Ahmedabad has many things to offer you from heritage walk which consists of 2 km that will take you to old Ahmedabad heritage monuments. A favourite place to sit and relax is Sabarmati River front.
As we move towards the western part of the state in 9 hours drive we reach the city of Bhuj in the Kutch region. The city of Bhuj was founded in 1510 by Rao Hamir. The city has many things like 18th-century Aina Mahal, the Italian Gothic–style Prag Mahal palace and the Bhujio fort situated on a top of a hill outside the city.
The region of Kutch is also famous for its clean beaches – one of them is Mandavi Beach which is 60 km about a one hr ride from Bhuj. Mandavi beach is clean and the water is crystal clear. The windmills across the beach make it more beautiful. One can see the making of a ship in Mandavi which used to be the largest shipbuilding yard in the country.
The region of Kutch is famous for its vast salt desert which is only visible for three months in the year from November to February. After that gets submerged in sea water which comes from the Arabian Sea. The vastness of great Rann of Kutch will amaze you, even more, when it is a full moon night because the white salt gets the reflection of the moonlight and the whole desert looks beautiful.
There is an annual festival held in the months of November to February called Rann Utsav. You will get to see the Kutchi culture and history here. You can stay in local homestays if you don’t want to burn a hole in your pocket. If you really don’t care, you can stay in a tent city which is developed by the Gujarat tourism.
Dholavira, also known locally as Kotada timba, the site contains ruins of an ancient Indus Valley Civilization or Harappan city. While visiting this excavation site, you can imagine how well they had planned the city with a sophisticated water conservation system of channels and reservoirs.
Not much is know about this place so it is still preserved well. The Archaeological Survey of India also maintains this place well. There is only one homestay near this site.
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