10 Must Do’s on a Trip to Kutch, India

The Land of the White Salt Desert and exquisite art and craft, Kutch is a quiet haven though often overshadowed by neighbouring Rajasthan. If you are looking for lots of colour, generous doses of history, exquisite carvings, intricate art, flaming flamingos, flying cranes and different migratory birds, then Kutch, India is the ideal place for you !! The pristine beauty of nature comes alive in the warmth of the people, the delicious food of the land, colourful handicrafts and the haunting Kacchhi melodies.

The best time to visit is October to March and preferably plan the trip such that you are in the Great Rann of Kutch around the full moon. The white desert comes alive under the moonlight and the unending horizon merges into the moonlight. Rann Utsav is held every year between November and February portraying Kutch culture. In 2017-2018, Rann Utsav will be held between Ist November 2017 and 20th February 2018. The 5 full moon nights are 4th November 2017; 3rd December 2017,  2nd January 2018 & 31st January 2018, 2nd March, 2018

  • Wild Ass SanctuaryLittle Rann of Kutch is not too far from Ahmedabad (just about 2 hrs) is famous for the Wild Ass Sanctuary and the migratory birds from all over the world who arrive in droves in winter. The otherwise dull surrounding acquires a flaming red along the water bodies when the pelicans decide to flap their delicate wings. A 2 day visit to Little Rann is a precursor to the natural and man made wealth that lies ahead in the Kutch Region. Riding around the Rann, you will see the salt pans where salt is being made from the rich deposits in the soil.


  • Great Rann of KutchKutch is synonymous with the Great Rann of Kutch which stretches across India and Pakistan. “Love across the Salt Desert” which inspired the Bollywood movie Refugee is a nice read for anyone intending to romance the virgin white desert that stretches towards infinity. A moonlight night on the Kutch can perhaps unlock the answer to your existence in case you are seeking one. Visit the other nearby sanctuaries specially Chari Daand at dawn to watch the birds playfully move around in water.


  • Bhuj Hamirsar LakeBhuj was nearly flattened by the devastating earthquake in 2001 but has bounced back beautifully. The entire area was the filming site of Oscar nominated Lagaan specially Prag Mahal. Nearby Aaina Mahal is a fading memory of one time grandeur. While most people tend to miss it,  make a stop over at the Royal Tombs or the Chattris in the middle of the city which are beautifully carved with minakari work. Hamirsar Lake may not be a hot favorite any longer but the migratory birds still find it attractive.


  • Mandvi-GujaratWalk on the beach in Mandvi, watch the birds and windmills rotating in circles above the cool water. Take a short camel ride towards the Vijay Vilas Palace and unleash the romantic in you. I dont particularly intend to hurt animals but some times these rides ensure that the animal is fed and taken care of.  The weather is great through the year and is a great place to spend half a day


  • Dholavira RoadDholavira has been recently excavated and identified to be a part of Indus Valley Civilization. It is in the corner of the Great Rann on the island of Khadir Bet. A visit to Dholavira is an archaeologists dream and for lay men it is an eye opener for the town planning that existed 5000 years ago. The black tarred road to Dholavira through the milky white Rann is a journey to remember. Stop if you can and feel the whiteness permeate through your being.


  • Kala Dungar KutchKala Dungar is the highest point in Kutch. On a clear day, the sun set point here offers breathtaking views of the Rann. If you are here in the morning, wait until noon to watch the Jackals being served by the temple priest. Combine a trip to Kala Dungar with India Bridge the closest border with nearby Pakistan and a visit to some of the handicraft villages on the way.


  • Kutch Fossil ParkKoteshwar, Narayan Sarovar and Fossil Park are towards the extreme west. The temple on the sea in Koteshwar and the Narayan Sarovar Lake have many legends associated. Koteshwar will remind you of Kanya Kumari in the extreme south of India though a little less crowded and with Naval forces presence. The Fossil Park closer to Bhuj in Nakhtarana is a great place to know about Kutch Fossils


  • Shaam e Sarhad Hodka, KutchStay in Eco Resorts and Home Stays and atleast one night in a mud house or Bhunga as it is locally called. The Bhungas are beautifully decorated with glass and mud art and some of them also have imprints of leaves and flowers that are made with cow dung. Rann Riders, Desert Adventures in Little Rann and Shaam -e-Sarhad, Devpur Home Stay in Great Rann and Bhuj are some of the most popular ones in the area. 


  • Rabari Woman EmbroideryVisit Handicraft Villages: A trip to Kutch is incomplete without a visit to a few handicraft villages and workshops. Some of the must visit places are Nirona (Rogan Art, Copper Bells, Lac Work), Nakhtarana (Tie and Dye), Khavda (Pottery), Bhujodi and Ajrakhpur (Block Printing), Dhordo and Hodka (Leather, Quilts, Mud Mirror). The women of the area weave magic with their fingers creating embroidery with such finesse that would put modern machines to shame. I did not know the variety and type of embroidery until I visited these places. Kala Raksha, Shrujan, Khamir are NGO’s who are specifically working in the region to revive and encourage art and craft.


