Kutch

A stroll on Mandvi Beach

We drive to Mandvi Beach to laze out in the winter Sun. The beach is a curving stretch of yellow sand fringed by green waters, with windmills on one side and an uninterrupted view of the Arabian sea on the other. The sea is safe for swimming and the beach is ideal for walking. The beautiful beach offers many fun activities including Camel rides, bubble floats, speedboats and even para-sailing. But for us peace hunters, a few steps away there is the silence of the gentle waves and the occasional herons flying by.

I am strolling on Mandvi beach, with the cool waters of the ocean slipping though my toes The noise of the jeering tourists is drowned by the gentle waves of the Arabian Sea A wave of black herons fly by as if the dimming sun is prodding them to go back to their homes Situated at the border of Diu and Gujarat, Mandvi beach is a 6 km long stretch where the pristine water of the turquoise Arabian Sea adjoins the seashore It was once a major port of the region and summer retreat for King Maharao of Kutch Once we were back from the salt desert of White Rann, we decided to spend an evening at this pristine beach
Rann Utsav

Colors of Rann Utsav

The Dhordo tents are the most amazing place to stay while exploring the beauty of White Rann. Located just 15 minutes away from the white desert, with luxury tent accommodations, round the clock Gujarati delicacies, a caring staff and numerous activities, you will not have a dull moment for the stay.

The advent of winter in India brings with it the best weather to experience the historically rich nation We were in Bhuj to spend a few days in leisure at the Rann Utsav Rann Utsav is an initiative of the government of Gujarat, which facilitates a four-month long festival in the midst of the Thar desert, every year starting from November and lasting till February A smart move that generates livelihood for the local villagers who are only too happy to welcome visitors from across the globe – to savor the local delicacies and to witness the unique culture of Kutch Bhuj to Rann Utsav We landed in Bhuj a day before to prepare ourselves for the days at White Rann
Kalo Dungar

Ride to Kalo Dungar

We ride out deep into the desert to explore Kalo Dungar also known as the Black Hill. Kalo Dungar is the highest point in Kutch and the best place to enjoy a panoramic view of the amazing Rann of Kutch. Though not literally black, the hill is known so because in olden times, the merchants returning to Kutch from Sindh used to be guided by this lonesome hill in the grim desert, which used to appear black because of the shadow cast by the sun.

I am at Kalo Dungar, some 50 km north of Dhordo tent city, on the top of the Black Hills The highest point in Kutch, offers a bird’s-eye view of the Great Rann of Kutch From here, the entire northern horizon vanishes into the Great Rann, the desert and sky becoming indistinguishable on the horizon Drive from Dhordo Tent City to Kalo Dungar I and my travel companion – Ranita, were staying at the Dhordo Tent city Every year, the government of Gujarat holds a four-month-long festival known as ‘The Rann Utsav’ starting from November to February The stay at the Tent city includes a free bus tour to Kalo Dungar

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