Kutch, India’s Wild West, is a geographic phenomenon, full of rustic beauty. What appears an endless desert plain running dead straight into the horizon, is in fact a seasonal island. It resembles a Katchua or Kachbo, meaning tortoise and is surrounded by sea water. Ancient temples, attractive palaces, rugged forts, flamingos, wild asses, harsh sunlight, moderate rainfall and the cool evening breeze — you have it all in Kutch.
The arid lifeless landscape is dotted by villages that produce some of India’s finest textiles glittering with exquisite embroidery and mirror work. The district is also famous for the ecologically important Banni grasslands, which with its seasonal marshy wetlands form the outer belt of the Rann of Kutch. The Rann of Kutch is divided into the Great Rann Of Kutch and the Little Rann Of Kutch. The Great Rann of Kutch spans an area of 7505.22 sq km. It is home to a wide array of flora and fauna. During diverse weather conditions migratory birds find a home here.
The Little Rann of Kutch occupies 4,953 sq km and is spread out in the districts of Surendranagar, Banasakantha, Patan, Kutch and Rajkot in Gujarat. Known as The Wild Ass Sanctuary, the endangered Ghudkhur is seen here in large numbers.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN KUTCH
There are a number of lodging options available in the main town and city area of this region.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN KUTCH
Hotels serving vegetarian food are in plenty. The eatables are mostly made out of milk, bajara and wheat. Kutch’s staple diet does not include rice but pulses (dal) are available.
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Kutch is as given below. The best time to visit Kutch is also specified.