The district is also adorned with places of splendid natural beauty where a vast variety of flora, fauna and exotic migratory birds can be witnessed. Museums of Kutch district have beautifully preserved the ancient heritage. Pilgrims and devotees also find the place immensely appeasing owing to numerous magnificent temples located amidst mesmerizing landscape.
Bhuj, situated in the Kutch district, offers an enchanting experience of a range of civilizations dwelling in the region. The city has witnessed different eras starting from the prehistoric age, the period of Indus valley civilization. It also houses places belonging to the time of Mahabharata, Naga chiefs, Rajputs, Gujarat Sultans and British rule in India. The inhabitations of Bhuj had also migratory and trading relationships with the ancient civilizations of abroad. Heritage monuments in the city include Aina Mahal, Ramkund Stepwell, Prag Mahal and Sharad Baug Palace. Bhuj is also adorned with museums and learning spaces such as Kutch museum and Bharatiya Sanskriti Darshan. Forests and natural ecosystems also form magnificent tourist sites. Khavda, the Black Hills (Kalo Dungar) and Chhari Dhand are the places adorned with spectacular natural beauty. Swaminarayan temple and Kera are the significant religious places of Bhuj. Royal Chhatardis is a famous archaeological place where remains of numerous monuments belonging to different eras are located. Hamirsar Lake is another alluring tourist site in Bhuj which offers a pleasant ambience to the visitors.
Dholavira is a significant archaeological site of Kutch district. The place is famous for being a notable site belonging to the Harappan civilization which dates back to 4500 years ago. The earliest and excellently planned water conservation system of the world can be found here. Excavations have also furnished the world's first signboards having inscriptions written in ancient Indus script. The place had witnessed different phases of civilizations and it has been found that Dholavira was temporarily abandoned when the civilization was at its peak. The settlers later returned to the site with a de urbanized culture as they wanted to live a simplified life. The progress of ancient civilizations can be well observed among the ruins of Dholavira.
Northwest Kutch is another pleasant tourist destination. Koteshwar temple is situated at the magnificent confluence of dry land and the vast sea, the westernmost limit of India. It is a famous religious site. Narayan Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary is also located in this region. It is the home to a variety of flora and fauna which are well adapted to the harsh climatic condition of desserts and survive in frequent storms, high winds and extreme heat. It also shelters a number of rare species of plants and animals. Lakhpat is an important archaeological site. Once, it was an important port city but is presently abandoned for about 200 years. The place is also a religious site for three prominent religions of the country namely Sikhism, Hinduism and Islam. Narayan Sarovar is a pilgrimage site and is enlisted among the five holy lakes of Hinduism. Siyot Caves is another alluring site and is known to be one of the eighty monastic sites, reported by the 7th century Chinese travellers. Pingleshwar beach in Northwest Kutch is famed for its exquisite natural beauty.
Mandvi was an important port of the country till the rise of Mumbai. The place is presently a cherished tourist destination. It houses a number of tourist spots namely Koday, Kranti Teerth and Bhadreswar. The place also houses brilliant heritage monuments which are known for their antiquity and excellent architecture. Vijay Vilas Palace and Navjivan Nature Cure Centre are the beautiful structures that can be witnessed here. Mandvi also hosts enchanting coastal sites including beautiful beaches, Mundra which is another port town and a shipbuilding yard.
Kutch Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary
Kutch Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary is an ideal place for sheltering a vast variety of mammalian and avifaunal life. The place is a stretch of natural heaven covering Budia and Jhakau villages. In the year 1992, the place was declared as a sanctuary and the indigenous home to Great Indian Bustard.
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