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Top 5 Things to do in Bhuj, India

If you’re travelling around India, chances are you’ve got visiting the White Desert in the Great Rann of Kutch on your list. Visiting the salt flats of the Rann of Kutch entails passing through a city called Bhuj, which doesn’t seem to have much to its name apart from being the easiest way to get into the desert. A lot of Bhuj’s heritage was damaged in the devastating earthquake a

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The White Rann of Kutch – The lay of the land

Am I going blind? Everything just looks like different shades of white. The ground, the sky, the horizon all of it blurs into a surreal extra-terrestrial mass ahead of me. My eyes are watering, I feel like I’m inhaling sand and my lips are chapped rather painfully. And I’ve only been in the White Rann of Kutch for half an hour. I look up at our camel, Kanudo (one of the many names

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Rann Utsav Tent City: A night in the Kutch desert

I woke up with a start at 3 am. Someone, or something had turned on the lights in my tent. I looked up at the lamp overhead as it swayed ominously in the wind. It was loud. How had I been sleeping through this ruckus?, I thought to myself as the windows of my tent flapped loudly and noisily against the canvas. The poles holding my tent in place creaked

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Jama Masjid, Ahmedabad – An unmissable sight

We visited Ahmedabad in what was among the hottest summers this city in Gujarat had seen. A day tour around the city sounded fine from the air conditioned comfort of our Innova but when the driver pulled up outside the Jama Masjid, and I realised we’d have to leave our footwear outside, I was a bit unwilling. But we were in town only for the weekend, so we hopped out

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Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad – Understanding Mahatma Gandhi

The Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad was home to Mahatma Gandhi. Father of the Nation. And a million other names by which he is also known. We’re not about to start singing paeans to him, (there’s always a second side to every coin) but we will acknowledge his contribution to the independence movement in India. So what better day than today, to tell you about our trip to his riverside abode.

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Adalaj Stepwells, Ahmedabad – Into the depths of history

The Adalaj Stepwells came highly recommended by our Gujarati friends as a must visit attraction while we were in Ahmedabad. So when our driver cum guide at the House of MG recommended we ditch the day trip package and just let him take us to places he thought we’d like, we were thrilled to see him taking the 18 km journey to the district of Gandhinagar. What’s a Stepwell? It

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The House of MG, Ahmedabad – Hospitality with heritage

A trip to Ahmedabad happened to us quite by accident. I’m going to put my travel reputation on the line here and admit we ended up on this trip due to a flight sale on non-refundable tickets, an incorrect google maps search and basic blundering on my part. But I’d been to Ahmedabad only a couple of times when I was a kid and Charles never had, so we decided

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