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Kutch –the land of colours

6 Nights /

7 Days

1 Day 1: Ahmedabad - Bhuj ( 340 Kms / 7 Hrs )

Early Morning depart from Ahmedabad by road towards Bhuj. Arrive at Bhuj late afternoon on arrival check-in to Hotel.

17:00 - 18:00 : Visit Tri-Mandir

18:30 - 20:00 : Visit Famous Shri Swaminarayan Temple and Aarti Darshan. Its very beautifully lit up in the evening.

Overnight Stay at Bhuj.

2 Day 2: Bhuj - Kalo Dungar - Khavda - Hodka ( 140 Kms )

08:00 - 09:00 : Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 - 12:00 : Visit Kalo Dungar, as it is located very near to Pakistan Border, enroute collect entry pass from Bhirandiyari. Kalo Dungar is the highest point in kachchh about 462 mts. This is probably the only place in Kachchh from where a panoramic view of the Great Rann of Kutch is possible. Darshan at Guru Dattatrrey Temple at Kalo Dungar.

While coming back to Hodka, enroute visit Khavda Village known for excellent potters and leather crafts. Khavda is also the departure point to visit the world's largest flamingo colony, at a lake in the desert out past Jamkundaliya, where a half million flamingos stop over on their migrations every year. The flamingo colony can only be reached by camel and is best visited in the winter (Oct. to Mar). 12:00 - 13:00 : Arrive at Shaam-E-Sarhad Resort. Check-in at resot. Enjoy Lunch and rest of the time free to relax and enjoy the resort.

Overnight Stay at Hodka.

3 Day 3: Hodka - Dhordo - Hodka ( 18 Kms one way )

08:00 - 09:00 : Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 - 12:00 : Visits to hodka artists village ( OWN YOUR OWN COST ) accompanied by local bhomiyas ( Guide ) who will help to interact directly with the people and acquaint with people way of living, crafts and living.

16:00 - 19:00 : Evening proceed towards white desert ( 18 Kms / 30 mins ) from Hodka. The Great Rann of Kutch, is a seasonal salt marsh Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat, India and the Sindh province of Pakistan. It is about 7,505.22 square kilometres in size and is reputed to be the largest salt desert in the world. This area has been inhabited by the Kutchi people. Enjoy White desert at Dhordo with Sunset. Back to the resort at Hodka.Overnight Stay at Hodka.

4 Day 4: Hodka - Bhuj ( 64 Kms / 1 Hr )

08:00 - 09:00 : Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 - 10:00 : Arrive at Bhuj.

10:00 - 11:00 : Visit Aaina Mahal ( Timings - 09:00 - 12:00 and 15:00 - 18:00, Closed of Friday ). Aina Mahal (A walk through the maze of winding streets leads to the exquisite Aina Mahal Palace - Palace of Mirrors. It showcases a fascinating Indo - Dutch style of Architecture.)

11:00 - 12:00 : Next to Aaina Mahal is Prag Mahal in the same compound ( Timings - 09:00 - 12:00 and 15:00 - 18:00, Closed on Saturday ). Pragh Mahal (Next door to the Aina Mahal, in the same walled compound, is the giant Prag Mahal, which may at first seem slightly out of place at the far western edge of India, looking more appropriate in France.) After visiting Prag mahal, check-in to hotel have lunch and relax.

15:00 - 16:00 : Visit Kutch Museum. ( Timings - 09:30 - 12:00 and 15:00 - 18:00, Closed on Wednesday and every 2nd and 4th Saturday ). Kutch museum was initially formed as a part of the School of Arts established by Maharao Khengarji III, which was founded on 1 July 1877. The museum was earlierly known as Fergusson Museum. The museum has the largest existing collection of  Kshatrapa inscriptions, dating to the 1st century AD. The oldest Kshatrap inscription found in Andhau and the only Gujarati Abhir inscription of the 3rd century are the main attractions. It also has examples of the extinct Kutchi script. This museum has almost 11 sections. The archeological section has Indus seals. Different kinds of stone tablets are available also. The painting showing the different vocations of Kutch are on the display. There is also an excellent section which covers classical and musical instruments like Nagfani, Morchang etc. put on the display of the museum.

16:00 - 19:00 : Visit Bhujodi ( About 10 Kms from Bhuj ). Specially famous for Major Textile center of kutch with majority of 1200 inhabitants involved in textiles handicraft production. Bhujodi is known for prestigious Handicrafts Showroom in Gujarat and acclaimed its glories all over india and abroad. Back to Bhuj. Overnight stay at bhuj.

