The Kutch region feels like a special land. It is a region that differs in celebrating prosperity on an exceptional setting. Divided into two sub-regions, Great Rann of Kutch and Little Rann of Kutch; this beautiful destination can be ideal for a vacation in India. Travelling here to this wonderful destination would mean transporting you to a whole new world, where a vast ocean of salt surrounds you and the not-so-tall Aravalli create a fascinating backdrop. Kutch is a treasure of culture which has exquisite craft branches and melodious folk songs and folk dances with footsteps. The delicacy of Kutch is such that it has a lasting impression on foodies. The flavors of Kutch are one of those that leave an indelible mark in your memory If you haven't thought of visiting this beautiful destination in India yet, now is the time to do it! Here is our list of things to see and do while on vacation in Kutch, we hope it will improve your Kutch experience:
"Kutch Nahi Dekha to Kuch Nahi Dekha" The slogan rings in my head while I imagine Mr.Amitabh Bachchan addressing in the famous white desert of Kutch background.
Witness the magnificent white salt desert, Great Rann of Kutch
Spread over an area of 7000 km², the white salt desert of the Grand Rann of Kutch is a magical place. Located about 100 km from the city of Bhuj, this white desert looks like a surreal place enough to get everyone excited. Local children can be seen playing cricket here, while couples enjoy walking hand-in-hand for a few miles, while others enjoy camel ride. Watching the sunset is probably the best thing to do here; the evening photos are simply worth capturing. The perfect time to visit the Great Rann of Kutch would be during Rann Utsav, a state fair that celebrates the spirit of the Kutch region.
Note: Permits are required to enter the desert and surrounding areas. Remember to bring sunglasses; this will help you see better when the sun is over your head.
Visit the Highest Point in Kutch Region - Kala Dungar
A short drive from the Great Rann White Desert is Kala Dungar. Also known as Black Hill, it is the highest point in the Kutch region and offers panoramic views of the desert. At the top of the hill is a Hindu temple known as Dattatreya which dates back 400 years. The top of the hill is a wonderful vantage point to get the image of the Great White Desert, which by the way looks like an ocean from this point. So if photography is your main motivation, Kala Dungar is a must visit on your Kutch vacation trip.
Rewind to history - Kutch Museum at Bhuj
If you are looking for more knowledge about the history and culture of the Kutch region, the place to visit would be the Kutch Museum in Bhuj. Located in the center of town, the Kutch Museum is the oldest museum in Gujarat founded in 1877. The museum has the largest collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions dating from the 1st century AD. In addition, extinct Kutchi scriptures and a collection of old coins including the kori, the local currency of Kutch. A small section of the museum is also devoted to tribal cultures; ancient artifacts, folk arts and crafts and information about tribal people can be found here. The museum displays embroidery, paintings, weapons, musical instruments, sculptures and precious metal objects that once prevailed in the Kutch region.
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 am and 2:30 pm to 5:30
Closed: Wednesday, Public Holiday
Prag Mahal and Aina Mahal, Bhuj - Witness rich heritage of Kutch
Not far from the Kutch Museum are the royal heirlooms of the Kutch region called Prag Mahal and Aina Mahal. The two separate buildings have the potential to bring one back in history. Retaining their royal appearance, these palaces are built in the Indo-European architectural style. Aina Mahal, as the name suggests, has a hall filled with many giant mirrors, each beautifully designed, while Prag Mahal is known for its bell tower and incredible views of the surrounding area from the top. The two palaces are open to the public and have numerous objects and photographs which suggest a sumptuous life of the reigning family of the time.
The famous filming location in Kutch - Vijay Vilas Palace
Vijay Vilas Palace is located in Mandvi, about 65 km from Bhuj town. This picturesque town was once the hub of the shipping industry, but today it boasts a rich heritage and a beautiful beach. The Vijay Vilas Palace is the highest point in the city and this has also earned it the advantage of being the location for many Bollywood films; the most important are Lagaan, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and the recent film R Rajkumar. The palace is a two-story building with the Chhatri of Vijayaraji. The view from the building's terrace offers a panoramic view of the surroundings which is simply magnificent. If you interact with one of the assistants, they'll tell you a story or two from the filming that took place here.
