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#TravelDiaries | Ahmedabad | Bhuj | Rann OF Kutch | Mandvi Beach Gujarat

Saturday 2 January 2016 / , , , , , , , , ,

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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 :)
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Location - Poolside , Hotel Novotel Ahmedabad
rann of kutch , tent city festival, white desert of kutch
The White Marsh Land of Kutch -The White Desert- Truly the salt was in the air
sun temple, modhera ahmedabad, world heritage site
The Sun temple- Modhera, Ahmedabad - The most vaastu perfect building and survived major earthquakes of all the times 
Built in 1100 BC , Stepwell called Rani Ki Vav, Patan , Gujarat. They say that River Saraswati covered it for so many years, and no one ever knew of the existence, until it was excavated in 1980. Has over 500 sculptures in pristine conditions (source-wikipedia)
white desert kutch
The rays of the setting sun makes the white desert Pink
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Walk with caution (stepwell ) Rani ki vav- burnt 300 Kcal  doing the steps
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Inside Rani Ki Vav near Ahmedabad , Gujarat. 
aaina mahal, Bhuj sightseeing in bhuj
Gothic style doors at Aina Mahal , Bhuj
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Someone had a good taste in Mirrors. Inside Aina Mahal Bhuj
aaina mahal bhuj , after bhuj earthquake in 2001
The tales of the devastation - Bhuj Earthquake 2001
Bird's Eye View from The Terrace of Aaina Mahal, Bhuj
Bird's Eye View from The Terrace of Aina Mahal, Bhuj
bhuj prag mahal clock tower aina mahal
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
bajirao mastani shooting in aaina mahal
The old palki (carrier) used for transportation, Bhuj

  1. hi dear,cute outfit and beautiful place and pics

  2. You're such a Diva!

    I've seen you transform into an uber chic blogger who loves taking risks! stay awesome :)

  3. Amazing photos! love your blue long shirt!

  4. Loving the scenery! Cute outfit, well put together. Happy New Year!


  5. Love it!!
    Aamzing post!!
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  6. Love how you're rocking this look! Happy new year doll!

  7. Wow, you look stunning Surbhi, love your entire outfit. The places you visited are so beautiful. Kisses <3

  8. So sorry to hear abt your unpleasant experiences...but the maxi dress looks fab on u, n the pics are breathtakingly beautiful.


  9. Awesome denim look!
    Great photos!!!!

    Happy New Year dear :)

  10. Such a beautiful place! Those blue vibes are amazing! You look absolutely fab and chic! happy new year gorgeous! All the best!

  11. Happy New Year beauty !
    This style is marvelous, you are very chic. I really love your jeans. Kisses ;)

  12. Love your top! Especially love all the travel photos! no matter how many times I go to India I leave knowing there is so much left to return for!

  13. Happy 2016 n love ur look here gal.

  14. What a beautiful city and I love your outfit! Happy new year :) x

    Beauty with charm

  15. So in love with your blog! You've got such a fresh style and it really is a pleasure to read it!
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  16. Stunning look! Bhuj is in my travel list for so long. beautiful pics :)

  17. I am sorry to hear there were so many let downs. You couldn't tell from the pictures you shared, everything looked amazing!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  18. first class! I love the photos dear!

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  20. You have such a good taste in fashion darling!!! Great outfit and stunning shoes!! *-*

  21. so amazing city :-) ty for pictures, and I love the long blue shirt :-)

  22. Perfect look and great pics! Happy 2016!

  23. It looks so beautiful! Never visited, but it's on my list.


  24. Great post !!!Happy weekend , I wait for my blog!!!

  25. Wow, stunning!

  26. Le immagini sono davvero bellissime..e poi il tuo look mi piace tantissimo!!
    Un bacione grandissimo Manu

  27. Awesome top and fabulous outfit! Also these pictures are beautiful!


  28. It's always disappointing when the items we ordered don't meet our expectations. You look great in these photos though!

  29. I am yet to visit Kutch. The pictures are gorgeous! Your style as always is impeccable!

  30. you look so gorgeous! Love the shirt dress and white ripped jeans unique. The location is dreamy...

    sorry to hear about your bad experiences with that website, it happens.

  31. Gorgeous!!


  32. You took some remarkable pictures indeed, such history and culture. But where are the pictures of Dominoes Pizza? :)P They are always my very last choice for pizza in my area, even frozen ones from the store are better. Sorry you had such challenging journeys. You are so gorgeous in that outfit, dear. The top shows off so well your amazing curves and beautiful belly, very arousing. And you look so wondrful in the pants too. That open leg shot especially, so sensual and sexy. Enjoyed very much, dear ;) Wow!!! Wishing you happier voyages :) xoxo

    All Things Bright and Lovely

  33. Amazing pictures, loving the sunglasses also

  34. Amazing look!!! and beautiful photos!!!
    Have a good week!!!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  35. Amazing photos! Cool and beautiful! A gorgeous look! xoxo

  36. Amazing!

    Have a nice week end!
    Photographer Gil Zetbase

  37. Hello beauty, have a lovely week. Kisses :)

  38. woaaaah, that look is so gorgeous and amazing :) you totally rock it <3

  39. Your style is stunning! Great post and amazing pictures :)...thx for sharing!

  40. Wow, these pictures are gorgeous and so is your outfit! The denim dress looks super cool on you especially with those white distressed jeans. I am happy that you had such a wonderful small holiday!
    Thanks a lot for your last comment : )

  41. What stunning photos! And your shirt, OMG, fabulous!