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KUTCH

Kutch district is a district of Gujarat state in western India. It is the largest district in the state of Gujarat and the second largest district of India. Kachchh literally means something which intermittently becomes wet and dry; a large part of this district is known as Rann of Kachchh which is shallow wetland which submerges in water during the rainy season and becomes dry during other seasons.

Kutch District is surrounded by the Gulf of Kutch and the Arabian Sea in south and west, while northern and eastern parts are surrounded by the Great and Little Rann (seasonal wetlands) of Kutch. When there were not many dams built on its rivers, the Rann of Kutch remained wetlands for a large part of the year. Even today, the region remains wet for a significant part of year. The district had a population of 1,583,500 of which 30% were urban as of 2001. Motor vehicles registered in Kutch district have their registration Number starting with GJ-12. The district is well connected by road, rail and air. There are four airports in the district, Naliya, Kandla, Mundra, and Bhuj, which is well connected with Mumbai. Being a border district, Kutch has both an army and an air force base.

TOURIST ATTRACTION

District comprises of 10 Talukas.

KUTCH

Kutch District, at 45,692 square kilometers (17,642 sq mi), is the largest district in India. The administrative headquarters is in Bhuj which is geographically in the center of district. Other main towns are Gandhidham, Rapar, Nakhatrana, Anjar, Mandvi, Madhapar, Mundra and hachau. Kutch has 969 villages. Kala Dungar (Black Hill) is the highest point in Kutch at 458 meters.

BACK IN TIME

The history of Kutch can be traced back to prehistorically times. There are several sites related to Indus valley civilization in region and is mentioned in Hindu mythology. In historical times, Kutch is mentioned in Greek writings during Alexander. It was ruled by Menander I of Greco-Bactrian Kingdom which was overthrown by Indo-Scythians followed by Maurya Empire and Sakas. in the first century, it was under Western Satraps followed by Gupta Empire. By fifth century, Maitraka of Valabhi took over from which its close association with ruling clans of Gujarat started. Chavdas ruled the eastern and central parts by sevnth century but were came under Solankis by tenth century. After fall of Solanki,Vaghelas ruled the state. Following conquest of Sindh by Muslim rulers, Rajput Samma started moving southwards to Kutch and ruled western regions initially. By tenth century, they controlled significant area of Kutch and by thirteenth century they controlled whole of Kutch and adopted a new dynastic identity, Jadeja.

POINT OF INTEREST

Bhuj, Great Rann of Kutch, Dholavira, Kutch Great Indian Bustard Santuary, Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, Marine National Park, Mandvi, Narayan Sarovar, Bhadreshwar Jain Temple, Kandla Port, Anjar, Gandhidham, Aina Mahal, Vijay Vilas Palace Etc.

BHUJ

Bhuj has an average elevation of 110 metres (360 feet). On the eastern side of the town is a hill known as Bhujia Hill, on which there is a Bhujia Fort, that separates Bhuj city and Madhapar town. It has one major lake Hamirsar and several small lakes.

Myth

Bhuj is a city and a municipality in Kachchh in the state of Gujarat, India. Bhuj is home to one of the first Swaminarayan Sampraday temples, built in 1822. The Kutch Utsav commencing on the last day of February is a window to this ancient land of heroism and romance.

HISTORY

In a walk around Bhuj, you can see the Hall of Mirrors at the Aina Mahal; climb the bell tower of the Prag Mahal next door; stroll through the produce market; have a famous Kutchi pau bhaji for lunch; examine the 2000-year-old Kshatrapa inscriptions in the Kutch Museum; admire the sculptures of Ramayana characters at the Ramakund stepwell; walk around Hamirsar Lake and watch children jumping into it from the lake walls as the hot afternoon sun subsides; and catch the sunset among the chhatardis of the Kutchi royal family in a peaceful field outside the center of town.

POINT OF INTEREST

Hamirsar Lake, Prag Mahal, Aina Mahal, Sharadbaug Palace, Chhatardi, Kutch, Museum, Ramkund, Bharatiya Sanskriti Darshan Museum, Swaminarayan temple, Bhujia Fort and Smritivan on Bhujia Hill, Hill Garden, Tapkeshwari Temple.

