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State Gujarat
City Ahmedabad 
Nearest Airport Ahmedabad 
Distance from Pune 4 Mile/ 6 Km
Railway Junctions Ahmedabad 
Local Languages Gujarati
Hotel Rann Riders - Dasada
[Surendranagar] [Reservation]
Hotel Rann Riders - Dasada Outer View Rann Riders is an ethnically designed eco-resort, set among wetlands and agricultural fields. The resort has imaginatively designed cottages that blend with the rural countryside in which it is situated. Located near Dasada village, it makes the ideal base to explore the culture, weaves and handicrafts of the Surendranagar district. 

The resort offers jeep, horse and camel safaris in the Little Rann of Kutch, habitat of Asiatic Wild Ass and a birdwatching paradise.

Rann Riders is family-owned and run. The owners descend from Baktiar-ud-din who was given the 24 sq mile jagir (Indian equivalent of a dukedom) of Dasada and its surrounding villages in return for military services provided to the Sultan of Gujarat in the 15th century. He was given the title of Malik Bakhan-1 and his successors continue to use Malik as their title and now as their last name. The Maliks participated in the siege of many forts and the battles of Kuva and Rankhundal in the 1400s and 1500s. 

In keeping with the tradition of their ancestors, the owners of Dasada assure visitors of undivided attention and the hospitality of the Kathiawad region in which the property falls.

Surrounded by wetlands, Rann Riders is an eco-friendly resort imaginatively designed using local materials to recreate the appearance of a village. Accommodations are in cottages, resembling the kooba houses of the Bajania community of Dasada and the bhunga houses of the Rabaris of Kutch, decorated with mirrors, mud-plaster work and embroideries.

Getting Here

  • By Air/Road
    Ahmedabad is the nearest international and domestic airport to Dasada. The drive from Ahmedabad airport to Dasada takes about two and half hours to three hours.

  • By Rail from Mumbai
    Viramgam is the nearest railway station. It has train connections to Mumbai. Dasada is a 30 km drive from Viramgam.

  • By Rail from other cities
    Ahmedabad, 90 km from Dasada, has rail connections to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and other cities.

Bird Watichin

  • Rann Riders - With its small lake and extensive fields, Rann Riders offers good birding at the resort itself. Grey and pond herons, egrets, pied and white-breasted kingfishers, spotbill, nakta (comb duck), saras cranes and other birds can be seen at the waterfront. The bushes are also rich in birds and shikra hawks have been seen perched on the trees at the resort. The resort is also a roosting spot for rosy pastor (rose-coloured starling).

    The trees also provide suitable nesting areas for ibises, egrets and pond herons to breed.

  • Little Rann of Kutch * The Little Rann of Kutch is a birding paradise and has been declared a Ramsar Site. During the safaris in the Rann expect to see large flocks of larks, and other dryland birds like sandgrouse, coursers, plovers, chats, warblers, babblers, shrikes. Among the many winter visitors are the houbara bustard and spotted sandgrouse.

    The best birding is at the lakes and marshes in and around the Rann where birds gather in numbers beyond comprehension during the winter months from October to March. These are the months when demmossile and common cranes are seen in incredibly large numbers. The wetlands also attract flamingos, pelicans, storks, ibises, spoonbill, a variety of ducks and other waterfowl.

    The Rann is also the hunting ground of raptors like the short-toed eagle, aquila eagles, six species of falcon, buzzards and three species of harrier. It is one of the few places where harriers can be seen roosting on open-ground at night.

  • Birding sites near Dasada - Rann Riders is the base to visit the bird-rich Nawa Talao lake, a number of seasonal wetlands near Dasada, the village lake of Dasada, the wetland near Patdi fort, Viramgam town lake and many reservoirs of Surendranagar district that offer good winter birding opportunities. Birds like rose-coloured starling and green pigeon are often seen at Dasada village.

    In the monsoon months of July, August and September, lesser florican visits the grasslands of Surendranagar District to breed and the vegetation around the wetlands becomes the breeding area for painted storks, several species of resident ducks and other waterfowl. Lesser flamingo breeding colonies have been recorded and photographed in the Little Rann of Kutch during these months.

  • Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary - Rann Riders is 44 km from Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, a 105 sq km sanctuary comprising a large lake and its surrounds. Nalsarovar is renowned as one of the finest birding places in Western India. Besides the extensive variety of birds seen in large flocks at the lake, and their predators like the marsh harrier and fishing eagles, visitors can also watch passerine birds at the neighbouring bushes, grasslands and fields. Saras cranes are a frequent sighting in the fields around Nalsarovar.

Wildlife

Rann Riders has a fleet of open vehicles for cross-country safaris in the Little Rann of Kutch, a 4950 sq km wildlife sanctuary comprising a huge expanse of saline desert wilderness interspersed with grass-and- scrublands and marshes. 

The Little Rann of Kutch is well-known as the remaining habitat of the endangered Indian Wild Ass, a magnificent member of the horse family. Nilgai (blue bull), the largest antelope in India can be seen during the drives. Indian Wolf, Indian and White-footed Desert Foxes, Golden Jackal, Striped Hyena, Desert, Jungle and Fishing Cat, and smaller mammals like hares, hedgehogs, gerbil and field mice are seen in the sanctuary. 

The Little Rann is inhabited by desert-dwelling reptiles including the Spiny-tailed Lizard.

Little Rann of Katch

One of the unique activities offered by Rann Riders is the cross-desert safari across the Little Rann of Kutch in open vehicles.

The Rann of Kutch is a geographically unique landscape that was once an arm of the Arabian Sea. As the land separated from the sea by geological forces, it became a vast, featureless plain encrusted with salt that is inundated with water during the rains.

The safari across the Little Rann visits the 'bets', islands on the ancient seabed that are now higher grounds covered with grass and scrub.

These 'bets' support a variety of wildlife including the 'Gudkhur' (Asiatic wild ass) that is not found elsewhere. The wild ass is a handsome chestnut brown member of the equus genus (horse family). Capable of reaching high speeds when galloping across the Rann, the wild ass is usually seen in small herds.

The elegant blackbuck (Indian antelope), nilgai or blue bull (India's largest antelope) and the graceful chinkara (Indian gazelle) are other mammals seen at the bets.

The main carnivores of the Little Rann of Kutch are the endangered Indian wolf, desert fox, Indian fox, jackals, desert and jungle cats, and a few hyenas.

Smaller mammals like hares, gerbilles and hedgehogs, and reptiles like spiny tailed lizard, monitor, red and common sand boa, saw-scaled viper, cobra, dhaman (Indian rat snake), etc, could also be seen during the safaris in the Rann.

Dining

Rann Riders offers Continental and Indian cuisine that can be served on the buffet table, preplated or camp-style around a fire. Tandoori food is a specialty of the resort. On prior intimation, we serve Gujarati meals, regional specialties of the Maliks of Dasada, Bengali meals and seafood.

For vegetarians, the Flamingo Restaurant has an extensive Indian, Chinese and Continental ala carte menu.

Recreational Facilities

  • Jeep and camel cart safaris in the Rann of Kutch
  • The resort has a small lake, lawns and gardens with sit-outs
  • Hammocks hung in an Eucalyptus plantation
  • A swimming pool that doubles as an irrigation tank recycling pool water for agriculture in the arid region near the Rann of Kutch
  • Extensive grounds for indoor and outdoor games
  • Music and dance performances of local communities can be arranged at extra cost
  • Rann of Kutch Camel safaris
  • Horse back riding
  • Camel cart tours of the Rann
  • Village tours by camel cart with or without accommodations in camel wagon with the nomads
  • Village safaris by vehicle
  • Fishing on `you catch we cook’ or `catch and release’ basis at our own lake

Accommodation

Each of the cottages has an a/c twin-bedroom, with a comfortable cane bed, a dry dressing area and a tiled bathroom with western-style toilet fittings and hot-and-cold showers.

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Hotel Rann Riders - Dasada Room View

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Rann Riders -  Gujarat

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