It sells amazing Kachchh handicrafts, and historic buildings such as the Aina Mahal and Prag Mahal possess an eerie beauty. Bhuj is an ideal springboard for visits to the surrounding villages and to places of great natural beauty in the Great Rann, and textile tourism is attracting visitors from around the world.
4 Nights / 5 Days
Bhuj – Excursion to the Villages of Bhuj - Bhirandiyara, Nirona, Khavda, Ludiya, Dhordo, Banni. Excursion to Mandvi. Visit the Banni Villages - Ajrakhpur and Bhujodi & Kutch Museum.
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Arrive in Bhuj Transfer to your hotel & Check in. Rest of the day is at leisure Overnight stay at Bhuj.
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast, proceed to visit the Banni Villages. - Visit Ajrakhpur and Bhujodi. The artisans of Ajrakhpur specialize in Ajrakh – a Block Printed cotton cloth used traditionally by local herdsmen with natural dies. Its geometrical and nonfigurative motifs often mirror those appearing in Islamic – influenced Indian architecture. Later stop at Bhujodi – a village skilled in traditional Bandhani (tie & dye), block printing and weaving. Here you can view live demonstrations and buy anything from shawls to blankets from the artisans directly. Bhujodi is also a centre for Piltoom weaving, Mewada Embroidery & Wood Carving. Nearby is the Hiralakshmi Crafts Park – a nonprofit undertaking by the Ashapura Group of Companies that works with artisans throughout Kutch to show their skills and retail their crafts. Overnight stay at Bhuj.
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast, proceed to visit the villages of Bhuj. Visit the villages of Bhirandiyara: Bhirandiyara is a favourite Tea stop for locals and visitors alike on the road to Khavda. The village boasts of a delicious sweet – fresh Maavo. This milk-based sweet is best when eaten hot. Most of the roadside stalls sell Maavo. The local Meghwal Community has exquisite embroideries and skilfully decorated, colourful Mud Bhungas. Nirona: The village of Nirona is the only place in the world where the tradition of Rogan art is still practiced Rogan art is a rare craft that is not well known even in India. Because of its rare qualities, its practiced by only one family in India and they reside in Nirona village in Gujarat. Khavda (90 Km. Approx.) – a town of Pachcham Region. One can find a tiny market and a few stalls serving up Kutchi snacks & tea. One can visit to Khatrivas to see artisans printing & selling.Ludiya: this Village is comprised of several hamlets belonging to the Meghwal & Samma Communities. The latter community, primarily herdsmen, is more conservative when it comes to tourists. Gandhi nu Gam, populated by the Meghwal community, features beautifully Painted Bhungas. The Kanjari (Blouses) of the women and the Bhunga decoration of this village are especially colourful. Dhordo: This village has been situated as a last village in the area. Dhordo, has had approx.70houses, having 450 odd population. Here the minutest of minute and expensive embroideries and mud work are done. Overnight at hotel
Breakfast at hotel After breakfast, proceed for day excursion to Mandvi. Visit Kala Raksha Trust, a grassroots social enterprise, is dedicated to preservation of traditional arts. Kala Raksha was founded on artisan initiative in 1993 in the desert region Kutch, in India. Uniquely committed to documenting existing traditions, the Trust maintains a collection of heirloom textiles housed as a local Museum. Kala Raksha Centre is located in Sumrasar Sheikh, 25 km north of Bhuj. Here, the museum, production unit, shop and guest house inhabit structures that adapt traditional architecture to contemporary function. A model for community development, the Centre is locally managed and operates with solar power. Kalaraksha Vidhyalaya: Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya is an initiative of Kala Raksha Trust. In its second decade, Kala Raksha sought to address India’s most pressing need: Education. Later continue to drive to Mandvi. Mandvi is located on the banks of the Rukmavati River, barely 1km from the Arabian Sea at the Gulf of Kutch. The town has a very pleasant climate throughout the year and it was a summer retreat of the Kutch Maharaos. The centre of attraction at Mandvi is the Vijay Vilas Palace, a royal abode set in the middle of welllaid gardens with water channels and marble fountains. Visit Ship building yard. On the banks of the Rukmavati River, just south of the bridge, you can visit the still-active Ship-building yard. Craftsmen still assemble ships out of wood, for local or international guests, and you can feel free to watch them work. It gives us an opportunity to watch handmade ship being built which will make one truly appreciate craftsmanship. Later drive back to Bhuj. Overnight at hotel
Breakfast at hotel After breakfast, proceed to visit the Kutch Museum, formerly known as the Fergusson Museum. This museum is built in the Italian style and located in picturesque surroundings on the banks of the Hamirsar Lake. The museum has a large collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, various archaeological objects, arms and specimens of various crafts of the Kutch region. Later in time transfer to Bhuj Airport / Railway Station to board flight / train for your next destination.