Colors, Arts & Craft grace thisGEOGRAPHICAL WONDER

A seasonal salt marshland situated in the heart of the Thar Desert with Gujarat on one side and Pakistan’s Sind province on the other, the district spans about 7,505.22 square kilometres (2,897.78 sq mi) and is one of the largest salt deserts in the world. The Great Rann of Kutch, the Little Rann of Kutch and the Banni grasslands at the southern fringe, makes up for some 30,000 square kilometres of white lands, sweeping the Gulf of Kutch at one end, and the seat of the great Indus Valley Civilization on the other, falling in southern Pakistan.

A cradle of craftsmanship, Kutch is known for its exquisite variety of weaving, patchwork, block-printing, bandhani, tie-and-dye, rogan-art and other ethnic styles of embroidery, pottery, wood-carving, metal-crafts and shell-work. The variety emerges from the enchanting terrain that provides a perfect backdrop to an extra ordinary fair. Perhaps because the landscape is so white and ochre, even a hint of colour adds a fascinating element to the rustic life of Rann.

A simple yet delicious cuisine that is APPETIZING!The staple food is khichdi (a sumptuous mix of rice cooked with pulses), kadi (A lightly-flavoured, yellow curry made with yogurt), rotla (A nutritious Indian bread made from black millet flour) and green chilli pickle. Wash it down with creamy, ice-cold chaas (buttermilk)! Round it off on a sweet note with jalebis (Indian sweetmeat) or go for dudhpak, a spiced milk and rice pudding although the range of mithais does not end with these.

Rann Trivia

  • Spread across 7500 sq. kms.Rann of Kutch is one of the largest salt deserts

  • Kala Dungar at 1500 ft.is the highest point in Kutch

  • Chir Batti phenomenonunexplained colored lights occurring on dark nights

  • Kharai Camelsa unique breed that can swim

It Amazes, Entices And EnthrallsA SNEAK PEEK INTO KUTCH…

Kutch district is the largest district of India having its origins from the Sanskrit word “Kutchboo” meaning tortoise. This region resembles the back of a tortoise, with its center (Bhuj) elevated and gradually sloping down as one goes outwards. This exotic land is made up of a variety of communities from Marwar, Sindh and Afghanistan. Ahirs are the largest community residing here.

Kutch has always been a land brimming with festivity, excitement and an unparalleled vigour for life.This vigour is evident in every aspect of the lifestyle of its people. When it comes to Kutch’s cuisine it’s both nutritious and simple, their staple diet consists of Bajra, Milk and Curd. Even Kutch’s textile art has garnered global recognition and Kutchi embroidery and mirror work is most sought after.Even other Kutchi handicrafts such as bead work, woodwork, mudwall painting, block printing and dying has found both national and international takers. Kutch in every sense is a land which never fails to amaze.

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