Shaam-e-Sarhad Village Resort, Bhuj, Gujarat

Gujarat’s textiles and folk traditions are a patchwork blanket, and a small Kutchi village is holding on to one corner. Shaam-e-Sarhad Village Resort in Hodka is part of a Government of India and United Nations Development Program initiative to support rural tourism and create employment opportunities for locals. The resort’s bhungas—circular mud houses with sloping roofs that remain cool during the day and warm at night—blend into the village. Aside from these traditional cottages, guests can be accommodated in eco-tents. The walls of all the structures are decorated with block prints, mirror work, and Kutchi paintings. The resort is landscaped with indigenous plant species, and most daily perishables are sourced from the village.

Visitors have a range of activities to choose from. There are tours of the Rann of Kutch and Chharid Dhand wetlands, workshops on how to build your own bhunga, and folk music and dance performances to wind up the day