Rann Utsav, Gujarat

tent city dhordo

Rann Utsav is held annually at Kutch, Gujarat. A temporary but magnificent tent city comes up in close proximity to the beautiful white desert at Dhordo. I have been lucky to stay at the tent city twice. This year the festival ends by March 12. I was invited to visit the festival by the Gujarat … Read more

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A Visit to the Statue of Unity- The Tallest Statue in the World

statue of unity during the international kite festival

My curiosity was at its peak when I got an opportunity to visit the Statue of Unity, the tallest statue in the world! Would it live up to the hype? Or would I find it underwhelming? I have to say I came back impressed after the visit! I was invited by the Gujarat Tourism Board … Read more

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Dandi Kutir- The High Tech Gandhi Museum in Gandhinagar


After a few minutes inside the Dandi Kutir Museum I was reminded of the museums in Sharjah and Dubai. I had seen such use of technology only in those places. So, it was a pleasant surprise to find such a modern museum closer home. Dabdi Kutir is the world’s largest museum devoted to the life … Read more

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A Village Called Nirona


I discovered the fascinating village of Nirona on my third trip to Kutch in Gujarat. I admit I am not big on crafts. But Nirona changed that completely. Our group visited 3 houses in the village, each specializing in a different craft. There was Mr. Husen’s home where they made copper bells, then we were … Read more

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Exploring Kutch with Rann Utsav 2018


I went back to Kutch in Gujarat for the third time in 2018. You may ask why do I keep going back to the same places? The answer is that I get to see only so much on one blogging trip and there is always more to explore on subsequent trips! My 2018 (and 2016) … Read more

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The Copper Bell House at Nirona- in the Crafts Village of Kutch, Gujarat


It was on my third visit to Kutch that I discovered Nirona. As we walk through its dusty lanes, it felt like a typical Indian village with small beautiful houses, its people curious about the newcomers! My first stop was the Copper Bell House at Nirona headed by Mr Husen Luhar. I was invited by … Read more

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Dwarka, Gujarat- In Pictures


I recently visited Dwarka in Gujarat with Mercure Dwarka. While I am not big on religious tourism, I do love to visit new places. And here is how I saw Dwarka, Gujarat in pictures! My first stop in Dwarka was the Nageshwar Temple, which is a little outside the city in Daarukavanam. When we went there … Read more

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Food at Makhan Restaurant, Mercure Dwarka


Sometimes I sort pictures before I write a post. This is one such post. When I looked at the pictures I immediately realized this post is going to be more about ‘food and me’ rather than food at Makhan Restaurant at Mercure Dwarka! You will see in a moment why! When I look at food … Read more

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Mercure Dwarka A Modern Hotel in an Ancient City


I have stayed in many Accor hotels both as a blogger and on my own and I quite like them. They offer a wide range from Ibis Budget to Sofitel, Fairmont, Raffles and more! They have something for everyone and in my opinion that something is good. I was invited to Mercure Dwarka (Gujarat) as … Read more

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Places to Stay in Dhordo, Kutch


Dhordo is the getaway village to the Great Rann of Kutch. It is about 80 km from Bhuj. I have now made two trips to the region. I am the kind who can stay any place without batting an eyelid, but if you like to research your options of stay here are the places that … Read more

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