Places to visit in Dhordo

When you travel to Dhordo, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Dhordo, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Dhordo to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Dhordo things to do can include exploring Dhordo attractions and visiting the places of interest.

Prag Mahal and AinaMahal and are amongst the more popular monuments here.

Rann Utsav – Probably the best time to visit the area, RannUtsav is an annual festival providing a glimpse of the traditions and culture in the area. Held mostly between the months of December and March, the festival draws domestic and international tourists alike. During this time, one can experience traditional folk dances, camel desert safaris, musical evenings and the like. Luxury tents are set up to accommodate the increasing footfalls and the village is lined with food and handicraft stalls. This helps boost the income of the locals as well. The packages offered during this time usually include sightseeing charges to nearby attractions. A midnight camel safari during the festival is believed to be the best way to see the surreal beauty of the desert. 
 
 
 
Craft villages – As the Rann of Kutch is geographically not susceptible to much agriculture, the main occupation and source of livelihood for locals is handicrafts. It could be said that handicrafts are a way of life here which adds majorly to the Kutch experience and draws tourists and art lovers to Kutch from various corners of the world. The tiny villages that dot the area each specialize in a unique form of art and craft. There are close to 30 villages which specialize in different kinds of embroidery. With help from various organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, these villages are now reaching the point of sustenance based solely on handicrafts. Dhordo, in particular, specializes in an art form known as Mutua embroidery which basically refers to mirror work, leather embroidery and silver jewellery.

The White Desert (1 km from Dhordo) – The largest salt desert in the world, the Rann of Kutch is a visual treat. In the summer and winter months, the dry salt gives the desert a beautiful white shimmer and its vast expanse makes up the beauty of the desert. Camel safaris are available and are recommended. Visiting on a full moon’s night is an experience beyond comparison. Prior permission, however, is required to visit the desert.

 

Kala Dungar (10 km from Dhordo) – Kala Dungar is a hill and is also the highest point in the entire Kutch area. This is an excellent viewing point for the desert and provides a panoramic view from an astounding height of 458 feet above sea level. One can see till way across the Pakistani border. This makes it a must for all those interested in photography. 

Visit the Kutch Museum which is the oldest museum in Gujarat. It was founded by Maharao Khengarji II. Bharatiya Sanskriti Darshan Museum is another important museum that you could visit while here. 

For all the adventure-lovers, Dhordo has lots to offer, whether it is the experience of the night desert safari on a camelback, or watching exotic migratory birds during the winter months. Banni Grasslands (5 km from Dhordo) is a bird lover’s paradise as it is a resting spot for all migratory birds. Birds flying southwards during winter and a few species flying eastward from the Middle East including grassland birds as well as the characteristic desert birds – all stop over here. Lala Bustard Sanctuary which is also in the area is on the Indian top 10 list of places to spot the Great Indian Bustard. Winter is the best time of the year to visit to spot birds. 

Dhordo and largely, the Great Rann of Kutch also provides the perfect getaway destination for all those looking for calm and quiet. Travellers vouch for the fact that they have seldom felt as calm as they feel here. The salt deposits give the feeling of a pristine infinite beauty and it is the ultimate destination for relaxation. There are a variety of luxury resorts and other accommodation options which aim at pampering their guests as well as retaining the uniqueness of the Kutch experience. 

Guests here live in an ethnic atmosphere in traditional cottages, and get to sample local Kutchi cuisine and can visit the desert late at night or in the early mornings. Typical Kutchi cuisine mostly consists of breads which are made of bajra (millet). Non-vegetarian fare and alcohol is strictly prohibited.

 

Restaurant

Check out Zayka and Farzana Restaurant for some of the tastiest fares in the vicinity. 

The Rann of Kutch and the villages therein are famous for traditional handicrafts which are exclusive to the area. Dhordo specializes in silver jewellery, mirror work and a special kind of leather embroidery which is called Mutua. Several gift items of these art forms can be directly purchased from the artisans in the area. Other villages in the area such as Zura (30 km from Dhordo) specializes in embroidered footwear and other kinds of leather embroidery and Nirona (40 km from Dhordo) specializes in lacquered wood crafts. This area has a lot of unique gifts that you can take away as souvenirs for friends and family.

 

Flea market - the Handy Crafts is an important and popular flea market here.

Department store/ malls - when you visit Dhordo, and want to visit malls or department stores, you should visit the Selection Centre and Palav the Fashion Mall at Bhuj. 

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