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DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN AHMEDABAD

Our Kutch wildlife and Ahmedabad heritage special Gujarat trip starts in Ahmedabad or Amdavad, as the locals call it. We arrive at the airport and head straight to the hotel for check-in. After this we proceed to explore the most popular and culturally rich city in Gujarat, Ahmedabad. The city is rife with structures old and new, a true representation of its rich historical past.  
We first pay a visit to the well-known Adalaj Vav or stepwell, located right outside the city in Adalaj Village, Gandhinagar District. It’s a 15th century marvel built by Queen Rudadevi in the memory of her husband Rana Veer Singh. It’s a great example of the Solanki style of architecture and is made in sandstone. It has intricately designed pillars placed octagonally and is five stories deep. As you go deeper in the stepwell, you feel the chill in the air even on a hot summer day.  
After having spent a few hours at the Adalaj Vav we head back to Ahmedabad to visit the Gandhi Ashram, also known as Sabarmati Ashram. It is located on the banks of the Sabarmati River and is known the world over for being one of the residences of Mahatma Gandhi. It is from this Ashram that Gandhiji led the Dandi March in 1930. Today this place serves as a museum and celebrates the life of the Father of the Nation.  
We end the day at Kankariya Lake which has a host of touristy attractions that make for an idyllic combination to spend the evening at. We have our dinner in the city and head back to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Our tryst with Gujarat’s wildlife begins today, on day two of our Gujarat holiday. We have breakfast at the hotel and then head to our destination of the day, Little Rann; the drive from Ahmedabad takes approximately three hours.

Little Rann along with the Great Rann of Kutch and Banni Grasslands makes up the Rann of Kutch, which in turn is a part of the Thar Desert bio-geographic area. Little and Great Rann are at a distance of about 133 KM from each other. One of the biggest highlights of the Little Rann area is the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary also known as the Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary. Established in 1972, it is one of the last places in the world that is home to the endangered Indian Wild Ass or Khur, as it is locally known as. The area is also home to other animals such as the desert fox, Indian wolf and nilgai, along with water birds like flamingos, cranes and pelicans.

We spend the day exploring the biodiversity of the region and then head to our camp in the area for an overnight stay.

DAY 02: LITTLE RANN AND THE INDIAN WILD ASS SANCTURY

INCLUSIONS

  • 05 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, KUTCH WILDLIFE & AHMEDABAD HERITAGE

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When one talks about the history and cultural heritage of India, the state of Gujarat is definitely mentioned. The region was one of the most prominent sites of the Indus Valley Civilisation in addition to having been ruled and influenced by various dynasties over the last 3000 years or so. The city of Ahmedabad is a treasure trove of architectural masterpieces that have been in existence since ancient times.  
Gujarat has another side to it, a side not known to many, and that is its wildlife. It is not only home to the Asiatic Lion, but the Indian Wild Ass is also found here. Gujarat has four National Parks and over 23 Wildlife Sanctuaries, and places like Gir Forest, Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, Banni Grasslands and Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary stand out for their rich biodiversity.

EXPLORING GUJARAT WITH RANN UTSAV, KUTCH WILDLIFE & AHMEDABAD HERITAGE

In this package we not only explore the colourful extravaganza of Rann Utsav, but also experience a variety of wildlife along with visiting the heritage structures in Ahmedabad. Our holiday starts and ends in Ahmedabad, where we explore the old architectural structures like the Adalaj stepwell, Bhadra Fort, Teen Darwaza and also other popular landmarks such as Gandhi Ashram and Kankariya Lake.  
This trip gives us an opportunity to know the wildlife of the Kutch Region up and close. From the Indian Wild Ass to the migrating Flamingos, we spend quite a bit of time trying to understand the biodiversity of the region. Another important aspect of our holiday is the time spent at the Tent City, shopping, eating, and witnessing dance and music performances.

