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4 Days Ahmedabad - Bhuj - Banni - Archaelogical - Textile

Ahmedabad – Modhera – Patan – Bhuj – Banni Villages – Bhujodi – Ajrakhpur – Bhuj

Day – 1 – Ahmedabad – Modhera – Patan – Bhuj

Arrive at Ahmedabad in the morning around 0700 Hrs to 0800 Hrs by Flight/Train and drive to Bhuj.

En-route Visit Modhera Sun Temple: Sun Temple dedicated to the Hindu Sun-God (Surya). It was built in 1026 AD by king Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty. The temple comprises three separate, axially and integrated elements. In front of the temple is a colossal tank, which was once known as Surya Kund or Rama Kund. The tank has a series of the carved steps leading to the bottom. The temple was so designed that the first rays of the sun fell on the image of Surya, the Sun God, at the time equinoxes.

Visit Rani Ki Vav: Rani Ki Vav is an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat. This Vav was constructed by Udaymati, the queen of Bhimdev and represents the finest of the Indian sculptures and architecture. Sahastralinga Talav, an artificial tank was built by the Siddhraj Jai Singh in Gujarat. The architecture of this tank integrated the great sense of water management and sanctity of water in Hindu religion. Visit Salvi Family, one of them has continued this traditional art. The weaver makes the special Patola loom and colouring from indigenous natural materials.

Veg. lunch at local restaurant.

Continue drive to Bhuj.

O/N – Bhuj

Day – 2 – Bhuj – Banni Villages – Bhuj

Morning drive to Banni Region and visit White Rann: The Rann of Kachchh is a salt marshy land in the Thar Desert in the Kachchh district of western Gujarat. It lies between Gujarat in India and the Sindh province in Pakistan. It comprises of around 30,000 sq. km of land which includes The Great Rann of Kachchh, The Little Rann of Kachchh and Banni grassland.

Visit Nirona village to see Rogan Painting: A traditional textile art form involving painting on fabric. The art of Rogan originated in Syria and is practiced through Peshawar, Lahore, Sindh and Kutch. The colour making process itself is time consuming and involves great skill. Zura Village to see Copper Bell Making: See the musical crescendo signals a phoenix like birth of a new bell emerging from mud and fire. Iron bells enameled in copper and bronze, so many shapes and size emitting melodies which are soft yet carry sonorously through the desert air. Bhirandiyara village to see Meghwal Embroidery: Meghwal people are known for their fine embroidery and colourful mud bhungas.

In Nirona village Rogan painting will remain closed from 1230Hrs to 1330Hrs on weekdays and from 1230Hrs to 1430Hrs on Fridays for prayers.

Drive back to Hotel.

O/N – Bhuj

Day – 3 – Bhuj – Bhujodi – Ajrakhpur – Bhuj

Visit Bhujodi village to see Shawl Weaving: It is a major textile center of Kutch, with the vast majority of the 1200 inhabitants involved in textile handicraft production. Ajrakhpur village: Ajrakh Block printing is done by the use of natural Dyes. The Khatri community, whose ancestors have been printing with Ajrakh blocks for centuries, migrated to Kachchh from Sindh. Also visit LLDC Museum

(Open from 1000 Hrs to 1800 Hrs. Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays)
Note: In Ajrakhpur village Ajrakh workshop will remain closed from 1230Hrs to 1330Hrs on weekdays and from 1230Hrs to 1430Hrs on Fridays for prayers.

Day – 4 – Bhuj

Morning at an appropriate time transfer to Bhuj Airport/Railway Station to board your flight/train.