of the East' in 1888. This multicultural city is home to some of the finest Indo-Saracenic mosques & Jain temples.

    The old city of Ahmedabad is dotted with labyrinthine by lanes called 'polls'. The exquisite carved wooden mansions and havelis are in no manner less than their stone counterparts in Rajasthan. The city also offers a rich architectural legacy that blends Hindu and Muslim schools of architecture, stone and brick with arches, domes and vaults, carved pillars, trefoil designs besides the modern buildings designed by the famous French architect, Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn.

    Akshardham: Lord Swaminarayan, born in Chapaya in Uttar Pradesh, took a seven year pilgrimage in Gujarat to preach his religion. He built six temples, the first being at Kalupur in Ahmedabad. Akshardham, the Swaminarayan temple of Gandhinagar, is a modern complex, built in traditional Indian architectural style from 6,000 metric tons of pink Rajasthan sandstone, carved by expert artisans from Bansipahadpur. The temple is set in a multi-acre garden called Sahajanand Van, with intricate sculptures of Hindu Gods. There is a gold leaf copper sculpture of Lord Swaminarayan that faces similar sculptures of Gunatinand Swami. The interiors have beautiful columns in rosewood that rise up to a high dome. Akshardham remains closed on Mondays.

    Evening visit Law Garden for shopping.

    Overnight at your hotel.

  2. DAY 02 – BY ROAD – 120 KMS / 03 HRS – AHMEDABAD TO PATAN FOLLOWED BY ROAD – 40 KMS / 01 HR – PATAN TO MODHERA FOLLOWED BY ROAD – 55 KMS / 01 HR – MODHERA TO DASADA / BAJANA

    Today after breakfast drive to Bajana/Dasada en-route visiting Patan & Modhera.

    Patola Weaving – Patan is famous for its Patola weaving. India has a rich and ancient heritage in fine textiles. (Double Ikkat) Patola from the area of Patan in the North Gujarat region of western India glorifies this heritage. It has unique gem like qualities – gorgeous colours, designs and durability. Its appearance lures the connoisseur of fine textiles. It has no reverse side. Both the sides have equal intensity of colour and design. Historically, the art of Double Ikkat Patola weaving dates back to centuries.

    Paintings in Ajanta caves resemble the tie-dye technique of Patola. Legend indicates that sometimes in the 12th century AC, King Kumarpal of Solanki dynasty, invited 700 families of Patola weavers from Jalna (South Maharashtra) to settle down in Patan in North Gujarat. Salvi family is one of them who continues this traditional art and has preserved it even today. This is our heritage art from four generations.

    Also visit Rani ki Vav – stepwell in Patan – The Rani ki Vav, a step well in Patan is an excellent example of subterranean architecture in Gujarat and has steps that lead down to the water level. The Rani ki Vav was built by Rani Udayamti of the Solanki dynasty. This Vav represents the finest of the Indian sculptures and architecture and forms the link between a kunda and the classical step-well. In addition to the straight staircase, it also has lateral staircases, along with very broad, stepped corridors.

    Modhera : The Sun temple of Modhera is one of the finest examples of Indian architecture of its period. Built in 1026 A.D. the temple is dedicated to the Sun-God, Surya and stands high on a plinth overlooking a deep stone-steeped tank. Every inch of the edifice, both inside and outside is magnificently carved with Gods and Goddesses, birds, beasts and flowers. Sun Temple of Modhera was built by King Bhimdev I (1026-27) and bears some resemblance to the later and far better known, Sun Temple of Konark in the state of Orissa, which it predates by some 200 years. Like that temple, it was designed so that the dawn sun shone on the image of Surya, the sun God, at the time of the equinoxes. The main hall and shrine are reached through a pillared porch and the temple exterior is intricately and delicately carved. As with the temple of Somnath, this fine temple was ruined by Mohamed of Ghazni. Later continue to drive to Bajana/Dasada; arrive Bajana/Dasada and transfer to your hotel.

    Bajana/Dasada are small hamlets located on the edge of little Rann of Kutch, which is an extension of the Rann of Kutch onto Saurashtra. Dasada is a major bird watching destination, it is known for bird watching and only place in India where wild ass can be found. There are several bird watching sites around the area. Lesser Flamingos are found here in winter in large numbers. Besides bird watching tribal heritage of the area, craft villages and rural character is an attraction for guests looking for an authentic rural India experience.

    Overnight at your hotel.

  3. DAY 03 – BAJANA TO DHORDO (RANN UTSAV)

    After breakfast depart for Dhordo, arrive Dhordo, Check in to Rann Utsav - The Tent City.

