Kutch – Gujarat
Kutch is an interesting place to visit, although few tourists do. The friendly Kutch people wear traditional, heavily embroidered clothes. Official permits are required to visit many of the sites in North Kutch.
Kutch is the northwest part of Gujarat. It is surrounded by the Rann of Kutch (marsh lands) in the north and east, the Little Rann of Kutch in the southeast, the Arabian Sea to the west, and is separated from the Kathiawar Peninsula in the south by the Bay of Kutch. Most of Kutch is barren because the soil is so salty. During the dry season, the ground is hard mud, and during the rainy season from May to August, the land is flooded. The Little Rann of Kutch can flood almost completely during the monsoon, which effectively turns Kutch into an island.
The villages around Bhuj are interesting, and each of them specializes in a different handicraft. Because the villages north of Bhuj are close to the Pakistan border, many of them require that visitors get permits from the Bhuj District Collector.
Some villages are Dhamarka (block printing), Padhar (Ahir embroidery), Bhujjodi (cotton weavings), Anjar (tie-dying and block printing), Mundra (tie-dying), Dumaro (mirror-work) and Dhaneti (Ahir embroidery).
At Biber there is a Rama temple decorated with paintings from the Ramayana. At Dholavira there have been discoveries relating to the ancient Harappa civilization.
There is a direct bus to Lilpur around 6 am. You can also take a bus to Rapar and catch another bus from there, or get down at the turnoff to Lilpur (3km) and walk from there. There are regular buses to Anjar from Bhuj.