Memories of our visit to arid but colourful Kutch in Gujarat: intricate handicrafts, magnificent old palaces, pristine beaches, and of course the endless white slat plains of the Great Rann.
My wife wanted to visit
Kutch in Gujarat as a sourcing trip for her fledgling ethnic gifts business, so we decided we would turn it into our annual new year’s holiday. We spent close to two weeks in Bhuj and its surroundings (arguably home to India’s highest concentration of high-quality textile handicraft producers), investigated lots of towns and villages, and took in India’s great white salt desert, the Great Rann of Kutch.
These are some memories of our visits to
Bhujodi, Nakhatrana, Nirona, Ajrakhpur, Mandvi, Sumrasar, Lakhpat (and countless other little towns and villages whose names I, for the life of me, can’t remember), and our stays at Bhuj, Devpur Homestay, the Khamir Craft Resource Center, and the Gateway to Rann Resort.
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Sparrow (one of many) – Prag Mahal palace, Bhuj
Doggie on ramparts – Lakhpat Fort
Quite a feet! – Great Rann of Kutch
Intricate leather wall hanging (now in our bedroom) – Nakhatrana
Our room – Devpur Homestay
Ramji’s loom – Bhujodi
Happy tea stall owner – Bhujodi bus stop
Reflected sunset – Great Rann of Kutch
Lookout – Kalo Dungar
Endless desert – Great Rann of Kutch
Salt crystals – Great Rann of Kutch
Double trouble – Great Rann of Kutch
Night singer – Dhordo
Potter’s home – Khavda
Resident one-winged pelican – Hamirsar Lake, Bhuj
Curious chipmink – Prag Mahal palace, Bhuj
Cat nap – Bhuj
Proud weavers – Hiralakshmi Craft Park, Bhujodi
Band of night singers – Dhordo
Cornice – Prag Mahal palace, Bhuj
Aina Mahal palace, Bhuj
Resting cow – Bhuj
Happy youngsters – Ratnal
Embroidery in the sunset – Dhordo
Unfinished furniture – Hiralakshmi Craft Park, Bhujodi
The Blue Door – Hiralakshmi Craft Park, Bhujodi
Block printing in progress – Ajrakhpur
Old printing blocks – Ajrakhpur
Rabari matriarch – Ratnal
Repurposed Enfield Taurus – Bhujodi
Lady in yellow – Khavda
Shy girl – Ratnal
Cowbell – Hiralakshmi Craft Park
Family home – Khavda
Solitude – Mandvi beach
Dreaming doggie – Khamir Craft Resource Center
Tassled shawl – Hiralakshmi Craft Park
Pups in the sunset – Khamir Craft Resource Center
Flamingos – Mandvi
Misleading entrance – Devpur homestay
Ahir matriarch – Nakhatrana
Model truck – Khavda
Grey heron in the surf – Mandvi beach
Transport, both old and new – Mandvi shipyard
Work in progress – Mandvi shipyard
Sacred baobab – somewhere in Kutch
Intricate tomb – Lakhpat Fort
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I took almost all these photos with my old Nikon Coolpix P100 (which is out of production now).
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