These are mud huts & tented accommodation in the middle of the vast deserted Rann of Gujarat. It is exactly 50kms from Bhuj. I recommend staying here only if you get to stay at their mud huts......i will give reasons why.
1) The tented accommodation is less secure with animals visiting in the night. One night when we came back to the resort we were shocked to see that our beds were stained with animal blood with dirty foot steps of a mongoose who had its prey there!
2) The bath room cannot be locked or tied up properly, which made me uncomfortable whenever I used to go for a bath. When I told the staff about the discomfort I was facing, I was told that no one will come & end of story!
3) We were there in the end of January when the temperatures are a little low. The tents are not equipped to handle that kind of cold. When we asked for a heater, they refused to give & that too very bluntly! So, if visiting in winters(dec-jan), make sure no tents!
Mudhouse is awesome, very earthy with mud flooring, warm in the night when the temperatures outside were 15degrees. There is a mosquito net, big space for all ur stuff, dressing table & a fan. The bathroom is outside after crossing a little backyard, traditional with contemporary facilities. There is a handicraft shop inside the resort but I recommend buying from the locals. There are cultural events in the evenings around a bon fire.
Now let us operate their functionality. The food is Gujarati, tastes good but the choice of menu is not much. Its a buffet style meal & so one has no choice! The service is average with the staff not very well trained, blame it on the concept on which the resort runs! I felt that the staff were a bit annoying, staring almost all the times & not very polite. I do not expect a 5 star attitude but at least an above average for the price I was paying!
Even after a couple of the above aberrations, I would recommend staying here as it is the best in the area, with a good location( 25kms from the White Rann & 50kms from Bhuj). It is a micro village in itself & so a picturesque property where one can find solace & can meditate. It shuts in the high summers as the heat is too strong in the desert.
A couple of pointers for travellers travelling to Bhuj:
1) Please book a cab in advance before arriving at the Bhuj airport as there are almost none at the airport to take one to the city(which is only 5kms from the airport). The cabs there are hire for long distances from Bhuj.
2) If staying for a night in Bhuj there are many options, the best one is B Cube hardly a km from the airport. Its a new hotel with great food & good service.
3) Theres not a lot to visit within the city except for a temple & a dried up lake for good birding.
4) If interested in eating local food try the wads pav at the Shanker Samosa wala. We wanted to try the Kathiawadi(local bhuj cuisine) food so went to the RYAN RESORTS, it was a complete disappointment!
5) Make sure you have a transport at your disposal all the your stay in Bhuj & around. For a local experience, a ride in the auto-rikshaws(tuk-tuk) is not bad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Visitors: Shaam-E-Sarhad is an eco-resort built in a Kutchi village-style setting using locally sourced materials and crafts of the region. It is owned and managed by the Hodka village community and is open only from October to March. The resort promotes Endogenous Tourism where one travels not just for pleasure, but also to appreciate local community and their life in rural Gujarat. "The Endogenous Tourism Project in Hodka village seeks to promote local culture and craft based tourism for sustainable livelihoods and integrated rural development. Its aim is to improve the local people's quality of life, by creating more livelihood options, while preserving and allowing the community to develop their unique culture and share it with visitor."~ The use of local architectural style, the intricate art & crafts is very evident as soon as one enters Shaam-E-Sarhad (translated 'Sunset at the border'). Hodka village is not very far from the Rann of Kutch region which shares the border with Pakistan. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Shaam-e-Sarhad Rural Hotel Hodka Village
- Shaam-e-Sarhad Village Resort Hodka Village, India - Gujarat