Kutch, Gujarat

Bijoy Venugopal
Yahoo! India News
7 December 2012


In summer Kutch is arid, baked to a crisp in the unforgiving sun. But winter transforms India’s second-largest district into a haven for thrill-seekers.

Vast fields of flaky salt stretch to the infinite horizon. This is the Rann -- the local name for the salt-marshes. Though Kutch has no sandy dunes, there are a variety of grassland landscapes, thorn forests, extinct volcanoes, scenic seasonal river beds and seafronts rich in birdlife. To experience this unique landscape, a comfortable stay at Sham-e-Sarhad resort in Banni grasslands is recommended. The resort replicates an authentic Kutch village experience, serves lip-smacking good meals, and is open to guests October through March.
Kutch is home to treasures archaeological and architectural, and is inviting to birdwatchers, geologists, enthusiasts and fossil-hunters. If it is artifacts and jewelry you are after, the tribal silver of Kutch is much coveted. If you are a history buff, nothing beats the overwhelming sensation of gazing at the 5,000-year-old archaeological excavations at Dholavira, a lost city of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization.

Textiles, handicrafts and silverware are among the top buys for shoppers. Stop by Qasab, an outlet of a craftswomen’s collective, for handicrafts and exquisite embroidered dress materials. Puppet Handicrafts on Anam Ring Road is recommended for Kutchi apparel for men, women and children.
Bhuj, the district headquarters, is connected to Mumbai, Delhi and Ahmedabad by air while there are plenty of train connections from other Indian cities. Don’t miss out on the street food -- a variety of fried snacks from samosas and jalebis to phaphdas and khakhras tempt the palate. Scout for delicious mutton biryani, fried kababs and sheekh rolls in the city’s Muslim quarters.
Read more on Kutch.

What to read next

Safe ride. Sound savings.

Get to Nissan’s Safety Today Event for great offers on a new Nissan. Shop Now.

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 3.25% (3.405% APR) 30 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Symptoms and Treatments for Prostate Cancer

The 5-Year survival rate for prostate cancer is almost 100%. Learn what to watch for and search for prostate cancer treatments here.

The Most Common Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder

Learn What Bipolar Is and What It Isn't... Search For The Most Common Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder - Here

Spacious Townhomes in a Golf Course Community

The Beechtree luxury townhomes in Upper Marlboro, Maryland feature an unparalleled lifestyle and are an incredible value. Priced from the $360s.

Delta Reserve Credit Card

Enjoy Complimentary Delta Sky Club® Access. Learn More. Terms Apply.