Dhordo is famous for hosting the annual Rann Utsav
Dhordo is famous for hosting the annual Rann UtsavShutterstock.com

Dhordo, Gujarat Included In UNWTO's 'Best Tourism Villages' List

Dhordo, famous for hosting the annual Rann Utsav, gained global recognition as one of the 54 Best Tourism Villages awarded by the UNWTO, celebrated for its cultural richness

Situated in the heart of the Kutch district in Gujarat, Dhordo village has recently gained international recognition by securing a spot on the prestigious list of 54 Best Tourism Villages by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The announcement was made during the G20's Tourism Working Group Meeting held under India's presidency. This accolade celebrates villages that excel in preserving landscapes, cultural diversity, local values, and culinary traditions.

Additionally, 20 more villages have become part of the Upgrade Programme, bringing the total to 74 villages integrated into the UNWTO Best Tourism Villages Network. The announcement occurred during the ongoing UNWTO General Assembly in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Underlining the importance of equitable benefits, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili stated, "This initiative recognises villages that have leveraged tourism as a catalyst for their development and well-being."

Traditional huts called "Bhungas" in Dhordo
Traditional huts called "Bhungas" in DhordoShutterstock.com

All About Dhordo 

Dhordo is not merely a village recognised by UNWTO; it is a vibrant destination with much to offer. Nestled in the Great Rann of Kutch, Dhordo is famous for hosting the annual Rann Utsav, a cultural extravaganza that showcases the region's traditional art, music, and crafts. The festival provides a unique opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the local culture against the backdrop of the mesmerising Rann of Kutch.

Apart from the festival, Dhordo boasts breathtaking landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see. The vast white salt desert is a must-see, and visitors can explore it through camel safaris or jeep rides. The experience is nothing short of otherworldly, especially during stunning sunsets and under the starlit night sky.

Handicrafts in Dhordo
Handicrafts in Dhordo Shutterstock.com

For nature and wildlife enthusiasts, Dhordo offers a treat with the 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.

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

How To Reach Dhordo

If you want to make your way to Dhordo to attend the Rann Utsav this year, to be held from November 10 to February 25, here's how to get there:

By air: The nearest airport is in Bhuj, approximately 80 km away, with limited domestic flights. Ahmedabad, 384 km away, is the closest major airport for international travellers.

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

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

(With inputs from PTI)

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