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History Of Kutch Showcases Its Rich Past Through Its Vast Expanses And Magnificent Monuments

White marshlands stretched over the vast expanse, diversity of culture and traditions, along with vivid handicrafts, this is Kutch, the largest district of Gujarat. A major portion of land in this district submerges into water during the monsoons and with the end of rains it again dries up. This portion called Rann is covered with snow white salt flats each year during the time of summers. Surrounded by the Arabian Sea, the entire Rann is divided into Great Rann and Little Rann. Though it seems to be a dead desert spanning to horizon, in actual it is a seasonal island that is covered with salt flats making it gleam like a gem on a moonlit night.
Culture and folk art are the pulse of this land which has a glorious history behind it. The prosperity, vivacity, and traditional beliefs are the high points of typical €Kutchi' culture. Festivals celebrated at Kutch underlines their affability to the outside world with colors of their existence being displayed through these fests. Handicrafts are a major source of revenue for the tribal Kutchis due to their intricate designs and vibrant colors of this region depicted in them. Weather of Kutch is at its extreme in every season with blistering hot summers, extremely cold winters, and moderate rainfall. Thus the best time to be here is between November and March.
For tourists, this place can be a great surprise and its mysticism can be unfolded only by being here. The rich history of Kutch awaits the visitors to come and be a part of it. History of Kutch is as ancient as the Indus valley Civilization the traces of which are present at Dholavira. When Alexander visited here in 325 BC, it wasn't a part of sea as IndusRiver had made it into a fresh water lake. This land has witnessed many great Empires taking over its reins, be it the Mauryan, Bactria or Sakas who ruled here till 3rd century. It was then ruled by Sindhu Emperors who were later defeated by the Arabs dominating this land for many years.
Then the era changed with the Samma Rajputs settling here and ruling this place. The Jadeja Rajputs of Samma clan had their reign in Kutch and adjoining areas of Kathiawar for many decades. Though, in 1815, the British made it a princely state under their Empire with Bhuj as its capital. Remnants of that princely era are still present in the form of monuments and other evidences in Kutch.
Post independence in 1947, Kutch was made a Commissionerate which later on was merged into Gujarat state in 1960 when BombayState was divided into Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Being a part of a progressive state, Kutch has also recovered from the severe calamity like the earthquake that hit this land in 2001 and has now bloomed again as a preferred tourist destination with wildlife sanctuaries like Chinkara and Wild Ass Sanctuary, Prag Mahal, Aaina,Mahal, Koteshwar Temple, Narayan Sarovar as well as major ports of Kandla and Mundra being the places to see. It's convenient and easy connectivity has aided greatly in its expansion and development into a tourist hub.

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