20 Oct 2023

PM Modi Hails Dhordo In Gujarat's Kutch For Being Awarded As Best Tourism Village by UNWTO; How Much Do You Know About Dhordo?

New Delhi: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today hailed the Dhordo village in Kutch district of Gujarat for being awarded as the Best Tourism Village by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).  

Wishing a bright future for Dhordo, he shared a few pictures from his visit to the village in 2009 and 2015. 

The Prime Minister posted on X: "Absolutely thrilled to see Dhordo in Kutch being celebrated for its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. This honour not only showcases the potential of Indian tourism but also the dedication of the people of Kutch in particular. 

PM wished Dhordo to continue to shine and attract visitors from around the world!

PM Modi wrote further: "I’m sharing some memories of my visits to Dhordo in 2009 and 2015. I also invite you all to share your memories from your  previous visits to Dhordo. This will inspire more people to visit. And, don’t forget to use #AmazingDhordo."

A lively destination teeming with attractions

Dhordo isn't just a village endorsed by UNWTO; it's a lively destination teeming with attractions. Nestled within the vast expanse of the Great Rann of Kutch, Dhordo is renowned for hosting the annual Rann Utsav, a cultural extravaganza that showcases the traditional art, music, and crafts of the region. This festival provides a unique opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the local culture set against the enchanting backdrop of the Rann of Kutch's mesmerizing beauty.

Dhordo boasts awe-inspiring landscapes 

Beyond the festival, Dhordo boasts awe-inspiring landscapes that seem to stretch endlessly into the horizon. The immense white salt desert is a must-see, and visitors can explore it via camel safaris or jeep rides. The experience is nothing short of otherworldly, especially during breathtaking sunsets and under the starlit night sky.

Witness the beauty of diverse avian life

For nature and wildlife enthusiasts, Dhordo offers a treat with the seasonal migration of various bird species, including flamingos, cranes, and pelicans. The region becomes a haven for those seeking to witness the beauty of diverse avian life.

Village is renowned for its exquisite handcrafted items

Furthermore, Dhordo is a treasure trove for those who appreciate authentic handicrafts and textiles. The village is renowned for its exquisite handcrafted items, such as embroidered textiles, copper bells, hand-painted fabric (Rogan), and intricate lacquer art on wood.

How to Reach Dhordo

If you plan to journey to Dhordo to attend this year's Rann Utsav, held from November 10 to February 25, here's how to get there:

By air: The nearest airport is in Bhuj, located approximately 80 km away, primarily offering domestic flights. For international travelers, Ahmedabad, situated 384 km away, is the closest major airport.

By train: Bhuj Railway Station serves as the nearest railhead, with a distance of 80 km from Dhordo.

By road: The road journey offers scenic views, and Dhordo is easily accessible from Bhuj, Ahmedabad, and other cities in Gujarat.

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