Road trip to Rann of kutch from Mumbai
The Great Rann of Kutch or ROK as we bikers fondly call it, is a salty marsh in the northwestern side of the Indian geography in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District in the state of Gujarat. It lies between Gujarat in India and the Sindh province in Pakistan. The Rann of Kutch (ROK) is famous for its white salt desert sand which is why is it also known as are salty desert and is reputed to be one of the largest of its kind salt desert in the world.
Desert is called as “Rann” in Hindi. The inhabitants of Kutch are called Kutchhi and have a language of their own with the same name. Due to its proximity to Pakistan, the Indian army has a base at Rann and has army officials patrolling around the area throughout the day. To visit Rann of Kutch, all travelers must have valid id proofs which are checked by the army officials at the entry point. The permit can be procured at the Bhirandiara village.
The Rann Utsav
The government of Gujarat holds a three-month-long festival known as ‘The Rann Utsav’ every year starting from October to February. This is the main source of income for the locals around who welcome visitors from across the globe to savor in local delicacies and to witness the culture and hospitality of Kutch. The main attractions of the Rann Utsav or Kutch Utsav are that the tourists can see the moon on earth on full moon dates for Rann Utsav. It’s a visual spectacle.
Over the years due to its unique terrain and near-perfect roads it’s been a great bike riding getaway. Fancy going there for a road trip??? Need not worry as we will help you with not one but three different options according to your availability of leaves and choices of what you need to see!!
We at Motopanda understand that not everyone is lucky to have ample leaves and if you are planning a long weekend trip in the latter part of the year the 1st plan should fit your bill.
How to reach rann of kutch from Mumbai?
Well, it is not going to happen in a stretch. People will be doing it but it’s not recommended by Us at Motopanda. We believe in keeping man and machine to a work-rest balance. So Rann of kutch distance from Mumbai is around 1000 km and can take up to 19-20 hours to reach there. so we have divided this 1000 km into milestones and came up with 3 plans.
PLAN 1 (Ideal for long weekends or a quick bike trip)
Day 1 – Mumbai to Ahmedabad by road
On the first day start from Mumbai, early in the morning have the first stop at some iconic breakfast places en route Gujarat border. Enjoy the beautiful roads and end up in the capital city of Gujarat. Many experienced riders generally don’t mind going directly to Bhuj but hey why rush?? when it’s a long weekend perhaps go to Manek chowk and enjoy the food or have a short spin in the city of Ahmedabad.
Time: Mumbai to Ahmedabad can be done within 10 hours.
Distance: Mumbai to Ahmedabad is roughly around 550kms.
Map for Mumbai to Ahmedabad road trip.
Day 2 – Ahmedabad to Bhuj
This is the place where you will be checking in for 2 days so get a decent hotel. Visit Aina Mahal and the Bhuj city museum.
Time: Ahmedabad to Bhuj takes around 6 and a half hours to 7 hours
Distance: Ahmedabad to Bhuj is just 330kms
Map for Ahmedabad to Bhuj
Day 3 – Explore Bhuj City
Ah! Finally, what we started for starting from Bhuj make way to the great white rann then explore further. The places to be covered and their corresponding distances are given below.
Bhuj to White Rann distance is 84kms
Kalo Dungar to White Rann distance is 45kms
Kalo Dungar to India bridge distance is 18kms
India bridge to Bhuj city (hotel) distance is 91kms
Day 4 – Bhuj City To Ahemdabad
After an eventful day start for the return journey, again it depends whether you want to knock the miles on this very day or you are one of those who can sneak in sick leave from the manager.
Time: Bhuj city to Ahemdabad is 6 hours and 30 minutes journey.
Distance: Bhuj to Ahemdabad is 330 kms.
Map for Bhuj city to Ahemdabad
Day 5 – Ahmedabad to Mumbai
Come back to amchi Mumbai with long-lasting memories of the never-ending white desert.
Time: Ahmedabad to Mumbai is 10 hours.
Distance: Ahmedabad to Mumbai is 550 kms.
