શુક્રવાર, 18 માર્ચ, 2011

Introduction


Sometimes, just hearing a name can inspire us to explore. Indeed, destinations like these loom so large in the canon of travel that their very mention stirs wanderlust in even the most experienced traveler. One such destination of India is Kutch , Gujarat.

Kutch a land of colour, culture and chronicle is one of districts of Gujarat where all the country`s smiles and metaphor appear to have come in concert. Ancient temples, attractive architectured palaces and rugged fort, men and women in vibrant costumes, Flamingoes and wild Asses, harsh sunlight, moderate rainfall and the cool evening breeze - are all there in abundance. The land is virtually `an island` resembling a tortoise "Katchua or Kachbo", surrounded by seawater. Kutch District is surrounded by Kutch, Gujaratthe Gulf of Kutch and the Arabian Sea in south and west, while northern and eastern parts are surrounded by the Great and Small Rann (seasonal wetlands) of Kutch.

When you travel to Kutch expect the unexpected because beneath the surface, you may find many contradictions. It`s truly a land of surprises; its innate splendor intrigues even the most seasoned traveler. The mood and rhythm of the country side varies from village to village with different kinds of tribes all bundled together into one land. The history goes back to the ancient times of the 3000 BC with excavation of the Indus Valley civilization. This has boasted a heritage so magnificent just like its landscape. From the rugged forts to the well-carved palace, from the serene sea coast to the desert, from the multihued costumes to the soothing euphony, from the royal lifestyle to tribal villages everything seems to be just perfect. High on hospitality and culture the people of Kutch are always welcoming guest.

The district Kutch is situate in the extreme west of India between 22' 44' 8' and 24' 41' 30' north latitude and 68' 7' 23' and 71' 46' 45' east longitude. It is surrounded on south by the Gulf of Kutch, on west by the Indian Ocean, in the north-east and south-east by the districts of Banaskantha and Mehsana. The Gulf of Kutch is separated from Kathiawar Peninsula. Kutch is also separated from Pakistan by the Great Rann of Kutch.

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