  • Mandvi-GujaratEat Local : The cuisine of Kutch is an offshoot of Gujarati but has its own distinct flavours devoid of the overt sweetness of the traditional Gujarati dishes and overuse of tomato and onion like in the case of the other North Indian dishes. Indulge in local food specially the spiced chilly that is served with most meals and while your tongue may be on fire for a while but it will soon be tempered with the variety of curries and dals and the juicy jalebi. Try Osho in Mandvi for a first hand experience.
Travel Tips & Permit
  • Start the trip in Ahmedabad or Bhuj. All the sites mentioned here will take around 10 days to complete.
  • Ahmedabad to Little Rann via Patan and Modhera – Hire a Car for 2-3 days
  • Bhuj – Continue with the same car until Bhuj or come back to Ahmedabad and take a train/Volvo bus from Ahmedabad to Bhuj and then hire a local car for Bhuj and surrounds
  • If there are 3 or more people hire a car for the entire trip.
  • Being a border area, you need a permit to enter Great Rann of Kutch. The permit is available depending on the number of days stay at the check post on the way to the Rann after filling in a simple and submitting a copy of an identification document and showing the original for verification.
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164 thoughts on “10 Must Do’s on a Trip to Kutch, India

  1. Eric

    I plan to get to the Great Rann of Kutch in early October 2018. I’ve been told that I won’t see the white flat salt desert but only water. Is it right ? At this time of the year (October), what can I expect to see and do in GRK ? Thank you very much.

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      The water recedes or rather gets absorbed into the salt layer post monsoon in the months of September and October. You may not have to wade through water but it will be slushy since the thick hard layer of white salt may not be formed by then. One the best experiences is to walk on the Rann and just see acres and acres of white all around.

      1. Eric

        Thank you very much for your response. Can’t wait to be there in October to discover the Rann.
        Which one is better to visit : Great Rann or Little Rann or both worth a visit ?

  2. Mohit Jain

    Hi Sangeeta,

    Really great information and congrats on maintaining the blog so nicely!!

    I will be visiting Bhuj on 4th Feb 2018, and will be leaving on 8th Feb 2018 at 04:00 PM. Could you please suggest an itenary so that I don’t miss any important place. TIA!!

  3. Sakthi Priya

    Hello, I am travelling from Ahmedabad to Bhuj on feb 16/2k18 through public bus and reaching Bhuj on 17 feb/2k18 morning 5 am how can i reach Raan of kutch from Bhuj as we wanted to see the Sunrise at kutch? please guide me with the transportation from Bhuj to Raan of Kutch

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      There is no public transport available. Hire a taxi and arrange accommodation on your own. Else please opt for a package from Gujarat Tourism for Rann of Kutch.

  4. Archana

    Hi sangeeta,

    Planning to visti Rann of Kutch from 25th Jan 2018 to 29th Jan 2018. Would need recoomendations for placves to visit

  5. Surbhi singhi

    Hey, I m coming to Kutch for my craft project at nirona village. They called me at 2 p.m
    And i l be reaching bhuj at 8:30 a.m
    So can I first visit shrujan museum and than go to nirona village.
    Would I be able to reach in time ?
    How much time does it take to visit the museum?

  6. suraj bajaj

    we would be reaching bhuj on 5th feb at 12 noon and would be leaving on 8th from bhuj at 4 noon. can you share a tentative itinerary please? we are looking to cover local sightseeing in bhuj, great rann of kutch , dholavira and koteshwar temple. it would be great if you can also suggest budget stays and transport preferred (bhuj to bhuj car rentals)..thanks in advance

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      5th – Aaina Mahal, Prag Mahal, Chhatri, Museum, Swami Narayan Temple; Bhujodi (handicraft shopping) Overnight in Bhuj
      6th – Day Trip to Dholavira ( leave by 6am to return before evening) – Overnight in Bhuj
      7th – Leave early morning for Koteshwar; Mata No Madh; Narayan Sarovar; Lakhpat. On your way back drive to Great Rann of Kutch through Nakhtarana. Spend the evening in Rann and Rann Utsav. Opt for Dhordo, Toran, Shaam e Sarhad or Rann Utsav Tent.
      8th – Depart from GRK after breakfast

      Not sure of the car rentals; I stayed in Shaam e Sarhad and Devpar Heritage Homestay

  7. Archana

    hi Sangeeta
    wonderful information!
    I am a little confused and want to know if the rann utsav is held in little rann of kutchh or the Great Rann of Kutchh?

