Kutch is the largest district of India, as it is spread over an area of 45,674 kms. The word ‘Kutch’ means ‘The area which irregularly becomes dry and wet’. There is the grand Arabian Sea on one side and the Gulf of Kutch on the other. It is a popular weekend gateway. The greatest attraction of Kutch is the ‘Rann of Kutch’. It is a shallow wet land with marshy layers of salt. It looks like ‘The White Desert of India’. It is also famous for film shooting because of its immense adorable surroundings. The exotic handicraft, embroidery and mirror work of Kutch is unique and wonderful. Rann Utsav is a three months festival organized in Kutch. The most unique fact about this amazing place is that almost 18 tribes with different cultures, traditions, languages and styles live in harmony in Kutch. Ancient temples, migratory birds, seaside beaches, wildlife sanctuary and special artwork- all of these things makes it a tourist destination complete in itself. No doubt, this is the place which actually reflects the beauty and charm of nature.
Location: It is located in the extreme West of Gujarat
Climate: Kutch experiences a dry tropical climate. In summer season, there is hot and humid climate with a scorching sun whereas in winters, the weather is very pleasant.
Carry cotton clothes for summer visit and warm clothes for winter visit.
Best time to visit: November-March
How to reach:
By Air: Nearest airport is Bhuj Airport
By Train: Nearest railway station is Bhuj Railway Station
By Road: Private and public transport is easily available
Places of Interest
Location: Ghanshayam Nagar, Bhuj, Gujarat
Timings: Open all days of the week except Wednesday and 2nd and 4th Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Kutch Museum is the oldest museum of Gujarat. It was established by Maharoa Khengarji in 1877. The museum complex includes an exclusive archeological section, intriguing stuffed animals, unique weapons, pleasing musical instruments and an exquisite picture gallery. It was also the first online virtual museum of India in 2010. Kutch Culture and historical background is represented here, through Kutchi scripts and ancient coins. The rare assortment present here also includes ravishing folk arts, fascinating Lotus paintings and elegant art crafts. The museum has the largest collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, which are the highlight of the museum. Overall, this museum depicts the local Kutchi people’s unique traditions and their style of living now, as well as in the past.
Location: Darbar Gate Road, Bhuj, Gujarat, at the North-East corner of Hamirsar Lake
Timings: Open all days of the week except Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 12.00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Aina Mahal is a beauteous historical monument, which was built by using lots of mirrors. It was constructed in the 18th century during the kingdom of Lakhpatji, by Gaidhar Devshi and Ramsinh Malam. Exquisite glasswork, ravishing fountains and beautiful mirrors, along with silver and gold work give a fantastic view of this place. Aina Mahal is designed as per the Indo-European style. There are mirrors and gilded ornaments on the white marble wall of the hall in which Venetian glass shades provide the lighting to the hall. The visit to this mind blowing will be a memorable one for you.
Location: It is located on the banks of the river Rukmavati, 1 km from the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Kutch
Timings: Can be visited all days of the week from 9.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m.
Mandvi Beach is an untouched beach with enthralling and marvelous scenic views. This sun kissed beach is a famous and fascinating tourist spot. Your kids will love to make lovely sand castles on the beach. You can also enjoy the water experience of surfing, skiing, speed boats, parasailing and water scooters here. In its less crowded and pleasant environment, you can relax your mind. Camel safari facility is also available. Tourists from local as well as from far off places come here to spend some peaceful time in their vacations.
Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary
Location: 45 kms from the city centre
Timings: Open all days from 7.00 a.m.- 6.30 p.m.
Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of great ‘Rann of Kutch’. In February 1986, this place was declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary. It is the largest seasonal saline wetland. This place became a saline desert when the monsoon rainwater got evaporated. Here, the water depth is between 0.5 to 1.5 metres. This area is protected by the BSF (Border Security Force). When the bright light of the Sun reflects through the salt crystals, it forms a beautiful mirage which looks like a lake. It is a home to admirable Mammalian wildlife and rare water birds. This site also has splendid ancient fossils beds.
Vijay Vilas Palace
Location: Mandvi, Kutch, Gujarat, 112 kms from Gandhidham Railway Station
Timings: Open all 7 days from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Vijay Vilas Palace was constructed by Maharaja Vijay Singh ji in 1929. It was the shooting site of the famous Bollywood movies “Hum dil de Chuke Sanam”. This place has it exclusive private sanctuary and mind blowing beaches. It is surrounded by lush green vegetation. It is popular for its beautiful artitechtural styles. The amazing fact about this place is that Red Sandstones were used to construct it. This palace represents the royal Rajputi style. It’s beautiful central dome and glass-colored windows will intrigue a lot. There is also a unique museum inside the palace.
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