“Kutch – Experience Gujarat”
Kutch is the largest district in India in the State of Gujarat. Kutch houses more than eighteen tribes and boasts of a very rich history. The ancient monuments, temples, forts and the beauty of Kutch make it a must visit for tourists from around the world.
The dessert area of Rann of Kutch occupies a big part of the region. The Rann is mostly a marshy area. During summer it is dry and has a white coating of salt. During the monsoon the flat dessert of salty clay and mudflats fills with standing water interspersed with sandy islets of thorny scrub, breeding grounds for some of the largest flocks of greater and lesser flamingos. The Rann Of Kutch is home to a wide array of flora and fauna. Migratory birds fly here for the diverse weather conditions. The Rann is also famous for the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, the Little Rann of Kutch, where the last of three species of Asiatic wild ass still exists along with wolves, foxes, jackals, chinkara gazelles, nilgai antelope and blackbucks as well as 13 species of lark.
Lakhpat is an interesting town to visit. The popular tomb of Ghosh Muhammad is an interesting place as it is also considered to be a Guruduwara by Sikhs. Ghosh Muhammad was a famous saint and the mausoleum was built to celebrate his life. The mausoleum is beautifully decorated on the inside with floral motifs and Quranic calligraphy. Sikhs also revere the place because it is believed the Guru Nanak set out for a hajj pilgrimage form this spot. Other mosques and temples in Lakhpat are also interesting places to visit.
The Narayan Sarovar temple is also very sacred for Hindus. The name literally can be translated to “Lake of Narayan”. Five sacred lakes converge here. It is a very auspicious place and is one of the five sacred ponds. The temple itself is an architectural marvel. The other temples here are also equally revered.
Kutch is also popular for Jain temples. The Bhadreshwar temple is one of the most ancient temples in Bhadrawati. Near the village of Jalvana is the holy pilgrimage place of Jains. There are seventy two statues of Jain Gods and the main God is Prabhu Aadeswarji.
The town of Bhuj is a famous tourist destination for its many beautiful temples, palaces, wild life sanctuaries and the local mud houses decorated with mirrors. The oldest museum of Gujarat is in Bhuj and is a great way to learn and understand the culture and history of Gujarat.
Bhuj is also popular for its handicrafts and embroidery. The famed bandhani, batik textiles and silk embroidery on leather are indigenous to Bhuj. Tourists can also buy gold and silver jewelry, seashell toys, and lacquered wood and metal balls with intricate enamel work.The Bhujia Fortress lends its name to the town of Bhuj. Bhuj displays many historic monuments and structures. These include the Aina Mahal, Kachchh Museum, Bhartiya Sanskruti Darshan, Prag Mahal, Kakkad Bhit Yaksha and Swaminarayana temple.
Kutch is well connected by roads, rail and air. It is best visited from October to March.