VIBRANT GUJARAT RANN UTSAV

VIBRANT GUJARAT RANN UTSAV

Overview

Daily Schedule

   Arrive Ahmedabad

  • Drive to Bhuj. Stop at Malia for a quick tea/snack break. Continue to Kutch - This is a panoramic drive through salt pans and windmills. You may also see some migratory birds at salt pans.
  • On way to Bhuj stop at Dhaneti village for Embroidery by Ahir community. Ahir embroidery of Gujarat is a rhythmic row of embroidered patterns, circular mirrors encircled with stitches enriching the fabric and material of this kind can be used for home decor, clothing, and other utility.
  • Later you will be visiting the Block Printers at Ajrakhpur village which is known worldwide, for the art of block-printing using colours derived from nature, such as indigo, henna, turmeric, pomegranate, iron, and mud. In some cases, the fabrics are washed up to 20 times. The printing blocks are hand-carved. The Khatri’s are a community of block-printers adept in the 3,000-yearold art of Ajrakh. The process is complex and involves 16 different processes. Ismail Mohammed Khatri has gained critical acclaim for his innovative use of natural dyes that include a mixture of camel dung, soda ash, and castor oil, waste iron, myrobalan, madder, indigo, pomegranate peel boiled in water, sprays of turmeric water and the root of rhubarb. After check-in, visit Bhujodi Village for shopping. Overnight at hotel in Bhuj.
   Banni Region
  • Post breakfast at the hotel in Bhuj, continue to Banni Region of Kutch visiting Nirona Village - for Rogan Arts on a piece of cloth. The word Rogan comes from Persian and means ‘oil-based’. Seeing it live made us realize how delicately the Rogan thread has to be led with precision to give shape to one’s imagination.
  • Copper Crafts - The Luhars in Nirona have been preserving the craft of making copper bells over seven generations. From the 65-year-old head of the family, Luhar Husen Sidhik, to his 18year-old grandson, Faruk, the Luhars are passionately taking the art forward. Faruk who is pursuing his college education is keen on giving a new spin to the art.
  • Early evening visit the White Rann (free transportation provided by the organisers of your Tent City. The White Desert comes alive under the Full Moon and be enthralled by the un-ending horizon as it merges into the moonlight. You can also enjoy a camel safari and other activities at extra cost.
  • Return to the Resort for Dinner and Cultural Evening. Overnight at White Rann Resort.
   white rann
  • Early morning enjoy the sunrise at White Rann. Enjoy the beauty of the White Desert at Sunrise and witness the different shades of white salt which sparkles with the rays of the sun. A not to miss spectacle at the Rann.
  • Visit Khavda to see Potters and Samma tribe and later Kala Dungar / Dattatreya Temple.
  • Enjoy festivities at Tent City. Dinner and overnight at White Rann Resort.
   Post Breakfast drive to Ahmedabad
  • Further, you will be visiting the most wonderful Textile and Tribal Museum in Ajrakhpur – LLDC Museum “Living and Learning Design Center” (time permitting) LLDC is, however, much more than a museum. It is envisioned as a multi-dimensional crafts education and resource center, where craftspeople can meet and learn from one another.
  • Our hope is that it will help us do for the other crafts of Kutch what we have been able to achieve for hand embroidery.
  • Lunch at café in LLDC Museum. (on your own).
  • Overnight at hotel in Ahmedabad.
   Post Breakfast drive to Ahmedabad
  • After breakfast at hotel in Ahmedabad – India’s first UNESCO World Heritage City, leave for a day trip to: - Siddhpur - to see the beautifully carved Bohra Haveli’s. - Patan Stepwell – Rani Ki Vav.
  • This magnificent stepwell is designed as an inverted temple and adorned with 1,500 sculptures. A masterpiece of architecture, construction, and adornment, Rani Ki Vav in Patan, Gujarat, is the only stepwell to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. - Double Ikat Patan Patola – The Cloth Of The Kings.
  • A Patola sari is a lifetime investment that endures for over 100 years. Patan is only one of three regions in the world that produce double Ikat fabric, the most complicated of all textile designs. Meet the last Ikat Patan Patola Weavers and watch the weavers give form to this exquisite fabric. A little over two hours from Ahmedabad, the town of Patan is the ancient fortified town on the banks of the Saraswati River, founded by Vanraj Chavda in 745 CE and subsequently ruled by the powerful Solanki dynasty. - Modhera Sun Temple:
  • It is now time to turn over another leaf in the history books by visiting Modhera Sun Temple dedicated to Surya the Sun God. It is a relic of the Solanki Dynasty built in the 1026 AD and is famous for its magnificent architecture. Late evening visit Radha Madhav Temple followed by Dinner at Gordhan Thal in Ahmedabad on S G Highway. (On your own) Overnight in Ahmedabad.
   Post Breakfast drive to Ahmedabad
  • Start your day with a Guided Heritage Walk of the old city which starts at Swaminarayan Mandir, Kalupur at 8.00 a.m. daily and terminates at Manek Chowk, Jumma Masjid at 10.30 a.m.
  • Later, after a leisurely breakfast visit the Auto World Vintage Car Museum Ahmedabad, the private collection of vintage car enthusiast Pranlal Bhogilal open to public, even for a drive! Yes, you can drive one of those vintage beauties for a 3.5 km stretch for a meagre sum of around INR 600! Steer clear of the crowd on the streets as you get hold of a Rolls Royce, Bentley, Maybach, Jaguar, Cadillacs, Austin, Chrysler, Lincoln, Ford and much more. This museum will add the perfect dash of antiquity and elegance to your tour.
  • Lunch at the House Of MG – A Heritage Hotel in the heart of Ahmedabad. (on your own). Afternoon go for local sightseeing & shopping (time permitting).
  • Leave for the airport for your flight back home.

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