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8 Day White Desert the Great Rann of Kutch Guided Motorcycle Tour

Town House, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Natural and Cultural Heritage India Motorcycle Tour

Join Brahmand Tour on this unique road trip that will take you through deserts, wetlands and crystal blue beaches in a matter of days! Visit the unexplored salt marshes at White Rann and experience the freedom of driving on a 7,000-square-kilometer dried seabed in Little Rann. There are endless miles of scrubland that offer panoramic views of the blue sky meeting the dusty earth with patches of green to break the monotony; and the Rann itself, large, isolated, sparkling, and beautiful. There are the narrow roads that run along villages, past women wearing backless blouses and colourful lehengas (a flared, long skirt), shepherds with weatherworn faces under their large white turbans, as well as herds of sheep, the bane of any driver’s existence. Add to this the sumptuous Kutchi cuisine, and Gujarat becomes a must-visit on every road.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: rental (Royal Enfield 500cc motorcycle)
  • Mileage: 1,200 kilometers / 746 miles
  • Daily rides: 64 to 284 kilometers / 39 to 177 miles
  • Meals: daily buffet breakfast and dinner

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Ahmedabad
  • Go on a Jeep safari at Little Rann of Kutch
  • Journey through deserts, wetlands, and crystal blue beaches
  • Immerse in Western India's cultural and natural heritage
  • A road captain / route expert on motorbike
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


6 riding days
Group size: 4-20 participants
Airport transfer included: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
00:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

During this tour, you will be staying at various accommodations across India, as follow:

  • Night 1: Town House in Ahmedabad
  • Night 2: Little Rann Resort in Kutch
  • Night 3 and 4: Dholavira Tourism Resort in Dholavira
  • Night 5: Kutir Village Resort in Hodka
  • Night 6: Hotel Abad in Morbi
  • Night 7: Holiday Inn Express in Ahmedabad

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Ahmedabad

Arrive in Ahmedabad airport, you will be met with Brahmand Tour's representative at arrival lounge (carrying the placard of your name) after finishing your visa and immigration formalities and collecting your baggage. After greeting and meeting at airport, you will proceed to hotel. Upon arrival, check in at hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 2: Ahmedabad - Adalaj - Modhera - Little Rann of Kutch (approximately 155 kilometers / 97 miles / 4 hours)

After breakfast, drive to Little Rann of Kutch. En route, visit Adalaj and Modhera (Sun Temple). Adalaj Stepwell or Rudabai Stepwell is a stepwell located in the village of Adalaj, close to Ahmedabad city and in Gandhinagar district in the Indian state of Gujarat. It was built in 1498 by Rana Veer Singh of the Vaghela dynasty of Dandai Desh. It is a fine example of Indian architecture work.

After the visit, drive to Modhera to visit Sun Temple. The Sun Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the solar deity Surya located at Modhera village of Mehsana district, Gujarat, India. It is situated on the bank of the river Pushpavati. It was built after 1026-27 CE during the reign of Bhima I of the Chaulukya dynasty. After the visit, drive to Little Rann of Kutch. Upon arrival, check in at hotel.

Later, proceed for jeep safari of Little Rann of Kutch and experience beautiful sunset. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3: Little Rann of Kutch - Dholavira (approximately 284 kilometers / 177 miles / 7 hours)

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Dholavira crossing the Rann region. After crossing Rann, you will enter into the island of Khadir. This is a journey inspired by so many others that is found online. It is also partly inspired by the history and geography books that is read in school. Upon arrival in Dholavira, check in at your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 4: Dholavira - Hodka (approximately 274 kilometers / 171 miles / 7 hours)

After breakfast at hotel, drive to Hodka via Bhuj. You need to ride back to Rapar and then take right towards Bhachau and then to National Highway for Bhuj. It will be a smooth drive. After crossing Bhuj, approximately one and a half hour's drive, you will see the vast and arid expanse that is the Great Rann of Kutch lies to the north of the Tropic of Cancer, at the top of the Kutch district.

