RANN UTSAV A CLASSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA

RANN UTSAV A CLASSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA

An indigenous part of The Vibrant Gujarat the RANN UTSAV is an extravaganza which celebrates the spirit of Gujarat and its people. Located in the Thar Desert area of the Indian state of Gujarat, the Kutch District is a vast expanse of salty marshes. The pristine White Rann with its picturesque landscape and rich ambiance are soul rejuvenating.

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A plethora of extra – ordinary Art, Craft, Dance, Music and Food the Rann Utsav is a platform for the creative manifestation for the native of the area to showcase their rich and cultural heritage of alluring and colorful Folk Dance and Music.

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The Rann Utsav also known as the Tent City is a canopy of colourful and well set – up tents complete with all amenities required for a comfortable stay. Visit the site rannutsav.com for details on bookings and packages

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The Rann Utsav is an annual affair and attracts tourists from all over the world who take back loads of fond memories and a promise to come back again for the breathtaking experience.

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The three month long festival is loaded with lots of fun and adventure to keep you on your feet. You can look forward to a magical Full -Moon night excursion, golf cart and camel cart ride, para motoring, meditation, yoga and last but not the least a mouth watering local cuisine that leaves you craving for more.
                                                This photo of Sasumaa Gujarati Thali is courtesy of TripAdvisor.
The official date of the Rann Utsav 2017 – 2018 has been announced . It begins from 1st Nov 2017  to 20th Feb 2018. Lots of Tour Packages are available for the visit and stay at the Rann Utsav which includes the pick – up and drop, accommodation , food and sightseeing.

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Bhuj is the closest town to the White Rann is well connected by Air , Rail and Road .
Location of Rann:-
Bhuj to Rann Utsav  –  80 km / 2 hrs
Mandvi to Rann Utsav  –  140 km / 6 hrs
Rajkot to Rann Utsav  –  310 km / 7 hrs
Ahmedabad to Rann Utsav  –  400 km / 8 hrs
Vadodra to Rann Utsav  –  520 km / 10 hrs
Surat to Rann Utsav  –  675 km / 13 hrs

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Unexpectedly awesome things to explore in Maharashtra

Unexpectedly awesome things to explore in Maharashtra

Apart from a friendly rabble on the Mumbai local trains and its low Air Quality Index, something which exists to a greater extent in Maharashtra is its surpassing natural beauty. Nobody can deny the fact that the state’s attractiveness is enhanced by mesmerizing beaches, stunning rivers, staggeringly misty mountains and the aroma of freshly cooked Pav Bhaji on the streets in the cities of Maharashtra. If you want to get a glimpse of its beauty and getting itchy feet on this weekend, here is the list of five unexpectedly awesome things to explore in Maharashtra.

1. Ajanta Ellora Caves
One of the major tourist attractions in the world, Ajanta Caves is just 100 km away from the Ellora Caves and located in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. Aurangabad is the nearest airport to get there. These cloak-and- dagger caves are a superlative example of Indian art and rock cut sculptures as well as emotional paintings artistically open the golden pages of Ancient India.

Ajanta Ellora Caves

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2. Panchgani Hill Station
Hill stations are many but Panchgani is something outstanding and as its name says the region contains a total of five beautiful hills, located in Satara district. The Pune and Mumbai Airport is about 100 km and 250 km away from Panchgani Hill Station respectively. Panchgani is mesmeric no matter in whichever season you go there but the fun can be double if you visit in the period between autumn and spring.

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3. Sindhudurg Fort
Sindhudurg Fort is one of the historical places in India which occupies an islet in the Arabian Sea. Its massive wall touches the crashing waves of the sea and well enough to describe a fascinating piece of history. This fort is ranked on the tops of many tourist places in the itinerary the historian cum travelers design from all round the country. The nearest railway station is Sindhudurg which is connected to Mumbai & Pune and the convenient airport is Dabolim International Airport in Goa, just 130 km away from the fort.

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4. Lonavla – Khandala
Maharashtrian (citizens of Maharashtra) are so lucky because of having the twin hill stations of Lonavla and Khandala, just a walking distance from each other. Lonavla-Khandala may be considered an extremely salubrious part of the state and undoubtedly a wonderful destination to explore which can be seen by the naked eye because your camera will not be able to capture the tremendous charm of these beautiful hill stations. Lonavla-Khandala is about 95 km away from Mumbai and 65 km from Pune.

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5. Raigad Fort
Located in the Sahyadri mountain range in the Mahad town of Raigad district, Raigad Fort was built by Hirojee Indalkar with the guidance of Chandrarao More and filled with beauty with history. The fort is of great pride for the Marathas and everyone can feel its glorious elegance because the facility of the cable car is there so nothing matters if you are going with your grandmother or your children.

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I wanna make memories all over the world & would like to be richer in my life so I satisfy my strong desire to travel irresistibly & get some mind-boggling experiences because travel is the only thing you buy, that makes you richer. 

I am a health professional, traveler and content writer / blogger. I have completed my MBA from Rajasthan and currently working as a Regional Supply Chain Manager in Gujarat Medical Services Corporation.

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Picturesque Destinations Around Mumbai (An Infographic)

Picturesque Destinations Around Mumbai (An Infographic)

Are you looking for a quick vacation around Mumbai? Then, this is exactly where you should hunt for your next travel destination.