DAY 03: LITTLE RANN TO TENT CITY

We start the day early and leave the Little Rann area immediately after breakfast. Our destination of the day is the famed Tent City, the heartland of the Rann Utsav in Dhordo. The drive takes approximately 6 hours. As we approach the Tent City, the visuals on the way keep us glued to the car window. From barren desert stretches to sparse areas of vegetation, the drive is quite unique and exciting, and camels can be spotted ever so often.  
Tent City is quite literally the cultural canvas for the state of Gujarat. This temporary city is set up over a vast area of 500,000 sqm and holds a world of experiences within. It has adventure activities like paramotoring and camel ride, has a haat like structure for all things art and craft, separate tents just for local cuisines, and different categories of camp stays. What stand out the most are the colourful installations throughout the place, right from the entrance gate to the interiors.  
Evenings here are special as there are live performances by local musicians and other artists, which attract large numbers of tourists to the area. Full Moon nights are the most coveted as the view of the white sand glistening under moonbeams is an almost celestial experience. Watching the sunset here is a must-have experience!
After an eventful day experiencing the colours, charm and hospitality of Gujarat at the Tent City, we proceed to our respective camps for an overnight stay.

DAY 4: TENT CITY TO BANNI GRASSLANDS AND FURTHER TO BHUJ

We start day four of our wildlife and heritage special trip to Gujarat in the Tent City. We have our breakfast here and then indulge in some souvenir shopping. It’s the ideal place to buy keepsakes like fridge magnets, decorative pieces, footwear, handmade jewellery and even embroidered shawls.  
After this we proceed to Banni Grasslands, at a distance of 43 KM from the Tent City. Banni Grasslands Reserve is located on the southern edge of the Rann of Kutch. It is known for rich biodiversity and wildlife, and is a protected area. This area is slightly distinct from the rest of the Kutch Region as it is home to Sindhi-speaking Maldhari community, who are cattle breeders.  
The area is home to mammals like chinkara, nilgai, blackbuck, Indian hare, Asiatic wildcat and golden jackal among others. The post monsoon months give rise to several marshy wetlands that attract a number of local as well migratory water birds such as cranes, flamingos, waders and waterfowls. Efforts to develop this area into a tourist friendly spot are on the rise, as the State Department is working towards building eco-resorts in the neighbouring villages.  
After exploring the area, we head towards Bhuj, which is at a distance of 65 KM from Banni Grasslands and check-in to a local resort there for an overnight stay.

DAY 05: EXPLORING BHUJ AND AROUND

On day five of our Gujarat holiday we spend half a day exploring the town of Bhuj that has quite a few attractions. First, we head to the Darbargadh Area that has two historical and architectural masterpieces, Aina Mahal and Prag Mahal. Built in 18th and 19th centuries respectively, these palaces are the biggest tourist draw in Bhuj.  
We spend some time here, marvelling at the architecture, knowing a little about the history and construction of these palaces. After this we leave for Mandvi to witness a breath-taking sunset from ashore Mandvi Beach. The town of Mandvi is at a distance of approximately 58 KM from Bhuj, and it is quite a favourite among travellers. It is also home to the very famous Vijay Vilas Palace. We spend the entire evening exploring the place and then return to our hotel in Bhuj for an overnight stay.

GETTING TO KNOW GUJARAT

TOUR INCLUDES

DETAILED ITINERARY

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

DAY 06: EXPLORING AHMEDABAD AND DEPARTURE


We start the day early and head straight to Ahmedabad. Once in the city we take out a few hours to explore the old city or Walled City as it formally called. It houses ancient structures built more than a 1000 years ago.  
We visit the Bhadra Fort, which is built within the Walled City or the Historic City of Ahmedabad. It is the old part of the city that was founded by Ahmad Shah I in 1411 and was designated a UNSECO World Heritage City in 2017. Bhadra Fort was named so due to its proximity to the famed Bhadrakali Temple. With its minars and gates, the fort is an architectural masterpiece. On the eastern side of the fort lies the historic Teen Darwaza, which served as an entrance to the royal square.  
After having acquainted ourselves with the history and heritage of Ahmedabad, we head to the airport to for our return journey.

Prag Mahal in Bhuj

Indian Wild Ass in the Sanctuary

Gandhi Ashram