Places to Visit in Kutch
Kutch, one of the most expansive districts in the state of Gujarat presents one with a unique cultural mélange, coming from the numerous tribes that inhabit the region in complete harmony with each other. Mesmerizing landscapes, vibrant history and culture, the camel and jeep safaris across the great salt marsh of the Rann of Kutch are the prime attractions for tourists visiting Kutch. But there are plenty to explore in Kutch apart from these. A good holiday package Kutch will take you on a tour of some of the best places to visit in Kutch. Read on to learn more:
Kutch desert wildlife sanctuary
For passionate wildlife enthusiasts, this place is a true heaven. The Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary sprawls across an area of more than 2797.7 sq miles. Rare and endangered wildlife species like Wild boar, Desert fox, Chinkara, Spiny tailed lizard, Porcupine, Jackals can be seen here. The sanctuary houses a special reserved space called ‘Flamingo city’ where tourists can feed birds and enjoy themselves.
Rann is a vast unending stretch of salt marshes flanked by Arabian Sea on one side and the great Indian Thar Desert on the other. The sand and salt mingle on the marshy flats to create a marvelous wonder of nature. On a moonlit night, the Rann glitters giving an impression of millions of sequins lying pell-mell at your feet. Rann Utsav is an important colorful and culturally enriched event held on the Rann of Kutch. Lively celebrations pep up the ambiance during the festive times. Traditional dances, music and crafts of the region are brought to limelight during the time.
Mandvi, a popular beach resort of the Kutch region is a popular tourist attraction offering enough of sand and surf. The long shoreline bordering the sea offers an ideal setting for evening beach strolls, horse rides, camel rides. One could also pay a visit to the luxurious and magnificent Vijay Vilas Palace located on the beach.
The Topanasar Lake is located amid the city of Mandvi and is one of the most visited lakeside in the Kutch region of Gujarat. The scenic lakeside is used by locals for relaxation, jogs and walks and also as picnic spot. For birdwatchers this place is a true paradise as lots of migratory birds flock here in the winters. Brown headed and black headed gulls should not be missed while you are at the Topansar Lake.
Kala Dungar is black colored dune hillock and the highest of all points in the entire region of Kutch. From the peak of Kala Dungar, you can catch a bird’s eye view of the entire Kutch region below and the views are truly jaw-dropping. Tourists can reach this highland by means of jeeps/buses from Khavda. Dattatreya temple located on the hilltop is a prime tourist attraction. This ancient temple dates back to as much as 400 years and is an abode of the holy trilogy of Brahma-Vishnu-Maheshwar.
If you are a history buff, you’ll surely love being at this most ancient museum in the state Of Gujarat. Maharao Khengarji is the founder of this museum. It came into being in the year 1877. The museum houses some rare and valuable ancient collections such as tribal artifacts, Kshatrapa inscriptions, Kutchi scripts, Kori-Kutch coins, precious sculptures, metal works, paintings, embroideries, musical instruments, arms and ammunitions etc.
The origin of this ancient cave may be traced back to 1st century AD. The cave has both Buddhist as well as Hindu linkages. The walls of the cave are replete with ornate carvings and paintings related to ancient folklore. The wall carvings also portray important historical events like Chinese migration. This is a great place for tourists who wish to delve deep into the past.
Aina Mahal/Sheesh mahal is one of the most amazing tourist attractions of the Kutch region. Aina mahal also known as Madan Singhji museum is a place exhibiting various forms of artistic mirror works. The beauty of Venetian glasses, marble work, mirrors used in combination with reflective lighting and jewels/gems comes alive in this museum. The artworks exhibited here are a fusion of European and Indian forms. Apart from mirror works, you can view amazing antiques such as sculptures, toys and paintings here.
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