  8. Singh Gagandeep

    I liked your blog immensely Sangeeta – thank you very much for investing into it and responding to so many of us who are evoked. We are planning to drive from Pune to Bhuj and staying with Desertcoursers on the way to the white sands. I am trying to find out where i can book a car-pass to access the white sands on the net – or do i have to physically do it at Bhuj.

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      Thank You very much for your kind words.
      You will need to take the permit for your car and the occupants at the entry towards the Great Rann of Kutch beyond Bhuj. The permits/passes are issued for 24 hours or 48 hours and you will need to show them I Cards and hotel reservation. Please carry photo copies of the same for submission. It is a simple process and there may be a queue in weekends.
      The pass is checked by BSF as you enter the White Rann beyond the Rann Utsav Grounds. Please do not drive on to the White Sand since it spoils nature and I saw lot of cars getting stuck. A short 5 minute walk from Parking Lot on to the White Sand and keep walking on the unending sand.

  9. Lalit

    Actually we r 5-6 frnds planning for Kutch from December 28 to 2 jan we r from delhi and planning to come by road.

    So kindly suggest and tell the itenary what we have to follow so that we can enjoy the trip without wasting of time …. also let me knw the approx budget per person .
    Waiting for revert ASAP

    EMAIL ME :- luckybhardwaj0330@yahoo.com

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      I have never driven on this route except Del to Jodhpur so you will need to decide where you want to break your journey during your 1200 km drive each way
      Day 1 – Delhi – Break Point
      Day 2 – Break Point – Dasada ( Little Rann of Kutch, Wild Ass Sanctuary)
      Day 3 – Dasada – Bhuj ( Half day Bhuj Sightseeing)
      Day 4 – Bhuj to GRK and overnight in GRK ( Rann Utsav Tents)
      Day 5 – Drive back
      Not sure of budget. Choose hotels as per your choice.

    2. Manisha Padhy

      Awsome post Sangeeta, i want a few more details, I am planning for a family trip to bhuj n kutch on 29th n 30th Dec. I dont want to miss kutch experience. Can u guide me what can we do .Will start from okha in ferry to mandvi on 29th. And on 30th we are planning to start by 12 pm.

      1. Sangeeta Post author

        If you start from Mandvi at 12 pm, please head straight to Great Rann of Kutch which will be about 2 hours or more. Spend some time in Rann Utsav fair grounds, go to the Rann for sunset by 5pm. Post sunset you can have dinner in Rann Utsav or return to your hotel.

  10. Sneha Nagdev


    read ur blog.Too good!!
    We are a group of 5-6 ppl planning a trip to Rann of Kutch during new year.29th Dec-1st Jan from Mumbai.
    Can you please help in planning

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      Thank You. Hope this helps
      Take the train or flight from Mumbai to Bhuj. Hire a Vehicle in Bhuj.
      Day 1. Bhuj Sightseeing can be done in half a day. Here are the details and if you are doing it in the morning then post lunch visit Mandvi. Overnight in Bhuj
      Day 2. Bhuj to Mata No Madh, Lakhpat, Koteshwar and return to Bhuj. Visit Bhujodi for shopping.
      Day 3. Morning drive to Great Rann of Kutch via Nirona village. You can watch the artisans in action in Nirona. Visit Rann Utsav site and then spend the sunset in the Rann of Kutch. Return to Rann Utsav and enjoy the programs in the evening.
      Day 4. Visit India Bridge, Khavda, Chadi Dand in the morning and then head to Bhuj for your flight or train.

      1. Sneha Nagdev

        Would you suggest any stay options in Bhuj?
        Should we stay a night on new year in GRK tent city or in Sham e Sarahad?or enjoy new year celebration and stay in Bhuj

  11. sumeet

    Hi Sangeeta,
    First of all thanks for all the information you have been pouring on this blog.
    Me and my wife are planning to visit bhuj on holi weekend. I know its going to be pretty hot..so any timing suggestions for that?? Also i am a foodie..can you suggest some best local food nooks or must-visit eateries in bhuj/rann of kutch

  12. s k

    hello sangeeta, plan to visit ahemedabad next week on official tour, but i think i shall b able to squeeze out one day for myself. which i want to spend in a place near ahemedabad abt 100kms , pls suggest, i hv read abt little rann of k. but not much focussed info available .Patan is also an option.kindly help.

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      I hope I am not too late. I would suggest Patan/Modhera and Little Rann of Kutch. You can do Patan/ Modhera and stay overnight in LRK. Visit the Wild Ass Sanctuary for a safari next morning and return to Ahmedabad

  13. Priti Bhende

    Hi Sangeeta your article is well written ,I am from Mumbai and intend to visit Rann as per your view can I get a direct car ride from Mumbai to the entire tour visit for 8 of us to and fro will it be advisable.

  14. Rewa

    HI Sangeeta,

    The full moon nights day mentioned in Jan’17 is not correct(28th Jan)
    The full moon night in Jan’17 is falling on 12th Jan’17.


