Kutch nai dekha toh kuch nai dekha !!
About Rann of Kutch Tour :
As the year draws into its last quarter, get ready for an adventure of a lifetime in one of the world’s largest salt deserts: The Great Rann of Kutch! Mumbai Travellers proudly presents its annual BACKPACKING TRIP to the famous Rann of Kutch Tour Festival 2018. Come and be a part of a truly adventurous and eclectic experience you will never forget.
The Rann Utsav Tour occurs annually, in winters, in the great salt desert within the state of Gujarat, close to the border. A vast marsh land, the Rann stretches over a mind-boggling expanse of 10,000 square kilometres. During the months of November to January, it turns into a carnival of colours and sensory delights for the avid traveller as the locals welcome you to experience their unique culture and hospitality.
Come and soak up authentic Gujarati culture through our Rann of Kutch tour packages and discover yet another side of incredibly beautiful and diverse India. The carnival is set up annually by the Gujarat Tourism Department with a vision to promote and preserve the cultural and ethnic diversity of the local tribes who inhabit the Rann of Kutch. Hundreds of luxury tents replete with modern amenities, colourful Kutchi bhungas (mud houses), rows and rows of food and handicraft stalls, cultural shows, local art works, camel rides, bonfire revelry and much more await you at the truly colourful festivities that make up the annual Rann Utsav Tour. What is not to be missed are the camel rides by moonlight which truly make the vast expanse of the desert appear like a bed of pearls underneath the midnight sky! Definitely an experience that you will treasure forever.
SHORT INFO & DATES
Outing Dates :
Batch 01 : 23rd-25th November 2018
Batch 02 : 22nd-24th December 2018
Batch 03 : 30th Dec – 1st January 2018
Batch 04 : 26th-28th January 2019
Type of Tour : Cultural + Backpacking Tour
Duration : 02 Nights / 03 Days
- Visiting White Rann Of Kutch around Full Moon Night* (Subjective Dates)
- Bhonga and tent stay at Hodka Village
- Delicious Local food
- Beautiful Mandvi Beach
- Heritage of Bhuj Vijay Vilas Palace and other Monument
Day 00 : Overnight Journey in train by KUTCH EXP./BDTS-BHUJ
Day 01 :
Arrival at Bhuj morning 10.30 and will move towards the Rann of Kutch. This is the most awaited full moon day. We will move towards the one of the village resort in Rann. Its a small Hodka village near the Kutch desert where we will stay in traditional village huts (Bhunga). We will start by exploring ran Utsav in small villages in the desert.
This day will dedicate to Rann-Utsav. We will spend the night witnessing the magnificent beauty of full moon on the backdrop of white sand of Rann.
Day 02 :
Today, get ready to explore the Banni and Pachcham regions and the edge of the Great Rann of Kutch. Visit Dhordo village, Bhirandiyara village, Ludiya village and Khavda village. Later visit Kalo Dungar (Black Hill) and Dattatray Temple, which provides the view of the Great Rann & sunset. Return to the resort. Traditional dinner at the resort and a folk music performance around a bonfire Overnight stay at the Hodka Village.
Day 03 :
Today, proceed to the coastal town Mandvi. Visit Vijay Villas Palace Summer retreat of the royal family. Enjoy balance day at the beach. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After Breakfast will leave for Bhuj sightseeing will seeing. Proceed to visit some of the interesting places around the city of Bhuj including the Aaina Mahal, Kutch Museum, Nutan Swaminarayan Mandir, Anjar (Jesal-Toral Samadhi) and Bhujodji (the craft Village) over the day. We will return to the hotel by evening and overnight train journey.
Day 04 :
Arrival at Mumbai By BHUJ DDR EXP. Tour concludes with Happy Memories :D
Tour concludes with Happy Memories :D
Important Note: This is Guided Backpacking version of Trip. Our Itineraries are carefully put together by our backpacking experts aiming to cover & experience some lesser known must-see offbeat places in India in backpacking style. Our trips are the perfect way to rediscover and socialize yourself with like-minded backpackers while you explore the unexplored places in India which are offbeat and general tourist often skip because of the obscure nature of these locales. After all, Columbus wouldn’t be Columbus if hed stuck to taking the same journey again and again, right Occasionally backpacking trips might!
This is Guided Backpacking version of Trip. Our Itineraries are carefully put together by our backpacking experts aiming to cover & experience some lesser known must-see offbeat places in India in backpacking style. Our trips are the perfect way to rediscover yourself and socialize yourself with like-minded backpackers while you explore the unexplored places in India which are offbeat and general tourist often skip because of the obscure nature of these locales. After all, Columbus wouldn’t be Columbus if hed stuck to taking the same journey again and again, right Occasionally backpacking trips might be bit low on leisure but always high on experiences as you enjoy local street food, interact with locals, or sharing a dorm, hostel or home-stay with other fellow travelers at some breathtaking locations across India .
