Top things to do in Kachchh (Kutch)

Top Choice Nature Reserve in Around Bhuj

White Desert

The name White Desert probably conjures up images of vast, silent expanses of searing salt desert where you can quietly meditate on life. Well, you can rub that image right out. Yes, the desert itself is magnificent…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Little Rann of Kachchh (Kutch)

Wild Ass Sanctuary

This 4953-sq-km sanctuary covers a chunk of the parched land of the Little Rann and is the home of the only remaining population of the cappuccino-coloured Indian wild ass (khur), as well as wolves, blackbuck and ch…
Top Choice Palace in Bhuj

Aina Mahal

This beautiful palace, built in 1752, lost its top storey in the 2001 earthquake, but the lower floor is open, with a fantastic 15.2m scroll showing a Kachchh state procession. The 18th-century, elaborately mirrored…
Top Choice Museum in Around Bhuj

Living & Learning Design Centre (LLDC) Crafts Museum

Fifteen kilometres east of Bhuj, this superb NGO-run museum is a must for anyone interested in the crafts practised by Kachchh artisans. The well-designed and -laid-out galleries showcase the 42 embroidery styles of…
Top Choice Workshop in Kachchh (Kutch)

Traditional Rogan Art

The village of Nirona, 40km northwest of Bhuj, features several distinctive crafts (lacquerwork, bell making), but none more so than the award-winning ancient art of rogan painting, brought over from Iran 300 years …
Top Choice Monastery in Around Bhuj

Than

In the hills about 60km northwest of Bhuj is the eerie 12th-century monastery at Than. This is a laid-back place, with architecture ranging from crumbling mud brick to Portuguese-style blue stucco and whitewashed be…
Top Choice Street Food in Bhuj

Shankar Vadapav

Just a small step up from a food stall, this grimy-walled place is a local legend. Try a vadapav (a spiced fried potato with chutney in a sandwich) or go big and get the mirchvada (fluffy fried dough covering a whol…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Bhuj

Toral

If you're growing weary of an endless succession of so-so thalis then this upmarket restaurant inside the Comfort Inn Prince will restore your faith. It gets packed at lunchtime as locals and visitors alike pile in …
Workshop in Kachchh (Kutch)

Kala Raksha

Based at Sumrasar Sheikh, 25km north of Bhuj, Kala Raksha is a nonprofit trust working to preserve and promote Kachchh arts. It works with about 1000 embroiderers and patchwork and appliqué artisans from six communi…
Workshop in Kachchh (Kutch)

Khamir

Khamir is an umbrella organisation dedicated to preserving and encouraging Kachchh crafts in all their diversity. At the Kukma centre you can see demonstrations of loom weaving (including the recently introduced cra…