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Shaam-e-Sarhad Rural Resort, Hodka

 

Hodka village is believed to have been set up by the 'Halepotra' clan from Sindh...

Overview

Hodka village is believed to have been set up by the 'Halepotra' clan from Sindh who were cattle herders in search of pastures. The Meghwals, traditional leather craft and embroidery craftspersons, from further north, have also settled in Hodka over time.

Discover the Great Rann of Kutch and live with its communities in Hodka's Village Resort, the Shaam-e-Sarhad (Sunset at the Border). It is owned and operated by the Village Tourism Committee of Hodka village. A rural yet incredible experience is certain at this resort with its majestic natural surroundings and warm hospitality from locals who feed you heartily, share their culture and showcase their craft.


What we've planned for you...

Explore villages, watch artisans working at their crafts, learn traditional customs, or quite simply watch the spectacular landscape.

Hodka is a typical Kutchi village with painted houses and friendly people. You could learn how they harvest water for centuries in the dry lands of Banni or create mud pieces that women use to decorate their houses. Kutch is well known for its exquisite embroidery and leather products. Visit Dhordo, it offers its unique crafts and marvellous views of the Great Rann. Step into the unique salt deserts with prior permission from the BSF. Taste the mawa of Bhirandiyara, try wood carving in Ludia or sit at the potter's wheel in Khavda. Drive to Karo Dungar (Black Hill) to experience some of the best evenings of the Great Rann. Visit the last civilian point before the Indo-Pak border at India Bridge.

To have a soulful stir, visit the Than Monastery set on an ancient volcano. While bird watchers can feast at the Chhari Dhand wetlands! Bhuj with its myraid crafts is a shopper's delight and you should indulge in Annapurna's Kutchi thali! For a beach getaway try Mandvi where you can have a thali at Osho restaurant. To mingle well you can request for local guides called bhomiyas and translator services once you reach Hodka.

When...

The resort is open from 1st October to 31st March only.
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Simple but delicious Kutchi food will be served. Gujarati and Kutchi food consists of a range of vegetables (cooked and fresh), pulses, Indian breads, and Kutchi sweets. We recommend the Kutchi dinner of bajra ni roti with ghee and gud, followed by Khichdi-kadhi. (Bread made of millet served with clarified butter and jaggery followed by a dish made of rice and pulses). Kutchi food is similar and yet different from Gujarati food - all the tastes are balanced - chili, sour, sweet, tangy, salty - and when you wash it down with 'chaach' (buttermilk), you experience pure bliss.

Bunk in...

Bhungas - Have a memorable stay in mud huts - it will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer! Each Bhunga, accommodating 2 persons, comes with an acre of open space where you can chill out on an armchair. The huts have an attached bathroom with running water and western style toilets.

Tents - Our tents accommodate 2 persons comfortably and there are two family tents as well.

You can swap travel tales around the bonfire with folk music playing in the back ground too. Open parking, phone service, laundry and restaurant services will ensure that your stay is comfortable.

Shopping Area - The resort has its very own traditional handicrafts which include embroidered fabric and garments, leather crafts, lacquer work, traditional tie-dye and block printed textiles, wood work and other artefacts.
Bunk in...

Bhungas - Have a memorable stay in mud huts - it will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer! Each Bhunga, accommodating 2 persons, comes with an acre of open space where you can chill out on an armchair. The huts have an attached bathroom with running water and western style toilets.

Tents - Our tents accommodate 2 persons comfortably and there are two family tents as well.

You can swap travel tales around the bonfire with folk music playing in the back ground too. Open parking, phone service, laundry and restaurant services will ensure that your stay is comfortable.

Shopping Area - The resort has its very own traditional handicrafts which include embroidered fabric and garments, leather crafts, lacquer work, traditional tie-dye and block printed textiles, wood work and other artefacts.
How to get there?

