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DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN AHMEDABAD

We have an early start to the day today as we have a long distance to cover. We have breakfast at the hotel and then leave for Bhujodi which is at a distance of 324 KM from Ahmedabad. Bhujodi is a small village just 8 KM from the town of Bhuj and is one of the most prominent craft villages in the area. It is home to the Hiralaxmi Memorial Craft Park, which is a perfect place to sample craft flavours from the entire region. This park consists of well-defined shops in a rustic setting, selling everything from Bandhni, Ajrakh Prints to Leatherware, Copper bells and more. 

After having spent a few hours exploring the craft park and the village of Bhujodi, we head to the hotel to catch a good night’s sleep.

DAY 02: AHMEDABAD TO BHUJODI

INCLUSIONS

  • 04 Nights accommodation at the hotel mentioned below or similar category of alternate hotels.
  • Meal Plan – As Mentioned above.
  • All currently applicable taxes.
  • All transfers, city tours and transport services by air-conditioned All India Tourist permit Vehicle as per the above itinerary.
  • Road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes.

EXCLUSIONS

  • Monument Entrance Fee.
  • Services of English-Speaking Local / Accompanying Guide. 
  • Game Drive at Sasangir National Park or any other national park.
  • Expense of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone / fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc. Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • International or Domestic airfare / Train Fare.
  • Any expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as roadblocks, accidents & any medical evacuations. Any train delays, or re-scheduling etc. 
  • Any Visa fees, insurance fees, etc. Any tips to hotel staff, local guides, drivers etc. Any meals apart from the ones mentioned above. Any expenses apart from the ones above.

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EXPLORING GUJARAT WITH RANN UTSAV AND CRAFT VILLAGES

4 Nights / 5 Days (Land Only)

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From the age-old stepwells, forts and mosques to the craft villages, festive celebrations and modern cities, Gujarat truly is home to some of the best and most unique experiences. Gujarat was one of the most prominent sites during the Indus Valley Civilization with ancient cities of Lothal, Dholavira and Gola Dhoro situated here. Lothal is believed to be one of the first ports in India.

One of the most diverse states in India, Gujarat offers a lot more than the average traveller expects. While the state is widely known for its Navratri celebrations and the Rann Utsav, there are many other experiences that are intrinsic to Gujarat. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that Gujarat is one of the richest states, historically and culturally, and that is why it comes as no surprise that the city of Ahmedabad was designated the UNESCO World Heritage City in 2017, a first for an Indian city. 

Gujarat has a unique culture and heritage which is reflected beautifully in the many art and craft forms that thrive within the state. These tell the story of not just the present-day Gujarat, but also the influences it has had over the last 2000 years or so, from other states as well as countries.

EXPLORING GUJARAT WITH RANN UTSAV AND CRAFT VILLAGES

In this package we set out to explore the Rann Utsav along with craft villages in the Kutch Region. We start the journey in Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s largest and most popular city, and spend a day exploring the best that this destination has to offer. Even though Ahmedabad is a cosmopolitan place, it is steeped in history and culture. It has a lot to offer to all types of travellers. From mosques to forts to stepwells, it has it all.

We further move to one of the most colourful celebrations in India, the Rann Utsav. Every year, from November to February, the Kutch Region comes alive when a tent city is constructed in the open desert of Dhordo. This makeshift city holds within itself a world of its own. From local cuisines to craft items to dance and music performances, the Rann Utsav represents Gujarat in the sincerest way possible.

In the vicinity lay a number of villages that are home to the artists who bring to life art and craft items like silverware, wooden items, clothes, footwear, mirror-work pieces and plenty more. Visiting these places is a wonderful chance to meet the artisans, watch them hard at work, and also purchase some of these pieces to bring back home.

DAY 03: DAY AT RANN UTSAV

Day three of our Exploring Gujarat package is going to be the highlight of the trip, as we leave for Dhordo, to experience colours, joy and revelry at the Rann Utsav. The Tent City, which is the makeshift city for the festivities, is just 88 KM from Bhujodi, so getting there would take about an hour and a half. Once there, we check-in to our respective tents, but not before capturing the grandiose of the place from the outside. It looks less like a city and more like a palace, with glitter and gleam in every corner.

After check-in, it is now time to explore all that makes this place a must-visit on every traveller’s list. For all the foodies out there, this place has separate tents just for food that offer a variety of dishes and cuisines. Additionally, there are separate shopping areas that have on display craft items presented by artisans from different parts of the state. So, you can literally shop till you drop.
Take some time towards the evening and drive towards the white salt desert to witness a mesmerising sunset before returning to the tent city to take part in the dance and music performances that will leave you enthralled.

After spending an eventful day exploring the best of Gujarat, we return to our tents for an overnight stay.

DAY 04: VISITING NIRONA – A CRAFT VILLAGE

At an hour's distance from the Tent City, is situated one of the most popular craft villages of Kutch, Nirona. It is home to as many as three different craft forms that have been thriving here for centuries, having been passed on from one generation to another. We can spend an entire day here, witnessing the Rogan Art, Copper Bell Art and Lacquer Art. It is an unmatched experienced watching the skilled artists bringing these craft items to life. We will also get a chance to interact with these artists and their families, understanding their history, traditions and way of life.

The day ends with us checking-in to our hotel in the area for an overnight stay.

DAY 05: DEPARTURE

We start the day early as we have a long drive ahead of us to Ahmedabad. The distance between the two places is about 368 KM and the drive can take about 8 hours or thereabouts. We head straight to the airport to catch our respective flights.

On day one of our Rann Utsav and Craft Villages package, we arrive in Ahmedabad early in the morning. After a brief meet and greet our representative takes us to the hotel for check-in. We then set out to explore Ahmedabad, or Amdavad, as locals fondly call it. First on the list is Adalaj Vav, a 15th century step-well right on the outskirts of the city. After spending a couple of hours marvelling at the beauty of this structure, we proceed to other significant landmarks of the city.

We cover the Gandhi Ashram, also known as Sabarmati Ashram, made famous by Gandhiji’s stay here. Today it works as a museum celebrating the life of the Father of the Nation. We further proceed to Sabarmati Waterfront and end the day at Kankariya Lake. After this we have dinner and proceed to the hotel for an overnight stay.

GETTING TO KNOW GUJARAT

TOUR INCLUDES

DETAILED ITINERARY

Rogan Art in Nirona Village

Adalaj Vav

Validity: till 31st March 2020

HOTEL

Ahmedabad : Le Grande Residency ( Executive room ) 2 N
Vadodra : Revival lords inn ( Deluxe Room ) 2N
Transportation cost based on AC Dzire / Etios car