  15. Alok Know

    Hi Sangeeta!!!
    I’m going alone for GRK anyway after 7th Jan.. i live at Kovaya,a palace 70km away from Diu or 4 hrs journey distance from Rajkot.. suggest me for 2-3 days trip…

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      Day 1. Drive to Bhuj and Rest
      Day 2. 1/2 day Sightseeing in Bhuj and leave for Great Rann in the afternoon. Refer to my post on Bhuj for 1/2 day sightseeing
      Evening spend in GRK, night stay in Tent in GRK
      Day 3. Drive back with a detour in Mandvi if you want to go to a beach or do the India Bridge/Khavda/trip
      Hope this helps

  16. Aditya Pandit

    Hi Sangeetaji,
    First of all congratulations for the great article.
    We are going to Kutch on 16th December from Ahmedabad. We are a group of 10 people, which includes my 80 years old grandparents to a 8 year old sister. So, can you please suggest itinerary for us?

    1. Aditya Pandit

      And yes, we’ll be departing from Ahmedabad in early morning of 16th and begin our return journey from Kutch to Ahmedabad in afternoon on 20th.

  17. Kumar Kislay

    Hi Sangeeta,

    Beautifully written article and thanks for all the information. We are four people from Delhi who will arrive in Ahmadabad on morning of 15th December and leave from Ahmadabad on the night of 18th December.

    Should we hire a cab for the entire trip? I am travelling for the first time to the region and don’t really have an idea about what all can I fit in the 4D/3N that we have. Please suggest an itinerary that will suit us. Also is it possible to carry our own tent and pitch it in Rann of Kutch?


  18. Paul Robinson

    Hi sangeeta,

    Wonderful article, I at from chennai and I am flying to Ahmedabad on 8th evening, Got a flight back on 12th night.. I am planning to visit Rann of Kutch and possible locations around.. I as well am planning to hire a bike from ahmedabad, my supposive plan got dropped so I have to do a new fresh itinerary, a suggestion or a detailed plan will be a tour saver.

    Thank you

  19. Deepti

    Hi Sangeeta,

    I would like to travel to Rann of Kutch from Dec 15 to Dec 19. Flight tickets are booked. But I am looking for someone who can customize the travel for us. Can you help us with this?

  20. Pranjal Tiwari

    Hi Lakshmi,
    We group of 6 boys are planning a bike trip from ahemdabad to kutch for 4 days from 26 jan to 29 jan
    Here is the list of places daywise which we want to cover.
    But also we want to spent one night at rann which would be on 28 Jan..
    Can u please help us to finalise our plan ..
    Here goes my task list
    Day 1-26 Jan
    – Ahmedabad – Bhachau – Bhuj – 339 kms

    Day 2-27 Jan
    – Stay in Bhuj to see Prag Mahal ,Aaina Mahal
    – Bhuj – Dhordo – 81 kms

    Day 3-28 jan(Full Moon Night need to be on rann)
    – Dhordo – Rann – 1 KM
    – Dhordo – Kalo Dungar – 48 kms
    – Kalo Dungar – Bhuj – 90 kms

    Kala Dungar (Black Hill) offers a panoramic view from 458 meters above sea level. You can see all the way across to the Pakistani border.

    Day 4 (Optional)(Not Possible)
    – Dhordo – Lakhpat – Bhuj – ~300 kms
    Lakhpat has a fort which is worth visiting.

    Day 5(29 Jan)
    – Dhordo/Bhuj – Ahmedabad ~410 kms..
    Please help as it would be very grateful of u ..
    Please reply to me on pranjal007tiwari@gmail.com

  21. Padma

    Hi Sangeeta, Read your blog and really impressed with you taking time out to answer all the queries. I am also taking the liberty of writing to you.. I and my husband are planning a trip between Dec 17-25 and we want to cover both Kutch and Gir; Jamnagar will be our base. How do you recommend we best structure our trip to make it memorable. Thank you so much in advance:)


    We three members qant to visit Rann flof Kutch, somnath, dwarka and Diu. In dec last week. Can you please suggest plan.

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      Somnath, Dwarka, Diu are all along the coast and far from Rann. You will need to travel from Dwarka to Bhuj via Jamnagar and Gandhinagar. Rann of Kutch can be reached from Bhuj.

  23. Srishti Goenka

    Hi Sangeeta. Nice blog. Quiet informative
    I wanted to know if there is a location near the Great Rann of Kutch, during the Kutch festival where I can peacefully star gaze, without the telescopes and a little away from the crowd.

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      Hi Srishti,

      I guess my response is a little too late. Yes you can, just walk a little into the Rann and find a place for yourself.



    Hello madam..!!
    Thank you for such a good article.

    We would be riding a bike from baroda to kutch and shall reach by 10 decmbr night. 11 and 12 will be there only and on 13 morning will be returning back. (as per proposed plan). My queries are :

    1. Two days are sufficient enough to cover in and around places of Grk or kutch villages and what all are the places to visit ??

