Kutch Travel Guide: Revisiting detachment

I am now starting to believe that Kutch is the region which offered me an insight of the word “Detachment”…. Detachment, a word which is liberally exploited by meditation hubs of first world and by so many self deluded individuals in order to teach you the art of living… Most of us overlook the side of detachment which is devoid to Human’s feelings.... like a detached geographical location… In its own shell…content…flourishing and sustaining its primeval rusticity… swirling sea, inhospitable terrain, periodic floods to the sea, shift in River’s course, natural disasters had a philosophical impact on the resilient spirit of the people of Kutch… Finally detachment left them to rise own their own from the ground… every time.. again, again and again…. Isolation from outside influence helped these communities to preserve their distinct characteristics, customs, rituals, and social surroundings.. Preserved heritage of Kutch is now the prime attraction for discerned visitors… Villages of Kutch region are known for intricate embroidery, pottery, handicrafts and block printing.
Road in the middle of Kutch
                                                        Road in the middle of Kutch
Kutch was practically detached from the rest of the India due to its Geographical location which is indeed very sullen and challenging. For a very long time, Kutch enjoyed the splendid isolation until the faster means of commutations reached to its boundaries and later intruded… Attachment with rest of India brought miscellaneous developments within the shell of Kutch… Some of those are leveraging the rich heritage in the name of responsible traveling or thoughtful traveling… Numerous social projects are doing remarkable empathetic work for uplifting the social life of Nomadic communities… High-end rural tourism initiatives for bridging the intellectuals to rustics or perhaps ostentatious to generous….

Once a detached geography surrounded by Sea and Marsh land, Kutch is now a popular tourist trail…. The way Maya (Outer distractions) encroaches to our inner peace just for scintillating desires and eventually qualm, we also have reached to Kutch with a hope for people…. Or is it otherwise…. I can vividly recall the expression from the camel-cart rider in the middle of Rann when I was trying to take a photograph….

An Insolent smile….

Have I come to Kutch only to get deceived…. Yet again....

Kutch Travel Guide

Disclaimer: Please don’t feel disappointed if you are planning anything less 5 days for Kutch

*-------------------------Prime Tourist Attractions---------------------*

White Desert near Dhordo
                                              White Desert near Dhordo

White Desert near Dhordo

80 km north of Bhuj, Hosting site of Rann Utsav

India Bridge

On the edge of Rann in the north of Bhuj. Civilians are not allowed beyond this point

Kalo Dungar

North of Bhuj. Vintage point for White desert

Wind Farm Beach Mandvi

Fine beach, 60 km South to Bhuj

Dhinodhar Hills

70 km West of Bhuj. Hill overlooking the vast land of Rann

Kutch Museum

Oldest Museum of Gujarat

Narayan Sarovar

Sacred Site situated Closer to Kori Creek


An ancient trading port on the edge of Marsh land


Remote Harappan site in the middle of Great Rann. 230 km East of Bhuj.

*-----------------Places of Archeological interests-----------------------*

Excavation Site of Dholavira
                                        Excavation Site of Dholavira


Remote Harappan site in the middle of Great Rann. 230 km East of Bhuj.


Related to Indus valley civilization near Nakhatrana in the West of Bhuj


Belongs to Indus Valley Civilization and situated near Adesar

Shikarpur & Rayan Village

Near Mandvi in the South of Bhuj

*------------------------Wild life in Kutch----------------------------------*

Wild Ass Sanctuary near Dhrangadhra
                                   Wild Ass Sanctuary near Dhrangadhra

Chhari Dhandh Lake

Flamingos & Pelicans. Can be approached from Hodko village

Wild Ass Sanctuary

Asiatic Wild Asses. Located near Adesar on the edge of Little Rann

Naliya Region

Bustard Bird and Chinkara. In the West of Bhuj

*----------------------Famous Pilgrim Places in Kutch-----------------------*

Narayan Sarovar Kutch
                                                Narayan Sarovar

Narayan Sarovar

Sweet water lake. Situated on the mouth of Arabian Sea

Mata Na Madh

Venerable Temple in the West of Kutch

Koteshwar Mahadev

Temple on the edge of Kori Creek

Jesal-Toral Samadhi

Located in Anjar town in the East of Bhuj

Haji pir Dargah

North-West of Bhuj. Very close to International Border

Ravechi Mataji

Close to Rapar in the East of Kutch

Momai Mataji

Situated near Anjar in the east of Bhuj

Jain Panch Tirth of Kutch: Suthari, Sanchan, Tera, Naliya, Jakhou & Kothara.

Famous Jain Derasar in Kutch: Bhadreshwer Deraser, Bauter Jinnalay, Don (Glass made Derasar) and Lakkadiya (Wood Carved derasar)

Well Known Handicrafts of Kutch: Embroidery- Suff, Jatt, Mutva, Harijan, Rabari, Ahir, Neran, Sodha-Rajput, Mashroo and dolls.

Famous Hand Work: Copper bell work, Lakh work, Leather work, Mud Work, Ajarakh Block Printing Work, Batik work, weaving, Bandhani Tie-Die.

Bhuj is the district headquarter of Kutch and the most preferred base for the travelers to Kutch. Since Tourist attractions of Kutch are located in each side of Bhuj, there are four popular tourist circuits around Bhuj those can be covered in a day trip or two.  Here goes the consolidated version of those circuits with key information.

