Gujarat’s uniqueness resides in its culture and history and it is advised to follow a specific itinerary that is aligned to your interests. Due to its poor infrastructure, distances and heavy industrial freight on the roads it is advised to pick out a particular interest, plan it and go enjoy it. Most intrepid visitors do a 5 – 8 day tour of Gujarat after visiting Rajasthan – Delhi – Agra: either the indigenous culture and textile circuit of Ahmedabad – Dasada – Kutch district or the archaeological trail from Ahmedabad which takes in Patan and Modhera to the north west (of Ahmedabad) and then south down to Lothal and Palitana.
We have offered a number of options here, all of course which can be mixed and matched. For advice, planning and execution do contact the Gujarat specialists North West Safaris, whose operations manager Anil Bhagia and owner, the experienced travel writer (Thomas Cook, Rough Guide, Footprint) Anil Mulchandani, will tailor make your trip.
(North West Safaris 113 Kamdhenu Complex opp. Sahjanand College, Panjarpole Cross Roads, Ambawadi, Ahmedabad, ph: 079/26302019 26308031 fax: 26300962 mob: 098240 72075 www.northwestsafaris.com)
This is a must do itinerary if you are interested in ethnic, tribal cultures and crafts, but be prepared for some long, dusty days and basic but comfortable accommodation. That said however, there is a choice below, depending on your capacity for creature comforts.
Ahmedabad to Dasada via Patan and Modhera (3,5 hours)
(Stay 2 nights in Ahmedabad at House of MG or Taj Gateway Ummed)
(Stay over in Dasada in the Little Rann of Kutch 2/3 nights at Rann Riders)
Dasada to Bhuj area, Greater Rann of Kutch (5 hours; the northern Banni area including Ludia, Khavda and Hodka.)
(Stay at Shaam-e-Sarhad Desert Resort for 1 or 2 nights or at Nakhatrana’s Infinity Resort, which is a far more comfortable and less basic accommodation option than Shaam-e-Sarhad above but a little further to drive to and from the Banni area.
Note: You will be using these places as bases from which to explore the tribal villages so it is best to stay 2 nights or more as you will be spending long hot hours in the car.
Mandvi (This is an additional option for a change of scenery – you could spend a night at Mandvi Beach Camp and a night at Infinity or just skip the beach camp altogether which requires you to drive an hour to and from Bhuj.) Fly out of Bhuj airport.
Day 1: Arrive Mumbai- o/n
Day 2: Mumbai – Ahmedabad (train / flight)
Day 2/3: Arrive Ahmedabad o/n
Day 3/4: Ahmedabad o/n
Day 5: depart early for Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary (Nalsarovar is about 2hours from Ahmedabad) – Palitana o/n
Day 6: Palitana – Gir o/n
Day 7: Gir (closes 15th June so I may not make it) – Diu o/n
Day 8: Diu – o/n
Diu – Jamnagar – (Bhuj)
Day 9: Anjar – Wild ass Sanctuary
Day 10: Kutch – Patan via Modhera
Day 11: Patan – Mt Abu (Rajasthan)
Then it’s possible to travel on into Rajasthan and visit western Rajasthan, Udaipur and the Aravallis etc.
Please see Rajasthan itineraries.
Ahmedabad (Taj Residency Ummed)
Nal Sarovar (either here or after Dasada)
Dasada (Rann Riders)
Mumbai to Bhuj (overnight train or flight)
Kutch – Jamnagar
Jamnagar – Diu
Diu – Palitana
Palitana – Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad – Modhera – Patan – Mt Abu