Dhordo, is north of Bhuj, is being developed by the Gujarat government as the gateway to the Rann. Dhordo is on the edge of the salt desert. It is most convenient to stay there, or nearby Hodka. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

The Rann of Kutch, also known as the Great Rann of Kutch (there's a Little Rann of Kutch as well), is a

remarkable place to visit in Gujarat. Much of it consists of the world's largest salt desert, measuring

around 10,000 square kilometers. What makes it even more amazing is that the salt desert is

underwater during the main monsoon season in India. For the remaining eight months of the year, it's

an enormous stretch of packed white salt.

The Rann of Kutch is a sensitive area, due to its proximity to the Pakistani border. Therefore, written

permission is required to visit the salt desert. This can be obtained on the way at the Bhirandiyara village

(famous for mawa, a sweet made from milk) checkpoint, around 55 kilometers from Bhuj. The cost is 100

rupees per person and 50 rupees for a car. You will need to submit a photocopy of your ID, plus show the

original.

Day 5: Hodka - Kalo Dungar - Hodka (64 kilometers / 40 miles / 1.5 hours one way)

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the same day excursion of Kalo Dungar. Kalo Dungar or Black Hill is the highest point in Kutch, Gujarat, India, at 462 m. It is located at 97 kilometers from district headquarters of Bhuj and 25 kilometers from nearest town Khavda. This is probably the only place in Kachchh from where a panoramic view of the Great Rann of Kutch is possible (the best sunset point).

Return to the hotel. Later proceed towards the white desert to enjoy sunset. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6: Hodka - Bhuj - Morbi (approximately 231 kilometers / 144 miles / 6 hours)

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Morbi via Bhuj. Visit Shri Swaminarayan Temple and Aina Mahal. Later, proceed to Morbi. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 7: Morbi - Ahmedabad (approximately 199 kilometers / 124 miles / 4 hours)

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Ahmedabad. It would be a smooth National Highway drive. Upon arrival, check in at hotel. Day for your own, enjoy and share the thought from your team member about your tour. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8: Departure from Ahmedabad

On time, proceed to the airport to board the flight for your own journey. End of services.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: beginner

Beginner:

  • can ride for 2-3 hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Included excursions

Cross-desert safari across the Little Rann of Kutch

One of the unique activities offered is the cross-desert safari across the Little Rann of Kutch in open vehicles. The Rann of Kutch is a geographically unique landscape that was once an arm of the Arabian Sea. As the land separated from the sea by geological forces, it became a vast, featureless plain encrusted with salt that is inundated with water during the rains.

The safari across the Little Rann visits the "bets" islands on the ancient seabed that are now higher grounds covered with grass and scrub. These support a variety of wildlife including the "Gudkhur" (Asiatic wild ass) that is not found elsewhere. The wild ass is a handsome chestnut brown member of the equus genus (horse family). Capable of reaching high speeds when galloping across the Rann, the wild ass is usually seen in small herds.

The elegant blackbuck (Indian antelope), nilgai or blue bull (India's largest antelope), and the graceful chinkara (Indian gazelle) are other mammals seen at the bets. The main carnivores of the Little Rann of Kutch are the endangered Indian wolf, desert fox, Indian fox, jackals, desert and jungle cats, and a few hyenas.

Smaller mammals like hares, gerbilles and hedgehogs, and reptiles like spiny tailed lizard, monitor, red and common sand boa, saw-scaled viper, cobra, dhaman (Indian rat snake), etc., could also be seen during the safaris in the Rann.

Location

This tour will take you through a motley mix of landscapes, starting and ending in Ahmedabad, India. You will get to visit and explore Little Rann of Kutch, Dholavira, Hodka, Kalo Dungar, Bhuj, Morbi, and more.

Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, the former state capital of Gujarat, was founded in 1411 by King Ahmad Shah I. It is one of India’s most historic cities, and one can still see the gates and walls of the original fortifications. It is also one of the best places to study the blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture known as Indo-Saracenic. The city has been called "Manchester of the East" due to its textile industries.

Rann

The Rann region makes for great sightings - the landscapes are unlike any you will see. At once, you will see great swatches of white salt, brown sand, or just water. You will stop with a start when you will notice what looked like a sheet of ice halfway between Rapar and Dholavira. Only that, these were crystals of salt stretching far into the horizon. The landscape of the Rann in Dholavira itself is very beautiful. It is white and watery with a rough path for cars going through it.