*-------------------------Bhuj City Sightseeing---------------------------*

Clock Tower in Prag Mahal
                                                Clock Tower in Prag Mahal
Kutch Museum (10 AM to 1 PM, 2 PM to 5 PM): Oldest Museum of Gujarat State, encompassing beautiful pieces of sculptures, samples of handicrafts, products of old traditional small-scale industries of Kutch.
Aaina Mahal (9 AM to 12 PM, 3 PM to 6 PM): This Gorgeous palace is the amalgamation construction of Gothic culture of Italian architecture and traditional Indian architecture.
Sharad Bagh Palace: Sharad Bagh Palace is a botanical garden.
Nutan Shree Swaminarayan Mandir: Beautiful temple made of white stone.
Tri-Mandir: Tri-Mandir is a Dada-Baghwan Mandir near Hill Garden.
Hill Garden: Newly constructed garden on hill top.
Bhartiya Sanskriti Darshan: The Traditional Folk Museum situated near D.C office.
Khamir: Khamir works to reposition of craft and folk music in Kutch.
Bhujodi: Famous for its weaving work, Bhujodi is situated 12 km south to Bhuj.

Public Transport/Commutation: If you are not up to walking, Autos are available for city sightseeing.  Frequent Buses to Bhujodi.


*--Northern Side of Kutch: Dhordo-Kaladungar-India Bridge Circuit--*

The Great Rann of Kutch
                                           The Great Rann of Kutch
Nirona: Nirona Village is famous for its Rogan work and copper bell work.
Bhirindiyara: Famous for sweet milk cake. Permits for Dhordo are obtained from this place.
Kalo dungar: Guru Dattatrey Mandir and very clear view of vast white desert can be seen.
Khavda: Khavda is famous for its pottery work and Block printing work.
Ludiya: Ludiya village is famous from its Handicraft varieties and cone shaped houses.
Hodka: Sham E Sarhad Resort and Leather Work is famous in Hodka Village.
Dhordo: Dhordo is the last village which leads to vast white Rann of Kutch. Hosting site of Rann Utsav.
India Bridge:  On the edge of Great Rann, it’s the last point accessible to Civilians.
Zero Point: 80 km from India Bridge towards International Border.  Special Permissions are required. Permit can be obtained from BSF office, Hill Garden Bhuj. Zero point is a delight for adventure seekers. Road is in good condition and runs in the middle of Great Rann. It is certainly the best Rann experience one can have in Kutch and best chance to sight wild life.

** Chari Dhandhh is a bird watching site which can be visited by 4*4 vehicles. It is near from Hodak village.

** Fuel stations are not available on this side of Kutch so it’s recommended to have your fuel tank full before starting from Bhuj. Biker should be more careful on this front.

Public Transport:
- One Gujarat Tourism Department Bus travel to Dhordo (Via Loriya, Hodko) and returns back. It starts at 10:00 AM and charges 70 INR for the whole tour.
- Frequent busses are available till Khavda (Via Loriya, Bhirandiyara, Ludiya). Beyond Khavda, you are on your own.
- From Bhuj, there is a bus to Kalo Dungar every Sunday.

Sleeping/Eating: High-end resorts from various rural tourism companies are intermittently located otherwise one can get tented accommodation at Dhordo during Rann Utsav. Road side Dabbas serving delicious Gujarati Thali are in all the villages. I enjoyed one of the best meals of Gujarat in Khavda in just 50 INR at a queer Daba.

*------Western Side of Kutch: Narayan Sarovar- Lakhpat Circuit------*

Rampart of Lakhpat overlooking the Great Rann
                                   Rampart of Lakhpat overlooking the Great Rann
Vandhya: Famous for its Ram Mandir/ Maa Umiya Mandir and Ishwar Ashram.
Punvareshvar Temple: Punvareshvar is 2000 years’ old Lord Shiva temple.
Kheta Bapa: Kheta Bapa Mandir is famous for its gigantic statues of Hindu God.
Mata na Madh: Ma Ashapura Temple.
Narayan Sarovar: Situated on the mouth of Arabian Sea, It’s a Sweet water lake. It is one of the five sacred lakes of India, mentioned in Puranas that It is one of the Bethak of Maha Prabhuji.
Koteshwar Temple: Ancient Lord Shiva Temple established by Raavan as per Puranas. Situated on the mouth of Kori Creek.
Lakhpat: An ancient trading port, an old fort and Guru Nanakdev of Sikh Sect, stayed at this place for some time.
Than:  Situated 60 km North-West of Bhuj, Than is quite off the tourist trail. Known for a monastery and venerable temple of Dhoramnath, Than is splendidly set in laid-back surroundings with hills and relics. Surprisingly none of the tour operator from Bhuj includes Than in their offered itineraries.
Naliya: Bustard and Chinkara Sanctuary.
Public Transport:
* From Bhuj, There are frequent State Transport busses to Narayan Sarovar (Via Mata na Madh, Dayapar and Pandhro). Some of these busses also go till Koteshwar. The First bus from Bhuj is at 5:45 AM.
* 2-3 Busses in a day connect Lakhpat to Bhuj. First bus to Lakhpat departs at 6:00 AM in the morning.  Alternatively one can take a bus till Dayapar and then hitch-hike or use Khatra for the journey till Lakhpat Fort.
* One Bus to Than from Bhuj every day.
* Naliya is also well connected with Bhuj

** Fuel stations are at regular distance in this side of Kutch

Sleeping/Eating: Basic accommodations are available at all the towns on this side. Even at Lakhpat. Similarly, Snack stalls and basic restaurants are also not a problem on this stretch. Nakhatrana is the best option to break your journey and have good food.

