Monsoon in Gujarat / Kutch (29 days)

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#1 Apr 9th, 2012, 20:34
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Hi,

I will be traveling in Gujarat with my 17 years old daughter from July 20th to August 20th next summer.
I obviously try to pick as much information as I can before sketching a broad itinerary (and this forum is wonderful for that!).
But there is something I can't figure out: what can I expect from the Kutch at this period? I understand the Rann (the little and the great?) is flooded and that it is not the good season for bird watching.
So, what can I expect to do and see? Where should I preferably go?
And, is there a place where I could see the wild ass at this time of the year?

Also, if you have an other tip about where to go and what kind of activities to do in Gujarat during monsoon time, you're welcome!

Thanks to all.
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Hi,

I'll be travelling in Gujarat at the same period and don't know what to expect. Is it risky to get there during monsoon? Heard that there was serious floods around Bhuj in september 2011. Is Little Rann safer?
Seems difficult to get an answer to this question on any forum around the web...
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Hello Both,

Kutch is delightful after a few showers in July August! The entire landscape turns green and what was dry and dusty is pleasant and green. Not many tourists visit during monsoon, but August is a wonderful month to come to Kutch. The average rainfall in Kutch is about 15 inches and as such one just has a few spells of rainy days. Yes, the Rann will be flooded and otherwise inaccessible due to non existent roads. Bird life is normal but the migratory birds start coming in end September and onwards.

6 Sept 2011 we had floods, but this was unprecedented as 19 inches fell in one day, that is 120% of annual rainfall in a single day! But, these are uncertainties that are there anywhere.

So make an itinerary and other IMers will help you with tips!
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Thanx a lot for your answer Kutch.
By saying the Rann we'll be flooded, do you mean that places like Dholavira or Lakhpat won't be accessible . And what about the Little Rann?
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Dholavira and Lakhpat both can be visited. Wherever there is tarmac and a proper road one can most easily visit. What happens in the little rann is that you can't take the drives into the rann or your vehicle would get stuck. But, the wild ass is even spotted along the road from Ahmedabad to Kutch near Dhrangadhra and Halvad. Bird life too.
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Thanks a lot for your encouraging answer. I need to fix my itinerary a bit before coming back with more questions. And I still have a little more than 3 months before the departure... so lots of time to read and dream.
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Thanx again Kutch for all your precious information, I think there's just to go there now!
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Dear Both,

The fun is in the unknown! Happy planning
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Sach bat hai!
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Originally Posted by kutch View Post The fun is in the unknown! Happy planning
Love this!
I shouldn't describe better the way I approach traveling.
To me, to read a lot, exchange a lot, plan a lot and dream a lot (!) is the best way to prepare yourself to the unexpected and opportunities a travel has to offer. With one essential condition: to keep yourself aware and open-minded, ready if you feel like it to throw away your plans.

Just one drawback for me: how do you reconcile this thrive for freedom and last minute decisions with the necessity to reserve well in advance your train tickets? Well, for me the answer is: buses.

So, I read and I dream. And I'll soon share with you the first sketch of my itinerary.

Thanks to all
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Impromptu travel is so difficult. Book your tickets and others in advance. Read and plan, but in general, the region and its culture. Leave the fine tuning part. Let each step of your travel be an experience. Love to see your itinerary!
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29 days in Gujarat, monsoon time

Hi,

This is my first try at sketching an itinerary for my next travel with my 17 years old daughter.This time: Gujarat, from July 21th to August 18th. So, monsoon time!

These are our travel preferences:
- we travel by buses and trains but we don't mind, if it is really necessary, to hire a taxi from time to time;
- we prefer budget accommodation. Actually, I don't feel good in "Heritage like" places (well, I only tried it twice in India...). Again, it's ok if it's the only way to discover something exceptional.
- we prefer to "take it cool"... not moving too fast if possible. Exploring a town or a village and it's surroundings is more pleasant to me than rushing from one "must see" place to the other;
- we love cities but we also love the countryside.

From now on, I only have a broad idea of my itinerary. So, feel free to destroy everything!

Day 1 (July 21th) : arrival at Ahmedabad around noon.

