Explore the Area from Gandhidham Hotel's Central Location
Located less than 10 km from Kandla Port and close to Bhuj Airport, the Radisson Hotel Kandla offers an ideal mix of comfort and convenience. Right in the heart of the industrial city Gandhidham, this hotel's location is also ideal for leisure travellers looking to visit historic sites such as Khavada, Bhardeshwar Temple and Purneshwar Temple. The walled city of Bhuj is a short drive away and is well worth a day trip for souvenir handicrafts. Explore the natural beauty of the Rann of Kutch or the Banni Grasslands before finishing up your trip with a visit to the Gandhi Samadhi.Nearby attractions include:
Located in the heart of the Kutch region, Gandhidham is a city whose origins are closely intertwined with those of the nation of India. Soon after Pakistan's separation from India in 1947, a large group of refugees from Sindh in Pakistan came to India. On the advice of Gandhiji, the Maharaja of Kutch, His Highness Maharao Shri Vijayrajji Khengarji Jadejam, gave 15,000 acres (61 sq km) of land to Bhai Pratab. Bhai Pratab in turn founded the Sindhu Resettlement Corporation in order to provide rehabilitation services to Sindhi Hindus who had been removed from their homelands. The foundation stone of the town was laid with the blessings of Mahatma Gandhi, and the town was named Gandhidham.
- Gandhi Samadhi
The Second Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi lies in Adipur (Gandhidham). Immersed in the Kandla creek by Achrya Kripalani and Bhai Pratap Dayal on February 12, 1948, the sacred ashes of Mahatma Gandhi are commemorated here. This Samadhi structure encompasses the sacred remains of Mahatma Gandhi and was built in 1954.
Perhaps the most important town in the whole of the Kutch region, Bhuj is an ancient, walled city that still serves as district headquarters. A maze of old bazaars and narrow streets that retain their medieval character, Bhuj is home to countless cloth stalls and handicrafts. Brightly decorated Hindu temples, beautiful palaces and intricately carved wooden pavilions dot the city's landscape, and handicraft lovers find the city an unimaginable treasure for embroidery. Linear reliefs that consist of mud and mirrors decorate the interior and exterior of houses in Bhuj and mirrors the city's reputation as a handicrafts paradise. Gujarat's oldest museum is also located in Bhuj.
- Banni Grasslands
Arid grasslands form a belt that circles the outer southern edge of the desert and the marshy salt flats of the Rann of Kutch. The Banni Grasslands cover 3,847 sq km and are well known for a rich diversity of wildlife. As such, the grasslands are legally protected under the status of Protected or Reserve Forest in India. The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has identified this grassland reserve as one of the last remaining habitats of the Cheetah in India and a possible reintroduction site for the species.
- Rann of Kutch
Located between the mouth of the Indus River in Southern Pakistan and the Gulf of Kutch, the Great Rann of Kutch, the Little Rann of Kutch and the Banni grasslands on their southern edge comprise a massive, 30,000-square-kilometre (10,000-square-mile) salt marsh that fluctuates seasonally. "Rann" is derived from the Hindi word for desert.
- Rann Utsav (Kutch Carnival)
Hosted by the government of the Indian state of Gujarat, the Kutch Carnival is the area's most vibrant and colorful annual celebration. The festivities take place every December and offer visitors the chance to attend a folk dance and desert festival, watch live artisans at work, participate in a camel safari, listen to rare musical moments, live in tents and purchase crafts directly from the craftspeople themselves as well as from village cooperatives and historical sites like Zinzuwada Fort and Lakhpat Fort.