One of the most popular states in western India, Gujarat is known for its amazing architecture, scenic landscape, rich heritage, and vibrant culture. Often referred to as the “Land of Legends,” this lively state has a limitless amount of history, architecture, art, and music.
Prepare to engross yourself in the vibrant colors of Gujarati culture and heritage in the heart of the Rann of Kutch in a backpacking style. It’s that time of year when you can have it all with Gujarat’s desert carnival, ‘The RannUtsav.’ It is a cultural and artistic extravaganza that is annually organized by the Gujarat Tourism Department with the goal of promoting the cultural ethnicity and diversity of this region. The desert carnival honors art, craft, music, dance, nature, and the people of Kutch, one of Gujarat’s most ethnically and ecologically diverse districts. On this trip, we take you through the wonders of Gujarat which include:
Statue of Unity (SoU):
Explore the Statue of Unity Gallery View, Sardar Sarovar Dam, Museums, 3D Projection light and sound Show, and much more
When in Bhuj do not forget to experience Bhujiyo fort Sunrise, Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal, Swaminarayan Temple, Smruti Van / Bhujodi Handi-Craft
Mandvi Beach and Vijay Vilas Palace will leave you awestruck
Apart from the Rann festival, there’s Magnetic Hill Point, Dhordo Desert, Handicraft Markets are also some hard-to-miss spots
A road to heaven sounds fun, right? Well, the route from Dhordo to the Dholavira desert looks exactly that. On the way, you get to seek the beauty of Gandhi nu gam, various archeological sites like Rani ki Vav, Modhera Sun temple, and much more
27 Dec, 27 Dec, and 27 Dec
27th Dec: Departure from Pune, Mumbai to Vadodara
Pune: Take the morning train to Mumbai and will board ADI DOUBLE DECKER to Vadodara
Mumbai: Take 2.30 pm ADI DOUBLE DECKER TRAIN TO VADODARA
28th Dec: Statue of Unity | Departure to Bhuj
Early morning checkout and visit the Statue of Unity
We visit the – Statue of Unity Gallery View, Sardar Sarovar Dam, Museum, 3D Projection light, and sound Show, and much more
Overnight Departure to Bhuj
29th Dec: Arrival in Bhuj | Local sightseeing | Mandvi Beach
We arrive in Bhuj in the morning for Bhujiyo fort Sunrise
Later we explore Aina Mahel post breakfast followed by hotel check-in
Later we visit the Prag Mahal, Swaminarayan Temple, Smruti Van / Bhujodi Handi Craft market
Depart for Mandvi Beach post-lunch later evening
We visit the Vijay Vilas Palace and Mandvi beach for sunset
Overnight at Bhuj
30th Dec: Bhuj to Raan | Raan Utsav
Early morning post breakfast we depart for Raan
Check-in into the traditionally equipped Kutchi Bhungas
Later we visit Magnetic Hill Point, Dhordo Desert, Handicrafts Market, Rann Utsav Festival
We watch the magical sunset at the Raan desert
31st Dec: Raan to Dholavira | New Year Celebration
Early morning depart to Dholavira through the magical road which passes between the sea and white plans
Reach Dholavira followed by check-in homestays
Later we visit Gandhi nu gam, Archeological Site, Chipper Point
Later we will head for Bhando hill sunset
Later evening New Year celebration at Dholavira
1st Jan: Dholavira | Rani ki Vav | Modhera Sun temple
We wakeup and post breakfast Depart towards Ahmedabad
On the way visit Rani ki Vav and Modhera Sun temple
Reach Ahmedabad late night and take train back to Mumbai
2nd Jan:Arrival in Mumbai | Mumbai to Pune
Arrival in Mumbai early morning and we take connecting train back to Pune
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Is Gujarat safe for female travelers?
Yes, female travelers are safe in Gujarat. Our team leaders are professionals who will do everything possible to make you feel at ease.
How will you split the stay?
