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Situated in the North-West of Gujarat, Kutch is largest district in India with more than 45,000km².
White deserts from Chobari to Dholaveera.
Kutch is the largest district of Gujarat wherein as many as 18 varied tribes live harmoniously, inspite of their distinct language, culture and customs. This is what makes it a paradise for cultural tourist worldwide.
Kutch Mahotsav or the great Kutch festival is organized during December - January every year near the days when Shivratri is celebrated in Gujarat. It offers access to the interior and beautiful recesses of the desert district. Colorfully attired dancers, music concerts, Sindhi Bhajan performances, Langa Desert Music and shops selling traditional Kutchi embroideries and jewelry are to be enjoyed.
The desert-like Rann Of Kutch occupies a big part of the region. Mostly marshy, the Rann runs into the horizon. During summer it is dry and has a white coating of salt. In India's monsoon, the flat dessert of salty clay and mudflats, averaging 15 meters above sea level, fills with standing waters, interspersed with sandy islets of thorny scrub, breeding grounds for some of the largest flocks of greater and lesser flamingos. The Rann Of Kutch is home to a wide array of flora and fauna. Migratory birds deem it an abode during diverse weather conditions. The Rann is also famous for the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, the Little Rann of Kutch, where the last of three species of Asiatic wild ass (Equus hemionus khur or khar) still exists along with wolves, foxes, jackals, chinkara gazelles, nilgai antelope and blackbucks as well as 13 species of lark.
Kutch is famous for its handicrafts, hills, white deserts, beautiful virgin sea beaches, various forts and above all Dholaveera, one of the five largest Harappan sites and among the most prominent archaeological sites in India belonging to the Indus Valley Civilization.
Bhuj with a population of more than 1.5 lakh (147123 as per Census Report of 2011) is a major city of the region. Mandvi and Pingleshawar are famous for sea beaches. The Black Hills (Kalo Dungar), 25 kms north of Khavda, are a good vantage point to see the vast expanse of the white desert. The top of the Black Hills is the highest point in Kutch, at 462m. From here, the entire northern horizon vanishes into the Great Rann, the desert and sky often becoming indistinguishable.
State transport and private buses available for Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar and Jodhpur.
There is a daily flight of Jet Airways from Bhuj Airport for Mumbai. A daily flight is started for Mumbai from Kandla Airport near Gandhidham town by Air Deccan.
During winter Desert festival or White Rann Festival "Rann Utsav 2016" or Kutchutsav "Rann Utsav 2017" is organized by government of Gujarat every year. It is slated to begin from 1st November 2016 this year. Its one of its kind festival where one gets chance to feel full white moon on full white dessert.
Kutch is also famous for exquisite crafts like embroidery, applique work bed sheets and cushion covers. The ever so popular Bandhani (tie and die) fabrics, enameled silverware and other handicrafts are also found here and are a thing of interest for tourists. Around the Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary, you may shop for Patola Silk Sarees, Bandhanis, Ghagra-cholis and marriage costumes. You will also find interesting wall hangings, embroidered quilts, cradle clothes, cloth toys, embroidered footwear, lacquer furniture and curios. Kutch is very much spread over west-south of ran & it is diffucult to go without escorts.
Hotels & vegetarian food is available. Mostly of the eatables are made out of milk, bajara and wheat. Kutch's staple diet does not include rice but pulses (dal) are available. Kachchhi Dabeli is well known local fast food. Kharibhat is another well known dish like fried rice. Chakrda pakwan is fast food sweet which children prefer.
Alcoholic drinks are prohibited in Kutch. Tea is the most popular drink in this regions irrespective of gender or caste. Black tea is considered as a sign of mourning and is not given to guests. For personal use foreigners are allowed to bring one-two bottles of alcohol with them. Mineral water bottles are available at cheap rates.