*-------Southern Side of Kutch: India house-Mandvi Circuit--------*

Wind Farm Beach Mandvi
                                        Wind Farm Beach Mandvi
Bauter Jinalay: Bauter Jinalay is a Jain temple, famous for white stone carving.
India House: India house is replica of India house in London. Memorial for freedom fighters
Ambedham, Godhra: Beautiful Maa Amba Mandir, Museum and replica of Maa Vaisnav devi Cave is very famous monument here.
Vijay Vilas Palace: Its seasonal palace of Maharao Shri Vijayraj ji. It is an amalgamation of Mughal and Hindu architecture.
Wild Farm Beach: Best beach of Kutch for Tourists.
Ship making yard: Ship making business has flourished in Mandvi where wooden ships are constructed.

Public Transport: State transport busses (hourly, 58 INR, 60km, 90 minutes) ply between frequently between Bhuj and Mandvi. One can also get shared Jeeps (Toofan) between these two cities.

Accommodation/Restaurants: Mandvi is a busy beach town and offers handful of accommodation options. Some of those are closer to Wind Farm beach. Restaurants and snack stalls are sufficient in this entire stretch.  Wind Farm beach becomes lively in the evening.

Mandvi to Jamnagar Ferry: Does not operates any longer. Only way is overland.

*----------Eastern Side of Kutch: Dholavira-Adesar Circuit--------------*

Road to Dholavira
                                               Road to Dholavira
Jesal-Toral, Anjar: Jesal-Toral is a shrine located in Anjar. Anjar is also famous for Bandhani Sarees.
Dholavira: The Harappan site at Dholavira has been discovered in 1967-68.Located in an island called Khadir, this major harappan city, is spread over an area of about 100 hectares.
Wild Asiatic Ass:  Best Chance to see wild Asiatic Ass is nearby Adesar village on the edge of Little Rann

Note: With public transport, it’s not possible to do this stretch as a one day trip from Bhuj. It’s recommended to visit this side of Kutch at the end of your Kutch trip and keep Rapar as the base.

How to reach Dholavira (Public Transport):  Dholavira is quite a remote village and very difficult to visit by public transport. The best option is to reach Rapar which is some 90 km before Dholavira… Stay overnight at Rapar.. Next morning, Get the first Mini bus to Dholavira (90 km, 40 Rs, 2 hours 30 minutes)… Visit Dholavira and return back to Rapar from Mini Bus…. The last Mini Bus from Dholavira to Rapar departs at 12:30 PM so you won’t be having much time for meaningless meandering.

* Direct bus from Bhuj to Dholavira departs at 2:30 PM which reaches Dholavira at 10:00 PM.
* 2-3 Direct busses (5:45 AM, 6:45 AM) to Rapar from Bhuj. The best option is to board the bus to Ravechi which departs from Bhuj at 6:00 AM and reaches Rapar around 10:30 AM.
* Mini busses ply between Rapar and Dholavira. These busses are painfully slow and their timings are very irregular. In fact you won’t be getting any return bus from Dholavira after 12:30 PM. surprisingly the last bus from Rapar to Dholavira is at 5:30 PM.

* Rapar has got 2-3 basic hotels near Bus stand. These are more like home-stay and charges are nominal (200-300 INR per night)
* Dholavira has got only one accommodation option and seems like they provide dormitory as well. Dholavira Tourism Resort (9727784044,9427719044). If you are planning to stay overnight at Dholavira then I will recommend you to call them in advance and confirm. The place was deserted when I visited there.
* From my personal experience, I believe Dholavira does not have any eatery.
* Rapar has got handful of restaurants. Punjabi Daba near Adesar turn is the best pick of the town.

*** Hitch-hiking can be a favorable option if you get stuck in Dholavira. Chances are bright to get a lift till Rapar. I was lucky..
An Evening at Rann Utsav, Dhordo
                                      An Evening at Rann Utsav, Dhordo
Rann Utsav Dates: from 15th December to 31st January.

Cell phone signals: Available almost everywhere from all the major operators.

Hiring Taxi in Bhuj: All the tour operators in Bhuj provides vehicle for your self-planned trip. Charges for an economical car (Indica) are 7 INR per km.

Hiring Bike in Bhuj: Hiring a bike in Bhuj is not as easy as mentioned in most of the Guide books.  There is barely one Garage in the town which is still renting bikes. Unlike other popular tourist towns of the country, you will have to pay a hefty amount as deposit for getting a bike. Bikes can be hired from MK Auto (09898983999/09913060136) opposite to Chhathibari. They charged 5000 INR as deposit (Refundable) and 500 INR per day as rent.
Khatra of Gujarat
                                         Khatra, your savior in hard times
Khatra: Any Guide about Gujarat will be incomplete without crediting Khatra. Here is the carrier which you will find everywhere in Gujarat even at some of the remotest villages. Khatra primarily runs as public transport between villages. Khatra can be very handy in predicaments. An honest Khatra’s owner should charge 10 INR per km for dropping you to a road to connected world.

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What are the travel tips for

What are the travel tips for visit to Rann of Kutch and what must one carry during this trip?

there is everything

there is everything available... high end resorts, restaurants and everything else.

Hi Vishnu, Thanks for the

Hi Vishnu,

Thanks for the detailed post.