    2. If we want to avoid tent stay bcz of budget, where can we stay in budget economical hotels or somewhere else which could be convenient distance wise ??

    3. What should be our trip planning so that maximum can be covered?

    Or anything that you would like to add further in order to made our trip memorable.

    Thanking you.

  25. Bhakti shah

    Hi Sangeeta, very nice blog, lots of useful information. Can you pls help me where to stay in Bhuj…good hotel …i have 7 days trip planned to-fro Bhuj in Jan 2017.

  26. Navyaprateek

    Hi sangeeta
    Me and my husband have planned our trip to Jaipur for 4days, we will be staying at Jaipur.. can u pls guide me with our trip. We want to see the runnutsav can we hire a car from Jaipur go and come back in one day? It’s our anniversary trip would u suggest some places for us cuz we have only 4days there.. want to utilise it to the max.

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      Jaipur is in Rajasthan and Rann is in the Western End of Gujarat which is more than 24 hrs drive away. Maybe you are mistaken with some other destination.

  27. Pooja

    Hello Sangeeta,

    I am travelling to Gujarat on 27/12. I am planning to visit the Wild Ass Sanctuary, Dholavira and Bhuj in 3-4 days. Do you have any idea about the cheapest stay options in these places?
    What according to you will be the best itinerary for this trip?
    Thanks! 🙂

  28. sachi

    Hi Sangeeta,
    Thanks for the nice blog. I would be travelling to Kutch in first week of Dec for a day. Could you please suggest how to best utilize my time over there.

      1. darshan

        Hi Sangeeta,

        Your words helped me a lot to plan my trip. Thanks for that….

        Basically, we are 4 ppl planning to visit Rann and couple of other places in 2nd or 3rd week of decemeber on our own vechicle. I heard that we have to take permission from security force to enter main Rann on our own vechicles. Is that true ?? if yes, could you please guide me with the procedure ?

  29. Saurabh

    Hi Sangeeta, we are planning a 6-8 day trip. Will be driving in our own car from Ahmedabad. We want to attend Rann Utsav, but apart from that, are interested in wildlife, heritage sightseeing, scenic spots etc. Can you please suggest an itinerary?

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      Please include Patan, Modhera, Little Rann of Kutch on the way between Ahd and Bhuj. Also spend time in Mandvi, Koteshwar and in the handicraft villages.

  30. Aparna

    Thank you for the great article!
    Just a query. Is it possible to just attend the Rann utsav without booking any tent? Or are there any passes? I don’t think it’s possible for me to stay around the GRK or at Rann utsav tents. I’m planning to visit kutch from Bhuj. Can we just stay at the festival throughout the night? Please let me know.


    1. Sangeeta Post author

      You can hire a cab from Bhuj and visit Rann Utsav. They do not have whole night programs so you cannot just hang around in the Rann, security forces will ask you to leave. I suggest, you spend time until about 8pm and return to Bhuj, lots of people do that.

  31. Yogesh

    Hello Sangeeta, Thank you for a wonderful write up, its really good to know about your experience first hand and recommendations on how best to spend ones time there.

    We (3 adults and my elderly mother) are looking to arrive in Bhuj on 12th Nov 2016 for either 4 to 6 days, pls advice how best to spend and optimize our time there ensuring we experience and explore the best places Bhuj has to offer. One other blog had mentioned that a night in the RANN is a must and there are Govt tents available, can you please advice how I could make booking with the tent accommodation. Also we are looking to stay in 2 to 3 star accommodation and would appreciate if you could advice on whom to contact. Are there home stays that be contacted too?

    We hope to travel on to Shreenathji (Nathdwara) after our trip to BHUJ so please take this into consideration when advising on our itinerary.

    Thank yo sin advance,


    1. Sangeeta Post author

      Day 1 . Spend time in Bhuj Sightseeing. I have a blog on Bhuj you can check that out
      Day 2: Spend the day in Mandvi
      Day 3: Bhuj to Mata No Madh-Koteshwar- Narayan Sarovar to Great Rann of Kutch
      Day 4. Handicraft villages in the morning, Rann Utsav and Rann in the evening.
      Day 5 – Back from Bhuj

      I will also recommend a one night stay in GRK. Shaam e Sarhad is very nice and comfortable in the surrounding. Bhuj has some nice places like Mangalam and Ilark. You can contact NorthWest Safaries who planned my trip.

      Tel: + 91 79 26308031, 26302019; Cell: + 91 94260 89801;
      email: nwsafaris@hotmail.com

  32. Smriti Jain

    Hey Sangeeta,
    We are a group of 3 people planning to travel to kutch sometime between 26th and 30th of December. 2 of us from kolkata and 1 from Jaipur. Could you please suggest a good itenary that includes the best sight seeing places experientially over a pan of 3-4 days.
    Thanks in advance.