Map for Ahmedabad to Mumbai
Total Distance for this Mumbai – Ahmedabad – Mumbai road trip is approximately just a shade below 2000kms
PLAN 2 (ideal for those wants to explore the other side of kutch as well )
You have been through the internet and wondering it’s too touristy for you? Don’t worry we have a place that can be added for that extra feel of history in your itinerary and offer the tranquility you were long due.
Most of the things are similar so we would request you to have a look at plan 1 in case any of the things are amiss.
Day 1 – Mumbai to Ahmedabad Ride
On the first day start from Mumbai, early morning have the first stop at some iconic breakfast places en route Gujarat border. Enjoy the beautiful roads and end up in the capital city of Gujarat. Go to Manek Chowk, Sabarmati riverfront and enjoy the food or have a short spin in the city of Ahmedabad.
Day 2 – Ahmedabad to Bhuj Ride
Visit Aina mahal and the Bhuj city museum. As opposed to plan 1 we will be staying here only for one day.
Day 3 – Explore kutch
This is the day where you can see the real kutch outside the rann Utsav. Start from Bhuj city for the scenic and serene Mandvi beach. This is the geographical wealth and diversity of Gujarat. After a walk on the beach move towards the Vijay Vilas Palace which has witnessed history and numerous film shooting sessions over the years. It’s very nearby to Mandvi beach. After the brief photo session move towards Lakhpat the last village of the Indian side from Gujarat. Visit the Lakhpat fort, and then move towards the Mata no madh. This is a very important deity for the locals. Get blessed by the tranquility and positive vibrations at the temple of maa Asha Pura.
After visiting these noteworthy locations make way to the place where you will be staying, we suggest Dhordo or Hodka. If time is not a constraint one can make way to Koteshvar temple after the Lakhpat fort to view the sunset. Apparently one can see the glow of lights of Karachi Pakistan from this place. (keep the time frame in mind!!). Below is the breakup of the distances to be covered.
Distance from Bhuj to Mandvi beach is 62 kms
Mandvi beach to Vijay Vilas palace distance is 8 kms
Vijay Vilas palace to Lakhpat fort distance is 154 kms
Lakhpat fort to Mata no Madh distance is 40 kms
Mata no Madh to Dhordo 80kms (via Hajipur, collect permits at the Rann Utsav counter)
Mata no madh to Hodka via Bhirandiara (permits office) distance is 130kms
Total distance approx for Day 3 if Dhordo via Hajipur 388kms and If going through Hodka via Bhirnadiara 440kms
Day 4 – Explore the White Rann and places around
Ah! Finally what we started making way to the great white rann then explore further. The places to be covered and their corresponding distances are given below.
- Bhuj to great rann of kutch distance is 84kms
- The Great White Rann to kalo Dungar – 45kms
- Kalo dungar to India bridge – 18kms
- India bridge to Bhuj city (hotel) 91kms
Day 5 – Dhordo/Hodka to Ahmedabad
After an eventful day starts for the return journey.
Time: Dhordo to Ahmedabad is 7 hours – 8 hours journey
Distance: Dhordo to Ahmedabad is roughly 410 kms.
Map for Dhordo to Ahmedabad
Day 6 – Ahmedabad to Mumbai
Come back to amchi Mumbai with long-lasting memories of the never ending white desert.
Wait!!! We are not done yet if you are someone like us whose goal to tick all boxes of dream bike rides list one by one the next plan promises a lot. It is tailored in such a way where a rider can truly say he has explored the kutch region of Gujarat. Let’s run through it, shall we? Just before you read the plan we would strongly recommend you check the full moon dates for the event because that’s when the fun is!!
The Best Plan for Mumbai to Rann of Kutch by Road
Day 1 – Mumbai to Ahmedabad
On the first day start from Mumbai, early morning has the first stop at some iconic breakfast places en route Gujarat border. Enjoy the beautiful roads and end up in the capital city of Gujarat. Go to Manek Chowk, Sabarmati riverfront and enjoy the food or have a short spin in the city of Ahmedabad.