Could you please tell me if the below plan is good enough to cover most of the important places from 23rd Dec to 27th Dec night by our own car:

Day 1 - Start early morning Ahemdabdad -> Bajana(do jeep safari for wild ass sanctuary) -> Reach Dholavira by night [383 kms]

Day 2 - See Harappan site @dholavira, proceed to bhuj, take permit and stay at Shaam-e-sarhad resort(or Bhunga stay) Hodka(if possible see chaari dhand bird sanctuary on the way), may be get into Rann utsav in evening - reach resort or bhunga max by 7pm [285 kms]

Day 3 - Visit to Ludiya Village(Handicrafts and cone shaped houses), Black hills, India bridge, zero point, dhordo [do camel and chakkada transports ], check out rann utsav [Hodka->India Bridge->Dhordho->hodka 150 kms]

Day 4 - Visit places in Bhuj and proceed to Ahemdabad(reach by night) or may halt on the way [hodka->Bhuj[64 kms]->Ahemdabad[333 kms]]


Lakhpat fort(can try on day 3), Naryan Sarovara and Mandvi are subjected to time availablity 


Stay needed in Dholvira (check-in Day 1), hodka (check-in Day 2) and Hodka/Bhuj (check-in Day 3)

Need to book for Jeep Safari(Bajana) too

Need to get permits for white desert



Alternative plan:

Day 1 - Ahemdabad->bajana(do jeep safari for wild ass sanctuary)->bhuj (346 kms)

Day 2 - take permit @ bhuj, Bhuj->hodka [Visit to Ludiya Village(Handicrafts and cone shaped houses), Black hills, India bridge, zero point, dhordo [do camel and chakkada transports], stay at Shaam-e-sarhad resort(or Bhunga stay) Hodka(if possible see chaari dhand bird sanctuary on the way), may be get into Rann utsav in evening] (214 kms)

Day 3 - hodka->Lakhpat fort->Narayan Sarovar->Mandvi (292 kms) - may cut Narayan Sarovar(that will save some time and reduce distance to 263 kms)

Day 4 - Mandvi(Visit mandvi beach in the morning and Vijay vilas place)->Ahemdabad (400 kms)


Stay needed in Bhuj (check-in Day 1), hodka (check-in Day 2) and Mandvi (check-in Day 3)

Need to book for Jeep Safari(Bajana) too

Need to get permits for white desert

You have done impressive

You have done impressive research on your itinerary. i would not suggest you to include Lakhpat/Narayan Sarovar and making your trip hectic. rest seems very much do-able with your own car.

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Hi, Thanks again for your


Thanks again for your time.

Could you help me in getting the contacts of decent economy hotels (for 2 guys) in and around - Bhuj, Hodka, Dhordho, Mandvi, Dholvira

or atleast suggest some good ones.


Also, how can we get the permits for our car(booked via carzone actually) for the visit to White desert and other places if reqd. How long the process usually takes?

One last thing, how to book Jeep safari in wild ass santuary(Bajana i guess), may be i can try advance booking.


Is it possible/allowed to put up our own tent in Dhordho or near?(that too during Rann Utsav)




Unfortunately i do not have

Unfortunately i do not have contact details of any hotel in and around Bhuj. Dholavira has got only one option so that's it.

When you drive towards north of bhuj, there is a check-post where you need to fill a form and submit fees. sometimes there is long queue. it can take 1-2 hours. I had get the safari to white desert with the help of a local taxi guy.

Plenty of space is available for pitching in tent in and around Dhordo but i guess its not allowed as it hampers business of local campsites.

Rann Utsav is very busy time so you may not get accommodation around Dhordo.

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Hi, We are planning a trip to

Hi, We are planning a trip to kutch on 12/11/2015 to 14/11/2015. Want to visit kalo dungar and white rann on 1st day, already booked toran resort kutch near kalo dungar. For the second day, planning to go narayan sarovar and mata no madh and want an overnight stay near narayan sarovar but not able to find accommodation contact details especially toran hotel and on next we plan to visit narayan soravar sancutary and end the trip by visiting dholavira.


Can you help me, to find contact details of toran hotel near narayan sarovar.


thank you.

I do not have contact number

I do not have contact number of Toran hotel in near Narayan Sarovar. There are not many hotels in Narayan sarovar and most of tourists visit this side of Kutch as a day trip from Bhuj... You can definitely find some accommodation but i do not have numbers of any..

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we r planning kutch trip in

we r planning kutch trip in octomber betn 12 to 14th. we want to visit bhuj-kalo dungar-mandvi-bohter jinalay-bhadreshvar-mata no madh-narang sarovar-rann . main reason for trip is to watch ran but we dont want to stay in tented village,any economic resort around will do. we r 5 member. can anjar be covered in this route? is it worth visiting?




2 days are very less to visit

2 days are very less to visit all the places you mentioned. all of these sites are in different directions and would be very hectic to visit all. you should visit Rann of Kutch (Kala-Dungar side) one day and then Narang Sarovar another day. most of the resorts near Kutch are quite expensive.

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we are planning to visit

we are planning to visit kutch especially the white rann as a part of our educational tour. We have half day of 8th january 2016 and a full day of 10th jan 2016. Our only motto is to visit white rann there and so we have planned to get to dhordo. Is dhordo the right option for visiting the white desert? And also suggest reasonable accomodation as we are 22 in total.....

please rply soon........

Yes. Dhordo is the best

Yes. Dhordo is the best option for visiting White Desert. You can find many accommodation options near Dhordo. most of those are camping site or expensive resorts though.

+- Vishnu

Hi, Thank you for writing


Thank you for writing such a brilliant blog. It is most concise and apt for any layman.

