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Places to Visit in Kutch (Gujarat)

Kutch (Gujarat)

Kutch, also popularly known as the ‘White Desert of India’, is a small island that is part of the gorgeous state of Gujarat. Rich in exquisite culture and historical importance, it is the perfect place for you if you wish to experience the amalgamation of cultural heritage with mesmerizing scenic beauty, something that you have truly never seen before. Endless stretches of pristine white desert welcomes you as you step on this majestic land. The experience is truly surrealistic as the cool and beautiful desert paints a picture straight out of an exotic fairytale. Moreover, Kutch has a lot to offer when it comes to tourism that will surely give you the most magical experience of your lifetime. It is always lively, full of carnivals and fairs and the warm hospitality will surely enrich your trip to the fullest.

All That Kutch Has to Offer

Although a really small place, Kutch has a variety of vibrant and interesting elements that truly makes it a wonderful experience. Tourists from around the world flock to Kutch to take part in its traditional festivals and customs as well as appreciate the unique scenic landscapes that sets it apart from other places around the world. Filled with various exciting activities and tourist spots, the most famous tourist location that Kutch is renowned for is definitely the salt desert itself, the Rann of Kutch. However, in order to experience the true beauty of this vast expanse of desert you need to visit the place during the period of December to February when the famous Rann of Kutch Festival is held. It is a major spectacle in the heart of the desert, with fairs, dancing, music, camps, delicious food and fun activities like hot air balloon rides. It is a magical festival that should not be missed at any cost. The geographical location of Kutch has a huge role to play in its unique qualities that makes it so different and special. With the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Kutch surrounding it, Kutch has rivers and wetlands that adds to its charm. Moreover, this place has high historical significance which takes you back to the glorious days of the past through a look into the remnants of the Indus Valley Civilizations that has been carefully preserved. Another interesting fact about Kutch is that it shares a portion of its border with Pakistan and that will allow you glimpses into this neighboring country which is quite exhilarating. It is a memorable experience that you will not find anywhere else.

Some Interesting Places in Kutch You Must Visit

Although Runn of Kutch is definitely the main attraction of the place but that is not everything that this place has to offer. Kutch has really gorgeous landscapes, monuments and famous historical sites that are truly worth seeing. They are special to the culture of this place and represent the essence and beauty of Kutch. Here are some amazing tourist spots that you should check out.

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Places to Visit In Kutch

  1. Siyot Caves
  2. Dholavira
  3. Kutch Musuem
  4. Mandvi Beach
  5. Topansar Lake

1. Siyot Caves 

These caves are definitely one of the most exciting places to visit in Kutch as they hold the key to unlocking some of the most significant moments in history. The walls of the cave have beautiful engravings and sculptures that are as old as first century AD. The carving narrate important events like the Chinese migration to our country and also Buddhist and Hindu teachings.

2. Dholavira 

Dholavira

Dholavira

Another extremely important historical site, Dholavira holds the remnants of the Harappan civilization. It was discovered by the Archaeological Survey of India and thus is one of the most important historical sites in the country. Therefore if you are someone who loves learning about history or is interested in knowing about the country’s magnificent past, then Kutch is the right place for you to be in.

3. Kutch Musuem 

Kutch Museum

Kutch Museum

This place is ideal for understanding Kutch’s rich heritage and culture. One of the oldest museums in Gujarat, it displays ancient artefacts with Kutchi script, tribal art and folklore, Kshatrapa engravings, along with art works that are unique to Kutch like embroidery, musical instruments, metal handicrafts, jeweler and more.

4. Mandvi Beach

Mandvi Beach

Mandvi Beach

If you are someone who loves to enjoy long walks and just feel the calm relaxing effect of nature while also appreciating the scenic beauty, then Mandvi beach should definitely be on your itinerary. It is a really gorgeous beach that is calm and pristine and is very popular among tourists. You can enjoy horse and camel rides or even visit the Vijay Vilas Palace which is located nearby.

5. Topansar Lake 

This idyllic location is perfect for getaways and picnics due to the beautiful view it has to offer. Located in Mandvi city, this lake attracts hundreds of different breeds of birds, especially during winter when the birds are migrating. It is a truly marvelous experience to watch so many different birds from all around the world come together amidst this picturesque location.

Experience the Beauty of Kutch

Apart from the aforementioned places, there multiple other beautiful locations that you should definitely visit when you go to Kutch so that you can truly absorb Kutch in its complete glory. Some of these amazing places that should definitely be mentioned are – Kandla Port which is the bustling commercial zone of Kutch, Kalo Dungar or The Black Hill which marks the highest point in Kutch and thus offers gorgeous views of the entire expanse of the region, Aina Mahal or the Palace of Mirrors that exhibits some of the finest mirror and glass artworks that you will ever see and of course, the Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary which is the home of multiple species of animals and is truly a paradise for photographers. Kutch has something for all. Whether you are a history lover or a passionate photographer or someone who simply wants to enjoy a relaxing vacation – Kutch will truly cater to your interests and leave you awestruck and happy.

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