The largest district of India having more than 2 million population is the Kutch district in the state of Gujarat. The district is largely inhabited by Kutchi people and the language which is spoken there is known as Kutchi. The word Kutch means, a place which gets wet and dry unknowingly. Most part of this district is known as Rann of Kutch because the place is a wetland and is quite shallow.
Kutch submerges in water in the rainy season and stays dry for the rest of the seasons. The beauty of the place lies in its white sands that come up after the place gets dry and it looks like snow-covered land. The district is surrounded by the Gulf of Kutch and also the Arabian sea on two sides. Besides its natural beauty, Kutch is also famous for its handicraft items, embroidery work, Wild Ass Sanctuary, and Flamingo Sanctuary.
Kutch has been inhabited since time immemorial. The presence of sites such as ‘Dholavira’ that belong to Indus valley civilization emphasis that the place was discovered and settled in prehistoric times. The place also finds its mention in the writings and documents related to Alexender the great, the king of Greek kingdom Macedon and also in the ancient texts of the Mauryan period. By the first century, the place was ruled by the Satraps and later by the Gupta empire.
By the fifth century, Valabhi took over and ruled the region until the advent of Chalukyas in the 10th century. Chalukyan rulers successfully administered the place for many centuries and they were dethroned by the Vaghelas who were later defeated by the Mughals. In the 18th century, the British East India Company exploited the place to enhance trade with neighboring countries and later established their rule in India.
After India’s independence, Kutch underwent a lot of industrial development and also as a tourist destination. An interesting fact about Kutch is that there are 97 rivers in the district that flows into the Arabian Sea and there are numerous dams that together make Kutch a beautiful district.
This place is a wonder of sand and salt and is a delight to eyes. The great Rann of Kutch is a perfect blend between the Arabian Sea and the Thar Desert which makes it attractive for the eyes. It is a splendid beauty that looks a thousand times more ravishing in full moon nights when the desert shines like a diamond and salt increases the glow. Read More
The oldest museum in the state of Gujarat has a lot to be proud of. It has an ancient collection of coins and Kutchi scripts that are hardly found anywhere in India. People will find amazing tribal artifacts along with many other tradition paintings, arms, instruments and a lot more that will take you back in time.
Dholavira is an archaeological site located in the Kutch District. The site belongs to the Indus Valley Civilization and it dates back to almost 4500 years ago. It is a must-see place in and around Kutch district. J.P. Joshi an archaeologist of ASI discovered the site in 1967-68 and since then it is visited by historians and tourists from across the globe.
Go to the highest point of Kutch which is known as Kala Dungar and explore the beauty of the entire district from the top. Camel Safari in the landscape is another major attraction of Kutch.
If you have heard of the white desert in Gujarat, then you must also know about the great grand event that takes place amidst that white desert of Kutch in full Gujarati Style. Rann of Kutch is one of the most beautiful places in India that hosts the Rann Utsav festival which features cultural performances, and handicrafts by knack artisans. Read More
The amazing fair is mainly to find your partner but that does not mean it has less entertainment for kids and married people. The fair showcases the folk arts of the state and there are swings, apparel stalls, food stalls, along with dance, and music performances that are liked by one and all. Read More
Apart from the surreal views of the widespread white sand and infinite blue sky, there is one more thing that will certainly amaze you in Kutch and that is the local food. The food of Kutch has Jain and Brahmin influence on it hence the food available here is primarily vegetarian. If you ever get a chance to visit Kutch or are planning to explore the place in your upcoming excursions then you must try the following dishes: Bajra Na Rotla, Chakri, Papad, Kachumbar, Malpua and Basundi.
Winter is the best time to visit Kutch. Firstly the weather during this time is extremely pleasant to wander and explore the place. Secondly, people especially plan a visit during this time to experience the nights with the full moon in the sky and the white sand beneath which is quite surreal and calming. Thirdly, the great grand Rann Utsav starts at the same time which also adds to the footfall in Kutch.
Bhuj is the city headquarter to Kutch district and thus people can easily reach here by road, rail or air and then commute to Kutch desert via any local transport.
By Road. Tourists who are considering the roadways journey to reach Kutch have two options by their side. They can take inter-state or intra-state tourist buses to reach Kutch or may drive their personal car/bike to reach the district. From Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru one is required to travel approximately 1,100, 900, 2,400 and 1,800km respectively to reach Kutch district.
By Rail. Bhuj train Station is the nearest station to Kutch. From the station, tourists have to travel another 70km via bus or a taxi to reach their desired location in Kutch. Kutch Express, Bhuj Superfast Express, Dadar Bhuj Express, and Ala Hazarat Express are a few popular trains that tourists may consider to reach Kutch.
By Air. Bhuj Airport is the nearest airport to reach the district. The airport is located 70km away from the district and one may cover this distance via bus or a taxi. The airport receives direct and connecting flights from across the country which makes it quite convenient to reach the district via airways.
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