  33. Sri Kalyani

    Hi Sangeeta

    We are a group of 8 members and we are planning to visit rann of Kutch in the month of January 2017.
    We have few places in mind.. kindly suggest if we can visit them in 6 days.
    List of places:
    Ahmadabad( for akshardam temple)
    Great rann of Kutch
    Little rann of kutch
    Rann festival
    Kindly suggest us also the travel agent you have contacted…

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      Hi Kalyani,

      It will be rushed but you can. I think you may need to drop Rajkot.
      Day 1. Ahmedabad – Lothal in the morning, Gandhi Ashram in the afternoon and Akshardham in the evening. Time permits, do other spots
      Day 2. Ahd-Modhera-Patan-Little Rann of Kutch
      Day 3. LRK- Wild Ass Sanctuary tour and after breakfast drive to Bhuj. Half day sightseeing of Bhuj.
      Day 4. Drive to GRK via Nirona handicraft village. Evening spend time in Rann, Attend Rann Utsav programs.
      Day 5. Attend Rann Utsav/ go to other villages around Rann and drive to Mandvi. Spend evening on beach and return to Bhuj late evening
      Day 6. Bhuj to Ahmedabad.

      You can contact – NorthWest Safaries
      113 Kamdhenu Complex, Opp, Sahjanand College,
      Ahmedabad – 380015 (Gujarat) India

      Tel: + 91 79 26308031, 26302019
      Cell: + 91 94260 89801

      email: nwsafaris@hotmail.com

  34. Meenakshi

    Hi sangeeta.
    LOved your article.
    We are planning to see the rann utsav this dec. CAn u tell me if it is teally nevessary to stay in the tents?
    Which isthe nearest possible place to keep as base and travel to rann dessert and come back.
    Also m very keen in shopping stuffs.
    SO all together which place donu recomend to keep as base and travel to
    Mainly rann utsav
    And also the tourist places around.

    Thanks in advance

  35. Pooja

    Hi Sangeeta, Really nice article. We will be travelling from Dwarka to Rann of Kutch then we will continue to Mount Abu. So should we stay in Bhuj/Hodka or is there any possibility to stay near Rapar? Also, we are planning just 2 days in Rann of Kutch, will that be enough?

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      Hi Pooja,
      Thank You for reading my blog. I would suggest you stay as close to Rann as possible since you have only 2 days in hand. Try for Shaam e Sarhad, Hodka or Toran. 2 days will be good for Rann of Kutch, Handicraft Villages and Bhuj Sightseeing and maybe a quick trip to Mandvi. The palace in Mandvi is awesome and you can watch Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam come alive from the terrace.
      Hope this helps.


    Hi Sangeeta..its my first time writing to U…Actually me and my husband are planning to visit kutch for just 3days..What do u suggest us to visit..??

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      Hi Nilakshi,

      Thank You for writing in. I assume you are referring to Great Rann of Kutch. It is not clear when and where you are landing. If you are flying or driving or taking a train to Bhuj then – spend the day around Bhuj, shopping in Bhujodi, Shroff Bazaar and travel to Mandvi in the evening. The beach is lovely and so is the food in Mandvi. Next morning drive into Great Rann of Kutch via Fossil Park, Nakhtarana and Nirona villages. Evening spend on the Rann of Kutch. Next day you can drive to India Bridge, Khavda etc and return to Bhuj for onward journey.


  37. Asgar

    Hey Sangeeta! Thank for Nice Post!

    Kutch is one of the best destination in Gujarat to visit. it’s a amazing place in gujarat. when we were at the white rann ok kutch its seems that land is covered by a big white “chaddar” 🙂

  38. Akshatha Bhat

    Hi Sangeeta,

    I am planning to travel to ahmedabad in october during navratri. I want to plan my trip with the minimum number of days possible. I want to visit rann of kutch n see flemingos. could you please suggest the best plan.

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      I am not sure you can see Flamingo’s in October. The best place to see them is in Wild Ass Sanctuary – Little Rann of Kutch which is not too far from Ahmedabad. If you have time then visit Modhera and Patan during the day.
      Day 1 – Ahd to LRK via Modhera and Patan. Stay in Rann Riders or similar resort
      Day 2 – Morning drive to Wild Ass Sanctuary for Flamingo’s and Wild Ass
      Afternoon drive to Bhuj
      Day 3 – Bhuj to Great Rann of Kutch with Bhuj sightseeing or handicraft villages. Evening, in Great Rann of Kutch (White Desert)
      Day 4 – Great Rann of Kutch to Ahmedabad ( 7 hrs ) approx.
      Hope this helps.

  39. Varsha Pal

    Hello Sangeeta

    We are planning a trip to Rann Of Kutch in the month of November. Can you Please suggest us some good places to see there and What is the best time to visit Rann of kutch.

