Bhuj, White Rann of Kutch & Mandvi Beach - The Art, Craft & Nature Tour of Gujarat
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Bhuj, White Rann of Kutch and Mandvi Beach - The Art, Craft and Nature Tour of Gujarat will begin with pick up from Bhuj airport. Explore city attraction with walk around Hamirsar Lake, see the Hall of Mirrors at the Aina Mahal, climb the bell tower of the Prag Mahal, visit Kutch Museum & Ramakund stepwell. Then drive to The Great Rann of Kutch a salt marsh in the Thar Desert about 7500 km2 in area reputed to be one of the largest salt deserts in the world. This area inhabited by the Kutchi people is rich centre of treditional art and craft. Next head to Mandvi a beach resort & major port with four-hundred-year-old ship building industry. Tour will end with drop off at Bhuj airport. Accompanied tour guide and transport will remain on disposal at your service.
Day 1: Arrive Bhuj
On arrival at Bhuj airport assistance & transfer to hotel.
Later city tour of Bhuj, visit The Aaina Mahal Palace built in the middle of 18th century. Explore the compound outside the palace, with its beautiful carved doorways, elaborate window boxes and balconies. Prag Mahal built-in the 19th century next to Aina Mahal, the grand palace boasts of Gothic-style windows and Corinthian pillars around it. The opulent Mahal has the second tallest clock tower in the country which offers an amazing view from the top. A part of the palace has been converted into a museum with archives and personal items of the royal family on display. Shri Swaminarayan Temple initially built in the year 1822, it was the first of many Sampraday Swaminarayan temples. Ramkund a square stepwell, whose walls have carved miniature idols depicting the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu and sculptures of Lord Rama, Devi Sita, Lord Lakshmana and Lord Hanuman. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Bhuj - Hodka (65kms)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Banni Region of Kutch visiting Nirona Village for Rogan arts on a piece of cloth. The word Rogan comes from Persian and means oil-based. The process of making the natural colors used in art gives it such a name. Castor oil is heated on a fire for about 12 hours and then cast into cold water to give a thick residue called the Rogan. This is then mixed with stone pigments to lend it different hues. Next, the artisan uses a six-inch metal stick to paint with a fine thread of Rogan on cloth.
Drive to Hodka check in at hotel. Evening drive short distance to enjoy the breathtaking views of the White Rann. Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Hodka - White Rann of Kutch
Very early in the morning drive to White Rann of Kutch to see the sunrise. The Great Rann of Kutch is world largest salt marsh in the Thar Desert.
Return to hotel for breakfast. Later visit Dhordo village in White Rann occupied by Mutwa Muslim Community. Next visit a small Pathan community hamlet engaged in Embroidery. Continue to Khavda to see Potters and Samma tribe. Later leave for Kala Dungar to view the beautiful sunset. Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Hodka - Mandvi (135kms)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Mandvi. Enroute visit Vijay Vilas Palace built in 1929 by Rao Vijayrajji. It was built of red sandstone in the Rajput style, with a main central dome, Bengal domes at the sides, bastions at the corner, and colored glass windows. The balcony at the top affords a superb view of the surrounding area, and the king`s tomb can also be seen. Mandvi Town known for its shipbuilding centre. The local carpenters still make ocean-going Dhows in much the same way that their ancestors had done a century ago. One can go and visit the men at work, shaping the great vessels with hand tools and coaxing the seasoned timber into shape. The carrying capacity of these boats can vary from 250 tons to 1000 tons. & Stole Weavers in Kutch a traditional profession and skills passed on from father to son.
Arrive Mandvi check in at hotel. Later visit visit Vijay Vilas Palace built in 1929 by Rao Vijayrajji. It was built of red sandstone in the Rajput style, with a main central dome, Bengal domes at the sides, bastions at the corner, and colored glass windows. The balcony at the top affords a superb view of the surrounding area, and the king`s tomb can also be seen. Mandvi Town known for its shipbuilding centre. The local carpenters still make ocean-going Dhows in much the same way that their ancestors had done a century ago. One can go and visit the men at work, shaping the great vessels with hand tools and coaxing the seasoned timber into shape. The carrying capacity of these boats can vary from 250 tons to 1000 tons. Rest time to relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Mandvi - Mundra - Bhuj (100kms)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Bhuj via Mundra. In Mundra see some of the finest Batik workshops. The process starts with the removal of starch from the plain white fabric. The fabric is soaked in soda and with thorough rinsing; the starch from the fabric is removed. A work table is prepared by spreading river-bed sand on a long rectangular surface. The printer begins block-printing with wax once the plain fabric is laid out on the table.
Next drive to Bhuj and drop off to airport to board flight for onward destination.
Assistance on arrival at airport.
4 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.
Daily breakfast at hotels. Any other meal (lunch/ dinner) if clearly mentioned in the itinerary).
Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
Bottled drinking water in car.
Hotels used or similar for 4 nights accommodation
Bhuj x 1 night
3* - Seven Sky Clarks inn/ Hotel Ilark
4* - The Fern Residency/ Hill View Resort
Hodka/ Rann of Kutch x 2 night
3* & 4* - Shaam-e-Sarhad Village Resort/ Kutir Craft Village Resort
Mandvi x 1 night
3* - The Village Resort/ Seabreeze Resort Mandvi
4* - Serena Beach Resort/ Mandvi Beach Resort
Any flight tickets.
Camera charges at monuments.
Meals other than mentioned in day plan.
Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
Gratuities & optional activities.
Anything not mentioned in inclusions.