State : Gujrat
Kutch is an erstwhile princely state of India. It is the largest
district of the state of Gujarat and the second largest district
in India covering an area of 45,612 sq kms. The land is virtually
'an island' r
a tortoise "Katchua or Kachbo", surrounded by seawater.
Kutch was also known as the kutchdweep or Kutchbet." The Great
Rann of Kutch" which dominates a major portion of the district.
The Great Rann of Kutch and the Little Rann of Kutch respectively-uninhabitable
deserts which during the monsoon season (June to October) is often
completely submerged by floods.
Kutch was formerly an independent state, founded in 1270. It was
ruled by the Hindu Jadeja dynasty. In 1815, Kutch became a British
protectorate, and ultimately a princely state whose local ruler
acknowledged British sovereignty in return for local autonomy. After
Indian independence in 1947, Kutch became a state of India, and
in 1956 was merged into Bombay state, which in 1960 was split to
form the state of Gujarat. The earliest earthquake recorded in Kutch
dates back to June 16, 1819. After the 1947 partition, Sindh province
and the port of Karachi ended up in Pakistan, and the Indian Government
constructed a modern port at Kandla in Kutch to serve as the main
port for western India in lieu of Karachi. It became an Indian state
in 1950. On November 1, 1956, Kutch became part of Bombay state,
which in 1960 was divided into the new linguistic states of Gujarat
and Maharashtra. The epicenter of 2001 Gujarat Earthquake was in
this state. It was the most severe earthquake (out of more than
90 earthquakes) to hit Kutch in 185 years.
Fairs & Festivals
Kutch Desert Festival
Surrounded by the sea and desert on all sides, the Kutch district
is one of India’s most vibrant regions.
With palaces, forts, colourful villages, enchanting townships, beaches,
bird rich marshes, rural lifestyles and beautiful handicrafts, it
is a potential paradise for the tourist. In an attempt to promote
Kutch as a destination, TCGL offers the Rann utsav, a desert festival,
generally co-inciding with Shivratri, when there are celebrations
at several Shiv temples of the region. The festival is based on
a series of package tours to different places of tourist interest
Plenty of colourful dancing, music concerts, Sindhi bhajan performances,
Langa desert music, folk arts and craft demonstrations, ballads
and other ethnic shows are some of the many highlights of this festival.
Stalls sell embroideries, jewellery, wood carvings and other regional
How To Reach
: Nearest airport is at Bhuj.
: Well connected to all major cities.