The below infographic has covered a list of 55 amazing destinations around Mumbai. Living in this city teaches you how essential it is to take a break as the mundane life of the city stresses you out entirely. It’s clear as a bell that one needs a break to get away from all that stress. The below list helps you find destinations, which are bound to take all your anxiety away.

The team of Zarahutke.in has covered destinations that are fit for all sorts of travellers. Looking for a budget tour? Pick a location close to home. Want to explore the adventurous route? Trekking destinations are apt for you. Want to get some alone time with your loved ones? Then pleasant getaways like Mulshi and Diveagar are perfect for you. Want to go on a long drive with your friends? Then, locations like Panchgani, Guhagar, Devrukh are felicitous for you!

The locations are amazingly divided into groups and are typecast by the time it takes to reach the destinations. The journey of this collation of locations starts with Panvel which is about 42Kms away and ends with Vengurle which is about 545Kms away! Thus, you have the privilege to choose the destination as per your comfort.

The best thing about taking a vacation is that you come back feeling fresh and rejuvenated! So, don’t wait much longer and go take a vacation soon!

55+ Weekend Getaways from Mumbai [Infographic] by the team at ZaraHutke.in

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Nirav Dave

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Nirav Dave is the co-founder of ZaraHutke, in Mumbai that specializes in all things Offbeat Stays & Weekend Getaways. He is a Avid traveler, A dedicated husband and father and loves Numismatics.

 

Matheran

Matheran

Travel Guide

Ever heard of a hill station where no vehicles are allowed? Yes, Matheran is a hill station near Mumbai which is a no- vehicle zone. Wondering how would you roam around? Well, you would have to walk and when you get tired you can ride a horse :). Matheran is an eco-sensitive region, declared by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India. This very fact makes this place more clean and beautiful.

Matheran is a perfect weekend getaway after a busy sprint at the office. If you are in Maharashtra then this weekend break is a must for you. Just about 90 km’s from Mumbai, this smallest hill station of India offers a lot to woo you. Nature at its explicable best, the air so fresh and the surroundings so green that you will fall in love with the place.

Just when you reach the boundaries of Matheran which is the last limit for your vehicle, you will see plenty of horses around ( You can also take the toy train which runs from Neral but it has its fixed timings, mentioned under Fast Facts tab). I would suggest you to take a horse till you find a hotel as per your taste and then walk around.

Though rainy season is considered to be the off- season but if you are looking for some adventure that is the time when you should go. I happened to be there during the rains and my experience was truly memorable.

Horse Riding : Once you reach the Matheran premises you would be required to walk or take a horse. I would suggest you to take a horse till the hotel as it would be more convenient and would give the much required thrill 🙂 Horse riding in the forests of Matheran is an adventure activity as some of the horses there have run the derby at Mahalakshmi. With the little drizzling it makes up for a very romantic ride with your loved one 😉

Walk till the Charlotte Lake: In the evening pull on your raincoat, hold your camera safe and set out on a walk till the Charlotte lake. As you advance on the silent and meandering paths in the Matheran forest, remember to keep track of the way. I had the most thrilling experience at this place. Me and my friend reached the lake to see it covered with fog and once the fog lifted we saw a beautiful lake and waterfall from a dam. We got so lost in clicking pictures to capture the mesmerizing view that we did not notice people leaving. We were now standing at the dam with fog all around and no human existence. It was getting darker and we had to find our way back in the forest which appeared denser and scarier at night. This was by far the most thrilling experience I have had. Every path seemed identical and the sounds of the insects and animals in the forest made it all the more confusing. Icing on the cake was the rain. Somehow we managed to find our way to the resort, entered from the backside but we were there finally.

Louisa Point: The next morning we pulled over our raincoats and set out on a walk till the Louisa Point. Its more or less a straight path with plenty of horses on the way. Horse riding is extremely enjoyable in Matheran. Walking in the rains, jumping in the puddles and singing songs all the way to reach that little ‘chai ki dukaan’ on the way to Louisa Point was an overwhelming experience. That is a time when you set yourself free, forget all the stress and just enjoy nature. Louisa point offers a breathtaking view of the valleys from both sides and a waterfall. The clouds cover the mountains and slowly lift up revealing the beautiful sight which makes it enchanting. You must sit there and ‘chillax’ for sometime. There is a small maggi corner at Louisa Point where you can enjoy a quick tea and maggi and also play with their dogs. Climb down the stairs from the hill to see a more panoramic view of the valley.

There are many other small points on the way but this more or less sums up your stay in Matheran and makes it worthwhile.

  • Air: The Mumbai Airport located at a distance of 100km. from Matheran is the nearest Airport having connectivity to all the major cities in India.
  • Train: Neral railway station is the nearest railway station from Matheran. Trains at regular frequency from CSTM are available to reach Neral. From Neral toy train can be boarded that takes you uphill to Matheran.
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  • Road: The best way is to travel by road from Mumbai/ Pune to Matheran. From Mumbai via Karjat and Panvel it takes 2 hours to reach Matheran which is 108 km. Cab service is easily available to drop you at Matheran.
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  • State: Maharashtra
  • District: Raigad
  • Famous for/as: Hillstation/ weekend getaway
  • Languages: Marathi, Hindi, English
  • Best time to visit: September to February
  • Weather: Summers 25 to 30°C, Winter 12 to 15°C
  • Pincode: 410102

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