    1600 Hours to 1700 Hours Evening Tea/Coffee.

    1700 Hours depart for White Rann to witness the Grandeur of Sunset, Mode of transfer can be through Camel Cart/Bus on first come first basis. Guest will have to return by the same mode of transfer.

    Dhordo: Dhordo village has been situated as a last village in the area. Dhordo, has had approx.70houses, having 450 odd population of communities of Mutva (90%), Sheikh (8%), and Harijan (2%) involved in doing the jobs of various handicrafts popularly well known as ‘Banni Handicrafts ’which have become famous world across. Here the minutest of minute and expensive embroideries and mud work are done. Their craftsmanship and artistic works are so much excellent that craftsmen/artists have been honoured by national awards. These people subsist and depend mainly on doing mud works, godadi works (very small quilts), patch – works, handmade embroideries as craftsmen and others on livestock as pastoralists (Maldharis).

    1900 Hours Return to Tent City.

    Dinner and Overnight at Rann Utsav -The Tent City.

  4. DAY 04 – IN RANN UTSAV

    Today 0600 Hours to 0630 Hours have breakfast, 0630 Hours to 0700 Hours transfer to White Rann to witness the grandeur of Sunrise.

    0730 Hours to 1000 Hours Breakfast at respective dining area.

    Later enjoy in-house activities.

    1230 Hours to 14300 Hours Lunch at respective dining area.

    1430 Hours to 1930 Hours tour to Kala Dungar (Black Hill). "Gandhi Nu Gaam" Tea/Coffee shall be provided at Kala Dungar, Complimentary refreshment in Bus.

    1930 Hours to 2200 Hours Dinner at respective Dinning Area.

    2100 Hours to 2230 Hours Enjoy the culture of Kutch along with entertaining activities.

    Overnight at Rann Utsav - The Tent City.

  5. DAY 05 – BY ROAD - DHORDO TO MANDVI (150 KMS/03 HRS APPROX.)

    After breakfast proceed to Mandvi.

    Visit Kala Raksha Trust, a grassroots social enterprise, is dedicated to preservation of traditional arts. Envision this broadly, as holistic encouraging of the creative capacity of the artist. Comprising artisans, community members, and experts in the fields of art, design and museums, Kala Raksha was founded on artisan initiative in 1993 in the desert region Kutch, in India. Uniquely committed to documenting existing traditions, the Trust maintains a collection of heirloom textiles housed as a local Museum. Artisans participated in establishing this Museum. Thus it embodies a simple but revolutionary concept: involve people in presenting their own cultures. Kala Raksha Centre is located in Sumrasar Sheikh, 25 km north of Bhuj. Here, the museum, production unit, shop and guest house inhabit structures that adapt traditional architecture to contemporary function. A model for community development, the Centre is locally managed and operates with solar power.

    Kalaraksha Vidhyalaya: Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya is an initiative of Kala Raksha Trust. In its second decade, Kala Raksha sought to address India’s most pressing need: Education. In October 2005, the Trust launched this institution, whose environment, curriculum and methodology are designed for traditional artisans, as a new approach to the rejuvenation of traditional arts. Project Director Judy Frater, was awarded an Ashoka Foundation Fellowship to realize the project. In March 2009 she also received the Sir Misha Black Medal for design education.

    Later continue to drive to Mandvi.

    Mandvi is located on the banks of the Rukmavati River, barely one km from the Arabian Sea at the Gulf of Kutch. The town has a very pleasant climate throughout the year and it was a summer retreat of the Kutch Maharaos. The centre of attraction at Mandvi is the Vijay Vilas Palace, a royal abode set in the middle of well-laid gardens with water channels and marble fountains. The architect and craftsmen from Jaipur designed and constructed the palace in 1920 AD. The palace has all the elements of Rajput architecture and draws largely on the plan of palaces of Orchha and Datia. The central high dome on the pillars, the Bengal domes on sides, the windows with colored glass, carved stone Jaalis, domed bastions at the corners, extended porch and other exquisitely stone carved elements, make the palace worth visiting. It owns a private beach, maintained in an eco-friendly manner to preserve its pristine beauty. It is an example of the traditional skill of craftsmen of early 20th century.

    Visit Ship building yard. On the banks of the Rukmavati River, just south of the bridge, you can visit the still-active shipbuilding yard. Craftsmen still assemble ships out of wood, for local or international guests, and you can feel free to watch them work.

    Dinner and Overnight at hotel.

  6. DAY 06 – BY ROAD – MANDVI TO AHMEDABAD (400 KMS/08 HRS APPROX.)

    After breakfast depart for Ahmedabad; in time transfer to Airport / Railway Station to board flight / train for your journey to your next destination.