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This December, we are on our wheels exploring the old town of Bhuj, traditional handicrafts of Kutch in Gujarat, the vast Salt Desert and treating ourselves with stays in Heritage Houses and indulging into delicious local Kutchi cuisine.

The Great Rann of Kutch is the world’s largest salt desert spreading across India and Pakistan and is a remarkable journey to be undertaken during the majestic Rann Utsav that happens in December, each year. Measuring over 16,000 square kilometers, the vastness of the Salt Desert is worth setting on the road for.

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Dates
Batch 1 – 16th to 19th December 2015

 

Day 0 – Journey Commences (15th December)
Leave for Kutch (via Trains or your selected mode of transport)

 

Day 1 – Arrivals across the Salt Desert (16th December)
Meet at Bhuj Railway Station by 9:30am and after breakfast and refreshments, drive down to our Campsite in Hodka close to the Rann. Cross the much acclaimed Tropic of Cancer, Bhrandiyari and Khavda regions on the way. Once we drop our bags, we’ll chill at the beautiful campsite and gorge in the divine food! After resting for a while, we’ll leave for Dhordo to witness the magical sunsets in the White Rann, indulge into some cultural programmes of the Rann Utsav, have traditional Kutchi Dinner and return for our stay at the Campsite for the night.

 

Day 2 – Exploring the Insides of Kutch (17th December)
After breakfast, bid adieu to the campsite and march towards the highest point in Kutch, Kala Dungar. Then, we’ll hop on our wheels to explore a small village known for the traditional Rogan Art at Nirona. After a melt-your-heart-away kind of lunch, we’ll check out the Thaan Monastery and Fossil Park. By late evening, we’ll be setting our abode in the Heritage House of Devpur.

 

Day 3 – Beaches, Ships and White Sands (18th December)
After breakfast and spending time in the neighborhood of our heritage house, we set out on the road for south Kutch – Mandvi town and bazaar, ship building yard, ship model making workshop, Shyamji Krushna Verma memorial, Vijay Vilas Palace and the beautiful Mandvi Beach for sunset. Get back to Devpur for the night. (Trust us, you will be missing this ancient house!)

 

Day 4 – Winning hearts with Handicrafts  (19th December)
Being the last day into the vastness of Bhuj, we’ll check-out after breakfast and visit Bhuj – Kutch museum, Pragmahal, Aina Mahal, Bhuj bazaar and Bhuj haat, Bhujodi weaving village, Hira Laxmi Memorial Craft Park and indulge into some great handicrafts shopping. After Dinner, we’ll catch a return train for Mumbai.

[For those opting for other transport mode can choose to stay back a little longer and continue their journey or say farewell to the place along with us and head to their destinations. Mapping Journeys will provide all assistance regarding extra stay and transport, if required.]

Day 5 – Farewells (20th December)
Reach Mumbai

 

Cost
Ex. Mumbai: Rs. 12500 (Triple Sharing room) + Train Fare
Ex. Bhuj – Rs. 12500 (Triple Sharing room)

 

Booking Amount: Rs. 5000
Balance Payment: Rs. 7,500 (One month before commencement of journey)

 

Inclusions
One night stay in Camp Site near the Great Rann of Kutch (Triple – Sharing)
Two night stays at a Heritage House in Devpur (Triple – Sharing)
Cultural Program and Rann Safari
All permits and tolls
Non – AC Transport on all the days
Airport / Railway Pickup (By 8:30am)
Meals included:
Day 1: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Exclusions
Travel from Mumbai to Bhuj and back
Meals during train travel
Lunch on 20th December
Personal Expenses (Shopping, Expenses made at Rann Utsav etc.)
Insurance of any kind
Medical and Evacuation Charges
Anything not included under “inclusions”

 

Payment options:
Bank Name: ICICI Bank
Name: Ankita Phalle
Account No. 107401505442
IFSC Code: ICIC0001074
Branch: Thakur Complex Branch

 

For payment using credit/debit card/net-banking contact on the below given numbers:


Getting to Bhuj

 

Via Air: Bhuj has an airport with daily flights from Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

 

Via Rail: Our troop would be travelling via trains from Mumbai to Bhuj. We are providing an option of train travel along with our troop. [Favorable and Budget Travel]

Via Road: Take NH8 out of Mumbai to Vadodara, and get on to the Vadodara-Ahmedabad Expressway. From there, take SH 7/NH 947 towards Viramgam, and continue on the road to Bhuj via Dhrangadhra, Halvad, and Bhachau. The six-lane highway makes for a great drive.

[We’ll assist you in all possible ways to get to Bhuj!]

Cancellation Policy
For Cancellation, If you inform us,
More than 45 days prior to departure: 30% of the total event costs would be deducted.
Between 45 to 31 days prior to departure: 50% of the total event costs would be deducted.
Between 30 to 16 days prior to departure: 70% of the total event costs would be deducted.
No refund would be provided from 15 days before the event

 

For other payment options, queries and registration,please contact :
+91 9867697306
+91 9867693107

 

website : www.mappingjourneys.com

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