Location: Western Coast of India in Gujarat
Main Attractions: Kutch Mahotsav
Best time to visit: October to March
Kutch is a destination with mesmerizing vistas, glorious history, rich culture and rustic charm. A visit to this enchanting destination will surely offer you a 'different' experience. Located in the westernmost part of Gujarat, Kutch is the largest district of India. The term 'Kutch' means something which alternately becomes wet and dry. Major portion of this district is known as Rann of Kutch which is a shallow wetland that submerges in water in rainy season and becomes dry in other seasons. The summers are extremely hot and winters are extremely cold in Kutch.
Kutch was founded by Khengarij I of the Rao dynasty of Kutch when he shifted his capital from the town of Anjar. The history of Kutch dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization. Kotada Timba, which is an important archaeological site belonging to the Indus Valley Civilization, is located in the district of Kutch.
Main attractions of Kutch
Being the administrative city of Kutch, Bhuj occupies a special place in the district. In the past, Bhuj has served as the capital of the princely state of Kutch. It is ideally located between Hamirsar Lake and Bhujiyo Dungar Hill and got its name from the latter. The main attractions of Bhuj are Aaina Mahal, Prag Mahal, Cenotaphs of Kutch rulers, Snake Temple at Bhujiyo Hill Fort, Swami Narayan Temple, and Hatkeshwar Temple.
Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach
It is an arresting beach located in Ahemdpur Mandvi, the historic port town of Maharao of Kutch.
It is an ancient town of Gujarat which remains surrounded by water during the monsoons. The ruins which were discovered here were more than 5000 years old.
Kutch Mandvi Beach
Located in Mandvi town, Kutch Mandvi Beach is one of the finest beaches of Gujarat.
It is a wonderful town of Gujarat located on the edge of the Arabian Sea. It once served as the summer retreat of Kutch Maharaos. Its foundation was laid by the first Jadeja ruler of Kutch, Rao Khengarji in the 16th century.
Wild Ass Sanctuary
It is located in the Rann of Kutch region of the state. Sprawling over an area of 4953 sq. km, the sanctuary is covered under Wildlife Protection Act of 1973. It was established in 1972.
It is the finest and the oldest museum of Gujarat showcasing a rare collection. It was established in 1877 by Sir James Ferguson. Its original name was Ferguson Museum. The museum consists of two floors housing an archeological gallery, an anthropological gallery, picture gallery, weapons, musical instruments, stuffed animals, textiles and a shipping section. ?The most striking attraction of the museum is the celestial elephant Airawat made of wood.
Accommodation in Kutch
From luxury resorts to budget hotels, all are available in Kutch.
How to Reach
By Air: The domestic airport at Bhuj serves flights which connect Kutch with the main cities of India.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is at Gandhinagar.
By Road: Buses and taxis make Kutch easily accessible from Ahmedabad and other cities of the state.
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