Dholavira

Dholavira is a slice of Harappa in Gujarat. The magnificent ruins of Dholavira throw light on Harappan culture and reveal the planning and architecture that maps the rise and fall of this magnificent civilization. Located on an island surrounded by the Greater Rann of Kutch, the remains of Dholavira are an example of the marvels of hydro-engineering mastered by the ancient.

Bhuj

Bhuj connects you to a range of civilizations and important events in South Asian history through prehistoric archaeological finds, remnants of the Indus Valley civilization (Harappans), places associated with the Mahabharata and Alexander the Great's march into India and tombs, palaces, and other buildings from the rule of the Naga chiefs, the Jadeja Rajputs, the Gujarat Sultans and the British Raj.

Over the 4000-year inhabitation of Kutch, it developed trading and migratory relationships with ancient civilizations as far abroad as Zanzibar, the Middle East, and Greece, fostering a unique ethnic mix of peoples and traditions in the region.

In a walk around Bhuj, you can see the Hall of Mirrors at the Aina Mahal; climb the bell tower of the Prag Mahal next door; stroll through the produce market; have a famous Kutchi pau bhaji for lunch; examine the 2000-year-old Kshatrapa inscriptions in the Kutch Museum.

Admire the sculptures of Ramayana characters at the Ramakund stepwell; walk around Hamirsar Lake and watch children jumping into it from the lake walls as the hot afternoon sun subsides; and catch the sunset among the chhatardis of the Kutchi royal family in a peaceful field outside the center of town.

Morbi

Morbi is situated on the banks of the river Machhu. Morbi provides a marvellous example of the fusion of traditional and the European style of architecture. The suspension bridge through which one approaches the city was built during the British era and is an example of the technological advancement of that era.

The city has three gates, and from all these three, the city-center Green Chowk can easily be accessed because the city planning was done by imitating the European style. Right across the bridge is the Darbargadh or the Old Palace which has a beautifully carved front gate and has been currently converted into a Heritage Hotel.

Other than this is the Mani Mandir which is a Hindu temple where idols of Laxmi Narayan, Mahakali, Ramchandraji, Radha-Krishna, and Shiva are worshipped. This temple is made of Jaipur stone and has many carvings done in Rajasthani style.

Food

During this tour, breakfast and dinner will be served daily, buffet-style. You will also be provided with one mineral water bottle each day per person.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Visit the Great Rann of Kutch

The Rann of Kutch, also known as the Great Rann of Kutch (there is a Little Rann of Kutch as well), is a remarkable place to visit in Gujarat. Much of it consists of the world's largest salt desert, measuring around 10,000 square kilometers. What makes it even more amazing is that the salt desert is underwater during the main monsoon season in India. For the remaining eight months of the year, it is an enormous stretch of packed white salt.

The Rann of Kutch is a sensitive area, due to its proximity to the Pakistani border. Therefore, written permission is required to visit the salt desert. This can be obtained on the way at the Bhirandiyara village (famous for mawa, a sweet made from milk) checkpoint, around 55 kilometers from Bhuj. The cost is 100 INR per person and 50 INR for a car. You will need to submit a photocopy of your ID, plus show the original.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily buffet breakfast and dinner at the places of stay
  • Royal Enfield 500cc motorcycle with gearshift on the left
  • Basic spare parts for motorbike
  • Road captain / route expert with private motorbike
  • Support vehicle to carry luggage and all essential
  • Royal Enfield motorbike mechanic
  • Mineral water per day
  • Jeep safari at Little Rann of Kutch (one time only)
  • First aid kit containing adequate stock of the most frequently-needed medicine (if you have any medicine suggested by your physician carry at your end)
  • All royalty fee and internal taxes
  • Current applicable taxes
  • India Motorbike tours personal care and attention

What's not included

  • Any laundry charges, drinks, insurance, tip, etc.
  • Damage charges
  • Fuel or gas
  • Lunch and beverages
  • Airport transfers
  • Any personal or travel Insurance
  • Any tips, gratuities, portage, laundry, telephone calls, and soft drinks
  • Any other services are not committed above

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (AMD). Transfers from and to the airport are included. Brahmand Tour will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport Airport transfer included: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Thursday November 12, 2020
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