MANDVI

Myth

Mandvi is a city and a municipality in the Kutch district in the Indian state of Gujarat. It was once a major port of the region and summer retreat for Maharao (king) of the Cutch State. The old city was enclosed in the fort wall and remains of the fort wall can still be seen. The city has a four-hundred-year-old ship building industry, which was started by the caste of Kharva that still builds small wooden ships.

HISTORY

Mandvi was founded by the Rao of kutch State, Khengarji I in 1580. The city Mandvi was named after Sage Mandavya (Mahabharata story), who lived here. He was also known as AM BABA. As per chronicles of Kutch Gurjar Kshatriyas - many clans of their community, especially, Gohil, Bhatti, Jethwa, Solanki, Rathod clans & also Visavaria Brahmins shifted to Mandvi in between 15th to 16th Century AD, from Dhaneti. The establishment of the town dates back to the late 16th century (1581 AD) and is attributed to the first Jadeja ruler of Kutch, Rao Khengarji. In the 18th century, the Mandvi merchants collectively owned a fleet of 400 vessels trading with East Africa, Malabar coast and the Persian Gulf. In the early 19th century, it was a major port of entry for the inland trade with Malwa, Marwar and Sindh.

EXTRA

“Mandvi is a unique town which captures the true Gujarat, Kutchi culture.”

POINT OF INTEREST

Vijay Vilas Palace, The Wind Farms Beach, Mandvi beach, Mandavi Beach Sunset, Shyamji Krishna Varma Kranti Tirth, Mandvi Fort, Topansar Lake, Mandvi custom house.

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Travels in Kutchh

Bharat Travels Agency
Address : Seventy Complex, Basement, Opp District Panchayat, Bhuj - 370001 Phone No : 09727867442

Bhuj, Kutcch

Shri Chamunda Travels
Address : 45-Arun Complex, Inside Hotel Elite, Near S. T. Bus Stand, National Highway Gandhidham. Phone No : 9825341855

Gandhidham, Kutcch

Shri Hari Travels
Address : C/O Jigar Bhatt, House No 160, Pramukh Swami Nagar, Bhuj - 370001 Phone No : 09978732775

Bhuj, Kutcch

Shree Jalaram Travels
Address : 8/9, Adarsh Tower, Gandhidham Road, Mundra - 370421 Phone No : (02838) 222511, 9879293939

Mundra, Kutcch

Ramani Travels
Address : 1, Rastrabhasha Bhavan, Opp Bus Stand In-Gate, Bhuj-370001 Phone No : (02832) 224896, 09825112090, 9979111213

bHUJ, kUTCCH

Pandit Motor Service
Address : Opp. Agrawal Bhavan, Vrundavan Complex, Shop No 4, Gandhidham. Phone No : (02836) 236123, 9228255245

Gandhidham, Kutcch

Karani Freight Carriers
Address : Muni. Shop No 16-17, Opp Hotel Prince, Station Road, Bhuj - 370001 Phone No : (02832) 255590, 09825237245

Kutcch Tours & Travels
Address : Nr. Old Sunderpuri Bus Stand, Opp Traffic Signal, Tagore Road, Gandhidham - 370201. Phone No : (02836) 226055, 09377305240, 0946626055

Gandhidham, Kutcch

Om Sainath Travels
Address : Shop 23, Plot 336/343, Om Corner, Ward 12-B, Opp Axis Bank, Gandhidham -370201 Phone No : (02836) 235907, 09825186387, 08156086387

Gandhidham, Kutcch

Viraj Travels
Address : Opp Dena Bank, Bus Stand Road, (Navi), Anjar - 370110 Phone No : (02836) 245176, 09825244270, 09879346922

Anjar, Kutcch

Khavda Travels
Address : Plot no 52, Sector 1 (A), Opp Old Court, Gandhidham- 370201 Phone No : (02836) 229505, 09825361867, 9824200446

Gandhidham, kutcch

Helly Travels
Address : Near S.T. Bus Stand, Bhuj - 370001 Phone No : (02832) 222577, 09825608651, 09879572077

