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Places to visit in Kutch

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Tourism In Kutch

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Places to visit in Kutch

Kutch is the largest district in India and is located in Gujarat. This mesmerizing salt desert is also known as the white desert and places to visit in Kutch are varied in nature. Replete with natural beauty and stunning desert landscape, there is no shortage of tourist places in Kutch.

Among the most stunning places to visit in Kutch is the Rann of Kutch, which is the actual desert region. This place is beautiful, especially in the evenings. Tourist Buses from Hodko drops the traveler off to viewing stands to observe the desert sunset. The Little Rann houses the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, which is among top tourist places in Kutch. The Wild Ass sanctuary hosts apart from the Indian Wild Ass, Flamingos, and a great many migratory birds such as Pelicans and ducks. The Rann is divided into the Great Rann and the Little Rann, each with its own attractions.

KoteshwarMahadeva Temple is one of the most famous places in Kutch. With panoramic ocean views from the temple terrace, this is one of the top tourist places in Kutch for good reason. Fairly close to major cities such as Bhuj and Gandhidham, this is the westernmost point in the country. While not all places to visit in Kutch are temples, this Shavait temple is simply too good for words.

For bird-watchers all over India, ChhariDhand is simply heaven on earth.Home to lesser flamingos, cranes, bright green flycatchers, painted storks, Dalmatian Pelicans, egrets, ducks, ibis, coots, cormorants, and several other species of migratory birds, Chhari Dhand Jheel is one of the best places to visit in Kutch.

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Aina Mahal is indeed a palace of dreams
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Aina Mahal in Kutch

Literally meaning the Hall of Mirrors’, the Aina Mahal was built in 1761 by the flamboyant Lakhpatiji or Rao Lakhpatji, the ruler of the Princely State of Cutch between 1741 to 1752. It is said that the Maharao had a dream of palace made of marble and glass. However, there was no person who could make this dream a reality.

Then, one day, Ramsinh Malam came to Lakhpatiji’s court. The Maharao asked him to make his dream come true. Therefore, assisted by the mistris of Kutch, Malam built the Aina palace on the banks of the Hamirsar Lake.

Designed in the Indo-European style, the palace walls have gold lace and glass inlaid on them. The walls also are made of white marble and covered with mirrors, thus earning the name Aina Mahal. Gilded ornaments made from Venetian glass separate the mirrors. The Palace is dotted with huge carved doorways, elaborate window boxes and exquisite balconies.

The 2001 earthquake damaged a large portion of the palace. Some portion could be salvaged such as the bedroom, the music room and the courtroom. These have been restored and converted into a museum housing painting, arts, arms, the royal palanquin and many other artefacts.

Ramsinh Malam was a sailor, who during one of his trips lost his way in a storm only to be rescued by a Dutch boat. He stayed on and trained as an artisan in Europe for over seventeen years. However, he was unable to find fulfilling work there. So, he returned to Kutch in search of work when the Maharao gave him the palace to construct.

To bring to reality his unique work, Malam had to create most of the materials locally. He set up a glass-manufacturing unit in Mandvi, made china tiles in Bhuj and set a foundry too. He trained the local mistris of Kutch in the European styles such as glass blowing, clock making, gun casting and tilework. He oversaw the crafting of the mirrors and the glasswork and the fountains too.  The palace is filled with his touch, be it a pendulum clock in sync with the Hindu calendar or the doors inlaid with gold and ivory.

Even to date Malam is known as the Sinbad of Gujarat and his songs dot the local folklore.

The locals can only tell the stories of love. Stories of kings, queens and their lives. In addition to that, to hear more of the stories, be sure to interact with the caretakers as you stroll through the palace. You will not find a better guide.

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A vacation spot like no other in India
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White Desert In Kutch

Spanning 30000 square kilometres between India and Pakistan lies a salty marsh called the Rann of Kutch. This is the largest salt desert in the world. It is made up of three parts: The Great Rann of Kutch, the Little Rann of Kutch and the Banni grasslands.  The word Rann is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Irina’, which mean...

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A pristine beach with a rich past
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Mandvi Beach In Kutch

A little sea side town in Kutch Gujarat, Mandavi has several claims to fame. Among others is the Vijay Vilas palace, now made famous by Bollywood movies, and the second is the Wind Mills which dot the Mandavi Beach.

History made by the ship makers of Mandavi

This port town was set up by the Maharao of the princely state ...

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Pragmahal manages to amaze people till today
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Prag Mahal In Kutch

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See how the great Indus valley civilization lived, thrived and ultimately declined
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Dholavira in Kutch

The Indus Valley civilization is one of the oldest civilizations in the world, as told by our history books. The civilisation was formed around the area fertilised by the Indus River and its tributaries. Archaeologist and historian have had an ongoing love affair with this period in history and periodical finds of sites of ...

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Umbrellas set atop the rulers tombs to shield them from the elements
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Bhuj Chattardi in Kutch

Bhuj, the capital of Kutch District, has an ancient past. It has been the capital for the Maharaos of the princely state of Kutch for many centuries. Monuments found around the town bear testament to the era gone by.

A Cenotaph’s complex

The cenotaph’s complex is an interesting place. The complex is a set of monuments er...

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For the anthropologist, the archaeologists and the historian, there is something for everyone at the Kutch Museum
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Kutch Museum in Kutch

This is one of the oldest museums in Gujarat. But if you want a glimpse into the past of the region, the Place to come to is the Kutch Museum. It is set on the shore of the beautiful Hamirsar Lake in Bhuj.

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When Maharao Khengarji III, the Maharao of the princely state of Kutch, got married in 188...

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What are the famous fairs and festivals in Gujarat?

Navaratri, Rann Utsav, and Uttarayan (kite festival) are famous festivals in Gujarat. The Bhavnath Fair in Junagadh, Vautha Fair in Vautha, Shamlaji Mela near Himmatnagar, and Dang Darbar in Ahwa are popular fairs to visit in Gujarat.

Can I find non-vegetarian food in Gujarat?

While Gujaratis are known for their vegetarianism, non-veg food is not all that hard to find in major cities in Gujarat. There are plenty of restaurants serving all kinds of cuisine in Gujarat.

Can I drink alcohol in Gujarat?

Gujarat is renowned for being a dry state, meaning alcohol is banned in the state. It is not advised for travellers to purchase liquor illegally in Gujarat. However, there are some designated high-end hotels that sell alcohol to permit holders. A permit can be acquired from the officials by showing a valid identity proof. Non-Indians can also purchase a 30-day permit to buy alcohol in Gujarat.

Is Gujarat safe to visit for solo travellers?

Ahmedabad is considered one of the safest city in India, especially for solo travellers. The Gujaratis are very warm and welcoming people. However, it is best to take care of yourself like in any other place during travel and keep your luggage safe at all times.

What are the emergency contact numbers for travellers in Gujarat?

Police Control Room: 100Women's Helpline: 181Medical Helpline: 108Ambulance helpline: 102Fire Service: 101Gujarat Tourism Helpline: 1800 233 7951