Shaam-E-Sarhad Village Resort opens during mid-October to mid-March. It is a seasonal resort, operated and managed by the local community of Hodka village, Gujarat, West India.
The resort is situated in Hodka village, surrounded by an area of impressive natural beauty, an ideal location to discover the captivating lands of Kutch.
Hodka is first believed to have been inhabited about 300 years ago by the Halepotra clan. Along with the Halepotra, the Meghwals also settled in Hodka. They were traditionally leather craftsmen and settled in Banni, a region well suited for rearing livestock.
Tourists are recommended to take overnight camel safaris, the most famous attraction in the village. The village is most popular for leather work, which can be locally purchased directly from the craftsman.
Accommodation at Shaam-E-Sarhad is comfortable, simple and clean. The rooms are set up in local style and decorated with crafts of the area, creating an authentic atmosphere. There are different types of accommodation at the resort: Eco-friendly Tents, Family Cottages, Suite Bhungas and Standard Bhunga.
The Bhungas are circular mud huts with sloping roofs, typical of the Banni region. Each Bhunga has a private open space with arm chairs, an ideal place to relax and look out into nothingness.
Hodka village is quite famous for its art and craft work. Every hamlet in the village has their own distinguish designs and patterns. As part of the tradition every girl in the village is taught to embroider at an age where most other children go to school. Slowly they learn the running stitch, making purses, skirts, cholis, quilt, covers for cattle horn, door hangings, embroidered items embellished with mirrors, shells, beads, tassels, and so on.
Tourists can visit the village accompanied by the local bhomiyas or guides, who give an insight of the village activities and life lifestyle of the villagers in Hodka. Tourists can witness the making of finest embroidery work and leather craft. And converse with families of artisans and get to know about their livelihood. Tourists can get a real feel as to how the ancient people used to dig out water from the well or virda known locally.
Here, one can learn about the ancient process of water harvesting in the Banni drylands, a flat and dry extension of land similar to Rann of Kutch.
From Hodka village one can head out towards the wetlands of Chhari Dhand, where one can see the great variety of resident and migratory birds. Binoculars and video cameras are recommended. Covering a total area of around 10 sq. km, Chhari Dhand is a home to more than 50,000 waterfowls and 55 distinct animal species. Some of the most endangered species recorded in the area include the Dalmatian Pelican, Oriental Darter, Black Necked Stork and Indian Skimmer. Apart from bird watching, one can notice 32 species of raptors along with large number of common cranes native to the region.
Tourists can explore typical village houses, see nicely decorated and painted traditional houses, learn about livelihoods and customs. Artisans stitch a variety of embroideries (Pakko, Neran, Kambhiro, Applique), etc.
The Hodka Endogenous Tourism seeks to promote local culture and craft-based tourism for sustainable livelihoods and integrated rural development. Imagine an authentic and charming retreat, complemented by the unique experience of being hosted by the local community. And the richness of culture that awaits you here.
Designed in local style and exquisitely decorated with mirror work, textiles and other local crafts, the Shaam-E-Sarhad Village Resort is the perfect gateway to a genuine travel experience in India.
By Air: The nearest Airport is Bhuj (65 km). There are daily flights to and from Mumbai. Kandla is about 150 km away and also has daily flights from Mumbai. Jet Airways Domestic Airlines has daily flights between Mumbai and Bhuj, both ways.
By Rail: There are daily trains from and to Mumbai and Delhi via Ahmedabad as well from Bhuj. Gandhidham, which is about 80 km from Bhuj has weekly trains connecting it several parts of the country including Pune, Bangalore, Trivandrum, etc. Ahmedabad is well connected by air and train with the rest of the country.
By Road: From Ahmedabad, Bhuj is about 350 kms away. There are comfortable overnight sleeper buses from Ahmedabad to Bhuj and back which ply daily. Hodka village is 63 km (One and half hour) far from Bhuj.