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A short trip to witness the White Rann of Kutch Gujarat promises incredible food, some amazing sites, and so much culture. We suggest planning a trip between November and February so you are greeted with good weather to explore.

It is easy to fly into Ahmedabad or Bhuj from most major cities. Once you are there, you can rent a daily cab with a driver! In terms of hotels we suggest spending 2-3 nights in Bhuj and 1-2 nights at the Rann of Kutch. Time Square Club is a nice hotel to book in Bhuj or you could also look up Radisson Kandla. And as for the Rann of Kutch, try to book something close the gates of the Rann, so you can visit the salt flats at midnight as well. We suggest White Rann Resort for its proximity to the salt desert.

White Rann Resort is a good option as it’s close to the white salt desert
Tents at White Rann Resort
Bhujio Hills is a great viewpoint

Now let’s go on to the things to do in the area. Here’s a detailed guide with more than 10 reasons to visit Bhuj, Kutch and surrounding areas in Gujarat:

  1. Salt Desert of Gujarat: The Rann of Kutch is a vast salt desert that stretches across the border of Gujarat and Pakistan. It is a unique and breathtaking landscape that offers stunning views, especially during the Rann Utsav, a festival celebrated here every year. Visitors can witness the vast expanse of white salt and enjoy various activities like camel rides, cultural performances, and stargazing. This is often the first stop for most tourists and while it is beautiful, don’t forget to check out at least some things from the rest of this list while you are in Bhuj 🙂
  2. Prag Mahal: Prag Mahal is a magnificent palace located in Bhuj. It showcases a blend of Italian Gothic architecture with local craftsmanship. Visitors can explore the intricately designed halls, beautiful paintings, and a towering bell tower offering panoramic views of the city.
  3. Aina Mahal: Aina Mahal, also known as the Palace of Mirrors, is another architectural gem in Bhuj. It was built in the 18th century and displays a remarkable fusion of Indian and European architectural styles. The palace features intricate mirror work, ornate glass windows, and exquisite marble carvings.
  4. Bhuj Chatedi: Bhuj Chatedi is a complex of tombs dedicated to the royal family of Kutch. These beautifully crafted structures boast intricate carvings and are an excellent example of Indo-Islamic architecture. You can admire the elaborate designs and learn about the history and culture of the region – try going early as it tends to get really crowded as the day goes on
  5. Bhujio Hills: Bhujio Hills is a small hillock located near Bhuj. It offers a panoramic view of the city and is famous for the Bhujio Fort situated atop it. Visitors can climb to the fort and witness the spectacular sunset over the cityscape. We wouldn’t recommend anyone with the mildest vertigo or any mobility issues to go here as the steps are quite uneven and high!
  6. Kutch Canyon:An offbeat find, Khari Nadi Gorge: Khari Nadi Gorge, also known as the Kutch Canyon, is a geological marvel located in the Kutch region. It offers a unique landscape with rugged cliffs and deep gorges. You can go trekking here – keep your camera ready while exploring this natural wonder.
  7. Mandvi Beach: Mandvi Beach is coastal stretch known for its views. The beach is also dotted with windmills, adding to its charm. Mandvi tends to get quite crowded, especially at sunset but the neighbouring stretches of beach remain a lot less crowded. Now that the must-sees are covered let’s go onto some more suggestions in the surrounding areas if you have some extra time
  8. Ramkund Bhuj: Ramkund is a holy pond located in Bhuj where devotees take ritual baths. It is believed to be a sacred spot and holds religious significance. Visitors can witness the religious rituals or purely experience the spiritual ambiance of the place
  9. Lakhpat: If you’re up for a day trip, Lakhpat is a ghost town located near the India-Pakistan border. It was once a prosperous trading center but now stands abandoned. Visitors can explore the ruins, visit the Lakhpat Fort, and witness the haunting beauty of this deserted town.
  10. Bhadreshwar Jain Tirth Mundra: Bhadreshwar Jain Tirth is an important pilgrimage site for Jains located in Mundra. It features a grand temple complex with intricately carved pillars and idols. Visitors can explore the serene surroundings, participate in religious ceremonies, and admire the architectural beauty.
  11. Ram Ni Vav: Ram Ni Vav is a stepwell located in Bhuj city. It is known for its stunning architecture and intricate carvings depicting mythological scenes. Visitors can descend into the well and witness the mesmerising artistry.
  12. Flamingos in the Small Rann: The Little Rann of Kutch is a vast salt marsh where you can spot a large number of flamingos during the winter season. You can take a safari here and witness the mesmerizing sight of these elegant birds in their natural habitat if you’re lucky!
  13. Hunnarshala Foundation: Hunnarshala Foundation is an organization dedicated to promoting sustainable and vernacular architecture. Their office in Bhuj showcases innovative and eco-friendly building techniques. If you’re keen on architecture and sustainable design, then do can visit this beautiful office and learn about their initiatives.
  14. Siddhpur: Finally 2 suggestions for those of you who you have extra time in Gujarat and plan to visit Ahmedabad on your trip. A bit further afield, Siddhpur is a town known for its unique blend of Bohri Muslim culture and European-style houses. You can stroll through the narrow lanes, admire the well-preserved heritage houses, and experience the rich cultural heritage of the Bohri community.
  15. Sun Temple Modhera: A short drive from Ahmedabad, The Sun Temple in Modhera is a stunning example of ancient Indian architecture. Dedicated to the Sun God, it showcases intricate carvings and sculptures. Visitors can witness the grandeur of the temple and attend the annual Modhera Dance Festival held in its premises.

These are just some of the many reasons to visit Gujarat. The region offers so much by way of history, culture, architecture, and natural beauty, making it an amazing destination for travellers in India. Do consider it for your next holiday 🙂

Sunset at Mandvi beach
Playing with perspective at White Rann of Kutch

2 thoughts on “Planning a memorable trip to Gujarat – Bhuj and White Rann of Kutch

  1. Count me in! Your article has me itching to explore the vibrant culture and breathtaking landscapes of this region. Thanks for the detailed tips and insights; they’ll surely make my trip smoother. Can’t wait to immerse myself in the rich heritage and natural beauty Gujarat has to offer.

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