I simply want you to have a look at my itinerary and tell me if it seems manageable. I will be visiting in Dec.
Day 1: Reach Bhuj (morning). Head to Kalo Dungar/India Bridge/Khavda/Ludiya/Hodka/Great Rann
Day 2: On way back to Bhuj, visit Nirona. Plus Bhuj local sightseeing
Day 3: Bhuj to Lakhpat/Mata no Madh/Narayan Sarovar/Than and back to Bhuj
Day 4: Bhuj to Dholavira (overnight at Dholavira)
Day 5: Rapar to Gandhidham/Bhachau station. Train back home.

Hope it doesn't seem too cramped up. Also, I don't see Little Rann fitting in anywhere. Maybe I'll do that when I visit Ahmedabad next. I hear it is just about 2.5 hrs from there.
Do let me know. Thanks in advance.

Hi. Your plan seems do-able

Hi. Your plan seems do-able except the very first day when you are planning to cover entire North Bhuj in Single day. First you will need a permit for visiting India bridge and that may consume 2-3 hours of the day or may be entire day.  and it can only be done using a private taxi/vehicle.

I do not have much idea about nirona part. I am not sure if its possible to reach there using public transport.

rest is possible using public transport.

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Hi,  Thanks you taking the


Thanks you taking the interest and efforts to put up such an informative blog. We have taken some major decision for our upcoming bike ride to the Rann based on your blog. 

We are most likely travelling in last week of November (before Rann Utsav to avoid the rush) on bike from Pune to Great Rann of Kutch and back. Following is draft 1 of our itinerary. Please let me know if this doable or not?

Day 1: Pune to Baroda (534 km)
Day 2: Baroda to Dholavira (481 km) ... we were told by the manager of Toran Resort that we do not need the permit in Dholavira. I hope that is correct. 
Day 3: Dholavira to Hodka via Bhirandiyara for permit (275 km)
Day 4: Hodka to Mandvi (123 km)
Day 5: Mandvi to Baroda (491 km)
Day 6: Baroda to Pune (534 km)



Hi Aditi, Yes, permit is not

Hi Aditi,

Yes, permit is not required for Dholavira. Road is very nice. you can easily make it.

For this stretch in North of Kutch, you would need permit.

Rest everything seems ok but journey is quite taxing. you should add few extra days in your trip and visit every place liesurely.

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Hi, I plan to visit Bhuj on


I plan to visit Bhuj on 11th Nov - 15 NOv with my family. i will reach Bhuj by train on 11th morning. i planned to visit Mandvi on 11th, will stay at Mandvi. on 12th we will be back at Bhuj and will stay for two days 12th & 13th Nov. on 14th morning we will go rann of kutch and will stay there for one night. 15th we will leave rann of kutch. this is what i planned. now you suggest according to this how we have to more. pl send me detaile itinerary daywise so we can visit all good places. also while returning on 15th from rann of kutch, which are the places we should visit returning to bhuj as we have a train from Bhuj at night on 15th.  also give us some names whom we can contact for hiriing a taxi as i have two kids with me.


there is nothing much to see

there is nothing much to see in Bhuj. you can make a day trip to Lakhpat fort from Bhuj. you can hire a taxi and it will cover all the places enroute. One night in North of Bhuj is recommended. You do not have more days else i would have recommended you to visit Dholavira in the east of Kutch. rest everything seems pretty much do-able.

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i want to visit Dhordo in

i want to visit Dhordo in june... is this possible in summer... can i travel ??

Obviosly you can go in June

Obviosly you can go in June but it will be very very harsh.

Hello, I am planing to visit


I am planing to visit Kutch in Mid of July, i wants to know that IS THERE ANY PUBLIC TRANSPORT available for sighseeing, and how much it cost. also wanted to know about the accomodation facilty.i want to visit following places.

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Ø  Ø  Aashapura Mata madh, White Desert

Ø  Kalo Dungar

Ø  Hamisar River

Ø  Swaminarayan Temple

Ø  Vijay Vilas Palace

Ø  Narayan Sarovar -

Ø  Mandavi Beach -

Ø  Dholavira

Ø  Bhadreshwar Temple -

Ø  Jesal-Toral Samadhi -

Ø  Haji pir Dargah -

Ø  Ravechi Mataji -

Ø  Momai Mataji -

Ø  Koteshwar Mahadev -

Cud u suggest an itenerary which wud encompass all these, and do let me know about the base point for all this visit.


Please have a look at the

Please have a look at the article closely and you will get answer to most of your queries. Yes, there are public transports available for almost all the sites but it will be slow. your itinerary will depend on the number of days you hand. in case there are only 3-4 days then i will suggest to keep Bhuj as base and then hire private taxi for each day tour. One day, try to visit all the places in north of bhuj and then to west and south of Bhuj. In the end visit Dholavira and other sights situated in the east of Bhuj. Keep half day for Bhuj sightseeing as well.

Hi.... i am preparing a


i am preparing a project on kutch tourism specialy on little rann of kutch.

from where should i  collect the information about the kutch.

the information of geographical concept of kutch

local people role in kutch tourism development

specilaity of little rann of kutch the why tourists visit the most to this then other place.

I wish i can help you with

I wish i can help you with your project but your questions require a detailed answer. I would suggest to find books. There are many books about Geographical formation of Kutch and other aspect.

I do not think Little rann of Kutch gets more tourists than Great Rann. Little Rann is exquisite but still quite under-rated among tourists.

