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INDIVIDUAL TOUR GROUP TOUR

White Desert Storm

  • 1103 km
  • 9 days / 8 nights
Ahmedabad - Bhuj - Dhordo - Dholavira - Ahmedabad
Activity :
  • Culture
  • Wildlife
  • Culinary
Terrain :
  • Urban
  • Desert

Welcome to Gujarat, the land of Dandiya, Dhokla and Bandhani sarees. It's where Gandhiji's Satyagraha movement came to life, it's home to one of the largest salt flats on the planet, and also the only place where you will run into the majestic wild ass. Here's a glimpse of your trip to this magnificent state!

Trip Type
Self Drive 365
Forget early wake-up calls, scheduled departures and the regular battery of sight- seeing destinations. That’s because when you’re out on a self-drive holiday, you decide where to go, what to see, and what to drive. And with Self-Drive 365, the road, the destination and that palpable connect between man and machine is all yours to explore!
Skill Level
Easy
Here's a road trip that is suited to those looking for a laid back drive, as well as veterans.

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Highlights

  • Visit Gandhiji's home, the Sabarmati Ashram
  • Take a trip to the sprawling Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar
  • Sprint with the majestic wild ass at Bajana
  • Lose yourself in the massive expanse of the White Rann
  • Frolic at the pristine Mandvi Beach
  • Step back in time at the Harappan ruins of Dholavira
Start of Tour Ahmedabad
Day 1
Total Driving Distance 1103 km
End of Tour Ahmedabad
Day 9
  • Day 1 Ahmedabad
    • None (Meals on your own)
    • Arrival transfer from the airport/railway to the hotel in Ahmedabad.
    • Overnight in Ahmedabad.

  • Transfers

    Arrival transfer from the airport/railway to the hotel in Ahmedabad.

    Welcome to Gujarat! On arrival at the airport/railway in Ahmedabad, you will be escorted to your hotel. Check-in and take a breather.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure . Make sure to visit Swathi Snacks for some authentic Gujarati nibbles. This little restaurant is clean, service is fast and their methi-bajra thepla is simply fabulous! If you're up for shopping, Law Garden is the place to be; plus it's a stone's throw from Swathi. However, head to Kankaria Lake or the Sabarmati riverfront if a long walk is how you want to wrap up the day.

  • Day 2 Ahmedabad
    • Breakfast
    • Enjoy a city tour of Ahmedabad.
    • Overnight in Ahmedabad.

  • Activities

    Enjoy a city tour of Ahmedabad.

    Post breakfast, tour the city of Ahmedabad in a chauffeur-driven car. Kick off your morning with a visit to the peaceful Sabarmati Ashram, the place that the Father of the Nation called home. Next on your list is the Adalaj Stepwell. Constructed in the 15th century, this five-storeyed well is a brilliant example of the architectural prowess of its times. From here, head to Gandhinagar to visit the famous Akshardham Temple. This sprawling, 23-acre temple complex is dedicated to Hindu yogi and ascetic, Bhagwan Swaminarayan.
    Automotive enthusiasts will surely enjoy the next stop: the Auto World Vintage Car Museum. Classic car collector Pranlal Bhogilal's garage is where you will find close to 200 exquisite vintage models.
    It will be evening by the time you are back in Ahmedabad, the best time to visit the Sidi Sayyed Mosque: it looks stunning when lit up. The 16th century mosque is known for the intricately-carved sandstone jaali (latticework) on its windows.

  • Day 3 Ahmedabad
    • Drive
    • Distance:343 Km
    • Time:6 hours
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel in Ahmedabad to the hotel in Bhuj.
    • Overnight in Bhuj.

  • Transfers

    Drive from the hotel in Ahmedabad to the hotel in Bhuj.

    Today, pick up your car from the hotel and drive west on NH 947 towards Bhuj. Around 90 km outside Ahmedabad, we recommend that you take a right turn towards Bajana Village. This road leads to the Little Rann of Kutch, the only place in the world where you will find the majestic wild ass. We suggest that you visit the Wild Ass Sanctuary for a safari before heading to Bhuj.

  • Day 4 Bhuj
    • Breakfast
    • Enjoy local sightseeing in Bhuj.
    • Overnight in Bhuj.