Day 2 – Ahmedabad to Dholavira via ( Halvad — Lakadia — Rapar)
Dholavira is an ancient site of archaeological importance. It is one of the oldest testimony to man’s ancient yet advanced engineering right from town planning to water conservation. It is the oldest proof of the Indus valley civilization and still has complete architectural skeleton of the Harappan civilization. The information signboard says that civilization was present for a duration of about 1000 plus years.
To get the best experience of driving/riding through the White Desert head straight to Dholavira. This is where you’ll come across a 7-kilometer straight road that passes through the White Desert on its either side. Places to stay here are few hence booking should be made in advance. This is definitely a lesser-traveled place compared to Dhordo. Don’t forget to fuel up at Rapar.
Time: Ahmedabad to Dholavira is 7 hours 30 minutes journey.
Distance: Ahmedabad to Dholavira is 360kms
Map for Ahmedabad to Dholavira
Day 3 – Dholavira to Mandvi
This is the day where you can see the real kutch outside the Rann Utsav. Start from Dholavira for the scenic and serene Mandvi beach. This is the geographical wealth and diversity of Gujarat. After a walk on the beach move towards the Vijay Vilas Palace which has witnessed history and numerous film shooting sessions over the years. It’s very nearby to Mandvi beach.
Time: Dholavira to Mandvi is 5 hours and 30 minutes ride.
Distance: Dholavira to Mandvi is just 264 kms.
Map for Dholavira to Mandvi
Day 4 – Explore Lakhpat – The Last Indian Village
Start moving towards Lakhpat the last village of Indian side from Gujarat. Visit the lakhpat fort, and then move towards the mata no madh. This is a very important deity for the locals. Get blessed by the tranquility and positive vibrations at the temple of maa Asha Pura.
After visiting these noteworthy locations makes way to the place where you will be staying, we suggest Dhordo or Hodka. If time is not a constraint one can make way to Koteshvar temple after the Lakhpat fort to view the sunset. Look at the break up below
- Mandvi to Lakhpat fort 154 kms
- Lakhpat to Mata no Madh 41 kms
- Mata no Madh to Dhordo 80 kms via Hajipur OR
- Mata no Madh to Hodka 120 kms via Bhirandiara (permit place)
Day 5 Enjoy the Full Moon in Rann of Kutch
Visit the white rann and witness the never-ending view, the post that one can visit the Kalo Dunger the highest point on kutch region from where one can experience the view of complete Rann. Post this move ahead to the India bridge and return back to the stay. Since we have selected a full moon night visit the white Rann at night to witness the natural spectacle.
Day 6 – Hodka to Ahmedabad
After an eventful day starts for the return journey.
Time: Hodka to Ahmedabad is 7 hours and 30 minutes journey.
Distance: Hodka to Ahmedabad is 400 kms
Map for Hodka to Ahmedabad
Day 7 – Ahmedabad to Amchi Mumbai!!! 550 kms
Come back to Mumbai with long-lasting memories of the never-ending white desert and start planning the next ride!!
Don’t forget to have the safety gear and all checks done on the vehicles because safety is sexy!! And we swear by it.
Mumbai to Rann of Kutch road trip plan 1
|Mumbai to Ahmedabad||550 kms|
|Ahmedabad to Bhuj||330 kms|
|Explore Bhuj City|
|Bhuj City To Ahemdabad||330 kms|
|Ahemdabad to Mumbai||550 kms|
Mumbai to Kutch road trip plan 2
|Mumbai to Ahmedabad Ride||550 kms|
|Ahmedabad to Bhuj Ride||330 kms|
|Explore the White Rann and places around|
|Dhordo/Hodka to Ahmedabad||410 kms|
|Ahmedabad to Mumbai||550 kms|
Rann of Kutch road trip plan 3
|Mumbai to Ahmedabad||550 kms|
|Ahmedabad to Dholavira via ( Halvad — Lakadia — Rapar)||360 kms|
|Dholavira to Mandvi||264 kms|
|Explore Lakhpat – The Last Indian Village||154 kms|
|Enjoy the Full Moon in Rann of Kutch|
|Hodka to Ahmedabad||410 kms|
|Ahmedabad to Amchi Mumbai||550 kms|