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Dear sir, Can u pls help me

Dear sir,

Can u pls help me with the tour i m plang to visit kutch from 5 th to 8th march.....i wud like to visit rann of kutch on 5 th....so hw do i plan further....i hav 8th entire day....it is advisable to live at one hotel for all 3days or change them....same with rental car

Or is dere a travel agency which will giv me customised tour...i wud like to cover mny places as many travel grps leave mny places...

Pls guide me

it seems that you have 3

it seems that you have 3 nights and 4 days. I would suggest you to stay one night near Dhordo. 1-2 nights in Bhuj. I will also recommend you to have a one day visit to Lakhpat, Mandvi, Narayan Sarovar.

Keep the same rental car for all day tours. you will need a rental car for visiting North Kutch and will also require a rental car for visiting west of Kutch towards Lakhpat etc.

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Dear Sir, I am visiting to

Dear Sir,

I am visiting to Bhuj from Feb 14-17, 2015. I wish to plan 3 days of itinerary. We are 2 couples and 3 children (5+years). We plan to travel by rented Innova. We have made our accomodation and food arrangement at BSF Batallion Guest House.Can you please guide us for a Car Rental and suggest the itinerary to cover the most important points of attraction in Bhuj?

Thanking you in advance.





3 days not sufficient to

3 days not sufficient to cover Kutch however you can visit Dhordo, Zero point (Border), Mandvi, Lakhpat forts etc. There are many places in Bhuj where you can get a car on rent.

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hello, i am planning to visit


i am planning to visit kutch from 23nd to 27th dec ie for 4n/5d. there are two of us. We are planning to take our own tent. I was wanting to know if it would be possible to set up our own tent in various areas of kutch such as villages around dhordo, dholavida, lakhpat side, mandvi beach. Is it safe to set up the tent there? Are any special permits required?

Also we are planning on hiring two bikes for the same. How difficult will be the terrain be? this is my first road trip so i am a bit inexperienced with bike rides but we want the comfort of our own transport at low cost. Also is it possible to rent a car? How much will it cost? And do i need to do an advance booking since i will be coming from delhi and cant afford the plan to go wrong.

Thirdly, there are various activities as the rann utsav. How affordable are these activities?

For Dhordo and beyond, you

For Dhordo and beyond, you would need a special permit however i don't think there is any permit required for mandvi and Dholavira side.

Roads and terrain are not at all challenging for a bike trip. Yes, Renting the car is possible from Bhuj. I have mentioned those details in the blogpost. Rates are given the post. Advance booking for the cars would not be required however its the festival season and holidays so i would recommend to check once.

Rann Utsav has a comprehensive schedule of events. Some of those are relatively expensive.

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Thanks. I am mostly concerned


I am mostly concerned with permits for setting up my own tent. Would gorewali be a good option to set up the tent. Its the nearest village to dhordo. And setting up a tent in bhuj and mandvi beach doesnt sound good since it would be right in the middle of a city. So that creates a doubt. Moreover, i was wanting to know if an advance booking for bikes would be required? Which bikes are at offer in MK auto and will he have an activa or access as my friend doesnt ride a bike. It would be great if you can provide these details.

People doing biking and

People doing biking and camping generally pitch in the tents near villages or small town. There are not many bike rental services in Bhuj so its good to try advance booking. MK Autos rent out ordinary 150 cc bikes. Splendor etc. There were activas as well.

Hii there..  Even I am having

Hii there.. 

Even I am having the same plans from 25-27 Dec .. I am travelling alone with tent and Sleeping bag on a bike.. If u get any feedbacks then do mail me on kumardeepaj22t@gmail.com. I had contacted the authorised Tent operator in Ahemdabad for the same.. he told me that permission would be required for setting up tent.. although I still think otherwise...




Yes. even i have the same

Yes. even i have the same equipment. A sleeping bag and a tent. What special permission would be required for setting up the tents and from where can it be obtained? Moreover i am concerned about setting up tents in bhuj. That is right in the middle of the city. So would that be allowed? If you could get in touch with the tent operator and get some more details it would be really helpful.

Hi I want to visit white run


I want to visit white run dhorado

Is there any accomodation near dhordo ?except this expensive tents?

I am planning for 2 days 1 night 

On 3rd jan 

Can i go by car from ahmedabad ?

What should i cover in this period ?



Yes, you can go by Car from

Yes, you can go by Car from Ahmedabad. There are other cheaper accommodation option in the villages before Dhordo but not many. Most of the people stay in tents or in resorts.

Duration is very less so all you can try to cover places in the north of Bhuj.

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Are there any special

Are there any special permissions that are required for pitching up tents in nearby villages to dhordo? How is gorewali as an option for that? And i am planning to set up tents in bhuj city as well. Would that be a problem? could u suggest any places that may be of help in bhuj to set up the tents?

Dear Vishnu, Your article is

Dear Vishnu,

Your article is really informative. I am planning with family  a trip to Kutch this winter vacations {  on a tight budget though Sad    }. My plan is to start from extreme west. Directly reach Narayan sarovar by 5 am taking over nite bus from Rajkot. Are there any rooms with basic aminites for bath etc near Narayan sarovar ? Ofcourse we donot intend to stay at Narayan sarovar..and  After Darshan, sight seeing , proceed to MATa Na madh by public transport /autos etc and reach Bhuj by 2: 30 pm for local sight seeing and overnite stay at Bhuj. Is it doable?  


