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Kutch Gujarat

Ahmedabad to Rann of Kutch: The Fun journey

Gujarat is a better state than other western states of India. It has better transport connectivity to inner parts of the state, good roads and transportation rules and regulations.


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.
In Ahmedabad, you won’t run out of food you will get to eat unlimited Gujrati thali at ₹70 and the famous breakfast Jalebi and Fafda at ₹30. There is an area called Manek Chowk where you will find street food but only at night.


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.
Food is not an issue here from breakfast to dinner you will find many options like Dhokla, Khaman and unlimited thali at bhojnalyas. There are many bhojnalyas around the city which serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. They serve typical Gujarati food like you are eating at home.


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.

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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.
The area is highly patrolled by BSF (Border Security Force). As this region comes in the sensitive area because it shares the border with Pakistan but that doesn’t affect tourism as the BSF personnel are helpful and friendly to tourists.

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.
Near the tent city and outside the White Rann (desert) there is a small flea market where locals come and sell local food, clothes, some folks music and dance is also performed.


Dholavira Kutch

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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