Road trip - Mumbai - Rann of kutch - Gir

#1 Nov 20th, 2006, 17:32
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Hi

This is what we plan for december holidays. road trip in our Indigo, eight days Mumbai to Mumbai any sugestions / advice welcome

Day 1 Mumbai - vadodra
Day 2 Vadodra - rann of kutch
Day 3 Rann of kutch
day 4 Junagadh
Day 5 Sasan gir
day 6 sasan gir /lothal
Day 7 Drive back
day 8 back in mumbai by evening

Please advice on
1. hotels / guest houses ( budget)
particularly Sinh sadan at Gir
2. Not to be missed kind of places around the itenaery
3. Good places to eat at

I have checked the Gujrat forum here and have noted information given here and will be contacting devjibhai for rann of kutch.

any advice is welcome

Thanks in advance
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#2 Nov 21st, 2006, 08:01
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Junagadh: between climbing the mountain & checking out the (beautiful!) sights in town, I'd try to take 2 days there at least. You could leave by the end of the 2nd day'ish. (Or say climb mountain early on day 1, avoiding the midday heat that you'll have to face climbing down anyway. Relax in evening. See the city sights first half of day 2 and move on. The fort [is it a fort?] and baoris are not to be missed.)

Have fun. I've had some of the best Gujarati thalis there btw, your hotel owner will be happy to tell you, these are famous places if they're still around.

For the Rann, there used to be some information affair for it in a small town westwards of Ahmedabad that's been recommended to me. I think they did guided tours and stuff. Sorry, I don't have the info with me. Try contacting the/a tourist office in Ahmedabad or perhaps even Mumbai about it, they may be able to tell you. (Or the Bhuj tourist office for that matter if they're still around, they were one of the ones to bring it up. If the same guy still works there after the earthquake and all, he used to be a reputable source on much of the wider region, jovial fellow too.)

Oh and from the eternal anecdotes department, there's a story by one writer who got out of his car there & couldn't find it back after a few steps because of all the mirages. Just a word to the wise, frightful prospect don't you think.
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Bumping this

Can anyone recommend a hotel / resort for Gir

our first choice the sinh sadan is all booked out and the others that I found are quite expensive at Rs. 1000/- for a double room no AC

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Thanks Mani, it took me no time at all to respond to you. Have a nice 1.
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yes you did & thanks Macha

but I need a hotel in Gir

thanks
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Can anyone suggest an off-beat destination (from Mumbai) which can be reached on the same day by road? some tranquil place but has a good resort or homestay..
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Daman
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Daman cannot be reached in the same day...
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it's 180 kms from mumbai - am assuming you're driving / riding a powered vehicle (and not using a bicycle or a horse)
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Yes Vaibhav.... you are right... will be driving a 4X4... in case we cannot get hold of something more "powered" than that..
Well, the horse drive/ride is a good idea..
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Well, the roads are fantastic, plenty of travelogues about daman on team-bhp. check those out for hotel ideas. It's quiet and after you get past the industrial township of vapi it gets really nice. Hope you werent thinking of diu?

Some people like to ride horses / bicycles for moderate distances - it wasn't a pun. To each his own i guess ....
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Daman is just a few hours by train; it's a good suggestion by Vaibhav, I quite enjoyed myself there for another short week. (One hears it can get very crowded on weekends and holidays, not least with indeed Mumbai daytrippers, too, and rooms can be in short supply then. So maybe make it during the week if you have the choice.)

There are many resort type of places here along the road that stretches from Nani Daman (greater Daman, it's the central part of town) to its northern beach, called Devka Beach. There's a rather handsome one, with a large garden and waterscapes and a nice and large children's playground and stuff, right by Devka Beach (there are others here), I forget its name though. Prices were out of my league, but I recall they struck me as reasonable for that sort of thing. Had a pleasant drink here, and anyway I had me a nice and cosy budget room right in town. (At the Hotel Diamond, for those who want to know, it's right by the main taxi stand. Ah, look, I left a review on it even. A web search would suggest prices have predictably risen considerably since.)

My other common suggestion would be to get a hold of Outlook Traveller's Weekend Breaks From Mumbai http://traveller.outlookindia.com/bookhome.aspx, readily available in India, and a good guidebook series. Note its publishing dates in terms of practical data, but the general info will still be good.
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No No, have already been to DIU in 2007 and enjoyed lots of sleep and seafood. Didn't like the beach though.. but on your suggestion, I checked up Daman.. it seems more interesting than Diu.
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Well, Daman's beaches certainly stand no chance against those of Diu.

On the other hand, the town is larger (if still quite small) and has perhaps more history to offer, if you will; depends a little what you want I guess. (I certainly much enjoyed Diu so many years ago, as well, both its town and beaches and countryside.) I just mostly liked Daman's general atmosphere, and perhaps pretty much like I did Diu, indeed. Laid-back, with something of a lingering Mediterranean atmosphere, and such; people who indeed just like in Spain like to dress up in their Sunday's best by nightfall & go for a stroll and a snack and a drink (and with a bar of course on every other corner -- driving into there it's like driving into some wild west town, it's quite funny ); me speaking my broken Spanish with some of its inhabitants who still speak Portuguese; that sort of thing. And sure enough, I did run into some fellow foreign travelers in Daman (of the few that I did) who were complaining that there was nothing to "see or do" in town. To each their own, indeed, right, and then isn't it always just a case of what is your mood, and what do you run into and stuff. (I met some others who like me just really liked it and were happy there.)

A pic of mine of its other Jampore beach and lengthier description is here; you could scroll around my photo galleries some to find more pics of Daman. They're in chronological order, so just scroll back for them.

The Union Territory while small is of course just a little larger than just the town itself; so depending on time available, it can be fun to explore this some for an afternoon or so. There's a few temples of some renown and a few more such sights around, I do believe. Most hotels in town have maps up of it to help you find your way around.
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Hey Vaibhav, I would like to talk to you regarding Kutch. Can you please PM your number if you are comfortable. thank you.

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