“Life is all about courage and going into unknowns”
Tour Price : Rs.16,000/- per person + Tax as applicable
Tour Price for New Year Special : Rs.17,000/- per person+Tax as applicable
Lifetime Membership Discount : Rs.300/- per member
For Lifetime Membership Details (Rs.1000/- only), click here
- Daily Breakfast & Dinner.
- 02 Night accommodation in Village resort at Hodka (Room on Triple sharing basis).
- 01 Day accommodation at Bhuj Hotel
- All Intercity and Intracity transfers & Long distance sightseeing by private vehicle
- An experienced backpacking expert & a Friend who will help you take the hassle out of your travel.
- Entry tickets & Guide fees (Some like museum some don’t so why pay us if you don’t).
- Train tickets (Mumbai Bhuj Mumbai).
- Anything other than mentioned above.
Cancellation & Refund Policy :
- If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 45 days of Tour/Event/Activity 100% of total price will be refunded. (Condition Apply- Check Note Below)
- If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 30 days of Tour/Event/Activity 75% of total price will be refunded.
- If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 21 days of Tour/Event/Activity 50% of total price will be refunded.
- If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 15 days of Tour/Event/Activity 25% of total price will be refunded.
- After that no refund will be provided on Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant, irrespective even if youve booked within the last 15 days of Tour
*Free consultation and assistance from packing your backpack to choosing a lens for your Camera (pre or post-trip extended days)
THINGS TO CARRY
1. Govt. approved Id proof Compulsory ( NO Pan Card)
2. A Backpack
3. A Day Backpack to hold the camera and essential during sightseeing.
4. Jacket or Similar it does get pretty cold at times during nights.
5. Beachwear in case you decide to swim.
6. Torch (Must)
7. Personal Medicines If any
8. Cap, Shades, Sun-scream etc.
9. Sports shoes or Good quality Floaters
10. Camera (Optional)
11. Sanitary Kit
FAQs For Backpacking Trips
1. What’s the age range of the Group trip?
– We have travellers from all the groups of age. Since this is an offbeat backpacking travelling community, The majority of travellers are between the age group of 20-40 belonging from various professional sectors.
2. I am travelling solo for the first time. how can I expect my experience to be?
– Most of our travellers here are solo. No one has a prior acquaintance with anybody other than on the community. It is going to be like the first day of school or college or office, excitement of meeting new people with the thrill of the trip. Do not expect anything less than an adventure. Absolutely, that’s the beauty of small group travel. You will make friends quickly and your Tour lead will become a good source of support to you along the way too!
3. Is a single traveller mainly male or female?
Most of our trips split pretty evenly down gender lines. We average roughly 60:40 female-to-males, so you’ll never feel outnumbered.
4. How can I be sure I am safe?
– We follow a set of safety rules to make your travel experience physically and mentally safe. Our team is well trained and equipped to handle any kind of situations. Also, we send precaution note for most of our trips couple of days
5. What if I want the room for myself?
-The fun of travelling in groups is the sharing of rooms. We recommend that you share the room with fellow travellers for better bonding and understanding. Somehow, if you wish to have a separate room anyway, that can be possible for an additional amount depending upon the accommodation.
6. How much freedom do I have during a Backpacking trip?
-Every trip has a well-designed itinerary to make most out of the destination or event. Group travel is all about experiences. However If any point of time, you feel like exploring the things by yourself or would like to skip a day at staying back apart from set Itinerary, you have the freedom to do so yes only after consulting with tour Lead (Remember Traveler adhere the additional cost if any ;) ). Not everybody likes museums like no everyone enjoys shopping.
Essential Checklist :
Our number one piece of advice is: collect everything you think you need
Almost everyone brings far too much stuff. We like to travel light. However, everyone has different wants and needs, so make sure you bring the stuff that makes you happy when travelling!
1. Should I bring Backpack or Suitcase?
– Either is completely fine! Personally, we would recommend a backpack as it easier to carry around when going from trains to boats (and easier to lift above your head when standing knee-deep in water ;)).
2. Parents often worry about the safety of their progeny? This is completely understandable.
– Its why a group tour is ideal for any first-time traveller you are mostly in the company of other travellers, so are far less likely to get into trouble than if you were travelling solo. We try to ensure the safety of all our travellers, howeve, we are also against the babysitting approach of other tour companies. This means a healthy amount of individual space, with a base understanding that everyone is a self-sufficient, responsible adult.
3. What is the accommodation like?
– During the tour, you will be staying in varied places (one being the night train! during travel). However, most nights you will be staying in twin or Triple rooms/Hostels/Havelis/Nature Camps etc.. with fellow Travellers. Our accommodation is comfortable and safe and we strive to get you guys in the best locations so some mornings you’ll be waking up on a lake, and others right on the beach!
4. How fit do I need to be?
– You don’t have to be an athlete to travel with us all walks and activities are optional and there is something for everyone.
5. Do I need to bring a sleeping bag or a mosquito net?
– You don’t need to bring a sleeping bag unless informed but a sleeping bag liner/ inner is advisable. You don’t need to bring a mosquito net but we do recommend getting bug repellent.
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