5 Tue:Day 5: Bhuj - Mandvi ( 60 Kms / 1 Hr )

08:00 - 09:00 : Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 - 11:00 : Arrive at Mandvi, enroute visit Jain Tirth dham 72 Jinalaya. 11:00 - 13:00 : Visit Vijay Vilas Palace ( Timings - 09:00 - 13:00 and 15:00 - 18:00 everyday ). The palace was built during reign of Maharao Shri Khengarji III, the Maharao of Kutch, as a summer resort for the use of his son & heir to the kingdom, the Yuvraj Shri Vijayaraji and is therefore, named after him as Vijaya Vilas Palace. The construction of palace started in year in 1920 , and was completed in year 1929. The palace is built with red sandstone. It has all the elements of Rajputarchitecture and draws largely on the plan of palaces of Orchha and Datia. The central high dome on the pillars, the Bengal domes on the sides, the windows with colored glass, carved stone 'jalis', domed bastions at the corners, extended porch and other exquisitely stone-carved elements, make the palace worth visiting. The palace is set in the middle of well-laid gardens with water channels and marble fountains. The carved stone works of Jalis, Jharokas, Chhatris, Chhajas, murals and many other artistic stone carvings, colored glass work on windows and door panels all have been done by the architect and craftsman from places like Jaipur, Rajasthan, Bengal andSaurashtra, and local Kutchi artisan community, the Mistris of Kutch and Suthars. The mixture and mingling of architect and style of different regions of India, as such, can be distinctly seen in design & architect of the Vijaya Vilas Palace. The balcony at the top affords a superb view of the surrounding area. The tiny intricate windows gives one feeling to be out in open, through which cool sea wind passes out.

13:00 - 14:00 : Have Lunch

14:00 - 15:30 : Visit Shyamji Krishna Verma Memorial ( Timings - 10:00 - 18:00, Closed on Thursday ). Shamji Krishna Varma Memorial. This has been recently developed by the Government. Mr. Varma was a barrister and a freedom fighter. When he went to London to learn he realised that getting an proper accommodation for an Indian student was very difficult. So he built a building in London called India House and made accommodation available for Indian students studying in London. India house was visited by Mahatma Gandhi, Veer Savarkar and many other freedom fighters. The replica of the India House has been built in Mandvi and Mr. Varma's ashes have been kept. The tourism dept is developing a huge garden around it. It is worth a visit to such a beautiful place near the sea beach.

15:30 - 18:30 : Enjoy the beauty of Sun, Sand and Sea at Mandvi Beach. Mandvi is known for its pristine beach with crystal clear waters of the Arabian Sea. Enjoy Sunset. Evening back to Bhuj. Overnight stay at Bhuj.

6 Wed:Day 6: Bhuj - Mata No Madh - Narayan Sarovar - Koteshwar - Bhuj ( 310 Kms Round Trip)

07:00 - 08:00 : Breakfast at the Hotel.

08:00 - 10:30 : Proceed towards Narayan Sarovar Temple ( 157 kms / 1 hr ). (On the way there is a Holy temple called Mata No Madh. One can worship at the time of returning to Bhuj, to match the Darshan timings at Narayan Sarovar and Koteshwar Temple). In a land replete with pilgrimage sites, Narayan Sarovar is a different kind of holy experience. There are temples to Shri Trikamraiji, Laxminarayan, Govardhannathji, Dwarkanath, Adinarayan, Ranchodraiji and Laxmiji, built by the wife of Maharao Desalji. These are of more interest to those on religious pilgrimage here; other visitors are likely to find Koteshwar a more interesting option. 11:30 - 12:00 : Drive to Koteshwar ( Just 2 Kms from Narayan Sarovar ). The story of Koteshwar begins with Ravana, who won a boon from Lord Shiva for an outstanding display of piety. This boon was the gift of a Shiva linga of great spiritual power, but which Ravana, in his arrogant haste, accidentally dropped and it fell to earth at Koteshwar. To punish Ravana for his carelessness, the linga turned into a thousand identical copies (some versions of the story say ten thousand, some a million; suffice to say it was quite a lot.) Unable to distinguish the original, Ravana grabbed one and departed, leaving the original one here, around which Koteshwar Temple was built.

Visitors can see the temple, walk along the beach and on a clear night, even one can see the glow of light from Karachi, Pakistan, on the north-western horizon. After Darshan at Koteshwar back to Bhuj.

15:00 - 17:00 : Arrive at Mata No Madh. Mata no Madh is name of the place, where the famous temple of Ashapura Mata, the head deity of Kutch and kuldevi  of Jadeja rulers stands. Back to Bhuj. Overnight Stay at Bhuj.

7 Thu: Day 07: Bhuj - Anjar - Ahmedabad ( 340 Kms - 8 Hrs )

08:00 - 09:00 : Breakfast at the hotel.

10:00 - 18:00 : Back to Ahmedabad enroute visit Anjar City, Darshan at Jesal - Toral Samadhi, one can also purchase from Knife market.

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