My idea of starting the journey from Narayan sarovar is I can save time commuting from bhuj to Narayan sarovar  during day time as the Bus travels throu Night and reaches around 5 AM to narayan sarovar..

Next day I plan to hire a taxi and  would like to cover salt desert /Kalo dungar etc and  catch train at 10:30 pm at Bhuj for my onward journey.. Will the time be sufficient to watch sunset / Moon rise over salt desert and retunr to Bhuj rly station by 10 pm?

Please inform about amenities at Narayan sarovar .. please suggest better options if any,,

Thank you once again for your very very informative posts..



Yes, I remember there is

Yes, I remember there is hotel in Narayan Sarovar. Its for pilgrims and very basic.

Following blog post will give you more idea on accommodation and public transport in Western Kutch.


From Narayan Sarovarm There are buses to Bhuj those go via Mata na Madh and then another bus to Bhuj. It would be bit difficult to reach Bhuj by 2:30 but might be do-able if you get the buses without much waiting time.

Day 2 is do-able but very hectic. I would suggest not to wait till moon rise.

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@ramu though Vishnu is a


though Vishnu is a correct man to answer your query thoroughly , i like to comment partially based on my recent trip:

1. your plan to visit Narayan Sarovar, Mata no Madh  and Bhuj local sightseeing by bus/auto is feasible in a day ,provided you start early from Narayan Sarovar , as at Narayan Sarovar you have to Darshan Koteswar Mahadev and enjoy sea , Sarovar is dry. perhaps you may see Wild Life Sanctuary (i do not know where it is). At Mata no Madh you have only to Darshan Ashapura Mata Temple. in Bhuj you can sightsee by hiring Auto.every one visiting Bhuj happens to view Hamisar Lake in city. AINA PALACE and Prag Palace are adjcent to each other. one can have see Bhujio Dungar in his way to Bhujodi, which is 8-10 kms from Bhuj.in fact we visited all these places plus Lakhpat Fort and one Jain Temple in a day by hiring Taxi , started at @9 a.m. from Tera , which is some 60-70 kms from Narayan Sarovar.

2.your next day plan to visit WHITE DESERT near Dhordo and Kalo Dungar and reaching Bhuj  at 10pm is also feasible , provided Taxi driver is honest and cooperative. it may be little doubtful whether you can watch Moon Rise, as i think you must leave the white rann latest by 8pm and moon rise depends on the day you visit. Kalo Dungar road is little risky and some drivers misguide the tourists , saying , there is nothing to see there. first you may visit Rudramata Dam and Mekar Dada place , if you are interested. Then drive to Kalo Dungar via Bhindariyara , and Khvda. on return you may go to India Bridge. White Rann near Dhordo via Hodka village is last place to visit.

bharat shah

Hi Bharat, I admire your

Hi Bharat,

I admire your modesty but you are certainly better person to answer queries about Kutch as you had been there recently.

Thanks for adding your answers to Ramu's query. I hope these will be immensely helpful to other fellow travelers.

Will appreciate your continous support to help travelers who are planning to visit Kutch. your inputs are highly valuable. Smile

Vishnu Kumar

thank you for your

thank you for your appreciation and just to renew my access and to receive emails from your valued blog , which, by mistake , i selected for not receiving emails icons. please execuse me.

Aah See.. Glad that you are

Aah See.. Glad that you are able to get the notifications once again.. Keep dropping by.

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we just returned from our 7

we just returned from our 7 days' Kutch tour. i read your tour report of Kutch before the tour and of great help to us. i think, it would be some help to future tourists of Kutch, particularly of Jain community , as our tour was at least 50% of Jain pilgrimages. our tour briefs:

dt.03-10-14: we reached Gandhidham from Mehsana by S.T. BUS and then to Jain Tirth Bhadreshwar by sharing Taxi at 0300p.m. We stayed there in Jain Dharmashala, which was neat, clean and comfortable. even air conditioned rooms are available there.We did Darshan in evening and Puja next morning.

dt.04-10-14: we started for Boter Jinalaya, Koday, near Mandvi after breakfast at 10a.m.by hiring a taxi. En route we did Darshan of Derasars at Vanki Tirth, Gundala,Bhujpur, Moti Khakhar, Nani Khakhar, Bidada, Jain Ashram and Boter Jinalaya. it took about 5 hours including stoppages for distance of less than 100 kms. There also very good Jain Dharmashala with dining fascility and air conditioned rooms. we stayed there for two nights. we  did Darshan and Puja there. This is called Nani Panch Tirthi for Jains

dt.05-10-14:today we sightsaw Mandvi City: Vijaya Palace and Windfarm Beach by hiring Auto. we did some shopping even though it was Sunday and market was almost closed.Meantime we had to arrange taxi for next three days.we met one gentleman owner cum driver of a new Tata Innova at Mandvi main S.T. Station.We narrated him our itirnery for next three days.He quoted rs.9000 for non a.c. and 11000 for a.c. taxi. he was so straight forward that he had given us his mobile no.(Kasambhai  mobile no.9978325022) and gave us time up to 10p.m. for confirming , though he did not ask our mobile no. however on reaching to our room at Dharmshala at 9p.m. one Shri Narubha Jadeja whom we contacted on phone earlier came with his Tavera and offered with same Rs.9000 for 3 days and we hired it. we were a little doubtful about his services as earlier on phone he talked about some small car suitable for we four for Rs.7200 for 3 days but came with big Tavera asked for 9000. but we found latter it worth or more than worth. Shri Narubha Jadeja reference was got from the Pedhi(Management Office, his mobile no.9925440072)

dt.06-10-14: we started at 9a.m. after breakfast. first we visited KRANTIVIR SHYAMJI KRISHNAVERMA MEMORIAL (INDIA HOUSE). Unfortunately it was closed due to IDD. Normally Thursday is weekly holiday. we had glimpse from outside. Then enroute we did Darshan of Jain Derasar at Shivam Astu and Don. Then we visited famous Shri Ambe Dham along with Museum and Vaishnodevi Caves there. En route we did Darshan of Derasars at Drdhiya, Suthari ,Sandhan. Kothara,Jakhau,Naliya and Tirth Tera, which is our destination for the day. At Tera we stayed in Jain Dharmashala and dined in Jain Bhojanshala there. both are neat, clean and comfortable.Today it took 9 hours to cover 200 km journey with stoppages.