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      Thank you for visiting my blog. The best time is definitely around a full moon night. There are lots of places to visit around GRK and most of them are listed on my blog. Mandvi, Bhuj, Koteshwar, Narayan Sarovar, Dholavira, Handicraft Villages, Little Rann et al.

  40. harsh

    Hi sANGEETA.. v ELOBORATIVE .. can u suggest if I should do my own bookings and itinerary or take a package from rannutsav.net

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      Hey Harsh,

      I had decided my own itinerary and got bookings done through an agent. It totally depends on what you are looking for. I like my own freedom during travel making changes when required


  41. Sachin

    Hi Sangeeta,
    Thanks for such a lovely information.
    We are 3 people and planning a road trip to Kutch for 6 days from Delhi in the mid of September 2016,
    Kindly suggest how should we plan our trip to get most out of it.


    1. Sangeeta Post author

      Hi Sachin,

      Thank You for writing in. I assume you are driving all the way from Delhi. Drive straight to Bhuj with a stopover in Rajasthan.
      1. Spend 1/2 day exploring Bhuj and then spend an evening in Mandvi exploring the palace and beach. Stay at Mandvi
      2. Drive to Koteshwar-Narayan Sarovar-Mata No Madh and reach GRK by evening. Spend the night in Dhordo or Shaam e Sarhad
      3. Next morning drive to India bridge, Kalo Dungar and head out to Little Rann of Kutch
      4. Spend the morning in the sanctuary for the wild ass and salt farming, not much birds at this time time of he year. Return to Ahmedabad after visiting Rani Ki Vav and Modhera.If you are okay to skip ahmedabad, head out to Delhi
      5. Ahmedabad City

      Warm Regards,

  42. Anju Rai

    Dear Sangeeta, Very informative article. I live inDdelhi. We ( self and husband are planning a trip to Ahmedabad and Kutch in late Jan 17. we plan to fly to Ahmedabad, and then hire a taxi which then drops us back to Ahmedabad airport.We plan to spend 3 days in Ahmedabad and have 3 -4days for kutch. I am very keen on shopping for textiles and the lovely embroidery work of Bhuj. Could you suggest where to stay, Bhuj or mandvi, and a rough itineary that covers all the must see things.

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      Hi Anju,

      Thanks for writing in. I would suggest 2 days in Ahmedabad, 1 day in Little Rann of Kutch and 3 days in Bhuj-GRK.
      Day 1 – Ahd Arrive and Sightseeing
      Day 2 – Ahd – Take the Ahd City Walk from Swaminarayan Temple Kalupur in the morning. Sightseeing
      Day 3 – Ahd to LRK via Modhera and Patan (Check out the Patola Saree Workshop). Stay in Rann Riders
      Day 4 – Wild Ass Sanctuary and Birdwatching in the morning. Leave for Bhuj after lunch. On the way stop at Bhujodi Handicraft village for shopping. Stay in Bhuj
      Day 5 – Half Day Bhuj Sightseeing (Swaminarayan Temple+Mahals). Drive down to Mandvi and watch sunset in Mandvi. Return to Bhuj for night stay
      Day 6.- Bhuj to Great Rann of Kutch via Nirona Village and Kala Rakha/ Shrujan etc for handicrafts. Spend the evening in Rann of Kutch and stay in Shaam e Sarhad
      Day 7 – GRK to Ahd airport about 7 hours.

      Hope this helps. Regards,

      Day 5 –
      Day 4 –

  43. Argho Roy Choudhury

    I want to visit Kutch in march.Is everything better there during that time?can you please tell me the places for bird-watching in Kutch?.

  44. Ali Tinwala

    Hi Sangeeta
    Wonderful post! remember me joyful evening in Rann Utsav heald on 2014 🙂 Very glorious festival at Kutch. This year Kutch Festival will be starting on 1st November 2016 To 19 Feb 2016; I would like to suggest you to publish post about how to reach in Kutch Festival and places to visit during Kutch Rann Utsav. Here is Official Website for Rann Utsav http://www.rannutsavonline.com/

  45. Nilanjan Pande

    We are four person, from Kolkata planning to visit Kutch in this year during mid october preferably in a full moon. Could you please chalk out a trip plan for three days.

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      This is an exhaustive plan for Kutch. You can drop what you want to

      Please plan your trip around 16th October if possible since it is Full Moon and Kutch Rann will be beautiful. 1 day sightseeing in Bhuj (Prag Mahal, Aaina Mahal), Museum, Bhujodi Handicrafts, Chhatris etc. Day 2- Do a day trip to Mandvi via the Jinalaya. Day 3- Travel to Koteshwar, Lakhpat, Mata No Madh, Narayan Sagar and on your way back turn into Great Rann of Kutch via Nakhtarana. You can visit the Fossil Park as well. See the beauty of Rann in the evening. Next day visit Nirona and other villages for handi crafts as well as Chadi Dand. Enjoy Rann in the evening. Next day leave for India Bridge and head to Bhuj. Happy to help if you need other information. Shaam e Sarhad, Toran, Dhordo Resort are places to stay in Rann of Kutch. If you are not into handicrafts then reduce 1 day in Rann of Kutch and travel to Dholavira.

