Rann Utsav (Fair)
Duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days
Date of Festival: 01st Nov’19 to 20 Feb’20
Location of Festival: Dhorbo (80 Kms from Bhuj)
Full Moon Date: 12th Nov, 12th Dec, 11th Jan and 09th Feb
Gujrat , whose most famous son was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi – a seemingly frail little man with a will of iron and a vision that realized the independent Republic of India. In many ways he epitomized his home state whose long and sheltered coastline has, since time immemorial been dotted with ports that traded with contemporary cultures in goods as well as culture and philosophy. The low lying marshland og Kutch is full of interesting and unexpected encounters. The region can be divided into salt flats and deserts of Great and Little Rann, and the low hill and plain of the northeast. Sparcely populated and still relatively untouched by globalisation , even tourism for that matter, tribal culture and heritage flourishes in all its glory. There are temples, forts palaces and museums with unique stories, legends and antiquities to explore Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Palitana, Rann, Kutch enough to have planning during full moon on white sand.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Day 02: Delhi – Ahmedabad (By Morning Flight)
Day 03: Ahmedabad – Patan – Modhera – Little Rann of Kutch (Bajana ) (250 Kms – 05 Hrs)
Patan : India has the rich & ancient heritage in fine textiles. (Double Ikat) Patola from the area of Patan with its unique gem like qualities, gorgeous colours, designs & durability. Its very appearance lures the connoisseur of fine textiles. It has no reverse side. Both the sides have equal intensity of colour and design.
The peculiar quality has its origins in a very intricate and difficult technique of Tie dyeing or Knot dyeing known as Bandhani Process on the wrap & weft separately before weaving. Rani ki vav is an intricately constructed stepwell situated in the town of Patan in Gujarat, India. It is located on the banks of Saraswati River. Rani ki vav was built as a memorial to an 11th century AD king Bhimdev I.
Modhera: The Sun temple of Modhera is one of the finest examples of Indian architecture of its period. Built in 1026 A.D. the temple is dedicated to the Sun-God, Surya and stands high on a plinth overlooking a deep stone-steeped tank. Every inch of the edifice, both inside and outside is magnificently carved with Gods and Goddesses, birds, beasts and flowers. Sun Temple of Modhera was built by King Bhimdev I (1026-27) and bears some resemblance to the later, and far better known, Sun Temple of Konark in the state of Orissa, which it predates by some 200 years. Like that temple, it was designed so that the dawn sun shone on the image of Surya, the sun God, at the time of the equinoxes. The main hall and shrine are reached through a pillared porch and the temple exterior is intricately and delicately carved. As with the temple of Somnath, this fine temple was ruined by Mahumad of Ghazni.
On arrival check in at hotel.
Day 04: Little Rann of Kutch
Afternoon proceeds for village safari. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05: Little Rann of Kutch – Dhordo (Rann Utsav Festival) (330 Kms / 06 Hrs)
Day 06: Dhordo – Banni Villages – Dhordo
The traditions of needlework and textile arts are preserved by almost every community and caste in the semi-arid regions of Saurashtra and Kutch. A full day exploring some of the Kutchi village communities offers an insight into the traditions and the daily life of the artisans whose work is integral to the culture of the region. The village of Nirona is the only place in the world where the tradition of Rogan art is still practiced (a method of producing dyes from natural resources and castor oil and creating intricate and long-lasting designs on silk and cotton). Nirona also offers the chance to see artisans making copper bells and practicing wood lacquering. The villages of Dhordo and Ludia provide an opportunity to see Bandhani (tie and dye,) block-printing and the intricate embroidery and embellished bead and mirror-work that encapsulates the folk culture of Gujarat. Overnight stay at Tent.
Day 07: Dhordo – Gondal (350 Kms / 07 Hrs)
Day 08: Gondal – Diu (200 Kms / 05 HRs)
Day 09: Diu
St. Thomas Church Museum : A hunger edifice in gothic architecture was built in 1598. A part of it has been converted into a museum an Archeological treasure house.
Diu Fort : This majestic structure stands onthe coast of Diu sentinel. Once inside, you are overwhelmed by the gaunt majesty of the ancient stone workwhich transports you to a bygone era of gallant soldiers where time stands still.
Nagoabeach : The Nagoa beach is exceptionally beautiful & quiet. In the exceptionally beautiful horse-shoe (semicircular) shaped beach.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 10: Diu –Bhavnagar (200 Kms / 05 Hrs)
Day 11: Bhavnagar – Palitana – Ahmedabad (270 Kms / 06 Hrs)
Afternoon drive to Ahmedabad en-route visit Lothal (Closed on Friday & Public holidays ) – A perfect place to get an insight of the Indus Valley civilization. The most dominating site at Lothal is the massive dockyard spanning an area of 37 meters by 22 meters perhaps the greatest work of Maritime Architecture. Lothal was also famous for its arterial streets, microbes of gold, ivory and coppersmiths’ workshops, potteries and underground sanitary drainage. It is located at a distance of 78kms from Ahmedabad.
Overnight stay at Ahmedabad
Day 12: Ahmedabad + Departure
The cost based on twin sharing basis
US$ 1250 Per Person
Single Room Supplement
US$ 270 Per Person
- 11 Nights accommodation as per above mentioned hotels
- Meal Plan as per indicated details above.
- Italian Speaking local guide at Delhi.
- English speaking accompanying guide in Gujrat.
- Entrance fee for all monuments mentioned in the itinerary.
- All transfers / excursion / sightseeing by exclusive vehicle as per mentioned below:
02 Pax – Medium Car / 03 Pax – Toyota Innova / 04-12 Pax – Tempo Traveller, 13-20 Pax mini coach.
- Rikshaw ride in Old Delhi
- 02 Jeep Safari in Little Rann at Bajana.
- One bottle of mineral water for each person during the tour.
- Personal assistance by our representative on arrival & departure at airport
- All applicable taxes and service charges.
- Any Airfare or Train fare
- Medical and insurance of any kind.
- India Tourism Visa (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html
- Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities
- Personal nature Expenses i.e. Telephone Calls, Laundry, Soft / Hard Drinks, Meals, Tipping etc.
- Camera Fee at any Monument
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
- Gratuities: We do not include tipping when quoting the tour price. If you are travelling independently, we suggest paying tips for Guide, Escort, driver and hotel bellboys as a gratitude for their service.
- All payments should be free and clear of any withholding tax and deduction.
- Bank charges, if any, for remittance (by remitting bank or by intermediary bank) would be strictly borne by payer.
- Tour price is calculated on the current exchange rate. If there is any change in the exchange rate the pricing will be changed
- Confirmation of above mentioned hotels are subjected to availability otherwise alternate similar hotel will be considered for your tour. The vehicle will be as per itinerary, not on disposal.