The nearest Airport is Bhuj (65 km). Kandla (150 km) also has daily flights from Mumbai. There are daily trains from and to Mumbai and Delhi via Ahmedabad as well from Bhuj. Gandhidham, (145 kms), has weekly trains connecting it to several parts of the country including Pune, Bangalore, Trivandrum, and more. Ahmedabad is well connected by air and train with the rest of the country. Bhuj is about 350 kms from there. There are comfortable overnight sleeper buses from Ahmedabad to Bhuj and back daily.
 
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Holiday with a difference...

The Shaam-e-Sarhad Village Resort has been set up at Hodka to host guests eager to experience this new responsible, sustainable, eco tourism. In addition to this, the project is built for the economic development and cultural preservation of the people of Hodka.

The Hodka Endogenous Tourism Project was jointly supported by the Ministry of Tourism and UNDP as part of their Explore Rural India Project (www.exploreruralindia.org). It was implemented by Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan (www.kmvs.in) in Hodka. As part of the project, a committee was set up by the Gram Panchayat (local self-government) to run this project. The Hodka Paryatan Samiti (Village Tourism Development Committee) manages and operates the Tourism Venture. All revenues go back to this Committee. You can also directly interact with the artisans and buy products from them, ensuring maximum revenue to them.

How Much?

TARIFF (SEASON 2012 – 2013) 2012-2013 Diwali/Christmas

ECO TENTS (7 Rooms)

Tariff (INR)

Tariff (INR)

Double Bed

3200

4000

Single Bed

2800

3500

 
BHUNGAS (Mud Huts) (3 Rooms) Tariff (INR) Tariff (INR)
Double Bed 4800 5500
Single Bed 3800 4500
 
QUADRUPLE FAMILY TENTS (2 Rooms) Tariff (INR) Tariff (INR)
Four Beds 4500 4500
Three Beds 4000 4000
Double Bed 3500 3500
Single Bed 3000 3000
 
Extra Bed 1000 1200

Diwali Rates applicable from 11th to 19th November 2012
Christmas Rates applicable from 25th to 31st December 2012

Notes:

  • Children below five stay free of charge.
  • Check In time: 13:00 hrs
  • Check out time: 12:00 noon
  • Transfers (from Bhuj) can be organized at an additional cost.
  • Extra charges for any other additional services.
  • Alcohol will not be served in compliance with State law.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Guests are requested to follow the instructions kept in the room

Tariff includes:

  • Food and beverages: Break Fast, Lunch & Dinner -- filtered water (using reverse osmosis technology).
  • A night folk music performance (subject to the availability of the musicians).
  • Excludes anything not specifically mentioned.

Reservation Policy: 
100% payment for reservation must be made upon receiving a written confirmation from us.

Cancellation Policy:
Please note that in case of cancellation of bookings for any reason, the percentage of total booking amount mentioned as below will be deducted from advance/ will have to be paid in case the advance has not been deposited. 

1. 20 days priors - 10% of total amount
2. 15 days priors - 15% of total amount
3. 10 days priors - 20% of total amount
4. 07 days priors - 25% of total amount
5. Less than 48 hours or No Show - NO Refund

 
TAI Recommends…

"We had a wonderful stay at Hodka and enjoyed the local hospitality and good food at the resort. The visit was timely and we had a good weather to enjoy and go around places. The locations were really off-beat. We could do good sight-seeing and could visit to Nirona, Than, Chari Dand, India Bridge, Kala Dungar and Hodka village in addition to White Rann and Rann festival at Dhordo. Bhungas were really nice and kept us warm in the cold weather. Maintenance of the place is really well managed and the resort staff were cheerful, cooperative and helpful."

K M Prabhu, Bangalore
Shaam-e-Sarhad, Hodka



Kutch is exquisite in that it offers you several unique experiences all in a two-hour drive. Desert, beach, village, craft… As the landscape becomes more hostile, the people become more hospitable and Hodka exemplifies this. A smile and a cup of tea are ever present! For foodies like me, the food is to go back for! Kutchi food is similar and yet different from Gujarati food - all the tastes are balanced - chili, sour, sweet, tangy, salty - and when you wash it down with the chaach (buttermilk) it is bliss. The wide open spaces are a relief after city life. And the craft is so varied that you can spend a fortnight and still discover something new. Come once and you are bound to come again!
 
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