  46. Dipesh pandya

    Hi I want to visit kutch in the month of October. Is it possible for you to let me no how I can plan my trip, we are group of 15 people, and we would like to plan our trip for 4 night 5 days. All of us will be coming from Mumbai.

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      Please plan your trip around 16th October if possible since it is Full Moon and Kutch Rann will be beautiful. Please take overnight train or flight to Bhuj. 1 day sightseeing in Bhuj (Prag Mahal, Aaina Mahal), Museum, Bhujodi Handicrafts, Chhatris etc. Day 2- Do a day trip to Mandvi via the Jinalaya. Day 3- Travel to Koteshwar, Lakhpat, Mata No Madh, Narayan Sagar and on your way back turn into Great Rann of Kutch via Nakhtarana. You can visit the Fossil Park as well. See the beauty of Rann in the evening. Next day visit Nirona and other villages for handi crafts as well as Chadi Dand. Enjoy Rann in the evening. Next day leave for India Bridge and head to Bhuj. Happy to help if you need other information. Shaam e Sarhad, Toran, Dhordo Resort are places to stay in Rann of Kutch. If you are not into handicrafts then reduce 1 day in Rann of Kutch and travel to Dholavira.

  47. Vineet

    Nice compilation. As it is said, the true beauty lies deep beneath the body. I feel it is truly a gem which is overlooked by many. Anyway !!! It is never too late to explorer.

  48. Gayatri

    I am planning to visit Kutch. I am travellign from pune and reaching Ahmadabad in morning. since that day I have 4 days.After that I want to return to Ankaleshwar, to visit relatives.

    Can you please list some places I must/can visit during journey to kutch from Ahmadabad?

    or any travel agency who can best plan my tour?


    1. Sangeeta Post author

      I am so sorry, just saw your message. Not sure if your trip is already over. You can contact North West Safaries – I had planned my trip with their help. Contact PH : 079 – 26302019 – 26308031

  49. Vinay Panchang

    Hello Sangeeta….
    I am Vinay, from Pune. I plan to drive to Kutch… can you please elaborate on the permit you mentioned about to enter the Rann of Kutch? I plan to go with my wife and my 8 month old baby boy.

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      Hi Vinay,

      The permit is very simple. You can take the permit in your name. They require a photo id and a photo copy of the same. Unless it is a weekend, the queue is not that long. You will need to take it at the entry point of Great Rann of Kutch.

  50. Arun

    Nice Compilation , Really Nice to read through. i was in Gujarat Last feb and must say Kutch is one of the best places ,i have been to ..

  51. Arun

    We did rann of kutch, little rann of Kutch this year.. Here is the video documentary of it. This might be of interest to you

  52. shilpi

    V nice tour
    Thanx for such good info
    Is dere any travel agency u can sugest will plan my dis trip in frst week of march
    Wud like to explore kutch for sure

  53. AnujDeo

    First of all Thanks for this helpful post.
    I am a Solo traveler and I will be visiting Kutch-Rann for 2-3 days. I will hire a bike on rent from Bhuj.
    it would be great if you could suggest me the places to see nearby Great Rann in 2 days.
    I have also heard that there isn’t much to see & stay for 2 days, so is there any other place I can visit?
    I am mostly Interested in Dholavira & Wild Life Sanctuary.


    1. Sangeeta Post author

      Dholavira is very far from Great Rann and you will spend the day driving back and forth. You can drive around the Great Rann visit handicraft villages, India Bridge etc. For birding I would suggest Chadi Dand and Kutch Bustard, Narayan Sarovar, Banni Grasslands etc.

  54. Ankur Bhartia

    I and my few friends are planing to visit rann but i can only find that we need to do all the pre booking thru the travel agents by any chance can we do the booking directly or from where we can get the best deal.

    Please advice

    1. Sangeeta Post author

      I guess you mean Great Rann. Please book in Shaam e Sarhad, Dhordo or Toran Resort. All can be booked on line. The issue is sending a draft to them since they do not have Online Bank Transfer.

  55. Gauree

    Hi, can you tell me the an estimated budget for this trip? I’m a student and I want to explore Rann of Kutch on my own or with a few friends.

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  57. Anjali Dhingra

    First a fall, I would like to tell you that you have done a wonderful task and your write up seems to be amazing. Keep it up.
    Little Ran of Kutch: It is one of the best place to visit at least once in your lifetime.
    Planning to there and experience it all by myself. If anybody is interested please let me know. We can plan something out. Between I found this good deal online. Check it out.


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