The stays will be shared on a triple/ quad-sharing basis. The sharing will be strictly genderwise and no requests will be entertained
Do you have a double occupancy sharing option available?
Yes, we do have such type of facility. However, that will cost you additional charges. You will need to inform this before you book.
Can I eat non-vegetarian food in Gujarat?
Gujarat is mostly a vegetarian state. Even the meals we provide are healthy vegetarian options. Certain communities, however, prepare dishes with meat and seafood.
Is alcohol illegal in Gujarat?
Gujarat is, indeed, a dry state. The Bombay Prohibition Act of 1949 makes alcohol illegal in the city.
If I’m not from the mentioned cities how can I join this trip?
You’ll have to travel from your respective cities to Pune, Mumbai, or Ahmedabad.
What type of clothes should I carry?
Since the temperature of Gujarat changes drastically carry summer clothing for the morning and a layer of winter wear for the evening
Is the mentioned time span enough for this trip?
Yes, we prepare our itineraries in a way that you get to explore each and everything at a comfortable pace.
How will the non-mentioned meals be arranged?
We would take you to various places where you can try out authentic dishes and cuisines as per your taste.
What festivals are witnessed in Gujarat?
Gujarat is a land of celebrations. Apart from the annual cultural festival, Rann Utsav in Gujarat’s Rann of Kutch hosts a number of fairs throughout the year.
What is the age limit?
This tour is suitable for all age group. However, we would prefer participants who are between 14-35 years of age for this particular trip as it moves a bit quickly and can be challenging for older people if they’re not in great shape.
A rucksack or bag of a minimum of 40 liters
A day pack around
Water bottle 1-2 liters
Backpack rain cover (just for safety in case of occasional rain)
Cotton clothing for entire travel (shirts / T-shirts/tops etc.)
Short & long pants (Cargo pants)
Power bank (minimum 10,000mah)
Personal things like toothpaste, toothbrushes, soaps, towels, hand sanitizers, Bodysprays, mosquito repellent creams, etc.
Slippers or flip-flops
Blanket/ Comforter (for comfortable journey)
First aid kit
Medicines if required
Smoking and drinking publicly are strictly prohibited.
Throwing garbage on trails is strictly not allowed.
Participants should carry their own waste with them
Writing anything or any activity leading to disobedience of historical places is prohibited.
Rooms will be allotted as per male and female ratio by team captains, no requests will be entertained.
Pick-up and drop will be at the same location ( however you are free to get down on the route while the return journey.)
Team captains’ decisions on any particular situation will be final for the mutual benefit of participants.
If the behavior of any travelers is likely to cause distress or harm to themselves, our member of staff or other team members, reserve the right to terminate their trip at any time and they will have to make their own arrangements; we will not be liable for any expenses incurred as a result. We will not entertain any claims arising due to such action.
In case of any injuries/illness on a mountain/river/waterfall during a trip/activity, Trek Panda as a company or our local staff will not be responsible. We provide adequate human staff support in these areas to ensure the basic safety of travelers. The travelers/customer has to bear all the expenses which may arise in case of medical exigency or emergency condition.
As it is likely that in these sorts of trips weather must be taken into account if conditions are such that we have to change arrangements we will not be able to provide any sort of refund. If there are any other circumstances including but not limited to riots, political unrest, natural or other disasters, nuclear incident, or terrorist activity, and we have to cancel a trip as a result of these circumstances, we will not be able to provide any sort of refund.
Ahmedabad to Ahmedabad
₹ 14,999/- onwards
Mumbai to Mumbai
₹ 16,500/- onwards
Pune to Pune
₹ 17,999/- onwards
Note: Cost may vary depending on the add ons
Train Details –
From Pune/ Mumbai to Vadodara
ADI DOUBLE DECKER
From Ahmedabad to Pune/ Mumbai
Adi Hamsafar EXP or similar
Disclamer and Medical Fitness Form
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The seat availability of trains depends from season to season and since few routes have specific one or two trains running on the route it might get difficult to get a confirmed seat during peak festive and tourist seasons
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