Top 11 things to do in Kutch

After a highly hungover December, one definitely needs a detox. What better than mixing your detox with travelling right?

I took off to Kutch earlier this month and I have to admit, the beauty was beyond surreal.

Sharing some must-do things from a not-so-typical-traveller.

1. An open jeep safari to spot the Wild asses at Zainabad, Little Rann of Kutch:

An A-lister on the endangered species list, the Indian Wild Asses are found only in the Little Rann of Kutch. The chilly salty breeze hitting your face while you are on the open jeep, driving into the sanctuary is quite an experience in itself.

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Make sure you keep distance from them once you spot them, they are kind of shy and tend to walk away. ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Spend at least a night at Devpur Home Stay at a 108 year old Haveli, Devpur:

City life takes on you after a point of time.ย A night’s stay in over a 108 year old Haveli amidst the warm hospitality of the Jadeja family, is an experience you just can’t miss.

Some great colour inspirations, high ceilings, old wooden doors and ‘kundis’ transport you centuries back!

Upon request, you could also be taken for a visit to the Mango orchard owned by the same family.

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3. Visit Ship Construction sites at Mandvi:

Mandvi is one of the major most hubs for ship making in India. Every ship consumes years to be built before it sets sail. The fact that you could step into a ship under construction to explore its magnanimity is insane.

A great spot to take some great pictures for sure. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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4. Indulge in a Thaali at Osho, Mandvi:

One of the main reasons I travel for, is food. The traditional Gujarati Thali at the restaurant Osho in Mandvi is a must-must try.

The best part is the fact that they promote #ZeroWastage, if you don’t like something that has been served, simply put it out on another plate instead of wasting it. Ended my meal on a sweet note with jalebis. ๐Ÿ™‚

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5. Experience the live demo of Rogan Painting at Nirona:

Nirona is the artisan village of Kutch and Rogan painting on fabrics is something which has been practised for about eight generations now by just one surviving Khatri family now.

The colours are produced by boiling castor oil in the forests for about two days(for its foul smell) and adding pigments from natural materials such as neem, turmeric etc making it a paste form. The paste is then soaked in water to keep it dust-free.

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The whole process is quite a fascinating one as the coloured paste is picked on a metal stick and then spread onto the fabric into the desired design. The fabric is then folded and the design is replicated.

6. Trip on the Lacquer Art at Nirona:

Lacquer is obtained from the Rhus tree and mixed with naturally obtained pigments to obtain colour.

The lacquer is then used to lend beautiful designs to wooden spoons, rolling pins etc. It is polished with groundnut oil for the sheen and waterproofing. The main craftsmanship lies in how they can create ย different designs with nothing but their bare hands!

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7. Get smitten by Copper Bell Makers at Nirona:

Imagine a copper sheet being turned into a bell without any welding! Sounds like magic right? Well it sure looks like it when they conjure it right in front of you and put the pieces together with a unique interlock system.

The bells are then dipped into zinc, copper and clay to get the desired colour by the women of the house.

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8. Spot different textures on the Salt Bed in Dholavira:

If you hate commercial scenes, just avoid Rannutsav at the tent city Dhordo, for you will see some of the best white salt beds and textures in the ancient town of Dholavira and there are lesser people tampering with it. From flakes to granules to chips, salt was found in all forms here.

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9. Explore Harappan remnants at Dholavira:

Dholavira is one of the biggest archaeological sites from the Harappan Civilization. The well-thought water conservation reservoirs, the slopes for better water supply throughout the civilization, massive brick walls to protect from any attacks etc etc. Phew! My history and geography books got too real at this point.

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10. Spot two suns at Dholavira:

Who doesn’t enjoy watching the sun go down the horizon? In this case I spotted two! The reflection of the sun on the salt bed sort of replicated the sun and it almost felt like one was watching two suns converge and go downย the horizon. Indeed one of the most mesmerizing sunsets of my life!

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11. Leave behind a Salty Footprint:

I left behind salty footprints at both Dhordo (the tent city when the Rannutsav takes place) and Dholavira. The sure might be filled the very next day, but the memory is sure etched in my mind forever.

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I hope you liked this post. I would highly recommend every person who appreciates nature to visit Kutch at least once. The weather should be nice till about February end.

I have definitely returned as a person with a lot more responsibility towards nature and a lot more respect for handicrafts and their makers. ๐Ÿ™‚

Do drop me a comment or a message in case you need any more information.

Until next time.

Happy Travelling!

Love,

Srishti

One Comment Add yours

  1. pujasingh1985 says:

    Amazingly informative and very well written! โค๏ธ

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