Backpackers blueprint around Ahmedabad and Raan of Kutch

Blueprints, Gujarat

Here is The Land Out There’s blueprint to a backpacking trip through the northern part of Gujarat, which is famous for its white desert, kite festivals and temples.

The route listed below can be done by us at Rs1000/day without food. The route can also be customized on request provided there are a minimum of 6 and maximum of 8 backpackers.

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Day 1:

  • Reach the colorful city of Ahmedabad early in the morning.
  • Check into a guest house/lodge.
  • After breakfast visit the International Kite festival at Sardar Patel Stadium/Riverfront, also visit the famous Kankaria- a mini city
  • Return to the Guest house/lodge and experience kite flying first hand. After dusk the sky is filled with tukkals (kites brightly lit with diyas and candles)
  • Post dinner visit the Patang bazaar- a market that is open for 24 hrs during the kite festival where you can get a glimpse of how the manja(string used to fly kites) are made.
  • Return to the guest house for a goodnight sleep.

Day 2:

  • Fly kites in the morning and experience the festive fights of locals trying to cut rival kites while they scream and shout and play songs.
  • Post lunch visit Law garden- the famous market for Gujarati traditional wear and handicrafts.
  • Return back from the market after an early dinner and pack up.
  • Board a non-Ac sleeper bus 10pm for Bhuj 336km.

Day 3:

  • Reach Bhuj by 6am the largest white desert in the world.
  • Check into guest house/lodge.
  • After breakfast Pragmahal Palace, palace of the ruler of kutch. Also visit Aaina Mahal, which literally means Palace of Mirrors and is located in the compound Pragmahal Palace.
  • After lunch visit Shree Swaminayan Temple and Hamirsar Lake.
  • Return back to Bhuj for dinner.

Day 4:

  • Leave early in the morning by local bus/tuk-tuk to visit the rural villages of Narayon Saravor, Koteshwar, Lakpath.
  • Have breakfast in a local Dhabba.
  • Spend time with the villagers and live a day with them in their homes.

Day 5:

  • After breakfast, say good bye to your host and leave for the villages of by tuk-tuk/local bus Karo Dungar, Dhordo, Bhirendiyara.
  • Spend another night in any one of the villages.

Day 6:

  • After breakfast return back to Bhuj by local bus.
  • Reach Bhuj by 12pm.
  • After lunch board a non Ac sleeper bus from Bhuj to Mumbai by 3pm.

Day 7:

  • Reach Mumbai by 6am.

Text by: Divya Pai

Photography by: Umesh Gawde


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