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Kutch, a remarkable region in the northwestern part of the vibrant state of Gujarat,is well known for its geographical wonder of endless salt desert, home to rare wildlife, rich history and fibrant art. Probably this is why Shri Amitabh Bachchan has correctly said “Kutch Nahi dekha toh Kya Dekha”(If you have not seen kutch, then you have not seen anything).
Come and join us in our road trip from Ahmedabad to Kutch while we explore the white sands of The Rann of Kutch during full moon period, tap into Harappan culture at Dholavira and stand in awe of culture and handicrafts dating back to 300 years old at Nirona Village. The beauty of Rann is at its peak during full moon period. The pristine white sand lit up by soothing light offers peace to every mind & soul.
We bet that the unmatched beauty of the path to Kutch will not only leave you mesmerised but will also leave you wanting for more. Witness the wonder of history, culture, tradition and long kept secrets of delicious Gujarati food while we travel beyond just the “touristy”. Go on and pack those bags, afterall “Kuch din toh gujaro Gujarat mein”
Day 1, 2nd February: Ahmedabad - Chobari - Greater Rann of Kutch - Chobari(Camp site)
Day 2, 3rd February: Chobari campsite - Dholavira- Chobari
Day 3, 4th February: Chobari - Nirona - Bhuj - Ahmedabad
(Please get in touch with the organizer before booking the flights or any other transportation to/from Ahmedabad)
Rann of Kutch Cost: Rs 10099/- Only
(Use Coupon code TGE500 to get Rs 500 Off. Available for first 4 tickets only)
Friday, 2nd February
An early morning pick up from Ahmedabad Railway station/Airport will be arranged. Team heads off to our campsite at Chobari village. Chobari is a small village in Kutch district of Gujarat and is 280 kms away from Ahmedabad. It takes appx 5 -6 hrs to reach Chobari from Ahmedabad. On arrival at the Chobari campsite, welcome drinks will be served followed by a tour of the campsite and the camping area. In the evening we head off to the most awaited visit to the Great Rann to witness the beautiful sunset. We stay back till the night to see the white sand sparkle under the full moon light. Dinner will be served at campsite which can be enjoyed around a campfire wil some local folk music (on demand).
Saturday, 3rd February
Chobari - Dholavira- Chobari
After breakfast we leave for Dholavira, site of the Indus valley civilization. Dholavira is around 120 kms from Chobari and is the larger of the two most remarkable excavations of the Indus valley Civilization of the Harappan culture, dating back to 4500 years ago, while the other site, Lothal is more exhaustively known and easier to reach. Visit to Dholavira offers us a memorable experience that comes with being surrounded by the Great Rann of Kutch. It is a unique insight into the pioneering Harappan mind, with one of the world’s earliest and best planned water conservation systems and what might be the world’s first signboards, written in ancient indus script.
Dholavira, also locally known as Kotada (which means large fort), sprawls over 100 hectares of semi arid land and is one of the islands in the Great Rann of Kutch that remain above the flood plains in months when the rest of the desert is submerged in monsoon. It has 2 seasonal streams, Mansar in north and Manhar in South. Journey to Dholavira itself is beautiful, taking you through the saline desert plains, where you can spot wildlife such as Gazelle. Nilgai (blue bull) and various types of birds.
After Dholavira, we will move to the Fossil Park to check out some ancient fossils and if lucky spot flamingo’s. By evening we will return to campsite.
Sunday, 4th February
Chobari - Nirona - Bhuj - Ahmedabad
Kutch has always been known for its wealth of culture and handicrafts. And one thing that we really do not want to miss is exploring a few local art forms. So, After breakfast we will head to “Nirona” village. Located around 40 kms north of Bhuj, Nirona village is where we can find three very unique local art forms — one of which even made its way to The White House. Yes, we are talking about the popular Rogan art, a legacy art form that has been taken forward, for the past 300 years, by the Khatri family of Nirona.
What is Rogan Art? The word Rogan comes from Persian and means ‘oil-based’. The process of making the natural colours used in the art gives it such a name. Castor oil is heated on 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. Seeing it live makes us realize how delicately the rogan thread has to be led with precision to give shape to one’s imagination.
Next in the list is The Luhars of Nirona, and their popular Copper Bell art. Preserving it for the last 10 or so generations, many families in Nirona get their livelihood totally out of this. Copper Bell art has mainly originated from Sindh, and even today many villages, around the border area inside India and Pakistan make it.
Once done with Copper Bell, we move to the art of Lacquer, practiced by a semi nomadic tribe called Wada, in the Banni area in and around the villages of Nirona and Bhirandiayara. Obtained from the sap of the Rhus Tree which changes colour from white to brown upon exposure to air, Lacquer is a simple reflection of Zigzag patterns creating waves of colors mixing with one another and adorning simplest of the products like wooden spoons, bread rolling pins, containers, toys, utensils etc.
After checking the local art and handicrafts we move to Bhuj for a short halt before moving to Ahmedabad for the final leg of the trip.
All expenses from Ahmedabad to Ahmedabad which include:
- Travel in Innova/Tempo Traveller for whole tour (Pick up and drop to Ahmedabad airport / railway station)
- Tented accommodation on Sharing Basis.
- Breakfast and Dinner.
- Facilitator Charges.
- Star gazing
- Personal Expenses of any kind.
- Personal Beverages of any kind.
- All meals not mentioned in inclusion section.
- Monuments Entrance fees during sightseeing.
- Folk Music Artist performance
10 days before the event start date: No Refund
10- 29 days before the event start date: 50% Refund
Before 29 days of the event start date: 75% Refund
Do go through our detailed T&C (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hU-LH17fYeTc-JM84qhxW-EF6wMmDXwGmgccG9Eek3E/edit?usp=sharing)
(All Pic credited to google images)