These pics were taken last month when we took a smallzy break to Ahmedabad , Bhuj and Rann of Kutch.
Gujarat had never been on my list of destinations to travel, but somehow the white Shallow Marsh Land of Kutch had always been a fancy and our famous bollywood flick -"Highway" did play a little role for me to consider giving this place a travel shot .
Although there is nothing much to do about in the city, except shopping at bargain prices for authentic handwork gujarati garments , (Must check out Law Garden) dined at Rajwadu and fished out a few more restaurants that serve original Gujarati food . The food is pretty decent everywhere and a special mention to team Dominos , which really suck in Ahmedabad with their unexpected lousy service, especially the one next door to Novotel ( where we stayed) The food comes cold and after almost an hour(hello 30 mins or free slogan?)
We also took a day trip to visit The World Heritage site - Sun temple and Rani ki Vav (6 hrs by road to and fro)
Bhuj is interesting in terms of sightseeing too. Must check out Aina Mahal in Bhuj City . Built in gothic style, the palace survived 2001 Bhuj earthquake, and the cracks in the palace weep this horrified tale.
Our second last destination was the Tent city at Rann of Kutch a.k.a- White Desert . Good ambience,lot of activities and the best Sunrise ever. The shopping is pretty expensive as compared to Bhuj, and since the artisans travelled from Bhuj to sell the same stuff at 3x the price, I decided to give it a skip, and leave that exercise for my return touch point via Bhuj.
The tent experience was not overwhelming, but that's the best our destination had to offer. Shot a look in the middle of the desert while the winds blew at 100kmph ( exaggeration). Photos didn't turn out the way I expected, hence need to redo the entire look once again (cry face)
The last leg of my destination included Mandvi Beach resort. Another overrated destination, and similar tent style set up. The tents smelled awful with the only plus point of being on the beach, which was practically deserted. In the history of my travel in so many years, probably this was the only place which made me miss home so much. Seriously I couldn't wait to reach home all the time and almost blew off my top with the agent who booked us there . What was he thinking ?
I shopped from another website this time which is Zaful. Ordered another piece from them which is a total trash. I can almost use it to clean the house. As much as I love this look, and the style, of this maxi I feel totally annoyed when websites fail to check quality control. If a brand is passionate about what they make , it shows. Why would they want me to wear a crappy product on the blog and make me look bad in front of my readers among other things ?
Anyways guys, sorry for my rant, seems like I have had a lot of unpleasant experiences last month, so I just want to get done with it in one single post and move ahead.
This post was supposed to go live yesterday. Sorry for the delay.
Sharing a few snippets from my travel too.
Wish everyone A Sweet Sixteen. Happy Holidays :)
Location - Poolside , Hotel Novotel Ahmedabad
|The White Marsh Land of Kutch -The White Desert- Truly the salt was in the air|
|The Sun temple- Modhera, Ahmedabad - The most vaastu perfect building and survived major earthquakes of all the times|
|The rays of the setting sun makes the white desert Pink|
|Walk with caution (stepwell ) Rani ki vav- burnt 300 Kcal doing the steps|
|Inside Rani Ki Vav near Ahmedabad , Gujarat.|
|Gothic style doors at Aina Mahal , Bhuj|
|Someone had a good taste in Mirrors. Inside Aina Mahal Bhuj|
|The tales of the devastation - Bhuj Earthquake 2001|
|Bird's Eye View from The Terrace of Aina Mahal, Bhuj|
|The 45 foot clock tower overlooking the entire Bhuj city. This clock tower is the second of its kind in India. The first one being in Mumbai|