dt.07-10-14:we started at 9a.m. for Narayan Sarovar, and Koteswar Mahadev Temple. Narayan Sarovar is dry without water, but sea view from Temple was magnificient.Then we drove to Lakhpat Fort. Our taxi owner had travelled us around old Lakhpat Fort in Taxi to our satisfaction.Then we visited Mata-no-Madh , where Ashapua Mata Temple is situated.From there we drove to new Jain Derasar 'Parshwa Vallabh Indra Dham'. There also very good Jain Dharmshala and Bhojanalaya are there. but we prefered to go to Bhuj. Though not included in our iternery , our taxi owner fascilited sight seeing in Bhuj: Prag Mahel, Aina Mahel, Hamisar Lake, Bhujio Dungar, Bhujodi and one art park 1 km from Bhujodi. this saved at least 400-500 Rs. auto charges. Ultimately he drove us to Jain Dharmashala opposite to head post office, bhuj (Shri Jindatta Yatrik Bhavan, near Dada Wadi ,opp.POST OFFICE pPone no.02832-255803).there also air conditioned rooms are available. in the same premises Jain Bhojanalay is there and serving meals upto 9pm exceptionally. today our journey was 300 km and took 10 hours.Today we heard in conversation with some tourists that there was water in White Rann and nothing to see there now.

dt.08-10-14:today was the most important day as we had to visit famous White Rann in Sharad Poonam day and also to visit famous Kalo Dungar and India Bridge. we started at 9a.m. first we visited Rudramata Dam and Temple , then Maker Dada Place.Then we crove to famous Bhirandiara where we tested sweet Mava. We then drove to Kala Dungar , where Datatrey Temple is there.from here we have look of Great Rann, Gujarat tourism made a walk way. we had gone up to top most point and saw magnificient view of white rann. From we drove and went to India Bridge , that is the last point where we can go without any permit. we talked to BSF persons there. We returned back and visited Kavda village Khatrivad, where we met one shop man doing Bandhani printing.Then we returned to Bhirandiara.There we visited handicraft shops at Resort Rann Rajwadi,  where the huts were being prepared for coming season. At Bhirandiara  one has to take ticket of Rs.100/- each for visiting white rann beyond Dhordo.As we alredy knew that there is only water, we had not bought tickets. but our taxi owner took us till the check post point (one km before actual white rann site) , which is some 8 kms from Dhordo village.Then he drove in Rann itself from other side where we could see white rann.He also showed us the famous Sarhad-e-sham at Hodka village, which was getting ready for coming season. at time we return the night set , but it was cloudy and full moon was not visible .we saw sun setting in rann beyond Dhordo. as such , we are too early for white rann in full moon. our taxi owner told that the real season is January.He left us in Dharmashala by 8p.m. we paid him 10000 Rs. instead of 9000  Rs. without his demand.He kept taxi ai conditioner on for 3-4 hot hours ,and saved our other 1000 Rs. minimum.

dt.9-10-14; we had to visit a couple of places in Bhuj today, but we decided only to purchase and not to visit. we did purchase of Bandhani Saree and dress material from one fixed rate shop, KUTCH BUNDHEJ  and sweets from KHAWDA SWEETS. we returned to Surat by Sayajinagari and brother returned to Mehsana by private sleeper coach.

-bharat shah


Dear Bharat bhai, Thank you

Dear Bharat bhai,

Thank you for the detailed narration of your tour. Thihs helps us to plan our visit.

I like the information that you have mentioend for all Jain Derasaras and we would love to visit them all.

Thanks again.


Jainal Shah

i am happy that my comments

i am happy that my comments are useful for Jain tourists for Kutch. there are many more Jain Derasars in Kutch than we visited. i like to mention one more place , Anjar , which one can visit in a day visit from Bhuj , if time permits.

thank you.

Thanks Bharat. Indeed your

Thanks Bharat. Indeed your comment is very helpful for many travelers planning to visit Kutch.

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Dear Bharath Thank you for

Dear Bharath

Thank you for your posts and guidance Smile




Thanks for all the useful

Thanks for all the useful information Bharat. I sincerely appreciate it.

Keep dropping by while planning your next trips to India. I will be happy to help.

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on other note i want to thank

on other note i want to thank you for let published my comments in toto yesterday (day before yesterday ,i saw it) ,but i could not find out your travelogue/post for kutch from the home page. i know , i am not good observer and narrator , but i want to put something for Jains TOURISTS and also my appreciations for the taxi owners who came to our contacts. for clarification, i am not NRI (of course befoe 30 yrs i have been for 4 yrs!). i like to suggest you do something to go to travelogue/post of particular area/state in India directly from site's home page easily. again thank you for wonderful site !

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