The largest district of Gujarat, Kutch is virtually an island resembling the shape of a tortoise. The region is a paradise for cultural tourists worldwide with more than 18 tribes that live harmoniously inspite of their varying customs, traditions, and languages. Kutch is actually a mix of spectacular scenic beauty and rich culture of Gujarat. A place packed with ancient carvings, yummy food, tons of colors and a variety of migratory birds, Kutch comes alive because of the natural beauty and warm hearted people. While the camel and jeep safaris might be the greatest attraction in the area, there are various other beautiful things to see. Here is a quick line-up of places to visit in Kutch.
Located in the Khadir Bet Island in Kutch, Dholavira is one of the largest and oldest Harappan Civilization sites in India. The place was discovered in the year 1967 and was known as Kotada Timba. The site has remains of the Indus Valley Civilization depicting all the different stages of Harappan Culture. Underground drainage system for sanitation and the structures made of stone masonry, sun -dried bricks were built by the occupants. A visit to Dholavira is an archeologist’s dream. Though Dholavira declined in the 5th and 7th stages of Harappan civilization but tourists can find a huge stadium with the proper seating arrangements.
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The other name of Lord Vishnu, Narayan Sarovar means “The Lake of Vishnu”. It is the most important Hindu religious sites in Kutch. This Sarovar is an amalgamation of 5 holy lakes namely Pampa Sarovar, Pushkar Sarovar, Man Sarovar, Bindu Sarovar and Pushkar Sarovar. The main attraction of this lake are the ancient and beautiful temples located here. These temples are devoted to Shri Trikamraiji, Ranchodraiji, Dwarkanath, Laxmiji, Adinarayan, and Laxminarayan. Tourists from all over the country visit this place to enjoy wildlife and bird watching around Narayan Sarovar.
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The Great Rann of Kutch
World’s biggest salt desert, The Great Rann of Kutch covers an area more than 16000 sq. km. It is a scenic spot on earth where a huge variety of birds flock the marshes during the monsoons. The area is under water during the rainy season, and when the water dries up, it is a huge stretch of packed white sand. Flamingos and larks color the landscape with the shades of brown and pink. Permission from the Gujarat police is required to visit the place. A number of fairs and festivals are celebrated here every year, thus inviting a large number of tourists. The festival includes a plethora of performances and activities by local folk artists and singers. A good camera in tow is an obvious entry for your checklist here, which you simply cannot ignore.
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A palace of mirrors built in the 18th century, Aina Mahal is located in Maharao Lakhpatji’s old palace. Constructed in Kutchi architecture, the Mahal is completely decked up using marbles, Venetian glass, mirrors attached by reflective lighting and studded jewelry. It also houses a handicraft museum depicting the beautiful crafts from various parts of Kutch. Ensure that you explore the rest of the area outside the palace, having majestic carved doorways and intricate balconies, window boxes.
Apart from White Rann and Little Rann, there are few well- known tourist spots. What most travelers miss out is visiting the local villages to witness their arts. Nirona Village located in Gujarat is a prominent artisan’s village in the Kutch. A tiny settlement of around 50 families, the village houses some of the most famous artisans of the region. At Nirona Village, one can buy Rogan art, handmade copper bells, lacquer -ware and more. All these arts are showcased with live demos that leave you mesmerized.
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Another well-known sightseeing spot of Kutch, the huge Prag Mahal is located adjacent to the Aina Mahal. Built in the 19th century, the fort was commissioned by Rao Pragmalji II. Possessing Italian Gothic style of architecture, the main features of the palace include the main hall, Durbar Hall comprising of broken and old chandeliers along with classical statues.
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Include all these places in your itinerary and enjoy your trip!