For a colourful and vibrant holiday, one of the best places in India is Kutch in Gujarat. Known for its 45,000 square kilometres of barren, white salt desert, that continually gets submerged in water during monsoons and then is completely dry for the rest of the months – Kutch is home to some gorgeous experiences. Once ruled by the Rajputs, the culture, arts and crafts is fairly influenced by the mighty rulers of that era. These are the places one can’t miss exploring when in Kutch.
The capital of Kutch, Bhuj gets its name from the hill – Bhujia Dungar – it sits on. The major attractions here are the Bhujia Fort, Rani Mahal, Prag Mahal and the most exquisite Aina Mahal.
Mandvi port is home to the largest ship-building yard of the country where craftsmen build ships from wood. You can witness the craftsman at work; a must for every traveller. Also, Mandvi Beach is one of the most serene beaches of Kutch, and a walk along the shore and a visit to the Vijay Vilas Palace located by the beach are a must.
The oldest museum of the state, the 19th-century Kutch Museum houses a large collection of inscriptions, Kutchi script, coins, musical instruments, sculptures and metal items in an initiative to preserve local tribal culture.
For history buffs and archeology students, this is a must visit. Dholavira is where the earliest relics of Harappan Civilisation was found. The excavations include water storage and conservation system, urban architecture and art and handicrafts. The site is a lovely way to rediscover the ancient history and culture of ancient Harappa.
Kalo Dungar is the highest point of Kutch and offers jaw-dropping views of the entire region, especially the Rann of Kutch and the Indo-Pak border. A visit to the 400-year-old Dattatreya Temple of the three-headed incarnation of Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva is highly recommended.