Ramani Tours & Travels
Address : Near Bank of Baroda, At & Po: Nakhtrana - 370615, Kutcch Phone No : (02835) 222239, 09825262809, 09898401393

Nakhtrana- Kutcch

Ganesh Tourist & Travels
Address : Jay Ambe Complex, Shop No 130, Near Old S.T. Bus Stand, Adipur, Kutcch Phone No : 09925244271, 09898397631

Adipur, Kutcch

Jakhar Travels
Address : Plot No 37, Anand Chambers, Shop No 1, Anam Comm, Center, Sector-9, Nr. Palika, Gandhidham Phone No : --

Gandhidham, Kutcch

Shri Hari Travels
Address : S.T. Road, Near Madhavray Sweet, Gayatri Char Rasta, Anjar - 370110 Phone No : 09913189885

Anjar, Kutcch

Shree Swaminarayan Travels
Address : Near Bus Stand, S.T. Road, Mandvi - 370465 Phone No : (02834) 223353, 9825024939

Mandvi, Kutcch

Sonal International
Address : 6-b, Nagrik Society, Hospital Road, Bhuj - 370001 Phone No : (02832) 256948, 09913544477

Rajvi Travels
Address : B/S, Jilla Pachayat Office, Bellow Sagar Guest House, Bhuj - 370001 Phone No : --

Bhuj, Kutcch

Shri Balaji Associates
Address : 105, Vrundavan Complex, 1st Floor, Opp Khadiya Lake, Anjar Adipur Road, Anjar - 370110 Phone No : (02836) 240203, 09898053513, 09825537813

Anjar, Kutcch

Shri Jain Travels
Address : 7- Sevanti Complex, Opp Jilla Panchayat Office, Bhuj- 370001 Phone No : 08306111166, 09978400844

Bhuj, Kutcch

Shri Raj Shakti Travels
Address : 19- Rajdeep Complex, Plot No 15, Ward- 9/A, Opp Dena Bank, Gandhidham-370201 Phone No : (02836) 231490, 9879124434,

Gandhidham Kutcch

Maan Travels
Address : Revenue Coloney, Himmatnagar Building No B/2, Bhuj - 370001 Phone No : (02832) 223565, 009825823265

Bhuj, Kutcch

Jamuna Travels
Address : Near V D High School, B/S Patel Travels, Bhuj - 380001 Phone No : --

Bhuj, Kutcch

Meetraj Tours
Address : Serve No 323/1, Plot No 26, Opp Dhanlaxmi Complex, Bhuj, Madhapar Highway Phone No : 09825802577

Bhuj, Kutcch

Sitaram Travels
Address : Opp S.T. Bus Stand Bhuj - 370001 Phone No : --

Bhuj, Kutcch

Aboti Travels
Address : Shop No 10, Om Complex, Vrundavan Society, Opp Toral Sarovar, Anjar - 370110 Phone No : (02836) 242526, 09825176376, 09426496376

Anjar, Kutcch

Vrundavan Travels
Address : Shop No 16, Lohana Mahajan Vadi, Opp V D High school, Bhuj- 370001 Phone No : 09978481494, 09712984773

Bhuj, Kutcch

Laxmi Tours & Travels
Address : Shop No 1, Below Hotel Sahara Palace, Opp S.T. Out Gate, Bhuj - 370001 Phone No : (02832) 224258, 09427235295, 09426136955

Bhuj, Kutcch

Shivdhara Travels
Address : B-100, Mundra Reclamation Site, Opp Pushpak Brahmin Samajvadi, bhuj - 370001 Phone No : 09426215354, 07874616394

Bhuj, Kutcch

Sea Port Travels
Address : s-9, Saibaba Market, Chawala Chawk, Gandhidham, Kutcch Phone No : 9825226568

Gandhidham, Kutcch

Ashapura Travels
Address : Behind Bus Stand, Bhuj - 370001 Phone No : --

Bhuj, Kutcch

Satellite Travels
Address : Opp S.T. Bus Stand, New Anjar - 370110 Phone No : 09825241313

Anjar, Kutcch

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