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White Desert and Beach

Duration : 05 Days / 04 Nights

Route : Dhordo / Bhuj - Mandvi

  1. DAY 01 – ARRIVE BHUJ TO DHORDO (RANN UTSAV) – 80 KMS/1.5 HRS

    Arrive Bhuj and depart for Dhordo, en-route visit the villages of Bhuj.

    The many villages of Bhuj have carved a distinct niche and identity for themselves in the crafts world. Visit these places and see the handcrafted artefacts and things of everyday use by these master craftsmen. Get a chance to interact with them and even try your hand at their art.

    Bhirandiyara: Bhirandiyara is a favourite Tea stop for locals and visitors alike on the road to Khavda. The village boasts of a delicious sweet – fresh Maavo. This milk-based sweet is best when eaten hot. Most of the roadside stalls sell Maavo. The local Meghwal Community has exquisite embroideries and skilfully decorated, colourful Mud Bhungas. Mud-Mirror work - Lippan kam is a decorative art done by common people mainly women. Lippan kam is done inside Bhungas / mud huts in villages of Kutch; sometimes you can find it on outer walls too. Generally women make birds, trees, animals, and pea-cock, human figures etc in Lippan kam. It is done with a mixture of clay and camel dung. Then gum is used to stick mirrors. Originality of lippan kam lies in adding no colour or only whites. Small round, diamond-shaped or triangle mirror pieces are essential to lippan kam.

    Nirona: The village of Nirona is the only place in the world where the tradition of Rogan art is still practiced (a method of producing dyes from natural resources and castor oil and creating intricate and long-lasting designs on silk and cotton). Rogan art is a rare craft that is not well known even in India. Nirona also offers the chance to see artisans making copper bells. The Luhars in Nirona have been pre-serving the craft of making copper bells over seven generations. The art form originally comes from Sindh and some sister villages in Pakistan too make similar bells but with carvings on the surface. An-other family in Nirona is practicing wood lacquering. Raw lacquer in various colours that is passed with great skill on the wooden object of focus in beautiful waves. The work they do is mainly focused on household items like jewellery boxes and kitchen utensils and has known to last more than 30-35 years.

    Khavda (90 Km. Approx.) – a town of Pachcham Region. One can find a tiny market and a few stalls serving up Kutchi snacks & tea. One can visit Khatrivas to see artisans printing & selling Ajrakh. The town also has skilled Leather Craftsmen and there are some shops retailing local crafts, including Leather Slippers. Off the main road is a clinic run by Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan (KMVS), Federation of Kutchi Women's groups. KMVS has trained local midwives in modern and locally suitable healthcare practices. The KMVS Office in Khavda is run almost entirely by local women and has a small retail out-let selling wonderfully intricate embroideries under the producer group's brand name “QASAB” which means "Craft Skill".

    Ludiya : Ludiya Village is comprised of several hamlets belonging to the Meghwal & Samma Communi-ties. The latter community, primarily herdsmen, is more conservative when it comes to tourists. Gan-dhi nu Gam, populated by the Meghwal community, features beautifully Painted Bhungas. The Kanjari (Blouses) of the women and the Bhunga decoration of this village are especially colourful. To curb ex-ploitation & experiment with community marketing, the hamlet has set up an "Otlo" or a roofed plat-form next to the Temple, where each household brings out their embroidered goods for selling.

    Later check into Rann Utsav Tent City, 12:30 pm to 02:30 pm Lunch will be served in Rann Utsav.

    4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Evening Tea/Coffee.

    5:00 pm depart for White Rann to witness the Grandeur of the Sunset, Mode of transfer can be through Camel Cart/Bus on first come first serve basis. Guest will have to return by the same mode of transfer.

    This is the last village within Indian borders towards Pakistan. Dhordo, has 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 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 live-stock as pastoralists (Maldharis).

    07:00 pm Return to Tent City.

    Dinner and Overnight at Rann Utsav - The Tent City.

  2. DAY 02 – IN RANN UTSAV

    Today 0600 Hours to 0630 Hours have breakfast, 0630 Hours to 0700 Hours transfer to White Rann to witness a mesmerising Sunrise.

    0730 Hours to 1000 Hours Breakfast at respective dining area.

    Later enjoy the in-house activities.

    1230 Hours to 1430 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.

  3. DAY 03 – 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. Ar-tisans 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 dec-ade, 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 tradi-tional artisans, as a new approach to the rejuvenation of traditional arts. Project Director Judy Frater, was awarded an Ashoka Foundation Fellowship to realise 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.

    Enjoy your evening at the pristine beach.

    Dinner and Overnight at hotel.

  4. DAY 04 – IN MANDVI

    Today after breakfast depart for local sightseeing of Mandvi.

    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.

    Later visit Vijay Villas Palace, Mandvi.

    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.

    Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.

  5. DAY 05 – BY ROAD – MANDVI TO BHUJ (80 KMS/1.5 HRS APPROX.)

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