Day 3 to day day 5: departure to Palanpur (or Ambaji) by bus. The idea would be to find a place from where it is possible to discover the Aravali region.
I know there are possibilities of accommodation in "Heritage like" places in Danta, Poshina and Balaram. But would it be possible to discover the region from another spot? How could I do it?

Day 6 to day day 9: departure to Patan. From there I would like to discover Modhera, Vadnagar, Taranga. I realize Mehsana is probably a much more central and convenient location but Patan seems so much more interesting. What do you think?

Day 10 to day 11: departure to Dhangadra. The reason I want to go to this place is to discover the surroundings of the Little Rann of Kutch (wild ass, shrimp fishermen, non-migratory birds...) with Mr Devjibhai Dhamecha.

Day 12 to day 17: departure to Bhuj. Apart from Bhuj and the villages close-by, I'd like to go to Banni region, Black hill, Mandvi and Mundra. I plan to make part of this trip with Kuldip Gadhvi from Desert Adventures. I guess it could be a good idea to discover and understand this region more deeply with someone who knows the place (I don't usually use a guide but this time it seems worthwhile. What do you think?).

Day 18 to day 20: departure to Dwarka (thus I skip Jamnagar... Is it a bad idea?)

Day 21: departure to Somnath. Only for a night and half a day (I guess I could leave for Diu late afternoon).

Day 22 to day 24: departure to Diu. Relax.

Day 25 to day 26: departure to Palitana.

Day 27: departure to Ahmedabad.

Day 29 (August 18th) : departure to Delhi (by train, by bus or by camel... I still have to decide).


What are the main questions for me at that point apart from the ones already mentioned?

- Wouldn't it be better to do it the other way around? Something like this: Ahmedabad - Dhangadra - Bhuj and the Kutch - Saurashtra - Ahmedabad - northern Gurajat (Modehra, Patan, etc... and the Aravalis) and back to Ahmedabad (or Udaipur and then a flight or train to Delhi).

- Is it a good idea to visit the Little Rann of Kutch during monsoon knowing I'll go to Bhuj area?

- Is it possible to easily enjoy the Aravali area? This part of the trip is especially obscure to me. Maybe I could just skip it... (but it seems real nice);

- Would it be insane to skip Diu, Somnath and Palitana ? I could then go from Dwarka to Porbandar and back to Ahmedabad. I could spend more time elsewhere.

So, there are a lot of unanswered questions...
Thanks for your criticism, comments, suggestions or whatever seems appropriate.

Millipatti
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Originally Posted by kutch View Post Impromptu travel is so difficult. Book your tickets and others in advance.
To me, to respect a planning is... almost impossible! Just to give you an idea, I once planned a trip to Indonesia from Bangkok and I finally ended up in... China ! But I understand that planning is more important if you don't have much time. At least it gives you a broad sense of direction so you don't loose too much time in transport.
But apart from the train, I don't see what I could book in advance. And as booking train tickets will be impossible (thanks to the IRCTC...) I will have to find a solution on the spot.

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Originally Posted by kutch View Post Love to see your itinerary!
It's done ! Take a look at my new thread "29 days in Gujarat, monsoon time". It was not easy to put things down on paper and the result is quite unsatisfactory. But it's a beginning...

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I can't answer any of your question MillipatijÓ, but you're giving me inspiration for my own itinerary! In my opinion (but I've never been to Gujarat), I wouldn't skip Dhangadhra and the Little Rann who might look great at monsoon time according to some posts I've been reading.
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your itinerary seems fine, but you can include Polo forest near Vijaynagar to truly enjoy aravalli forests. Its a well-known place and trek. you can find many travelogues and reference on internet. But its a one-day trip from Ahmedabad. No need for 3 days there.

if you are interested in wildlife, try to manage Narara marine sanctuary on way to Dwaraka and Gir national Park near Diu. There is a Blackbuck National Park on way from Palitana to Ahmedabad as well.

You can skip Somnath but i would say not to skip Diu and Palitana. Both are unique in their own ways.
ďTourists donít know where theyíve been, travelers donít know where theyíre going.Ē - Paul Theroux
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