  • Activities

    Enjoy local sightseeing in Bhuj.

    Your first day of local sightseeing includes visits to the Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal, Mandvi Beach and Vijaya Vilas Palace.
    Head first to the Prag Mahal, a 19th century palace that featured in the Oscar-nominated movie Lagaan. It's popular for its clock-tower, from where you can see all of Bhuj. The Aina Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) is located in the same compound as the Prag Mahal and is known for its marble-intensive build and ornate mirrors adorning its walls. It also has a collection of coins, seals and artefacts of the Bhuj province from the pre-Independence era.
    Time to head south to Mandvi, where you should first visit the Vijay Vilas Palace. It was the former summer home of the Jadeja kings of Kutch. After a quick lunch, on your way back, visit the Mandvi Beach. Brilliant views aside, camel rides, jet-skiing and ATV rides are quite popular here.

  • Day 5 Bhuj
    • Drive
    • Distance:90 Km
    • Time:2 hrs
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel in Bhuj to the tent accommodation in Dhordo.
    • Overnight in Dhordo.

  • Transfers

    Drive from the hotel in Bhuj to the tent accommodation in Dhordo.

    Check out of your hotel and drive north of Bhuj on NH341 towards Dhordo. About 60 kilometres out on this butter-smooth and seemingly never-ending stretch, you will reach the White Rann Permit Office. Collect the permit for your vehicle and your passengers - required for entry into the White Rann and Kalo Dungar - and proceed to Dhordo, which is another 30 kilometres from here. Check-in to your room at the Rann Utsav tents and head out to enjoy the festivities at the Rann Fest and the White Rann salt flats.
    Return to the White Rann tents and settle in for the evening. If you are here during full moon, make sure to visit the White Rann at night; the salt flats glow under the moonlight.

  • Day 6 Dhordo
    • Breakfast
    • Overnight in Dhordo.

  • Other Recommendation

    Today is your second instalment at the Rann Fest. Shop around its bustling markets, watch the local dances and cultural performances, and if you are up for it, indulge in adventure sports like quad-biking and parasailing.
    Early in the evening, drive out to Kalo Dungar to catch a mesmerising sunset over the endless Rann of Kutch. Kalo Dungar is an hour-long drive from the White Rann. Later, drive back to the White Rann tents for the night.

  • Day 7 Dhordo
    • Drive
    • Distance:300 Km
    • Time:6 hours
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the tent in Dhordo to the hotel in Dholavira.
    • Explore the ancient ruins of Dholavira.
    • Overnight in Dholavira.

  • Transfers

    Drive from the tent in Dhordo to the hotel in Dholavira.

    After a quick breakfast, depart early from Dhordo, trace your way back to Bhuj and drive to Dholavira. Follow SH42 till Bhachau. The stretch from Bhachau to Ravi Moti isn't as smooth as the Gujarat roads that you are used to and has quite a lot of broken sections. However, Ravi Moti onwards, you drive on SH51, a superb stretch of tarmac which lasts all the way to Dholavira.

  • Activities

    Explore the ancient ruins of Dholavira.

    Later, you will be escorted (with a guide) to the excavated site of the 5000-year-old Harappan metropolis. It was a flourishing trade hub in Asia, and one of the most advanced cities of its time. From the excavation site, you will be taken to witness yet another spectacular sunset by the Rann of Kutch.

  • Day 8 Dholavira
    • Drive
    • Distance:370 km
    • Time:8 hours
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel in Dholavira to the hotel in Ahmedabad.
    • Overnight in Ahmedabad.

  • Transfers

    Drive from the hotel in Dholavira to the hotel in Ahmedabad.

    Head for Ahmedabad early in the morning. This way, you can catch the picturesque sunrise at the Rann of Kutch Lake on SH51. Next, drive via Rapar to Lakadia, which will put you on NH947, your road back to Ahmedabad.

  • Day 9 Ahmedabad
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel to the airport / railway station in Ahmedabad.

  • Transfers

    Drive from the hotel to the airport / railway station in Ahmedabad.

    Enjoy breakfast and check out of the hotel. Drive to the airport / railway station in Ahmedabad.
    Once you reach the airport / railway station, handover the vehicle and take home experiences of a lifetime!