Get to ride the Camel on Mandvi Beach
Mandvi Beach is located a short distance from Vijay Vilas Palace. The beach is often quiet and therefore is a great place to spend time in comfort. However, your unperturbed situation can be disturbed by people offering a camel ride for Rs 10 or 20. The deal is not bad at all and therefore their offer must be accepted, because in exchange for this small sum it is possible to get a pleasant and memorable camel ride along the beach. Horseback riding is also available at the beach, as is the jet ski ride. When choosing your tour in Mandvi, do not also miss the opportunity to take pictures of the pelicans strolling along the beach.
Discover the interesting mix of religion and nature of Narayan Sarovar
Narayan Sarovar is truly a must see place in the Kutch region. This is a wildlife reserve located in the village of Narayansar, located about 150 km from the city of Bhuj. The place is best known for being a holy Hindu land and is near to the ancient temple called Koteshwar. Narayan Sarovar or the lake is one of the 5 most sacred lakes in Hinduism, making it a prime pilgrimage destination in India. The sanctuary here, on the other hand, is home to a rich variety of birds and animals; There are around 112 species of residential birds, while 38 species of migratory birds can be seen here as well as 14 species of mammals. As the destination has a good mix of nature and religion, it becomes a place of interest in Kutch.
Find out the traces of one of the world's oldest civilizations at Dholavira
Visiting the Kutch region offers history buffs a great opportunity to visit ancient sites such as Dholavira. This site is considered the slice of the Indus Valley Civilization / Harappa Civilization. The ruins shed light on Harappan culture and reveal their excellent knowledge of planning and building a solid infrastructure. Evidence can be found of a well-constructed collection system, reservoir network and sewage system. The ruins here are divided into three areas: the citadel (where rulers or high officials lived), the central town, and the lower town. A very interesting find here is an inscription with 10 large signs, which is considered to be one of the earliest records of a written language. A small museum located at the entrance to the site houses artifacts reflecting the way of life of the Indus Valley civilization. You can also see the progression from mud and basic tools to iron and copper tools, gold jewelry, and kitchen vessels.
Discover the true beauty of Kutch culture in its Handicraft Village tour
Handicrafts are an important part of Kutch life. And while you are in this region, you can take advantage of the weather and increase the charm of a vacation in Kutch. There are two villages near the Grand Rann White Desert that have been recently given pride of place. Called Dhordo and Hodka, these villages are the face of Kutch craftsmanship (for the record, there are around 32 villages in the Kutch region that are dedicated to the art of embroidery). Visit Dhordo to witness Mutua Embroidery, which features chain stitches set with small mirrors, leather embroidery, and silver jewelry. In the village of Hodka, one can see the skills of the local communities of Rabari, Meghwal and Maldhari. In addition to the embroidery, the Bhungas (huts) are decorated by the craftsmen of the village. Interesting visual delights when visiting the artisan villages of the Kutch region. Besides Dhordo and Hodka, Sumrasar, Loria, Zura, Nirona, Nakhtarana, Bhujodi, Padhdhar, Dhamanka and Anjar are the craft villages that I have in the area.
Observe one of its types of Indian wild ass sanctuary at Little Rann of Kutch
Located in Kutch's Little Rann, the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary is one of a kind. It is the only place where Indian wild donkeys or Ghudkar still live. The sanctuary is also home to 32 species of mammals and is an important breeding site for birds. Unlike most wildlife sanctuaries in India, this reserve is a desert with parched grasslands that are perfect for the animals that reside there. The prairies would feed at least 2,100 animals. It can be an out of the ordinary experience for wildlife lovers as this sanctuary differs in several aspects such as landscape, flora and fauna for the rest.
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