VIJAY VILAS PALACE
A must-see and one of the amazing attractions in Rann of Kutch, the Vijay Vilas Palace is a distinctive place. Built in 1929 by Rao Vijayrajji, the palace is an epitome of graceful curves built in the fusion architectural style of local Kutch, Rajasthan and Bengal.
The palace is nestled in 450 acres of lush greenery, with 2 kilometres of private beach. It was built of red sandstone in the Rajput style, with a main central dome and coloured glass windows. The interior is a magnificent, unpretentious playground of Rajputana art, as appealing to the amateurs as well as art experts.
Kala Dungar is the highest point in Kutch. This place has to be on your bucket list once you are in Rann of Kutch. Kala Dungar is around 95 kms from Bhuj. On a clear day, the sunset point here offers breathtaking views of the Rann.
If you are feeling energetic you can climb the dunes to the summit of your choosing, where the view along the sand ridge opens up for excellent photographic opportunities. There is also a temple called Dattatreya Temple at the top. It offers free lunch to everyone who drops by.
Mandvi Beach is one of the finest deluxe camps situated along the 1,666 km long Gujarat coastline. An oasis for the thirsty tourist, Mandvi Beach is a very peaceful and serene place. It is located on the banks of the River Rukmavati and is 1 km away from the Arabian Sea at the Gulf of Kutch. As this beach is just near to the Kashi – Vishvanath Temple, this beach is sometimes also known as Kashi – Vishvanath Beach.
The sun-kissed sands and cool & breezy waters make Mandvi Beach a great destination for the honeymooners, family celebrations, and more. Enjoy an idyllic beach getaway, watching the windmills and birds, take a short camel ride along the beach or simply walk along the soft sand enjoying the foot massage with cool sea water.
SRI SWAMINARAYAN TEMPLE
An architectural marvel that is made of marble, it attracts devotees and travellers from across the world. Destroyed in the 2001 earthquake the entire temple was rebuilt with the contribution of devotees from across the world. Located just down the road from the Ramkund step well and the Alfred High school, the temple marks the spot where Swaminarayan sat with local holy men when he came through Bhuj.
The visit here promises a truly quality time. As the weather cools, the streets near the temple begin to sparkle with festive lights, and the atmosphere offers a cozy retreat. Surprisingly rich in attractions and certainly worth a visit, this temple is a real residence of a sovereign!
The Kutch Museum is the oldest museum in Gujarat, founded in 1877 by Maharao Khengarji. It has the largest existing collection of Kshatrapa inscriptions, dating to the 1st century AD.
A visit to the Kutch Museum, to learn about the history of tribal and folk tradition of the district, will help you get to know about present-day people and their lives. Remember that visiting a museum is a great way to learn about history, but tribals are not merely part of history.
GANDHI NU GAM
A devastating earthquake in January 2001 left millions of residents homeless. It was seen that the traditional houses survived the destruction. They were circular, built with adobe bricks and a conical thatch roof and are richly embellished with clay and mirror relief work. Art, culture and architecture are symbiotically interwoven in these houses.
Many villages and hamlets were devastated in the earthquake. Gandhi Nu Gam was redeveloped post the earthquake through a holistic and participant view point. It maintained the socio-cultural tradition & building systems of the local area, as well as improving the local economic condition by providing a platform to sell local handicraft. Each house in the village is an example of the traditional style and culture of the area.
THE WHITE RANN
SUNRISE & SUNSET
A desert doesn’t come to the mind when we think of sunrise or sunset. Most of us witness this marvel by the sea or at the hills. And while every sunrise and sunset is glorious, there is none like the one at The White Desert. Its unique salt-encrusted expanse is a magnificent blanket that glows in the changing light of the sun at dawn and dusk. The different hues of amber light up the sky and the land like a single canvas. This is what makes this experience at The White Desert so uniquely magnificent.