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TOUR OVERVIEW

Gujarat is a happy land. You meet helpful people round every corner, smiling and ready to help. It is boisterous in colour and sound, simple in its living and always has a homely feeling to it. And yet, surprisingly, it is not as discovered as it should be. Our 8 day long sojourn in the Gujju land is just to do that.

Let’s feel the much hyped Gujarat with its progressive thinking and traditional living. Discover Ahmedabad, which has been in our minds lately, thanks to a certain Mr. Modi.

And discover Kutch. Splendid, Mysterious and overwhelmingly diverse Kutch. Soak in the landscapes, lore and hospitality. And of course, enjoy the sisterhood of your fellow travellers.

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Day 1 - 24 Dec 2017

Reach Ahmedbad. Today, we are exploring the architectural and gastronomical wonder that Ahmedabad is. Visit Akshardham , Adalaj ni Vava and other places. Celebrate Christmas eve Gujarati style! A wonderful visit to the night market. Overnight at Ahmedabad.

Day 2 - 25 Dec 2017

Before Gujarat became synonymous to Modi, it was synonymous to Mahatma. Today we will have a morning peek in the life of Sabarmati Ashram. We are moving to the Little Rann of Kutch, experiencing a gradual change in the landscape and wildlife. LRK is known for its variety of winged friends and wild ass. Lets meet them all! Overnight at Little Rann of Kutch.

Day 3 - 26 Dec 2017

Let us enter Kutch today. And we enter in style by an open jeep cross country ride into the Rann. Kutch is a unique blend of unimaginable landscapes, harsh life, kind people, magnificent architecture and colourful art. Visit the most beautiful sunset of your life at the Rann of Kutch Lake. And yes! The lake is different from the White salt pans of Rann of Kutch. Didn’t we say that Kutch has unimaginable landscapes?? Oh we did! Overnight at Dholavira

Day 4 - 27 Dec 2017

We visit the pre-Harappan excavation sites of Dholavira today. We move today to Bhuj, the district headquarters of Kutch. Visit the village of Ajrakhpur famous for its block printing. Our stay today is the guest house of a wonderful NGO working on skill developments of the local artisans. Dinner and Overnight at Bhuj.

Day 5 - 28 Dec 2017

We will explore various artisan villages and initiatives. We are sure you will be in awe by the intricacies, colors and beauty of the various handicrafts of Kutch. We check out to explore the palatial glories of Bhuj. Topping it off with yummy and legendary homemade ice cream and stroll in the Bhuj bazar. Overnight at Bhuj.

Day 6 - 29 Dec 2017

Today is the unimaginable landscape day. Get to see the highest peak of Kutch where the jackals come for Prasad. Visit the last point of Indian border for civilians without permit. And (oh! This is the best part) see the white desert in its sparkling white and marshy glory. Overnight at Hodka.

Day 7 - 30 Dec 2017

Today is a light day. Artists, Fossils and a relaxed haveli with a school in the compound are on agenda. If Bhuj didn’t give you your fill of art, we visit another village today to get live demonstrations of Rogan practised by just one family in the world. We will be exploring the rural Kutch today in Devpur. Overnight at Devpur.

Day 8 - 31 Dec 2017

Lakhpat is called a ghost town. Not because of spirits, although any spirit would find that place really serene to rest; but because only 200 or so people live there. The ruins and stories of Lakhpat are beyond thrilling. You can look out at the vast expanse of Rann from the BSF post of the Lakhpat fort. A visit to Koteshwar will give you the peek at the International naval limits of Western India. Welcome the new year around a fire in the beautiful haveli. Overnight at Devpur.

Day 9 - 01 Jan 2018

Interact with the students of the school in Devpur. Check out and visit Mandvi. As if all the landscapes were not enough, Kutch also gives you a beach to frolic at! Visit the palace and relax at a private beach till evening. Proceed to Bhuj for your overnight bus to Ahmedabad.

Day 10 - 02 Jan 2018

Arrive at Ahmedabad airport early morning. Tour ends.

Inclusions

  • All meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and two tea/coffee, from Ahmedabad airport to Ahmedabad airport
  • Transport in a AC vehicle throughout the trip
  • Overnight Volvo bus from Bhuj to Ahmedabad.
  • Auto Rickshaws to Ahmedabad airport on the last day.
  • All stay on twin sharing basis in Ahmedabad, Little Rann, Dholavira; and on triple sharing basis at Devpur, Bhuj and Hodka where the rooms are family rooms.
  • All entry and permit charges.
  • Guidance of an F5 traveler.

Exclusions

  • 5% GST
  • Flights from your city of residence to Ahmedabad
  • Food other than inclusions
  • Tips
  • Shopping and personal expenses

Terms & Conditions

REFUNDS/CANCELLATION:

  • If cancelled 90 days or more in advance, cancellation fee is 12% of the trip amount.

  •  25% of the trip cost if cancelled 89 – 60 days in advance.

  •  50% of the trip cost if cancelled 59 to 16 days in advance.

  • Last 15 days – no show – entire amount will be forfeited.

  • If you use our services to book flights, cancellation charges of the flights will apply.

Option of Deffered trip:

You have an option of parking the paid amount with us for a future trip, if you wish to cancel joining this trip 60 days or more in advance.

 Following conditions apply:

  • You need to choose the trip you would like to go with instead (the deferred trip) within 2 months of deciding to cancel.

  • The travel start date of the deferred trip should be within 6 months from the day you decide to cancel.

  • There can be only one such change and once you decide the deferred trip, the cancellation policy of that trip applies.

  • You cannot choose a short trip (less than 5 days) as a deferred trip.

 

Disclaimer

There is fair bit of walking involved – while the village walk and on white rann. The distances aren’t much but the different climate of Rann may make it look more. If you daily walk or indulge in some form of workout, you dont have to worry.
F5 Escapes is in no way responsible for any untoward incident happening due to the ignorance/negligence of the guests, natural/man-made calamities, accidents or any other events that are out of human control during the trip.
All our trips are well-researched, including identifying access to medical facilities. In case of a medical emergency, F5 will assist the traveler in getting medical attention.
The trip is NON-SMOKING and NON-ALCOHOLIC.
F5 reserves the right to cancel the trip under certain conditions – in such a case, the amount will be refunded in full.

Krithika Bhat

The company, culture, food, how it was organised, the trip lead. It was a unique and, quite frankly, the best experience I’ve had till now.

Rajalakshmi, Kutch 2016

I can say the tour was well planned and meant all perspective ladies. For example some people look for exploration, some people like to buy or collect things, some people like to visit temple. It’s all were there in the package. I can say the tour satisfies everyone in the group.

Arundhati Shetty

The tour itinerary focused on nature and history rather than best hotels. I picked the tour because it covered the fossil park, Dholavira and Rann of Kutch. The ride through the desert in open air was very thrilling!


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