Northern Gujarat is a very desolate place, with huge empty spaces between towns. It’s where the barren Rann of Kutch, the white salt desert, is. From November to February, the Rann dries up and presents to us this endless white landscape. It’s during this time in winters, when the well-advertised Rann Utsav is held at the tent city next to the salt flats.
Besides the Rann of Kutch, you can also visit one of the only 5 Indus Valley sites unearthed – in Dholavira. The others are in Pakistan and 1 in Haryana. En route to Dholavira, you will cross more of the barren white desert with acid lakes, flamingos and beautiful villages which clearly have more of a Rajasthani influence than Gujarati.
Northern Gujarat can be accessed via Bhuj, which in itself is a fascinating city to visit. It has recovered from its horrific earthquake of 2001 and hosts the beautiful Bhuj Palace which has the stunning hall of mirrors. The Bhuj Fort is a place you shouldn’t miss, especially at sunrise.
Visit Northern Gujarat through these photographs; then set out and see it to believe it.
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The villages dotted across Kutch’s arid landscape are home to a jigsaw of tribal groups and subcastes that produce some of India’s finest handicrafts, above all, textiles that glitter with exquisite embroidery and mirrorwork. In spite of the mammoth earthquake in 2001 that completely destroyed several villages, the residents of this harsh land have determinedly rebuilt their lives and are welcoming to visitors.