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KUTCH

 AHMEDABAD-ZAINABAD-BHUJ-MANDVI-WANKANER-UTELIA-AHMEDABAD

 Introduction
The low lying marshland of Kuchch is full of interesting and unexpected  encounters. The region can be divided into the salt flats and desert of the Great and  Little Rann , and the low hill and plains 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.
Most places such as the remote sun temple at Modhera, havelies at Siddhpur, Patan weaving center, Zainabad, are off the beaten track. They offer diverse experiences and, in doing so, bring alive this corner of India. The itinerary introduces you to the Rabri tribals, their homes and lifestyle; takes you to the salt flats to run behind the fleet-footed wild ass, and gasp at the delicate pink of the congregation of flamingo that nest here; through one of the most beautiful palaces in the region – Ranjit Vilas in Wakaner with its mix of Venetian , Dutch, Mughal and traditional Indian styles; the beach resort of Mandavi; the ancient city of Lothal, crafts center of Bhuj … and though the 2001 earthquake, decimated  much of the region including Bhuj the people have rebuilt their homes and lives.

 
Jewels of Information
The vibrancy of handicrafts in this region is expressed by the range of techniques that flourish. Artistic skills find expression in mirrorwork, kachch appliqué and embroidery with beads, bandhani (tie&dye), embroidery on leather, gold and silver jewellery, gilding and enamelling and colourful wool-felt namda rugs, block printed fabrics, painted pottery. Bhuj is the best place to shop.
 
Day 01 Arrival
Reception and welcome at Mumbai airport followed by transfer to hotel.

 
Day 02 Mumbai
After a morning at leisure, enjoy the vibrant intermingling of the traditional and contemporary cosmopolitan spirit of the city as you visit heritage sights.
 
Day 03 Mumbai - Ahmedabad
Fly to Ahmedabad in the morning. The city awaits discovery in the afternoon

Day 04 Ahmedabad – Zainabad
The drive to Zainabad is enlivened halts at the Modhera sun temple, Patan and the havelies of Siddhpur.

 Day 05 Zainabad
 A full day devoted to tracking the distinctive wildlife of this region.

 
Day 06 Zainabad – Bhuj
Drive to Bhuj, which has the best handicrafts of the region.

Day 07 Bhuj – Mandvi
A Rabari tribal crafts village makes an interesting halt en route to Mandvi.

 Day 08 Mandvi
Enjoy the beach at leisure taking time off to explore the town  which is famous for its bandhani (tie and dye) fabric.

 Day 09 Mandvi – Wankaner
Drive on to stay overnight at Wankaner hosted, at the Palace’s guest house, by the royal family who still reside in a part of the palace
 
Day 10 Wankaner – Utelia
Arriving at Utelia mid morning, explore the village at leisure.

 Day 11 Utelia – Ahmedabad
Stop at the ancient Harrapan port city of Lothal on the drive back to Ahmedabad.

Day 12 Ahmedabad - Mumbai - Departure
Fly back to Mumbai in the  morning to connect with your flight out in the evening. Day rooms have been booked in an airport hotel.
 

 

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