Kutch is the land of graceful beauty, vibrant traditions and enchanting history. It is no wonder then that Kutch tourism is a colourful bouquet of the best experiences the region has to offer. Hemmed in by the Thar Desert from one side and the Arabian Sea from the other, the great Rann of Kutch seems like a giant canvas that is filled with colours of arts and traditions.
This rugged land of forts and palaces is an exciting holiday destination. The Rann of Kutch tourism promises to be a great adventure. The home of protected Khur, Asiatic Wild Ass, and temporary home to a vast number of migratory birds, the seemingly barren land has been blessed with the right natural conditions.
Rann of Kutch tourism will also introduce you to the region’s festivals which celebrate the age-old traditions with gusto. Your Rann of Kutch tour will be like a colourful kaleidoscope that changes colour with every turn. The Kutch Fair will give you a sneak peek into the simple tribal lifestyle and give you a chance to explore their organic artforms that includes embroidery, dance and music.
Let us take a closer look at Rann of Kutch tourism before you start planning your holiday.
Kutch enjoys a varied geography and its proximity to the desert and the sea has given it a unique ecology that supports a variety of ecosystems. Kutch is the largest district in Gujarat and lies in the extreme west of India. The Rann of Kutch shares its border with Pakistan.
It is divided into five main regions:
· The Great Rann in the north
· The Grasslands of Banni
· The Arabian Sea Coastline in south
· Creeks and Mangroves in the west
The Great Rann is an uninhabited salt plain while the mainland is mostly a mix of plains, mountains and dry riverbeds. The extreme southern portion of the Rann is well-nigh an island which remains under water for most of the year.
Kutch has many small rivers. Ones like the Khari flow north and disappear into the desert. Others like the Magh and Tara empty into the Gulf of Cambay. Rudramata is the only river in Kutch which has been harnessed for irrigation.
Kutch experiences a tropical climate. Hot during summer and cold in winter, it barely receives any rainfall during the rainy season. From 2 °C in winter to 45 °C in summer, the temperatures in Kutch see extreme seasonal variations. Summer lasts from February to June, Monsoon takes over from July to September while Winter stays between October and January.
November to March is considered the best time to visit Rann of Kutch and tourism thrives during this time. Though the nights can get chilly, the days are milder and much cooler than rest of the year. Carry your woollens to protect against the cold.
The culture in Kutch strongly contrasts its landscapes. People here have a simple lifestyle as they reserve all the exuberance for their arts, dance and music. The artistic speciality of Kutch is textiles. Kutchi Embroidery and Bandhani add their magic to the clothes from the region. Rogan painting Kharad weaving, pottery, leatherwork, woodwork and terracotta mirrorwork are the other artistic specialities of the region. Be sure to check out the colourful markets on your Kutch tour.
Traditional folk music is a part of everyday life. Their music is as colourful as their clothes and honours the Kutchi legends and mythology. And like rest of Gujarat, Garba is an integral part of celebrations here along with the Kutchi Gajiyo.
Kutch tourism mostly centres around the Rann of Kutch but is not limited to it. The idyllic beauty of Bhuj, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Bhuja Hill is also a big tourist draw. Prag Mahal and Aaina Mahal stand testament to the city’s royal past. The Aaina Mahal is a veritable treasure trove of old artefacts that include embroidered panels, lithographs and 18th-century clocks and paintings. The Vijay Vilas Palace, that was the summer retreat of the Maharaos of Kutch, speaks of the old grandeur.
The Kutch Museum, oldest in Gujarat, is the region’s keeper of history. Many priceless artefacts and relics have found a home here. Some of them like the samples of the now-extinct Kutchi script are important links to the past, while other like the wooden Airawat (Indra’s elephant) and a canon presented by Tipu Sultan in exchange for some horses, are simply exquisite works of art that will awe you with their scale and beauty.
Visit the Kalo Dungar, the highest point of Kutch for some spectacular views of the surrounding region. Do include the Dattatreya temple at the top and watch in amazement as the temple priests offer food to the wild White Foxes. Climb to the summit on foot for an unforgettable experience. One of the most amazing things that can be seen from the top is the Indo-Pak border.
Another attraction of note here is the historic site of Dholavira which was a part of the Indus Valley Civilisation. Breathe in the history and cherish this link to the past as you walk amidst the carefully excavated remains of a vibrant city. The region’s natural abundance of wild and marine life is also a big part of Kutch tourism. The Marine National Park, Wild Ass Sactuary and the Buzzard Sanctuary protect some of the rarest and most endangered species of animals, birds and aquatic animals.
Kutch tourism will welcome you to explore its delights. Let SOTC help you create a dream holiday with some exciting deals and offers on Rann of Kutch tour packages.
Q. What are some must visit places & things to do while visiting Rann Of Kutch?
A. Rann itself is full of surprises. Besides the portions there, customers are also recommended to cover Bhuj, Kala Dungar, Mandvi, Vijay Vilas Palace, Shyamji Krishna Varma Memorial.
Q. What are some tips to first time travellers to the Rann of Kutch?
A. Meals served will be Veg. only meals irrespective of the meal preference shared. There is no provision to buy liquor in Dhordo; one will have to travel all the way till Bhuj to buy liquor by presenting a valid travel document (Boarding Pass/ Train ticket/ Bus ticket/ Hotel accommodation voucher). However, one can carry Liqour with them as per the permissible limits.
Q. What can I buy from Rann of Kutch?
A. You can purchase embroideries, handicrafts, and mirror work clothes.
Q. What is the Speciality of Rann of Kutch?
A. The specialty of the Rann of Kutch is the sight of the salt that settles on the land after the water evaporates. It is very ethereal and beautiful.
Q. Why is Rann Utsav celebrated?
A.Rann Utsav is a celebration. It celebrates of the marvels of nature and the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Kutch in a very happy festival.