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Inclusions

  • Accommodation as per hotels mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Car as per your package selected.
  • Travel Insurance Upto Age of 70


Exclusions

  • Any transport to / from Ahmedabad. Your tour price starts ex Ahmedabad.
  • Car insurance
  • Meals, tips, Laundry, telephone, Entry Charges for the visiting the Sightseeing, optional excursions and other items of a personal nature.
  • Cost of petrol / diesel for the vehicle provided.
  • Client has to pay in case of damage to the vehicle by accident.
  • Spare parts / engine oil of any kind.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions.
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.
Categories Full-Size Sedan - Honda City or similar MPV - Innova Crysta or similar SUV - Toyota Fortuner or similar Luxury Sedan - BMW 3 Series or similar
ECONOMY 36,260 41,260 45,260 62,260
STANDARD 47,260 51,260 54,260 71,260
  • Ahmedabad 3 Nights

    Hotel View
    Atithi The Hotel
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Bhuj 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Hotel Prince Residency
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Dhordo 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Mahefeel E Rann Resort
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Dholavira 1 Night

    Hotel View
    Rann Resort
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
    • Ahmedabad Day 2

    Sidi Saiyyed Mosque's finely carved sandstone windows.
    Enjoy a city tour of Ahmedabad.

    Post breakfast, tour the city of Ahmedabad in a chauffeur-driven car. Kick off your morning with a visit to the peaceful Sabarmati Ashram, the place that the Father of the Nation called home. Next on your list is the Adalaj Stepwell. Constructed in the 15th century, this five-storeyed well is a brilliant example of the architectural prowess of its times. From here, head to Gandhinagar to visit the famous Akshardham Temple. This sprawling, 23-acre temple complex is dedicated to Hindu yogi and ascetic, Bhagwan Swaminarayan.
    Automotive enthusiasts will surely enjoy the next stop: the Auto World Vintage Car Museum. Classic car collector Pranlal Bhogilal's garage is where you will find close to 200 exquisite vintage models.
    It will be evening by the time you are back in Ahmedabad, the best time to visit the Sidi Sayyed Mosque: it looks stunning when lit up. The 16th century mosque is known for the intricately-carved sandstone jaali (latticework) on its windows.

    Included in trip
    • Bhuj Day 4

    Prag Mahal Place in Bhuj featured in the movie Lagaan.
    Enjoy local sightseeing in Bhuj.

    Your first day of local sightseeing includes visits to the Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal, Mandvi Beach and Vijaya Vilas Palace.
    Head first to the Prag Mahal, a 19th century palace that featured in the Oscar-nominated movie Lagaan. It's popular for its clock-tower, from where you can see all of Bhuj. The Aina Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) is located in the same compound as the Prag Mahal and is known for its marble-intensive build and ornate mirrors adorning its walls. It also has a collection of coins, seals and artefacts of the Bhuj province from the pre-Independence era.
    Time to head south to Mandvi, where you should first visit the Vijay Vilas Palace. It was the former summer home of the Jadeja kings of Kutch. After a quick lunch, on your way back, visit the Mandvi Beach. Brilliant views aside, camel rides, jet-skiing and ATV rides are quite popular here.

    Included in trip
    • Dholavira Day 7

    Mahabat Maqbara Palace, Junagadh outside Ahmedabad
    Explore the ancient ruins of Dholavira.

    Later, you will be escorted (with a guide) to the excavated site of the 5000-year-old Harappan metropolis. It was a flourishing trade hub in Asia, and one of the most advanced cities of its time. From the excavation site, you will be taken to witness yet another spectacular sunset by the Rann of Kutch.

    Included in trip
    • FULL-SIZE SEDAN

    Honda City or Similar.
    Starting from
    4 Pax including driver
    Included in trip
    • 4 Doors
    • AC
    • Manual
    • Diesel
things-to-carry

Appropriate equipment is a component of a successful journey! Travel light, try to stay under 45 lbs (20 kg).

  • Driving licence
  • Credit card
  • Cash
  • Smartphone for maps
  • Phone charger
  • First-aid kit
  • Swiss knife
  • Water
  • Music
  • Tissue box
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Mints
  • Spare plastic bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Small tool kit
  • Warm clothes
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