The sanctuary offers in an open jeep to its visitors. The Rann Riders Resort in Dasada (Muzahid Malik at +919879786006) and the Royal Safari Camp in Bajana (+919925200657) also organizes safaris to the Sanctuary.
The new additions to its community of 100 owner-led, sustainable luxury hospitality brands include Blue Book at Gethia in Kumaon, Uttarakhand, Camp Kooncha in Sariska, Rajasthan, Cranganor History Café & Riverside Retreat in Muziris, Kerala; Lungmar Remote Camp, Ladakh, Qayaam Gah in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir; Rann Riders by Kaafila in Gujarat and The Mirage in Andretta, Himachal Pradesh.
The new additions to the RARE community of 100 owner-led, sustainable-luxury, small and boutique hospitality brands include Blue Book at Gethia in Kumaon (Uttarakhand), Camp Kooncha in Sariska (Rajasthan), Cranganor History Café & Riverside Retreat in Muziris (Kerala), LUNGMĀR Remote Camp (Ladakh), Qayaam Gah in Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), Rann Riders by Kaafila in Dasada (Gujarat) and The Mirage in Andretta (Himachal Pradesh).
My father runs a resort, Rann Riders. For the first two years, I used to travel to Delhi for training but now my family has built an Olympic-level shooting range at Dasada, where I train. My coach comes every month to train me,” he added. The Rann Riders shooting range and Academy at Dasada is a signature range of Manavjit Singh Sandhu, which is affiliated to the Gujarat State Rifle Association.
While we were still listening to the guides’ stories, we heard loud drumming beats and were informed that we had arrived at our pit-stop, the Rann Riders Dasada resort.
With growing tourist interest in the geologically interesting and wildlife-rich region of the Little Rann, there is now a good choice of accommodations at villages in the 30 km radius of the sanctuary. We booked our room at Rann Riders, which is an imaginatively designed ethnic-theme resort, made using local materials, near the village of Dasada.
We had arrived for the weekend from Ahmedabad in the morning and checked into the Rann Riders resort in Dasada, with the intent of sticking only to a wildlife tenor for the two days.
The plan is to drive to the Rann Riders Eco Resort in Dasada, 100km away, spend the night there and head into the Little Rann of Kutch in the morning for some spectacular photo-ops. After that, head towards Dholavira, 246km away, to the site of the ancient Harappan civilisation through the inner roads of Gujarat.
Rann Riders Located near the village of Dasada, Rann Riders is an eco resort providing guests with charming cottages fixed with modern amenities that mirror the artistry of the Bajania community of Dasada and the Rabaris of Kutch. It offers guests an array of interesting amenities such as camel cart, jeep and horse safaris, which combine cross country riding with tracking animals and meeting locals in villages.
Luxurious Rann Riders, near Dasada, offers accommodation in mirror-pattern-studded bhungas (circular huts) or koobas (square huts) with rain showers and mosaic-tiled outdoor bathrooms, surrounded by lush gardens with a swimming pool. The price includes excellent 4WD and camel safaris. Horseback safaris cost ₹3500 for two hours; visits to nearby tribal villages can also be arranged.
Rann Riders, Kutch The closest to the Little Rann of Kutch, this 25-room hotel was built to resemble the villages that surround it, with thatched bhungas — or round houses — serving as accommodation.
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As we left Ahmedabad, we soon turned to the emptier B-roads and while that certainly felt like paradise after driving through the crowds, we soon reached our destination for the night - Rann Riders at Dasada. The name of the place quickly gave away what Bert had in mind for the 700th episode - etching a signature on the undisturbed flatlands of the Rann of Kutch.
This resort in the Little Rann of Kutch is set in the middle of agricultural lands and wetlands. The cottages on site are based on local designs suited to the desert climate and look pretty great too. It’s right on the edge of the Rann, and the property arranges for camel, horse, motorbike safaris.
If you want to enjoy a horse safari and also modern stay intertwined with local culture, ambience and food, you should visit Rann Riders in Dasada which is on the edge of Little Rann of Kutch.
A little more than two hours drive (93.4 km) from Ahmedabad took me to Rann Riders, an eco-resort in Dasada, right on the periphery of Little Rann of Kutch. From Rann Riders, LRK is about 45minutes drive. Desert safari, little birding and some time spent at the salt pans easily took up four to five hours.
To make your experience better, Rann Riders is an eco friendly resort located in Dasada that offers accommodation, and a plethora of activities like camel and jeep safaris, horseback riding, and visits to nearby villages.
The group's hotels in the state are Balaram Palace Resorts at Palanpur, Old Bell Guest House in Rajkot, Rann Riders near Surendranagar, Royal Oasis in Bankaner, Garden Palace in Bala Sinor and Prembhai Palace at Chhotaudaipur, near Vadodara.
Horse riding is an interesting way to explore the area. Muzahid Malik, the owner of Ran Riders, has several horses on his property, including local breeds like Marwari and Kathiawadi. These breeds are known to have great stamina to withstand the hot weather and the shortage of water in the area. While short rides and day trips can be organised, Muzahid recommends a two- or three-day trip filled with long rides through the Rann, bird watching near the lake, galloping to nearby villages and camping at night.
Muzahid is open to training new riders and doing an easy route but says that visitors should ideally have a little riding experience to take full advantage of all the activities on the trip.